And that’s the low estimate.
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The industry employs between 100,000 and 150,000 Americans according to the Marijuana Business Factbook. Ancillary businesses that don’t touch the plant account for about 40 % of jobs.
In Massachusetts, cities are awarding recommendations for state licenses to dispensaries that promise payments in return.
The IRS is auditing 30 Colorado pot companies, mainly related to large cash deposits. (Cannabis companies still struggle to find bank accounts.) Criminal charges may follow.
Lots from New Cannabis Ventures: Social network MassRoots is launching a dispensary finder to compete with Weedmaps and Leafly. Ackrell Capital, the investment bank, is starting a cannabis business accelerator called Cannavator in Oakland. Nationwide there are at least three others. Canadian grower Aphria raised $25M.
NCV founder Alan Brochstein is skeptical of Cultivation Technologies Inc. which has a big project planned in Coachella, Calif. A guest post at the site recommended that companies create budget brands for lower income customers.
Gateway incubator co-founder Carter Laren says start-ups still confront the “ghost of Nancy Reagan.”
An investor is suing California edibles company Altai for spending his cash on private jets, luxury hotels and personal legal bills.
The publishing industry is putting out a slew of weed books, including the Complete Idiot’s Guide to growing.
A British Airways flight turned around shortly after departing London due to an unexplained cannabis smell.