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On June 19, 2018

Main Streaming Marijuana: Politics and the federal debate on legalization

Can Federal Legalization of Cannabis Happen? Federal Decriminalization Plan on the Horizon Recently, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced his intention to introduce a legislative plan that would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level, [Sophie Tatum, 4/20/2018, CNN, https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/19/politics/schumer-marijuana/index.html]. Also, former House Majority Leader John Boehner recently announced that his next big move after leaving...
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On June 12, 2018

Legal Cannabis is Hard to Advertise

Online Platforms Heavily Restrict Cannabis Advertising Cannabis has been legalized for adult use at the state level by voters in 8 different states and the District of Columbia—but professionals in the cannabis industry are facing another obstacle: how to market their products effectively to consumers. A recent Washington Post article summarized the issue, “Online platforms...
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On June 5, 2018

Banking on Cannabis (the Cannabis effect on financial institutions)

Cannabis and Banking – an Accounting Nightmare Cannabis recently became sanctioned for adult-use consumption by the state of California, and for the first time, the state imposed a tax on cannabis—creating a taxation nightmare. A recent article in The Economist explains. “The state treasury estimates that sales in 2018 will reach $7bn. But it will...
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On April 26, 2018

Anheuser-Busch Wholesale Operator Bets Big On Cannabis — Nick Rinella Named Chief Operating Officer Of Verdant Distribution

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The founder of Verdant Distribution, Brian Blatz, proudly announced today that beverage distribution professional Nick Rinella was named Chief Operating Officer of Verdant Distribution. Despite Nick Rinella’s family legacy as a Midwestern beverage distributor for over 60 years with clients such as Anheuser-Busch and Dr. Pepper/Snapple,...
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On April 26, 2018

Nick Rinella Named Chief Operating Officer Of Verdant Distribution

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PRESS RELEASE — The founder of Verdant Distribution, Brian Blatz, has announced that beverage distribution professional Nick Rinella was named chief operating officer of Verdant Distribution, according to a press release. Despite Rinella’s family legacy as a Midwestern beverage distributor for over 60 years with clients...
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On April 24, 2018

The economic effects of Legal Cannabis

Colorado on Track to Collect More Than 1B in Total Cannabis Tax Revenue by 2019 Cannabis Tax is Helping State Budget The Colorado Department of Revenue recently released Cannabis tax data for Q1 of 2018, totaling $63,688,122 in collected cannabis taxes for the period of January – March 2018. The Q1 revenue falls just short...
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On April 24, 2018

The cultural impact of legal Cannabis

Legalizing Cannabis Lowers Teen Use; Adult Alcohol Consumption A recent study reported in The Washington Post found that legalizing cannabis use in a state actually lowers teenage recreational use—defying years of anti-cannabis rhetoric and fear-mongering. In addition, the same study found a correlation between cannabis use and a decrease in alcohol consumption. Teenage Cannabis Use...
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On April 24, 2018

Resistance to federal legalization of Cannabis: The Jeff Sessions conundrum

Federal Government Won’t Target States with Legalized Cannabis Use State’s Legalization of Cannabis Protected? President Trump “promised a top Senate Republican that he will support congressional efforts to protect states that have legalized [cannabis]” reports The Washington Post. Sen. Cory Gardner from Colorado vowed to block all Department of Justice nominees from confirmation, until the...
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On April 24, 2018

Can Legalizing Cannabis Cure the Opioid Crisis?

A scientific study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that cannabis legalization can curb opioid use. The findings purport that medical and recreational cannabis laws “have the potential to lower opioid prescribing for Medicaid enrollees, a high-risk population for chronic pain, opioid use disorder, and opioid overdose” it continues, “liberalization may serve as a...
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