Haines pot grower proposes cannabis exchange – Ktoo

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Haines pot grower proposes cannabis exchange
Ktoo
Dean Lari's phone has been ringing constantly since he posted an ad on the Haines community website titled “Cannabis Exchange.” In it, he says, “with Measure 2 we now have a great and legal way to exchange marijuana strains.” Lari sees the Cannabis ...

Haines pot grower proposes cannabis exchange – Ktoo

March 31st, 2015 by cannabis news - Google News No comments »

Ktoo

Haines pot grower proposes cannabis exchange
Ktoo
Dean Lari's phone has been ringing constantly since he posted an ad on the Haines community website titled “Cannabis Exchange.” In it, he says, “with Measure 2 we now have a great and legal way to exchange marijuana strains.” Lari sees the Cannabis ...

New York Dips A Toe Into Marijuana Trade

March 31st, 2015 by marijuana - Yahoo! News Search Results No comments »
The New York State Health Department is closing in on a comprehensive set of rules governing the sale of medical marijuana as the state readies for the industry to enter its marketplace. Unlike other states ...

Portland NORML Director Testifies In Salem

March 31st, 2015 by Johnny Green No comments »
Portland NORML brought seven people to Salem today to participate in a hearing on SB936 & HB3400, bills that would, among other things, restrict medical marijuana grows within residential area to just twelve plants. Portland NORML Executive Director Russ Belville testified to the committee (see testimony here) that such a change would affect over 5,000

Colorado: Ex-Marijuana Agent Enlists In The Canna-Business

March 31st, 2015 by Jacob Redmond No comments »
Twice retired, John Seckman benefited from a 30-year executive career in oil and tech booms. Now he’s engaged in the marijuana boom.

“I’m 66 years old,” he said. “I don’t have another boom left in me if I don’t ride this one.”

A self-described excitement junkie, Seckman said he has thrived during Colorado’s marijuana boom.

“My job is to mentor all of the young energy in the industry,” he said. “It’s going to go somewhere, and I just want to help put it in the right direction.”

A 10-year Denver police officer and the first agent in charge of the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division, Seckman is an unlikely marijuana purveyor. He’s the senior director of the Denver-based LivWell, the nation’s largest marijuana operation.

“I wouldn’t know what to tell that police officer from 45 years ago,” he said. “He wouldn’t believe how much the world has changed.”

At MED, every marijuana license application hit his desk. Seckman said the position afforded him the opportunity to know reputable and not-so-reputable ganjapreneurs. He said John Lord, his boss and owner of LivWell, is one of a respectable one.

“When I got the opportunity to work for John, I jumped at the chance,” he said.

Seckman said he’s never tried marijuana and that he never envisioned that he’d work for the other side in the war on drugs.

“I’m not particularly an advocate of marijuana, but I’m not a zealot against it either,” he said. “People voted to have marijuana, and now my job is to run it like a business.”

Seckman said he’d advise his five grandchildren not to use marijuana.

“At least we check IDs,” said Seckman of licensed dispensaries. “Have we made anything worse, or have we made it so you don’t have to sneak around a dark corner?”

His comments were made moments after Cortez City Council members unanimously approved a change of ownership and transfer of state licensing of the Beacon Wellness Group from Paul Coffey to Lord on Tuesday, March 24. Seckman appeared before the council on Lord’s behalf.

“We promise to be good corporate citizens,” Seckman told council members.

City Attorney Mike Green said the new owners and employees had been vetted via background checks by the Cortez Police Department.

During his brief remarks to the council, Seckman said the company hopes to purchase the veterinarian clinic at 1819 E. Main St., across the street from Beacon’s current location. Once the sale is finalized, Seckman said the structure would undergo a complete renovation, and the company would then seek approval from the city to relocate.

“That would be a separate council decision,” said City Manager Shane Hale, confirming the location would meet setback requirements from the new Montezuma-Cortez High School, which is scheduled to open this fall.

Beacon employees received wage increases and 100 percent company-financed health benefits, Seckman said. Starting May 1, employees may take advantage of new retirement options.

LivWell employs nearly 500 people at 19 licensed operations across Colorado. Seckman said the company’s single 140,000-square-foot indoor grow operation in Denver is the largest marijuana production facility in the U.S.

“It’s a marvel,” he said. “It’s like an automated factory.”



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Full Article: The Cortez Journal 03/30/2015 | Ex-pot agent enlists in business
Author: Tobie Baker
Contact: tbaker@cortezjournal.com
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Website: The Cortez Journal | Cortez's home-page for breaking news, weather, sports, local events and entertainment

Colorado: Ex-Marijuana Agent Enlists In The Canna-Business

March 31st, 2015 by Jacob Redmond No comments »
Twice retired, John Seckman benefited from a 30-year executive career in oil and tech booms. Now he’s engaged in the marijuana boom.

“I’m 66 years old,” he said. “I don’t have another boom left in me if I don’t ride this one.”

A self-described excitement junkie, Seckman said he has thrived during Colorado’s marijuana boom.

“My job is to mentor all of the young energy in the industry,” he said. “It’s going to go somewhere, and I just want to help put it in the right direction.”

A 10-year Denver police officer and the first agent in charge of the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division, Seckman is an unlikely marijuana purveyor. He’s the senior director of the Denver-based LivWell, the nation’s largest marijuana operation.

“I wouldn’t know what to tell that police officer from 45 years ago,” he said. “He wouldn’t believe how much the world has changed.”

At MED, every marijuana license application hit his desk. Seckman said the position afforded him the opportunity to know reputable and not-so-reputable ganjapreneurs. He said John Lord, his boss and owner of LivWell, is one of a respectable one.

“When I got the opportunity to work for John, I jumped at the chance,” he said.

Seckman said he’s never tried marijuana and that he never envisioned that he’d work for the other side in the war on drugs.

“I’m not particularly an advocate of marijuana, but I’m not a zealot against it either,” he said. “People voted to have marijuana, and now my job is to run it like a business.”

Seckman said he’d advise his five grandchildren not to use marijuana.

“At least we check IDs,” said Seckman of licensed dispensaries. “Have we made anything worse, or have we made it so you don’t have to sneak around a dark corner?”

His comments were made moments after Cortez City Council members unanimously approved a change of ownership and transfer of state licensing of the Beacon Wellness Group from Paul Coffey to Lord on Tuesday, March 24. Seckman appeared before the council on Lord’s behalf.

“We promise to be good corporate citizens,” Seckman told council members.

City Attorney Mike Green said the new owners and employees had been vetted via background checks by the Cortez Police Department.

During his brief remarks to the council, Seckman said the company hopes to purchase the veterinarian clinic at 1819 E. Main St., across the street from Beacon’s current location. Once the sale is finalized, Seckman said the structure would undergo a complete renovation, and the company would then seek approval from the city to relocate.

“That would be a separate council decision,” said City Manager Shane Hale, confirming the location would meet setback requirements from the new Montezuma-Cortez High School, which is scheduled to open this fall.

Beacon employees received wage increases and 100 percent company-financed health benefits, Seckman said. Starting May 1, employees may take advantage of new retirement options.

LivWell employs nearly 500 people at 19 licensed operations across Colorado. Seckman said the company’s single 140,000-square-foot indoor grow operation in Denver is the largest marijuana production facility in the U.S.

“It’s a marvel,” he said. “It’s like an automated factory.”



News Moderator: Jacob Redmond 420 MAGAZINE ®
Full Article: The Cortez Journal 03/30/2015 | Ex-pot agent enlists in business
Author: Tobie Baker
Contact: tbaker@cortezjournal.com
Photo Credit: None Found
Website: The Cortez Journal | Cortez's home-page for breaking news, weather, sports, local events and entertainment

Alaska Bill That Would Have Banned Marijuana Concentrates Is Defeated

March 31st, 2015 by Johnny Green No comments »
Alaska has had quasi-legal marijuana for several decades now, due to the case of Rakin v. Alaska (1975). That quasi-legal status went to full legalization status after the 2014 Election, during which Alaska voters approved marijuana legalization on Election Day. Since then some members of the Alaska Legislature, and some municipalities, have been trying to

Attend The Women Grow Phoenix Networking Event

March 31st, 2015 by Johnny Green No comments »
If you are a female that is in the marijuana industry, or wants to be in the marijuana industry, and are in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area on April 2nd, you should consider attending the event below: Women Grow Networking Events connect aspiring and current professionals in the cannabis industry. Through our monthly events, our members develop

Addressing Medical Marijuana in Claims – ClaimsJournal.com

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Addressing Medical Marijuana in Claims
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With the approval of marijuana as a treatment for medical conditions in 23 states, plus Washington D.C., and the legalization of recreational marijuana use in two states (Colorado and Washington where its legal medically and recreationally), there are ...
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Colorado trying again to add maternal warnings at marijuana shops

March 31st, 2015 by The Associated Press No comments »

A proposal to require Colorado's pot shops to post warnings for pregnant customers is getting a second look in the state Legislature.

The post Colorado trying again to add maternal warnings at marijuana shops appeared first on The Cannabist.