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Global: Facebook Waging Weird War On Hemp

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Facebook’s weird and inexplicable history of attacking CBD (hemp oil) pages is well documented. It doesn’t make any sense, but we all know it happens: Facebook routinely shuts down pages for any number of often-unspecified reasons, and evidently CBD falls afoul of one of its labyrinthine, incomprehensible and arrogant policies.

So it was perhaps no surprise that one of the most popular UK CBD pages, Canabidol who produce the CBD Gel-Tab, the UK’s best selling CBD supplement, was last week shut down by Facebook admins.

Facebook is a vital tool for pretty much any business today. If you want to sell anything -- especially if you’re selling a niche product -- a social media presence is vital.

Many businesses, like Canabidol, spend thousands on Facebook advertising. It’s an investment into building an audience of potential customers, so when businesses lost their Facebook pages their profitability takes a hit, especially if they have client information, order details and other vital data stored in the page’s inbox.

U.S.: National Cannabis Industry Association Platform To Connect Experts, Entrepreneurs

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First-of-its-kind Cannabis Expert Calling Network (ECN®) Kicks Off at NCIA's Cannabis Business Summit and Expo

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and Brainsy, Inc., are collaborating to launch the Cannabis Expert Calling Network (ECN®), a knowledge-sharing platform connecting cannabis industry experts with entrepreneurs and information-seekers online and via paid telephone consultations.

NCIA members who are experts in their area of the cannabis industry will be invited to set up personalized profiles on the Cannabis ECN system, which allows information-seekers to find and contact them, then conduct over-the-phone consultations at a rate set by the expert.

"With so many new people and businesses entering the cannabis industry, there is a huge demand for knowledge exchange across a range of topics including cultivation and processing, dispensary operations, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, banking issues, and many more," said Aaron Smith, executive director of NCIA.

"The Cannabis ECN will allow high-caliber, experienced cannabis professionals a simple platform to share their expertise with the large number of people seeking them out and be compensated for their time," Smith said.

Maine: Police Department's Post About Misplaced Marijuana Goes Viral

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

"If you've lost a baggie of marijuana at the Rite Aid store, please give us a call. We would like to speak with you."

This brief statement, which the Madawaska Police Department posted on its Facebook page on Sunday, hasn't led to anyone coming forward, but it had been Liked more than 1.3 million times, generated 756 shares, and triggered a storm of comments.

With no other evidence, there hasn't been any further police investigation, according to Office Jamie Pelletier, who was on duty at the time, reports Tory Jones Bonenfant at the Fiddlehead Focus.

When employees opened the Madawaska Rite Aid pharmacy on Sunday, March 20, they found a small baggie near the cash register and entryway. It contained a couple of marijuana buds.

The department claimed it posted the information to "raise awareness," but also to shed some police-style "humor" on the situation.

The Facebook post stirred up a discussion about drug use, parenting, legal growing and medicinal use, current federal laws, community drug awareness, and police priorities and resources.

Even if no charges arise from the incident, Madawaska Police Chief Carroll Theriault said, it is still good that people are discussing drug use in the community.

Colorado: Cannabis Start-Up Businesses Strut Their Stuff At DemoDay

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Cannabis entrepreneurs taking part in CanopyBoulder’s fall class will offer in-depth public demonstrations of their fledgling businesses on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. in Boulder’s eTown Hall.

The event, which is open to the public and live-streamed, features demonstrations by the founding partners of companies in everything from grow-tech to media to accessories. All nine CanopyBoulder companies are presenting during the event.

“Cannabis innovators pack our fall class, and all of them are excited about discussing their businesses,” said CanopyBoulder co-founder Patrick Rea. “The industry is still so young, and the entrepreneurial ferment bubbling up around it gets fizzier every month.”

CanopyBoulder, the nation’s only business accelerator for the cannabis industry, accepts two classes of entrepreneurs a year to participate in prestigious 13-week boot camps. By the time the businesses graduate, they should be poised to gain investors and begin engaging with the marketplace.

The first class of CanopyBoulder, which graduated in June, has already raised more then $3 million from investors for a wide range of business, including business analytics, media, an online cannabis marketplace and more.

California: The Green Exchange Launches Online Marijuana Store

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The Green Exchange, Inc. has launched the world's first online marijuana store. This innovative portal allows California dispensaries or collectives to view available cannabis inventory, connect with growers, make purchases direct from the farm, or place a bid via a unique online auction platform.

The Green Exchange is free to use, and there are no contracts, fees or obligations. Dispensary owners or managers are invited to visit the website and try it out.

The new system also provides an automatic social media notification, so when a dispensary obtains cannabis, a message can automatically be sent to the dispensary's Twitter and Facebook followers, notifying them that a new selection of cannabis is available.

In this regard, the website also functions as a sales and marketing tool that gets the word out to dispensary patients and potential patients – all free of charge.

The Green Exchange was developed by a group of cannabis industry veterans, who have been growing in Mendocino County for more than 10 years.

"We think it's important for everyone to know that we are not Wall Street outsiders or Silicon Valley Executives, looking to make a fast buck in the marijuana industry," said Joshua Artman, cofounder and CEO of The Green Exchange, Inc. "We get our hands dirty every day.

"We know how to grow a quality product," Artman said. "And now, through an innovative, web-based system, we are able to offer this product directly to dispensaries, with no middleman or markup."

U.S.: Ganjapreneur Accepting Applications For Guest Contributors

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Ganjapreneur last week announced that they are accepting applications for guest contributors who wish to share their own experiences navigating the tumultuous cannabis industry via the rapidly-expanding website.

As an online marijuana business resource, Ganjapreneur is committed to providing its readers with the best possible information and news regarding the cannabis industry. However, the best insights often come with experience, and for that the team behind Ganjapreneur is reaching out to their readers, many of whom are entrepreneurs in the cannabis space or professionals in a related industry.

Becoming a guest contributor means more than just sharing your knowledge with the public, according to Ganjapreneur: it affords you a unique opportunity to establish your expertise with the Ganjapreneur audience. All contributions will include an “About the Author” section with a photo of the author (if desired), a short professional bio, and a link to the author's website or social media profile. If the contribution is made by a business or organization, a brief description will be used instead.

Guest contributions will require a rigorous editing process before they are accepted. Guest articles will be published on the Ganjapreneur website, broadcast over the organization's social media channels, featured in its weekly newsletter, and made available via the Ganjapreneur mobile app.

Global: National Cannabis Patients Wall Humanizes Patients In 40 Countries

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The National Cannabis Patients Wall, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to humanize and change medical marijuana laws founded in 2014 in Tennessee, now reaches 40 countries around the world and has more than 17,000 members, organizers announced on Tuesday.

"We endeavor to help patients find support, encourage and support activism while educating the public about medical cannabis and its advantages, and raising funds to build display walls to represent patients from every state," explained NCPW founder Dana Arvidson of Nashville, Tennesseee.

“The National Cannabis Patient's Wall not only signifies our solidarity as patients in need of a safer and effective alternative to harsh pharmaceuticals, but also the barriers we must overcome, our current State and Federal laws, which keep us from the medicine we desire and need," Arvidson said.

Arvidson said the group, which maintains a prominent social media presence including on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Google+, aims to help patients in every state and country reverse the prohibition of cannabis this year, "and to end the needless suffering, before more people die."

"We work daily to assist the repeal of marijuana prohibition, opening the door to common sense regulation," Arvidson said.

According to Arvidson, one of the best parts of NCPW is letting patients know they aren't facing illness and often legal persecution all alone.

"We provide patients with a place to gather with others who feel the same way," she said. "It truly helps when a patient knows they are not along in their struggle.

California: Farm-To-Table Medical Marijuana Mobile Delivery App Launches

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The Green Exchange, Inc., the developers of "Loud Cannabis," which the company calls "the world's first online portal and HIPPA compliant mobile app that connects growers to patients," on Tuesday announced the launch of their Patient Delivery Application.

"Loud Cannabis" is a free app that is now available for Android phones. The app uses patented technologies to allow patients to sign up with a farm collective, browse available inventory, purchase products, and arrange for immediate home delivery.

"This new app will empower farmers and give patients a direct connection to the source of their cannabis," said Joshua Artman, founder and CEO of The Green Exchange. "When people buy food, they want to know its origin, freshness and quality. Now this 'farm-to-table' distribution model is available to help farmers connect with more people, and provide patients with fresh cannabis with integrity and transparency."

Unlike other "delivery-service" apps that are hitting the market, Loud Cannabis was developed by farmers - for farmers, as well as for cannabis users who care about quality, according to The Green Exchange.

When a grower adds inventory into the Loud Cannabis app, it is simultaneously loaded into an Integrated Social Media (ISM) push platform, so that consumers can instantly see the latest product offerings via Twitter. This feature helps growers build their brand, increase the value of their products, and drive sales, according to the company.

U.S.: CannaBranders Launches Web and Branding Services For Marijuana Industry

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Cannabis is big business and CannaBranders, announcing the launch of their website this week, is positioning itself to be a leader in the medical marijuana branding and web services market.

The web and branding company dedicated solely to the (legal) marijuana/cannabis industry, has announced they will be attending the National Marijuana Business Conference and Expo in Las Vegas on November 12-14.

CannaBranders will be sponsoring NCIA’s 4th Anniversary Banquet, "Vive la Révolution," on Thursday, November 13. The conference is produced by Marijuana Business Daily and will have more than 1,500 cannabusiness pros and major investors from more than 30 US states and 10 countries such as Medical Marijuana, Inc (OTCPK:MJNA), HEMP, INC (OTCPK:HEMP), Cannabis Science, Inc (OTCQB:CBIS), Growlife, Inc (OTC:PHOT) and GreenGro Technologies (OTCPK:GRNH).

CannaBranders has assisted many marijuana business organizations through specialized cannabis industry marketing in order to achieve their targeted goals. They offer marijuana website design, marijuana graphic design, cannabis industry marketing, medical marijuana marketing and even how to open a marijuana dispensary.

Oregon: Moms from Oregon, Colorado and Washington Endorse Measure 91 Marijuana Legalization

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Moms from Oregon, Washington and Colorado on Friday gathered at the Yes on 91 headquarters to show their support for Measure 91, which would regulate, legalize and tax marijuana for adults 21 and older in Oregon.

“My top priority is the safety of my children,” said Leah Mauer, who founded a Facebook group called Moms for Yes on 91. “The current approach is failing to keep them safe.

"A better approach is to take marijuana away from illegal dealers and cartels and put it behind the counter at a regulated, inspected and properly zoned store,” Mauer said.

Colorado and Washington are already experiencing successful results from their approval of the regulated use of marijuana:

• Teen use and access to marijuana is down in Colorado. (Source: US News & World Report, Aug. 7
• Arrests are down for marijuana violations. (Source: The Denver Post, Jan. 14)

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