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Rick Schettino

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Rick Schettino is the Publisher and Editor In Chief of CannabizNews as well as cannabiz industry resource, Groway.com. Rick has been a communications and marketing consultant for decades with a penchant for working with startups. In his spare time he enjoys writing and producing original music and island hopping.

“Woefully Understaffed” LA To Add 21 New Positions to Department of Cannabis Regulation

Los Angeles is expected by many to become the world’s largest marijuana market. To handle that kind of regulator workload, one might think the city would also have the world’s largest team working for...

U.N. Report: Legal Cannabis Breaks International Treaties

It seems the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is feeling left out in the world’s lurch towards legal recreational marijuana. In its 2017 annual report, INCB claimed that countries which have legalized...

MA Announces License Application Period, RI and CT Consider Legalization, NH and ME Bills...

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has announced the approval of the licensing process for companies wishing to grow, sell, and distribute cannabis in the Commonwealth. Applications for Priority Certification as Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMD) will...

California Lawmakers’ Bill Would Cut Cannabis Taxes In Order To Cut Into Black Market...

A bipartisan bill has been introduced in California to lower cannabis taxes. Should it pass, it could temporarily reduce taxes on the state’s recreational cannabis by about 9 percent. The purpose of the proposal...

Koch Brothers Encourage Republicans To Support Federal Legalization of Marijuana

The Koch brothers are one of the Republican party’s biggest donors. In fact, they have pledged to donate up to $400 million to Republicans running for office in the 2018 midterm elections. That kind...

How Blockchain Might Change the Marijuana Industry

Blockchain technology is disrupting finance in much the same way as legalization and regulation are disrupting cannabis. Both are booming and bringing with them some major technological and financial innovations. Cryptocurrency investments remain the hottest offering in...

Analyst to Cannabis Investors: Now Is a Good Time

Most industries, products, and markets that achieve broad public acceptance have been shown to follow a particular growth trajectory known as an “S Curve.” Essentially, early adopters touch off initial growth called the "infancy...

Quebec Inks Deals with Six Canadian LPs Promising To Provide 62 Tons of Marijuana

Six Canadian licensed producers (LPs) of marijuana have each announced the signing of letters of intent with the Canadian province of Quebec to supply cannabis and related products for the province’s recreational marijuana market...

Berkeley Becomes First Sanctuary City for Recreational Marijuana Users and Businesses

In a historic move, Berkeley City Council has unanimously approved a resolution to become a sanctuary city for cannabis businesses and users, providing an added layer of protection from Federal prosecution. "The city of Berkeley does not...

Canadian Financial Institutions Warming Up To Cannabis

Although recreational sales of cannabis will not begin north of the border until July, Canada’s financial and M&A firms - both big and small - are already warming up to the Canadian cannabiz. In the...
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January 2018: An Exceptional Month for Cannabis Freedom

January was a big month for marijuana politics. The month started out with California, the world’s 8th largest economy, launching its legal recreational marijuana market. Just days later,  Jeff Sessions trashed the Cole Memo...

Florida Smoking and Homegrown Ban Lawsuits Are Making Progress

The fate of a medical marijuana smoking and home grow bans are now in the hands of Florida Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers. A hearing held in Tallahassee on Thursday was held to consider a...