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Fact Checking CNN’s Claim That Some Cannabis Products Now Have 90% THC Levels



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Sniping CNN’s Reefer Madness Article


One would think that in 2023, Reefer Madness articles would be essentially non-existent. However, here we are with CNN publishing some unscientific anti-reefer nonsense, most probably sponsored by their sugar daddies – Pfizer.


Nonetheless, it’s my duty as a cannabis activist to dismember the propaganda and show people just how insidious these media companies are. Even though no one really takes CNN seriously anymore.


Throughout this article, I’ll be breaking down specific parts of the original CNN article which can be found HERE in its entirety.



Marijuana and other products containing THC, the plant’s main psychoactive ingredient, have grown more potent and more dangerous as legalization has made them more widely available. Although decades ago the THC content of weed was commonly less than 1.5%, some products on the market today are more than 90% THC.


The buzz of yesteryear has given way to something more alarming. Marijuana-related medical emergencies have landed hundreds of thousands of people in the hospital and millions are dealing with psychological disorders linked to cannabis use, according to federal research.


But regulators have failed to keep up.




Firstly, while there are some truths mixed within this opening statement, there are also plenty of falsehoods scattered about. For example, the statement that “Although decades ago the THC content of weed was commonly less than 1.5%, some products on the market today are more than 90% THC.”


This is inherently false. Most people did not smoke weed with 1.5% THC or less decades ago. There have always been the knowledge that “some cannabis strains are more potent”, and people knew this in the 1950s and 1960s. Cannabis has been around for thousands of years, and people have used it for its psychoactive properties.


In fact, the use and manipulation of the plant into its many forms have been intertwined with the fabric of our global society. Every culture at some point in time utilized cannabis as a medicine and for industrial purposes.

Therefore, the assumption that during the early 1900s up to the 1960s, there was no understanding of potency, selective breeding, etc – is ludicrous.


While it’s true that most weed available to the markets were either “ditch weed” which was low potency, or cannabis shipped from Mexico. Mexican weed does have a lower than average percentage of THC, however, you’d still see on average potency between 4.5% – 9%.



Pot has changed profoundly since generations of Americans were first exposed to it.


Cannabis has been cultivated to deliver much higher doses of THC. In 1980, the THC content of confiscated marijuana was less than 1.5%. Today many varieties of cannabis flower — plant matter that can be smoked in a joint — are listed as more than 30% THC.


At one California dispensary, the menu recently included a strain posted as 41% THC.


Legalization has also helped open the door to products that are extracted from marijuana but look nothing like it: oily, waxy, or crystalline THC concentrates that are heated and inhaled through vaping or dabbing, which can involve a bong-like device and a blowtorch.


Today’s concentrates can be more than 90% THC. Some are billed as almost pure THC.




While it’s technically true that there was low THC in the 1980s – the confiscated cannabis were often left in dismal conditions. Testing wasn’t done immediately. THC degradation happens immediately and don’t be fooled – they did NOT test for THC as stringently as they claimed.


During the 1980s, THC was not their main concern. Look at the D.A.R.E PSAs and you’ll see that they didn’t talk about THC. They talked about “marijuana” or “pot” in general terms because the average consumer wasn’t too savvy about the lingo.


Of course, there was certainly a culture of breeders that were creating more potent strains via selective breeding – the fact of the matter was that law enforcement data integrity on the subject matter is very shotty to say the least.


Additionally, recent research has pointed out that a vast majority of advertised or listed cannabis potency is oftentimes over exaggerated. Realistically, most potent strains sold in dispensaries sit between about 15%-20% .


Furthermore, cannabis consumers tend to regulate their consumption. If they buy high potency cannabis, they tend to consume less of the substance. Therefore, even the mention of potency is irrelevant for the majority of consumers. However, the mainstream wouldn’t say this.




This doesn’t mean that there aren’t “problematic” consumers, but it does mean that CNN is wilfully using alarmist rhetoric to hype up the “challenges” of the industry.




Higher concentrations pose greater hazards, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “The risks of physical dependence and addiction increase with exposure to high concentrations of THC, and higher doses of THC are more likely to produce anxiety, agitation, paranoia, and psychosis,” its website said.


In 2021, 16.3 million people in the United States — 5.8% of people 12 or older — had experienced a marijuana use disorder within the past year, according to a survey published in January by the federal Department of Health and Human Services.


That was far more than the combined total found to have substance use disorders involving cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, prescription stimulants such as Adderall, or prescription pain relievers such as fentanyl and OxyContin.


Other drugs are more dangerous than marijuana, and most of the people with a marijuana use disorder had a mild case. But about 1 in 7 — more than 2.6 million people — had a severe case, the federal survey found.




Firstly, cannabis has always been consumed more than the other drugs combined. Secondly, the vast majority of the “16.3 million people” were “older” than the age of 18. In fact, if you take a look at the statistics, you’ll notice that there have been a decline in use within younger generations.


While college use has risen, 18 & under has seen a slight decline.


Secondly, “Marijuana Use Disorder” is a loose term. You have to smoke like 2 joints a week to be considered “an addict” which makes anyone who is “busted with weed” essentially “addicted” according to this rhetoric.


Finally, even this article admits that the vast majority of consumers don’t have a negative experience. And their line of questioning ends there.


Why didn’t they ask, “Why did the 6 out of 7 have a good experience?” What where the differences between these people? Did it have anything to do with set and setting, history of psychotic disorders, etc?


All of these issues have practical solutions, but when you drum the “alarmist” drum, you can’t hone in on the actual important elements, you have to keep the ethereal boogieman in the center frame so that you can continue to operate with impunity.




Uneven State Regulation

Medical use of marijuana is now legal in 40 states and the District of Columbia, and recreational or adult use is legal in 22 states plus D.C., according to MJBizDaily, a trade publication.


Early in the covid-19 pandemic, while much of America was in lockdown, marijuana dispensaries delivered. Many states declared them essential businesses.


But only two adult-use states, Vermont and Connecticut, have placed caps on THC content — 30% for cannabis flower and 60% for THC concentrates — and they exempt pre-filled vape cartridges from the caps, said Gillian Schauer from the Cannabis Regulators Association, a group of state regulators.


Some states cap the number of ounces or grams consumers are allowed to buy. However, even a little marijuana can amount to a lot of THC, said Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, a professor of health policy, economics, and law at the University of Southern California.


Some states allow only medical use of low-THC products — for instance, in Texas, substances that contain no more than 0.5% THC by weight. And some states require warning labels. In New Jersey, cannabis products composed of more than 40% THC must declare: “This is a high potency product and may increase your risk for psychosis.”




It’s true that due to cannabis prohibition on a federal level, there is no universal regulation. However, the evidence linking high potency cannabis caps and the impact on people consuming them is limited.


Whether it’s legal or not – high potency cannabis is now a thing. Meaning, people will get it iether on the black market or the legal market.


The truth of the matter is that if you are going to “cap” how much cannabis you can buy under the guise of public safety, shouldn’t that apply to alcohol which has a  higher body toll than cannabis?


Alcohol is tied to 40% of all violent crimes and domestic abuse. If there’s a candidate to “limit” in terms of potency, and availability it’s alcohol.


Yet the reason we don’t do this is due to the  failed experiment of prohibition. We know that if you limit or try to prohibit certain goods – the black market steps in.


Therefore, the best approach is education. Teaching people “how” and informing them of the risks. Creating protocols for those who have “gone over the edge” and provide them with the tools to get back on track.




The FDA has “all the power it needs to regulate state-legalized cannabis products much more effectively,” said Lindblom, the former FDA official.


At least publicly, the FDA has focused not on THC concentrates derived from cannabis or weed smoked in joints, but rather on other substances: a THC variant derived from hemp, which the federal government has legalized, and a different cannabis derivative called cannabidiol or CBD, which has been marketed as therapeutic.


“The FDA is committed to monitoring the marketplace, identifying cannabis products that pose risks, and acting, within our authorities, to protect the public,” FDA spokesperson Courtney Rhodes said.


“Many/most THC products meet the definition of marijuana, which is a controlled substance. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulates marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. We refer you to the Drug Enforcement Administration for questions about regulation and enforcement under the provisions of the CSA,” Rhodes wrote in an email.


The DEA, part of the Justice Department, did not respond to questions for this article.




That’s because, for anyone who understands how the FDA and the DEA operate, they are the gatekeepers to legalization. It’s because of this catch-22 situation that exists between the DEA and the FDA.


They have used this system for decades to stagnate research, stop any attempts of decriminalization, de-scheduling, etc.


While the FDA could regulate cannabis, I’d rather not. Since the pandemic, we have seen that the FDA is essentially an extension of big pharma. We have enough historic evidence to at the very least suggest a “heavy collaboration” between the regulatory body and those they “allegedly” regulate.


From a consumer perspective, the trust in the FDA is  at an all time low. We know more about how they operate now especially due to how they handled the pandemic.

Therefore, it would be best to create a special regulatory agency apart from the FDA. Under what scheduling is alcohol and tobacco again?




In the meantime, said Coleman, adviser to the National Cannabis Industry Association, states are left “having to become USDA + FDA + DEA all at the same time.”


And where does that leave consumers? Some, like Wendy E., a retired small-business owner in her 60s, struggle with the effects of today’s marijuana.


Wendy, who spoke on the condition that she not be fully named, started smoking marijuana in high school in the 1970s and made it part of her lifestyle for decades.


Then when her state legalized it, she bought it in dispensaries “and very quickly noticed that the potency was much higher than what I had traditionally used,” she said. “It seemed to have exponentially increased.”


In 2020, she said, the legal marijuana – much stronger than the illicit weed of her youth – left her obsessing about ways to kill herself.


Once, the self-described “earth-mother hippie” found camaraderie passing a joint with friends. Now, she attends Marijuana Anonymous meetings with others recovering from addiction to the stuff.




Then Wendy the earth mother should grow her own cannabis shouldn’t she? After all, she is an “earth mother”. And why would she suddenly be attending a marijuana anonymous meeting? If she’s been smoking all her life, then she had access to cannabis pre-legality.


Meaning that she has a direct link to her “OG” weed.


Something just smells way too fishy with these unprovable sob stories about weed grannies and teenagers losing their shit because of the “potent weed” when 6 in 7 have no issue with high potency weed according to the very article.


This is a tactic that was used by Randolph Hearst when he tried to smear cannabis. He invented these stories that “could be true” and since he owned the newspapers, he didn’t have to prove it to be true.


CNN, being a tool for Pfizer would most certainly advocate against cannabis for the sole reason that legalization of cannabis equals massive loss of potential revenue for pharma.


Furthermore, people often times “red pill” themselves when they smoke weed, especially, when they learn about the messed up history of cannabis prohibition.


Therefore, from what I see from this article is no different than from what Hearst and DuPont wrote about cannabis in the 1930s leading up to Reefer Madness..


The Sticky Bottom line


At the end of the day, I think that most people don’t take CNN too serious anymore. Nonetheless, they spam this into the psyche of the masses which forms social opinions. This is why I take it upon myself to eviscerate their propaganda and show a more nuanced version of the truth.





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New York Cannabis: License Number Estimates




During New York’s Cannabis Advisory Board’s meeting on September 26, 2023, the Office of Cannabis Management’s (OCM) Executive Director Christopher Alexander revealed that the OCM anticipated issuing “over a thousand, closer to 1,500 licenses” as part of the initial licensing window that is currently scheduled to open on October 4, 2023. As referenced in this comprehensive summary from John Schoyer of the Green Market Report, the OCM had previously disclosed that the OCM ultimately envisions a market with at least 2,000 retailers and 800 growers.

Executive Director Alexander’s announcement did not provide any insight into how the OCM plans on allocating licenses among the license types that will be available during the initial application window. Nor did it indicate whether there will be any sort of geographic allocations in the same way that the Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary licenses were limited by region.

From an application perspective, it is most interesting (or, more appropriately, alarming), that the OCM’s announcement reiterated the October 4, 2023 application opening date. Although Executive Director Alexander stated that there will be a guidance document published in the coming days, no such guidance document has been published to date. It is difficult to comprehend the doubling down of an application start date with so much in the air and so little time, but, well, here we are.

As we openly begged in our recent plea to the OCM, applicants are still missing necessary application forms and crucial guidance for prospective applicants. We guess we’ll just have to see what happens with New York cannabis licensing as we get ever closer to October 4, 2023. Stay tuned.

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Auto Union Workers Go On Strike and Get 25% Off at Their Local Marijuana Dispensary in Michigan




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Ultra Cannabis, a recreational dispensary headquartered in Michigan, is demonstrating its solidarity with the committed members and suppliers of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union during the ongoing strike against prominent automakers. In a gesture of support, Ultra Cannabis has unveiled an exclusive 25% discount for all UAW members and supplier associates who provide a valid union ID.


The UAW strike, which commenced on September 15, 2023, has garnered widespread national interest, particularly among Ford Motor Co. employees. General Motors and Stellantis have joined forces to advocate for fair contracts and improved working conditions. As the strike’s effects ripple through Michigan, impacting both families and communities, Ultra Cannabis is steadfast in its dedication to providing vital support to UAW members and their suppliers during these challenging times.


Jonathan Yaldo, the owner of Ultra Cannabis, expressed that UAW members and suppliers are more than just customers; they are our neighbors, friends, and extended family. They are committed to alleviating the financial burdens of the strike, and this discount is a small but meaningful gesture to illustrate the strength that comes from unity in assisting one another.


The 18207 West 8 Mile in Detroit dispensary is extending a 25% discount on all recreational cannabis items to UAW members and supplier associates who can present a valid ID. This offer remains accessible for the entire UAW and supplier strike duration.

Strike Expands To 20 States

The United Auto Workers union escalated its strike against major automakers, with workers at all 38 parts-distribution centers operated by General Motors and Stellantis, the parent company of Jeep and Ram, in 20 states walking out. However, Ford was spared from further shutdowns.


Ford managed to avoid additional strikes because the company had addressed some of the union’s demands during negotiations over the past week, as UAW President Shawn Fain reported during an online presentation to union members.


Fain noted, “Substantial progress has been achieved at Ford. While significant issues still require resolution, it’s important to acknowledge Ford’s genuine commitment to reaching a mutually agreeable deal. However, the situation at GM and Stellantis presents a contrasting scenario.


He emphasized that GM and Stellantis, the successor to Fiat Chrysler, have rebuffed the union’s propositions concerning cost-of-living adjustments, profit sharing, and job security, stating that they will require significant pressure to agree.


GM stated that it had proposed five “historic” offers encompassing wage and job security considerations. GM characterized the UAW’s leadership’s decision to escalate the strike as unnecessary, alleging that personal agendas drove it.


Stellantis, on the other hand, asserted that it had presented “a highly competitive proposal.” They claim to offer all current full-time hourly employees with earnings between $80,000 and $96,000 within four years and seven months, focusing on “workforce stability” during that period. The company reported that the UAW had yet to respond.


Instead of targeting additional production plants on Friday, the UAW directed its actions toward the distribution centers responsible for supplying parts to car dealer service departments. This strategic move could involve consumers in the dispute if dealers experience shortages of essential elements.


According to the UAW, more walkouts are expected to impact 5,600 more workers and the nearly 13,000 who initiated strikes last week at three Ford, GM, and Stellantis assembly plants. The initial strikes will persist, as confirmed by the union.


It’s worth noting that the UAW continues to refrain from targeting plants responsible for producing Detroit’s best-selling vehicles, such as the Ford F-150 and Stellantis’ Ram pickups. These models account for a significant portion of the companies’ revenue and profits. This approach reflects the union’s strategy of gradually intensifying the strike’s impact on the automakers.

Impact of the Strike

Deutsche Bank analysts have estimated that General Motors (GM), Ford, and Stellantis have collectively lost production of more than 16,000 vehicles since the strike commenced. This strike began at a Ford assembly plant near Detroit, a GM factory in Wentzville, Missouri, and a Stellantis Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio.


Alongside this, Anderson Economic Group, a consulting firm in Michigan specializing in industry analysis, has calculated that the strike has inflicted approximately $1.6 billion in economic damage. This damage includes over $500 million for the automotive companies and more than $100 million in lost wages for striking workers and those laid off.


So far, the strike has led to the temporary layoff of approximately 6,000 workers by the automakers and some of their suppliers. General Motors even had to close down a factory in Kansas that depended on parts produced at the Wentzville plant.


However, the strike’s impact on nationwide car dealerships has not been evident. Analysts suggest it will take a few weeks before a significant shortage of new vehicles becomes apparent, though prices may increase sooner if a prolonged strike prompts panic buying.

Amid negotiations, the union is pushing for wage increases of around 36% over four years, citing the carmakers’ substantial recent profits and high CEO compensation as justification.


The companies, in response, have offered a little over half of that amount, citing their need to invest in transitioning from gas-powered vehicles to electric ones. Some of the union’s demands, such as 40 hours’ pay for a 32-hour work week, have been outright dismissed.


While Ford has made some concessions, including reinstating cost-of-living wage increases and improved profit-sharing and job security, significant gaps still exist in critical economic issues.


The union has been negotiating concurrently with all three Detroit giants instead of focusing on one company and setting a pattern for contracts at the others. By favoring Ford after a week of negotiations, the UAW is following its traditional bargaining pattern of securing the best deal from one company and expecting the others to match it.


The recent escalation of the strike, targeting parts distribution centers, could quickly impact GM and Stellantis. According to analysts, this strategic move is seen as a bold and potentially risky poker move by the UAW. However, some experts believe involving current owners of GM and Stellantis vehicles in the dispute may backfire on the union as those needing car repairs may not be sympathetic to the strike.


Despite the strike expansion, it involves only a fraction of the UAW’s total membership, allowing the union’s strike fund to last longer as most members continue to work under the expired contract and contribute to the fund. However, an extended strike raises the risk of division among workers receiving entire paychecks and those receiving strike benefits.



The ongoing strike in the automotive industry is causing substantial economic damage, with both carmakers and workers feeling its effects. The negotiations remain contentious, with significant gaps between the union’s demands and the companies’ offers.


The strike’s impact on the availability and prices of new vehicles is expected to become more pronounced in the coming weeks. The dynamic situation will evolve as negotiations progress and the strike’s effects ripple through the industry.





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3 Skills You Need to Learn if You Want to Get High at Work and Not Get Fired




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Skills to Learn if you want to be able to “Smoke on the Job” without getting Fired!


Life’s necessities like housing, food, and gas just seem to get more expensive by the day. Finding good, stable work to keep up can be a real challenge, especially for stoners. Clocking in sober when you’d rather be smoking definitely sucks. But as technology evolves and new fields emerge, fresh opportunities arise for making bank from the comfort of home.


In this article, I’ll be covering some lucrative skills worth exploring if you want to be able to smoke cannabis while you work. I’m not talking about slacking off – you’ll still need to deliver results. But mastering these areas can land you sweet remote gigs or steady contracting that afford flexibility. Just imagine taking client calls or meetings with a joint hanging from your lip!


The key is finding roles revolving around freelancing, consulting, or specialized technical skills. When you have in-demand expertise instead of being easily replaceable, you gain leverage to dictate your own working conditions. Set your own hours, bring your own habits.


Of course, fields like manual labor or food service on location won’t fly for wake and bake. But the virtual domain offers many cannabis-friendly ways to profit. With the right skills, you can earn income on your schedule from anywhere. Who says you can’t build a career you love while loving the flower? Let’s get started!


3D Design – Figma, Canva, Blender, Unreal


The world of 3D design has opened up immensely in the past decade, allowing creatives new avenues to generate income. With free software like Figma, Canva, Blender, and Unreal Engine, anyone can start crafting unique digital works and assets. The skills scale exponentially too.


For example, Figma allows you to easily design websites, apps, prototypes, presentations, graphics, and more. It’s an incredibly intuitive and flexible platform. With practice, you can specialize in UI/UX design, landing pages, wireframes, or even entire interface systems.


Similar story with Canva – start by making social graphics and editable templates. But master visual communication and branding approaches to offer social media kits or visualized strategy decks. The deliverables span far and wide.


With Blender, both 3D modeling and animation are at your fingertips. Build environments, prototype products, create text/logo intros, animate characters, the list goes on. Pick a specialization and build a stunning portfolio.


Game design and interactive 3D experiences are possible with Unreal Engine. Craft immersive worlds, program gameplay mechanics, and bring digital creations to life. The core skills apply across industries.


The beauty is that these emerging design mediums are cannabis-friendly. You can spark your creative flow while working from anywhere. Brand yourself for what you uniquely offer – the baked artistry sells itself. As long as you manage time and meet expectations, you can excel while exhaling.


So if you want design skills enabling location freedom and wake ‘n bake workflow, look no further than 3D. Make the digital realm your oyster while paying the bills your way.


Become a “Code Monkey”


Learning to code is like being handed a money printing machine. With so many businesses going digital, programmers have become incredibly valued in every industry. And the opportunities span far beyond just web development.


For example, mastering Python can let you build chatbots, machine learning apps, dynamic web backends, scripts to automate tasks, and much more. As AI proliferates, that skillset pays dividends. Just look at all the sites offering “free trials” before charging monthly subscriptions for basic chatbots. Build it for them once and collect a nice check.


App development is another lucrative path. Flutter for cross-platform mobile apps, React Native for iOS/Android, Swift for native iOS, etc. So many businesses want their own branded apps these days – be the one selling them polished products.


Or dive into backend with Node.js, Django, Ruby on Rails. Every site needs smooth user interfaces but also complex databases and infrastructure behind the scenes. Specialize in transforming concept to reality.


With research and consistent practice, you can level up your expertise in any of these areas. It’s never been easier to access the training for free. Identify high-demand skills and commit to mastery.


The beauty of code is that results matter far more than process. As long as you meet project expectations, clients don’t care if you’re baked around the clock. Just be that anti-social code monkey who delivers gold in exchange for green!


AI-Money Mastery


Artificial intelligence has handed creative entrepreneurs an unprecedented money-making tool. As AI content and image generators explode in sophistication, the real value lies in applying them strategically. With know-how, you can systemize passive income while you chill with cannabis.


For instance, websites like ChatGPT, Anthropic, and offer conversational AI capable of generating marketing copy, articles, emails, social posts and more. Feed it prompts aligned to your audience and curate the outputs into dank content.


You could rapidly build a publication in your niche fueled entirely by AI. Or offer “Done for you” services for clients based on AI content personalized to their brand. Set it and profit while the robot cranks.


Graphic AI platforms like Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, and DALL-E 2 enable ostensibly unlimited image generation tailored to any concept. Want trippy psychedelic designs for merch? How about AI-generated landscapes for prints you can sell? The possibilities are endless.


Combined with print-on-demand services like Redbubble, Society6, and Etsy, you have instant potential for passive income. Upload AI art to products people can buy with no upfront investment or risk to you. Ka-ching while you kick back.


And we’ve only scratched the surface of AI’s potential. Chatbots to automate customer service, AI tools to streamline SEO, leveraging algorithms to mass produce Youtube Shorts or TikTok videos – the applications abound.


Of course, blindly throwing AI at money-making schemes won’t work. You need an intuitive understanding of what resonates with humans. But blend that creative instinct with AI’s untiring output, and you have a cash cow.


Be one of the innovators who recognizes AI’s strategic potential early. Let the robots work while you reap the rewards. The sky’s the limit to tap new markets and optimize existing ones. Just don’t get too stoned and let your AI moneymaker become sentient!


Become a Headshop!


Owning a cannabis culture store or headshop can be an incredibly rewarding venture for stoner entrepreneurs. I’ve known two friends who started from scratch and grew successful regional chains. With the right hustle and passion, you can make this dream a reality.


My buddy Daniel began with a tiny rented space in a flea market-style mini mall. He curated quality glass pipes, vapes, and accessories while providing stellar customer service. Within five years he expanded to 4 prime locations, including a two-story flagship store in the mall.


Another friend, Lalo, couldn’t afford retail space starting out. So he created compact display cases of pipes, grinders, rolling papers etc. Then arranged deals with venues to place them there for a split of sales. Before long he had dozens of cases spread across different high-traffic stores, bars, even barbershops!


Both integrated social media marketing and inventory management early on. This allowed them to curate precisely to local customer demand and turn over products quickly. They reinvested profits to grow while enjoying the ride.


With a bit of starting capital, you can launch your own specialized oasis catering to fellow stoners. Focus on stellar products that you personally love while providing a welcoming vibe. If your passion shines through, success will grow.


Make it a goal to offer the widest selection of quality gear. Foster community with events and enthusiasm. Be the ultimate hub for all things cannabis culture.


Done right, you’ll have a fun, fulfilling and yes – profitable – venture. Getting to sample products and interact with fellow stoners all day? That’s the dream life right there! Just remember the business basics through the bake sessions and you’re gold.


Of course, the skills you’re going to be learning here is how to run a business. Buying, selling, finding the best deals, knowing what’s hot! You’ll probably mess up and run into some issues along the way – but stick to it and you’ll learn the joys of making money doing something you love!


The Sticky Bottom Line


The bottom line is that technology has leveled the playing field, allowing even the “unschooled” to master lucrative skills and get paid. You just have to actually put in the work to build expertise and a polished portfolio.


Show, don’t tell.


With social media and content marketing, you can establish your brand as a top creator without begging gatekeepers for a chance. Let your projects speak for themselves.


Start by picking a skill that genuinely appeals to you – don’t just chase money or you’ll burn out. If you enjoy the craft, your passion will show through. Build a personal website to showcase your best work prominently.


Stay active posting samples on Instagram, Twitter, Behance, DeviantArt, wherever your audience resides. Social proof matters, so highlight client testimonials and collaborations.


Once you’ve honed your skills and curated an impressive portfolio, it’s time to find work. Browse popular freelancing sites like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer to bid on projects that fit your abilities.


However, cold pitching potential clients directly can be even more lucrative. Find companies you’d like to work with and email them personalized offers to solve their problems. You’d be surprised how many will give you a shot.






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