Washington Marijuana Business Shows Off

Trade fair gives an insider look at cannabis industry

Photo: Tony Archibeque Jr
On the second floor of an old ramshackle warehouse in Seattle's SODO neighborhood, Washington State's budding cannabis business community gathered last weekend for the unofficial kick-off of the nation's second legal recreational pot market.

Three hundred cannabis industry attendees -- business people in suits, lawyers, investors, employers and entrepreneurs -- gathered for the first time under one roof to learn about new marijuana products, check returns-on-investment, and establish the necessary industry contacts they'll need in advance of the rollout of state's new retail marketplace, expected to begin sometime in June, 2014.

MJBA Vendor Fair Seattle was produced by Seattle-based Marijuana Business Association, a national b2b trade organization serving the legal marijuana industry, and sponsored by Evergreen Herbal, a maker of popular cannabis-infused edibles and drinks.

The convention was about the business of marijuana. There was an excitement and energy in the room reminiscent of the dot com boom. The people who participated at MJBA Vendor Fair represented the best cannabis companies in Washington.

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More than 300 business professionals attended the two-day event, and nearly two dozen exhibitors showcased their wares – from eco-friendly grow lights (Forever Green Indoors), security (CSA and SCAR), logistics (Green Thumb Logistics), software (BioTrackTHC), hardware (MagicalButter and TrimPal), high-tech extraction (Eden Labs), edibles (Evergreen Herbal, Nana's Secret Soda and Legal (The Law Offices of Kurt and Stephanie Boehl, PLLC), Accounting (New ERA) and, of course, branded marijuana (Sitka and Washington Bud Company).

Washington NORML Executive Director Kevin Oliver was in the house, as was "Radical" Russ Belville, who broadcast the weekend's many live demonstrations (my favorite: Raw Cannabis Cooking with TwiceBaked and Maria) and presentations (including a NASA Scientist explaining how LED lighting technology can save energy and money to your professional grow). MJBA plans call for Vendor Fairs every quarter. An MJBA Job Fair for employers and employees is in the works, as are a series of professional MJ business educational seminars. In Washington, legal marijuana is serious business.

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Now think about this for moment. God created a plant that could be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, made into milk (akin to soy milk), prepared as tea, and used in baking (Genesis 1:11-12, Genesis 1:29-31). Also the same plant could be used to make paper, textiles, biodegradable plastic, body products, and bio-fuel (Psalm 104:14-15). Even more, this same plant could clear toxic impurities out of the soil, water, and air by the process of phytoremediation (Job 38:27). And lastly, this very same plant can be used as a medicine (Ezekiel 47:12). A Believer simply would simply call this miracle plant a gift from God.

So what would be Satan's response to God's miracle plant? To spread lies and outlaw the plant. Let's not forget that the Bible warns us of Satan's trickery (1 Timothy 4:1-3, Corinthians 11:12-15). The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. The fact is the Truth will be mocked as we learn in Luke 7:28-35. The innocent will be persecuted without cause (Psalm 119:81-88). And to think that America, "Land of the Free", presently has the highest incarceration rate in the world because of this unjust war on a plant. And it's sickening that prohibition gave birth to the unholy private prison for profit system. The only way to describe this prohibition is it's utterly evil. This is what God the Lord says— read Isaiah 42:5-9. But there will be a day of reckoning, and again the Bible clearly states God has given us a plant that can both feed and heal the world (Ezekiel 34:29, Revelation 22:1-2).

March 31 2014 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sebastian Arango

Have you heard of the new and first ever MLM company that allows you to sell cannabis hemp based products? It's now legal in all 50 states, what's your opinion on this?


March 29 2014 at 2:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow man...like cool.

March 24 2014 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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