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The Marijuana Empire

News and views about California's cash crop

Growing number of women lead in weed

While most billion-dollar enterprises – from Silicon Valley to Wall Street – are dominated by men, there’s one growing field where more women hold higher positions than women in other industries: legal marijuana. Women hold 36 percent of leadership positions in the industry, according to a report by Marijuana Business Daily published last week. In some sectors, such as processing and infused product manufacturing, nearly half of executive positions are held by women, while sectors such as wholesale growing and… Read More »

Trimmigrants headed to the Emerald Triangle for harvest season

The Trimmigrants are headed to the Emerald Triangle for Harvest. (Photo illustration)

Editor’s Note: Marijuana Empire is a Press Democrat blog about the booming business opportunities and evolving medical marijuana culture in Northern California. PD Staff writer Julie Johnson covers evolving laws, policies and business ventures, while blogger Chris Hanson takes a look at the weekly news, people and culture of medical marijuana.  Have you’ve noticed an influx of hitchhikers heading along 101 lately—the ones with frame backpacks, dreads and cardboard signs that say “North” or “Mendocino”? Let us put the pieces together,… Read More »

California’s big-shot marijuana initiative has landed

A group of heavy-hitting Bay Area marijuana legalization activists have finally filed a proposed initiative to legalize adult use of marijuana in California. The Control, Regulate and Tax Cannabis Act of 2016 is anticipated to become a forerunner among a crowded field of draft initiatives jostling to legalize pot’s recreational use and cultivation. The 26-page measure was drafted by ReformCA, a project of the Oakland-based Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, a team that includes Dale Sky Jones of Oaksterdam, California… Read More »