Photos: Colorado Cannabis Summit -- and how the pot biz is like Game of Thrones

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"We're building a plane while we're flying it."

That's how Shellene Suemori, head of science at Dixie Elixirs, a locally based enfused beverage maker, describes the cannabis industry in Colorado. Since recreational dispensaries first opened their doors in January, marijuana entrepreneurs have been exploring new ideas in business, technology and science -- and the first Colorado Cannabis Summit was created to bring together the numerous areas of the industry to discuss them.

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Brian Seifried, mayor of Garden City.
More than 300 vendors, growers, lab directors, experts and entrepreneurs visited the Exdo Event Center during yesterday's summit. The panels and speaker presentations were broken up by short intervals for food and networking, and each attendee was given a goody bag, in a distinct shade of green, full of information about sponsors and presenters.

Stan Wagner, founder and director of outcomes for Red Thread creative group, started organizing the summit in January. "There seemed to be a lot of questions from dispensaries, and also from businesses that serve them," Wagner says. "We thought this would be a good opportunity, almost as a check-in, after retail went live."

To kick off the day-long summit, Brian Seifried, the mayor of Garden City, explained how the small population of his town was learning to not only adapt to the cannabis businesses that had moved in, but also thrive. Since MMJ dispensaries started opening there five years ago, they've become part of the community, Seifried said.

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Presenters also offered practical advice. KC Stark, CEO of MMJ Business Academy, detailed the necessary steps for starting a serious marijuana business able to compete in the harsh market. Dedication and good planning were necessary for survival, he said, comparing starting a legitimate cannabis business to the popular yet bloody TV show Game of Thrones. In his words, "Tricky doesn't last. Smart does."

Continue for more about the first-ever Colorado Cannabis Summit.

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*** Former Dixie Employee Blasts CBD Industry, Company ***

Tamar Wise, the former head of science for Dixie Botanicals, has called out the entire cannabidiol products industry as well as her former employer.

In a post on her Facebook page, Wise said CBD-based products are made from “crude and dirty hemp paste” that is contaminated with microbial life, residual solvents and other toxins. The post is no longer on her page.

“I’m tired of so called CBD companies claiming that what they provide is medicine. Anyone using a CBD from hemp product please be aware of what you’re actually getting b/c it is not what you think,” Wise wrote on her Facebook page. The message was quickly copied and re-posted on several other social media pages of those with an interest in the marijuana industry.

“What these companies are doing is criminal and dangerous…and since I formulated most of these products as head of Dixie science, I feel responsible for spreading the truth.”


Nice article. For those who are fans and/or in the legal business of Marijuana should checkout is a new social media website for legal business in the Marijuana Sector, hold listing of dispensers and hedge shops and stores in the US, and the website is similar to facebook but with a MJ Theme. Get place to pass the bud. 


one job. one American at time. one nation. we the people. not the government. the canna-revolution and the end of prohibition is one of the few industries where Corporations lead by locals, mom-and-pops, and budding entrepreneurs can lead the way.  And let big corps follow. the majority of mmj and rmj businesses today all started from locals 'in pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.'  big pharma and big brother didn't play in the early days in the 'game of cannabis thrones.' we all risked our lives, our homes, our bank accounts, our businesses and started from the bottom up. today we've grown. that's a good thing.  growth brings jobs. development. more experience. can we build a better tomorrow from the bottom up? yes, we canna. yes, we have. let freedom ring. 

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Welcome the Corporate Cannabis Clowns ... who've had ZERO prior experience in the marijuana business / industry before they saw the lure of $$$$ from the so-called "green rush".

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@rblee " hold listing of dispensers and hedge shops" "Get place to pass the bud"

Typical illiterate bong-sucking imbecile.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@MMJIQ "Corporations lead by locals, mom-and-pops, and budding entrepreneurs can lead the way"

LOL! ... there are no "mom-and-pops" left in the industry dominated and controlled by the Greedy Big $$$ Dispensary Cartels.

The original little guys that you fantasize about have been REGULATED out of existence.



@DonkeyHotay @rblee Because there was a few typos doesn't make me or another an imbecile. It just makes you look like an JACKASS, from criticizing and condemning. Yes, correct spelling, grammar, and usage of syntax is important; however, this is the online world where it is a common place to find such things. Not due to being a "typical illiterate bong-sucking imbecile" but due to the fast pace typing of the online world. Grow up.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@rblee " Because there was [sic] a few typos ..." "It just makes you look like an [sic] JACKASS"

... so you're TOO FUCKING LAZY to either proof-read what you write ... or use automatic spell / grammar check?

Typical slacker stoner.

If you're going to SPAM for your www site, at least take the effort to not sound like just another bong-sucking idiot.

Why are so many stoners so damn illiterate?

Did pot make you stupid, or are stupid people attracted to marijuana?

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