Best Cannabis Resources: News & more!

Navigating the new world of medical and recreational marijuana can be daunting. Every state is completely different and everyone is operating in a federal grey area. It is important to stay informed, especially if you want to or currently work in the industry. But where can you find trustworthy information? Here are a few of my favorite sources! This blog will be updated with additions as new resources surface. Feel free to comment below your favorite resources!

PARAGONSPACE + PARAGONCOIN

Paragon is a newly launched space in Los Angeles and offers a wide variety of resources both physical and digital for those looking to grow in the industry. Think of WeWork but We(ed)Work on steroids. Cozy open floor plans, an outdoor oasis and all the coffee in the world are just a few immediate pluses at Paragon. While the mainstream is warming up to cannabis-centric businesses, it is still hard to find smoke-friendly office spaces at affordable rates in safe neighborhoods. Paragon is a secure compound in Los Angeles that is pro-pot! This is a huge leap forward for those in the industry needing a place to work. Paragon also features ParagonCoin and ParagonChain. Paragon tackles banking issues with the PRG coin. This digital token can be used to securely transfer funds. It also allows access to the platform. ParagonChain is a blockchain solution that aims to revolutionize supply chain tracking for the industry. Below is taken directly for their website:

“Smart-contracts, stunning GUI’s and a sophisticated database architecture, ParagonChain sits at the core of our seed-to-sale solution. Every stage of the seed-to-sale process is recorded by the responsible parties, be it a cultivator or a dispensary. The input data is stored with Paragon and launched as a smart contract – ensuring immutability and easy access. Batches of products are interlinked throughout their journey through the supply chain, all of which is powered by ParagonChain solutions!”

WEEDWEEK NEWLSETTER

If you’ve met me, there’s a 50% chance I’ve told you to check out WeedWeek and sign up for the newsletter. I saw Alex Halperin speak at an event and from that point on I have remained a loyal subscriber. Their newsletter features an incredible amount of actual information, links,

MARIJUANA BUSINESS DAILY

This caters to more of the business side of the cannabis industry. They also are in charge of the infamous MJBizCon, feature an industry directory, a magazine, MJBizTV and more helpful items for you to stay in-the-know. This year was the largest MJBizCon by a milestone by both vendors and attendees. As they add new features and segments, this will be an extremely strong informational source for business-savvy individuals.

LEAFLY

Leafly has an enormous amount of content to help consumers understand their products. Whether it’s live product or smoking accessories, Leafly has the jump on it. I particularly like their newsletter and layout for researching strains. Keep your eye on Leafly as they build out of LeaflyTV featuring the likes of favorite influencers such as Sasha from Silenced Hippie!

HIGH TIMES

This staple has been in the business long enough to see multiple stages of medical and recreational legalization. Their first official publication was in 1974 and has been paving the way for consumers and industry members alike. High Times is first and foremost a magazine, but has also evolved with the generational changes. One notable name that has helped during the brand’s evolution has been Danny Danko. He has a very grounded and knowledgable perspective, especially on the subject of cultivation. Not only does High Times have a long list of talent, they have grown an extremely active social media presence, they produce live streams, host massive events and recently launched High Times TV. If you’re poking around the site, you’ll be able to check out a number of informative collections but they particularly have the jump on latest news, grow information and new products to try. One last item that is unique to the High Times name is their latest endeavor. High Times’ investment venture creates a more accessible investment opportunity for those looking to expand their portfolios in the cannabis world. You can find their SEC filings and Reg A+ Offering Circular here.

LA CANNABIS NEWS

If you are looking for more localized cannabis news, LA Cannabis News is your one-stop-shop! The online publication brings readers relevant news items, information on brands, events and more. You can also find potential job opportunities and general coverage on the culture. My favorite part about this website is that they are building out their own resource list! I cannot wait until this is fully developed because the more knowledge shared within the community, the better!

GREAT CBD REVIEWS

Navigating CBD is a monster. It seems like there is a new brand popping up daily - especially due to the prevalence of white labeling. Great CBD Reviews releases tons of informative posts on various brands that allow consumers to make more informed decisions. Their site is currently undergoing some maintenance but their Instagram feed serves as an excellent supplementary source, and subsequently a community gathering.

Elizabeth Whiting