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Not Your Mama's Job Fair

As legal pot booms in Washington State, the 420-friendly step out for a canna-business job fair – and reveal a diverse and growing population.

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Jane West: Women Grow

After Jane West got fired from her prestigious corporate gig for vaping on national TV, she went ‘all in’ on Denver’s thriving cannabis industry. Her latest coup was raising over $130,000 for the cash-strapped Colorado Symphony entirely with cannabis entities. How she “plans for success” and is helping other women do the same.

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Keeping the Planet in Your Bottom Line

Growing “greener” cannabis has been making the news. Or rather, the cannabis industry’s habit of scaling up largely unsustainable grow methods in big cannabis production facilities is on the national radar.

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Pizza, Sex and a Hike: A man's weekend guide to cannabis

It’s Friday. You’ve been slaving away all week. The boss just gave you the all-clear. So what’s the plan this weekend? Never fear, lads. Solstice has got you covered.

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More Than a Feeling: Cannabis Goes Beyond the "Cure"

Growing up, my first love was athletics—baseball, to be specific. I found my way onto some quality teams through my high motor, which far exceeded any natural talent. At 15, I was covering second base during a double play; I caught the ball, pivoted to throw it to first, and a player sliding into second plowed directly into my left knee. I heard a sickening pop—what I would later learn was the sound of ligaments being ripped away from bone. ...

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Holy Smokes: An Interview with Cannabis Historian Chris Bennet

What could Moses, Shiva, and the Great Leap Forward all have in common?

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Recreational Medicine: An Interview with Dr. Lester Grinspoon

Dr. Lester Grinspoon published his landmark scholarly study, Marijuana Reconsidered, in 1971 while serving as Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Considered radical at the time, the book grew from his experiences with patients who used cannabis to heal or mitigate the symptoms of chronic illness.

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Women and Cannabis

Bikini-Babes and Gangster-Molls: Why canna-culture needs to drop prohibition-era stereotypes and listen to women.As Canna-business booms in the U.S., more women are emerging as industry leaders – and as an economic force to be reckoned with and marketed to.

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Alex Cooley Talks Hempfest

Solstice Vice President Alex Cooley has had several lives in cannabis– as a patient, advocate, consultant, access-point owner, and large-scale grower– and he has brought each of these incarnations to Hempfest. Here Cooley riffs on this year’s theme, “Time, Place and Manner,” his newest role as guest speaker, and how he thinks the Seattle Hempfest festival needs to evolve to serve the changing face of cannabis.

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Hempfest 2014: A Newbie's Guided Tour

As a relative newcomer to all things cannabis, it was hard to know what to expect when walking into Seattle Hempfest; the event is part rally, part symposium and part street-fair that all comes together into a three-day celebration of a single plant with myriad uses.

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The Science of Studying Cannabis

As part of our series on sustainability, Solstice invited our resident science expert, Dr. David Baldwin, to discuss a viable scientific approach to studying cannabis, and why so little research has been done to date.

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A Sustainable Boom? The Future of Seattle's Canna-Preneurs

It’s been just over three weeks since the first legal cannabis shops opened in Washington and already it feels like the initial high is starting to wear off. The long lines, media storms and general hysteria that will likely be discussed in history books are quieting down. In the aftermath, producers, processors, retailers and legislators are now tasked with the hard stuff – working out the kinks to find a way to make cannabis just as viable as any other commodity.

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