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The movement to re-legitimize cannabis to it’s pre-prohibition state has always been a ground up affair. In the late 70’s, when Robert Randall challenged the federal government’s stance on marijuana, citing medical necessity–a legal basis that allows citizens to break federal law when the harm of following it outweighs the alternative–he became the Rosa Parks […]

What a week for cannabis! On Tuesday the people of Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. made their voices heard and chose to take a new approach to regulating marijuana. All across the country we are witnessing sweeping pro-cannabis sentiment, and conscious push-back on decades of stigma and fear – the making of history. Many states […]

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. With cannabis cultivation operations ramping up their production to meet demand, the same facilities will more than likely also need comprehensive cannabis waste solutions […]

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 […]

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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 […]

The rapid growth of the cannabis industry can make timely communication with our community a bit of a challenge. When Solstice co-founder Alex Cooley or I have a rare moment to stop and reflect, it seems new information is available and the conversation has shifted. Our fundamental mission has always been to offer the highest […]

Solstice is proud to showcase this Leafly article about professionalism in “cannabusiness” (which is a great name for the burgeoning cannabis industry). The article cites a Hempfest Hemposium panel featuring our very own Solstice co-founder and Vice President Alex Cooley. Panel topics include trademarking, holding companies, and banking. Leafly is an excellent resource for cannabis […]