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Will Big Tobacco Become Big Marijuana?
Posted by CN Staff on April 11, 2015 at 04:46:34 PT
By Trevor Hughes, USA Today 
Source: USA Today
Denver -- While federal law makes their entire industry illegal, many marijuana store owners, growers and retailers fear something completely different: Big Tobacco.Today, most legal recreational marijuana operations are small, limited to a single state and barred from ever getting large by regulators who want to keep a close eye on the fast-growing industry. But those small operators struggle to get bank loans for expansion, often produce an inconsistent product and sometimes have no idea how to balance supply and demand for their crops.
And many fear that tobacco companies, with their deep pockets, longstanding experience dealing with heavy government regulation, and relationships with generations of farmers will jump into the burgeoning marijuana market. At marijuana business conventions and in private conversations, it sometimes seems like everyone has heard a rumor about Big Tobacco getting in."I think there's a ton of paranoia that they're buying up warehouses and signing secret deals," said Chris Walsh, the editor of Marijuana Business Daily, an industry publication.It's not just paranoia: Tobacco companies for generations have talked privately about getting into the weed business.This past summer, researchers poring through more than 80 million pages of previously secret tobacco industry documents found that Big Tobacco has long had interest in pot."Since at least the 1970s, tobacco companies have been interested in marijuana and marijuana legalization as both a potential and a rival product," researchers Rachel Ann Barry, Heikki Hiilamo and Stanton Glantz wrote in a June 2014 paper published in the Milbank Quarterly, which focuses on population health and health policy. "As public opinion shifted and governments began relaxing laws pertaining to marijuana criminalization, the tobacco companies modified their corporate planning strategies to prepare for future consumer demand."In many ways, the marijuana market of 2014 resembles the tobacco market before 1880, before cigarettes were mass produced using mechanization and marketed using national brands and modern mass media," they wrote. "Legalizing marijuana opens the market to major corporations, including tobacco companies, which have the financial resources, product design technology to optimize puff-by-puff delivery of a psychoactive drug (nicotine), marketing muscle, and political clout to transform the marijuana market."The researchers entitled their paper "Waiting for the Opportune Moment: The Tobacco Industry and Marijuana Legalization."Snipped:Complete Article: http://drugsense.org/url/U8KU9cP5Source: USA Today (US) Author: Trevor Hughes, USA TodayPublished: April 11, 2015Copyright: 2015 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite: http://www.usatoday.com/CannabisNews -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #4 posted by HempWorld on April 11, 2015 at 12:17:23 PT
My short answer:
Not really! Maybe in the long run as with cigarettes, but these are primarily a nicotine delivery device. With Cannabis/Marijuana it is more like a fine wine or beer, when aroma, mood and terpenoids or terpenes come into play.And hey, check out this website with video and products, really cool!
HempLife CBD Products!
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on April 11, 2015 at 06:58:33 PT
Honest Jobs
Study shows pot producerís impact on Nanaimo economyhttp://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/299086261.htmlI thought this interesting because it gives an idea of how jobs are created when discredited cannabis laws are changed."The company currently employs 120 people in Nanaimo and is on track with its expansion to become the No. 1 employer in the Nanaimo region,"You can imagine this entire region's citizens will experience a better quality of life in every way. And as cannabis becomes completely RE-legalized in Canada, the implications of a better quality of life extend toward the benefits of not caging citizens who choose to use the plant, with all it's implications.Re-legalizing cannabis = a bright future.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on April 11, 2015 at 06:49:25 PT
Want to buy cannabis from cancer stick producers?
There are some differences that matter to the average cannabis using type person.-Many will not want to float any money toward companies producing cannabis which also produce killer products like cancer sticks.-In Colorado, the mentality toward craft beer and breweries is strong and that mentality will lead toward avoiding the nicotine pushers.-Price will dictate how much market they receive, like cheap beer, however, there's a growing percentage of people who investigate parent companies and avoid the worst. And cancer stick companies are among the worst.They could also help end cannabis prohibition, bringing them favor...When I purchase beer, I gladly pay more and get better quality craft beer which tastes better, is produced by companies which never support or supported cannabis prohibition and don't spend millions or billions on crushing their competition or getting into My pocket.That extends to many beers which present themselves as craft beers but are owned by the larger breweries, like Coors...You can't just assume that small brand beer is independent!I'll work hard to make sure none of My money goes toward any cancer stick interest. -0-
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 11, 2015 at 04:48:36 PT
No Surprise
Way back in the 70s we always thought tobacco would get into Marijuana production. Miracle Grow is too now.
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