Cannabist Show: She’s a social media pro; He plans national expansion

Featured guests: Rise Above Social Strategies founder Lauren Gibbs and Mindful director of government and public affairs Erik Williams.

We’re talking about problems legal marijuana businesses are having with social media and sudden shutdowns of their accounts on Instagram, Twitter and others; Willie Nelson’s new line of Willie’s Reserve weed shops; planning a cannabis-friendly wedding; how to succeed in national business expansion; and changing marijuana laws on the East Coast and in the South.


• Recreational marijuana businesses have proliferated so rapidly in some of Denver’s poorer neighborhoods during the past two years that city officials are exploring ways to disperse future growth more evenly. The pot boom in neighborhoods such as Elyria Swansea, Globeville and Northeast Park Hill in north Denver, and Overland to the south, wasn’t exactly unexpected, but it still has residents and community groups concerned. –Report by The Denver Post’s David Migoya and Ricardo Baca

• A judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit seeking federal approval for the first credit union for marijuana in Colorado, saying that allowing it “would facilitate criminal activity.” U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson said in a nine-page opinion that he was compelled to reject The Fourth Corner Credit Union’s suit because marijuana remains illegal under federal law.


Test your knowledge on Oregon’s marijuana sales tax; what’s happening with Illinois’ brand-new medical marijuana program; and another state that’s launching a medical program this week.

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