HLG week in review 5.21-5.25

Cannabis Industry Delivers 100,000+ Jobs And Billions In Tax Revenue, CBD Manufacturer Signs Deal to Get Product in 7-Eleven Stores

Cannabis Industry Delivers 100,000+ Jobs And Billions In Tax Revenue

Jobs are growing in the cannabis sector and the so are the businesses offering them. 125,000-160,000 people work full-time in the legal marijuana industry according to Chris Walsh, industry analyst and Editorial Vice President of MJBizDaily. That includes growers, processors, sellers and those that service and supply those companies. There are more marijuana sector employees than librarians or kindergarten teachers in the United States Walsh said. Read more.

CBD Manufacturer Signs Deal to Get Product in 7-Eleven Stores

One of the nation’s best-known convenience store chains, 7-Eleven, could carry CBD products in up to 4,500 franchise locations across the United States by the end of 2018. Phoenix Tears, a Denver company that makes hemp-derived CBD oils and oral sprays, announced the distribution deal Tuesday. The Denver company made the 7-Eleven deal with the help of MarketHub Retail Services, a distributor that works with 7-Eleven franchisees. Read more.

As Marijuana Goes Mainstream, Women Are Starting To Crack The So-Called ‘Grass Ceiling’

When Danielle Schumacher attended her first convention of marijuana activists about 15 years ago, she could count on one hand all the women in a room of older men. The lack of diversity struck the then-college student, who remembers feeling out of place but also determined to make her mark.

“That feeling just really stuck with me that this isn’t going to last. This is going to shift in my lifetime, and I want to be part of that,” said the San Francisco-based Schumacher, who in 2014 co-founded THC Staffing Group, a recruitment firm that encourages a more diverse cannabis industry workforce. Read more.

De Blasio to Tell NYPD to Stop Arresting New Yorkers for Smoking Marijuana in Public 

Mayor de Blasio will tell the NYPD to stop arresting people for public pot smoking — and launch a new group to officially prepare the city for the outright legalization of marijuana in New York. De Blasio, who has long opposed making recreational pot legal, now says he thinks legalization is inevitable and is creating an official task force to get ready for the day when that happens. Read more.