Category: Business

Hail Mary Pass for the Cannabis Underdogs

Hail Mary Pass for the Cannabis Underdogs
In response to my reader Greg Schroeder. Greg said that the amount of money needed to have a shot at the cannabis business is ridiculous. Yes Greg, it is. It’s definitely skewed to the plutocrats out there. That was one of the reasons that the bonus points were added for minority participation. ha ha. Too... Read more »

"Green Rush" Cannabis Could be Social Enterprise Gold

This Labor Day week my husband and co-founder of our not for profit, Bronzeville Urban Development and his trusty sidekick me, are out in San Francisco to raise awareness and hopefully money. The awareness is the possibility of using medical cannabis cultivation and dispensing as a social enterprise; raising funds to do just that is... Read more »

Message to Big Pharma: Have a toke and a smile and shut the “f” up

Message to Big Pharma: Have a toke and a smile and shut the “f” up
Years ago Richard Pryor had this joke in which someone was talking to him and he really didn’t want to hear it. His reply was “have a coke and a smile and shut the f—-k up. I thought what a great tee shirt this would make. Have a toke and a smile and shut the... Read more »
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Worker Cooperatives in Mississippi Illegal

Worker Cooperatives in Mississippi Illegal
In my last post I introduced some of you to the concept of the worker cooperative. Mostly I tried to dispel the rumors that the term “worker cooperative” was code words for socialist or communists. I tried to give a sense that this term and all it’s intention is democracy in its purist form, one... Read more »

Worker Cooperatives Are Not Capitalist Pigs in Pink Lipstick

Worker Cooperatives Are Not Capitalist Pigs in Pink Lipstick
If you haven’t heard of worker cooperatives, you’re in the company of a lot of people. If you talk about this corporate structure at some cocktail parties, you might be labeled a socialist. Fear not what others might call you. At least you will not have to feel sorry for yourself for being called a... Read more »

Mariano’s Market and Chicago Politics

I attended a meeting yesterday at the CHA offices. The heads-up went out by email from several quarters of the community late in the afternoon prior to the meeting. The topic that drew so many of us to 60 East Van Buren was the proposed Mariano’s Market on the old Ida B. Wells housing site... Read more »
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Risky Business: Marijuana

Risky Business: Marijuana
I promised my readers that my next article would be on the risks associated with being in the legal (by state) marijuana business. Marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I drug (having no medical efficacy, so they say) and illegal by federal laws. One of the consequences of that is that marijuana, be it... Read more »

Pot of Gold: Or the Outlook for Marijuana Business

Pot of Gold: Or the Outlook for Marijuana Business
This week the Congress Hotel was the site of the Canna Business Money Show. There is no doubt about it marijuana cultivating, dispensing and infusing in all manner of products is no hippie, long hair, bead wearing, beat up blue jeans and old Sargent Pepper reminiscent clothing industry. These were serious business people in attendance.... Read more »

Marijuana, Weed, Hemp and History from Before the 60’s

Marijuana, Weed, Hemp and History from Before the 60’s
Excuse the pun but Illinois and most of the U.S. and Canada are all abuzz about legalizing marijuana. The financials are off the chart. The tax revenue is staggering. We’re not just talking medical marijuana or as the Illinois draft law states, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. We’re talking legalizing pot... Read more »
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Skype: A New Curse Word

Skype: A New Curse Word
I am one of those people who when confronted with a stream of curse words on the street, on public transportation or elsewhere that don’t seem to have any relevance to the spouting person being angry or momentarily in the throes of pain because they have just dropped a big weight on their foot, am... Read more »