October 22 2021,

TOGETHER WITH

THE BIG IDEA

Happy Saturday everyone,

If you were in Vegas, you’re probably looking for a restful weekend. Submit your party pics to High Society at hello@weedweek.net and look out for some favorites in a coming issue.

Let’s get to it,

Alex

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What happened in Vegas

Marijuana wasn’t part of my life seven years ago when Fast Company magazine sent me to MJBiz Con. The story of this outlaw industry going corporate so enthralled me that I moved to Denver and started writing this newsletter. So, even beyond the isolation imposed by the pandemic, I was in a reflective mood before this year’s revelries.

In 2014, MJBizCon attracted about 3,500 people and took place at the neglected, off-Strip Rio hotel. Just like everyone predicted, there’s been extraordinary growth. In some respects, progress has been slower than Thought Leaders expected or at least predicted. Nonetheless, this week the industry was flush with confidence, and cash. It’s outgrowing the awkward phase. At the same time, white men of a certain age still predominate almost everywhere money is on the table. There’s more diversity than seven years ago, but also more “Chads.”

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