Cannabis 2015 - Danielle Rosellison, Trail Blazin' Productions

Trail Blazin' Productions is a new business venture, started by local Whatcom County professionals, looking to meet the demand for recreational cannabis while maintaining a safe environment and following the letter of the law. We produce (grow) and process (package) we do not retail. Here's a few words form one of the owners, Danielle Rosellison:

I always like to start out that I'm not here to debate the moral ramifications of cannabis. The fact is that the people of Washington voted to legalize cannabis and we are working within that legal framework to create a successful industry.

Recently, I was asked what kind of referrals I was looking for though Whatcom Women's Network. What an excellent question!! First, if you are a cannabis user and you shop at the recreational stores, I'd love you to use our product; brand recognition is always important. However, my true intent of being in this networking group is for community relations. I think it's so important to move away from stereotypical "reefer madness", red eyed, deadlocked, tie-dye wearing, hippy and see the cannabis industry as it truly is - professional, small business start up companies (some not so small) chasing the American Dream just like all entrepreneurs do. While there is no doubt a wide range of people who applied to be a part of I-502, the majority are white and blue collar, middle class Americans.

I do want to briefly touch on two pieces of legislation that could use your support. The first, and most important is HB 2136. This bill does several things to make 502 a working system- changing the tax to a a single point, rather than three tiered, changing the excise tax to a tax paid by the buyer so we don't have to claim it as income on our federal tax returns and revenue sharing with local municipalities. It's the best legislation I've seen so far this year. Please take a minute to write your legislatures and representatives that you support HB 2136. If we don't allow WA to have a good working system for legal cannabis, the industry will go back underground meaning loss of revenue and less safety for our communities. HB 2136 is, however, tied to SB 5052 which regulates medical cannabis. Officially, I have no position on medical cannabis. As a business owner in the 502 sector, we have a lot to gain if this bill passes. From a humanitarian standpoint, I have a tough time with this bill in it's current state. I have been told there are several positive amendments looking to make it into this bill before it passes. These two bills are tied together, meaning if one fails they both fail and vise versa. One thing I feel confident about is that this legislature is going to regulate medical cannabis somehow this session.

Come here more from Danielle at our lunch this Thursday!

When: Thursday, March 12, 2015 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Danielle Rosellison, Trail Blazin' Productions