The Spark: Watch Cannabis Inspire Rey Jaffet’s Massive ‘Strength of Strains’ Mural

The Spark: Watch Cannabis Inspire Rey Jaffet’s Massive ‘Strength of Strains’ Mural

July 5, 2017

Art requires patience, passion, and talent—and when an artist brings cannabis into the mix, magical things can happen. Miami native Rey Jaffet is one muralist adept at incorporating cannabis and artistic creation. He showcases his magic on colossal canvases, filling the sides of buildings and structures with bold strokes and pops of color, evoking an array of emotions from those lucky enough to view his pieces up close. He’s also a dedicated consumer of cannabis, citing it as a consistent source of inspiration.

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Diego Pellicer CEO Talks Building A National Cannabis Brand Under A Trump Administration

Diego Pellicer CEO Talks Building A National Cannabis Brand Under A Trump Administration

Javier Hasse
May 02, 2017

Benzinga recently had the chance to talk with Ron Throgmartin, CEO of Diego Pellicer Worldwide Inc. and discuss the company, its stock and its fundamentals.

In this article, we’ll share a look into his views about building a national cannabis brand.

Big Bets

About four years ago, Diego Pellicer’s management team at the time said they intended to construct a national brand. This isn’t exactly common in the U.S. cannabis industry right now due to the federal illegality of marijuana. In fact, only a few companies like Innovative Industrial Properties Inc or GW Pharmaceuticals PLC- ADR can aspire to crossing state borders.

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Diego Pellicer, The ‘Premium’ Marijuana Brand That Never Touches The Plant

Diego Pellicer, The ‘Premium’ Marijuana Brand That Never Touches The Plant

May 1, 2017

Diego Pellicer Worldwide Inc (OTC: DPWW) is a real estate and consumer retail development company in the cannabis industry. You might have seen their cool, fancy stores if you’ve ever been to Seattle or Denver, or maybe heard about the company’s $3,600 weed cigar.

Benzinga recently had the chance to chat with the company’s CEO, Ron Throgmartin, and shoot a few questions his way.

Meet Diego: He’s Not Your Gardener

We first asked Throgmartin to walk us through what the company does.

“Since marijuana is still federally illegal, it is of our opinion at Diego Pellicer that it is not prudent at this time to directly profit from the sale of marijuana. When this model was created, we knew that we had to create it in such a fashion that the profits from marijuana would not directly flow to the company. So, at its core, we are a real estate company,” he said.

 

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7 of the Best-Designed Marijuana Shops Across America

7 of the Best-Designed Marijuana Shops Across America
It was inevitable that high design would find its way into a booming cannabis industry
By Nick Mafi
April 18, 2017

With each passing year, it seems the societal taboos around marijuana are slowly fading into thin air. Consider, for example, the following fact: According to a recent Gallup Poll, support for cannabis legalization in the U.S. is up to 60 percent—an all-time high. What’s more, 28 states and the District of Columbia have recently legalized medical marijuana. With that, of course, comes the potential windfall of new business for cannabis growers and sellers. Yet, there’s another group that should be added to the list of those who will benefit from this, and it’s not who you’d first come to expect: architects and interior designers. Naturally, as the industry grows, and competition stiffens, each company will look for an edge to bring in more patrons. And that includes smartly designed spaces. Although the industry is still in its early stages, AD surveys seven of the best-designed marijuana shops across America.

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Need a Weed-cation? These are the top travel spots for tokers

NEED A WEED-CATION? THESE ARE THE TOP TRAVEL SPOTS FOR TOKERS

April 10, 2017

By Nick Dimengo

Smoking marijuana might not be for everyone, but, for those who frequent the practice, it’s one of those things that you can never have enough info on.

In the past, we’ve given you tips about things like cooking with weed, how to handle your edibles and how the stuff affects sex.

With spring and summer coming up, we figured it’d be useful to speak with some cannabis industry experts to figure out where vacationing with weed is ideal, with them telling us the best spots for tokers to visit.

  • “California has always had cannabis as part of its draw, but Denver was where the first true flood of tourism around a regulated cannabis experience began. There are some incredible companies built around promoting the professional and socially motivated side of cannabis while combining it with a truly enjoyable Denver experience. There is also a picturesque city on the Caribbean coast of Mexico that many cannabis industry leaders retreat to; but it’s not my place to blow up their spot!” — Michael Bologna, CEO of Green Lion Partners
  • “We expect recreational cannabis to be legal across Canada as early as next summer. Once legalization is in full swing, it will be exciting to see what kinds of cannabis-specific attractions take root, but Canada is already an incredible tourist destination, so legalization is really just a bonus. Legislation will apply to the entire country, so for now, cannabis enthusiasts can plan their destination based on other interests, choosing Vancouver for its incredible nature and scenery, Toronto for its summer festivals and multiculturalism, or Montreal for its nightlife and food.” — Devon Scoble, Content and Lifestyle Editor at Lift
  • “Barcelona in the early spring to avoid the onslaught of tourists; Amsterdam for King’s Day (the streets are rammed but the energy is infectious); Toronto in early fall – the lakes are still warm, the trees just start changing colours and who doesn’t love a good campfire story? California and Colorado any time of the year and South Africa in spring or fall, unless you are a sun baby.” — Lisa Harun, Co-Founder at Vapium
  • “Running a startup public company with 35 employees doesn’t leave a lot of leisure time. But when I can get away, I do love to spend a quick weekend on the Oregon coast in historic Newport, a wonderful seaside town on Highway 101. The crashing waves and beautiful sandy beaches are a great getaway from the day to day grind.” — William Waldrop, CEO of Signal Bay, Inc.(OTCMKTS: SGBY)
  • “From my perspective, Seattle is one of the best cities in the U.S. that a cannabis user could take a vacation to, if not the best. Between the high number of legal, recreational cannabis dispensaries, to large numbers of coffee shops, to numerous forms of relaxing entertainment (think space needle), it provides a perfect environment for the typical consumer.” — Alex Canto, COO/Owner of Diego Pellicer, Washington

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Pot Retailers Are Overhauling Their Shops to Make Them More Sleek and Sophisticated

Pot Retailers Are Overhauling Their Shops to Make Them More Sleek and Sophisticated
Targeting the ‘Chardonnay mom,’ not just the stoner dude

By T.L. Stanley
March 28, 2017

A marijuana shop would have to be pretty darn opulent and over the top to earn the nickname, “the Taj Mahal of THC.” But then again, until recently, the bar was set pretty low in this relatively new but fast-growing segment of the retail world.

Diego Pellicer, a cannabis store in Seattle named for a Spanish hemp magnate, looks like a cross between a high-end jewelry boutique and an art museum. Customers get concierge-level service while they shop for gourmet weed-infused edibles, potent tinctures and, of course, designer bud. Add-ons could later include in-house cafes or clothing pop-ups at the flagship Washington location and its sister Denver site.

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What’s It Like to Be a C-Suite Executive in the Cannabis Industry?

What’s It Like to Be a C-Suite Executive in the Cannabis Industry?
Ethan Andersen
Monday, 13 March 2017 08:01 (EST)

Being a C-Suite executive in any industry is bound to come with a set of challenges. Unlike traditional sectors, however, the cannabis space is one with a wide mix of regulations, personalities, cultural taboos and odd businesses. Given that cannabis remains federally illegal, industry professionals often have to develop innovative ways of running their businesses to ensure that profitability, ethicality and sustainability are prioritized. As a result, many of the industry’s occupants find themselves in unique careers that require a range of skills for success.

Here’s what it’s like to be a C-Suite executive in the cannabis industry:

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Diego Pellicer Worldwide Inc (DPWW) Popping Higher in Session

Diego Pellicer Worldwide Inc (DPWW) Popping Higher in Session
March 7, 2017 Dasher Business Review

Diego Pellicer Worldwide Inc (DPWW) shares are climbing higher today touching $0.2580 on a recent bid, up $0.027 from the open. The stock touched a high point of $0.2600 before settling at current levels.

Diego Pellicer Worldwide Inc (DPWW)’s Williams Percent Range or 14 day Williams %R currently sits at -78.46. The Williams %R oscillates in a range from 0 to -100. A reading between 0 and -20 would point to an overbought situation. A reading from -80 to -100 would signal an oversold situation. The Williams %R was developed by Larry Williams. This is a momentum indicator that is the inverse of the Fast Stochastic Oscillator.

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Diego Pellicer Worldwide Recognizes a First!

Diego Pellicer Worldwide Recognizes a First!March 7, 2017

SEATTLE, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc., a real estate and consumer retail development company that is focused on developing the world’s first “premium” cannabis brand, today announced a first in the Company’s history of operations.

The 4 Branded tenants Diego Pellicer has under its operations, covering Washington and Colorado, have all performed under their lease agreements and paid rents for March 1st. This marks a first in the history of Diego Pellicer Worldwide, Inc., and leads the way to a cashflow positive financial picture. The business model is reliant on the tenants’ success and their ability to perform under our unique business model. Washington opened the flagship store in Seattle in the fourth quarter of 2016, and our Colorado store opened last month to great fanfare.

Our exclusive tenants have secured multiple state cannabis licenses, including medical and recreational cultivation licenses, infused medical and recreational products manufacturer licenses (Medical Processor License for edibles and concentrates), and retail licenses.

Ron Throgmartin, CEO of Diego Pellicer Worldwide, stated, “2017 is the breakout turning point of the company’s future, with all our tenants stepping up to the plate and performing under their agreements. We are poised to be cash-flow positive, proving our business model, allowing us to leap forward with new acquisitions, increase our market share, and follow our growth strategy, to drive shareholder value.”

The full third quarter 2016 report for Diego Pellicer will be available on the SEC website at https://www.sec.gov/.

Can Cannabis Infuse Passion Into Retail? An Exclusive Look at Colorado’s Newest Premium Dispensary

Can Cannabis Infuse Passion Into Retail? An Exclusive Look at Colorado’s Newest Premium Dispensary

1 Mar 2017
By: Kate Senzamici

Medical and adult-use marijuana retail franchise Diego Pellicer is commonly referred to as “the Starbucks of weed” – a far cry from the image of shady, underground pot operations that has traditionally dominated public conception of the industry. In trend with the U.S. recreational cannabis retail landscape (which exists now in some form in eight U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia), Diego Pellicer (DP) stores provide a differentiated, formal, and decidedly premium retail experience. The second U.S. location opened February 14 in Denver following a $1 million renovation (the first opened in Seattle in October 2016) as an independent brand licensee focused on owning and operating legally compliant dispensary and grow operations.  I spoke with Diego Pellicer Colorado CEO Neil Demers about what goes into introducing a new retail format and CPG product to the mainstream retail landscape—and what traditional retailers can learn from cannabis.

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