Press Release: Vangst Talent Network Launches Vangsters, the Largest Premiere Job Network for the Cannabis Industry

Vangsters is the largest cannabis career platform, digitally connecting job seekers with top cannabis companies around the world.

Vangst created the Vangsters platform to connect the cannabis industry in one place. In just thirty days since its ‘soft launch’ at Vangst’s Colorado Career Fair, Vangsters has seen 5,000 job seekers complete profiles on their platform in anticipation of its formal launch. Vangsters currently has 40 cannabis companies signed up, and once live, job seekers will have immediate access to over 100 jobs posted on the platform’s job board.


Attorney Says Lawmakers Violated ASU Student’s Rights In Marijuana Conviction

State lawmakers had no legal right to ignore the voter-approved medical marijuana law during the conviction of a college student found with the drug on Arizona State University’s campus.

That’s what attorney Thomas Dean wants the Supreme Court to decide in the case against his client, ASU student Andre Maestas.

Dean said he wants the court to overturn the young man’s 2014 conviction under the premise that Maestas was legally following the law and was in full compliance when he voluntarily told police he had .04 grams of the drug in his dorm room.

Maestas did not know at the time that state lawmakers had amended the voter-approved 2010 medical marijuana law to extend a public school ban on its use to college campuses.

But, Dean argued that’s where lawmakers violated Maestas’ constitutional rights under the Voter Protection Act, because it specifically prohibites lawmakers from repealing or sharply altering anything approved by ballot.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich also called it a felony that places university federal funding in jeopardy.


Iowa Gov. Reynolds Makes Cannabis Board Appointments


Former deputy indicted in huge marijuana trafficking case / Aspen Daily News 

A former Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy who left the department a few years ago to join the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division faces charges for allegedly having a role in a massive trafficking ring that police say distributed and sold cannabis in other states.

In a case that has drawn national attention, including a mention by Attorney General Jeff Sessions as debate swirls over legal marijuana, Renee Rayton left her state compliance position for a job offer from cannabis entrepreneur Scott Pack, who paid her $8,000 a month. She is charged with conspiracy to cultivate over 30 marijuana plants, a felony, and violating the state licensing authority. Efforts to reach Rayton were not successful, but her attorney has told The Associated Press that she is innocent.

The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office began investigating Michael Stonehouse, the alleged ringleader, and Pack a year ago, an inquiry that eventually involved local, state and federal authorities. According to reports by the Associated Press and The Denver Post that cite the indictments, Rayton is accused of using her insider knowledge of the state’s complicated cannabis regulations to help raise plants for Pack’s companies for illegal out-of-state distribution and sale.



Iowa Gov. Reynolds Makes Cannabis Board Appointments



State Sen. Jennifer Flanagan is the Mass t governor’s appointee to the new Cannabis Control Commission beginning Friday, Sept. 1, as it was announced on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Flanagan resigned her seat in the Senate Thursday, Aug. 31 to take the new position after serving in the State House for 21 years.

“It has been the honor to serve and represent my constituency as an elected official in this body,” Flanagan stated in her Aug. 24 resignation letter to Clerk of the Massachusetts Senate William Welch, a copy of which she posted on Facebook.

Hailing from Leominster, the 41-year-old Flanagan is a Democrat whose ability to reach across the aisle to work with independents and Republicans, as well as her own party, played a big part in her appointment.

Speaking from her Leominster office on Wednesday, Aug. 23, Flanagan said she is very excited to start this next chapter in her career.

“This is a totally non-partisan issue, and we want to get it right, and do it right from the beginning,” she said. “This will be done with integrity and the highest standards.”

Flanagan described the entire announcement as a “whirlwind.”

“Gov. Baker and I have a great relationship, and we have been great partners on many issues,” she noted. “We do not always agree on issues, but we can work together.”

The five-member Cannabis Control Commission will regulate both the recreational and medical marijuana industries in Massachusetts.

More at above link

The Boston Globe also reports

Former Bain consultant named top marijuana regulator

Steven Hoffman, a veteran corporate executive and consultant, was named the chair of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, the newly created agency that will usher in an era of legal marijuana use.

The appointment Thursday by state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg makes Hoffman, a 63-year-old Lincoln resident, the state’s top marijuana regulator. He will hire the commission’s executive director and other staff, and oversee the writing of new rules to govern marijuana cultivators, processors, and both medical and recreational dispensaries.

“I am honored to be appointed Chair of the Cannabis Control Commission by Treasurer Goldberg,” Hoffman said in a statement. “I hope to guide this Commission thoughtfully and responsibly as we implement the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. We have a lot to do, I am excited to get to work.”

Hoffman has no experience with the cannabis industry. He worked from 1980 to 1992 at Bain & Company, the powerhouse consulting firm where he eventually became a partner and the head of its large Boston office.


Also – here’s some more info about the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission

Cannabis Control Commission

The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General is accepting applications for the following appointments to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission:

  1. A full-time Commissioner with a background in public safety, to be appointed to the Commission by the Attorney General;
  2. A full-time Commissioner with experience in oversight or industry management in a regulated industry, to be appointed to the Commission to by a majority vote of the Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer and Receiver-General (“Treasurer”); and
  3. A full-time Commissioner with a background in legal, policy, or social justice issues related to a regulated industry, to be appointed to the Commission by a majority vote of the Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer.


The recently established Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is responsible for overseeing the recreational marijuana market and medical use of marijuana program in Massachusetts.  Cannabis Control Commissioners will be appointed by the Attorney General, Governor, and Treasurer to operate the Commission and to efficiently and effectively:

  • Adopt regulations for the administration, clarification, and enforcement of laws regulating and licensing marijuana establishments;
  • Adopt regulations for the licensure and oversight of independent testing laboratories and establish testing protocols for the sampling, testing, and analysis of marijuana;
  • Review and license appropriate applicants for retail, manufacture, and cultivation licenses;
  • Review marijuana commerce and the marijuana tax rate and recommend appropriate changes to the Legislature;
  • Develop a research agenda to study social and economic trends of marijuana in Massachusetts, strategies for limiting the illicit marketplace, and public health impacts of marijuana;
  • Operate a medical use of marijuana program that will allow a qualifying patient to obtain certification from a healthcare professional to purchase medical use marijuana from a medical marijuana treatment center;
  • Maintain a confidential database of qualifying patients, registered healthcare professionals, registered medical marijuana treatment centers, and quantities dispensed to qualifying patients;
  • Work with the Department of Public Health to establish public awareness campaigns to inform the public about responsible use of marijuana and to educate youth about marijuana use;
  • Study the feasibility of alternative tax bases for calculating taxes on marijuana and marijuana products;
  • Study participation in the regulated marijuana industry, including participation by minority business enterprises, women business enterprises, and veteran business enterprises; and
  • Report at least annually to the Governor, the Attorney General, the Treasurer, and the Legislature.

Commissioners will serve for a term of five (5) years and will be eligible for reappointment.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and as set by statute.

Applicants must have a demonstrated expertise in one of three areas: (1) public safety; (2) oversight or industry management, including commodities, production, or distribution in a regulated industry; or (3) legal, policy, or social justice issues related to a regulated industry.

Applicants must be residents of Massachusetts or willing to relocate to Massachusetts within 90 days of appointment.  While serving, Commissioners cannot: (1) hold, or be a candidate for, federal, state, or local elected office; (2) hold an appointed office in a federal, state, or local government; or (3) serve as an official in a political party.  No person who has been convicted of a felony will be eligible to serve on the Commission.

Application Process

Candidates may apply to be appointed to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission at the links below.

Cannabis Control Commission Application (AG Appointment).doc  

Cannabis Control Commission Application (Joint Appointments).docx  

For more information, please contact:

Mariya Treisman
Office of the General Counsel
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
One Ashburton Place, 20th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

The Attorney General’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  As the representative of the Commonwealth and its residents, the Attorney General’s Office strives to ensure that those working in our office reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.   The Office encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions.


All Oregon Cannabis Must Now Be Tested For Pesticides

Beginning August 30, 2017, Oregon now requires all cannabis product batches be tested for pesticides according to the the Oregon Health Authority. The temporary rules that had governed testing for pesticides expired and now the permanent rules are in place and must be followed. The requirement also applies to untested product that was collected for sampling before August 30.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission issued a notice on August 11th explaining the change:

“In October 2016, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission issued a finding that the pesticide testing requirement would be lowered to a minimum of one-third of batches of usable marijuana within every harvest lot, due to insufficient lab capacity.


Utah Demands Retailers Stop Selling Pet Food Containing Hemp