why westcoast + Colorado could one day secede from Union

11-2-16     Pot sales could hit $20 billion by 2020, with help from the chief executives, founders, and product gurus abandoning the technology sector for the fast-paced and ever-changing business of selling bud. More entrepreneurs are making the leap than ever.  We rounded up the 11 Silicon Valley players-turned-“ganjapreneurs” worth watching.  http://www.businessinsider.com/silicon-valley-players-marijuana-industry-2016-10/#eric-eslao-spent-six-years-as-a-senior-producer-working-on-itunes-marketing-at-apple-before-giving-the-pot-infused-chocolate-bar-the-makeover-it-desperately-needed-1

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 11-11-15      I entered in my credit card number to cover the $50 consultation fee….a pediatrician based near Washington who is licensed to practice medicine in my home state of California popped up on my screen.  She appeared to be sitting in her home — there were a few teddy bears and ceramic figurines on a cabinet behind her — and she wore a red shirt, not a white coat.

The doctor asked about my medical history, current symptoms and familiarity with certain medicines.  The interview lasted about three minutes, after which she announced what everyone who visits HelloMD expects to hear:  According to her diagnosis, my heartburn made me a candidate for medical marijuana, which has been legal in California since 1996.

HelloMD is at the forefront of a new trend in Silicon Valley: the cannabis tech start-up.  As marijuana laws are being loosened across the country, entrepreneurs and investors are creating new businesses to cash in on what they see as an emerging bonanza.  Like start-ups in other industries, these firms are trying to use technology to bring speed and efficiency to what has long been a face-to-face, pen-and-paper market.  In the process, they are also trying to alter mainstream perceptions of the marijuana industry, shedding the ganja and Rasta imagery to cultivate a wider audience.   http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/12/technology/marijuana-start-ups-see-an-industry-on-the-cusp-of-a-breakthrough.html?_r=0

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autumn 2015     Peter Thiel, whose funding helped pioneer Paypal and Facebook, is now investing in the budding marijuana industry with his venture capital firm Founders Fund.

Because the marijuana trade has been illegal until recently, no established brands or distribution infrastructure have been established, at least none that could operate in the light of day.

That may be set to change as legalization initiatives at the ballot box have been successful as of late. Currently, buying and smoking marijuana is legal without a prescription in four states plus the District of Columbia.

Thiel will invest in a holding company named Privateer which owns Leafly.com—a kind of Yelp for marijuana buyers—and also controls a Canadian medical marijuana growing operation.

Brendan Kennedy, co-founder and CEO of Privateer, has secured a thirty-year agreement to use Bob Marley’s name and image for branding purposes in an industry where most brands are “so amateurish.”

As for the possibility that the legal marijuana industry might stay illegal in a majority of states, Thiel says government regulation of business tends to follow public opinion. And the public, for now, is more in favor of a legal marijuana market than ever.  http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/silicon-valley-will-invest-big-in-marijuana-companies

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11-16-16   Thiel had nurtured a grudge since December 2007, when Gawker published an article entitled, “Peter Thiel is totally gay, people.”  Thiel condemned Gawker for publicly outing him, though the site contended that he had already disclosed his sexuality to those in his social sphere.    https://www.good.is/articles/peter-thiel-trump    Thiel is getting highlevel appointment from Trump.   Unknown.jpeg

5-25-16   Thiel, 48, is a complicated and contradictory character. An avowed libertarian, Thiel is both a big believer in privacy from the government and a co-founder of Palantir, a multi-billion-dollar start-up that collects data about its clients’ users and monetizes their personal information. The C.I.A.’s venture-capital arm has invested in Palantir. http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/05/peter-thiel-the-tech-billionaire-whos-trying-to-kill-gawker

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Twenty-eight states plus Washington, D.C., now offer some form of medical marijuana, while eight (plus D.C.) offer full recreational legalization as well.  The latest polls suggest upwards of 60 percent of Americans support full legalization, while an impressive 89 percent believe pot should be available for medical use.  And the overwhelming approval of the referenda on Tuesday proved that voters are willing to support marijuana at the polls.http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/what-will-president-trump-mean-for-pot-w449564

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11-9-16    Uber investor and Hyperloop One co-founder Shervin Pishevar tweeted out a secession plan for California in a state of panic.  Seceding, Pishevar argued, was the most patriotic thing Californians could do.  The state could leverage its economic weight and slice of the federal budget to force nationwide changes, like the end of the embattled Electoral College.    http://fusion.net/story/368445/shervin-california-secession/

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11-11-16    The Silicon Valley elite has taken to social media to express its thoughts on “Calexit,” a fringe political movement that aims to establish California as an independent country.

Most techies seem opposed to a Brexit-style California exit, though one tech tycoon, Shervin Pishevar, has loudly voiced his support.

A secessionist group out of California “hit it big” on Election Day 2016, according to a spokesperson in a statement, when Donald Trump won the race to the White House.  The Yes California Independence Campaign aims to hold a referendum in 2018 that, if passed, would bring California one step closer to becoming an independent nation.

The group assembled long before Trump’s surprising victory, but is gaining new followers on Facebook and Twitter as California’s reliably-blue voters come out in protest of the president-elect….

Other Silicon Valley tech executives want to distance themselves from Calexit.  John Lilly, a general partner at top venture firm Greylock, reminded his followers on Twitter that secessionists make up a tiny portion of the valley.  Yes California has fewer than 30,000 subscribers on Facebook.    Nov 10  Just in case anyone cares, I think “Calexit” is beyond dumb.  America matters more.  It is a very small group, not the POV of “tech.”

http://www.businessinsider.com/silicon-valley-on-calexit-2016-11

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http://www.redding.com/news/local/Siskiyou-sheriff-Up-to-2-million-gallons-of-water-389891321.html      Note:  local Mt. Shasta water bottling corps when at full capacity (which is not yet) will hit ~1 million gallons/day–the leader is 49% owned by a Japanese pharmaceutical, Otsuka.    New water bottlers are on the way in also.

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The Mexican government announced on Wednesday it would increase “collaboration at the state and local level” in the United States regarding Mexican immigrants, suggesting some form of possible collusion with “sanctuary cities.”

“Reinforce dialogue with local and state authorities, in the understanding that local policies determine, in good measure, the daily life of Mexicans in the U.S.,” reads the Mexican government’s plan to protect its citizens living in the United States after Donald Trump’s election, reported The Hill.   http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/mexican-government-collude-sanctuary/2016/11/17/id/759401/

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Silicon Valley is known for tech innovation and for being the place where an idea can become a reality. Now it’s becoming known as the capital of media transformation — reshaping the way content is distributed and how it is consumed.

More than anything, media companies are about access: Connecting creators with those people who are passionate about their content and want to spend time and money consuming it. And for decades, much of the creation, distribution and monetization of news and entertainment has been centered in and around New York.

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