January Welcome

January 2022 Welcome

The first issue of 2022 is here! The fact that we made it through the past 12 months is nothing short of miraculous, and we all know why, so there’s no need to revisit the chaos that was 2021. It’s time to move forward and embrace new adventures and opportunities. As we’ve discovered, germs, the government, and even the wrath of mother nature are no match for creativity, stamina and the entrepreneurial spirit. A big shout out to retailers, manufacturers, and distributors for finding ways to connect and deliver products that fit the needs of today’s cannabis enthusiasts and progressive wellness consumers. Pause for applause. We encourage everyone to join us in helping to bring more positivity, more stability, and more community to our industry. Stay tuned for another exciting giveaway coming up soon where you can win prizes galore from your favorite vendors. And don’t forget about the HQ Event trade show happening later this Spring. As always, it’s our continuing mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations — wait, that’s Star Trek — but our course heading is kinda the same: to boldly go where few B2B magazines have gone before, to bring you more products, more features, more news, more inspiration (more run-on sentences) not only in the print editions, but online and on the social media platforms where you get your news and information. Think of us as HQ-PLUS, the Metaverse of the smoke shop industry, but without the need for crazy goggles. v


Recent Articles

Does cannabis help with pain relief? Or is it all in your head?

According to new research, the placebo response –- the appearance of improvement in a person’s physical or mental health after taking a placebo or ‘dummy’ treatment — amounts to 67% of the pain relief associated with genuine cannabinoids. Looking into 20 studies using cannabis for pain control in over 1,450 people between the ages of

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How to Protect The Health and Wellness of Your Most Valuable Asset – Your Employees

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) have become a vital resource for small business owners. Unfortunately, many of you aren’t aware of their existence or the services they provide such as counseling for those affected by workplace violence, wellness matters, traumatic events, relationship challenges, professional harassment, legal matters, adoption issues, eldercare and child care and more. Coverage

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Upcoming Legislative Sessions: What can we expect to see?

In my last article I discussed the 2022 legislative sessions in many states. In this article I want to shed some light on what we and many other advocates across the country anticipate in the 2023 session. As always, if you have any questions about how to get involved, ideas and relationships you may have

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How to Attract Seasonal Help

If you’re struggling to find seasonal workers, you’re not alone. A recent survey found that a quarter of small business owners have had a harder time finding seasonal help this year than in the past. And given that the clock’s ticking down, you might be growing increasingly desperate to find temporary workers. Offering minimal wages

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Cannabis Banking Bill Could Pass Congress by Year’s End

It has been a long road for the cannabis banking bill that aims to protect financial institutions that work with the marijuana industry. But analysts say the “SAFE Banking Plus,” has a roughly 70% chance of passing before the end of 2022. The House passed the SAFE Banking Act in 2021 and 2019, but getting

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