When we launched Civilized back in September, we knew we were adding our voice to a movement that already had significant momentum. We knew the millions of motivated, productive adults who choose to enjoy cannabis recreationally were reaching a critical mass. Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and D.C. had already legalized and we knew even more states, like California and Massachusetts, were on the path to legalization.
The pace of change in cannabis culture has accelerated. Oregon legalized cannabis, Canada elected a pro-legalization Prime Minister, sales in Washington and Colorado exceeded estimates, and even more states are either posing a ballot question in 2016 or, as in Vermont, are pursuing legalization through state legislature.
To meet this demand and to accelerate our own pace to match, Civilized is announcing today that it has entered into an agreement with Viridian Capital Advisors to manage a series of capital raises for growth. But Viridian doesn't just raise money, they advise a select group of established and start-up companies in the cannabis industry, and they'll lend us their expertise to develop our advisory board and leadership team as well.
All that to say, we're pretty friggin' excited.
This new partnership will make the experience for Civilized's friends and followers even better – we'll create bigger and better things and launch Civilized in even more places beyond the web. We have big plans, and you'll see even more announcements from us in the coming weeks.
So, thank you. Thank you for reading, liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and sharing us with your friends. We will continue to constantly improve, and keep you informed and entertained about the exciting changes taking place in cannabis culture worldwide.
Derek Riedle is Founder and Publisher of Civilized.