Weed Wars

Dispatches from the California Marijuana Front

March 2, 2010
Insurers cover a growth industry and a smoking pot expo

The Sacramento Bee's Mark Glover has a compelling story in today's newspaper on a Rancho Cordova company that launched the first nationally available insurance coverage for the medical cannabis trade.

Glover previously wrote about the topic in depth in a December story documenting insurers' attraction to the burgeoning marijuana dispensaries and legal grow houses in California cities and counties.

Now, Mike Aberle, the commercial insurance agent featured in Glover's story today, has lined up a provocative client. His Medical Marijuana Dispensary unit will be the insurer for a teeming medical marijuana exposition in San Francisco, The International Cannabis & Hemp Expo at the Cow Palace April 17-18.

The Cow Palace event will feature leading medical marijuana advocates, exhibits and even an on-site, private "patient consumption area and VIP lounge" for product testing - sort of like wine tasting for pot.

Aberle says he is "not insuring the smokers...just the show and the premises."

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