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Turkish coffee. Image: Vouliagmeni via Wikimedia Commons

A new wave of legal-weed entrepreneurs wants to put the dope in your doppio. And the potential profits from a mashup of coffee and caffeine are, well, high.

Tim Blake, founder of the Emerald Cup cannabis competition, smells a sample of his Berry White strain of marijuana in a drying room at his farm. Image: Ramin Rahimian, Special to the Chronicle

While a Silicon Valley company can legally protect its most valuable technology with federal patents, cannabis companies cannot secure their core products as long as the federal government continues to classify marijuana as an illegal drug on par with heroin — one with “no accepted medical use.”

Cannabis buds. Image: WeedWorthy.com

A cannabis company is poised to become the first marijuana producer with a joint listing in Europe and the US as it seeks to take advantage of shifting attitudes to the drug that are spawning a new industry.

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Small businesses depend on cheap advertising. From word of mouth to social media, cannabis dispensaries all over Oregon use Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to show their products and interact with customers and patients.

Kate Douglas packages marijuana-infused edibles at Wana Brands in Boulder, CO. Image: Paul Aiken, Daily Camera

Preliminary data released from Boulder data analysis firm BDS Analytics has confirmed what tax revenues have already shown: Coloradans love legal pot.

Snoop Dogg performing in Hawaii, 2005. Image: U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons

Tying a celebrity's name to a brand can be a big deal for marketing. You see it with sportswear and cosmetics all the time.

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