A California company struggling to hire new employees is dropping marijuana from its drug tests, opening the hiring pool up to a larger group of people—cannabis consumers. The outdoor industry likes to get outside and sometimes that means partying in the woods from time to time. And now that Outdoor Retailer is in Colorado, one of the first states to legalize recreational weed, bong companies and hemp brands exhibit at the show, and attendees have easy access to a number of dispensaries in downtown Denver. Take our quick poll to see how others in our industry feel about their employees lighting one up off the clock.


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Poll | Do you listen to podcasts?

From Climbing Magazine's new podcast to Kristin Carpenter-Ogden's Channel Mastery to the dozens of others out there, podcasts have become a staple storytelling platform. We want to know if you're listening, and then in the comments, tell us which outdoor podcasts are your ...read more


Poll | Fess up: Do you use Amazon?

Take our anonymous poll to see how much of the outdoor industry supports the online mega-retailer with their dollars. We all love to rag on Amazon as the evil machine that's crushing independent specialty retail, stealing jobs, and spewing carbon with it's delivery army. But ...read more

The Mountaineer in Keene Valley, New York, is an outdoor specialty shop. Green and blue shingles building with snow on the roof

Retailers: Do you own or rent your building?

A new set of responsibilities come with homeownership—yard work, paying property taxes, following zoning rules. But there's also newfound freedoms that renting doesn't offer, such as getting to remodel and paint, and avoiding landlord troubles and inflated rent prices. The same ...read more