Category: Company Profiles

Vincent Petrescu

June 20th, 2017

Vincent Petrescu wanted to give people the ability to invest in cannabis startups without over-extending their own budget. Petrescu says he’d been approached by many people proposing investment opportunities, all with a $10,000 minimum outlay. “I’d say I like the deal, I’ll invest $500 easily without thinking,” he says. “But…

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Second Annual 40 under 40

June 19th, 2017

Welcome to Marijuana Venture’s second annual “40 under 40” feature, celebrating some of the industry’s most exciting young entrepreneurs and rising stars. Of the thousands of potential candidates, the biggest challenge is narrowing the list to 40 individuals who have been successful in a wide range of opportunities within the…

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Chasing Destiny

May 31st, 2017

For many years, the term “BC Bud” was used to describe high-quality cannabis grown in Canada’s western-most province. Over time, the name gained enough notoriety that British Columbia rivaled California’s Emerald Triangle as the epicenter of illegal marijuana production in North America, according to law enforcement officials. Busts regularly happened…

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Leif Olsen

May 9th, 2017

Eventually, everybody in the cannabis industry comes in contact with Leif Olsen. Over the past decade and across more than 14 states, the managing partner of Denver-based Good To Great Consulting has won licenses in competitive markets, designed numerous dispensaries and consulted for operations ranging from the deserts of Arizona…

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Dr. Bryan Doner

April 25th, 2017

With more and more states adopting medical marijuana programs, Dr. Bryan Doner saw a knowledge gap developing between the scientific community, health care providers and medical patients. As both a physician and an investor, Doner realized that many medical professionals lacked significant education about the effects and uses of medical…

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Flash and Substance

April 24th, 2017

In the cannabis industry, catch phrases like “high-end” and “upscale” have been attached to so many items that the words have practically lost all meaning. However, a variety of new marijuana retailers are redefining the shopping experience and elevating the competition within the mainstream cannabis space. While hole-in-the-wall dispensaries remain…

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Shanel Lindsay

March 21st, 2017

Before becoming an inventor and one of the authors of Massachusetts’ adult-use initiative, Shanel Lindsay was a successful attorney and a medical marijuana patient. By making her own edibles and topicals to treat pain and inflammation caused by an ovarian cyst, she quickly discovered that “activating cannabis as an accurate…

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Legal Outlaws

March 15th, 2017

Scott Edson likes the outlaw image and he’s unafraid to state the obvious; “In a way, we’re all outlaws in the marijuana business,” he says with a wry smile. Edson learned his skills in the medical marijuana industry, having grown cannabis since the mid-1990s. His early forays into marijuana cultivation…

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What’s in Your Grow – Khush Kush

March 14th, 2017

For a man in his 20s, Sandip “Sunny” Saini seemed to have everything a guy his age could want. He was living in Connecticut and working as an NBA researcher/producer for television sports giant ESPN. Life was pretty good. “It was literally the dream job,” he says. But when voters…

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hmbldt – The Complete Package

March 13th, 2017

When I first saw the hmbldt product offerings, I was blown away. It’s a line of cannabis products that seem to have that special “look” that tells you instantly it’s going to be a big success. As with many great products — think Apple, Haagen Dazs, Vitamin Water or Grey…

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