Category: Company Profiles

State of Change

August 16th, 2017

Longtime dispensary owners in California have already survived raids by the federal government, the unstable foundation of ever-changing regulations and the immense challenges of being pioneers in the medical cannabis movement. Now, these risk-taking entrepreneurs will run the gauntlet again, as the world’s sixth-largest economy prepares to transition from a…

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Excellence in Retail

August 14th, 2017

Traditional retail has always been about evolution. From the early days of the general store, to the dominance of Sears, to today’s dizzying variety of retailers like warehouse clubs, mall stores, super centers and specialty shops, the business of selling is constantly changing and evolving. Legal marijuana may be the…

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Cultivating Trust

July 28th, 2017

Many experts see parallels between the cannabis and natural foods industries, leading to visions of a future where marijuana is sold in grocery stores like Whole Foods. When that day comes, an organic certification would carry a lot of weight in distinguishing one producer from the next. But until major…

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Black Dog Q&A

July 24th, 2017

Toni Reita is not the type of person who sits still very long. Reita’s eclectic career has spanned a wide variety of industries, from construction to homeopathic medicine to agriculture. So it’s not surprising that after three years as a cannabis farmer, she’s ready for her next adventure. The free-spirited…

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From Bartending to Bud-Selling

July 21st, 2017

Mike Hayes runs several successful businesses in Central Oregon, but that doesn’t prevent some of his former colleagues from razzing him about his latest venture. Long before opening Miracle Greens, a marijuana retail store in Bend, Hayes spent 10 years in the Marine Corps., eventually rising to the rank of…

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Paradise in the Caribbean

July 12th, 2017

When most people think of cannabis and a Caribbean island paradise, Jamaica is the likely spot that comes to mind. With its huge advertising budget and many established tourist hotels, the island known for Bob Marley, white sandy beaches and reggae has become synonymous with both cannabis and the Caribbean…

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Caleb Tice

July 11th, 2017

One of the defining moments of Caleb Tice’s life was when he mustered up the courage to leave his home state of Arizona in January 2016 for the business opportunities presented by Oregon’s rapidly developing cannabis industry. “Phoenix had been my home forever,” Tice says. “I took a risk in…

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Second Annual 40 under 40

June 28th, 2017

  The Family that Grows Together … Danny Sloat is banking on the theory that bigger isn’t always better. As the owner and head grower of AlpinStash, a recreational cannabis producer in Louisville, Colorado, Sloat makes the most out of a small team and a small indoor production facility. By…

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Second Annual 40 under 40

June 23rd, 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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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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