Category: Company Profiles

Dave and Alana Malone

February 19th, 2018

“Challenging,” might be a friendly way to describe Colorado’s competitive recreational cannabis market for newcomers. For those who are trying to launch a single line of products in a state where many operators are vertically integrated, “impenetrable” or “irrational” might be more apt terms. Green Dot Labs’ 2017 Silver Label…

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Space-Age Technology

February 8th, 2018

Chris Lane was in law school when recreational marijuana became legal in Washington. “When I said I wanted to work in this industry, most people were caught off-guard, but people who knew me well weren’t surprised to hear that I was going to start a marijuana business,” he says. That…

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Get Organized!

February 6th, 2018

The backbone of any industry is the entrepreneurs and workers doing the day-in, day-out tasks to make any sector of the economy thrive. But beyond the daily workload, there are always other concerns, needs or issues that arise and require representation. Industry trade associations are a vital component of any…

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Building a Better Franchise

February 1st, 2018

With nearly 700 employees supporting 15 retail locations, including the industry’s only outlet store and a location in the first-ever “pot mall,” The Green Solution stands as one of the nation’s largest cannabis companies. Kyle Speidell and his twin brother, Eric, have had an interest in marijuana for most of…

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Designed for Disruption

January 30th, 2018

The race is on in California as manufacturers, scientists and inventors look to create the next generation of cannabis products. One innovative new product that has the potential to change not only the way consumers enjoy cannabis, but also how edibles manufacturers operate is the THC Design MIX, a microencapsulated…

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Haystack Caps

January 25th, 2018

Jeffray Lewis didn’t know where to park. Being concerned about blocking traffic was an odd detail to contemplate as he made plans to commit suicide by jumping off the Aurora Bridge in Seattle, but that moment in 2008 forced Lewis to stop and think about consequences instead of actions. Despite…

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Flood of Retail in Portland

January 12th, 2018

With no cap on the number of stores allowed and the prospect of a brand new, wide-open, billion-dollar industry dancing before the eyes of investors and entrepreneurs everywhere, the city of Portland, Oregon has seen an explosion in the number of cannabis retail shops and dispensaries competing for customer dollars.…

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Hadley Ford

January 2nd, 2018

Hadley Ford followed a winding path to get where he is today. He was an aspiring chemical engineer before being thrown out of the University of Rochester. He spent the next five years hitchhiking across America and Europe as a hippie, living in communes and the life of an anarchist.…

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Laura Beohner, The Healing Rose

December 19th, 2017

Eighteen months ago, Laura Beohner had never even heard of cannabis topicals. Today, her company’s CBD-infused salves, body oils, bath bombs and lip balms can be found in 12 stores across New England, and she expects to have another 10 retail partners lined up within the next few months. “Right…

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Peter Pilarski – President of Canadian Cannabis Chamber

December 14th, 2017

The president of the new Canadian Cannabis Chamber doesn’t have any previous marijuana experience, but that’s kind of the point. Peter Pilarski was not brought in to grow or sell cannabis, but to “round out the skill set” of the nonprofit organization’s leadership team. “I came in to create the…

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