Category: Features

Cannabis cosmetics: Navigating the choppy waters of marketing

November 18th, 2019

The snake-oil salesmen of the California Gold Rush were more likely to be stoned than sued or prosecuted for their questionable claims. CBD product purveyors looking to capitalize on the current Green Rush, however, must navigate an assortment of evolving federal regulations or risk receiving ominous warning letters from the…

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Why does the DEA refuse to broaden access to cannabis for medical research?

November 15th, 2019

For those of you who may have missed the classic rom-com “When Harry Met Sally,” there are several scenes in the movie when Carrie Fisher’s character laments, about the married man she has been dating for years, “I don’t think he’s ever going to leave her.” Her exasperated friend Sally,…

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The Marijuana Venture Interview: Emma Andrews

November 14th, 2019

It’s been more than a year since cannabis became legal in Canada, but the first concentrates and edibles have yet to hit the market. As the launch of non-flower products ticks ever closer, companies like BevCanna are rushing to develop brands, prepare their facilities and establish critical industry partnerships. In…

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Desert Oasis

November 12th, 2019

Michael Sassano took everything he learned from developing real estate and put it into growing plants in the Mojave Desert. As founder and CEO of Solaris Farms, Sassano wanted to make an investment not just for today, but to keep his company competitive for the next decade and beyond. He…

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Increasing sales through creative packaging

November 8th, 2019

Forget the pan and shovel. There’s a new gold rush in America, and this time, the gold’s gone green. Cannabis has quickly established itself as one of the fastest-growing markets in the country, with a wide range of CBD and cannabis-based products filling shelves in a growing number of states.…

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Thinking Outside the Box

November 6th, 2019

When Canada began moving toward the national legalization of adult-use cannabis, Geoff Dear saw reports showing alcohol sales dropped by 10% in the U.S. states where marijuana had been legalized. As a native Vancouverite whose family happens to run 13 private liquor stores in British Columbia, Dear scoured the U.S.…

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Out of the Darkness, Into the Lounge

November 5th, 2019

Like a lot of people across the country, Nate Haas likes to make a stop from time to time on his way home from work. “Once or twice a week I go to the bar and have a drink with my business partners,” he says. But Haas also has a…

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4 essential elements to scale your cannabis business

November 4th, 2019

The cannabis industry continues to flourish and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, as it’s projected to be worth $66.3 billion by 2025, according to a recent report by Grand View Research. As a growing number of states continue to legalize the recreational use of cannabis products, the…

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October 31st, 2019

Portland, Oregon could very well be the hottest cannabis market in the country. Of course, that depends on one’s perspective. For consumers, it’s like cannabis heaven: nearly 200 licensed retailers to choose from; highly competitive prices; a wide range of top-quality products and brands; and options to serve customers looking…

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The Green Kilometers: Exporting cannabis from Israel to the U.S.

October 23rd, 2019

On Christmas Day, 2018, the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) passed Resolution 4490, allowing for the exportation of medical cannabis from Israel. Many are reporting that the flood gates are wide open, and that Israel will quickly be able to stuff its coffers. However, similar to how Colorado needed new regulations…

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