Category: Features

Fake News and The Right Wing

June 22nd, 2017

To those who are still scratching their heads about Donald Trump winning the presidency, fake news and dozens upon dozens of scandals, I simply say this: Thank god for The New York Times and the rest of the real journalists that still report on real stories. As I started writing…

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California’s Clone Leaders

June 21st, 2017

Marijuana Venture has always believed that for the legal cannabis industry to become consistently profitable, many businesses need to evolve and embrace proven practices from similar industries. On the cultivation side of the industry, the need to adapt is especially acute as former methods that worked with no taxes and…

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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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How to appeal a denied permit application in Pennsylvania

June 20th, 2017

At 1 p.m. EST on June 20, the Pennsylvania Department of Health plans to announce the recipients of the first 12 permits to grow and process medical marijuana. A live stream of the event is available at http://pacast.com/players/live_doh.asp. Most applicants will be denied permits, because the odds are steep – only…

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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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7 Acres

June 16th, 2017

Canada’s booming marijuana industry has lured dozens of serial entrepreneurs and venture capitalists into the once-forbidden space with soaring stock prices and the hope of a wide-open future. In an industry flush with financiers, John Fowler is somewhat of a rarity — a 29-year-old CEO who actually worked in cannabis…

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Without bankruptcy option, personal assets are at risk

June 15th, 2017

Starting a cannabis business legally under state law requires owners to consider a wide range of possible challenges. Some of the major considerations include possible federal enforcement issues if the DEA changes its stance regarding the Cole Memo; concerns with banking because many FDIC-insured banks do not want to handle…

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Second Annual 40 under 40

June 14th, 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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Recreational Nevada

June 12th, 2017

Matthew Morgan waits with great anticipation and tempered expectations to discard the limits of Nevada’s medical marijuana program and focus on developing the adult-use market, set to open on July 1. The Las Vegas entrepreneur runs one of the largest vertically integrated cannabis companies in the state. “I am excited…

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Blunts and Spliffs

June 9th, 2017

One of the oldest and most popular ways to smoke cannabis is to combine it with tobacco. Mixing the two plants into a single cigarette is commonly known as a “spliff.” Filling a cigar wrap or hollowed-out cigarillo with cannabis makes a “blunt.” Given the popularity of Blunts and spliffs, one might expect…

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