Category: Features

Zen and the Art of Cultivation

April 20th, 2018

When a business shows consistent, organic growth and does so without debt, you know it’s doing something right. Artizen Cannabis CEO Timothy Foia takes pride in the fact that his company regularly exceeds $1 million a month in sales and continues to see steady, consistent growth. Today, Artizen ranks No.…

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The RAD Expo returns this fall for marijuana retailers

April 19th, 2018

Following the success of the first RAD (Retail and Dispensary) Expo in January, Marijuana Venture has announced plans for its second retail-focused trade show, Oct. 10-11 in Portland, Oregon. RAD is the first and only national trade show specifically targeted toward the retail sector of the legal cannabis industry. The…

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Give Your Circuit a Break

April 18th, 2018

Marijuana growers have historically been very hard on breaker panels, transformers and wiring, but there is a huge range of cultivators’ sophistication as it relates to electrical power. As a specialist in low-voltage circuit protection, I want to preface this by saying that I think most cultivators are using power…

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Thoughts on guns, cannabis and the Constitution

April 17th, 2018

This is one of those months when it’s tough to focus on the legal cannabis industry as I sit down to write this column — so forgive me if I’m a little scattered and straying from the beaten path. I know a lot of people are sick and tired of…

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The Value of Celebrity

April 16th, 2018

For as long as there have been celebrities, companies have been using them to sell things. From sneakers and sodas to clothing and cars, the endorsement of a movie star, athlete or musician shines a bright light on a product, bringing attention and hopefully new consumers, all of whom want…

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Designing a cost-effective climate control system

April 13th, 2018

Indoor cannabis facilities have diverse, intense requirements for humidity and temperature control that change as plants develop. In addition, the plant dynamics caused by photosynthesis and evapotranspiration have a significant impact on system design and equipment sizing. To design and specify solutions that respond to and control conditions efficiently, HVAC…

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How to select a good trademark

April 12th, 2018

With so many cannabis companies finding themselves in legal hot water over their choice of brand names, it’s useful to understand how to select a trademark that can be built into a valuable, proprietary brand that doesn’t infringe any other party’s trademark rights. A trademark is a word or symbol…

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Banking on Cannabis

April 11th, 2018

If you ask anybody involved in legal cannabis about their biggest concerns for the industry, banking will certainly be one of the top answers. It’s been an ongoing and much-talked-about issue for years — and escalating with every new state that implements a regulated medical or recreational program — yet…

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The Cannabis Aphid

April 9th, 2018

In the past, a visit from a government official was the last thing a cannabis grower would ever want. Even after the legalization of medical marijuana, most cultivators preferred to keep state regulators at an arm’s length — if not further — away from their garden. But legalization has brought…

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Drip Irrigation vs. Hand-watering

April 6th, 2018

When it comes to growing cannabis, irrigation tends to get less attention than the flashier aspects like lighting and nutrients. Irrigation is a critical piece of the cannabis cultivation puzzle, but the fact that you can just do it by hand allows people to overlook the benefits — both to…

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