Category: Features

Josh Weinstein

April 27th, 2017

Josh Weinstein doesn’t have the typical resume of a business owner in the cannabis industry. For starters, the Princeton grad who was captain of two national championship chess teams has never even tried marijuana. “But I am very passionate about the industry, its opportunities, its medicine, its criminal justice focal…

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Security factors heavily into construction rules

April 26th, 2017

Contractors performing tenant improvements or original construction work for recreational facilities in Oregon should familiarize themselves with the security requirements under the applicable regulations, which can generally be found in Division 845, Chapter 25 of the Oregon Administrative Rules. Pre-Clearance Before beginning a marijuana-related project, it may be a good…

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Flash and Substance

April 24th, 2017

In the cannabis industry, catch phrases like “high-end” and “upscale” have been attached to so many items that the words have practically lost all meaning. However, a variety of new marijuana retailers are redefining the shopping experience and elevating the competition within the mainstream cannabis space. While hole-in-the-wall dispensaries remain…

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Infringing a Copyright? Rebrand Now!

April 20th, 2017

As cannabis breaks into the realm of legal businesses, branding experts and patent lawyers are keys to a bright future. There are few cases in this country like that of cannabis legalization, with each state writing different laws and all of them still illegal under federal legislation. The paradox of…

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Taking Steps Toward Sustainability

April 19th, 2017

When Amy Andrle approached Certifiably Green Denver for a sustainability audit, no other cannabis company had gone through the process. Andrle, who owns the L’Eagle cannabis shop in Denver with her husband, John, discovered the program while participating in the city’s Cannabis Sustainability Work Group, which is developing a set…

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What’s in Your Grow: Treehawk Farms

April 18th, 2017

  As a former hydroponics supplier, Loren Unick has seen just about every smoke-and-mirror and snake-oil solution the cultivation industry has to offer. “I’ve used a few whirligigs in my past for sure,” he says laughing at the various gadgets he’s seen. “Some people have songs or birds singing in…

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Rise of the Gorilla

April 17th, 2017

If strains were like royal families, Blue Dream has clearly reigned over the cannabis kingdom since recreational marijuana sales began in 2014. For the most part, the sativa-dominant hybrid has been the top-selling strain in Colorado, Washington and Oregon since each state began selling recreational cannabis. But Blue Dream’s prominence…

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April 14th, 2017

Long before he knew anything about the cannabis industry, Lincoln Fish recognized the importance of customer service, not just in the sense of being friendly and welcoming, but from the perspective of really listening to his clients. As CEO of Real Health Laboratories, a nutritional supplement company he founded in…

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Strawberry Fields Forever

April 12th, 2017

The following story originally ran in the Spring 2017 issue of SunGrower & Greenhouse. Successful companies in every industry understand the motto, “Evolve or die.” While many cannabis businesses have been slow to grasp this concept, stubbornly clinging to outdated methods and philosophies, Strawberry Fields has embraced the need to…

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Cybersecurity II: Putting it back together

April 11th, 2017

Part II: Different approaches to cyber security in focus following January attack on MJ Freeway MJ Freeway is keeping the details of its investigation close to the vest, but the company says there’s no doubt the cyberattack that brought down its entire system on Jan. 7 was “malicious and criminal.”…

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