Category: Features

5 common pitfalls that have crushed small startups

December 11th, 2017

As an advocate for small business owners and a veteran of the finance industry, I have listened to hundreds of requests for capital from both cannabis-based businesses and business owners in other sectors. There are a few key mistakes I have seen business owners make time and time again that…

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Living the Dream: Roy Arms

December 9th, 2017

The following op-ed was originally printed in the December 2017 issue of Marijuana Venture, on sale now. Our fertigation and vegetative schedules also change with the seasons. In the summer, the sunlight increases growth rate and production, which decreases vegetative time and increases fertigation as the plants grow taller and…

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Tax challenges for cannabis companies

November 21st, 2017

Companies are known for exploring multiple product ideas and business opportunities before finding their sweet spot. Most fast-growth companies are tasked with balancing a constrained budget, while providing the appropriate amount of funding to support product development, talent acquisition and a positive culture that aids in employee development and retention.…

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Q&A with Nicole West

November 20th, 2017

Nichole West is a busy woman. She’s currently in the process of moving from Colorado to her home state of California to take advantage of the opportunities the world’s sixth-largest economy will bring when the state’s recreational cannabis market opens in January. But as the former vice president of operations…

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Storm Nolan

November 14th, 2017

While many traditionally conservative states have struggled to implement sensible marijuana laws, Arkansas appears to be moving along at a steady pace following the state’s voter-approved legalization of medical cannabis in 2016. As of mid-September, the state had received 19 applications for five available cultivation licenses and 51 applications for…

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Futurola announced as RAD Expo Gold Sponsor

November 13th, 2017

Marijuana Venture magazine is proud to announce Futurola as a Gold Sponsor of the RAD Expo, which will be Jan. 17-18, 2018 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. The Retail and Dispensary (RAD) Expo is the first national trade show aimed at the retail side of the cannabis…

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Developing child-resistant packaging without compromising style

November 13th, 2017

As cannabis is gradually legalized for both medical and recreational uses across the country, product manufacturers face increasingly strict regulations on both the state and local levels. These overarching regulations are designed to keep consumers and others who may encounter cannabis products safe. Children have been a particular focus of…

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Standing out in an increasingly saturated industry

November 10th, 2017

Be unique. Know your market. Focus. Stay consistent. All easier said than done, right? Everyone involved in the cannabis industry faces challenges. Some are like any other sector of business, some are unique to marijuana, and the combination of these two makes it even tougher to market wisely. I can…

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The Robotic Future of Packaging

November 7th, 2017

No two buds are alike. It’s one of the things that aficionados enjoy about cannabis, but it can be a problem for those who manufacture packaging and trimming machines. Unlike other industries, where the products come in predictable and manageable sizes, cannabis does not, and consumers do not want their…

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The Four Pillars of a Multi-State Cannabis Business

November 2nd, 2017

All business opportunities come with a certain amount of risk, but it’s particularly important for those in the cannabis space to be aware of the potential hazards. Any marijuana business seeking to expand into multiple states must do it correctly, and this requires paying attention to building the foundation and…

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