Category: Features

The Marijuana Venture Interview: Cy Scott

December 11th, 2018

One of the biggest changes in cannabis as it has transitioned from the semi-regulated medical industry to the highly regulated and competitive recreational sector is the availability of — and need for — big data analytics. As producers and retailers get increasingly sophisticated, the ability to track and forecast sales…

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Strategies for employers to succeed in a candidate’s market

December 7th, 2018

When I turned 21 years old, I was a junior at Bowling Green State University and had just changed majors from music education to business. It was then that my dad gave me my first $500 to invest in the stock market and a book by Louis Rukeyser titled, “How…

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Under the Radar, Beyond Expectations

December 4th, 2018

The changing public perception of marijuana can be illustrated by any number of measurements: polls and elections, state and federal policies, tax revenues, arrests and incarcerations, and even the portrayal of cannabis by mainstream media outlets across North America. But sometimes a simple, personal anecdote carries as much — if…

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Does the OLCC have unlimited rights to inspect premises?

November 29th, 2018

As Oregon’s adult-use cannabis industry matures and licensed cannabis businesses become more established, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has shifted to vigorous enforcement of cannabis businesses. However, in this age of enforcement, it is important for state-licensed businesses to consider the limits of the agency’s enforcement powers. Chief among…

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Federal trademark protection for cannabis brands

November 29th, 2018

There’s a common misconception in the cannabis industry that it is not possible to obtain federal trademark protection for brands. In fact, it is possible, and we are not referencing federal registration for hats and T-shirts which is pretty meaningless unless you are in the clothing business. So how do…

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Green Mile Remodel

November 27th, 2018

The first time Gina D’Amore Bauerle was approached by people from the cannabis industry, she thought it must be some type of joke. “They came into my showroom one day, and I honestly thought they were being sarcastic at first when they said, ‘Hey, have you ever designed a dispensary…

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Banking considerations and the law of unintended consequences

November 26th, 2018

With the current push for the legalization of recreational cannabis across several states, the cannabis industry is being forced to face difficult choices with respect to banking options. Of course, marijuana remains illegal under federal law and is classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. This…

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Your Cannabis Business Online

November 23rd, 2018

Google uses your content to understand your website. It reads the words on each page, sees what every page links to and knows when topics are related. The more information a site has on a single topic, the better all its pages for that topic can perform. To create a…

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The Man, the Myth, the Brand

November 22nd, 2018

In person, Willie Nelson is exactly what you’d expect. He is soft-spoken, but direct, and his voice is as strong as his country roots are deep. He weaves stories into the conversation with ease, and even the ones you can tell are the greatest hits he’s told over and over…

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Chain Reaction: Nectar

November 13th, 2018

No list of Oregon’s top cannabis chains would be complete without mentioning Nectar. With 14 retail locations, including seven in Portland, Nectar is the largest chain in the state and continues to grow as it is looking to buy additional dispensaries, according to the company’s website.

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