Category: Features

Bob Phibbs confirmed as RAD Expo speaker

August 2nd, 2019

Bob Phibbs, “The Retail Doctor,” will be the keynote speaker at the Retail and Dispensary (RAD) Expo at the Oregon Convention Center in October.

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Selling your cannabis business?

August 1st, 2019

Is your business special? Sure it is! Just like a homeowner who puts his or her house on the market and expects that it will achieve a premium value because it is “special,” almost every business owner thinks their business should achieve a multiple of value in excess of the…

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The Marijuana Venture Interview: Henry Finkelstein

July 29th, 2019

In the increasingly competitive cannabis industry, finding efficiencies, streamlining processes, recognizing trends and targeting the right consumers is becoming more important with every new state that creates a marijuana marketplace. But that means sifting through data, which can be daunting to farmers and retailers alike, and then putting it into…

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Neon Nights

July 26th, 2019

At night, the parking lot at Local Roots is flooded by twenty-somethings posing with their cars for Instagram photos in front of the pulsating LED lights. “I’ve had a full-on car show pull up here in the middle of the night,” says Rahn Bruns, the company’s 33-year-old founding director and…

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The only 4 ways retail businesses grow

July 25th, 2019

Are you considering a multi-store launch? Opening additional locations? Testing a new retail concept? Launching a robust e-commerce site? Any one of these approaches to growth requires a rigorous process of developing plans, exploring real estate or web hosting opportunities, evaluating systems, identifying mid-management talent, lining up financing and so…

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Temperature control for extraction and distillation

July 24th, 2019

The legalization of hemp-derived CBD and of marijuana extracts for medical and recreational purposes in many U.S. states and all of Canada has led to significant growth in the CBD/THC extraction and distillation equipment sector. Many manufacturers of this equipment have been in business for a number of years, and…

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The Age of Autonomy

July 18th, 2019

It’s hardly a secret: Every nursery and greenhouse operation has felt the pinch of chronic labor shortages. Finding and keeping people to perform repetitive, labor-intensive tasks has been a constant strain on the profit margins of the horticulture industry — and the backs of workers. A lack of labor, combined…

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Counterfeiting and the Cannabis Industry

July 16th, 2019

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, counterfeiting should be quite the compliment. But in the cannabis industry, like other industries, counterfeiting not only hurts a company’s bottom line, but also weakens the value of their intellectual property, exposes them to reputation risk and puts them in the crosshairs…

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A Sticky Situation

July 15th, 2019

Since receiving a state license in 2015, Sticky Budz has been operating a cannabis farm in unincorporated Yakima County, Washington, and selling flower, pre-rolls, topicals and other items statewide. But now, owner Jamie Muffett is fighting for the right to continue running the business in its current location, as are…

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USPTO issues guidance on CBD and hemp trademarks

July 11th, 2019

Trademark practitioners, hemp growers and hemp-derived product manufacturers have long struggled with the clash of federal and state laws regarding protection of trademarks. Historically, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has refused registration of marks that include cannabis, hemp, CBD or other derived products on the basis that these…

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