Category: Features

Jose Belen

June 18th, 2018

“I knew cannabis to be a healing medicine from my adolescent years,” he says. But as professional in a non-legal state — and as a veteran afraid of losing benefits — Belen kept his PTSD and his cannabis usage hidden until 2016. He says cannabis allowed him to feel emotions…

Read More >

Living the Dream: Shawn DeNae

June 16th, 2018

In areas that are zoned for cannabis retail and have available space, we find stores crammed together, creating fierce competition. There are also retail licensees who have not opened on purpose, instead hoping for a fat sale of their license. One solution is to follow the craft beer and wine…

Read More >

Insurance for cannabis: Not yet business as usual

June 15th, 2018

The legalization of cannabis in several states is helping the industry gain access to insurance products taken for granted in other economic sectors. But there is still a long way to go until the cannabis industry becomes completely normalized. Although most state and local governments have strict licensing requirements, including…

Read More >

Cameron Forni

June 15th, 2018

Forni says he looked at all aspects of the business, from real estate to retail and everything in between, but decided that “oil is by far the future” and set about creating a high-quality brand of vaporizer oils — Select Oils — as well as becoming a processor and provider…

Read More >

Khalil Moutawakkil

June 15th, 2018

The company has also taken a different approach than most cannabis retailers, allowing customers to shop for cannabis in a manner that more closely resembles picking produce at a grocery store. “It’s not a jewelry store,” Moutawakkil explains. “It’s not a $2,000 ring. You should be able to touch it…

Read More >

As the industry blows up, cannabis businesses must grow up

June 14th, 2018

Data has quickly become one of the most important components driving growth in the legal cannabis industry. While the metrics that fuel analytics-driven growth have been there all along, very few cannabis businesses felt pressed to track them. Simply collecting and organizing that data was overwhelming enough for a lot…

Read More >

Ryan Kunkel

June 14th, 2018

Read More >

Mindy Galloway

June 13th, 2018

Now after eight years in the industry, Galloway is preparing to help launch Khemia, a manufacturing company, in January 2019. She is also starting a group for “heart-centered leaders” to help people launch their businesses with a positive culture. “All the stories you hear about how cannabis impacts people, it’s…

Read More >

40 Under 40 Armen Yemenidjian

June 13th, 2018

Yemenidjian grew up in the gaming industry and worked in casinos for several years prior to joining the cannabis industry. His father owned the Tropicana back when casinos faced a lot of the same scrutiny that marijuana businesses face today, including challenges with banking and the watchful eyes of the…

Read More >