Category: Features

An Introduction to Self-Ordering

January 28th, 2019

Self-ordering kiosks are one of the most rapidly growing forms of digital engagement with customers in numerous retail vertical markets. Quick-service and fast-casual restaurant chains like McDonald’s and Panera Bread, for example, are quickly deploying kiosks and reporting on the positive results they are generating. Increased order size and overall…

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Celebrities, Sales and Special Events

January 25th, 2019

Cannabis retailers can expect a big bump in shoppers on 4/20, but the other 364 days of the year they have to get inventive to draw crowds into their brick-and-mortar locations. Many dispensaries entice additional customers through in-store promotions, ranging from special sales and giveaways to concerts and appearances by…

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Legal cannabis businesses and neighborly conduct

January 24th, 2019

Cannabis operators across the United States collectively, but cautiously, breathed a sigh of relief in early November, as in the first federal trial of its kind a jury refused to award damages to plaintiffs alleging that a neighboring cannabis facility violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Essentially,…

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Her Royal Highness

January 18th, 2019

When she first arrived in California from Minnesota 10 years ago and began buying medical cannabis to help relieve her anxiety, depression and digestive issues, Megan Stone could not help but notice that visiting dispensaries was “not a positive experience.” “They were rolling joints when they checked your ID at…

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Patent Rights and Cannabis Therapeutics

January 17th, 2019

In recent months, the landscape for the use of CBD in the treatment of medical conditions and the value of the intellectual property rights associated with cannabis-derived pharmaceuticals has shifted dramatically. On June 25, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made history when it approved Epidiolex for the treatment…

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Self-regulation works in countless industries; why not cannabis?

January 14th, 2019

Imagine an exciting new industry, full of creativity and potential, that is being stifled by an image problem, irrational stigma, a patchwork of confusing local regulations and the specter of an overbearing federal government. I’m talking, of course, about the movie industry of the 1920s and ‘30s. Back then, the…

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Identifying risks: Ask yourself, ‘What can go wrong?’

January 14th, 2019

Risk management is the process of anticipating losses and developing a plan to survive them. A solid risk management plan is an important part of any successful business, including your marijuana venture. There are five primary steps in the risk-management process (see sidebar on the following page). I want to…

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Going Rogue

January 11th, 2019

Grown Rogue is one of the most recognizable brands on the West Coast, with well-established cultivation and distribution operations in Oregon and California and plans to make even bigger headlines in 2019. About 225 retailers carry products from Grown Rogue, which currently has 90,000 square feet of canopy in Oregon,…

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Contrary to news reports, cannabis insurance does exist

January 10th, 2019

From fires in California to hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico, the cannabis industry has been hit hard in recent years by natural disasters. Cannabis companies face some unique challenges in purchasing insurance and attempting to obtain coverage for losses, but insurance coverage — contrary to certain media reports —…

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Big Sky Revolution

January 8th, 2019

Montana was among the first dozen states to legalize medical marijuana, but, like many of its predecessors, its program was almost entirely lacking in regulatory oversight. Patients could grow six cannabis plants for themselves and have one ounce in their possession. Medical marijuana providers could grow up to six plants…

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