Category: Opinion

What’s going on in Boston?

January 23rd, 2020

One of my favorite Saturday Night Live sketches of the 1990s is a little-remembered game show called “What’s the best way?” Billed as “the only game for New Englanders by New Englanders,” it featured Adam Sandler, Glenn Close and Phil Hartman all doing terrible New England accents answering questions from…

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Use Your Senses to Optimize Operations

January 15th, 2020

The role of chief operating officer has long been hard to define. A widely read Harvard Business Review piece from 2006 characterized the COO role as “misunderstood,” even though companies in every industry have an increased need for an executive operations leader. In cannabis, where the vast majority of companies…

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Five reasons I didn’t go to MJBiz in 2019

January 8th, 2020

I’ve gone to each of the big MJBizCon shows in Las Vegas since 2015. But I didn’t in 2019. Yes, the MJBiz fall show is by far the biggest trade event in the legal cannabis industry. However, for me the show has lost a lot of its luster. Here are…

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Get rid of the idiots!

January 2nd, 2020

It’s no coincidence that the legal adult-use marijuana movement originated in the same states that had enough sense to see Donald Trump as a phony and conman. It’s also no coincidence that Trump gets the majority of his support from the same conservative states that gave us David Koresh, Jim…

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Missing the Mark

December 26th, 2019

Everybody’s selling cannabis but nobody seems interested in selling it to stoners. Over the past five years, I’ve interviewed hundreds of retailers for Marijuana Venture, and many of the companies I’ve talked to seem to look at cannabis culture with disdain. It started with everybody wanting to make the Apple…

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