Category: Opinion

Living the Dream: Trevin George

July 7th, 2019

The cannabis industry may have been born in the West, but right now, the East Coast is booming with opportunity to begin or advance careers. But it is not for the faint of heart. Most, if not all, of the cannabis-related companies here are startups and require dedication and passion…

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Does legalizing marijuana help or harm Americans? Weighing the statistical evidence

July 4th, 2019

The legalization of marijuana has been a topic of contention and confusion for both sides of the debate. The federal government still deems it illegal. But marijuana has been legalized for recreational use in 10 states and the District of Columbia, and a further 21 broadly legalize medical marijuana. Researchers like…

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Living the Dream: Shawn DeNae

June 30th, 2019

To add insult to injury, the traceability system often treats Washington Bud Company’s medically compliant flower products as high-THC edibles, halting retail sales to non-patients (ironically, our solution is to uncheck the medically compliant box). Currently, the pesticides and action-level lists are inconsistent between agencies and labs. We transitioned to…

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Living the Dream: Helen Cho

June 23rd, 2019

2. Manage choice paralysis: We all know what happens when there are too many choices of a similar product: consumers either buy what they always do or decide to walk away. Products should appeal to customers for their own specific reasons, with the ability to substitute between multiple products being…

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Conversations in Carolina

June 20th, 2019

About a week before we started putting the finishing touches on this issue of Marijuana Venture, I took advantage of a rare opportunity to leave the friendly confines of the West Coast and venture into the parts of the country that are still stuck in the dark ages when it…

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Living the Dream: Danielle Rosellison

June 16th, 2019

– We sold 8.5% more units than a “normal” month. You know, because everyone wants a deal. So, you do more work for less money. Not participating in said deals is not an option. Suck it up. – Everyone, and I mean everyone, wants you for their 4/20 Vendor Day.…

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Federal legalization

June 13th, 2019

A week or so ago, a friend and I were discussing the possibility of federal legalization. He wondered when I thought it would happen. “Much faster than most think,” was my reply. He seemed surprised, but I think federal legalization — or de facto legalization — is going to happen…

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Living the Dream: Shannon Brooks

June 9th, 2019

Over time, the legal market matured and the business landscape changed. The pattern has repeated itself in every legal state; normalization occurs as the novelty of legal cannabis wears off. Margins begin to drop as competition heats up and the market becomes saturated. Sales may not necessarily flatten, but the…

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Living the Dream: Mike Hayes

June 5th, 2019

The decision was then appealed by someone claiming a Spanish “school” was within 1,000 feet of the property. You would think if it didn’t exist at the time of the application submittal — and doesn’t meet the definition of school or youth activity center in the state of Oregon —…

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Living the Dream: Danielle Rosellison

June 2nd, 2019

Departments are falling into place. Job descriptions are being written in detail. I addressed my inbox management issues on the trip, which was 90 full days of unaddressed emails, so my current to-do list is specific and attainable (still four pages long, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that…

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