Category: Opinion

Roger Stone, again

March 8th, 2019

I first wrote about Roger Stone several months ago, after someone claiming to be his grandson sent email blasts to cannabis industry people seeking help for his “legendary” grandfather. The email asked for donations to Stone’s legal fund and suggested the whole investigation into President Trump and the Russian connection…

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Living the Dream: Jodie Haines

March 6th, 2019

Then comes the fun part. In the first round of selection, we judge by subjective marketability: Does the smell pop, tantalize or capture your attention? Does the structure of the plant lend itself to commercial production and good yield? Did the plant have a tendency to mold or a high…

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Theranos, Trump and Cannabis

March 5th, 2019

Over the holidays I read the fascinating book “Bad Blood,” a New York Times best-seller about the rise and fall of Theranos and its founder Elizabeth Holmes, written by Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou. At the height of her company’s rise, Holmes was worth more than $5 billion. She…

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Living the Dream: Helen Cho

March 4th, 2019

Our focus is on flower cultivation and manufacturing concentrates, two things Kiva doesn’t do. As both companies grow, we wouldn’t be creating a potentially awkward situation where we start stepping on each other’s toes. We couldn’t say that for some of the partnerships we were considering. 2. Have a thorough…

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Living the Dream: Shawn DeNae

March 2nd, 2019

Structures are built from taxes collected to better serve the gathering population. Jobs are created by the visionary entrepreneurs. Lending institutions are established to help them prosper. Settling is good; it leads to a functioning social order. The process to get there is obviously complicated and full of missteps. We…

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Retail 101 essentials: A roadmap to success

March 1st, 2019

Last year I visited the RAD (Retail and Dispensary) Expo in Portland, Oregon, and in order to grasp current challenges in the cannabis industry, I met with retailers and manufacturers. After sitting in seminars and Q&A sessions I started to hear a recurrent theme of questions from retailers: How does…

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Do’s and Don’ts for 2019

February 28th, 2019

Welcome Oklahoma and Michigan! It’s been an interesting five years since we started publishing Marijuana Venture. Judging from the feedback we receive at trade shows and industry events, the magazine has become an important source of information for both the cannabis retail and cultivation communities. To be honest, about 90%…

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CBS just says no to our cannabis PSA, but they can’t stop the buzz

February 27th, 2019

Traditionally, on the day after the Super Bowl, much of the water cooler conversation — and online discussion — focuses on the commercials. But this year, people were talking about a public service announcement that didn’t even make it on air. My company, Acreage Holdings, attempted to buy time during…

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Living the Dream: Matt LaScala

February 24th, 2019

Advancements in refinement/isolation and extraction technology have made safety and dosing of modern concentrates easier than ever. Because of that, it is important for people to understand which compounds provide therapy, and which ones do not. We hold a high value for the natural ratio of cannabinoids and terpenes delivered…

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Why the 50 stars will triumph over a single maple leaf

February 19th, 2019

Last October, I was in Canada speaking at a convention for international lawyers just days after the country’s bold move of legalizing marijuana. Mexico is also on the path to federal legalization, and more and more countries are joining in the global end to prohibition. I wondered: Has the United…

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