Category: Retail

Interchange – Retailers

April 3rd, 2017

You are invited to experience Interchange Spring 2017, centrally focused on a new approach to facilitate commerce within the cannabis industry. Interchange is an event held over the course of a two-day period where Retailers meet with a series of Producers and Processors in a 1:1 private setting to learn…

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Moving to Mari-Land

March 24th, 2017

Companies from across the U.S. look to cash in on Maryland’s long-delayed medical marijuana infrastructure

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Copper River marketing

March 2nd, 2017

Every year, media outlets ranging from major newspapers to food-centric blogs announce to the world that Copper River salmon has arrived. Upscale restaurants ride the wave of publicity, while grocery chains and seafood markets remind shoppers where they can find the wild-caught delicacies. But where does the Copper River salmon…

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Customer tosses display at employee at Washington rec shop

February 13th, 2017

An apparently intoxicated customer threw a display case of glass pipes and other merchandise at an employee Feb. 11 during an incident at the Higher Leaf recreational marijuana shop in Kirkland, Washington. According to the store, the customer in question entered the store with a female companion just after 6:30…

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February 3rd, 2017

Clean-Cut Prestige

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Employment Law 101: Terminations

January 30th, 2017

Not as simple as it seems

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Illinois Retail

January 11th, 2017

Rigid limitations inspire creative solutions

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The Giving Tree

January 9th, 2017

Making alternative, alt. medicine

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Oregon’s Green Rush

January 5th, 2017

It should come as no surprise that a dispensary opened by someone who spent a quarter-century in the fashion industry might be a little stylish. Her dispensary is just that. Oregon’s Green Rush nails the Northwestern “wood and iron” motif better than most businesses with deeper roots in the area…

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Herbal Outfitters

January 3rd, 2017

“I looked at my Facebook and my aunt posted a thing saying she saw me on Pittsburgh morning news,” he says. “We never intended to be the first retail marijuana store to open our doors. When we found out that’s what was happening, we were flabbergasted. We’re in awe that…

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Recreational marijuana sales are legal in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Alaska and in the District of Columbia and medical dispensaries are becoming legal in more states every year. Both medical and recreational stores are required to follow state-enforced procedures in order to remain licensed in their respective states.

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Every state has different laws governing cannabis sales. While lawmakers have universally set the recreational-use age to customers 21 and over; the majority of regulations surrounding medical dispensaries allow patients to be 18 and over and many states have pediatric programs. Lawmakers map nearly every aspect of recreational stores, from what they sell and how they sell it to where they can open and who can open them. Similar guidelines have been penned for states with medical programs, but the severity and specificity of the laws vary greatly from state-to-state. For example, marijuana business owners in California have had, at best, rough policies in place to govern their businesses and more often than not will still be raided by police, however business owners in states like Vermont and Connecticut work closely with governing officials to report and monitor their daily operations.

Medical states are mercurial in structure and vary greatly. Northeastern medical programs seem to be in competition with one another to see who can enforce the most stringent laws and still remain operational. The focus on over-regulation has left some states dead on arrival with licensed dispensary owners fighting over the few thousand registered patients and little to no options to generate the revenue needed to cover the millions of dollars already invested in the business. Still some states like Vermont and Rhode Island have learned to persevere and work with officials to slowly flourish. Similar to medical cultivators, medical dispensary owners have an emphasis on safe, tested products. While testing requirements in the marijuana industry vary from state-to-state, many medical marijuana dispensaries seek to go above and beyond the requirements held by state-licensed cannabis testing labs in order to constantly improve the safety of their medical cannabis for patients. Several states allow dispensaries to be vertically integrated, meaning that they can be autonomous in the marijuana industry as growers and retailers. Some vertically integrated states still require the dispensary owners to seek-out third-party labs to test products and other states do not, as mentioned above the requirements vary greatly. Medical dispensaries can be either for-profit or non-profit depending on where they reside.

Although legislation for recreational marijuana stores also vary from state-to-state, they still manage to have a universal feel for consumers as compared to their medical counterparts. Recreational stores in Oregon, Alaska, Colorado and the District of Colombia can be vertically integrated, but Washington forbids vertical integration and keeps separate licenses for processors, producers and retailers. Recreational stores in all states carry similar legislation for a multitude of variables like testing, packaging, security and labeling requirements. 

Every month Marijuana Venture provides solutions for store owners facing these obstacles. Drawing answers from experts across the globe to contribute original content that cannot be found anywhere else. Marijuana Venture was built to satiate the needs of licensed marijuana business owners regardless of what state, county or city they operate from. The magazine features articles on the following:

  • How to obtain a license for recreational and medical cannabis retail operation
  • Legal guides from law experts, explaining both the existing laws and requirements store owners face
  • How-to guides on selecting a retail location and properly installing security measures
  • Overviews on wholesale buying and selling
  • In-depth explanations on how to lower insurance premiums
  • Best practices for marketing and branding solutions
  • Inside looks at how to invest in marijuana dispensaries and choosing a partner to invest with
  • How to start a medical dispensary
  • How to start a recreational store
  • How to obtain a retail license
  • Guides for resource management from industry professionals
  • State-specific legal guides for operators in developing state programs and detailed analysis of future requirements
  • Best practices for buying product from vendors for recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries
  • Copyright and trademark advice
  • Maintaining security standards for state-legal operations
  • How-to guides on filing insurance claims
  • Best hiring practices and personnel management      
  • Marketing solutions
  • In-depth articles from store owners on how to remain profitable inside the industry

Marijuana Venture is an award-winning, nationally distributed magazine dedicated to helping marijuana business owners stay legal and profitable. takes the articles on all of the above and more from the monthly publication and re-publishes them for growers searching for an online-hub of reliable information.

New articles, covering nearly every facet of owning, operating and growing a marijuana business are posted daily at noon.

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