Marijuana Venture’s eighth annual 40 Under 40 issue, profiling the fast-rising stars from around the country and all parts of the cannabis industry, returns in June. Featuring interviews with 40 of the biggest names from the top cannabis companies and cannabis service providers, there’s no better place to get a sense of what the present and future holds for this fast-growing business. In addition to the profiles, the May issue will have articles about new products and a special section on packaging.
Advertising deadline: April 20
The July issue of Marijuana Venture kicks off with a feature story on one of the leading cannabis tech and e-commerce businesses in the industry, in addition to a collection of articles covering the latest cannabis business trends and leading professionals in the cannabis industry, as well as insights from lawyers and other experts focused on cannabis. The July issue will also feature the latest in extraction and extraction equipment.
Advertising deadline: May 18
With consumption lounges opening across the country and summer in full swing Marijuana Venture takes a deep look at canna-tourism, including the market sector’s current performance and its future potential as well as an inside look at a cannabis retailer that found a niche as a cruise ship destination in Alaska. The magazine will also include features on real estate in cannabis and a special feature looking at the upcoming harvest.
Advertising deadline: June 15
To learn more about advertising opportunities and specials in any upcoming issues of Marijuana Venture, email Sales@MarijuanaVenture.com.
The May 2017 issue of Marijuana Venture featured a special look at the Grow-Off, a science-based cultivation contest in Colorado. Instead of simply having judges smoke an assortment of strains and declare a winner, contestants were each given an identical clone and six months to grow and harvest the plant with lab results deciding the title in three categories: yield, potency and terpene percentage. None of the competitors were given any information about the strain or origin of the clone and each sample had to be smokable — so wet buds couldn’t be used in an attempt to increase weight — and had to comply with all state regulations and testing requirements.
Grow-Off co-founder Jake Browne told Marijuana Venture he wanted to “create the ‘Iron Chef’ of weed.”
The “billion dollar blockbuster” on the cover of the May 2019 issue of Marijuana Venture teased “The Biggest Deal in Cannabis History (for now),” covering the then-record-setting acquisition of Verano Holdings by Harvest Health & Recreation. The deal was announced in March 2019, for a jaw-dropping price tag of $850 million, the largest single acquisition at that time in cannabis history. It also would have made Harvest one of the largest multi-state operators. However, on March 26, 2020, Harvest and Verano announced the deal had fallen through due to “adverse capital market conditions, a challenging environment for asset sales,” and other reasons, according to a press release from Harvest.
Harvest CEO Steve White calmly described the attempted Verano acquisition to Marijuana Venture as “just part of the evolution of the industry,” and that bit of foreshadowing was followed by an even larger deal in which Trulieve acquired Harvest for $2.1 billion on October 1, 2021.
Just as the threat of the global pandemic began to wane, a sudden spike in violent robberies plagued the industry and the need for operators to re-evaluate their security measures became the cover story for the May 2022 issue of Marijuana Venture. In Washington state alone, robberies had increased from 80 during 2021 to an astonishing 70 within the first three months of 2022. California and Oregon operators reported a similar spike.
The issue’s special focus on security spanned 26 pages with articles covering the growing number of violent robberies as well as articles on cash reduction, countermeasures for retailers and cultivators, vetting a security provider, how regulators are responding to the increase in crime, how to reduce the risks of an armed robbery and a Q&A with one of the industry’s leading security providers on how operators can protect themselves.