Marijuana Business Magazine Cover Stories

Chain Reaction

Sweet Leaf is helping pioneer the concept of retail chains in the cannabis industry by expanding aggressively through acquisitions by Bart Schaneman The many signs posted at Sweet Leaf’s recreational marijuana store on 26th and Walnut streets in Denver deliver a simple message to employees: … [Continue]

Hire Learning

How to find – and train – the right budtenders for your dispensary by Omar Sacirbey Danielle Schumacher is the office manager for a prominent Bay Area physician serving a large number of pediatric and geriatric medical marijuana patients. She worries about what happens to … [Continue]

Are LEDs Right for You?

Costs and considerations for growers eyeing light-emitting diode technology by John Schroyer Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, have been slowly making inroads with cannabis growers over the past few years. As indoor cultivation operations have gotten bigger, and as the price of electricity has begun eroding … [Continue]

Going With a Guru

Consultants can help launch your business and save you money, but vet them thoroughly beforehand by Omar Sacirbey Zeina Frayha and Terry Saad, the wife and husband team behind HerbaFi Wellness in Silver Spring, Maryland, were newbies to the marijuana industry but did have business … [Continue]

The Name Game

Edgy, offensive and child-oriented strain names threaten to alienate marijuana customers and the public by Margaret Jackson What’s in a name? A lot, it turns out, especially when it comes to marijuana. As the cannabis industry morphs from an underground “stoner” culture into a mainstream … [Continue]

Tackling the Transition

Advice for existing marijuana business owners making the leap to a regulated market by Joseph Peña Medical marijuana business owners in California, Michigan and Montana are undergoing a huge transition as they move from a largely unregulated environment to one governed by comprehensive statewide rules. … [Continue]

Insights From a Wall Street Insider

Five Questions With Cowen and Co. Cannabis Analyst Vivien Azer by Omar Sacirbey As the first marijuana analyst at a major investment bank, Vivien Azer will likely go down as a pioneer for bridging cannabis with the mainstream financial services industry. Azer’s influential journey began … [Continue]

What’s Happening: National and State News Developments

By Roger Filion National White House Signals Possible Rec Crackdown White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer signaled the Trump administration will crack down on recreational marijuana businesses, though to what degree – and when – remains a mystery. “I do believe you will see greater … [Continue]

Cultivation 2.0

Marijuana growers are investing heavily in automation technology to remain competitive and boost efficiency, but pitfalls abound by Omar Sacirbey There’s a war on the horizon for cannabis cultivators. As the marijuana industry matures and evolves, wholesale cannabis prices are plummeting in some markets – … [Continue]

Capitalizing on Downtime

Entrepreneurs can use delays in new marijuana markets to their advantage by Bart Schaneman A delay in the launch of a new marijuana market doesn’t have to cripple your business. Quite the contrary: If you plan accordingly and use the time wisely, it can be … [Continue]