Growing Ambition

Companies leverage capital, partnerships and diversification to expand beyond state lines


When the U.S. marijuana industry was getting off the ground two decades ago, the business landscape consisted of mom-and-pop stores and amateur extractors. Product was sold in Ziploc bags, and 20,000-square-foot grows were considered big.

In short, marijuana businesses were small and simple, and it was hard to imagine chains or integrated multistate…


Oil Slick

Organa Brands relies on a large distribution network and diverse product lineup to leapfrog into new markets  Organa Brands Headquarters: Denver Year Founded: 2010 About: Organa Brands develops and manufactures vape pens, vape oils and vape oil cartridges, extracts and infused products. States: Arizona, California, … [Continue]

Learning From Mistakes

Columbia Care learned the importance of being ready for a market – not first to market Columbia Care Headquarters: New York City Year Founded: 2012 About: Columbia Care specializes in vertically integrated medical marijuana businesses in most markets. States: Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, … [Continue]

On Their Mari Way

A medical marijuana business leverages partnerships and licensing deals to enter new markets  MariMed Headquarters: Newton, Massachusetts Year Founded: 2011 About: A publicly traded company that partners with local groups in various states to own and operate marijuana businesses. The company creates and brands its … [Continue]

Kush Job

California packaging company diversifies its offerings and bankrolls acquisitions to expand its geographic footprint KushCo Holdings Headquarters: Garden Grove, California Year Founded: 2010 About: KushCo Holdings is a diversified marijuana company with businesses specializing in packaging and vaporizers, hydrocarbon gases, marketing and design as well … [Continue]