Marijuana Business Magazine Cover Stories

At a Crossroads

Amid growing criticism, NCIA chief Aaron Smith admits missteps and hopes to move the trade group in a new direction By Bart Schaneman The past few months have been rough for the National Cannabis Industry Association and its executive director, Aaron Smith. Since December, two … [Continue]

Total Recall

Marijuana businesses need to have a plan at the ready to handle a product recall that could sink the company By John Rebchook Product recalls increasingly may be a fact of life for those who sell marijuana products, meaning that cannabis business owners need to … [Continue]

Keeping the Peace

As unions spread within the cannabis industry, business owners can take steps to address “peace agreements” that can lead to unionization By John Rebchook Cannabis business owners increasingly must confront a workplace reality that mainstream companies have faced for generations: organized labor. Front and center … [Continue]

The Dating Game

Picking a company for a partnership requires trust, face time and a clear understanding of its finances By Margaret Jackson As more states legalize medical and recreational cannabis, plant-touching companies are looking for partners to produce and peddle their branded products in a new market. … [Continue]

Hire Learning: C-Level Executive

How to Hire and Train an Executive for Your Cannabis Business By Bart Schaneman As the cannabis industry matures and companies grow and evolve, hiring C-suite executives – CEOs, COOs, CFOs, etc. – will help determine whether your company thrives … or dies. As an … [Continue]

Hemp Notebook: Race and the Hemp Industry

Why hemp and CBD business executives should be talking about race By Kristen Nichols lmagine the owner of a natural-foods shop in tony coastal California. Now imagine the owner of a store called Quick Stop Discount Tobacco and Beer in central Tennessee. Both stores have … [Continue]

Trends and Hot Topics: Michigan Jackpot?

State’s big marijuana market could be a boon for entrepreneurs – provided anti-MJ forces don’t stand in the way By John Schroyer Looking for a hot investment opportunity in the cannabis industry, but can’t decide which state market to enter? Michigan could be a solid … [Continue]

Investing & Finance Insight: Sean Stiefel and John Kaden

Q&A with the principals of Navy Capital By Omar Sacirbey Too much due diligence is possible. That’s what Sean Stiefel and John Kaden, the principals of cannabis-focused hedge fund Navy Capital, say about their entry into marijuana investing. “We spent six months studying the volumes … [Continue]

The Executive Page: Yen Pham

Co-Founder and CEO of Link4 Greenhouse Controls, an Anaheim, California, maker of greenhouse control systems and hydroponic equipment By Kristen Nichols What was your biggest business “aha” moment? Our environmental controllers were popular with commercial greenhouse customers long before cannabis. But we would receive calls … [Continue]

Running a Publicly Traded MJ Business

Five Questions with Derek Peterson, Terra Tech CEO and founder By John Schroyer Derek Peterson is the head of one of the largest and most stable plant-touching cannabis companies in the United States – California-based Terra Tech Corp. Terra Tech has acquired 10 marijuana retail … [Continue]