Marijuana Business Magazine Cover Stories

The Great Cultivation Debate

Changing industry fundamentals have sparked renewed discussions over whether it’s better to grow indoors, outdoors or in greenhouses. Here’s a look at the benefits and drawbacks of each method. by Omar Sacirbey The legal marijuana industry is moving into a new phase marked by falling … [Continue]

Capitalizing on a Rival’s Woes

Taking advantage of a competitor’s missteps requires planning and action – all while treading carefully to avoid turning off customers by Bart Schaneman (Clarification: MJ Freeway said the problems it experienced in January were tied to a “malicious hack” of its systems. The initial version … [Continue]

A New Cannabis Epicenter?

Los Angeles has the potential to emerge as the nation’s new marijuana capital by John Schroyer Speak with practically anyone in the Los Angeles cannabis industry, and one point typically arises in conversation: The city is the biggest marijuana market in not only the nation … [Continue]

The Past & Future of Cannabis Banking

Five Questions With John Vardaman, Co-Author of the DOJ Banking Memo by Omar Sacirbey Marijuana businesses that have been able to land bank and credit union accounts recently might want to thank John Vardaman, a lawyer specializing in money laundering who served in the Justice … [Continue]

What’s Happening

by Roger Fillion National and International News Sessions Gives Mixed Signals on Marijuana U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions renewed his criticism of marijuana but also seemed to insinuate that the Department of Justice won’t launch a wide-ranging crackdown on cannabis businesses. Sessions suggested his department … [Continue]

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]