Marijuana Business Magazine Cover Stories

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 … [Continue]

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]

Extraction Smackdown

Weighing the pros and cons of CO2, hydrocarbon and ethanol extraction methods   Take your pick: CO2 … hydrocarbon … or ethanol? Determining which extraction method is best for your cannabis company comes down to what you hope to accomplish. Do you want to produce full-spectrum … [Continue]

Employee Safety

The most frequently told story of cannabis extraction gone wrong involves an unregulated, home-based facility and a large explosion. Usually the main victim in this story is using butane or propane as the solvent. Licensed operators, however, aren’t immune from such risks. In fact, highly … [Continue]

Getting a Grip on Efficiency

When it comes to the most efficient method of cannabis extraction, if you want to create a high-quality distillate, ethanol extraction is hard to beat. It’s great for processing a lot of marijuana to extract a single cannabinoid, like THC or CBD. The process requires … [Continue]

Product Quality

Deciding which extraction method results in the highest product quality probably requires the most qualifying statements to come up with a clear winner. Each type of extraction has benefits and drawbacks when it comes to the end result. “Not all extractions are the end-all, be-all … [Continue]

Cost of Production and Equipment

Carbon dioxide is the most expensive extraction method, industry executives agreed. The technology has the steepest price tag compared to hydrocarbon and ethanol units. Hydrocarbon systems, by comparison, are the cheapest. Albert Gutierrez, CEO of Med-Pharm in Denver, can attest to the steep price tag … [Continue]