Getting Ready for Rec

Physician-owned dispensary leverages experience, health and wellness approach to enter Massachusetts’ adult-use market By Adrian D. Garcia Garden Remedies runs its medical marijuana dispensary in New England with a simple ethos: “Compassionate relief. Rooted in medicine.” The Newton, Massachusetts-based company plans to double down on … [Continue]

A Prescription for Growth

Owners of a California infused-product company cultivate relationships with retailers and delivery companies and anticipate market trends to expand their brand By Joey Peña Infused product makers eager to expand their brand can heed a doctor’s advice. Dr. Norm’s, a Southern California cannabis-infused cookie producer, … [Continue]

Five Questions with Gene Simmons

From soda to beer to pinball machines, credit cards, magazines and more, Gene Simmons has spent decades lending his celebrity status to market a tireless trail of companies, products and brands. This year, the music icon and co-founder of the hard rock band Kiss added … [Continue]

The Executive Page: Renee Gagnon

Renee Gagnon is the CEO of HollyWeed North Cannabis, a marijuana consulting firm that also sells MJ production technology and is based in Victoria, British Columbia. What was your biggest business “aha” moment? My first “aha” moment was in 1981, when my school got an … [Continue]

Investing & Finance Insight: Kenneth Berke

U.S. cannabis companies are forecast to bring in as much as $10 billion in retail sales this year – money that will largely go untouched by the country’s leading financial institutions. Banks that do service the industry must follow a complicated patchwork of federal guidance … [Continue]

Hemp Notebook: Red-Tape Blues

Marijuana-style regulations are coming for hemp, prompting the cannabis industry to ponder which rules are really necessary By Kristen Nichols Hemp may be totally different than marijuana. But the red tape that plagues the marijuana industry is coming for hemp anyway. That’s why the hemp … [Continue]

Bracing for Liftoff

Five Questions with Anne McLellan, the Curator of Canada’s Cannabis Legislation By Matt Lamers Anne McLellan is the ultimate insider when it comes to legalizing recreational marijuana in Canada. The former deputy prime minister served as chair of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and … [Continue]

Hire Learning

How to Hire and Train an HR Professional for Your Cannabis Business By Bart Schaneman Cannabis companies are typically slow to hire human resources professionals. Most marijuana business owners are more concerned about growth and revenue in the early stages of their companies, and HR … [Continue]

Investing in Relationships

LeafLink CEO credits funding success to personal introductions, a mix of investors and asking the right questions By Margaret Jackson As someone who has successfully created three businesses from the ground up, Ryan Smith knows plenty about raising money. Last November, the 27-year-old co-founder and … [Continue]

Licensed to Thrive

A Washington state edibles company uses licensing to expand its Zoots brand nationwide, allowing it to avoid pricey construction and marketing costs By Adrian D. Garcia The brothers behind the Seattle-based Zoots brand initially considered taking their lozenges, baked goods and other cannabis-infused products national … [Continue]