Track and Trace

By tracking terpene content, potency, yields and other data, extractors can aid their bottom lines, retain top customers and boost oil yields To make smart business decisions, extraction companies need to closely track every order that comes in from cannabis growers supplying product. Diligent recordkeepers … [Continue]

Short Stop

Critics have attacked short sellers as Wall Street villains for decades. Shorts, as they’re known, were attacked after the 1929 stock market crash. More recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk blasted short sellers as “jerks who want us to die.” So, it was only a matter … [Continue]

Countering the Counterfeiters

Four steps cannabis companies can take to protect their products from becoming knockoffs Counterfeiters have long peddled knockoffs mimicking Louis Vuitton handbags, Ray Ban sunglasses and Rolex watches. But over the past year, counterfeiters have increasingly set their sights on the global cannabis space, hoping … [Continue]

Retail Do’s and Don’ts

Dispensary design tips that’ll resonate with customers and help a retailer’s bottom line The design of a marijuana dispensary can be memorable or, well, meh. Convenient, spacious shops with visual product displays and Instagrammable features can keep customers coming back and revenue flowing. But stark, … [Continue]

Jack of All Trades or Master of One?

The decision to vertically integrate his new cannabis business is one that has kept Kevin Currier awake at night. Ahead of Michigan’s transition to an adult-use market, Currier, a resident of the Great Lakes state, applied for a medical marijuana retail license in Grand Rapids. … [Continue]

Going Global? Join the GMP Parade

Good Manufacturing Practice certification is key for medical marijuana companies with international ambitions What do multinational medical cannabis cultivators have in common? They’ve achieved the gold standard for international quality compliance: Good Manufacturing Practice certification. GMP, as it is commonly known, is a codified set … [Continue]

Tissue Culture

Growers explore a new way to propagate and preserve a plant’s genetics Cannabis cultivators have long relied on cloning as a way to propagate plant inventory and preserve their genetics. But cloning—taking a rooted cutting of a mother plant to grow a genetically identical plant—may … [Continue]

Pioneering Advice

Colorado cannabis businesses share what they’ve learned since legalization In the past five years, Colorado’s cannabis executives—both plant-touching and ancillary—have learned enough about doing business in a new recreational market to write textbooks on the topic. The Centennial State made history when it launched the … [Continue]

Shark Bait

Modern-day loan sharks are circling the cannabis industry. Predatory lending—a practice that gained special notoriety during the Great Recession—can cripple or sink a cannabis business owner who is launching or expanding a company. Predatory loans typically involve a lender who relies on unfair or misleading … [Continue]

Generation Gap

Millennials might be a cannabis company’s bread and butter. But middle-aged and older adults are increasingly turning to marijuana for medical or recreational use—and that underscores the need for cannabis businesses ranging from retailers to makers of infused products and concentrates to develop generation-specific marketing, … [Continue]