Business Profiles

Investing & Finance Insight: Brendan Kennedy

Q&A with the CEO of Privateer Holdings Global conquest was the original aim eight years ago, when Brendan Kennedy and his partners founded Privateer Holdings, a marijuana-focused private equity firm that today has interests on five continents. “The international opportunity has been part of our … [Continue]

Global Players Worth Watching

As more countries legalize medical and recreational cannabis, entrepreneurs are seizing the opportunity to become pioneers in the marijuana business.  From South America to Europe, India and Israel, companies are popping up to tackle cultivation and research, while others launch retail sales and ancillary businesses. … [Continue]

Swimming in the Shark Tank

Five Questions with Kevin O’Leary, Businessman, Author and TV Personality By John Schroyer Kevin O’Leary has had a fair bit of success in the business world. A deep-pocketed investor whose net worth is estimated at more than $400 million, O’Leary has made his fortune through … [Continue]

The Executive Page: Beth Stavola

COO of Toronto’s MPX Bioceutical Corp. and board member of the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association By Kristen Nichols What was your biggest business “aha” moment? I was working on Wall Street, doing institutional equity sales. I made an investment in a medical marijuana company, … [Continue]

Retail Business Strategies: Getting a Head Start

Front-end work, local partners and previous experience allowed Cresco to launch before competitors in Pennsylvania By Adrian D. Garcia When it comes to Pennsylvania’s newly launched medical cannabis industry, Cresco Labs warrants bragging rights. In February, the company’s dispensary – about 30 miles northeast of … [Continue]

Sage Advice

Canadian marijuana executives share tips on five factors to address when mulling an overseas expansion By Matt Lamers Free from U.S. competition and overflowing with capital, Canadian cannabis companies are expanding their global empire one country at a time – drawn by a worldwide market … [Continue]

Overseas Primer

Legal and regulatory issues are among the factors that MJ businesses and investors must weigh when eyeing overseas markets By Alfredo Pascual Opportunities abound in the North American cannabis market, but companies that want to lead the way should consider opportunities overseas. For this international … [Continue]

Movers and Shakers: A look at some recent hiring moves in the marijuana industry

By Omar Sacirbey Cannabinoid Drug Developer Lands Star Scientist Nemus Bioscience, a biopharmaceutical company in Costa Mesa, California, that develops cannabinoid-based medicines, tapped professor David Schubert, head of the Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory at California’s Salk Institute, as a consultant. Schubert, a two-time recipient of the … [Continue]

Going the Extra Mile

A dynamic retail space, a well-trained staff and online sales are among the keys to delivering great service to customers By Joseph Peña Top-notch customer service can distinguish quality cannabis retailers from a packed field of competitors. From interior design and displays to staff training … [Continue]