Business Profiles

Lights, Camera, Action!

You may never promote a TV sitcom in your dispensary – but here’s how one retailer helped launch a Netflix show by Lisa Greim To promote “Disjointed” – an original series set in a Los Angeles dispensary, starring Kathy Bates – Netflix teamed up last … [Continue]

Branching Out

How a pioneering security company has confronted the challenges of branching out to develop a trimming, drying and distribution business by Joseph Peña The team behind Oregon-based CannaGuard Security implemented a Herculean change last year. Executives decided to branch out from the compliance, armed guard … [Continue]

Pestering the Pests

How hemp growers can combat weeds, insects and disease by Kristen Nichols Hemp farmers are thousands of years behind – meaning they’re just starting to develop strategies to fight pests and disease that other crops were bred to resist millennia ago. Just like marijuana growers, … [Continue]

Producing Perfection

Oregon’s Grön Chocolate relies on detailed planning, lots of product testing and top-notch ingredients to make award-winning edibles by Lisa Greim The full-fledged launch of Oregon’s recreational marijuana program got off to a rocky start in the fall of 2016. Strict marijuana testing standards, a … [Continue]

Eyeing an IPO

The CEO of a marijuana company that made it to the NYSE shares insights on how to prepare for an initial public offering by Joseph Peña Innovative Industrial Properties made history last December when it became the first marijuana-focused company to trade on the world’s … [Continue]

School of Hard Knocks

Lessons learned by lawyers from launching a marijuana business by Jeremy Unruh It was big news back in 2015 when my law partners and I left a prominent national law firm in Chicago to build a medical marijuana company, PharmaCann LLC. With six separate state … [Continue]

How to Sell Your Cannabis Business

Five Questions with Justin Costello, CEO of GRN Funds by Bart Schaneman Selling a cannabis business isn’t as simple as sending out a news release announcing your intentions. The marijuana industry operates differently than other sectors because it has lots of legal and regulatory baggage. … [Continue]

Balancing Act

Ancillary companies serving marijuana clients and mainstream customers must tread carefully – and take steps to prevent potential snafus by John Rebchook A national sales director for a lighting company transmitted an email blast telling clients she’d be attending a marijuana business conference. One of … [Continue]