Business Profiles

Need for Speed

A look at how infused product companies are betting big on fast-acting edibles by Bart Schaneman Drivers of performance cars and consumers of marijuana edibles have one thing in common: They’re both focused on speed. At least that’s what several edibles manufacturers are betting on … [Continue]

Retail Business Strategies: Doubling Down During Delays

Hawaii dispensary weathered delays in the state’s MMJ rollout by staying lean and mapping out a strategic plan by Joseph Peña When Aloha Green received one of Hawaii’s first medical marijuana licenses last year, it expected to begin selling to patients fairly soon. But the … [Continue]

Ancillary Business Strategies: Leaning on Licensees

Steep Hill’s expansion strategy involves partnering with local companies, focusing on consistency by Margaret Jackson The key to building a successful national brand is consistency. But that’s a tall order in an industry where it’s illegal to ship the main product across state lines. “You … [Continue]

Industry Snapshot: Packaging Companies

Data, trends and challenges by John Schroyer Plastic bags are out. Custom art jobs on brand-specific packaging are in. That may be a bit of an exaggeration – yes, the majority of marijuana packaging still consists of generic pop-top bottles that cost only a few … [Continue]

Hire Learning: How to hire – and train – a security guard

by Bart Schaneman When looking to hire a guard for a marijuana company, it’s important to consider the environment in which the individual will be working. Cannabis companies have a clientele that might not take too kindly to intimidating authority figures. So you want to … [Continue]

Risky Business

Rigorous employee training is essential for extraction companies working with C02, butane by Bart Schaneman Butane and CO2 cannabis extraction equipment come with built-in hazards. Butane can easily catch on fire or explode. CO2 machines operate at high pressures, and inhaling the gas can kill … [Continue]

Industry Snapshot: Hemp-Based CBD Companies

Data, trends and challenges by John Schroyer Just as the marijuana industry has exploded in recent years, so too has a sector that revolves around the plant’s non-psychoactive cousin: hemp. In particular, demand for hemp-based cannabidiol has skyrocketed, especially since a 2013 CNN report about … [Continue]

Hire Learning

How to hire – and train – the right lead chef for your edibles company by Bart Schaneman An edibles company looking to hire a lead chef needs to find someone who can wear more hats than just the white toque traditionally worn by the … [Continue]

Seeing the Light

Silver State Relief is among a number of growers analyzing the impact of LEDs on marijuana quality by Margaret Jackson As the legal marijuana industry matures and gains expertise, growers are looking more closely at how lighting technology influences cannabis quality. Traditionally, marijuana cultivators have … [Continue]

Dialing in the Dosing

Infused products companies are using pharmaceutical industry technologies and methods to improve dosing of THC, CBD by Omar Sacirbey Makers of marijuana-infused products are borrowing a page from the pharmaceutical industry when it comes to accurate dosing of THC and CBD in edibles, drinks, topicals … [Continue]