For both home and commercial growers alike, managing garden space while maximizing yields can be a difficult task. This is especially true in urban areas, where the demand for marijuana is high—but so are the costs associated with renting, buying or building indoor space for cannabis cultivation. Just like typical horizontal or flatbed grow systems, […]

Cannabis is pretty much one of the least lethal plants on this planet. Even raw potatoes are more toxic! Nicotine, on the other hand, is possibly as toxic as cyanide (with some caveats). The median lethal dose of nicotine is 0.5 to 1.0 mg/kg, or 40 to 60 mg in an average human being. There […]

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A headline in The Week magazine recently spooked a lot of dog lovers. “Illinois police claim if marijuana is legalized, they’ll have to kill their police dogs,” it said. No, not really. It turns out the scare was the product of misinterpretation and hyperbole. Here’s what happened. Though the original article says nothing about euthanizing […]

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The cannabis industry is projected to add as many as 340,000 full-time jobs by 2022, an estimated annual growth rate of 21%. Retail sales of medical and recreational marijuana in the United States are expected to come in between $8 billion and $10 billion this year and could reach $22 billion by 2022, according to […]

Dreaming of a space where patrons will be advised by knowledgeable cannabis guides, with after-dinner activities in the same facility designed to let patrons fully immerse themselves in the high, Chris Sayegh, who’s been building up the hype around his HERB restaurant concept over the past year, tells Cannabis Now that securing permits and building […]

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The cannabis industry poses its own unique set of difficulties. The following questions will not only allow you to figure out if you should participate in the cannabis industry, but also shape your business going forward. Is this business the right one for you? Support for cannabis legalization in the U.S. stands at a record […]

Let’s say you’re in the mood for a trip to your local dispensary to purchase some cannabis. But there are so many options! How could you possibly know what’s the right strain to choose? If you’re in that situation, here are six tips for picking the right marijuana strain for you: Know the Different Types […]

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Political support for legal cannabis is mounting, but some experts argue that the measures being proposed won’t be enough to address one of the industry’s biggest challenges: banking. In recent weeks, top U.S. lawmakers and political influencers have offered a host of calls-to-action for federal and state reforms, sending strong signals that the legal risks […]

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Edibles have been a particular source of consternation for states attempting to anticipate any harm that might come from them, and regulate these problems away before they happen. Here’s how edible laws look in adult-use states, where edibles sales are allowed, across the nation: Recently, Colorado restricted any edible from including the words “candy” or […]

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Legal cannabis provides a valuable opportunity to reshape the consumer beverage industry, according to Cannabiz Consumer Group. Beverages generate nearly $1.5 trillion annually for the US economy. Even though cannabis-infused drinks make up less than 20% of cannabis products sold in adult-use cannabis markets and account for an even smaller percentage of total sales dollars, […]

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Legal pot may reshape wine sales across the country as professionals, particularly women seeking to cut calories, set down their wine glasses and switch to cannabis, concludes a new analysis by one of Europe’s biggest banks. The new Rabobank analysis suggests women who have avoided illegal marijuana are likely to begin consuming pot more consistently […]

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In the United States, cultivation licenses are often viewed as the most valuable in the highly competitive application processes that most states use to determine who is allowed to cultivate and dispense in their states. This value is partly derived from the fact many populous states initially only grant a limited number of cultivation licenses. […]

For the last month, YouTube has been shutting down a wide range of cannabis channels, often with little or no warning. All of the videos now display the same ominous message: “The channel’s content had been flagged for review and was found to violate YouTube’s guidelines.” Two years ago, Facebook famously shut down many cannabis-related […]

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Despite the progress made on cannabis policies within legislative chambers and ballot boxes across America, the rollout of successful regulated cannabis markets has been stymied in several jurisdictions, and the illegal market has remained strong. Simply put: if cannabis consumers cannot conveniently access the regulated market, they will continue to purchase from the illegal market, […]

The U.S. legal cannabis industry is projected to hit $25 billion by 2025, according to a recent forecast from New Frontier Data, a cannabis analytics firm. New Frontier Data released updated industry sales projections, predicting that the $8.3 billion U.S. medical and recreational marijuana industry will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 14.7 […]

A bipartisan group of senators is stepping up the push to let marijuana businesses store their profits in banks, with a possible vote coming as soon as this week. Under the current federal prohibition of cannabis, many banks refuse to do businesses with marijuana growers, processors and sellers that operate legally in accordance with a […]

Five years ago, when I first started following publicly-traded cannabis stocks, there was little substance to the small universe of companies that purported to be in or providing goods or services to the industry. Fortunately, now there are many legitimate companies, some generating substantial revenue. Despite this significant progress, there are still hundreds of companies […]

Most businesses keep meticulous records of their inventory and sales, tracking how much and which varieties of product they move and at which times. This is even more true for industries like alcohol and cannabis, which need to demonstrate to regulators that they are following all necessary laws related to how they sell controlled substances. […]

The US has always had a turbulent relationship with cannabis. The substance has often been portrayed as a villainous, addictive, mind-altering drug, with harrowing consequences if used even once, as the below video demonstrates. However, as laws become more passive to the sale and possession of cannabis, so have the attitudes surrounding its use. For […]

The duopoly may be soaking up all the growth in digital advertising, but not the ad dollars of one growing category: weed marketers. That’s because Facebook and Google won’t accept marijuana ads. A Google spokesperson said the company doesn’t allow marijuana ads on either the display or search side because the product is illegal on […]

A steadily growing number of banks are willing to open accounts for marijuana businesses, according to new federal data. Even as a string of conflicting signals from the Trump administration surrounds the debate about legalization with uncertainty, the number of depository institutions that are actively banking the cannabis industry has increased roughly 18% since the […]

The Event for Cannabis Cultivators is in Denver, Colorado TODAY & TOMORROW! The 6th CannaGrow Expo will be hosted October 28 – 29, 2017 in Denver, CO at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Hotel & Convention Center. CannaGrow Expo is a two-day educational conference & exposition dedicated to the art & science of growing cannabis. […]

Disclaimer: This column is written for educational purposes only. It does not provide specific legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. This column should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed attorney in your state. I recently took a road trip up through the Pacific Northwest region […]

There’s no denying that the growing success of the cannabis industry has led to some altruistic outcomes. Whether it’s through public school funding or special programs for veterans, tons of money and resources have been put towards the betterment of society. However, many charities are still shunning contributions from marijuana companies, even those located in […]

Opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Florida naturally comes with a lot of red tape. Marijuana is still considered an illegal substance at the federal level, despite the 29 states that have legalized it for recreational or medicinal use in recent years. That makes it nearly impossible for banks to fund marijuana distributing companies, which […]

When Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, few could have predicted the scale of the growth which would bloom across the industry. Legal marijuana sales in the US and Canada are now expected to pass $20.2 billion by 2021 at a predicted annual growth rate of 25 percent, […]

Most cannabis business owners eventually confront the stresses of working in an all-cash environment. If you’re lucky, you’ve found one of the 368 reported banks or credit unions providing limited services to the industry under FinCEN guidelines. You might be experimenting with more exotic solutions like cryptocurrencies or pre-paid services like Tommy Chong’s Green Card. […]

Cannabis has been legalized for medical use in 29 states and approved for recreational use in eight, and market observers, including the majority of financial advisors, believe it is only a matter of time before its national prohibition comes to an end. That means we are witnessing the birth of a new industry, akin to […]

You’ve got a new product. How much of it will you sell next year? The guys preparing the slide decks for VC pitches will show astronomical growth. The person asking for budget to produce the product may hear low-ball estimates from the stingy CFO. Somewhere in between is going to be the truth, and it’s […]

Cannabis review site MassRoots (OTCQB:MSRT) has announced an agreement to acquire software developer Odava for $1.75 million, for essentially an all-stock deal with a tiny cash component. Odava makes point-of-sale software for cannabis dispensaries and growers to track their activities and report in a regulatory-compliant manner. MSRT is hoping to integrate its cannabis user review […]

In an industry rife with “extreme uncertainty” at pretty much every level, the best thing business leaders can do is ‘Be Ready.’ This is both the slogan and the guiding principle of the newly launched National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB). Founded by Joshua Laterman – who spent 20 years working in business management and […]

Go to a California cannabis event and you’re likely to walk away with a free hat—or a bumper sticker, or a t-shirt, or tote bag emblazoned with a cannabis company’s logo. But under a bill being considered in the state Legislature, all that branded merchandise would go up in smoke. Senate Bill 162, by state […]

The war on drugs or at least the cannabis industry is heating up and certain to create even more nervousness among cannabis investors. While the Department of Justice has its hands tied with regards to being funded to pursue cannabis law breakers, other parties are cracking down. In April, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection […]