Matt Walstatter fell into the cannabis business like many people do; he got sick. Really sick. In 2003, a bad case of flu and pneumonia turned into painful gastrointestinal symptoms that wouldn’t go away. For 10 years he vomited every day. He lost 50 pounds in the first six months. After trying everything and seeing […]

A handful of states are considering making recreational marijuana legal, and the businesses already doing that in Colorado could be examples for others. Because it’s still illegal at the federal level, they face different barriers than your average small business. From the very beginning of the growing process, Colorado cannabis plants are highly regulated. Tim […]

No matter who wins on Election Day, cannabis will have a big day at the ballot box. Five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — have initiatives to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. Four states — Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota — have proposed legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. All of […]

With autumn tightening its grip on Alaska, the state’s first-ever commercial marijuana harvests are underway. At Greatland Ganja, a marijuana grow in this small town on the Kenai Peninsula, brothers Leif and Arthur Abel are nearly finished pulling their cannabis plants from the high tunnels they call “gnome domes,” where 10 different strains grew throughout […]

Cowen and Company joins the ranks of the few mainstream research firms to officially begin covering the cannabis industry. A comprehensive 100 plus page report with contributions from ten different analysts was issued by Cowen Washington Research Group on September 12. The Cowen group is forecasting that the marijuana market will grow to $50 billion […]

I often write about the legal side of and opinions about the cannabis industry. Much of what I write about is culled from anecdotal experiences within either my personal practice or observations in regard to the industry. I recently had a trip to Portland, Oregon to spend time learning and understanding a little bit about […]

Working across Canada and the United States, we’ve seen our fair share of tracking frameworks. For the most part, tracking is a compliance requirement, so that regulators can control the production and distribution of cannabis products. Software providers should focus on suppliers of cannabis products by developing tools that streamline operations and provide business intelligence […]

After the first five months of the year, Colorado is on pace to reach $1 billion dollars in cannabis sales during 2016. The Colorado Department of Revenue released data Wednesday showing that Colorado cannabis shops reeled in nearly $98.6 million in sales during May, bringing the year-to-date tally for 2016 to just over $486 million. […]

People who sell medical and recreational cannabis in states where it’s legal have become accustomed to seeing their social media pages go dark unexpectedly. Selling or using cannabis for any reason is still federally illegal, and companies like Facebook, Google, Instagram, and Apple remain wary of being held liable for the pot content they allow […]

Cannabis is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States, and the cannabis plant is characterized by some as its most valuable asset. Some strains of cannabis stand out as superior based on a number of factors including yield of seed, fiber and cannabinoid content. Various strains are adapted for particular regions and cultivation environments. […]

In many ways, brand marijuana was established a long time ago. The accoutrements of weed smoking found at head shops in cities and college towns across the U.S. were all adorned with requisite motifs: dancing bears and tie-dyed swirls, skull-faced jesters and Rastafied marijuana leaves. Now that cannabis and its offshoot products are available legally […]

Marijuana Infographics recently posted an image describing the surge of cannabis events in the United States. According to the graphic above, “marijuana conferences have exploded from 1 in 2013 to over 30 planned in 2016.” With so many canna events to choose from, we wanted to examine one cannabis conference that is worth our time […]

In the last two years of legal marijuana sales in Colorado, there has been a cornucopia of 420-friendly events — arty dinners, joint- and sushi-rolling classes, speed dating happy hours and even bus tours of residential Christmas light displays. But no entrepreneur has yet figured out the tricky cannabis event space as well as Kendal […]

DispensaryNext Conference & Expo is making its second appearance in Portland, OR this February 1 + 2, 2016 at the Red Lion Jantzen Beach Hotel. Whether you are in the process of starting a dispensary or working to maintain a world-class shop, this event is designed for you. As an attendee of DispensaryNext, you will […]

In a land where heaps of cannabis have been continually cultivated since at least the 1970s, it’s interesting to think new legalization and recreational cannabis laws will have any actual effect on the Oregon scene. At this year’s first CannaGrow Expo, a two-day educational event dedicated to the art and science of growing cannabis, it […]

The marijuana industry never had room for professional design while stuck in the criminal sector. For decades, goofy stoner iconography, such as pot-leaf decals and so much tie-dye, were the de facto brand of marijuana in the popular imagination. Product packaging was limited to cellophane baggies and the tools of commerce (head shops, guys on […]

One way to examine the effects of dispensaries on local economies is to consider the impacts on states where recreational cannabis has been legalized, which currently includes Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington — as well as in the District of Columbia. Before considering impacts in other states, let’s first take a look at Colorado, the […]

California is implementing new medical marijuana laws aimed at improving the regulation of cultivation, growth, sales and transport of the drug. The new laws will benefit both patients and the marijuana industry. Nearly 20 years after legalizing cannabis for medical use, the state of California has imposed new statewide rules on the transport, growth and […]

As the Cannabis industry develops and legalization efforts sweep the nation, high standards of conduct must emerge for cannabis dispensaries around the country. DispensaryNext is designed to highlight the cannabis retailers “doing it right” in this rapidly emerging market. It’s an opportunity to look critically at what we’re doing as an industry, learn from models […]

If you thought getting into the marijuana business meant starting a pot farm in Seattle or selling pot infused smoothies in Denver, think again. That was so last year. The cannabis industry has sprung anew. You see, once the marijuana industry began to boom in 2014 due to legalization in some states, there came about, […]

As cannabis businesses compete for customers, communicating their products’ quality and value becomes key. Marijuana companies that understand the need to differentiate their business and products from those of their competitors need to know what they can do to enhance and protect their brands. To greatly simplify, the goal of branding is to efficiently communicate […]

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Cannabis Committee, in coordination with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), and the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), announces the release of a joint statement advocating for implementation of best practices for the regulation of consumable, topical, and inhalant cannabis and hemp-derived products to ensure quality and consumer safety. These best […]

The state is going to pot, and that’s attracting “cannabusinesses” that want to get in on the wacky weed action. At least one company is seeking both retail and grow sites even though the state isn’t expected to request applications for some weeks — and for just five “organizations.” Other organizations could be added later. […]

It was only a matter of time before the emerging legal cannabis industry began using one of America’s most popular business methods for rapid growth — franchising. This startup sector is wide-open spaces right now, and full of interesting players looking to grow fast and establish a national brand name. The quest to franchise a […]

Calvin Broadus, Jr. (a.k.a. Snoop Dogg, a.k.a. Snoop Lion) is no stranger to the cannabis lifestyle, and now that some states are legalizing medical and recreational marijuana use, there’s no better time for the rapper to invest and actually make money instead of just smoking it. Sources told TechCrunch that Snoop is putting together a […]

As a sign of support for the Seattle Seahawks as they face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, a dedicated Seattle medical marijuana dispensary is rolling 12,000 joints in honor of the team—and the 12th man. According to NBC Bay Area, Solstice has doubled its output, rolling about 180 to 220 […]

Seibo Shen made a lot of money in tech — he was an early employee at four startups that were acquired or went public. But for his latest venture, he didn’t just want to “add another zero to my bank account.” He wanted to rekindle that startup thrill while selling a product he truly cared […]

With cannabis tech startups of all nature sprouting up in the United States, the need to stay on top of the latest IT trends regardless of market niche becomes all the more imperative. A “tech trend” can be defined as one with the potential to significantly impact the way different industries operate in the next […]

Legal cannabis gained a higher profile recently, after Seattle pot-investment firm Privateer Holdings closed a $75 million funding round. The deal included the first mainstream venture capital involvement in the sector, from Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund. But there’s plenty of other VC interest in legal weed, and it’s likely just the beginning of investor interest […]

The state of the marijuana industry is hazy, but a new report shows just how incredible job growth has been in 2014 now that 148 million Americans live in pro-medical marijuana states. According to WeedHire, a company which connects employers with employees in the marijuana space, around 10,000 marijuana-related jobs have sprung up in Colorado […]

Long has been the stigma that marijuana stocks are something to be leery of especially with how many portfolios have been riddled with losses during the midst of the marijuana blitz. Analyzing the industry as a whole and looking back at the first year in history where marijuana has been legal, we can really study […]

When he graduated from university, Dane Pieri, like many of his generation’s brightest, headed to Silicon Valley to join the technology boom. But a few years later the 26-year-old is no longer writing computer code. Instead, he has just founded his own cannabis company. Mr Pieri, like many of his peers, has discovered there is […]

It looks like investors have gotten a serious case of the munchies. During the last two fiscal years, investors spent $104.5 million to gobble up stakes in cannabis and cannabis-related companies, according to research firm CB Insights. In 2014, funding in the industry grew a whopping 941.5 percent. The biggest news in the space hit […]