Compliance: Planning to stay in business

For producers and sellers of cannabis in medical and adult-use markets, it is a tightrope balance to run an efficient, profitable, and compliant business. The challenge of compliance is directly corollary with the bottom line (your capacity to do business, or time consuming remediation) when regulations change often and licenses or permits required to operate…

Phases To Opening a Legal Grow

The following is a framework that may be useful to determine how mature a cannabis business idea is, and what steps could be taken to move forward. Ideation The beginning of Ideation is with the specific law that passes within a state or country. Some sort of cannabis access law is signed, and people within…

What the Farm Bill & FDA Announcement Means for CBD Products

2018 The Year of CBD The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill has removed a limited definition of cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and has language that essentially gives the FDA the authority to regulate adult use products.   It is the perfect end of the year that has seen the World Doping Agency…

Policy – Social Consumption

As prohibition slowly loosens its grip on how people experience cannabis, businesses have been operating in an environment of incomplete laws across a variety of infrastructural channels of the rapidly developing industry.   Social consumption laws have been an “after the fact” consideration, Ganjapreneurs responded to consumer demands and modernized the once underground culture in…

Consumer Trends in 2018 – Diversity in Edibles

2018 is in the books. Every year over the last 5 years have seen an increasing amount of momentum in the shape and character of the cannabis movement and the industry.   Flower in Threat of Losing it’s role as Queen     A seismic shift in the Cannabis industry established itself: flower was no…

Dispensary Technician- The new and improved budtenders

As dispensaries are striving for a more professional appearance, there are increasingly more ‘budtenders’ being called “dispensary technicians.” The name change is part of the industry becoming more mature and each part of how customers experience cannabis is evolving.   As with most things cannabis, the landscape for dispensary technicians is constantly changing, as comprehensive…

Do States Recognize Out of State Medical Marijuana Cards?

Those who have a medical cannabis authorization from any the 31 states,  might wonder if their license will be honored anywhere in the US.  This can be a tenuous moment for someone treating a serious medical need, and a question that can be difficult to obtain a clear answer to without knowing where to go….

Sommeliers: A Closer Look

photo credit to Weedful LLC I was initially skeptical of what the development of the cannabis sommelier would mean for the average user. The word ‘sommelier’ invokes images of the wine tastings, gently shaking the glasses, sparing sips, elegant hand positions and passionate debates about history and sensory experience. I imagined Cannabis sommeliers circling around…

Cannabis, Health & Wellness, and Nootropics

The future of cannabis use is in edibles. I could be wrong, but that’s my prediction. Smoking and vaping won’t disappear, but as we learn more about cannabis, I believe people will be less inclined to smoke if quality alternatives are given. And it’s happening already. What could this trend mean as medicinal use expands? The Health…

Cannabis is In Sports, Now What?

  As of 2018, CBD is a permitted substance by the World Doping Agency (WADA), but THC remains banned. Discussing whether or not it should be used in sport continues to be worthwhile discussion, but the reality is that it hasentered sport. So we are in this grey zone of figuring out: How can we expand approval?…