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Cannabis Tech Startup Raises $225K

Fred Dreier  | June 13, 2014

A Denver-based cannabis technology firm has raised $225,000 from investors tied to The ArcView Group.

The company, called CannaBuild, creates an “online budtending experience” by allowing dispensary and retail operators to provide real-time information on strains and product availability to customers via a website and smartphone application. The application uses video chat or …

NORML Opens Denver Office With Help From WeedMaps

Fred Dreier  | June 4, 2014

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws opened a satellite office in Denver this week with the help of a prominent cannabis company.

The Washington DC-based advocacy group, also known as NORML, set up shop in space south of downtown Denver donated by the dispensary listing site WeedMaps, which is located …

WeedMaps Ad Pulled From Times Square

Fred Dreier  | April 18, 2014

Online dispensary directory WeedMaps recently purchased electronic billboard space in New York City’s Times Square, only to have the ad rejected before it could run.

The development is yet another example of the difficulties cannabis companies run into when trying to advertise across mainstream platforms, despite the industry’s rapid expansion and the growing acceptance of …

Week in Review: Mainstream Investors Finally Starting to Eye Green Rush

Chris Walsh  | March 7, 2014
By Chris Walsh

The dam holding back massive pools of investment money from the marijuana industry hasn’t burst yet. But cracks are starting to emerge, and millions of additional dollars could start flowing into the industry as the year progresses.

The newest – and perhaps most significant – crack: An increasing number of established investment …

More Smartphone Apps Join Crowded Market

Fred Dreier  | February 14, 2014

The market for marijuana smartphone applications is getting even more crowded.

The Arizona-based investment firm ML Capital Group announced on Friday that it is stepping into the medical marijuana industry by creating numerous smart phone applications for Apple, Android, Blackberry and Windows phones.

The group did not give specifics about the applications, other …

Marijuana Marketing: Q&A with Todd Ellison

Marijuana Business Daily staff  | January 27, 2014

Advertising is one of the most frustrating areas of operation for marijuana business owners due to costs, marketing regulations embedded in state laws and tight restrictions from some of the largest marketing resources.

But as the industry becomes more crowded, advertising is going to become increasingly important.

Todd Ellison operates two …

Updated: Inside the WeedMaps vs. Leafly Battle

Chris Walsh  | December 23, 2013

Note: The data in this story previously focused solely on desktop/laptop visitors and did not include mobile traffic. We have now adjusted the story to include mobile.   

WeedMaps and Leafly are duking it out to become the most popular web site and app for consumers seeking medical and recreational marijuana.

At stake: tens …

Week in Review: Improving Marijuana Funding & Investment Climate + NY, Nevada on MMJ Precipice

Chris Walsh  | June 10, 2013

In the marijuana industry, six months can make a world of difference.

That’s definitely the case when it comes to the funding climate, which has improved significantly since the start of the year.

Entrepreneurs seeking startup financing and current medical cannabis business owners looking for cash to expand have several new options, including a