Chris Casacchia

Chris Casacchia is an award-winning journalist, editor and media consultant based in Los Angeles. As technology editor of the Orange County Business Journal, he profiled some of the most influential executives and companies in the world. Before moving to California, he served as a staff writer at the Phoenix Business Journal, where he chronicled the subprime mortgage meltdown and global financial crises in one of the hardest hit markets in the nation. His newspaper career began in his native Chicago, covering everything from wrongful convictions to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. His work has appeared in MSN Money, Los Angeles Business Journal, California Business Journal, Sporting News and other major outlets. He earned a Master’s degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he served as an adjunct professor.

Articles by Chris Casacchia :

Marijuana social equity applicants nationwide face similar challenges

Despite the promise of social equity leveling the playing field in the marijuana industry, most diversity applicants and license holders believe the cards are stacked against them.

From Los Angeles to Boston, common obstacles include limited access to capital, complicated application processes, real estate priced well above market rates and bureaucratic logjams.