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Jenel Stelton-Holtmeier

Jenel’s journalism experience began two decades ago at her hometown newspaper in Wahpeton, North Dakota. For the past decade, she wrote and edited for a B2B publication and focused on analyzing management, strategy and trends for business owners and executives, ranging from best practices around M&A to how businesses can adapt to demographic shifts in the workforce. Her work earned several editorial excellence awards from the Specialized Information Publishers Association.

MJBizDaily launches survey on women and minorities in cannabis

As the cannabis industry evolves and expands in the U.S., more focus has been placed on social equity and diversity. But to understand where the industry is going, it’s important to understand where it already is. With that goal in mind, MJBizDaily has launched a survey to assess the state of women and minority leadership […]

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Why the cannabis industry can beat inflation & making sense of MedMen’s moves

In the days after the Great Recession (2008-09), the U.S. government implemented a policy of quantitative easing to boost the recovery. In 2010, after the first round of QE, Mike asked Warren Buffett about his views on inflation and investing. The Oracle of Omaha replied: “Equity in a good business is a claim on future […]

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Expert tips to improve cannabis cultivation in 2021

All cannabis products are dependent on one thing: the ability to grow a reliable and quality crop. Growers need to pick plants that will deliver the characteristics they need and provide inputs that support the end goals.

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SPACs pump hundreds of millions of dollars into US cannabis industry through acquisitions

Two cannabis special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), Silver Spike Acquisition Corp. and Subversive Capital Acquisition Corp., recently announced deals worth more than $2 billion, while two other SPACs have an additional $280 million that must be deployed in the next year. Once the Silver Spike and Subversive deals close in the first half of 2021, […]

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Hackers steal information on cannabis growers

This article has been updated to include a response from GrowDiaries.  Hackers exposed roughly 3.4 million user records, including usernames, email addresses and IP addresses, of marijuana cultivators at, an online community where growers blog about their plants and can sell seeds to other growers. The security breach happened Sept. 22 and was reportedly […]

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Chart: Illinois lottery for retail marijuana licenses raises social equity questions

While Illinois’ plan for increasing social equity in its cannabis industry was heralded as a potential blueprint for other new markets, the execution of the program has already come into question. When the state announced finalists last week for the next 75 retail licenses, only 21 total applicants made the cut. The final licenses will […]

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Chart: Adult-use cannabis sales remain steady even as unemployment bonus ends

Though the U.S. government’s temporary lifeline to tens of millions of unemployed workers expired, sales of recreational marijuana products have proved resilient. The $600-a-week unemployment benefit ended July 31, and Congress failed to pass an extension before leaving for its August vacation. The weekly boost brought the disposable income of many recipients to near “normal” […]

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Chart: Cannabis vape products remain popular one year after health crisis

Roughly one year after the first vape-related death was reported in Illinois, marijuana vaporizer sales numbers have shown resilience despite additional concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on consumer behavior. Vape sales across four key markets – California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington state – rebounded at the beginning of 2020, stabilizing at levels […]

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