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Kate Lavin, Magazine Editor

Kate is the editor of Marijuana Business Magazine, which provides tips and actionable advice to marijuana business executives. She joins the MJ Biz team with nearly 20 years of full-time journalism experience, including a decade managing a wine industry trade magazine in California. Kate graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in print journalism, and her career has included the newsrooms of daily newspapers across the United States.

How marijuana companies can navigate supply-chain delays and rising prices for construction materials

Deep Roots Harvest has until February to complete the four dispensaries it’s building – a goal the Las Vegas-based cannabis business is finding challenging because of recent difficulties securing construction materials. Most states require cannabis businesses to begin operating within a certain time period after being granted a license. But marijuana companies are struggling to […]

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Meticulous scaling plans helped Maryland cultivator become a greenhouse-growing giant

In 2002, Jake Van Wingerden bought 45 acres of land that included a 60,000-square-foot greenhouse in Earleville, Maryland, where he started Tidal Creek Growers. The company produces bedding plants that are sold at local and national gardening centers, including Home Depot and Lowe’s. Today, Tidal Creek has 620,000 square feet of heated greenhouse plus 17 acres of shade […]

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Marijuana retailer hosts grand opening

When New Standard opened its first cannabis dispensary in Hazel Park, Michigan, it was probably not the auspicious beginning Howard Luckoff and several other co-founders envisioned. The storefront opened April 3, less than a month after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a state of emergency triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. On Aug. 20, New Standard […]

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CBD Firm Unveils Farm Art

Boulder, Colorado-based hemp producer and CBD maker Charlotte’s Web unveiled part three of its “Trust The Earth” campaign, a 76-acre farm art installation in McPherson, Kansas, as part of an effort launched in October 2019 to promote “the power of hemp for health.” The original public art display, produced in collaboration with Los Angeles creative […]

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Cannabis experiences replacing traditional advertising

Cannabis companies use tours, silent discos and coffee carts to replace traditional advertising and get in front of customers Tupperware parties introduced 1950s housewives to the company’s food-storage containers, Ikea has hosted sleepovers to engage its customers, and the vodka brand Smirnoff created a comic book-themed party decorated with full-sized illustrations. Now, cannabis companies are […]

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