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Kate Lavin

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.

Variability in available energy can cook your cannabis-infused candy operation 

Your marijuana edibles brand is taking off, which means scaling up production. The big question is: How do you go from a 5-pound batch of gummies to a 30-pound batch while still ensuring the product remains standardized and uniform?  Beginners might assume that scaling up a recipe is as simple as multiplying the amount of […]

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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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Stars of marijuana and hemp sectors honored at MJBizCon in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – From a Dutch cultivator of medical cannabis to one of the handful of retailers to open for Canadian Legalization Day, Marijuana Business Daily recognized leaders of the hemp and MJ industries Thursday night during the inaugural MJBizDaily Awards gala at The Cosmopolitan Hotel. Setting the stage for the new awards program, MJBizDaily […]

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