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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.

Stock option salary sweetener

May 22, 2019

To win over job candidates, cannabis companies are increasingly offering incentives in addition to compensation, the most common of which are stock options. In many other industries, especially new ones—think internet firms of the late 1990s—companies have offered stock options to employees. New companies, which might not be able to wrest a candidate from a […]

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Staying competitive with cannabis compensation

May 21, 2019

Payroll is the biggest expense for most companies, and controlling it is paramount to any cost-conscious business. But paying competitive salaries is critical to attracting talented executives a company must have if it wants to grow – from managers and high-skill specialists to budtenders and trimmers. If your employees leave because your competitors are offering […]

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Comparing cannabis salaries to mainstream industries

May 21, 2019

Payroll is the biggest expense for most companies. But how does your company’s salary schedule compare to others in your state and the cannabis industry as a whole? According to data analysis by the staff of Marijuana Business Magazine, lower-skilled, lower-paid marijuana jobs pay slightly more than mainstream equivalents, including budtenders, trimmers, dispensary managers, edibles […]

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Cover Story: What’s Next for Infused Products

May 1, 2019 · Updated June 6, 2021

Shaking up your cannabis-infused product line is one way to appeal to new consumers and excite loyal brand enthusiasts. But where do you start? Consistently dosed, cannabis-infused food and beverage products with inventive flavor profiles will continue to win with consumers, manufacturers agree. But leveraging emerging science and technology—and tracking trends in the mainstream food […]

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Growing Green

May 1, 2019 · Updated June 6, 2021

Growing hemp is a lot like growing tomatoes and poinsettias—but it’s not entirely the same. As a dioecious plant that doesn’t self-pollinate, there is a certain learning curve to mastering hemp production that makes it unique. That’s what the team at Greenhouse Growing System (GGS) in Lochbuie, Colorado, learned when the operation started growing clones […]

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Women to Watch in 2019

January 1, 2019 · Updated June 6, 2021

Cannabis professionals from all facets of the industry are set to make big strides The 22 women selected for Marijuana Business Magazine’s Women to Watch list have crafted companies from the ground up, forged new woman-focused alliances and upended traditional business models as they’ve paved the way in this rapidly evolving cannabis industry. But these […]

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Top Insights from MJBizCon

January 1, 2019 · Updated June 6, 2021

Industry experts sound off on finance, product testing, social media and more There was little sin and plenty of cannabis industry expertise as MJBizCon took over the Las Vegas Convention Center in November. More than 27,500 cannabis professionals from at least 60 countries gathered Nov. 12-15 for the marijuana industry’s largest event. The staff of […]

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Growing Ambition

November 1, 2018

Companies leverage capital, partnerships and diversification to expand beyond state lines   When the U.S. marijuana industry was getting off the ground two decades ago, the business landscape consisted of mom-and-pop stores and amateur extractors. Product was sold in Ziploc bags, and 20,000-square-foot grows were considered big. In short, marijuana businesses were small and simple, […]

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Oil Slick

November 1, 2018

Organa Brands relies on a large distribution network and diverse product lineup to leapfrog into new markets  Organa Brands Headquarters: Denver Year Founded: 2010 About: Organa Brands develops and manufactures vape pens, vape oils and vape oil cartridges, extracts and infused products. States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont. […]

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Learning From Mistakes

November 1, 2018

Columbia Care learned the importance of being ready for a market – not first to market Columbia Care Headquarters: New York City Year Founded: 2012 About: Columbia Care specializes in vertically integrated medical marijuana businesses in most markets. States: Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Also in Washington […]

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On Their Mari Way

November 1, 2018

A medical marijuana business leverages partnerships and licensing deals to enter new markets  MariMed Headquarters: Newton, Massachusetts Year Founded: 2011 About: A publicly traded company that partners with local groups in various states to own and operate marijuana businesses. The company creates and brands its own products and makes acquisitions. States: Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, […]

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Kush Job

November 1, 2018

California packaging company diversifies its offerings and bankrolls acquisitions to expand its geographic footprint KushCo Holdings Headquarters: Garden Grove, California Year Founded: 2010 About: KushCo Holdings is a diversified marijuana company with businesses specializing in packaging and vaporizers, hydrocarbon gases, marketing and design as well as research. States: KushCo has offices or products in all […]

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