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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.

Fighting Back Against RICO

November 1, 2018

Cannabis companies can take proactive steps to head off racketeering lawsuits   The number of federal civil racketeering lawsuits filed against marijuana businesses is on the rise, forcing companies named in a lawsuit to spend tens of thousands of dollars trying to fight the claims. Plaintiffs are using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act […]

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How to Avoid the Sweet Leaf Trap

November 1, 2018

Technology and compliance training are needed to adhere to customer purchase limits and avoid ‘looping’ practice   At its height, Sweet Leaf was one of Colorado’s largest vertically integrated cannabis businesses and considered a pioneer in the marijuana retail chain concept. Now, the company is a cautionary tale for other marijuana retailers. The city of […]

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Choosing a Business Structure

November 1, 2018

Picking the right legal structure for your company can minimize tax liability and protect assets    Partnership? S Corporation? LLC? Of the countless choices you will make as you expand your cannabis business, few decisions are more critical to your company’s financial future than the legal structure you select at the outset. From taxes to […]

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Picking Up the Pieces

November 1, 2018

Cannabis business owners outline steps to get back on track and safeguard facilities when natural disaster strikes   Any business is vulnerable to a natural disaster, be it a flood, hurricane, earthquake or wildfire. But in the cannabis industry, where business and property insurance can be hard to come by, an act of God can […]

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How to hire – and train – a product development lead for your cannabis company

November 1, 2018

Your cannabis company thrives, or dies, on the products it produces. Product development leads help firms dream up new goods to sell, including infused products and accessories, as well as services such as technology platforms for ancillary software companies. When it comes to choosing the right person to develop your products, you need someone who […]

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Baker Technologies Morphed from Consumer-Facing company into a B2B Venture

November 1, 2018

Joel Milton avoids running in place. The CEO of Baker Technologies has engineered two dramatic changes that launched his Denver technology company on an entirely new trajectory than when he founded it four years ago. For starters, Milton transformed Baker from a consumer-facing company into a business-to-business venture that provides cannabis companies with customer relationship […]

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GreenStop Aims to Slash Dispensary Wait Times With Vending Machines

November 1, 2018

The recreational marijuana industry is just getting its foothold in California, but GreenStop already wants to shake up the market through automation. GreenStop believes automated vending machines designed to serve multiple customers simultaneously could slash wait times at dispensaries and bring more money to retailers. The West Los Angeles company unveiled its Smart Dispensary in […]

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Q&A with Jennifer M. Sanders, Founder and CEO of CNS Equity Partners

November 1, 2018

How did you identify this business opportunity in the cannabis sector? What was your “aha” moment? It was not an “aha” moment. It was grief. My mom passed away, and I did home hospice her last few months of life. A friend from Harvard Medical School recommended we use cannabis hash oil. I was so […]

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Wil Ralston Sets Sights on Ancillary Companies

November 1, 2018

Since launching in 2014, Seattle-based SinglePoint has grown from a full-service mobile technology firm into a diversified public holding company. With a portfolio that includes payment solutions, ancillary cannabis services and blockchain technology, the company began trading on the over-the-counter market earlier this year under the ticker symbol SING. As the firm sets out to […]

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Five Questions with Chris Hagedorn, General Manager of Hawthorne Gardening, a Scotts Miracle-Gro Unit

November 1, 2018 · Updated November 2, 2020

Chris Hagedorn has been on a mega shopping spree. As general manager of Hawthorne Gardening Co., Scotts Miracle-Gro’s hydroponics subsidiary for cannabis growers, Hagedorn has been instrumental in acquiring several major brands. On his watch, Hawthorne has spent approximately $1 billion snapping up Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, Botanicare, Gavita Horticulture Lighting and other businesses. Hawthorne […]

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Capitalizing on the CBD surge

September 4, 2018

Dr. Priyanka Sharma had a thriving global business in chemical pharmaceuticals, traveling the world setting up factories extracting fish oil for nutritional supplements. But Sharma and her husband, Pulak, left their home outside Chicago and moved to Colorado for the same three letters that have cannabis entrepreneurs, pharmaceutical companies and even mainstream grocers seeing dollar […]

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A sporting chance

September 4, 2018 · Updated June 30, 2021

Athletes have long been using cannabis products to fight inflammation and recover from injury. But drug-testing rules and marijuana stigma historically kept athletic cannabis use a locker-room secret. That’s all changing, thanks to CBD. Today, athletes are finding they can tap into the healing properties of cannabis without the intoxicating effects. CBD got an even […]

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