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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.

Five Questions with Rock Musician Gene Simmons

August 1, 2018 · Updated February 12, 2021

From soda to beer to pinball machines, credit cards, magazines and more, Gene Simmons has spent decades lending his celebrity status to market a tireless trail of companies, products and brands.

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The Executive Page: Renee Gagnon

August 1, 2018

Renee Gagnon is the CEO of HollyWeed North Cannabis, a marijuana consulting firm that also sells MJ production technology and is based in Victoria, British Columbia. What was your biggest business “aha” moment? My first “aha” moment was in 1981, when my school got an Apple IIE computer. I was 13, and I was instantly […]

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Taking the Public Plunge

August 1, 2018

Five tips marijuana executives should consider before their business becomes a publicly traded company By Lisa Bernard-Kuhn From initial public offerings to reverse takeovers, a growing number of cannabis companies are turning to public markets in the United States and Canada as they hustle to raise the capital needed to stay ahead in the green […]

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Investing & Finance Insight: Kenneth Berke

August 1, 2018

U.S. cannabis companies are forecast to bring in as much as $10 billion in retail sales this year – money that will largely go untouched by the country’s leading financial institutions. Banks that do service the industry must follow a complicated patchwork of federal guidance and costly compliance rules or risk losing their charter, notes […]

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Repeat Business

August 1, 2018

From loyalty programs to emails about specials, dispensary owners share tips that keep customers coming back Margaret Jackson Whether it’s shopping for groceries or cannabis, everybody loves getting a good deal. That’s why loyalty programs – whether they come from your local grocery store or your neighborhood marijuana dispensary – are an effective way to […]

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What’s Happening

July 1, 2018

National & International News Developments By Kate Lavin Canada’s Ruling Party Nixes Controversial Amendments to Cannabis Bill Canada’s federal government rejected all the Senate’s amendments to the pending marijuana law that industry sources said would make it harder for legal recreational marijuana to overtake the black market. The Senate’s version of the Cannabis Act was […]

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California’s legal marijuana businesses blow whistle on unlicensed operators

May 23, 2018 · Updated October 16, 2018

A number of permit-holding marijuana retailers in California view unlicensed competitors as serious threats.

While fully compliant cannabis retailers across California are being forced to pass high tax rates on to their customers, some brazen unlicensed dispensaries advertise that they don’t pay state or local taxes, meaning their marijuana is far cheaper than prices at law-abiding shops.

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What’s Happening: Industry Developments

May 1, 2018

National & International New Developments By Kate Lavin Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections Medical marijuana companies won’t have to worry about being prosecuted by the federal government for at least another six months. President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending bill March 23 that extends a statute prohibiting the Department of Justice […]

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