Tom Benway


Massachusetts robotics company testing automated cannabis trimming solution

Bloom Automation, a Massachusetts robotics startup, is bringing decades of experience in military and agricultural robotics and autonomous navigation to cannabis cultivators and processors. Through research on cannabis operations, Bloom Automation’s founder and CEO, John Gowa, discovered that cultivators largely trim cannabis manually or semi-manually, with some trimmers using motorized handheld devices or machines. In […]

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Five Ways to Keep Talent

Avoiding layoffs, careful staffing and cross-training are among the ways to retain staffers and build loyalty during market delays By Joey Peña In new cannabis markets where compliance, scarce supply or testing logjams can delay cultivation and retail operations, it’s critical to retain talent during slowdowns and shutdowns. Delays bogged down the launch of cannabis […]

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Preventative Medicine

A well-equipped grow, a watchful eye and friendly critters can help growers ensure their product passes state testing requirements By Joseph Peña Cannabis that fails to pass state requirements can be salvaged to avoid a costly catastrophe. But preventive measures – including investments in infrastructure and increased vigilance in cultivation operations – are a better […]

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10 Takeaways from MJBizConNEXT

Tips to prepare yourself and your business for the future By Marijuana Business Magazine staff Specialists in the areas of cannabis cultivation, finance, infused products and more shared their professional trials and triumphs with more than 3,000 attendees at the inaugural MJBizConNEXT conference held this May in New Orleans. Entrepreneurs looking to enter the industry […]

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Investing in Relationships

LeafLink CEO credits funding success to personal introductions, a mix of investors and asking the right questions By Margaret Jackson As someone who has successfully created three businesses from the ground up, Ryan Smith knows plenty about raising money. Last November, the 27-year-old co-founder and chief executive of the cannabis-focused e-commerce platform LeafLink raised a […]

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Licensed to Thrive

A Washington state edibles company uses licensing to expand its Zoots brand nationwide, allowing it to avoid pricey construction and marketing costs By Adrian D. Garcia The brothers behind the Seattle-based Zoots brand initially considered taking their lozenges, baked goods and other cannabis-infused products national by getting licensed in each state and setting up shop. […]

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Investing & Finance Insight: Jeanne Sullivan

Q&A with a general partner at Arcview Venture Fund By Lisa Bernard-Kuhn Longtime venture capitalist Jeanne Sullivan spent nearly three decades investing and raising millions for tech startups and investment funds in New York before making the switch to cannabis four years ago. “The social justice issues are what really pulled me over to the […]

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Trends and Hot Topics: Federal Reform Moves into View

Bipartisan support and midterm elections increase the likelihood of favorable legislation – but not this year By John Schroyer The feds are coming. And, in this case, that’s good news. The chances of serious marijuana reform in the halls of Congress have increased dramatically in recent months, with major political names from both Republican and […]

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Going Global

The international cannabis market offers multibillion-dollar opportunities for North American MJ businesses North American cannabis entrepreneurs who think it’s too early to be looking at international opportunities should think again. The plane is boarding. In Canada, several federally licensed cultivation companies – ranging from Canopy Growth and Tilray to Aurora Cannabis and Cronos Group – […]

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Tapping the Booze Business

Hemp, CBD and extraction companies can crack the infused alcoholic beverage market but must navigate a regulatory thicket By Vicky Uhland When Prohibition was repealed in 1933, small, local brewers and distillers were the first to get back into the alcohol business. Many either grew into national brands or were snapped up by larger companies […]

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Passing the Baton

How cannabis CEOs who founded companies can tell when it’s time to call it quits and appoint a successor By Margaret Jackson When is a good time to give up the responsibilities of the corner office? It’s a question that confronts a growing number of top marijuana industry executives who founded their businesses. As the […]

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