Q&A

How Canadian firms and money are shaping US cannabis sector: Q&A with The Apothecarium’s Ryan Hudson

Ryan Hudson co-founded The Apothecarium in San Francisco in 2011. On Monday, he agreed to sell the retail company and its assets to a Canadian wellness firm for a cool $118 million to help fuel future growth. Hudson – who will remain The Apothecarium’s CEO – is the latest in a slew of California marijuana executives who’ve sold […]

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Overseeing half a decade of legal cannabis: Q&A with Denver marijuana czar Ashley Kilroy

Ashley Kilroy has overseen Denver’s recreational cannabis industry since Colorado launched adult-use sales in 2014. As director of Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses and the agency’s Office of Marijuana Policy, Kilroy has seen cannabis business owners experience growing pains as the industry has matured. “Being first wasn’t easy,” she said. “We’re proud of what we […]

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Los Angeles cannabis market’s slow liftoff and future: Q&A with city’s top regulator, Cat Packer

Los Angeles picked Cat Packer in 2017 to oversee the city’s cannabis market, considered one of the world’s largest. Packer – the executive director of L.A.’s Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) – spoke with Marijuana Business Daily at the end of November about the city’s regulated market and expectations for 2019. Many businesses are concerned about […]

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Navigating the marijuana sector: Q&A with Chris Hagedorn, GM of Scotts Miracle-Gro unit Hawthorne Gardening

If you’ve ever planted a garden or nurtured a lawn you’ve probably heard of Scotts Miracle-Gro. The Ohio company’s subsidiary, Hawthorne Gardening in Vancouver, Washington, has more recently helped cultivators with a trickier plant than carrots or Kentucky bluegrass: cannabis. Hawthorne’s rapid expansion has helped transform Scotts into a cannabis juggernaut from its early days […]

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The future of California cannabis co-ops: Q&A with former CGA Director Hezekiah Allen

One of the loudest pro-cannabis voices in Sacramento for the past four years has been the executive director of the California Growers Association (CGA), Hezekiah Allen. But Allen is moving into the private sector to focus on promoting marijuana farming cooperatives with the holding company Emerald Grown, where he’s the chairman. Marijuana Business Daily spoke with Allen […]

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Turning a marijuana pipe dream into a multimillion-dollar head shop: Q&A with Smoke Cartel CEO Darby Cox

In a Savannah, Georgia, warehouse, Smoke Cartel employees file through rows of vaporizers, dab rings and torches, hustling to fill online orders from head shops, dispensaries and consumers across the United States. It’s an operation that less than five years ago began as wishful thinking – launched from the living room of Smoke Cartel co-founders […]

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Surviving hacks and other tumult: Q&A with MJ Freeway CEO Jessica Billingsley

As a co-founder of MJ Freeway, one of the best-known names among cannabis seed-to-sale companies, Jessica Billingsley is widely seen as an industry pioneer.

When she and Amy Poinsett co-founded the Denver firm in 2010, seed-to-sale tracking wasn’t a thriving sector.

Today, it’s an indispensable element of the marijuana industry, and the firm has processed more than $10 billion in legal cannabis transactions.

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