Q&A

Why the US needs federal marijuana reform: Q&A with Congressman Tom Garrett

U.S. Rep. Tom Garrett isn’t the most likely congressional member to embrace federal marijuana reform. The first-term Republican is from a state – Virginia – that has yet to legalize medical marijuana, although its laws provide protections for people who use cannabidiol oils for medical conditions. Why did Garrett introduce the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act […]

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Expanding after launch: Q&A with Van der Pop’s April Pride

April Pride originally wanted to sell “beautiful products” for storing and sharing marijuana. She launched her Seattle-based company, Van der Pop, in January 2016 with the aim of putting together a cannabis paraphernalia business. But she quickly pivoted to a female-focused lifestyle brand. Van der Pop’s website offers women: Marijuana-related advice. An online store selling […]

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Investing in cannabis: Q&A with Kevin O’Leary of ‘Shark Tank’

Billions of dollars in investment capital are waiting on the sidelines, watching the global marijuana industry boom. And that money will continue sitting the game out until Congress takes action to resolve the fact that marijuana is illegal at the federal level. That’s the core message from deep-pocketed investor Kevin O’Leary, a star on the […]

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‘Virtually all’ alcohol firms eyeing cannabis: Q&A with ex-Coors exec & new Sundial CEO

Alcohol companies should be watching their backs. That’s the warning from Torsten Kuenzlen, a former executive for The Coca-Cola Co. and Molson Coors. In his opinion, legal cannabis has an obvious competitive advantage over alcohol products. “All alcohol is consumed only as a liquid. Cannabis meets more consumer needs and motivations in the way that it’s […]

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‘This is not a social network’: Q&A with new Women Grow chair Chanda Macias

As owner of the National Holistic Healing Center, a Washington DC dispensary that serves roughly 2,000 patients, Chanda Macias has found success pairing scientific and medical expertise with corporate experience. She hopes to use that same formula to help turn around Women Grow, the once high-flying cannabis professionals group that more recently has experienced the closure […]

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Starting up, scaling and moving on: Q&A with cannabis pioneer Tripp Keber

Tripp Keber took many by surprise in December when he stepped down as CEO of Denver-based Dixie Brands, one of the most successful multistate companies in the marijuana industry.

His decision to exit the edibles company seemed to come out of the blue. But, in fact, it was more than a year in the making.

The notion to leave Dixie took root in late 2016, when Keber started reading John Hamm’s Harvard Business Review article, “Why Entrepreneurs Don’t Scale.”

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