Q&A with Cannabis Industry Leaders


Investing in distressed marijuana businesses: Q&A with Trava Capital’s James Parker, former MedMen CFO

James Parker is no stranger to the marijuana industry or distressed-asset investing, and he’s aiming to combine both with a private equity firm he founded in December – California-based Trava Capital. A former chief financial officer at MedMen, Parker made headlines in 2019 by suing the company for breach of contract. Parker began Trava Capital […]

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Greece’s new government committed to cannabis sector success: Q&A with Pelopidas Kalliris of Ministry of Development and Investment

Greece is one of a half-dozen European countries hoping to cash in on medical cannabis exports. The country is also developing rules for domestic patients to access medical marijuana. Because Greece was among the first countries to allow medical cannabis cultivation in Europe, it already has attracted more than 100 companies in the application process seeking […]

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The future of the medical marijuana industry: Q&A with Andrea Small-Howard, chief science officer at GB Sciences

Andrea Small-Howard has a unique view into how the medical side of the cannabis space is evolving. She’s the chief science officer at GB Sciences, a Las Vegas-based marijuana company pursuing two strategies – one recreational, and the other aiming for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its medical cannabis products. Small-Howard has […]

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Prospects brighten for cannabis farmers in California’s Emerald Triangle: Q&A with Humboldt Alliance’s Terra Carver

Terra Carver has lived in California’s Humboldt County nearly her entire life. Since January 2017, she’s served as executive director of the Humboldt County Growers Alliance (HCGA), a coalition she co-founded with the aim of helping longtime local marijuana farmers transition successfully into the new legal market. The first year of California’s legal marijuana market […]

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Capitalizing on marijuana markets with limited rivals: Q&A with Tilt Holdings interim CEO Mark Scatterday

Cannabis cultivation companies with a foothold in “constrained” markets – those with relatively few licenses such as Massachusetts – have a natural advantage, thanks to limited competition and marijuana supplies. Massachusetts-based Tilt Holdings is one such company. Tilt has multiple businesses that, among other things, offer cannabis-related technology and operate cultivation centers and retail stores […]

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New proposals could aid small growers in saturated market: Q&A with Washington state’s top regulator, Rick Garza

Washington state regulators are considering several proposals to help cannabis growers – particularly smaller cultivators – compete in a market beset by challenges, including low wholesale prices and overproduction. The state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), which regulates the marijuana licensees, recently announced draft legislation the agency is considering requesting for the upcoming 2020 legislative […]

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