Q&A with Cannabis Industry Leaders


California environmental regulations and marijuana: Q&A with Green Wise’s Pamela Epstein

Before joining the cannabis industry as an attorney and business consultant, Pamela Epstein practiced environmental law. Epstein, founder of Los Angeles-based Green Wise Consulting, specialized in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), a law that all companies in the state – cannabis or otherwise – must take into account. It mandates a review of any […]

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The power of cannabis product branding and development: Q&A with Papa & Barkley CEO Adam Grossman

Adam Grossman developed a marijuana-based pain balm that succeeded where other medicines and the local hospital failed, quelling a debilitating back pain that left his father bedridden. It was “an empowering experience” that Grossman turned into an infused cannabis business with a strong sense of brand – Papa & Barkley. Papa refers to Grossman’s father, […]

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Cannabis firms offer stock options, poach job candidates: Q&A with recruiter Karson Humiston

When Karson Humiston founded the Denver-based cannabis recruitment agency Vangst in 2015, she’d call prospective candidates herself. Today, Vangst has about 75 employees and offices in Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle and Boston. And the company is getting flooded with about 500 resumes a day, far too many for Humiston, the CEO, to handle. Underscoring the […]

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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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