Q&A with Cannabis Industry Leaders

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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Benefits of due diligence: Q&A with GB Sciences CEO John Poss

John Poss is a self-described rough-water sailor who has made a career of righting the ship for sinking companies.

With three decades of experience consulting for companies undergoing major upheavals, he decided three years ago to dive into the cannabis industry.

Since then, as CEO of Las Vegas-based cannabis company GB Sciences, Poss has partnered with universities in the United States and abroad.

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How India can become a global cannabis leader: Q&A with Bombay Hemp’s Avnish Pandya

India’s medical marijuana industry will blossom if companies use science to convince regulators that MMJ is an effective medicine. That’s the view of the country’s only licensed medical cannabis cultivator. Avnish Pandya, co-founder of Bombay Hemp Company, said the best way to develop India’s medical marijuana industry is for companies to work with regulators to […]

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Collaboration is key to your marijuana company: Q&A with management guru Erica Dhawan

Erica Dhawan wants to help cannabis professionals connect in intelligent ways, including focusing on collaboration among employees and building alliances with other businesses. That way, as your business grows you don’t have to rely on your organization alone to scale up, you have partnerships and networks to help you expand. “Those that really think about […]

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