Ancillary Marijuana Companies

Former DEA Agent Joins Privateer Holdings

Need more proof that the marijuana business is going mainstream? Privateer Holdings, a cannabis-based private equity firm, has hired a former agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration to serve as its in-house lawyer. The new hire, 36-year-old Patrick Moen, recently oversaw a DEA unit in Portland, Oregon, that focused on methamphetamine and heroin traffickers, according […]

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Child-Proof Packaging Demand Soars in CO

Many retail shops in Colorado seeking recreational licenses are having trouble finding vendors for child-proof packaging. The state mandates that all marijuana products, including edibles, must be sold in an opaque package that is “significantly difficult for children under 5 years of age to open and not difficult for normal adults to use properly.” Mike […]

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10 Tips for US Companies Looking to Enter Canada’s $1B Medical Marijuana Market

Dozens of US medical cannabis firms are setting their sights on Canada, where a $1 billion industry is taking shape as the country opens up the MMJ business to the free market. There are plenty of opportunities for ancillary medical cannabis companies across the spectrum, from consultancies and insurance firms to investment funds and paraphernalia […]

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University Could Sell Cannabis Testing Procedures

Scientists at the University of New Haven in Connecticut are developing a new way to test marijuana for contaminants such as mold, insect parts, salmonella and E. coli. The resulting methods and procedures could eventually be marketed to the cannabis industry as a way to test purity levels. Heather Miller Coyle, an associate professor at […]

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How to Handle Angry Ex-Employees: PR Tips

Last week we posted a news brief about the falling out between Dixie Botanicals and its former head of science, Tamar Wise, who took to her Facebook page to criticize her former employer as well as the CBD industry. Dixie countered with a blog post of its own. We reached out to both Dixie and […]

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Industrial Hemp Makes Gains in New Jersey

New Jersey’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee has advanced a bill that would allow and regulate the growing, harvesting, processing, selling and buying of industrial hemp. But don’t start drawing up a business plan just yet: No licenses would be issued unless the federal government legalizes industrial hemp or takes steps toward issuing permits to […]

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Former Dixie Employee Blasts CBD Industry, Company

Tamar Wise, the former head of science for Dixie Botanicals, has called out the entire cannabidiol products industry as well as her former employer. In a post on her Facebook page, Wise said CBD-based products are made from “crude and dirty hemp paste” that is contaminated with microbial life, residual solvents and other toxins. The […]

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Q&A With CEO of Steep Hill Halent: US Cannabis Testing Market Could Hit $40M by 2016

Medical marijuana labs are poised for major growth as more states mandate the testing of cannabis for potency and safety. David Lampach, chief executive officer of Steep Hill Halent in California, estimates that US cannabis testing revenues could rise as much as eightfold by 2016. “I think we’ll see the industry grow from $5 million-$7 […]

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Abattis Names New CFO, COO

Publicly traded Canadian MMJ company Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. has named real estate and finance veteran Rene David to the posts of chief financial officer and chief operating officer. The move comes as Abattis prepares for rapid growth amid drastic changes in the Canadian medical marijuana industry. The country has opened up its MMJ program to […]

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Report: Marijuana Market to Hit $10B by 2018

A new report issued today predicts the U.S. legal retail marijuana market will grow 64% next year to hit $2.34 billion and surge to $10 billion by 2018. The State of Legal Marijuana Markets report, released by ArcView Market Research, also predicts that 14 more states will legalize recreational marijuana in the next five years. […]

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5 Tips for Choosing a Marijuana Business Consultant

Cannabis consulting has exploded in the past few years, giving entrepreneurs in need of business and operational help more options than ever. But finding a quality consultant can be a challenge in its own right. As the marijuana industry has grown, it has attracted some under-qualified and questionable consultants eager to cash in on the […]

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ACLU Lawsuit Could Open Door for Sales of Marijuana Extracts, Edibles in Arizona

Arizona dispensaries could sell marijuana extracts and popular types of edibles without fear of legal repercussions if a lawsuit filed Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union is successful. A favorable court decision would be a major win for the MMJ industry, allowing medical marijuana centers to offer a more diverse lineup of products, boost […]

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