Ancillary Marijuana Companies

Washington state’s marijuana tracking contract up for bid

Bart Schaneman  | April 11, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Washington state regulators have begun accepting bids for a new seed-to-sale tracking system to keep tabs on marijuana commerce, a deal with an initial value of about $3 million.

The competition likely will be fierce, given that the contract involves one of the nation’s largest cannabis markets.

CEO of cannabis firm Women Grow steps down to focus on dispensary

John Schroyer  | April 4, 2017

Leah Heise, who became the CEO of Women Grow less than a year ago, announced this week that she’s leaving the national cannabis event and networking company, effective immediately, to run her own medical marijuana dispensary in Maryland.

While Women Grow searches for a new corporate leader, Chief Operating Officer Kristina Neoushoff will …

BuzzFeed investor leads $3M funding for marijuana tech firm

Omar Sacirbey  | April 3, 2017

A cannabis-focused e-commerce platform has netted $3 million in funding that was led by a venture capital firm that has made early investments in several non-marijuana companies, including the popular news website Buzzfeed.

LeafLink, a New York-based wholesale management platform for cannabis businesses, will use the money to expand its B2B platform into newly …

From Big Pharma to the cannabis industry: Q&A with PharmaCann’s Chris Diorio

Omar Sacirbey  | March 28, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

If marijuana business entrepreneurs are wondering whether pharmaceutical professionals might be interested in jumping over to cannabis, the answer is a resounding yes.

Take Chris Diorio, a 25-year pharma industry veteran who recently made such a move, becoming director of research and development for PharmaCann of New York.

Arkansas rules on smoking medical cannabis, staffing go to governor

Bart Schaneman  | March 27, 2017

The Arkansas Senate has approved regulations on where medical marijuana can be smoked as well as requirements for staffing dispensaries.

According to the Arkansas News, the next stop for House Bill 1400 is the desk of Gov. Asa Hutchinson. If he signs the measure into law, it will ban patients from smoking medical cannabis:

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Cannabis marketing platform gets $1.6M in added funding

Bart Schaneman  | March 14, 2017

Baker, a Denver-based software provider that links cannabis dispensaries with their customers, announced it has secured $1.6 million since an August seed round, bringing its total funding to $3.5 million.

Poseidon Asset Management, a marijuana-focused investment management firm in San Francisco, led the funding round. Other funders were chiefly existing investors, including serial entrepreneur Michael Lazerow …

New Market: Once Maryland fixes problems, ample MMJ opportunities await

Bart Schaneman  | February 22, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Maryland's medical marijuana program rollout has been rife with stumbles, delaying what could become one of the largest markets on the East Coast.

Still, industry officials and regulators are working to get the state's MMJ program on steadier footing and launched.