Marijuana Business Magazine - January 2017

T he cannabis industry is poised for huge growth in 2018 thanks in part to the expected launch of several massive newmarijuana markets such as California and Canada,which will generate billions of dollars in sales and create tens of thousands of business opportunities. The changing business climate will lead to new chal- lenges, struggles and potentially failures for companies and the individuals behind them. As we hurtle into 2018, the editorial staff at Marijuana Business Magazine singled out 20 executives in the can- nabis space who bear watching in the year ahead. To be sure, there are scores of executives who could be included on this type of list. It’s by no means comprehensive, nor is it meant to “rank” executives in any fashion. Rather, it’s a sampling of some individuals from across the industry who we think are worth keeping an eye on for a variety of reasons, including: • Their company is planning or poised for significant expansion. • Their business is encountering fierce business or finan- cial headwinds. • Their company is staking out a new path for the mari- juana industry. • Their business is positioned to capitalize on the launch of a major new marijuana market. • The individual is positioned to influence key marijuana regulations and policy. The executives are listed in alphabetic order, with their ages (if provided) as of November 2017. No doubt you may disagree with our picks – or have ideas for others. We’d love to hear from you. Email us at . A look at some North American cannabis business executives who could make waves – for one reason or another – in the year ahead PEOPLE TO WATCH ¬N 2018 by Marijuana Business Magazine staff 56 • Marijuana Business Magazine • January 2018