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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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Is vertical integration the right approach for your cannabis business?

Kevin Currier has lost sleep over the prospect of vertically integrating his new marijuana business in Michigan.

A Michigan resident, Currier applied for a medical cannabis retail license in Grand Rapids while the state transitions to a recreational market.

But he often wonders whether vertical integration – having a cultivation and retail component to a company – would better position him for success.

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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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Ancillary marijuana companies hit by declining economies pivot to emerging MJ markets

Tumbling wholesale cannabis prices in some markets are devastating plant-touching operators and generating negative fallout for ancillary companies that provide services and products to those businesses. In order for supplementary companies such as accountants, consultants and security firms to continue to grow and maintain healthy revenue streams, some owners are looking to emerging cannabis markets […]

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