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Canadian marijuana companies opening wallets to tap California market

A handful of Canadian marijuana companies are already knee-deep in California, deploying millions of dollars in cultivation facilities, retail outlets and branded products to establish a footprint in the world’s largest marijuana market. Executives at the companies – whose shares trade on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) – said they hope to capitalize on: Access to […]

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Starting up, scaling and moving on: Q&A with cannabis pioneer Tripp Keber

Tripp Keber took many by surprise in December when he stepped down as CEO of Denver-based Dixie Brands, one of the most successful multistate companies in the marijuana industry.

His decision to exit the edibles company seemed to come out of the blue. But, in fact, it was more than a year in the making.

The notion to leave Dixie took root in late 2016, when Keber started reading John Hamm’s Harvard Business Review article, “Why Entrepreneurs Don’t Scale.”

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Sessions’ marijuana antagonism spooks hemp industry, but some see silver lining

Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t have hemp in mind when he repealed Obama-era protections for state-legal marijuana businesses. But his Jan. 4 announcement sent shock waves into the hemp industry, too, leaving entrepreneurs scrambling to reassure skittish investors. It’s been a rocky couple of weeks for hemp entrepreneurs. That’s despite the fact that hemp’s legal […]

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Reporter’s California Notebook: Regulated marijuana market an adjustment for some growers

Marijuana Business Daily reporter John Schroyer is on the ground in California, posting firsthand accounts detailing the historic, Jan. 1 launch of the state’s recreational marijuana market. Scroll down for an inside account from cannabis business executives pioneering the state’s new adult-use market, which Marijuana Business Daily estimates will generate at least $4 billion in annual retail sales […]

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Reporter’s California Notebook: Regulators, growers share concerns about state’s marijuana industry

Marijuana Business Daily reporter John Schroyer is on the ground in California, posting firsthand accounts detailing the historic, Jan. 1 launch of the state’s recreational marijuana market. Scroll down for an inside account from cannabis business executives pioneering the state’s new adult-use market, which Marijuana Business Daily estimates will generate at least $4 billion in annual retail sales […]

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Provincial Preview: Quebec cannabis market isn’t the entrepreneurial wasteland you might think it is

Quebec’s nascent marijuana industry may be home to a disproportionately small number of licensed producers and off-limits to entrepreneurs in the retail sector, but that doesn’t mean the province lacks opportunity.

You just need to know where to look, particularly among cannabis-related ancillary businesses.

The province’s medical market, for one, has nowhere to go but up.

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Week in Review: New York medical cannabis, the future of Colorado hemp & Maryland banking

New York approves an expanded line of medical marijuana products, a Colorado hemp producer departs for Arkansas, and a Maryland credit union welcomes MMJ businesses. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. New York blues It’s bullish news that one of New York’s licensed medical marijuana […]

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Washington state cannabis oversupply spurs calls for change

Washington state’s cannabis supply continues to swell, flooding the market and causing both wholesale and retail prices to sink.

After the October 2017 outdoor harvest – the state’s largest to date – Jim MacRae, owner of cannabis-focused business intelligence firm Straight Line Analytics in Seattle, says the market will have a 60% larger supply than in 2016.

With an ounce of legal marijuana flower selling for as low as $40 in the state’s retail stores, both shop owners and producers are seeking changes to Washington’s cannabis regulations.

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