A Dispensary That Caters To The Canna-Curious

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How This Wall Street Vet Became a Billion-Dollar Cannabis Success Story

Kevin Murphy won big when he sold his cannabis company, Acreage Holdings, for billions. But he says there’s still plenty of opportunity. August 22, 2019 5 min read This story appears in the September 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » The average cannabis consumer may not have heard of Kevin Murphy, but they’ve surely seen the headlines he’s made as the CEO of Acreage Holdings, the largest vertically integrated, multistate cannabis company in America. Last year, he got former House Speaker John Boehner to join his board of directors — despite Boehner’s having claimed to be “unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana.” Then Murphy’s company produced a cannabis Super Bowl ad; when CBS rejected it (to nobody’s surprise), Acreage spun the moment into PR gold. And in April, Murphy made headlines again when he sold Acreage to Canopy Growth for $3.4 billion.  It’s been a great run for this […]

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These Are Top 100 Cannabis Companies in the World

Our first annual Green 100 list salutes the cannabis companies making the greatest impact in the industry. August 12, 2019 1 min read Call it Reefer Gladness. Today the editors of Green Entrepreneur unveiled our first-annual “Green 100” list, (plus 21 to Watch) saluting the best cannabis products, services, and events in the market. This also marks the first anniversary of Green Entrepreneurs’ entry into the market. So happy birthday to us! Related: Welcome to Green Entrepreneur The Green 100 celebrates a diverse range of companies, from startups such as Wana Brands (inventors of the widely popular cannabis gummy) to Anheuser Busch/In Bev, which is poised to enter the THC-infused beverage market. The list focuses on certain key sectors of the industry including: CDB/Hemp, Conglomerates, Dispensaries, Edibles, Events, Flower, Investment, Oils, Vapes, Tinctures, Professional Services, Seed To Sale, Technology, and Big Business.  To get the full list, click here.  Read_More Related posts: 100 […]

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What Millennials Really Want From Weed

Cy Scott of Headset Inc. joins the Green Entrepreneur podcast to talk about interesting buying habits August 10, 2019 15+ min read Our guest on the podcast is Cy Scott, the co-founder and CEO of Headset, Inc,  an analytics service provider for the cannabis industry. Their customers look to them for market research and data analysis and they source that data from retailers and dispensaries across the US and soon in Canada.  So basically, Cy Scott has his fingertips on information about the burgeoning cannabis industry that is very hard to research, and for that reason his customers pay a pretty penny, sometimes up to a quarter of a million dollars, for his research. But you don’t have to pay anything today, because this podcast is absolutely free and Cy has generously lent us his time and his knowledge and today we’re going to look at specifically the millennials and […]

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Exclusive: Why Canopy Growth's Ex-CEO Got Canned and What He's Doing Next (Watch)

Bruce Linton talks candidly about his past and his future. Listen very carefully. This man has crazy knowledge. Read_More Related posts: My Apollo 11 Press Kits Now Digitized Canopy Growth’s Bruce Linton Out as Co-CEO: ‘My Turn Is Over’ Canopy Growth Agrees to Buy Acreage When the US Ends Prohibition Create Exclusive Experiences for your Most Passionate Customers Get Exclusive Access to Silicon Valley Trailblazers for Less Than $10 Canopy Firing Linton Raises Concerns for Cannabis Businesses Seeking Mainstream Partnerships Exclusive Offer: Get 50% Off For This Premium Masterclass On Influence And Persuasion Exclusive with @ceoandywilliams of @msnbc’s “Pot Barons of Colorado” and @medicinemantech & @medicinemanco

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New Opportunities in the Cannabis Business

G. Ryan Ansin is a top tier investor and founder of Revolution Farms. Here’s where he sees the business going. July 3, 2019 15+ min read Jon: Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into cannabis specifically. Ryan: Sure. I have an odd background, but it’s been a fun journey to date. I started a film production company in my early teens, which gave me a great education all over the world making videos for nonprofits and then teaching photography and journalism in 13 countries for a number of years. That then brought me to West Africa, where when I wanted to get married, I went to get my own diamond and ended up helping to start a company called Clarity Project. Jon: Wait, wait, wait. You wanted to get married, so you went and tried to find your own diamond? What do you mean […]

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Celebrity Jeweler Alex Todd Gets Saucey

His clients include Jay Z and and Rihanna. Now, he’s targeting cannabis consumers. June 7, 2019 5 min read It’s graduation season — a time when high school and college grads all over are counseled to “do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.” Well, cannasseurs are listening too, and many of them are taking this advice to heart — though they’d certainly take issue with the notion that they’re not busting their butts. Celebrity jeweler Alex Todd, who has designed pieces for Jay-Z and Rihanna, among others, has just launched Saucey Extracts, a line of strains, cartridges, apparel and accessories that are available in California and Oregon. We spoke to Todd about how he turned his passion for cannabis into a profession. What were you doing before you launched Saucey? I was in the jewelry business for the last ten years, creating some of […]

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Biggie’s Son CJ Wallace Talks About His New Brand Think BIG

He gets his love of weed from his big poppa — and his business savvy, too. May 31, 2019 1 min read Twenty-two years ago, the world got the tragic news that the Notorious B.I.G. was killed. On this week’s Green Entrepreneur Podcast, I talk to Biggie’s son, CJ Wallace, who was only 5 months old when his father was murdered in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. CJ recently launched a cannabis company in honor of his legendary dad (with his step-father Todd Russaw and entrepreneur Willie Mack). The Frank White Creative Blend is sourced and distributed by Lowell Herb Co in California. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Prison Arts Project. An organization dedicated to providing arts instruction to incarcerated individuals. Listen in on my conversation with CJ about his personal experience with cannabis, the events that caused him to get into the business, and Biggie’s influence […]

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Cannabis Investing Tips for Non-Millionaires

Want to invest in the cannabis industry but barely have enough to buy your own weed? Cody Sanchez of Cresco Capital Partners has suggestions. May 23, 2019 15+ min read Cannabis stocks are all the rage. IPOs valued at billions of dollars are popping up on Wall Street and the Canadian Stock Exchange, and private equity funds are investing multiple millions in cannabis companies. If you’re watching all this from the sidelines, wondering if you’re missing out on a golden opportunity but not sure what to do about it, you’re not alone. Many potential investors believe they don’t have the cash to get in the game, and in some instances they’re correct. Due to regulations, many funds are not even permitted to accept investments for less than $200,000. On this week’s Green Entrepreneur podcast, we talk to Codie Sanchez, a partner at Cresco Capital Partners, about how to invest in […]

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One Company’s Quest to be the 23andMe of Cannabis

Can your genes influence how you respond to cannabis? Len May, co-founder of Endocanna, is banking on it. This week on the Green Entrepreneur podcast, we speak to Len May, CEO and Co-Founder of Endocanna Health. The company makes a DNA kit that analyzes how your genetics may affect your experience with cannabis. Think of it as a 23andMe for cannabis, but instead of finding out if you’re part Neanderthal, you’re learning what cannabinoid ratios and terpenes may best ease your anxiety or improve your sleep. May talks about how he came up with the idea for Endocanna, the market for a product like this, and where he sees it going in the future. Related: Green Entrepreneur’s New Podcast Will Make You Smarter About the Cannabis Business Let’s start with like the elevator pitch for Endocanna. The elevator pitch is that we look at ourselves as sort of the GPS for […]

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Gary Vee Has Some Important Advice for Cannabis Entrepreneurs

The marketing guru says your brand is your protector, content is king, and slow and steady wins the race. May 8, 2019 8 min read Last month, thousands of cannabis industry professionals descended on Santa Rosa, California for the Hall of Flowers cannabis trade show. The highly-anticipated event brought together top cannabis brands, retailers, creatives, and media together under one roof (actually three) to share, showcase, and discuss their products.  Many big names were in the house participating in a speaker series, including Berner, Chelsea Handler, Al Harrington, and Dr. Dina. Gary Vaynerchuk, the chairman of VaynerX,  CEO of Vayner Media and a social media giant, was on hand to answer questions and to offer his own brand of brutally honest but inspiring advice to budding entrepreneurs.  Never one to mince words, Gary Vee had lots of opinions about where the cannabis business is, where it’s going, and how to succeed in the game. Here […]

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What the Chronic Cup Taught Us About the Canna-Business.

The pitch contest, sponsored by Flower Co., showcased a variety of approaches to the industry. April 22, 2019 3 min read I recently had the opportunity to judge the Chronic Cup in San Francisco. The Shark Tank-ish pitch event awarded $10k to a variety of California-focused cannabis startup. It was sponsored by FLOWER CO, an online, subscription-based wholesale company that bills themselves as the “Costco of Cannabis.” Flower Co. recently made waves with their own startup accelerator pitch, and this event was their way to pay it forward.  The pitches The Chronic Cup contestants represented the many faces of the cannabis industry. There were two former Airbnb employees pitching their company Berbix, a software system to automate your ID checks. A lupus survivor pitching The People’s Dispensary which was aimed at empowering the community. Potli, a company that produces premium hemp-infused honey, olive oil, and chili oil using a secret family […]

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Business Lessons from the Former President of Red Bull

Jim Baily used to run Red Bull Canada. Now he’s in the CBD business and he sees nothing but green. April 18, 2019 6 min read Jim Baily didn’t have much experience with cannabis until a bad bike injury opened his eyes to its medicinal benefits. A marketing veteran, Baily was President of Red Bull Canada up until 2013 and held executive positions at Adidas and Reebok. But it wasn’t until fairly recently that he jumped to the green side as CEO of Phivida Organics, a food and beverage company that infuses organic active hemp extract into iced tea, water, and various clinical products. Baily sees many parallels between the energy drink and CBD-drink business. Energy drinks such as Red Bull were not yet even approved for sale in Canada when he moved to head operations there. “I have been in business for a while, but I haven’t seen the energy behind […]

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Biggie’s Son Launches New Cannabis Company Think BIG

In an exclusive interview, CJ Wallace talks about the origin story of the brand that both honors his legendary father and ushers in a new era. April 16, 2019 9 min read CJ Wallace has no memory of his larger-than-life father Christopher Wallace — aka The Notorious B.I.G, aka Biggie Smalls.  He was only five months old when Biggie was murdered on a Los Angeles street in 1997. For much of CJ’s early life, the picture he carried of his enigmatic father was the same as his public persona — a hardened gangster, a drug dealer, and a legendary rapper. But as he got older and heard stories about his dad from his mother, R&B artist Faith Evans, and his grandmother Voletta, a new portrait of Big Poppa started to emerge. “You wouldn’t think about that just from the way he carried himself, but he was really a sweetheart. He cared about […]

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Cannabis Chew? Yep, It’s a Thing And It Just Might Be Revolutionary

How a couple of savvy entrepreneurs discovered a new, and possibly improved, way to consume cannabis. March 19, 2019 5 min read We talked with Case Mandel, co-founder of the California-based Cannadips company, about his product’s origin story and development, and how it may be a better consumption method than vapes and edibles.  Describe what Cannadips is. Cannadips come in a small fiber pouch that kind of looks like a chewing tobacco pouch. But they’re much smaller and modeled after Swedish Snus. The pouch is made of coconut fiber, essential oils, monk fruit, and the dry tincture. We have three flavors: American, Citrus, and Mint (which comes in THC and CBD) How does it work? When you put the product in your mouth, it gets absorbed under the tongue and into the back of the mouth, where there is the buccal artery. We believe this causes it to go directly to […]

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He Broke His Neck Surfing. Now He Runs a CBD Company.

When Mike Hannegan broke his neck, doctors wanted to pump him full of opioids. He had other plans. March 15, 2019 4 min read Mike Hannegan has surfed all over the world and seen his share of wild waves. But tragedy struck in 2014 when he encountered a giant swell in Newport Beach, California.  “I took off on a big wave and then my nose dove down,” he says. “I thought I was diving through the back of the wave, and I just hit my head right on the bottom of the sandbar. I broke my C4, C5, C6, and cracked my brain stem.” Image credit: Mike Hannegan Doctors wanted to operate immediately, but Hannegan refused. “This happened over Fourth of July weekend,” he says. “I figured if I were a doctor, I wouldn’t want to be working on 4th of July weekend. I just assumed that it was the C-team. […]

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Silent Bob Is Now a Legitimate Ganjapreneur

Kevin Smith details how he and Jason Mewes have turned their iconic characters into a budding business. February 26, 2019 4 min read Life really does imitate art. In his 1994 indie film Clerks, writer-director Kevin Smith introduced the characters Jay and Silent Bob — two guys who spent all day peddling weed outside a New Jersey Quick Stop. Smith himself played Silent Bob; his childhood pal Jason Mewes played Jay. The characters would return in many of Smith’s movies…and now, 25 years and a different regulatory environment later, the duo are getting their own legal cannabis brand, Jay and Silent Bob’s Private Stash. Manufacturing-and-distribution company Chemesis International is to thank for it: The company initially approached Smith, who was more than enthusiastic to finally become a real-life ganjapreneur. Related: This Military Vet Is Remaking The Cannabis Security Guard Industry You’re a famous weed enthusiast. Why name the brand after […]

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Spike Jonze Directed a MedMen Commercial About Cannabis. And It’s Pretty Epic.

“The New Normal” campaign, starring Jesse Williams, advocates for weed’s normalization while telling its complicated history. February 25, 2019 4 min read Cannabis retail giant, MedMen, just released a new short on their YouTube channel that’s guaranteed to light up some conversation and, hopefully, change some attitudes. Directed by Spike Jonze of Being John Malkovich and Her fame, and starring Grey’s Anatomy heartthrob, Jesse Willams, “The New Normal” spot tells the story of cannabis in the U.S. — from George Washington’s hemp farm, through prohibition, to its evolving normalization in the economy and the culture  David Dancer, Chief Marketing Officer for MedMen, says the overall message of the ad is to show both “the unjust criminalization and history of the propaganda and stigmatization of cannabis,” while also stressing that it’s “a product that should be as normal as every other product that you purchase and every other wellness and lifestyle brand that you engage with.”  Bringing […]

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How A Father And Son Teamed Up to Infuse The Family Ice Business with Cannabis

Mt. Everetts Frozen Creations puts CBD in Italian Ices, and customers are eating it up. February 20, 2019 5 min read Last winter at MJBiz Con in Las Vegas, the longest line at the convention was for a tiny Italian Ice stall, where two guys shoveled free samples of cherry and lemon ices into little cups. The guys were Al and Troy Everetts, a father and son team from Pennsylvania. And the product they were serving for the first time ever was called Mt. Everetts Frozen Creations — traditional Italian Ices infused with non-traditional CBD. This was the last place on earth the two ever expected to be — at a marijuana convention three thousand miles from the family’s Italian Ice and custard shop in the small town of Kingston. How they got there and why is a story of a good idea, good timing, and good recipes.  Related: How to Start […]

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CEO Gets A Second Chance in the Cannabusiness

Erin Hackney thought his sterling career was over — then he founded Mezz Brands. February 13, 2019 7 min read In 2012, Erin Hackney went to federal prison for a year for a crime he says he didn’t commit. It was a stunning blow for a rising star. The Milwaukee native was the youngest VP and first African-American sales rep for the bank Marshall & Ilsley, the first African-American sales director for the staffing agency Manpower, and founder of his own staffing agency. Now he was “a black man with a felony,” Hackney says. “My degrees at Marquette meant nothing, my fifteen years selling and being stellar meant nothing.” But the experience turned his life around. Hackney is now Founder/CEO of Mezz Brands, a cannabis lifestyle company. Here’s the story of his remarkable second chance, and how he channeled the spirit of his company namesake — a little know jazz […]

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