Trump Is Considering Banning Flavored Vapes. Here’s The Cannabis Industry’s Response

In the wake of the President’s proposed ban, the NCIA puts the onus on Congress to end Prohibition. September 12, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As information continues to surface about the unfortunate incidents related to e-cigarettes and vaping — with more than 500 people falling ill and six reported deaths — President Donald Trump stepped in to try and monitor the use of flavored e-cigarettes, announcing a proposal to ban thousands of flavors used in nicotine vaping products. Related: Mysterious Vaping Illnesses Have Industry On Edge Addressing the media today, President Trump had this to say about the proposed ban: “It’s very new and potentially very bad. There have been deaths and there have been a lot of other problems. People think it’s an easy solution to cigarettes, but turns out that it has its own difficulties. Not only is it a problem overall, but really specifically […]

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Looking To Enter The Cannabis Biz? Professionals From The Industry Give Top Advice

Before you dive into the world of cannabis, take note of these tips from professionals within the industry September 9, 2019 7 min read Brought to you by Weedmaps With more states legalizing cannabis for medical or adult use, the industry is rapidly growing, with employment predicted to rise by 34% in 2019, according to Marijuana Business Daily’s 2019 Marijuana Business Factbook. So, it’s no surprise that increasing numbers of people in other industries are looking to work in cannabis. Cannabis companies require all sorts of skills, from marketing and accounting to research and political lobbying, so you don’t need previous experience or training specifically in the cannabis industry to enter it.  “Cannabis legalization is as game-changing as the invention of the internet, and the trajectory will be much the same,” said Lisa Weser, who founded the cannabis communications firm Trailblaze after working as head of U.S. Marketing Communications for Anheuser-Busch. “Like the internet, […]

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Barneys Department Store Is Betting on the Luxury World of Weed

Inside Barneys’ posh cannabis store, The High End. August 15, 2019 2 min read This story appears in the August 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Few among us are in the market for a $950 handblown-glass bong. Or a pair of $900 Balenciaga high-top sneakers. But if you’re someone who absolutely must have both, you’ll find them within 20 feet of each other on the fifth floor of Barneys New York in Beverly Hills. The cannabis store-within-a-store is fittingly called The High End. It isn’t so much a dispensary as it is a luxury head shop offering the finest paraphernalia and CBD-infused beauty products. While The High End is exclusively in Beverly Hills for now, there are plans to expand to additional Barneys locations in legal-use states.  “Our brand is really about acknowledging cultural shifts and creating dialogues,” says Barneys creative director Matt Mazzucca. “There’s a lot of controversy […]

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She Is the Cannabis Industry’s Voice of Reason

Amanda Reiman wants cannabis to be more than a big new market for the same old powers-that-be. June 4, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Amanda Reiman is among the most recognized women in cannabis. Amanda is VP of Community Relations for Flow Kana, a craft cannabis brand that prides itself on being the first sustainable, sungrown cannabis group to represent small farmers within the Emerald Triangle. She drives innovative initiatives that ensure Flow Kana stands at the center of responsible cannabis. Amanda was awarded the 2017 Influencer of the Year by Industry Power Women. Dope magazine has titled her the industry’s true Wonder Woman. She holds a master’s in social work and a PhD in social welfare. What brought you into the cannabis industry? I have long been a fan of cannabis, but my work in the field began as a doctoral student at Berkeley […]

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6 Ways Women Can Raise Cannabis Capital

Tap into these resources to get an edge on the competition. Raising capital for your business is never easy, especially if you’re a woman. Although the corporate world has yet to achieve true gender equality, one sector is leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the country: the cannabis industry. Marijuana Business Daily reports that women made up approximately 27 percent of executive level roles in the cannabis industry in 2017, compared to the national average of 23 percent. That number rises to 42 percent if you only count ancillary cannabis businesses (such as apps and paraphernalia). Women also hold approximately 35 percent of executive-level positions in cannabis dispensaries. Related: Women Increasingly Are Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Customers Traditionally, most startups will raise money through either a venture capital firm or angel investors. There are also businesses incubators, which often provide assistance and advice to startups in exchange for a small fee […]

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