The Oregon Trail to Legal Cannabis

Oregon’s approach to cannabis legalization took a bold shift recently when became the first state to consider an aggressive challenge to existing federal cannabis laws. Because of an enormous cannabis surplus, the head of a local industry trade group is pushing for state legislators to permit Oregon cannabis companies to export products to other states […]

The Race To Legalize in the East

The race to legalize in New York accelerated on January 15, 2019, as Governor Andrew Cuomo laid out his vision for an expanded industry. Back in December, Governor Cuomo named legalization one of his priorities for the first 100 days of 2019. This week, he made good on that promise, unveiling plans for state regulated […]

Welcome to Cannabis Year 2019!

The new year is upon us, and I believe that 2019 will usher in significant developments for the cannabis industry.  2018 laid the foundation for a new level of efficiency and prosperity, despite federal obstacles. A growing number of Americans support legalization, robust growth has created more industry jobs, and two additional states approved recreational […]

The Hemp Industry Shake Up

The latest agricultural innovation in the United States is a plant cultivated in North America long before the Declaration of Independence.  In 2018, America officially legalized hemp, once a common crop in the U.S. until it was linked with its psychotropic cousin, marijuana and effectively banned in 1937. After decades of prohibition, in 2014, Republican […]

2018: A Great Year for the Green Rush

Monumental developments in marijuana and hemp legalization made 2018 a watershed year for the global cannabis industry. These changes represent potentially seismic shifts in cannabis acceptance and hemp cultivation both in the United States and around the world as governments respond to increased access to the plant and exploration of its numerous reported health and […]

Hemp Farming is Coming Soon to a State Near You

In a day filled with tumultuous national news, President Trump quietly signed the 2018 Farm Bill, and with the stroke of a pen instituted the most sweeping cannabis industry federal reform in decades. The bill, now officially a law, legalizes the agricultural production of hemp by removing its designation as a drug under the Controlled […]

Big Tobacco Buys into the Cannabis Industry

Last week, the Altria Group, parent company of tobacco company Philip Morris and producers of MARLBORO cigarettes announced an 1.8 billion investment into the cannabis industry, the first of what will likely be many such businesses entering this lucrative sector. You know that the Green Rush is a big deal when even big tobacco is […]

10 Ways to Maximize Your Time at the Next Cannabis Conference

(Originally Published on Greenentrepreneur.com on August 29, 2018) I attend and speak at many cannabis industry conferences, seminars and events around the world. They provide attendees an awesome opportunity to network, build and promote brands while making powerful new connections. Attending conferences also offers an opportunity for individuals to expand their industry knowledge. Conferences generally […]

How to Start and Market Your CBD Company

(Originally published on GreenEntrepreneur.com August 21, 2018) Cannabis is big business and big news. The public is being inundated with information– whether it’s about legalization in a new state or an entire country (Hey, Canada!), products or investment opportunities – “green” is the new black. When it comes to cannabis and its many benefits, THC [Tetrahydrocannabinol], […]

5 Reasons Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Are Essential in the Cannabis Industry Business

(Originally published Entrepreneur.com on August 13, 2018) The cannabis sector is one of America’s fastest growing industries. Thirty states have passed medical marijuana laws, and nine of those allow adult use. Nearly two-thirds of Americans support legalization. Despite the influx of consumer interest and cash, people of color are increasingly being left out of the green […]