Danielle Rosellison: Running a Family Business in the Cannabis Industry

Danielle Rosellison is co-founder of Trail Blazin’ Productions, a licensed cannabis producer in Bellingham, Washington. As a family-run business that started with a dream and lots of hard work, Trail Blazin’ is an excellent example of how ordinary Americans have done extraordinary things in the wake of cannabis legalization. By using low-energy LED lighting to reduce the […]

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Dr. Daniela Vergara: Exploring the Cannabis Genome

Dr. Daniela Vergara is an evolutionary biologist and co-founder of the Cannabis Genomics Research Initiative (CGRI), and has been working on exploring the cannabis genome since 2013. CGRI’s main goals are to create an ultra-high density genetic map of Cannabis (which does not yet exist due to the federal government’s restrictions on scientific research), to understand the history of the […]

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Matthew Feinstein: Laying the Groundwork for a National Cannabis Franchise

Matthew Feinstein is the co-founder and CEO of Pineapple Express, a publicly-traded company based out of California which is in the process of developing a national cannabis retail franchise. Pineapple Express also has several other projects in the works, including their recent acquisition of the THC.com website and trademark, as well as a large facility in […]

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Ophelia Chong: Changing Public Perceptions of Cannabis with Stock Photography

When she launched StockPotImages.com in 2015, Ophelia Chong saw more than a business opportunity: she saw an opportunity to embrace and support the normalization of cannabis. Ophelia, a career photographer, made Stock Pot Images to be the first stock photo agency that specializes in cannabis-related imagery. Though she forayed as a relative newcomer to the industry, Ophelia has since attended many conventions and […]

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Dr. Donald Land: Testing Commercial Cannabis for Pesticides

Dr. Donald Land is the Chief Scientific Consultant for Steep Hill, one of the leading scientific cannabis analysis labs in the world. He is also a Professor of Chemistry at UC Davis. Dr. Land recently joined us to discuss the trending topic of pesticide use in legal cannabis markets, and how Steep Hill aims to […]

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Kellie Butterfield Dodds: Helping to Normalize Cannabis Through Film

Kellie Butterfield Dodds is the founder and owner of the Cannabis Film Festival in Garberville, California, an annual event that celebrates cannabis and exposes marijuana culture through the medium of film. Kellie is a California-grown ganjapreneur and cannabis activist based out of the Emerald Triangle. She moved to Southern Humboldt County in 2006, where in 2010 she co-founded the […]

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Chris Kelly: Bringing Medical-Grade Extracts to the Recreational Market

Chris Kelly is the Vice President and General Manager of Landrace Labs, a cannabis production company serving Washington State’s recreational market. He is also the founder and former CEO of Green Lion Farms, a medical cannabis company based in Seattle. Landrace produces high-quality CO2 extracts as well as flowers and pre-filled vape cartridges that are for sale […]

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David Lampach: Establishing Cannabis Standards and Methodologies

David Lampach is the co-founder and CEO of Steep Hill, which was the first company to offer lab testing services to cannabis growers in 2008. Steep Hill has since become a staple of the cannabis industry with established locations in California, Colorado, Washington, and Nevada. As a pioneer of the standards and methodologies that have […]

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Cy Scott: Cannabis Data & Business Intelligence

As states have legalized cannabis for medical and recreational purposes, an industry has rapidly taken root with producers, retailers, and ancillary services popping up to meet consumer demand. Since the industry has grown so quickly, and also due to the conflict in state and federal law which could leave participants open to penalties, very little tracking of commercial […]

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Charlo Greene: Cultivating Diversity in the Cannabis Industry

In 2014, Charlo Greene made international headlines when she quit her job on-air to pursue a career in the cannabis industry amid Alaska’s push for recreational legalization. Since then, she has been growing and managing the Alaska Cannabis Club, the only legal safe access point for medical cannabis patients in the state, as well as traveling […]

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Chloe Villano: Founding Colorado’s Clover Leaf University

In our latest interview, Ganjapreneur heard from Chloe Villano, a serial entrepreneur from Colorado and founder of the nation’s first state-licensed cannabis university, Clover Leaf University. Chloe’s cannabis business expertise goes well beyond that, however: she’s also a widely-recognized and acclaimed marijuana business consultant with Clover Leaf Consulting and the founder of the Cannabis Business Awards. Through her consulting, Chloe […]

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Robert Calkin: Making Cannabis Careers Possible

Our most recent interview features Robert Calkin, founder of Cannabis Career Institute, an innovator among marijuana schools. Robert is also president of the nation’s first and arguably most successful branded MMJ delivery service, Green Dot Delivery. “One of my life lessons has been underestimating people’s ability to make something happen through sheer will.” In this interview, Robert […]

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Garyn Angel: Empowering Patients with Homemade Cannabis Infusions

Anyone who has tried likely remembers the first time they attempted to infuse butter with cannabis, and everyone’s story probably shares a common theme of rookie mistakes and an unfamiliarity with the whole infusion process. But what if there were a way to standardize the process—to eliminate the variables and deliver consistent quality and potency every time? Our latest interview features […]

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Dan Humiston: Creating the International Cannabis Association

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dan Humiston, founder and president of the International Cannabis Association, who represents a large demographic of hopeful entrants to the cannabis industry. While there are plenty of people across the U.S. who are looking to transition from a black market cannabis career to owning a regulated business in the […]

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Mike Siffin: Exploring the Cannabis Entertainment Niche

Our latest featured ganjapreneur has made it his mission to normalize cannabis and overcome stereotypes with entertainment products geared toward the consumer. Mike Siffin, founder of Hash Brothers Entertainment, has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a cannabis-themed board game called “Pipes and Lighters.” Designed on a unique “lazy Susan” board surface, the game is based on […]

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Michelle Sexton: Cannabis Testing for Safety and Consistency

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Michelle Sexton of PhytaLab, a cannabis testing lab serving medical and recreational cannabis businesses in Washington State. Dr. Sexton founded PhytaLab in 2010, and she has also served as a consultant to the Washington State Liquor Control Board on the implementation of I-502, the state’s bill which led […]

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Todd Mitchem: Creating a Cannabis-Friendly Dating App

One of the most common misconceptions about cannabis is that it has the same effect on everyone who consumes it. This, however, couldn’t be further from the truth: some people are social smokers, some people want to work out when they are high, and some people would rather cozy up in front of a movie on […]

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Brian Westphal: Spreading Hemp Awareness with Skateboards

Recently, Ganjapreneur had the chance to connect with Brian Westphal, an entrepreneur looking to innovate and spread awareness in the industrial hemp sector. Westphal’s company, Lotus Boards, is working to produce the world’s first hemp-plastic skateboard. The company’s goal, as stated on their website, is “to create awareness for the adoption of Industrial Hemp and Bio-Based alternatives with every ride.” […]

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Shango Los: Establishing a Local Cannabis Trade Organization

As the cannabis industry becomes legalized in new states and regions, one of the most important questions facing growers and processors is how they will fit into their local communities. We recently interviewed Shango Los, founder of the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance (VIMEA), about the story of how one organization began the process of building […]

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Matt Brown: Inside the Colorado Model

With two legal recreational markets in the United States and several more on the way, much of the debate has focused on what sort of industry model works best. As anyone involved in the industry knows, the politics of legalization are complicated and cannabis policy activists are passionate, as many peoples’ livelihoods are at stake.  Though […]

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Douglas Leighton: Investing in Cannabis Industry Start-Ups

Ganjapreneur is excited to present our latest interview with cannabis investor Douglas Leighton. Leighton is a co-founder and principal partner at Dutchess Capital, an investment group which manages world-class investment funds for start-up, pre-IPO, and publicly-traded companies. Dutchess has been advocating for and investing in the legal cannabis industry since 2012. In this interview, Leighton describes how Dutchess […]

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Danielli Martel: The World’s First Cannabis Day Spa

Since the inception of Colorado’s recreational cannabis industry, the market has grown and thrived. Apart from growers, processors, and retailers, the industry has created opportunities for all types of niche businesses. One such business is Primal Wellness, the world’s first day spa offering cannabis-infused products and related services, located in Englewood, Colorado. The spa offers a variety […]

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Steven Siegel: Pioneering Seed-To-Sale Tracking Systems

As cannabis legalization has gone recreational, the demand for more regulation and oversight has grown significantly. In Washington State as well as other markets, authorities have stipulated that plants produced under the regulated market need to be tracked from the individual seed all the way to the point of purchase, to ensure that no black market […]

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Matt Gray: From a Recipe Website to a Crowdfunded Cookbook

Special brownies have been around for a long time, but only recently has the general public become aware of the many other applications of cannabis as an herb used for cooking. The Stoner’s Cookbook is a website dedicated to marijuana culinary enthusiasts for sharing infused recipes. We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Matt Gray, CEO […]

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