Afzal Hasan: Cannabis Industry Investments and Acquisitions

Afzal Hasan is the President and General Counsel for CannaRoyalty, a Canada-based investment firm with cannabis acquisitions in Canada, California, Washington, Oregon, Florida, and Puerto Rico. In this episode of the Ganjapreneur.com Podcast, Afzal joins host TG Branfalt to discuss his transition into the cannabis space as a high-level corporate attorney; the strategies being used […]

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High Times Sells Stock Direct to Investors

Using a new public offering exemption called “Regulation A,” High Times has started selling shares of its corporation direct to non-institutional investors, according to the magazine’s investor site. High Times has been trying to go public for more than a year. In a confusing series of announcements, the company has reportedly attempted multiple routes to listing […]

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Marijuana Companies & Investors from U.S. and Canada Plot Next Moves In Vancouver April 30 – May 2

1st NASDAQ-traded company CEO Mike Gorenstein of Cronos Group and most pro-cannabis Republican, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher to address group; Dozens of Promising Cannabis Companies Pitch Investors in ‘Shark-Tank’ Style Format Vancouver, BC – On the heels of Trump backing states’ rights on marijuana and former Speaker of the House John Boehner joining the cannabis industry, […]

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Report: Cannabis Industry Investments Hit $1.23B In First Weeks of 2018

According to a Viridian Cannabis Deal Tracker report outlined by Bezinga, investments in the cannabis space have increased 600 percent over the first five weeks of 2018 compared to the first five weeks of 2017. In the first five weeks of 2017, cannabis industry investments reached $178 million, while this year they have already swelled […]

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CanopyBoulder Launches 9th Canna-business Accelerator Program

CanopyBoulder’s spring 2018 business accelerator cohort includes a blockchain technology company, a software firm, and other tech projects aimed at marketing and medical cannabis information. In total, six companies comprise CanopyBoulder’s ninth class in the 16-week accelerator program. The six companies: Realm 72 – an online marketplace for marketers, brands, and influencers, linking products and […]

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Michael Brubeck: How to Identify a Winning Cannabis Investment

Michael Brubeck is the founder and CEO of Centuria Foods and author of Tipping the Scales, a book about cannabis industry financing that helps canna-curious investors identify characteristics of a successful venture. For this Ganjapreneur.com podcast episode, Michael joined our host TG Branfalt for an interview that covers his early time in the industry — where he […]

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Report: Cannabis Funding Up in Q4’16; Down 9% Overall

According to a CB Insights analysis, 2016 was a mixed bag for cannabis-related startups as funding and deal flow fell 9 percent, but the sector was bolstered by deals worth tens of millions of dollars. The report found that cannabis funding deals totaled $225 million in 2016, down from the $220 million seen in the […]

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How to Find and Pitch Investors in the Cannabis Industry

Editor’s Note: Lately, we have been hearing from folks with start-up ideas all over the country, and they frequently ask us how they can connect with investors and what they should have prepared when it comes time to pitch. To answer these questions, we decided to recruit the best source possible — Francis J. Priznar, Chief Mentor at The Arcview […]

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Why Cannabis Companies Can’t Afford to Ignore Data and Analytics

Legalization — and the infrastructure that follows it — enables the cannabis industry to embrace business intelligence that is already standard in other industries. This is the story so far for states that have legalized, and trends show that national legalization and the mainstream normalization of cannabis are quickly becoming a very real possibility. With […]

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GW Pharmaceuticals Hopes to Raise $252 Million in Public Offering

Following the successful trials of its new cannabis-based medication, British drug manufacturer GW Pharmaceuticals announced it will raise $252 million through the issuing of 2.8 million shares on the Nasdaq in preparation for bringing its drug to market. According to a Reuters report, shares in GW Pharmaceuticals have been on the rise since the experimental drug Epidiolex […]

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Google May Be Considering the Cannabis Industry

Google — the major online search engine, advertising platform, and creator of the Android mobile operating system — may be eyeing ways to involve itself with the cannabis industry, according to a report by Marijuana Business Daily‘s Omar Sacirbey. Google recently reached out to LivWell, a Colorado-based medical and recreational cannabis enterprise currently operating 14 dispensaries around the state, to see how it […]

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Colorado Opens Door to Out-of-State Cannabis Investments

Colorado’s Legislature has passed a measure permitting out-of-state individuals to own and operate marijuana companies in the state; a move the Cannabis Business Alliance says will help the cannabis industry expand and remain competitive. This change, which still needs to be signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), effectively opens the door for interested parties living outside […]

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Mitzi Vaughn: Interstate Cannabis Brand Development

Mitzi Vaughn is the managing attorney for Greenbridge Corporate Counsel, a business law firm that works exclusively with cannabis industry clients. She is a founding board member of the National Cannabis Bar Association and is active in both domestic and global drug policy movements. Mitzi recently joined our podcast host Shango Los for a discussion […]

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U.S. Cannabis Industry Could Grow to $44 Billion by 2020

The cannabis industry in the United States could grow to be a $44 billion industry by 2020 according to current legalization and economic trends. Data released in the 2016 Marijuana Business Factbook, published by Marijuana Business Daily, indicate that the yearly economic impact of the U.S. cannabis industry will grow from $14 billion-$17 billion this […]

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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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Oakland Company Becomes First Publicly-Traded Cannabis Dispensary

For the first time, investors can buy shares of a publicly traded marijuana company that handles cannabis from seed to store. TerraTech is an agricultural firm that focuses on the marijuana industry, and has recently acquired Blüm Oakland, a medical dispensary in Oakland. Blüm Oakland boasts more than 42,000 registered patients, and serves about 1,000 […]

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Andrew Rosener: Investing in Cannabis Domain Names

Andrew Rosener is the founder and CEO of Media Options, one of the world’s leading domain name brokerages, having bought and sold domains for clients such as Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk. He has been inducted into the Domain Name Hall of Fame and received the domain name broker of the year award in both 2014 and […]

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Alen Nguyen: Creating a Cannabis Industry Distributorship

Alen Nguyen is the CEO of Green Thumb Industries, one of the first B2B distributors in the cannabis industry. As more cannabis business owners transition from the grey market to the newly-regulated industry, they often find themselves facing a host of supply chain issues. In mainstream industries, there are typically dozens of distributors to choose from who offer wholesale […]

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New Australian Company Wants a Piece of the U.S. Medical Cannabis Industry

An Australian company called RxMM Health, based in Perth, is making a play for the fast-growing, American marijuana industry. The company has applied for a license to grow and sell medical marijuana in southern California. RxMM, who specializes in climate-controlled, hydroponic cultivation, is specifically seeking patents for cannabinoid-based medicines. The company plans to grow and […]

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Colorado and Washington State Urge Caution When Considering a Marijuana Investment

The Colorado Division of Securities has issued an investment advisory for three industries: marijuana business, digital currency and ‘binary options,’ a type of stock trade that securities commissioner Gerald Rome said is “closer to gambling” than it is to investing. In a statement, Rome said: “Marijuana investment opportunities could be particularly susceptible to scams, such […]

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The Ideal Cannabis Business Plan

Whether you are starting up a company for the first time or you are a serial entrepreneur, someone in your company will inevitably pop the question: “Should we write a business plan?” At this point, many might grumble and opt for the group to pick straws to determine who is going to write it. Simply […]

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Washington Pot Shops See Opportunity In U.S. Open

The U.S. Open takes place at Chambers Bay in Washington this year, and local marijuana businesses are set to take advantage of increased tourism to boost sales. Tacoma City Council member Marty Campbell stated that “Pot store owners are expecting a week’s of marijuana sales each day of the tournament.” Stores like World of Weed […]

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Ganjapreneur Announces Podcast Interview Series for Marijuana Business Owners, Investors, and Activists

Ganjapreneur, a website dedicated to cannabis business news and culture, has recently published the first episode of their new podcast, featuring Kristin Nevedal of the Americans for Safe Access Patient-Focused Certification Program. The podcast is hosted by Shango Los, a cannabis industry brand strategist and PR consultant who founded the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance in […]

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Legal Marijuana Is Developing Faster than Any Other U.S. Industry, Report Finds

A new report from The Arcview Group, a premium investment and research firm based in Oakland, California, has found that the legal marijuana industry is currently the fastest growing industry in the U.S. In fact, from 2013 to 2014, the legal weed market grew from $1.5 billion to $2.7 billion — an increase of 74 […]

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