4 Themes from the Day 1 of MJBizCon 2019
Over the course of the past 24 hours, scores of interviews and hundreds of conversations by the Business of Cannabis team, some themes emerged from Day 1 of MJBizCon 2019. Here are four...
Exploring Planet 13 Las Vegas from a Canadian Perspective
Yesterday, the Business of Cannabis team descended on Las Vegas for MJBizCon - the world’s largest cannabis business conference. As we settled in, there was another “largest” that we were keen to explore: Planet 13, dubbed as the “world’s biggest weed shop”. Since many of our Canadian friends have spent the better part of a year lamenting the state of cannabis retail in Canada - we thought we would share some top line comparisons between Planet 13 and retail cannabis in Canada. Interestingly, the place was swimming with Canadian cannabis people, doing the same comparisons we were, including at least one LP CEO.
BofC Live podcast from Athletes for Care with Ryan VandenBussche
Athletes for Care is an advocacy group pushing for more thoughtful policy and practice for athletes and sport governing bodies. Business of Cannabis joined Athletes for Care for their event and caught up with athletes past and present pushing for change. Former NHL-er Ryan VandenBusshe stopped by the podcast booth to talk about his background with cannabis - including his company New Leaf Canada, history with Athletes for Care and why advocacy is so important. This podcast was made possible by Strainprint and Jessica Moran joined us to introduce each podcast.
BofC Live podcast from Athletes for Care with Ross Rebagliati
Athletes for Care is an advocacy group pushing for more thoughtful policy and practice for athletes and sport governing bodies. Business of Cannabis joined Athletes for Care for their event and caught up with athletes past and present pushing for change. In this podcast, Olympic gold medalist Ross Rebagliati joined Jay Rosenthal to talk about his storied history as an athlete who is inextricably linked to cannabis. As well, Rebagliati has launched his own cannabis brands - Legacy.
BofC Live podcast from Cova Software event with Steven Fry and Darryl Allen from Sessions Cannabis
Cova Software is a preeminent point of sale software for cannabis retailers. During this event for would-be retailers put on by Cova Software, Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis spoke with Steven Fry and Darryl Allen of Sessions Cannabis about their experience starting a cannabis retail store in Hamilton, Ontario. Steven Fry's story about winning Ontario's retail cannabis lottery has been captured in a well-read piece in Toronto Life titled: Confessions of a Legal Pot Dealer.Anne Forkutza of Cova Software joins Jay for the introduction of the podcast.
BofC x MNP | Alexandre Poulin, Gayonica-Educateur Cannabis
The Meet the Industry series is presented in partnership with MNP. In this interview, Brett Chang sits down with Alexandre Poulin, from Gayonica, who explains his focus on 2 areas in the cannabis industry: extraction/purification and industry education, he also tells us a little about the history and chemistry of cannabis as well.
BofC Live podcast from Athletes for Care with Dr. Mike Hart
Jay Rosenthal from the Business of Cannabis recorded a series of interviews at the Athletes for Care event in Toronto, Ontario in November 2019. This podcast series includes founders and leaders at Athletes for Care, including this session with Dr. Mike Hart, a preeminent Canadian doctor working in medical cannabis. This podcast was made possible by Strainprint Technologies and Jessica Moran of the Strainprint team joins the pod to introduce Dr. Hart.
BofC x MNP | Jason Moscovici, ROBIC
The Meet the Industry series is presented in partnership with MNP. In this interview, Jason Moscovici, who leads the Cannabis team at ROBIC, S.E.N.C.R.L. / LLP discusses intellectual property and the focus on extraction in the industry.
Sean Samuel of Cannabis OneFive talks three pillars for successful cannabis companies of the future
Sean Samuel of Cannabis OneFive stopped by the Business of Cannabis studio to talk about the three pillars he views as successful in the cannabis sector: people, process and technology (the golden triangle). As well, how Cannabis OneFive is helping companies on all three fronts.
Dec. 2, 2019 | Cannabis Black Friday (or not)
You know the roll-out of cannabis isn't going smoothly when one level of government (the Province of Ontario/the Ontario Cannabis Store) has to pull one of its promotions for a Black Friday cannabis sale because another level of government (Health Canada) has a problem. To add insult to injury, Willie Nelson had to stop smoking cannabis. Fear not, however, because next week, the Business of Cannabis team (and scores of Business of Cannabis readers/viewers/listeners) will be heading to Las Vegas for MJBizCon 2019. Read on...
BofC Live podcast from Superette in Ottawa with Mimi Lam and the Ottawa Food Bank
Jay Rosenthal from the Business of Cannabis team visited Ottawa cannabis retailer Superette as they announced their unique partnership with the Ottawa Food Bank. Mimi Lam with Superette and Samantha Ingram of the Ottawa Food Bank spoke with Jay about the partnership and the importance of being engaged locally.
Anne Forkutza of Cova Software talks about what cannabis retailers need to know about launching in Canada
Cannabis retail in Canada is in its very early days, with hundreds and likely thousands of new stores coming on line in the coming 12-24 months. Cova Software, a POS system for retailers, calls 22 of the 25 Ontario retailers their partners. Anne Forkutza VP Strategic Partnerships and Brand Officer at Cova Software joined Business of Cannabis in-studio to talk about that retail ramp up and what would-be retailers should know about starting a retail store.
BofC Live podcast featuring Nik Nanos of Nanos Research from the Canada 2020 Canadian Grown Policy Conference October 2019
In October 2019, the Business of Cannabis partnered with Canada 2020, on a policy conference called Canadian Grown. On this episode, Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis and Alex Patterson, Executive Director of Canada 2020 spoke with Nick Nanos of Nanos Research, a leading public opinion research firm in Canada.