Launch of the Cannabis Talent Help List
These are unprecedented times. Today, many of our friends and colleagues are out of work and more layoffs are expected in the coming months. As members of the cannabis industry we owe it to each other to support the workforce that makes this industry possible.Along with our partners at Cannabis At Work, we started a Cannabis Talent Help List database to help those who are currently out of work due to layoffs, restructuring, insolvency, etc. View + join the list.
An announcement from Business of Cannabis regarding COVID-19
Amid growing concerns over the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and with health guidance from Canadian and global health authorities, Business of Cannabis has made the decision to shift our plans for both Cannabis + Technology | Retail Tech (April 16, 2020) and Medical Cannabis Week (May 4-8, 2020). Read on.
Cannabis Benchmarks x Business of Cannabis
An Announcement from Our Co-Founders - From now on, every Tuesday, we will provide insights into how, when and why wholesale cannabis pricing is moving - with an initial focus on Canada Cannabis Wholesale Price Benchmarks. These benchmarks are not only important indicators of sector health at any given moment, but also provide valuable insight into the underpinnings of the industry.
Leaf Forward acquired by Business of Cannabis
When we launched the Business of Cannabis in 2017, we set out to highlight the companies, brands, people and trends driving the global cannabis industry. Since then, we have produced compelling content, conducted insightful research and hosted impactful events. Today, to offer further value to our audience and our partners, we are pleased to announce that we have acquired Leaf Forward’s national, industry-leading networking and education series. This acquisition will allow us to expand our ability to build a stronger, more mature and nationally-integrated cannabis industry. Leaf Forward events will be rebranded as Cannabis Forward and will continue to offer unique networking and learning events throughout the country. Cannabis Forward is a national series of meetups for cannabis professionals seeking to expand their professional knowledge and network.
Business of Cannabis joins The Agenda with Steve Paikin
Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis joined an expert panel on The Agenda with Steve Paikin to talk about the cannabis roll out in Canada after one year. The segment focused a great deal on Ontario's approach to cannabis retail.
BofC featured on Breakfast Television Toronto on "Canniversary" Day
BofC co-founder and president Jay Rosenthal joined the Breakfast Television Toronto team on October 17, 2019 - the anniversary of legalization to talk about the past year and look ahead to what's next.
Year 1 of legal cannabis a dress rehearsal for what comes next - BofC featured on CBC Ottawa
BofC co-founder and president Jay Rosenthal provided insight to CBC Ottawa looking back on year one of legalization."The industry and all levels of government have had a challenging time understanding how to go from 0 to 100 really, really quickly..."Read the full story.
Looking at Cannabis Legalization One Year In - BofC featured on The Craig Needles Show
During the week of the one year anniversary of legalization in Canada - Jay Rosenthal, co-founder and president, Business of Cannabis - joined The Craig Needles Show on AM 980 CFPL to talk about the year gone by and provided a look ahead.
Medical Cannabis Week/Cannabis + Sport featured on The Growth Op - May 13, 2019
A story about the Cannabis + Sport program was featured in The Growth Op - read the full story.
Medical Cannabis Week Opening Event | Medical Cannabis Talks - May 6, 2019
The opening evening will be the first of a series called Medical Cannabis Talks - a series of short, focused presentations on varying aspects of medical cannabis, from technology and innovation to animal health, cannabis and sport and research. The talks will be in one of two formats - either 5-minute talks presented by an individual speaker or a 7-minute, one-on-one interview-style fireside chat.
BofC Talks Ontario Retail on CBC Ontario Morning
BofC Co-Founder and President Jay Rosenthal was featured on CBC's Ontario Morning radio program to talk about the countdown to retail cannabis shops opening in Ontario on April 1st.
BofC joins CBC Ontario Morning with Wei Chen
BofC co-founder and President Jay Rosenthal joined Wei Chen of CBC Ontario Morning to talk about the winners (and losers) from the Ontario retail cannabis lottery.
BofC featured on CBC Ontario Morning
As the week of the Ontario cannabis retail lottery unfolded, BofC joined CBC Ontario Morning and host Wei Chen to discuss how the lottery would unfold in the Province.
BofC featured on Breakfast Television Toronto
This week, Ontario will hold a lottery to see who receives the first 25 cannabis retail licenses in the Province. Co-Founder and President Jay Rosenthal joined Breakfast Television Toronto to talk about how the lottery will unfold.
BofC Joins CTV National News
BofC Co-Founder and President Jay Rosenthal joined CTV National News on December 28, 2018 to provide perspective into the Bonify recall.
A Letter to our Friends
Dear Friends, We founded Business of Cannabis because we wanted to tell the stories of the people, trends and innovations shaping Canada’s exciting, disruptive, and often misunderstood, legal cannabis sector. On November 28, 2017 after months of work, we publicly launched our platform at an event on a cold wintry evening in Toronto. And today, exactly one year on from that first introduction to you, we are incredibly excited to have reached a major milestone, but also to announce that BofC will be acquired by Civilized Worldwide Inc. Civilized is a leading a media and lifestyle brand that highlights and embraces modern cannabis culture and shares our mission to bring authentic, sophisticated content to audiences across North America. If you’re not familiar with Civilized, we encourage you to hop on over to their website, here Our BofC office in Toronto will expand as Civilized establishes a physical presence in the city. Operations will continue to be led by co-founders Blaine Pearson and Jay Rosenthal and our third co-founder Reva Seth will remain on as a strategic advisor but will no longer be directly involved in the business. We are most excited about this next trip around the sun, and joining forces with Civilized because it will enable us to expand our offerings and improve the breadth and depth of the content and events that we produce. To date it has been an amazing and wild ride, in an industry that is unrivalled for its pace of change and growth over this past year. And so, we thank you, our partners, readers, event attendees and guests, for your support and we are looking forward to bringing you even more in the coming months. Onwards, Blaine, Jay and Reva
A big day and a bright future.
Today, in partnership with Civilized, Business of Cannabis has brought together industry leaders to run a national print and digital campaign to introduce the industry and pledge responsible participation. You can see the ad in National Post publications across the country and online at www.bigdaybrightfuture.ca
Four Issues to be resolved in cannabis legalization, by Reva Seth
For cannabis legalization to succeed the most crucial issue will be for those invested in its outcome to engage in a meaningful conversation about safety.
BofC // Quick Hits with Brian Zeiler-Kligman, Sussex Strategy Group
Brian Zeiler-Kligman is a Senior Associate at Sussex Strategy Group - a public affairs firm based in Toronto. Brian has a long history working in the beverage industry and he penned a piece on the Sussex blog about the increasing importance of social responsibility and the impact that social responsibility has on heavily regulated industry, such as alcohol and cannabis.
BofC Joins The Craig Needles Show to talk about size of the Canadian cannabis market
of Cannabis Co-Founder and President Jay Rosenthal joined The Craig Needles Show on May 10, 2018 to talk about the new CIBC report talking about the relative size of the recreational cannabis market in Canada.
BofC Joins BNN Bloomberg to talk Ample Organics/BofC Survey Results
Jay Rosenthal joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss a new survey his platform conducted along with Amply Organics, which asked Canada's cannabis executives how they feel about the state of the industry and what's ahead.
BofC // Quick Hits with Terry Kulaga, Weed Me
Terry Kulaga is Weed Me's Co-Founder and CEO. He joined Business of Cannabis to talk about their license and their approach to the coming months. Read the full news release from Weed Me here.
5 Months In - An Open Letter To Friends of Business of Cannabis
As we turn the calendar into May, it’s amazing to the team at Business of Cannabis that we are only 5 months out from our launch event at Dentons in late November. And what a 5 months is has been!
BofC // Quick Hits with Hugh O’Beirne, President, New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association
Hugh O'Beirne, the President of the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association (NJCIA) joined Business of Cannabis for an interview (taped on 4/20) to talk about New Jersey and the latest news on the regulatory and business fronts.
BofC joins Business News Network to talk about marketing regulations
Jay Rosenthal, president of the Business of Cannabis, spoke with BNN about Ottawa's recent update on cannabis marketing, which includes new rules around packaging and celebrity endorsements.