Torkin Manes Becomes Official Law Firm of Business of Cannabis
Torkin Manes LLP, a Toronto-based law firm with deep knowledge, expertise and practice in the cannabis sector, announced today they have become the Official Law Firm of the Business of Cannabis. Business of Cannabis is the preeminent B2B cannabis media platform in Canada.
Is Email Really that Dangerous? - by Loïc Calvez, ALCiT
Is email really that dangerous? Spoiler alert: yes. Last month, here, we looked into phishing and some of the actions you could take to protect yourself. This month, we want to dive a little deeper into what makes email so dangerous, but also, what you can do to protect yourself and your company (because as bad email is, we still need it to get a lot of things done).
5 Things We Learned During our Cannabis + Technology Virtual Conference
The Business of Cannabis team just wrapped our first, fully-virtual event series: Cannabis + Technology | Retail Tech presented by LeafLink. We learned a lot throughout the week - about the cannabis sector, about the time we are in right now and about what our audience is seeking. Here are five things we learned during our Cannabis + Technology event last week.
Mar. 31 | Benchmarks Update - Canada Cannabis Spot Index
This week's Canada Cannabis Spot Index report provides an update on the state of retail cannabis access across Canada in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the most part, cannabis cultivators and retailers have been deemed essential businesses and may stay open under the emergency orders issued by provincial governments. However, cannabis stores have been ordered to close in a couple smaller provinces. Online ordering remains an option, although delivery procedures have changed due to the current situation. As the pandemic develops, though, more stringent restrictions on businesses and Canadian residents may be imposed, which could result in notable pain for an industry that was already facing several challenges.
BofC Live with George Smitherman, President + CEO, Cannabis Council of Canada
George Smitherman joined BofC Live for the first time after being named President and CEO of the Cannabis Council of Canada, the pre-eminent industry association representing cannabis producers. The conversation includes the issue related to the Business Development Bank of Canada not providing emergency relief for small business in the cannabis sector. As well, Smitherman discusses what it means to be a responsible retailer in the era of social distancing.
Mar. 24 | Benchmarks Update - Packaged Canadian Cannabis Inventory
Canadian cannabis sales have trended upward steadily since commencing in October 2018, with Cannabis Benchmarks projecting roughly 14,000 kilograms of product sold in February 2020. However, the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic is likely to result in disruption to Canada's still-developing adult-use market. Read on.
BofC Live with Omar Khan, H+K Strategies
In this unprecedented time amid COVID-19, Omar Khan of H+K Strategies joined BofC Live to discuss with Jay Rosenthal how the cannabis industry could access support made available by the Canadian government. As well, what the era of social distancing meant for cannabis retailers and would-be retailers in Ontario - and throughout Canada.
Mar. 19, 2020 | Job of the Week - Quality Assurance (QA) Validation Technician - Kelowna, British Columbia
The Quality Assurance (QA) Validation Technician is responsible for assisting in implementation of all equipment qualifications and process validation for all departments. The QA Validation Technician ensures adherence to all facility SOPs relating to current Health Canada regulations, GMPs, and other applicable regulations. As the QA Validation Technician, you would be responsible for performing and assisting with documentation of validations and qualifications; as well as ensuring that quality standards are met in the preparation and execution of these processes. They report to the Quality Assurance Manager.
Business of Cannabis Call In Live with Dr. Mike Hart - COVID-19 What you need to know
The first in an ongoing series of Business of Cannabis Virtual Events, the inaugural Call In Live will be held with Dr. Mike Hart. Dr. Hart is a the founder and medical director of ReadyToGo Clinic in London, Ontario and is a well-known and well-respected doctor who incorporates medical cannabis into his practice. He will join Call In Live to discuss all you need to know about COVID-19 as Ontario, Canada and much of the world is in the midst of social distancing in order to flatten the curve of the virus. Join us.
Mar. 17 | Benchmarks Update - Ontario Cannabis Store Application Status
This week's CCSI report provides an update on the expansion of licensed cannabis retailers in Ontario. To this point, Canada's most populous province has had the slowest rollout of legal storefronts, with 40 locations currently open for business, only 5% of the over 800 open across the country. Read on.
#BofCLive with Dan Sutton of Tantalus Labs talks about operating while preparing for COVID-19
Dan Sutton is the co-founder and CEO of Tantalus Labs and joined #BofCLive on Mar. 13, 2020 to talk about operating a cannabis company in the midst of a COVID-19. Specifically, Dan talks about how his company is working with employees and handling operations in his Maple Ridge, BC facility.
Mar. 12, 2020 | Job of the Week - Automation Engineer - Burnaby, British Columbia
Automation Engineer - Burnaby, British Columbia | The successful candidate is responsible for completing projects and tasks that are assigned to them by the Automation Manager. They will need to be able to follow instructions, operational procedures and directions from their manager to complete tasks and goals on time. They will help oversee all aspects of Programming and Automation with our client. Successful applicants will need to embody the clients core values of teamwork, exceptional customer service, superior craftsmanship and enjoy a challenge.
Green Party MP calls for moratorium on outdoor cannabis licenses
Paul Manly, a Green Party MP from the BC riding of Nanaimo—Ladysmith, presented a petition in the House of Commons on March 9 calling on a one year moratorium for all new outdoor cannabis cultivation licenses, as well as asking the federal government to change their regulations to allow more local community input in the federal licensing process. Read on.
MN Cannabis Conversations with Michael Ford, Executive Director, Minnesota NORML
Jason Tarasek of Minnesota Cannabis Law sits down for a Minnesota Cannabis Conversation with Michael Ford, Executive Director, Minnesota NORML. Michael Ford is the Executive Director of Minnesota NORML. As well, in 2018 Ford ran for statewide office in Minnesota, which served to qualify the Legal Marijuana Now party as a major party in state. The conversation ranges from advocacy efforts to politics to cannabis and exercise.
Mar. 10 | Benchmarks Update - Household Expenditure Data for Cannabis
Cannabis has significant room for growth, as spending in the legal recreational market made up only 11% of the 2019 spend on all three product categories combined. Additionally, the illicit market still received 71% of all Canadian cannabis spending in 2019. The legal adult-use market has consistently taken market share from the illegal market since its opening in October 2018, but at a decreasing rate each quarter.
On a High podcast with Gunner Winston & Anne-Marie Dacyshyn - Dosist
On this episode of On a High, Gunner Winston (CEO) & Anne-Marie Dacyshyn (Chief Marketing Officer) from Dosist, a globally recognized, modern wellness company empowering people to naturally manage their health & happiness through dose-controlled cannabis-based therapy.
Mar. 5, 2020 | Job of the Week - QC GMP Laboratory Manager - Scarborough, Ontario
The QC GMP Laboratory Manager will oversee all aspects directly related to laboratory operations and provide support in interdepartmental processes. As the Lab Manager of a GMP certified, Health Canada licensed analytical facility, QC Lab Manager will be responsible for overseeing lab technicians and chemists, documentation, records handling, and quality control in compliance with all applicable standards and regulations.
Cannabis At Work | Official Human Capital Partner of Business of Cannabis
We are proud to share that Cannabis At Work has become the Official Human Capital Partner of Business of Cannabis for 2020.
Mar. 3 | Benchmarks Update
December 2019 sales were recently released by Statistics Canada, completing data for the 2019 calendar year. For 2019 as a whole, Canada's legal cannabis market generated C$1.19 billion in revenue. December sales totaled about C$146 million, up 8% MoM. The expansion of retail outlets continued to drive increased sales, with the number of shops across Canada rising from under 600 in November 2019 to over 650 in December 2019.
MN Cannabis Conversations with Maren Schroeder, Sensible Change Minnesota + Sensible Minnesota
Maren Schroeder of Sensible Minnesota and Sensible Change Minnesota discusses her history working on cannabis reform issues in Minnesota as well as what advocacy issues are on the near horizon during the 2020 legislative session in the State. Schroeder has been instrumental in nearly all advocacy efforts in the state - as the co-founder of Sensible Change Minnesota and Sensible Minnesota.
Cannabis Forward Vancouver | Cannabis Cultivation and Retail Forum, April 19, 2020
Business of Cannabis/Cannabis Forward and David Brown are partnered to create a vibrant, insightful and informative event in Vancouver that focuses on critical, industry-related issues of commercial cannabis cultivation and cannabis retail. The programming will feature expert panels, a curated exhibition area and networking. The partnership allows David Brown to bring his industry-leading expertise together with the deep industry reach and event expertise of Business of Cannabis' event series: Cannabis Forward.
On A High x Cannabis Forward | March 26, 2020
On March 26, 2020, Cannabis Forward will be presented in partnership with On A High, a podcast produced by Business of Cannabis focused on design, fashion and culture. On A High, both the podcast and this event, is hosted by Michelle Bilodeau and Donna Bishop.
New Cannabis Seeds Should Soon Be Available in Stores in BC
A new option for sourcing legal starting materials for home cannabis growers in BC could be available soon in the form of cannabis seeds, says one cannabis nursery licence holder in BC, as well as a spokesperson for the BC LDB. Geoff White, the owner of ProgenyBio Agricultural Services Inc. in Penticton, BC says he has been working with the province of BC's Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) to get seeds from his cannabis nursery (under the brand erbaceous) available for sale to British Columbians potentially as early as this month.
Announcing Cannabis + Technology | Retail Tech - April 16 in Toronto
Building on the success of the first event in 2019, we are proud to launch a new event that will be focused specifically on retail technology in the cannabis industry: Cannabis + Technology | Retail Tech presented by LeafLink will be hosted on April 16, 2020 in Toronto. As we know, there is a once-an-industry ramp up of cannabis retail that will see Canada move from a nation with 500 retailers - with a vast majority of those in Alberta - to a more evenly distributed 2,000 retailers nationwide, with the largest concentration in Ontario.
Pitch Forward with David Gordon, Chief Corporate Officer, PharmaCielo
On this episode of Pitch Forward, David Gordon, Chief Corporate Officer for PharmaCielo Ltd. joins Alex and Taylor on the podcast. PharmaCielo Ltd. is a global company headquartered in Canada and publicly traded on the TSXV under the ticker PCLO. PharmaCielo Colombia Holdings S.A.S., its wholly owned operating subsidiary, is headquartered in Rionegro, Colombia.
MN Cannabis Conversations with Representative Heather Edelson (DFL)
Jason Tarasek of Minnesota Cannabis Law sits down for a Minnesota Cannabis Conversation with State Representative Heather Edelson (DFL) District: 49A. Representative Edelson talks about legislation she will introduce in the current legislative session, including a bill to add flower to the mix of cannabis medicine available to patients in Minnesota. As well, Representative Edelson discusses how parents ought to be able to have their children access medical cannabis like any other medication in schools.
Business of Cannabis on CP24 in Toronto talk about consumption consultation in Ontario
Business of Cannabis co-founder and President Jay Rosenthal joined CP24 in Toronto to talk about the consultation the Province of Ontario is conducting to explore what public consumption looks like in the future.
Business of Cannabis joins The John Oakley Show on Global News Radio to talk cannabis retail and lounges
Business of Cannabis co-founder and President Jay Rosenthal joined The John Oakley Show on Global News Radio in Toronto to talk about the challenging roll out of cannabis retail in Ontario as well as the newly-announced Provincial consultation on social consumption sites.
Feb. 10 | Shown the Exit Edition
Another rough week for some of the Canadian big guys - including a canna-famous CEO who was shown the exit. As the industry continues to try to find its sea legs, the Business of Cannabis team is making some moves. We announced we acquired the nation-wide event and education series Leaf Forward. So, if you find yourself in Waterloo, Montreal or Toronto this month, check us out. Here's hoping for a better week cannabis industry. Read on...
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.
MN Cannabis Conversations with Parker Smith, Cold State Scientific
Jason Tarasek of Minnesota Cannabis Law sits down for a Minnesota Cannabis Conversation with Parker Smith of Cold State Scientific during MJBizCon 2019. Cold State Scientific was founded by two local Minnesota brothers - Harrison and Parker Smith - raised by a family of entrepreneurs they had the desire to create tangible, artisanal products of unquestionable quality and value. Cold State Scientific uses supercritical CO2 extraction and processing equipment and technologies.
Meet the Industry with Chris Lord, CaniBrands from MJBizCon 2019
Chris Lord, CEO of CaniBrands, joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about their consumer-branded company, targeting fitness and wellness market. As well, Lord talked about US Olympic swimmer Dara Torres being on board with CaniBrands as an ambassador.
BofC Live with Matt Maurer of Torkin Manes
Matt Maurer of Torkin Manes joined Jay Rosenthal on #BofCLive to talk about his firm's event on February 4, 2020 focused on educating would-be cannabis retailers about the full scope of considerations - legal and otherwise. Maurer spoke about the industry backdrop in which this event will take place.
Minnesota Cannabis Conversations with Mathew Willner of Native Girl Farms in St. James, Minnesota
Jason Tarasek of Minnesota Cannabis Law sits down for a Minnesota Cannabis Conversation with Mathew Willner of Native Girl Farms during MJBizCon 2019. Native Girl Farms is located in St. James, Minnesota and is a maker of CBD products. The conversation focuses on the company, its products and the future for CBD and the surrounding industry in Southern Minnesota.
BofC Live with Hunter Forman of Torkin Manes
Hunter Forman of Torkin Manes joined Jay Rosenthal on #BofCLive to talk about his firm's event on February 4, 2020 focused on educating would-be cannabis retailers about the full scope of considerations - legal and otherwise.
Jan. 27, 2020 | Calling the kettle black
As we head into the last week in January, the industry is: unsettled. Last week we had a major player (Aphria) landing a $100 million investment from a (secret) institutional investor. At the same time, an extraction company (MediPharm) filed suit against a (secret) deadbeat that owes ~$10 million.And not to be left out, President Trump is on tape talking about how cannabis can lower your IQ. If that’s not the ultimate pot calling the kettle black...Read on…
BofCLive with Oren Shuster, CEO, IMC Ltd.
Oren Shuster, CEO of IMC Ltd. came by the studio to talk with Business of Cannabis about the Israeli company's start-up story and growth into the European market. IMC Ltd. is traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker $IMCC
Meet the Industry with Todd Palcic, President, Thar Process from MJBizCon 2019
Todd Palcic, President of Thar Process, joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about their certified GMP extraction facilities. Palcic talked about their belief in People, Planet, Profit - and what that means to their employees and consumers.
Meet the Industry with Brian Coutts, A&L Canada Laboratories from MJBizCon 2019
Brian Coutts from A&L Canada Laboratories joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about the foundational role A&L plays in the sector. Coutts discussed the range of testing services they offer in the cannabis value chain - from growers to QA.
Meet the Industry with Keith Merker, CEO, WeedMD from MJBizCon 2019
Keith Merker, CEO of WeedMD, joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about their acquisition of Starseed and the challenging time the industry is facing currently. He talked about the three main components of a successful cannabis company - 1. products, 2. distribution, and 3. fiscal stability.
Meet the Industry with Jon Kamin, Chief Revenue Officer, Lift & Co. from MJBizCon 2019
Jon Kamin, Chief Revenue Officer of Lift&Co., joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about their market data and analysis product, Cohesion, and what it will mean to companies and brands in Canada.
Meet the Industry with Jonathan Rubin, New Leaf Data Services from MJBizCon 2019
Jonathan Rubin from New Leaf Data Services stopped to talk with Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about the wholesale benchmark pricing network. Their price-reporting agency is being used for insurance, pricing for long-term negotiations and an array of other transactions.
Meet the Industry with Niel Marotta, CEO, INDIVA from MJBizCon 2019
Niel Marotta is the CEO of Indiva, a Canadian licensed producer. Indiva's business strategy has been heavily weighted toward Cannabis 2.0 products and Marotta shared insights on the cusp of 2.0 products being released in Canada in December 2019.
Meet the Industry with Gary Allen, COO, New Frontier Data from MJBizCon 2019
Gary Allen from New Frontier Data joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about the important role data is playing in the emerging cannabis sector. As well, Allen spoke about how the industry is becoming smarter in real time with how, when and where data is deployed.
Meet the Industry with Ray Gracewood, Sr. VP, Organigram from MJBizCon 2019
Ray Gracewood of Organigram joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about Cannabis 2.0 products and what they mean for Organigram, consumer choice and the industry overall.
Meet the Industry with Stephen Ziegler, CERPSA from MJBizCon 2019
Stephen Ziegler, the founder of the Center for Effective Regulatory Policy & Safe Access, joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about his organization and the thoughtful approach to drug policy he is trying to usher in.
Meet the Industry with Barry Davidson, 3|Sixty Secure from MJBizCon 2019
Barry Davidson with 3|Sixty Secure (at the time of filming) joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about how quickly the industry is shifting and what it means for the work he and his firm do.
Meet the Industry with Mitchell Osak of MNP from MJBizCon 2019
Mitchell Osak of MNP shared his insights into where the cannabis industry stands today and where it is going tomorrow. Osak shared his optimistic thoughts about where the cannabis industry is headed in 2020.
Meet the Industry with Jake Neiman of POPCANN from MJBizCon 2019
Jake Neiman from POPCANN stopped by to speak with Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to discuss their unique, modular cannabis retail structure and what it would mean for underserved and hard-to-reach cannabis markets.
BofC Live with Andrew Wilder of Torkin Manes
Andrew Wilder of Torkin Manes joined Jay Rosenthal on #BofCLive to talk about his firm's event on February 4, 2020 focused on educating would-be cannabis retailers about the full scope of considerations - legal and otherwise.
Meet the Industry with Asif Khan of GroundLevel Insights from MJBizCon 2019
Asif Khan of GroundLevel Insights joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about location-based marketing overall and what it means for cannabis companies.
Meet the Industry with MacKenzie Ferguson & Evan Adcock of Verda Innovations from MJBizCon 2019
The team from Verda Innovations dropped by to speak with Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about their online cannabis ordering and delivery technology platform. MacKenzie Ferguson and Evan Adcock described their respective entrance into the cannabis sector.
#BofCLive with Robert Tyrie, FoliEdge Academy, Aleafia Health
Robert Tyrie of FoliEdge Academy joined Jay Rosenthal for BofC Live to talk about the FoliEdge Academy training program, their unique partnership with Seneca College and provided an offer specifically for Business of Cannabis viewers/listeners. For more information, email Robert at email@example.com and say that you heard about the program on Business of Cannabis.
MN Cannabis Conversations with John Dugas, CEO, Superior Extractions LLC
Jason Tarasek of Minnesota Cannabis Law sits down for a Minnesota Cannabis Conversation with John Dugas of Superior Extractions during MJBizCon 2019. Superior Extractions is an extraction company based in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. The conversation included Superior Extractions start-up story, but delved into the value of allowing farmers to remediate 'hot hemp' in order to bring down overall THC content in the hemp crop.Find all Minnesota Cannabis Conversations where ever you find your podcasts.
Meet the Industry with Nathan Daschle of The Daschle Group from MJBizCon 2019
Nathan Daschle of The Daschle Group joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about how, when and where legalization may occur in the US, with special emphasis on the federal government, where Daschle is based.
Business of Cannabis joins the Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke Show to talk Cannabis 2.0
BofC co-founder and president Jay Rosenthal joined the Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke Show on 570 NEWS to talk about Cannabis 2.0 products being available through the Ontario Cannabis Store starting on January 15, 2020.
Meet the Industry with Charles Alovisetti of Vicente Sederberg LLP from MJBizCon 2019
Charles Alovisetti of Vicente Sederberg talked about how he joined the preeminent cannabis law firm in the US. Alovisetti also talked about the boom of hemp and CBD in the US following the passage of the US Farm Bill in 2018.
Meet the Industry with Sahar Ayinehsazian of Vicente Sederberg LLP from MJBizCon 2019
Vicente Sederberg is a leading, Colorado-based law firm that has been focused on the cannabis industry since the earliest days of legalization in that state. Since then, they have developed a national presence in the industry - which is what brought Sahar Ayinehsazian, from their Los Angeles, California office, into the Canada's Cannabis Scene booth at MJBizCon 2019 to talk about issues of banking and finance in the US and how it impacts the industry.
Meet the Industry with Chris Budd of Isolocity + Jason Fowler of Akerna from MJBizCon 2019
Chris Budd and Jason Fowler discussed how their integrated technologies - Isolocity and Akera - work together to make cannabis companies compliant and efficient.
Meet the Industry with Jeannette Vander Marel former CEO of Beleave from MJBizCon 2019
Jeannette VanderMarel, who at the time of the interview was the CEO of Beleave, joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about the challenges of the Canadian industry and the changes ahead.
Meet the Industry with Sherri Altshuler, Aird & Berlis LLP from MJBizCon 2019
Sherri Altshuler from Aird & Berlis LLP joined Jay Rosenthal from Business of Cannabis to talk about how cannabis capital markets have changed dramatically from 2018 to 2019.
BofC Live with Andrea Dobbs of the Village Bloomery
Having made the transition from the legacy market to the newly regulated market, Village Bloomery in Vancouver, BC is a retail cannabis shop with a deep history. That history has allowed the co-founders, Jeremy Jacob and Andrea Dobbs, to continue to serve a diverse and loyal audience, but also have a unique perspective on what is good, and very challenging, about the current industry. In this conversation, Andrea Dobbs shares her perspective about how the regulated cannabis retail and consumer experience could be improved and what her customers - both old and new - are saying about the current state of affairs.
Business of Cannabis joins Breakfast Television to talk Cannabis 2.0
Jay Rosenthal, co-founder and President of Business of Cannabis, joined Mimi Lam of Superette and Megan McRae of Aphria to discuss Cannabis 2.0 roll out in Canada.
Meet the Industry with Pete Souchen and Sean Homuth of Northbud from MJBizCon 2019
Pete and Sean of Northbud spoke with Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about their 25,000 square foot facility and their strategy to build in a low-cost area and target US-based operations and emerging North American markets.
Meet the Industry with Paul Pedersen with Nextleaf Solutions from MJBizCon 2019
Paul Pedersen of Nextleaf Solutions joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about how focusing on one aspect of the supply chain has paid off for his company. As well, Pedersen talked about the important role IP has played in his company's development.
BofC Live from MJBizCon 2019 with MNP, CSE, Aird + Berlis and MGO | ELLO - Capital Markets and Cannabis Today
In this BofC Live podcast, team members from MNP, the Canadian Securities Exchange, Aird + Berlis and MGO | Ello sat down with Business of Cannabis to get a sense of where the industry is today and where it is going in the future as it relates to cannabis capital markets.
BofC Live from MJBizCon 2019 with MNP, CSE, Aird + Berlis and MGO | ELLO - Industry Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
This BofC Live podcast includes team members from MNP, the Canadian Securities Exchange, Aird + Berlis and MGO | Ello who provide a sense of where the industry is today and where it is going in the future - especially as it relates to the US market and how, and if, that impacts the Canadian and global markets.
Meet the Industry with Mert Guler of PRL from MJBizCon 2019
Mert Guler of PRL - a commercial insurance company providing services to the cannabis industry. Guler joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about the significant challenges facing the industry with regards to insurance and the implications to the sector overall.
BofC Live with Jeremy Jacob of Village Bloomery
Having made the transition from the legacy market to the newly regulated market, Village Bloomery in Vancouver, BC is a retail cannabis shop with a deep history. That history has allowed the co-founders, Jeremy Jacob and Andrea Dobbs, to continue to serve a diverse and loyal audience, but also have a unique perspective on what is good, and very challenging, about the current industry. In this conversation, Jeremy Jacob shares some of this perspective - both from his role at the Village Bloomery, but also as the President of the Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers.
Meet the Industry with Alison Gordon, 48North from MJBizCon 2019
Alison Gordon of 48North joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about marketing in the cannabis sector, the history of MJBizCon and a maturing industry and what insightful market research will mean to brands and the industry as a whole.
Meet the Industry with Ethan Zohn from MJBizCon 2019
Ethan Zohn joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about his life on Survivor, as a cancer survivor, his role in creating social good from soccer and how he aims to do the same from the cannabis industry.
Meet the Industry with Dahlia Mertens, Mary Jane's Medicinals from MJBizCon 2019
Dahlia Mertens of Mary Jane's Medicinals joined Business of Cannabis during MJBizCon 2019 to talk about her Telluride, Colorado-based topicals company. Specifically, about her start-up story, how she approaches her business and the future of the industry.
Meet the Industry with James Silver, Agritainer Technologies from MJBizCon 20219
James Silver from Agritainer Technologies stopped by Business of Cannabis about their "fog-ponic" technology. Agritainer's technology grow plants in air and receive their nutrients through the air.
Meet the Industry with Steve Gormley, International Cannabrands from MJBizCon 2019
Steve Gormley of International Cannabrands stopped by to talk about the brands they are building. Specifically, why International Cannabrands is focused on building brands in the California market. International Cannabrands trades under the ticker GEATF on the Canadian Securites Exchange.
Meet the Industry with Jonathan Havens of Saul, Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr LLP from MJBizCon 2019
Jonathan Havens of law firm Saul, Ewing, Arnstein and Lehr LLP stopped by to talk with Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis about the implementation of the US Farm Bill on hemp production and regulation, future US Department of Agriculture regulations as well as how US states are approaching legalization, especially on the East Coast.
Meet the Industry with Anthony "Sully" Sullivan and Dave Christian of MontKush from MJBizCon 2019
Anthony "Sully" Sullivan and Dave Christian of MontKush stopped by the Canada's Cannabis Scene booth to talk about their "fresh squeezed CBD" company, based in Vermont. Sully and Dave also spoke about their docu-series following the start-up and growth of their company.
Meet the Industry with Terry Donnelly, Hill Street Beverage Company from MJBizCon 2019
Terry Donnelly of Hill Street Beverage Company spoke with Jay Rosenthal and Business of Cannabis about Cannabis 2.0 products hitting the shelves, including beverages. Donnelly spoke about industry's $7 billion investment in beverages in Canada - and what that means for the Canadian industry and to his business specifically.
Meet the Industry with Bruce Linton from MJBizCon 2019
Bruce Linton, former co-CEO of Canopy Growth, stopped by the Canada's Cannabis Scene booth to talk about the history of MJBizCon, the maturation of the industry, the future of cannabis in Canada - including clinic trials and the future of other plant-based medicines - including psychedelics.
Meet the Industry with Neal Levine, Cannabis Trade Federation from MJBizCon 2019
Neal Levine from the Cannabis Trade Federation joined Jay Rosenthal from Business of Cannabis to talk about their trade association in the US. As a start-up federation of the largest brands and multi-state operators in the US, they are working to create as much legislation passed as possible as quickly as possible at the Federal level.
Meet the Industry with Jack Grover of Grove Bags from MJBizCon 2019
Jack Grover of Grove Bags joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis to talk about sustainable packaging and the differentiator it can mean for cannabis brands. His Cleveland-based packaging company is focused on flexible packaging in servicing his clients.
Minnesota Cannabis Conversations with Ben Levitz of Studio On Fire
Jason Tarasek of Minnesota Cannabis Law sits down for a Minnesota Cannabis Conversation with Ben Levitz of Studio On Fire during MJBizCon 2019. Studio On Fire is a design and packaging company based in St. Paul, Minnesota that has done some groundbreaking and beautiful work in the cannabis sector. Ben's perspective on the sector - and MJBizCon 2019 itself - makes for a compelling conversation.
Meet the Industry with Liz Conners, Headset from MJBizCon 2019
At #MJBizCon2019, Business of Cannabis joined MNP, MGO Ello, Aird + Berlis and the Canadian Securities Exchange inside their Canada’s Cannabis Scene booth to conduct conversations about the state of the industry. Liz Conners from Headset - a data and analytics company focused in the cannabis space. Conners spoke with Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis about what Headset has learned about products that are no inhaled.
Meet the Industry with Frank Qi, Mary Ag from MJBizCon 2019
At #MJBizCon2019, Business of Cannabis joined MNP, MGO Ello, Aird + Berlis and the Canadian Securities Exchange inside their Canada’s Cannabis Scene booth to conduct conversations about the state of the industry. Frank Qi, the founder and CEO of Mary Ag stopped by to speak with Jay Rosenthal to talk about Mary Ag's beautifully-designed grow box.
Meet the Industry with Erich Mauff, President, Jushi from #MJBizCon 2019
At #MJBizCon2019, Business of Cannabis joined MNP, MGO Ello, Aird + Berlis and the Canadian Securities Exchange inside their Canada’s Cannabis Scene booth to conduct conversations about the state of the industry. Founder + President of Jushi, Erich Mauff sat down with Jay Rosenthal to talk about the origins of Jushi as well as the status and future of cannabis legalization in the United States. Specifically, calling newly legal markets as trying to put the "elephant through the key hold".
Meet the Industry with David Danziger, MNP from MJBizCon 2019
At #MJBizCon2019, Business of Cannabis joined MNP, MGO Ello, Aird + Berlis and the Canadian Securities Exchange inside their Canada’s Cannabis Scene booth to conduct conversations about the state of the industry. In this conversation, we were joined by David Danziger of MNP about how MJBizCon 2019 differed from 2018 and 2019, and what that difference says about the industry.
Meet the Industry with David Mangone, The Liaison Group + National Roundtable from MJBizCon 2019
At #MJBizCon2019, Business of Cannabis joined MNP, MGO Ello, Aird + Berlis and the Canadian Securities Exchange inside their Canada’s Cannabis Scene booth to conduct conversations about the state of the industry. David Mangone of The Liaison Group and the National Cannabis Roundtable on the status of cannabis in the US from a federal perspective and what 2020 may hold.
Business of Cannabis joins the Cannabis Update Podcast
Jay Rosenthal, co-founder and president of Business of Cannabis, joined the Cannabis Update Podcast to talk about the start-up story of Business of Cannabis and how + what he entered the sector.
Welcome to BofC's New Podcast - Minnesota Cannabis Conversations
Minnesota Cannabis Conversations explores the people, policies and companies shaping the emerging industry in Minnesota. Minnesota Cannabis Conversations is hosted by Jason Tarasek of Minnesota Cannabis Law and produced and distributed by Business of Cannabis. In this first episode, Business of Cannabis co-founder and president Jay Rosenthal and Jason Tarasek of Minnesota Cannabis Law sit down at MJBizCon 2019 to introduce Minnesota Cannabis Conversations.
BofC Live with Chris Walsh, CEO, Marijuana Business Daily from MJBizCon 2019
Held annually in Las Vegas, MJBizCon is largest B2B cannabis business conference and expo in the world. Business of Cannabis was on hand to connect with key leaders in the sector to gain insight and perspective on the current state of the industry. Chris Walsh, the newly-announced CEO of Marijuana Business Daily joined Business of Cannabis for a conversation from the show.
3 Thoughts About Cannabis 2.0 Roll-Out in Ontario
This morning, Business of Cannabis was invited to take a peek behind the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) curtain at 2.0 products about to be released to Ontarians. Here are a few first thoughts about what we saw and heard from the OCS:
On A High podcast year-end recap
On A High podcast hosts Donna Bishop and Michelle Bilodeau recap Season 1 of the podcast, including six trends that caught their eye and their favourite three episodes of the season.
BofC x MNP | Anand Beejan, MNP
Meet the Industry presented in partnership with MNP. Anand Beejan, who leads MNP’s services for Cannabis companies, discusses the challenges of going public in the cannabis market, primarily related to preparedness.
BofC Live with Matt Maurer, Torkin Manes from MJBizCon 2019
Matt Maurer is a leading cannabis attorney in Canada and a partner at Torkin Manes in Toronto. In the wake of a lackluster year of cannabis retail in the Province of Ontario, an announcement was made on December 12, 2019 that a new approach was being executed in the Province. Maurer has digested the new approach and joined us the following day while at MJBizCon 2019 to talk to Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis about the new approach and what it means for Ontario, for would-be retailers and for the Canadian cannabis sector overall.
BofC Live with Cassandra Farrington, Marijuana Business Daily from MJBizCon 2019
Cassandra Farrington is a global leader in the cannabis sector. As the co-founder of Marijuana Business Daily, she oversaw the growth and success of the both the publication and the industry-leading conference and expo: MJBizCon. Farrington joined Business of Cannabis'Jay Rosenthal to talk about the current state of the industry, how MJBizCon has grown and the business success story that is MJBiz Daily.
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.