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December 12, 2019

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...

December 11, 2019

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.

December 11, 2019

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.

December 10, 2019

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.

December 8, 2019

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.

December 8, 2019

BofC Live podcast from James E. Wagner Cultivation in Kitchener, Ontario

Nathan Woodward, CEO of James E. Wagner Cultivation (JWC) sat down in their Kitchener, Ontario facility to talk about their aeroponic growing techniques, what it's like to run a family-operated - yet publicly traded - start up - all within a highly-regulated industry.

December 6, 2019

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.

December 6, 2019

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.

December 5, 2019

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.‍

December 3, 2019

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.

December 2, 2019

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...

December 12, 2019

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...

December 11, 2019

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.

December 11, 2019

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.

December 10, 2019

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.

December 8, 2019

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.

December 8, 2019

BofC Live podcast from James E. Wagner Cultivation in Kitchener, Ontario

Nathan Woodward, CEO of James E. Wagner Cultivation (JWC) sat down in their Kitchener, Ontario facility to talk about their aeroponic growing techniques, what it's like to run a family-operated - yet publicly traded - start up - all within a highly-regulated industry.

December 6, 2019

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.

December 6, 2019

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.

December 5, 2019

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.‍

December 3, 2019

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.

December 1, 2019

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.

November 29, 2019

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.

November 28, 2018

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

November 17, 2018

BofC // Quick Hits with Matt Maurer, Vice Chair Cannabis Law Group, Partner + Litigator, Torkin Manes LLP

Matt Maurer is the Vice Chair of the Cannabis Law Group at Torkin Manes LLP. In the midst of MJBizCon, he joined Business of Cannabis following the release of the cannabis retail regulations coming forward in Ontario.

November 4, 2018

Cannabis Education – Why It’s Important

Last year, Deloitte published a study on consumption habits of Canadians. It found that 66% of cannabis consumers were using it to help with relaxation and sleep, and 62%were consuming to reduce stress and anxiety. There were many who assumed that the introduction of cannabis for adult-use purposes would reduce the demand for medical cannabis, but the early days are showing just the opposite. With the legal grey areas fading, and the stigma around cannabis consumption lessening every day, more and more patients and physicians are looking to cannabis as a serious option – however, the traditional circle of care has neglected to adequately support those patients using medical cannabis.

October 17, 2018

BofC Introduces Age Verification: Because It Takes A Village

Business of Cannabis launches age verification system to restrict access to content to those to are legally-aged.

August 23, 2018

Clearing Out the Haze: Five Things to Know about the Legalization of Cannabis

Canada is on the cusp of an exciting new industry, with a unique opportunity to lead in innovation, development, health and safety, and more. On October 17, 2018, Canada will become the first G7 country to fully legalize adult-use recreational cannabis across the nation.

July 12, 2018

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.

November 4, 2018

Cannabis Education – Why It’s Important

Last year, Deloitte published a study on consumption habits of Canadians. It found that 66% of cannabis consumers were using it to help with relaxation and sleep, and 62%were consuming to reduce stress and anxiety. There were many who assumed that the introduction of cannabis for adult-use purposes would reduce the demand for medical cannabis, but the early days are showing just the opposite. With the legal grey areas fading, and the stigma around cannabis consumption lessening every day, more and more patients and physicians are looking to cannabis as a serious option – however, the traditional circle of care has neglected to adequately support those patients using medical cannabis.

October 17, 2018

BofC Introduces Age Verification: Because It Takes A Village

Business of Cannabis launches age verification system to restrict access to content to those to are legally-aged.

May 9, 2018

Papers | A Rolling Guide to the Business of Cannabis

We're excited to share that our first issue of Papers is now live.

May 7, 2018

BofC // Quick Hits with Sean Dollinger, CEO, Namaste Technologies

Sean Dollinger, Namaste Technologies' CEO, joined Business of Cannabis to talk about the acquisition, the importance in crafting a company that is responsive and mindful of customers online and how Namaste Technologies is taking a page from other customer-centric e-commerce platforms that have been able to take on the biggest players in the e-commerce world.

May 4, 2018

BofC // Quick Hits with Megan McCrae, Aphria

This Quick Hits interview was conducted on 4/20, shortly after Aphria, a leading Canadian Licensed Producer, announced a key brand in their portfolio that they would be rolling out as Canada enters adult-use legalization later this year.

January 14, 2019

BofC // Quick Hits with George Habib, Lung Association - Ontario

As cannabis use becomes more widespread, the Lung Association - Ontario and Tetra-Biopharma have partnered up to understand the impacts (and benefits?) of cannabis use on lungs. George Habib, the President and CEO of Lung Association - Ontario joined BofC to talk about the partnership, the need and what other health charities could be doing to explore, research and understand the impacts and benefits of cannabis.

November 25, 2018

BofC // Quick Hits with Michelle Arbus, Strainprint & Dr. Prutchi Sagiv, Gynica

Last week, Strainprint, a leader in cannabis data and analytics, announced a partnership with Israeli research leaders, Lumir Lab and Gynica to conduct the world's first international clinical study on the use of cannabis to treat endometriosis.

November 4, 2018

Cannabis Education – Why It’s Important

Last year, Deloitte published a study on consumption habits of Canadians. It found that 66% of cannabis consumers were using it to help with relaxation and sleep, and 62%were consuming to reduce stress and anxiety. There were many who assumed that the introduction of cannabis for adult-use purposes would reduce the demand for medical cannabis, but the early days are showing just the opposite. With the legal grey areas fading, and the stigma around cannabis consumption lessening every day, more and more patients and physicians are looking to cannabis as a serious option – however, the traditional circle of care has neglected to adequately support those patients using medical cannabis.

October 9, 2018

Medical Cannabis and Long-Term Care Homes

Access to medical cannabis, while growing in acceptance across Canada, is far from universal. If you are an adult in control of your own care, the barriers to access are beginning to fall. If you are dependent on someone else for your care though, you may be out of luck.

October 6, 2018

Older Canadians, Here's What You Need To Know About Cannabis

Cannabis is one of the most potentially disruptive healthcare options to become available on the wellness, anti-aging and pain management fronts. Whether you are in the cannabis or health industry, or just interested in understanding the influence of cannabis legalization on a growing seniors platform, these are the key points to understand about the interplay between cannabis, aging and older Canadians. All of these issues will also be addressed at our upcoming Toronto series, Green + Silver: Cannabis and Optimal Aging.‍

August 29, 2018

Talking To My Parents About Medical Cannabis Isn’t Working

Over the past two years, I’ve been having an ongoing and so far unsuccessful conversation with my elderly, South Asian parents about medical cannabis and how it could potentially help them. And so far, while I’ve seen a shift in their openness to the idea, they have yet to engage in the modern medical cannabis movement.

March 1, 2018

BofC // Quick Hits with Michael Gorenstein, CEO, Cronos Group

Michael Gorenstein, CEO of Cronos Group, joined Business of cannabis to talk about their listing on the NASDAQ as well as Israel's path forward regarding exporting medicinal cannabis.

February 8, 2018

BofC // Quick Hits with Saul Kaye, Founder/iCAN and Co-Founder/CannaTech

There was news this week that there was a roadblock to Israel's cannabis industry's desire to export medicinal cannabis. Business of Cannabis wanted to hear directly from Israel the status - so who better to check in with than Saul Kaye of iCAN and CannaTech.