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January 24, 2020

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.

January 24, 2020

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.

January 24, 2020

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.

January 24, 2020

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.

January 24, 2020

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.

January 24, 2020

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.

January 24, 2020

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.

January 24, 2020

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.

January 22, 2020

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.

January 22, 2020

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.

January 22, 2020

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.

January 22, 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.

January 24, 2020

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.

January 24, 2020

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.

January 24, 2020

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.

January 24, 2020

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.

January 24, 2020

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.

January 24, 2020

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.

January 24, 2020

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.

January 24, 2020

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.

January 22, 2020

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.

January 22, 2020

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.

January 22, 2020

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.

January 22, 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.

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.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Compliance in the Age of (Over?) Regulation Panel

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Compliance in the Age of (Over?) Regulation" panel was moderated by Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis and was comprised of Megan Henderson of HelloMD, Henry Awere of Weed.App and Rebecca Brown of Crowns Agency.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Fireside Chat with Karim Ramji, Chief Information Officer of the Ontario Cannabis Store

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This fireside chat about how information, technology and cannabis come together for the Ontario Cannabis Store features Jay Rosenthal from Business of Cannabis and Karim Ramji, the Chief Information Officer at the Ontario Cannabis Store.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Building a Cannabis/Tech Workforce Panel

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Building a Cannabis/Tech Workforce" panel was moderated by Corey Herscu of RNMKR Agency and was comprised of David Purcell of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Alison McMahon of Cannabis At Work and Ryan Lalonde of Buddi.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Creating a Hub for Cannabis Innovation Panel

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Creating a Hub for Cannabis Innovation" panel was moderated by Sarah Tahor of Can Innovations and was comprised of Steve Milbury of Opportunities New Brunswick, Pauline Roy of Université de Moncton, Hart Devitt of University of New Brunswick and Danielle Connell of MITACS.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Easing the Pain of the Patient Journey Panel

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Easing the Pain of the Patient Journey" panel was moderated by Daniel Sax of Sensi Properties and was comprised of Megan Henderson of HelloMD, Jessica Moran of Strainprint and Sarah Seale of Pineapple Express Delivery.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | A Sit Down with Publisher Ken Hunt, Toronto Life

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "A Sit Down with the Publisher" component of the program was a conversation between Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis and Ken Hunt of Toronto Life to discuss their new publication, MIGHTY launching in 2020.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Driving Decision-Making Through Patient + Consumer Insights

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Driving Decision-Making Through Patient + Consumer Insights" panel was moderated by Mary-Margaret Jones and was comprised of Michelle Arbus of Strainprint,Sean Copeland of Lift&Co. and Alexander Gregory of the Ontario Cannabis Store.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Tech Within the Retail Space Panel

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Tech Within the Retail Space" panel was moderated by Jo Vos of Leafly and was comprised of Anne Forkutza of Cova, Drummond Munro of Superette and Dmitri Melamed of POPCANN.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Security Transactions, Small to Big Panel

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Secure Transactions, Small to Big" panel was moderated by Eric Foster of Dentons and was comprised of Fern Glowinsky/Merrco and Albert Kim/Greenline POS.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | The Compliance Cloud Panel

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Compliance Cloud" panel was moderated by Laura Foster of James E. Wagner Cultivation and was comprised of Lou Sanatore/ComplianceQuest and Linda Considine/Rootstock.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Barcodes to Block Chain: Transparency + Security Panel

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The "Barcodes to Block Chain: Transparency + Security" panel was moderated by Mitchell Osak of MNP and was comprised of Robert Galarza/TruTrace Technologies, Loic Calvez/ALCiT and Nick Murray/AdvancedCare.

September 27, 2019

Cannabis + Technology | Balancing Profit + Purpose with B Lab

The inaugural Cannabis + Technology presented by Business of Cannabis was held September 27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.‍ Kasha Huk, Country Manager for B Lab joined Jay Rosenthal of Business of Cannabis for a conversation about how B Corp certification may be a strong addition in the rapidly-growing cannabis/technology space.

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.