Industry News Articles

The media sources and specific articles below offer various perspectives on the evolution of the marijuana/cannabis industry. Last updated: May 9, 2020.

Industry News Sources
The Cannabist (Denver Post, can subscribe to their email updates)
MJBizDaily and Marijuana Business Magazine (business focus, can subscribe to their email updates)
Leafly News (consumer focus, funded by Privateer Holdings)
True Hemp Connoisseur – Colorado industry magazine
Marijuana Venture – “The Journal of Professional Cannabis Growers and Retailers”
The Cannifornian (California focus)
Canna Law Blog – Oregon Law Firm Blog
Cannabis Business Blog– From Garvey Schubert Barer law firm
Cannainsider Podcast – Interviews with a wide variety of industry leaders.
Cannabis Compliance Inc. Blog – Blog by Canadian cannabis consulting firm

Articles on General Industry Issues & Trends
Pot Shots: Legalization stokes a cannabis culture clash (BC Business, April 8, 2019)
Is It Too Late For Mom-And-Pop Operators To Get Into Cannabis? (Forbes, Feb 19, 2019)
Will Marijuana Industry Overtake Beer As Legalization Spurs Innovation? (Investor’s Business Daily, April 23, 2018)
Racial discrimination persists when it comes to marijuana (DU Clarion, April 23, 2018)
Blaming Homelessness On Marijuana Is As Dumb As Believing The Earth Is Flat, Says Cannabis Researcher (Civilized, March 28, 2018)
Cannabis Industry Is Saving Cities With Struggling Economies (Forbes, March 13, 2018)
These Three Kings of Cannabis are Going Into Business Together (Daily Beast, Nov 17, 2017)
How the Queen of Legal Weed Is Targeting the Chardonnay Crowd (Inc. May 2017)
Why Women Founders Are Ruling Legal Marijuana (Inc. May 2017)
An industry in flux: Cannabis mergers, acquisitions on the rise (Marijuana Business Daily March 2017)

Articles on United States Federal Regulation
Legislation and regulation in US cannabis (Medical Cannabis Network, April 9, 2020)
Legalization – The Devil is in the Details (Hoban Law Group comparison of proposed federal legislation, July 9, 2018)
Legal Marijuana’s Big Moment (Politico, April 24, 2018)
America Is Giving Away the $30 Billion Medical Marijuana Industry (Bloomberg, March 7, 2018)
How the U.S. Government Is Profiting From Keeping Pot Illegal (Rolling Stone, Feb 1, 2018)
Where Pot Entrepreneurs Go When the Banks Just Say No (NY Times, Jan 4, 2018)
The Trump administration’s nonsensical stance on marijuana (Opinion, Washington Post, Feb 27, 2017)
Harry Anslinger – The man behind the marijuana ban for all the wrong reasons (CBS, Nov 17, 2016)
The famous marijuana memos: Q&A with former DOJ Deputy Attorney General James Cole (MJBizDaily, July 27, 2016)
The marijuana industry’s battle against the IRS (Fortune, April 15, 2015)

Articles on Colorado Industry
Colorado’s big marijuana players are going global with franchises and expansions (The Gazette, Nov 19, 2018)
5 things I found surprising about legal marijuana in Colorado (Detroit Free Press, July 12, 2018)
Falling Marijuana Prices in Colorado: A Lesson in Economics (Marijuana Times, July 4, 2018)
Colorado experts tackle the potential and challenges of using marijuana money to address homelessness (Denverite, June 22, 2018)
Nearly 4 Percent Of Denver’s Electricity Is Now Devoted To Marijuana (CPR, Feb 19, 2018)
Non-U.S. citizens advised to stay away from jobs in Colorado marijuana industry (The Cannabist, Feb 17, 2018)
Colorado Dominates List of Top 150 Ancillary Businesses (Westword, Sept 2017)
It’s time to look beyond the clichés as cannabis comes of age in Colorado (Colorado Politics editorial by Chuck Smith of Dixie Elixirs, Sept 2017)
Colorado’s Six Largest Dispensary Chains (Westword, June 2017)
An Experiment of the Free Market is Taking Place in Colorado (The Marijuana Times, Dec 2016)
LivWell, one of America’s largest weed businesses, just got a lot bigger (The Cannabis, Feb 2016)

Articles on Colorado Regulation
Colorado’s Marijuana Laws Are About to Change…Big Time (Westword, May 7, 2019)
Colorado Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Delivery (Westword, May 1, 2019)
Marijuana and Hemp Bills Introduced in the Colorado Legislature in 2019 (Westword, April 29, 2019)
Colorado Cannabis Wants To Go Public, But Not Everyone Is On Board (Colorado Public Radio, Feb 22, 2019)
Colorado supports hemp legalization at national level (Journal, May 18, 2018)
Colorado’s Governor Will Decide Whether Cannabis Consumers Get ‘Tasting Rooms’ (Reason, May 10, 2018)
Colorado cannabis firms could get publicly traded, out-of-state investors under proposed bill (The Cannabist, Feb 28, 2018)
Lies, damned lies, and statistics about marijuana legalization (Sam Kamin opinion piece, The Hill, Feb 1, 2018 – response to Jeff Hunt Aug 2017 USA Today editorial “Marijuana devastated Colorado, don’t legalize it nationally“)
How will the new rules released for the Colorado marijuana industry affect consumers? (The Cannabist, Nov 21, 2017)
Anti-legalization group urges feds to “systematically shut down” cannabis industry (The Cannabist, Aug 2017)
Marijuana laws hard and expensive to enforce (April 2017 Denver Post opinion piece by Greenwood Village Police Chief)
Cops in Colorado can destroy pot, not save it, court rules (Fox News, Jan 2017)
Colorado’s role as mentor to other jurisdictions (The Cannabist, Oct 2016)
Nation’s police chiefs gather in Lone Tree to learn how to cope with impact of legalized marijuana
 (The Denver Channel, Jan 2015)
The history of cannabis in Colorado…or how the state went to pot (Westword, Nov 1, 2012)
7 Common Misconceptions About the Colorado Red Card (Hail Mary Jane)
Colorado Marijuana Law Blog

Articles on Regulation in Other U.S. States
Northam signs bill to regulate CBD products as food (AP, April 16, 2020)
Utah picked a tech company for its medical cannabis program that has a history of glitches and hacks. But it’s cheap. (Salt Lake Tribune, May 11, 2019)
Oregon Marijuana Audit: Everything is All Messed Up and Also Just Fine (Cannalawlong, Feb 15, 2019)
Oregon Has So Much Extra Weed, It Wants To Export It To California (Green Entrepreneur, Jan 29, 2019)
Virginia picks first 5 medical cannabis dispensaries (WHSV ABC, Sept 26, 2018)
California Drops Proposed Permanent Cannabis Regulations (Cannalawblog, July 16, 2018)
What Michigan needs to learn from Colorado’s legalized marijuana (Detroit Free Press, July 12, 2018)
How Michigan’s marijuana proposal differs from Colorado law (Detroit Free Press, July 12, 2018)
Legalize marijuana? Advice for Michigan from Colorado (Detroit Free Press, July 12, 2018)
Nevada marijuana dispensaries still finding their niche (Las Vegas Review-Journal, April 2018)
Here are the rules for legal marijuana in California once the law goes into effect Jan. 1 (Mercury News, Dec 4, 2018)

Articles on Canadian Legalization and Regulation
Why legal pot was taking a hit in Canada, weeks before COVID-19 sent markets plunging (Maclean’s, April 2, 2020)
Why legal cannabis growers can’t compete with the black market – yet (Toronto Star, Feb 1, 2019)
Where’s the weed? Clues to Canada’s cannabis shortages (The Conversation, Jan 25, 2019)
Cannabis boom or bust: How US firms could be affected by Canada’s adult-use market (MJBizDaily, July 12, 2018)
National – How government is working to keep mail-order weed out of the hands of kids (Toronto Star, Sept 9, 2018), Why the World Is Watching Canada’s Pot Legalization (Bloomberg, Sept 5, 2018), Canada plans a crazy quilt of cannabis retailing rules (Economist, Aug 2, 2018), Four issues to be resolved in cannabis legalization (Policy Options Magazine, July 12, 2018), How the great pot reckoning will play out this fall (Globe & Mail Report on Business, July 9, 2018), Canadian cannabis workers targeted by U.S. border guards for lifetime bans (Toronto Star, July 5, 2018),  Marijuana firms use creative marketing tactics to skirt strict regulations (Globe & Mail, April 2018) Canada’s marijuana millionaires surprised by stock surge (Toronto Star, April 5, 2018) Brownies and beer: How edible cannabis businesses plan to cash in on legalization (CBC, Feb 13, 2018), Shoppers Drug Mart partners with producer Aphria for medical marijuana (Toronto Star, Dec 2017), Trudeau vowed to legalize marijuana across Canada by July. It hasn’t been that easy (Oct 2017), CBC article on changes to Cannabis ActTime magazine feature (April 2017)
Alberta – City of Calgary receives hundreds of applications from people wanting to open cannabis retail stores (April 2018), Large American pot producer, retailer enters Canada with stake in Calgary startup (Calgary Herald, Nov 15, 2017), Puff, puff, pass: Alberta to allow dope-smoking on street corners (Oct 2017)
New Brunswick – Final Report of the Select Committee on CannabisUNB Announces Cannabis Health Research Chair (Aug 2017)
Newfoundland – Provincial Preview: Newfoundland’s cannabis entrepreneurs temper expectations (MJBizDaily, June 1, 2018) N.L. Liquor Corp calls for proposals from stores who want to sell pot (CBC, Feb 21, 2018), CBC article on taxation (Oct 2017),
Nova Scotia – 24 weeks later: a look at Nova Scotia’s weed industry (The Coast, April 4, 2019), Cannabis producer planning for 2018 market launch (Chronicle-Herald, Nov 2017), Wentworth company gets first N.S. go-ahead to grow (Truro Daily News, Nov 14, 2017), Province tight-lipped on how legal pot might be taxed (CBC, March 2017), Only legal weed you’ll find this spring is a dandelion, despite pot bill (CBC, April 2017), Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities Symposium (May 26, 2017), Oct 2017 CBC article on retail format surveyArticle on Truro Herbal Company (Nov 2016)
Ontario – Weed stores near schools? Everything is near schools (Toronto Star, April 2018), Ont. pot producer Aphria launches new brand ahead of legalization (CBC, April 2018), Canopy Criticizes LCBO Plan (Sept 2017), Ontario LCBO plan announcement (Sept 2017), Toronto defers dispensary report again (Oct 2016)
Quebec – Quebec to use government stores to sell recreational cannabis (Oct 2017)

Articles on Marketing & Branding
The Importance of Quality Branding and Marketing in the Legal Cannabis Industry (, July 10, 2018)
Branding Your Business and Crafting Your Story in the Cannabis Industry (Entrepreneur, June 14, 2018)
Seeing green: Celebrities selling marijuana (CBS News, May 27, 2018)
Are New Proposed Advertising Guidelines for Pot Brands Too Strict? (Adweek, April 26, 2018)
Even where it’s legal to sell marijuana, it’s hard to advertise it (Stuff, April 8, 2018)
The Art of Marketing Marijuana (The Atlantic, August 2016)

Articles on Cultivation
How marijuana growers can compete as prices fall: Q&A with Medicine Man’s Joshua Haupt (MJBizDaily, Jan 8, 2019)
Growing quality cannabis requires equipment and attention (Toronto Star, Aug 4, 2018)
Cannabis Cultivation Will Be A Race To The Bottom (Forbes, April 25, 2018)
The High Cost of Growing [Sustainable] Cannabis (Confluence Denver, July 2014)

Articles on Technology
Cannabis Software 101: Seed to Sale Solutions (Wurk, April 11, 2019)
Dominant player emerging for state cannabis seed-to-sale tracking contracts (MJBizDaily, Sept 9, 2018)

Articles on Real Estate
How Marijuana Legalization Will Impact California Real Estate Markets (HML Investments, Feb 2017)
The Marijuana Business Is Really the Real Estate Business (Inc. April 2016)

Articles on Human Resources
Calling All Coders: The Pot Industry Is Tech-Hungry (Westword, Jan 2019)

Articles on Banking/Taxation/Finance
Pot Shots: The legal cannabis market hasn’t lived up to investors’ high hopes. Will that change? (BC Business, April 24, 2020)
Canada’s pot exchange gets some competition (Toronto Star, April 28, 2019)
Bags Of Cash, Armed Guards And Wary Banks: The Edgy Life Of A Cannabis Company CFO (NPR, April 10, 2019)
Special tax issues for cannabis businesses (Accounting Today, April 9, 2019)
Your Cannabis Company Can Get a Bank Account but Not Easily (Green Entrepreneur, Jan 29, 2019)
Pot Banking Takes Off in U.S. as Women Forge Path Around Ban (Bloomberg, Nov 18, 2018)
This is How to Navigate the Dreaded 280e Tax Code (Green Entrepreneur, Aug 14, 2018)

Articles on CBD
New Law Allows School Nurses To Give Medical Marijuana To Students In Colorado (, June 1, 2019)
The Legality of CBD: Caveat Emptor (North Carolina Criminal Law Blog, Nov 2018)