Industry News Articles

The media sources and specific articles below offer various perspectives on the evolution of the marijuana/cannabis industry. Additional articles on specific markets can be found in the Market Profiles section of the website. Last updated: May 26, 2022.

Industry News Sources
MJBizDaily and Marijuana Business Magazine (business focus, can subscribe to their email updates)
Leafly News (consumer focus, funded by Privateer Holdings)
The Cannabist (Denver Post, can subscribe to their email updates)
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 Foster Garvey law firm
Cannainsider Podcast – Interviews with a wide variety of industry leaders.

Articles on General Industry Issues & Trends
Why Starting a Marijuana Business is So Hard (Business Insider, Sept 7, 2021, featuring Nancy Whitman of Wana Brands)
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
Leaked Document Shows How Legal Weed Could Go Horribly Wrong (Daily Beast, Nov 7, 2021) – A speculative opinion piece that touches on some important aspects of federal legalization
This U.S. legislation is a game changer: Curaleaf executive chairman (Bloomberg BNN Video Interview with Boris Jordan, July, 2021)
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)
A Principled Approach to Taxing Marijuana (Jonathan P. Caulkins, National Affairs, Summer, 2017) ***Excellent Deep-Dive on Tax Challenges and Options***
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 Regulation in Other U.S. States
He Didn’t Like Cannabis, But Andrew Cuomo Was Big Marijuana’s Best Friend (Forbes, Aug 27, 2021)
The $8 Billion Question: Which Towns Will Cash In on Marijuana? (NY Times, July 19, 2021)
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)
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)

Articles on Social Equity and Inclusion
Cannabis reform as a pathway to racial justice and opportunity (Brookings Institute May 25, 2021 event)
White Weed Entrepreneurs Are Gaming Programs Meant to Help People of Color (Vice, January 30, 2020)
America’s Whites-Only Weed Boom (BuzzFeed News, March 16, 2016)

Articles on Marketing & Branding & Retail
What are Cannabis Advertising Rules? (Grasslands, August 12, 2021)
How to Avoid Cannabis Retail Pitfalls (Business of Cannabis, June 13, 2021)
State-Specific Hemp & Marijuana Product Labeling Requirements (Hoban Law Group, June 2021)
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 Hospitality and Tourism
“Destination Cannabis” Webinar on Cannabis Tourism and Hospitality (Stockton University, February 26, 2021)
Dreams of Pot Tourism in Canada Dashed by Tough Rules (Bloomberg, Oct 6, 2021)

Articles on Cultivation
5 Things Growers Learned Their First Year of Cultivation: Jason Evans (Cannabis Business Times, May 27, 2022)
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
Assessing State-Level Adult-Use Cannabis Taxation (American Action Forum, Sept 1, 2021)
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)

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