I saw vape-gate coming. Of course, I didn’t predict the exact situation, but in 2010, at the start of the legal cannabis industry, I saw an impending scandal tied to cannabis – either real, perceived or orchestrated by the opposition.
Why do cannabis retailers in legal states choose to offer delivery in addition to the typical storefront dispensary experience? The answers are obvious, as delivery in legal states allows these businesses to increase their volume, improve the customer experience, and ultimately lead to increased ROI. Adding delivery to your dispensary enables more customers to purchase your products, even when you need to temporarily close your storefront.
Unbelievably, it is May and summer is around the corner. The swiftness of our industry seems to accelerate days passing, so I wanted to take a moment to share what’s “top of mind.”
Tax day looms next week, signaling it’s time again for mathematical gymnastics and mental frustrations. The cannabis industry now exists in most U.S. states; however, marijuana remains a Schedule I drug. The toll of this classification has canna-businesses paying 70-80% higher taxes, all thanks to 280E.
The following column by MJ Freeway Co-Founder and CEO Jessica Billingsley was recently featured on Entrepreneur.com. It showcases the issue of keeping women in tech and the high price associated with the massive dropout rate.
A couple months ago, I predicted 2019 would be the year Latin American cannabis production begins to shift the global market for cannabis, and I went to see for myself what the future holds. Check out my observations from my recent Colombia trip in this month's blog.
How often do you find yourself asking, “Where did the time go?” Unbelievably, I’m approaching a decade of cannabis experience, and MJ Freeway celebrates nine years this month. Conceptually, MJ Freeway was conceived on New Year’s Eve 2009, which was the same year I invested in one of the first legally licensed operators in Colorado. My first experiences in the industry were on the operations side initially, where it was easy to see the need for compliance tracking in a newly regulated industry. So, MJ Freeway was officially incorporated in January 2010.
With the passing of Question 788 on June 26th, Oklahoma becomes the 30th state to legalize medical marijuana. Like California in 1996, the State has taken a hands-off approach by implementing minimal regulations or restrictions. The absence of a clear framework of regulations has many potential cannabis entrepreneurs feeling nervous. MJ Freeway has a team of consultants, all veteran industry professionals, that can help.
MJ Freeway was pleased to participate in the January 10th Women Grow Webinar on “Boomers and Cannabis.”
It’s that time when we dust off the year that was and look forward to what may be in the year ahead. At MJ Freeway, we are looking forward to the definitive merger agreement with MTech to be finalized. This will create an exciting new chapter for us and the industry, but we’ll talk more about that later. For right now, let’s do some speculating. Here are my top 10 predictions for the cannabis industry in 2019 (because ‘tis the season for lists, and who doesn’t love them).