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).
In early 2009, when I invested in one of the first legally licensed businesses in Colorado, there was very little competition in this industry.
The most famous business advisors will tell you the secret to succeeding in business is innovation.
With cannabis losing its stigma, many more parents are consuming the drug than ever before. While cannabis is mostly unharmful, some worry that cannabis use in parents can impact the health and wellbeing of children.
Aside from the restrictive rules that govern the production and distribution of cannabis products, the transition from individual to fully public is the greatest challenge faced by most cannabis businesses. Luckily, technology is materializing to fill the void. Recently, Microsoft paired with KIND, a “seed to sale” platform to aid government organizations manage and potentially impose cannabis experience.
Since legalization, cannabis has undergone a transformation from an illegal narcotic to a respected medicine. Here in the United States of America it has been legalized for either recreational and/or medical use in 28 states.