• Why Security Needs To Be A Priority For Cannabis Business Owners

    The legal cannabis industry is poised to take off in the United States. Sales are projected to reach $8 Billion in 2018, and opportunities abound for investors and entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, the same dramatic growth that makes this industry so attractive to legitimate businessmen also makes it attractive to criminals. Along with the growth of th...

Study Suggests Cannabis Users Have Higher Rate of Mortality from Hypertension
According to a report issued in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a preliminary study indicates that marijuana use may increase the risk for hypertension mortality. Here is what you need to know: The authors of the study indicate that reports and data about how cannabis impacts the heart, blood pressure, and overall mortality are
Inventory is one of, if not the most important elements of a cannabis business venture. Keeping track of that inventory is crucial for survival from a compliance aspect as well as financial. Small business owners walk a fine line between success and failure in their first 5 or so years of business.  As a cannabis

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Cannabis Business Today has created a section of learning opportunities for cannabis and hemp professionals, including book recommendations and courses. Through our partnership with Catoctin College, you also can create courses for the cannabis and hemp communities.

Join in the debate in our Cannabis and Hemp Discussion Forums. We seek to include a wide variety of topics important to cannabis professionals. Registration is free. Some threads are "invitation only" due to topic sensitivity / privacy.

With cannabis and hemp growing rapidly across the US and global marketplace, there is no shortage of charts and market data. This section seeks to consolidate all the publicly available information into one location.

  • Cannabis Pesticides Uproar

    Everyone is in an uproar over recent reports of lab tests finding pesticides on cannabis products. Tests on cannabis samples from California in October, performed by Steep Hill Labs, Inc. in Berkeley, reported finding pesticides in 84.3% of the cannabis tested. Oregon recently released a “health alert” for tainted cannabis. President of the Associa...

  • Cannabis Pesticides Uproar

    Everyone is in an uproar over recent reports of lab tests finding pesticides on cannabis products. Tests on cannabis samples from California in October, performed by Steep Hill Labs, Inc. in Berkeley, reported finding pesticides in 84.3% of the cannabis tested. Oregon recently released a “health alert” for tainted cannabis. President of the Associa...

  • Cannabis Pesticides Uproar

    Everyone is in an uproar over recent reports of lab tests finding pesticides on cannabis products. Tests on cannabis samples from California in October, performed by Steep Hill Labs, Inc. in Berkeley, reported finding pesticides in 84.3% of the cannabis tested. Oregon recently released a “health alert” for tainted cannabis. President of the Associa...

  • Cannabis Pesticides Uproar

    Everyone is in an uproar over recent reports of lab tests finding pesticides on cannabis products. Tests on cannabis samples from California in October, performed by Steep Hill Labs, Inc. in Berkeley, reported finding pesticides in 84.3% of the cannabis tested. Oregon recently released a “health alert” for tainted cannabis. President of the Associa...

  • Colorado Marijuana Businesses and Tourism Show Strong Growth

    This post, Colorado Marijuana Businesses and Tourism Show Strong Growth, originally appeared in the New Frontier CannaBit blog. The business landscape in Colorado has changed dramatically since voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana in 2014. In Denver, for example, there are almost 400 listings for ...


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Inventory is one of, if not the most important elements of a cannabis business venture. Keeping track of that inventory is crucial for survival from a compliance aspect as well as financial. Small business owners walk a fine line between success and failure in their first 5 or so years of business.  As a cannabis
Being able to open a merchant account to accept credit cards at your local bank sounds good to cannabis sellers who are wary (and weary) of doing business on a cash-only basis. It’s hard to keep cash safe and it’s hard to track or monitor; and having too much cash on hand presents an ongoing
In any vendor/client relationship, vetting research is time well spent. By looking into each potential partner’s qualifications and experience, you can ensure your financial investment will not be misspent. Merchant services are an area of your business that should not be overlooked in this regard. In this post, we review questions to ask before hiring
These are very exciting times! The Cannabis Industry is growing by leaps and bounds. There are constant new developments and ever changing regulations, it seems the industry is changing almost daily. This years elections could find several more states passing legislation and creating a myriad of brand new markets for the cannabis industry. Whether you
Let’s get one thing clear. You can not legally accept credit cards for your legal marijuana business. Period. You want to, I know, desperately. Dispensaries are trying to provide a need for their patients, store owners are trying to run legitimate businesses, following all of the rules, and doing their part to provide integrity to

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THOUGHT LEADERS

Below are our "Featured Thought Leaders" for the current period. Our Thought Leaders represent industry professionals and experts on a wide variety of topics. Our goal is to showcase diverse and intelligent viewpoints in the cannabis and hemp industry.

Click here to view all our Thought Leaders. Or click here to view our standard authors and columnists.

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FEATURED THOUGHT LEADERS

We strive to feature a group of different opinions relating to cannabis and hemp in our "Featured Thought Leaders" section. Our writers can include accountants, lawyers, payment specialists, or growers, cultivators, processors, laboratory technicians, distributors, dispensary owners, manufacturers, and more. Interested in contributing? E-mail us at: editors@cannabisbusinesstoday.com

ASK A QUESTION

Have a question about the cannabis industry? Send us your question to our panel of experts. We will post an answer to your question in our weekly Cannabis Q&A Roundup, as well as send you a direct response. All submissions will be kept confidential. No names or email addresses will be shared publicly.


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COURSES BY AND FOR CANNABIS AND HEMP INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

The benefit from Cannabis Business Today and Catoctin College is that you can both enroll in courses, as well as provide courses and thought-leadership for the cannabis business community.

Create Courses

Through a special program at Catoctin, you can subscribe as a Course Instructor and submit a course program that you want to offer. Specify if the course is to be "free" or if there is a course fee. Follow the instructions, and a member of the Catoctin team will help you get started.

Enroll In Courses

Catoctin College will not be the only place you can enroll in courses. We are working to establish partnerships with other providers. As we build those relationships, we will provide links to their courses on our website. We do not control the prices for courses offered by third parties, and work with instructors to set reasonable costs for courses that they create depending on the complexity of the curriculum. If you have questions about pricing, other anything relating to the courses listed in Cannabis Business Today, write us at: ed@cannabisbusinesstoday.com

CANNABIS NEWS AND MARKET DATA

The cannabis industry is growing, and changing constantly. In 2019, the legal cannabis industry is expected to reach over $9 billion. By 2025, the industry could exceed $25 billion, which would make it larger in annual sales than the NFL. Cannabis Business Today and Catoctin College have put together a weekly course that reviews and analyzes the latest industry and market trends in the US and Canada, as well as select international markets.

Click here to register for this class.

Featured Cannabis and Hemp Courses

CANNABIS NEWS AND MARKET DATA

The cannabis industry is growing, and changing constantly. In 2018, the legal cannabis industry is expected to reach over $9 billion. By 2025, the industry could exceed $25 billion, which would make it larger in annual sales than the NFL.

Catoctin College and Cannabis Business Today have put together a weekly course that reviews and analyzes the latest industry and market trends in the US and Canada, as well as select international markets.

BUSINESS LAW FOR CANNABIS, CBD, AND HEMP: AN INTRODUCTION

In this class you will learn about laws and regulations surrounding cannabis, CBD, and industrial hemp, including the laws around growing, cultivation, personal use / possession, distribution, and sale.

You will hear from lawyers and business owners, including cannabis and hemp growers, and other industry professionals as they break down the fundamentals of business law in this fast-growing and rapidly changing industry.

This is an important introduction to what is lawful and illegal at the federal, state, and local level around medical cannabis, recreational cannabis, CBD, and hemp.

CANNABIS AND HEMP BUSINESS MASTER CLASS

The Cannabis and Hemp Business Master Class is an intensive and comprehensive examination of the fundamental business skills necessary to start and manage a cannabis, CBD, and/or hemp business.

The goal of this class is to cover essential business elements that are common across cannabis, CBD, and hemp businesses that include:

  • Growing
  • Cultivation
  • Processing
  • Laboratory Testing
  • Product Development / Manufacturing / Cooking
  • Distribution
  • Retail / Dispensary / Delivery, and
  • Hospitality, Tourism, or Culinary

The class is a mixture of online videos, project-based assessment, field study and field work, and on-site experiences. By combining all these methods, students can better process and apply knowledge learned, and do so at a pace that is conducive to their lives, while also ensuring the opportunity to accelerate the time to class completion.

CANNABIS AND HEMP IN 2019

With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp, control of the U.S. House of Representatives shifting to the Democratic Party, and continued growth in legal cannabis, there is a tremendous amount of momentum for and interest in the cannabis and hemp industries. Business owners and entrepreneurs are wondering if they should focus more efforts in hemp now that it is legal nationwide.

Meanwhile, federal lawmakers are working to decriminalize cannabis, while state legislators are considering expanding legal cannabis and CBD use, and some local advocates are working to limit the presence of dispensaries and pop-up events in their communities.

This 1 Hour and 44 minute discussion goes into great detail about the challenges and opportunities facing cannabis and hemp in 2019, and beyond.

ONE ON ONE WITH BEN DROZ (Hemp Lobbyist)

Ben Droz is the American hemp industry’s main lobbyist. As a registered lobbyist for Vote Hemp, an advocacy group that works to promote positive hemp laws, Droz has worked for several years in Washington, DC, as well as the state and local level on a wide variety of hemp legislation.

Over his lobbying career, Droz has conducted hundreds of presentations and interviews with congressional staffers and other representatives of Federal agencies, most of them in Capitol Hill offices for the purpose of briefing staffers on the importance of industrial hemp.

This is a specially scheduled one-on-one session with Ben Droz to discuss cannabis and hemp legislative and business issues. This course gets a series of phone discussions to ask Ben for his expertise, as well as some light research (if necessary) to answer some of your specific questions.

HOW TO START A CANNABIS OR HEMP BUSINESS IN DC, MARYLAND, OR VIRGINIA

This Catoctin College workshop provides an overview of start-up basics (licenses and permits), marketing and public relations basis, software and business resources you need to consider, accounting best practices, and how to raise money to get your business moving.


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  • Cannabis Pesticides Uproar

    Everyone is in an uproar over recent reports of lab tests finding pesticides on cannabis products. Tests on cannabis samples from California in October, performed by Steep Hill Labs, Inc. in Berkeley, reported finding pesticides in 84.3% of the cannabis tested. Oregon recently released a “health alert” for tainted cannabis. President of the Associa...

  • Cannabis Pesticides Uproar

    Everyone is in an uproar over recent reports of lab tests finding pesticides on cannabis products. Tests on cannabis samples from California in October, performed by Steep Hill Labs, Inc. in Berkeley, reported finding pesticides in 84.3% of the cannabis tested. Oregon recently released a “health alert” for tainted cannabis. President of the Associa...

  • Cannabis Pesticides Uproar

    Everyone is in an uproar over recent reports of lab tests finding pesticides on cannabis products. Tests on cannabis samples from California in October, performed by Steep Hill Labs, Inc. in Berkeley, reported finding pesticides in 84.3% of the cannabis tested. Oregon recently released a “health alert” for tainted cannabis. President of the Associa...

  • Cannabis Pesticides Uproar

    Everyone is in an uproar over recent reports of lab tests finding pesticides on cannabis products. Tests on cannabis samples from California in October, performed by Steep Hill Labs, Inc. in Berkeley, reported finding pesticides in 84.3% of the cannabis tested. Oregon recently released a “health alert” for tainted cannabis. President of the Associa...


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CANNABIS INDUSTRY REPORT 1

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CANNABIS INDUSTRY REPORT 1

Cannabis industry reports will be placed here. People can buy directly from a shopping cart.

Cannabis industry report page 2. This is a good place to highlight a table of contents. Pricing. Buy now.

CANNABIS INDUSTRY REPORT 1

Cannabis industry reports will be placed here. People can buy directly from a shopping cart.

Cannabis industry report page 2. This is a good place to highlight a table of contents. Pricing. Buy now.

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