About Marijuana Business Daily, Published by CannaBusiness Media
As the #1 business information resource for the US medical marijuana and retail cannabis industry, CannaBusiness Media’s editors bring dispensaries, professional cultivators, edibles and infused product makers, and ancillary services and suppliers the information they need to flourish. Our offerings include:
- Marijuana Business Daily – the only daily news source written by professional journalists for the industry. See below for bios of our editors and contributors.
- The big annual National CannaBusiness Conference & Expo (formerly the National Marijuana Business Conference) each November - the only national trade show for professionals in the industry, drawing 700 attendees from 30 states and 10 countries in 2013.
- CannaBusiness Magazine, the industry’s only printed trade magazine, available for free to qualified subscribers in legal US states and New York.
- The Marijuana Business Factbook published annually featuring exclusive financial, legal and market research data for entrepreneurs and investors.
- CannaBusiness Money Show coming to a city near you April 2014, featuring a full day of advisory sessions on cash management, banking, taxes and funding/investors.
- Marijuana Industry Directory, our online database of nearly 500 financial services, professional services, testing labs, and dispensary and cultivation wholesale suppliers and technology firms. Basic listings are free.
Meet Our Editorial Staff:
Chris Walsh, Editor
As the editorial head of Medical Marijuana Business Daily, Chris Walsh covers daily financial and legal news of interest to cannabis dispensaries, investors, lawyers, and related vendors. Profiled in Dow Jones Newswires as a top business journalist in the cannabis industry, Walsh is frequently quoted in the media including MarketWatch, The Seattle Times, USA Today and the Boston Globe. Walsh keynoted the National Marijuana Business Conference 2012 and led the research team for MMJ Business Daily’s new Marijuana Business Factbook 2013. He has more than a decade of professional experience as a business reporter and editor at daily newspapers. He earned his MBA from Regis University in Denver. Click here to contact Chris.
Fred Dreier, Reporter
Fred Dreier is a veteran journalist and Colorado native. Dreier is a 2010 graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a contributor to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Cassandra Farrington, Publisher
Based in the Denver area, Cassandra is the Publisher and Co-Founder of CannaBusiness Media. Previously a vice president at Citi, she earned her MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.
Anne Holland, President/Contributor
As head of editorial for CannaBusiness Media’s parent company, Anne Holland Ventures Inc, Anne has 25 years of business publishing and online media experience. Her background includes working for titles ranging from The Oil Daily to MarketingSherpa.
Meet Our Expert Contributors:
Diane Czarkowski, Guest Columnist
Diane and her husband founded Boulder Kind Care, a medical marijuana business, in 2009 and sold it earlier this year. Currently, she is consulting for other medical marijuana businesses in the United States.
Morgan Fox, Guest Columnist
Morgan is communications manager for the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington DC-based nonprofit that lobbies for cannabis reform and has helped pass numerous state medical marijuana laws.
Khurshid Khoja, Guest Columnist
As principal and founder of Greenbridge Corporate Counsel, Khurshid provides a variety of legal services to MMJ businesses. He also currently serves as the outside general counsel to The Emerald Growers Association and The ArcView Group.
Robert Kane, Guest Columnist
As president of Robert Kane Partners and Cannabis Consulting Inc., Robert works to establish the MMJ industry as a viable investment option. He was previously VP at Cannabiz Business University and director of investor relations at Medical Marijuana Inc.
Chris Lindsey, Guest Columnist
Chris is a medical marijuana attorney in Montana and serves as president of the Montana Cannabis Industry Association. He is also on the boards of the Montana Medical Grower’s Association and Patients and Families United.
Ellen Komp, Guest Columnist
Ellen is deputy director of California NORML, a non-profit membership organization dedicated to reforming the state’s marijuana laws. She is based in the Los Angeles area.
James Slatic, Guest Columnist
James is CEO of Potbottles.com, a division of Highland Medical, which specializes in medical marijuana containers, bags, labels and related products. Previously, he was Vice President at High Quality Organics, Inc., the largest provider of organic spices in America.
Brian Vicente, esq., Guest Columnist
Brian is a founding member of Vicente Sederberg, LLC, a law firm that provides legal solutions for the medical marijuana community. He also serves as the executive director of Sensible Colorado, a non-profit organization that focuses on medical marijuana patients and cannabis providers.
Steve DeAngelo, Guest Columnist
Steve is executive director of Oakland-based Harborside Health Center, the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the country. A cannabis leader, visionary and well-known industry advocate, Steve has created a model business for the medical marijuana industry.
Jason Klein, Guest Columnist
Jason is principal of the Law Office of Jason Klein, PLLC, a Washington DC-based law firm committed to protecting the rights of medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation centers and patients. He also organized the First Annual Washington DC Medical Marijuana Symposium.
Tamar Wise, Guest Columnist
Tamar Wise is the science director at Denver-based Dixie Elixirs and Edibles, one of the largest infused products manufacturers in the country. She is also a member of the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division’s Lab Rules and Regulations Committee.
Dale Gieringer, Guest Columnist
Dale is director of California NORML, a non-profit membership organization dedicated to reforming California’s marijuana laws. Gieringer is also vice chairman of the national NORML board of directors, director of the California Drug Policy Forum and treasurer of the Oakland Civil Liberties Alliance.
Mark Goldfogel, Guest Columnist
Mark – who published his first software at the age of 17 – is co-founder of MJ Freeway Software Solutions, which provides inventory, client and point-of-sale software to medical marijuana dispensaries. He was previously a technical adviser to ADP and co-owned and operated Wonder Dog Corporation.
Dhar Mann, Guest Columnist
Dhar is a business owner, entrepreneur and chief executive officer of weGrow Store, a full-service retail franchise that sells supplies for the cultivation of medical marijuana and has locations in several MMJ states.
Adam Bierman, Guest Columnist
Adam is co-founder of California-based MedMen, which provides consulting and marketing services to medical cannabis companies. The company has helped start, operate and broker the transfer of over a dozen dispensaries in Southern California.
Dana Cawthon, Guest Columnist
Dana is chief executive officer and co-founder of Corporate Results, a full-service consulting firm specializing in the needs of dispensary owners, MMJ manufacturers and supporting doctors.
Steve Kilts, Guest Columnist
Steve is the vice president of operations at CannLabs, a Denver-based medical marijuana testing company.
Theo Norton, Guest Columnist
A former telecommunications executive, Theo is in the process of launching two MMJ firms, Guaranteed Cannabis – which will provide single and compounded pharmaceutical solutions to medical marijuana patients in California – and the consultancy T2 Kinetics.
Micah Johnson, Guest Columnist
Micah is president and co-founder of Cannapages.com, a Colorado-based medical marijuana directory and tech agency. He also serves as editor-in-chief of online content and oversees the group’s community involvement, through industry magazines, business groups, websites, outreach and partnerships
Amy Poinsett, Guest Columnist
Amy is co-founder and chief executive officer of MJ Freeway Software Solutions, which provides point of sale, inventory, sales and patient validation products. She has trained and led technology development teams in software, application design and research analysis across various business sectors.
Patrick McManamon, Guest Columnist
Patrick is the managing member of Cannassure Insurance Services, a full-service insurance and risk management firm started in partnership with The ArcView Group. He has been helping the cannabis industry with insurance and risk management needs since 2010.
Robert Hunt, Guest Columnist
Robert Hunt is the owner of Rocky Mountain Hydroponics in Colorado and Evergreen Garden Centers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. He is also an attorney, the principal of Robert E. Hunt Consulting and chairman of the Coalition for Responsible Patient Care.