Jersey City Tech Meetup, Wed. April 18th

Jersey City Tech Meetup, Wed. April 18th

April 11, 2018Events, New Jersey

Is the Cannabusiness Jersey City’s next emerging industry? With legalization as one of Governor Murphy’s campaign promises and thoughtful preparation one Mayor Fulop’s top priorities, Jersey City has become one of the state’s most progressive communities for this business to boom. On Wednesday 4/18, BSC Group’s founder and Chief Strategy Offer, Brian Staffa, will be … Read More

NJ Cannabis Program Updates – Med Expansion & Adult-use Discussions

NJ Cannabis Program Updates – Med Expansion & Adult-use Discussions

March 26, 2018Industry Education, Legislation & Regulation, News & Annoucements, State Program Summaries

Few states rival New Jersey right now in terms of boisterous pre-legislative activity. The world is watching as NJ careful weighs the pros, cons, and neutral implications of regulations that have been executed in other regions. Bills, Bills, Bills We were waiting a bit for the latest bill from Assemblyman Reed Gusciora to be released, even … Read More

NJ Cannabis Symposium: Preparing for Program Expansion in NJ

NJ Cannabis Symposium: Preparing for Program Expansion in NJ

March 16, 2018Events, News & Annoucements

New Jersey’s Cannabis Industry is about to get bigger. Planning to participate? Register here with special BSC promo code BSCMARCH to take $50 off the price of admission. On Thursday, March 29th, BSC Group will once again be collaborating to host a valuable evening of networking and industry discussions related to Cannabis Finance, Investment, Banking, … Read More

Massachusetts Update: Adult-use Cannabis Program Regulations Finalized

Massachusetts Update: Adult-use Cannabis Program Regulations Finalized

March 15, 2018Legislation & Regulation, News & Annoucements, State Program Summaries

By unanimous vote, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission set final regulations for their adult-use program this month. Sales are supposed to begin this summer, with a proposed deadline of July 1st. For now, social lounges and home delivery are a no-go, but many programs have established a precedent of re-visiting these allowances once the program … Read More

Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Up Commercial Cannabis Facilities

Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Up Commercial Cannabis Facilities

January 6, 2018Industry Education

– written by Brian Staffa Considering the commoditization of cannabis and increased competition in the landscape, choices made at the very beginning of getting a facility operational have become more critical than ever. I’ve assessed over 100 facilities and counting and there are some true gems out there. Likewise, there are also some real tragedies. … Read More

Vetting Vendors at MJBizCon in Vegas? Ask these questions:

Vetting Vendors at MJBizCon in Vegas? Ask these questions:

November 15, 2017Events

The number of vendors here in Vegas this year is unreal! Good signs for the industry as whole. If you’re walking around comparing vendors you need and trying to cut through the noise, here are some valuable questions to ask that can help differentiate and make it easier to find your best partners. I’ve singled … Read More

Getting the Most Out of the MJBIZ Conference in Las Vegas

Getting the Most Out of the MJBIZ Conference in Las Vegas

November 10, 2017Events

Heading to Vegas for the MJBiz Conference Week and want to get the most out of it? We attend both MJBiz events annually and here’s what we recommend –   Mentally prepare for a series of marathons. Vegas is a sprinting marathon, 8am-2am. For 3 days. Develop an agenda and make a list of all … Read More

Applying for an Ohio Medical Marijuana Processing License: What You Need to Know

Applying for an Ohio Medical Marijuana Processing License: What You Need to Know

October 19, 2017Industry Education, State Program Summaries

First Cultivation, then Dispensary, then Testing Labs, and finally.. Processing. Processing applications for Ohio’s medical marijuana program were released at 2:30pm today, 10/19/2017, and the race begins! Potential licensees have until no later than December 15th 2017 to submit a viable app. Generally speaking, hopeful applicants seem to fall into one of 3 categories, and … Read More

CWCB Boston Presentation: Red flag opportunities for plant-touching cannabis investors

CWCB Boston Presentation: Red flag opportunities for plant-touching cannabis investors

October 5, 2017Industry Education, Speaker Recaps

  The goal: to bridge the gap between investors and operators who may not have an easy time speaking the same language when evaluating an operation/opportunity.  The focus: on plant-touching cultivation in controlled environments. This will not apply to outdoor facilities; controlled environments and outdoor environments are too different. The main difference between controlled environments and … Read More

Arkansas Grow, Processor & Dispensary Applications due September 18th

Arkansas Grow, Processor & Dispensary Applications due September 18th

August 24, 2017News & Annoucements

Finishing the painstaking process of completing a viable application in Arkansas? Be prepared to jump through a few hoops on Sept. 18th to get it submitted before the 4:30pm deadline! Like many other states have dictated, completed applications must be hand delivered by end of business day. Drop Arkansas applications off to: Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission … Read More

Updated: Takeaways from New Jersey’s Cannabis Legalization Bills

Updated: Takeaways from New Jersey’s Cannabis Legalization Bills

August 6, 2017Legislation & Regulation, News & Annoucements, State Program Summaries

Update: 1/13/2018 With just days before Governor-elect Phil Murphy takes office, the marijuana legalization effort in New Jersey is in full swing. While Senator Scutari’s S-3195 officially expired at the end of 2017, the same language has been re-introduced in both houses of the legislature. Assembly Bill 1348 – introduced on 1/9 by Rep. Gusciora … Read More

Greece Legalizes Medical Cannabis

Greece Legalizes Medical Cannabis

July 3, 2017Legislation & Regulation, News & Annoucements

Greece has now joined the Czech Republic, Finland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain as the sixth country in the European Union to legalize medical marijuana They had previously allowed cannabis with <0.2% THC levels, but the new legislation lifts those restrictions. It also moves cannabis from Table A to Table B, which is a classification similar … Read More

PA Announces Medical Marijuana Dispensary License Winners

PA Announces Medical Marijuana Dispensary License Winners

June 29, 2017News & Annoucements

After announcing the grow/process winners on the 20th, Pennsylvania had promised that dispensary licenses would be announced by the end of the month, and here they are. PA joins the very short list of states to complete their medical licensing process close to or within the time frame they initially set forth, which includes only … Read More

PA Announces 12 Grow/Processor Application Winners

PA Announces 12 Grow/Processor Application Winners

June 20, 2017News & Annoucements

Look out Minnesota and Connecticut, Pennsylvania has not only joined the list of very few states to stay on schedule with their medical cannabis program, but has actually released grow/process winners 10 days early. The keystone state expects dispensary licenses to also be announced on time, by the end of the month. Prior to licensing, so … Read More

Recap: MJBiz DC Event

Recap: MJBiz DC Event

May 20, 2017Events

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West Virginia Gives the Nod to Medical Cannabis

West Virginia Gives the Nod to Medical Cannabis

April 19, 2017News & Annoucements

It’s true – the conservative red state of West Virgina has legalized medical cannabis. While many may be surprised by the turn in tides here, WV is one of the states hit hardest by the opioid crisis in recent years. Like many other states, they’re hoping that medical cannabis will offer a safer alternative to … Read More

Recap: Women Grow Philly April 2017

Recap: Women Grow Philly April 2017

April 10, 2017Speaker Recaps

On 4/6 I had the pleasure of speaking at Women Grow Philly at Benjamin’s Desk in Center City.  What a great space! It was certainly one of the more vibrant places I’ve spoken! With a group of about 50 people, I discussed a topic that I’ve spoken about before, but with a different perspective. When … Read More