‘If You Build It, They Will Come’: Thames Valley Alternative Relief

When I heard the Thames Valley Alternative Relief (TVAR) story, a company led by Laurie Zrenda and her niece Meredith Elmer, all I could think about was how the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection’s (CDCP) cannabis regulatory authority got it right. In the medical marijuana program that the state launched in 2013-14, […]

Bhang and Mentor Dispute Takes a New Turn

Since Bhang Chocolate Company, Inc. (Bhang) and Mentor Capital, Inc. (Mentor) originally agreed to Mentor’s purchase of 60 percent of Bhang for $39 million back in 2014, and after Mentor only paid $1.5 million of that amount, the two had an acrimonious split. The ongoing legal claims against each other […]

2017 CBE Ancillary Business 150

We began the process of evaluating companies for The 2017 CBE Ancillary Business 150 back in May, using CBE Week to get the message out its 30,000 plus subscribers that included a brief survey tracking company revenue performance for the last 3 years as well as other proprietary information. CBE […]

The State-of-the Art Path to Success: Curio Wellness

Michael Bronfein, CEO, Curio Wellness After a long licensing process, Curio Wellness (CW), a vertically integrated, medical cannabis company, was awarded its final license on August 14th. The company hopes to be part of the force that drives a medicinal cannabis ecosystem that results in Maryland becoming a national leader in […]

Sprinting Out of the Gate With Little Slowing Down On the Horizon: PharmaCann LLC

After The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act  went into effect in January of 2014 in Illinois, Teddy Scott, founder and CEO of PharmaCann, a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics and a registered patent attorney in the law firm Polsinelli, where he focused on intellectual property issues, began discreetly working […]

Keef Cola (CanCore Concepts, Inc.) revisited – Cannabis Business Executive

CBE caught up with Erik Knutson, CEO of CanCore Concepts, Inc (CCC) and Denver Packaging Company (DPC) and and COO Travis Tharp last week and wanted to share an update on the company, best known for it’s Keef Cola brand. Since we first interviewed Knutson back in December, 2015, a lot […]

After nearly seven “dog years”, Privateer Holdings racks up a bunch of significant firsts – Cannabis Business Executive

Brendan Kennedy and Privateer Holdings founding partner, Christian Groh, are childhood friends with blue-chip resumes, who were an unlikely pair of cannabis moguls. After seven years of key acquisitions and start-ups, the Privateer team has blazed a trail of firsts in the industry. They are fueled by the data and […]

The Big Boys bring the A-Team and Game to Illinois and Beyond: CRESCOlabs – Cannabis Business Executive

By Rob Meagher CRESCOlabs arrived on the scene with a bang, winning three of the 21 Producer/Processor licenses issued in the great state of Illinois in 2015 with the highest scores of 158 applicants. And like the way three (3) of the founding partners succeeded at their previous company, Guaranteed Rate, a mortgage bank that grew […]