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Cannabis professionals look ahead to 2023, while expressing gratitude for developments in 2022
December 31, 2022

Challenges in the cannabis industry are numerous, but we’re encouraged by entrepreneurs coming up with new creations and business services in this fast-growing industry. Now that we’re looking forward to more positive changes in 2023, it’s good to reflect on some exciting developments in 2022.  From President Biden’s actions of pardoning all federal cannabis possession […]

OCHBS supporters react to President Biden’s announcement to pardon federal marijuana prisoners and start rescheduling process
October 8, 2022

President Joe Biden has pardoned all Americans who have been convicted at the national level of possessing small amounts of marijuana. Officials estimate about 6,500 people with federal convictions for simple possession of marijuana will benefit. No one is currently in federal prison solely for possession of marijuana. Most convictions occur at the state level. […]

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Lo Friesen focuses on education and transparency at her Heylo cannabis extracts business
September 18, 2022

By Tait Manning Lo Friesen is the founder and CEO of Heylo Cannabis Extracts, a cannabis extracts processor based in Seattle, Washington. When this entrepreneur from Northeast Ohio started her business at age 25, it was among the very few woman-owned extraction brands in the cannabis industry – making her among the youngest business owners […]

OCHBS Announces Medical Marijuana Forum in Cleveland on Oct. 1 & 2
September 7, 2022

The Ohio Cannabis Health & Business Summit offers cannabis experts, health & wellness advocates, legislators, and business leaders at the IX Center in Cleveland. It now includes a medical marijuana forum too. Cleveland, Ohio – The Ohio Cannabis Health and Business Summit is a two-day event aimed at educating the general public about the health […]

HBK is finding accounting opportunities in the Cannabis industry nationwide
August 5, 2022

HBK Cannabis Solutions is a team of cannabis industry subject matter experts within HBK CPAs & Consultants.  HBK is among the first accounting firms to specialize in the cannabis industry. The firm has worked with entrepreneurs in all industry segments—cultivators, processors, and retailers—from a single facility to multi-location and vertical operations. Their team counsels owners, […]

Traumatic brain injury and cannabis: A nurse’s story
July 8, 2022

Nikki Lawley went from being an active pediatric nurse to becoming a patient after suffering from a brain injury four years ago at age 46. Based in Buffalo, N.Y, she is now a passionate advocate for cannabis. Nikki Lawley became a passionate advocate for the cannabis plant after a traumatic brain injury changed her life […]

Evolved Profits expense recovery firm offers ways to help cannabis companies
May 14, 2022

Marc Freedman is the co-founder and managing partner at Evolved Profits LLC. He is a certified expense reduction consultant and currently serves as the company’s chief cost evaluator. Freedman has worked as a business consultant for more than 40 years, but for the last decade, his company has focused on expense education and recovery. The […]

Retired NFL Player appreciates CBD for pain relief
May 2, 2022

Reggie Smith, is a Chicago-area businessman, speaker, and retired NFL player. He’s also a former national board member[ and Chicago chapter vice president of the National Football League Players Association. He’s a business development executive for Primus, Inc. who started looking into CBD as a possible business venture. Instead, what he found along the way […]

Cannabis reform supporters to participate in Ohio Lobby Day on 4/20
April 19, 2022

Pricilla Harris talks about the importance of advocating for marijuana legislative reform. She is the executive director of Sensible Movement Coalition and the lobbying director of NORML Appalachia Ohio. Both organizations are hosting “2022 Lobby Day” at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio on 4-20, a day known as the international cannabis smoking day. The goal […]

Australia-based Litt App sees opportunities in the cannabis industry in North America
April 12, 2022

LITT is a Fintech social and e-commerce platform that specializes in augmented reality advertising. Unlike other platforms that continually show ads, a LITT app member sees ads on their feed and opts in to view them. The Australian-based company was launched by co-founders Peter Salom and Brent Thompson in March 2020, and already the company […]

Harvest of Ohio is poised for growth
April 1, 2022

Ariane Kirkpatrick is the CEO of Harvest Grows, Harvest of Ohio, and Harvest Processing. She’s the only Black woman in Ohio that is vertically integrated in the industry, with licenses to grow, dispense and sell medical cannabis. Licenses for cannabis cultivation, dispensary and processing are for operations in Ironton, Beavercreek, Columbus, and Athens, Ohio. Harvest […]

Hemp is not the boost Ohio farmers expected – at least not so far
April 20, 2021

Julie Doran, founder of the Ohio Hemp Farmers Cooperative and the Hemp Farm Summit in Columbus, talks about harvesting her first 5-acre crop in the fall. Some regulation is necessary to ensure that farmers are growing legal hemp rather than illegal marijuana, but she says the present restrictions make it tough for farmers to survive. […]

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