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Cannacurio Podcast Episode 64 with Kevin Brooks of Conception Nurseries

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 64 with Kevin Brooks of Conception Nurseries

On this episode of the Cannacurio podcast, host Ed Keating interviews Kevin Brooks, the CEO of Conception Nurseries, the world's largest cannabis plant provider. They discuss his transition from Silicon Valley to the cannabis industry, how they are revolutionizing the cannabis industry with their innovative tissue culture techniques, and so much more!

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 63 with Shahbaaz

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 63 with Shahbaaz

On this episode of the Cannacurio Podcast, Ed Keating chats with Shahbaaz Kara-Virani, Principal at SKVentures. They dive into Shahbaaz's unique career journey from Salesforce to the cannabis industry and discuss the key challenges and trends in cannabis business operations and technology. Learn about the importance of actionable data, the evolving cannabis tech stack, and how to navigate the fast-paced cannabis market.

Cannacurio #96: 2024 Q1 Licensing Round-Up

Cannacurio #96: 2024 Q1 Licensing Round-Up

2023 was a unique year for cannabis licensing. The industry contraction continued with license counts dropping, fewer new licenses being issued, and Oklahoma’s moratorium finally took effect. This post will explore how things changed during the first quarter of 2024 and what the next few quarters may bring.

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 62 with Patricia Rosi

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 62 with Patricia Rosi

On this episode of the Cannacurio Podcast, Ed Keating chats with Patricia Rosi, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at Acreage Holdings. Their conversation touches on the evolution of cannabis brands, operational excellence, and the impact of federal policy changes. Tune in to learn about the key factors driving growth and innovation in the cannabis sector.

Cannacurio #95: Manufacturing 2024 Q1 Leaderboard

Cannacurio #95: Manufacturing 2024 Q1 Leaderboard

In the last of our Q1 license recaps, we turn to manufacturing, the least volatile of the three activities we cover in these quarterly posts - and as we see with other activities, most new licenses were issued by a handful of states.

Cannacurio #94: Cultivation 2024 Q1 Leaderboard

Cannacurio #94: Cultivation 2024 Q1 Leaderboard

Following up on our recent review of dispensaries and retailers, we now delve into the Q1 2024 cultivation licenses. These “census” snapshots derived from our Cannabiz Business Intelligence platform show where new licenses are being created. As a result of moratoriums and market pressures, the rate of adding new cultivation licenses is down in most jurisdictions.

Cannacurio #93: Dispensary and Retailer 2024 Q1 Leaderboard

Cannacurio #93: Dispensary and Retailer 2024 Q1 Leaderboard

Now that Q1 has wrapped up we want to share our quarterly round-up of which states issued the most dispensary/retailer licenses. We tallied 333 new dispensary/retailer licenses were issued in the quarter and New Jersey and Michigan each accounted for about 20% of the 333. In Q1 2023 there were 699 licenses issued.

Point-of-Sale Software in the Cannabis Industry – 2024 Report

Point-of-Sale Software in the Cannabis Industry – 2024 Report

Cannabiz Media’s sixth annual Point-of-Sale Software in the Cannabis Industry report is now available! The 2024 report provides updated information on point-of-sale (POS) software market share across the U.S. and Canadian cannabis industries.

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 61 with Chris Violas

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 61 with Chris Violas

On this episode of the Cannacurio podcast, host Ed Keating sits down with Chris Violas, CEO and founder of BLAZE. Chris shares his journey into the cannabis industry, dating back to 2010 when he co-founded his first dispensary with his father during California's Prop 215 days. Drawing from his firsthand experience, Chris discusses how his time as a cannabis operator inspired him to create BLAZE®, a company dedicated to improving operational efficiency for cannabis businesses.

Cannacurio #92: When & Where Will New Cannabis Licenses Drop?

Cannacurio #92: When & Where Will New Cannabis Licenses Drop?

Since we founded Cannabiz Media, we have often looked back to report on the licenses that had been issued by state, activity and status. In this post we are taking a look forward at jurisdictions that will “likely” be issuing tranches of new licenses in the coming year.

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 60 | Managing Cannabis Businesses in 2024

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 60 | Managing Cannabis Businesses in 2024

Cannabiz Media’s Chief Data Officer, Ed Keating, leads a discussion with industry leaders, on how they survived 2023 and what they plan for 2024 for the Cannabis Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Series.

Cannacurio #90: 2023 Yearly Round-Up

Cannacurio #90: 2023 Yearly Round-Up

2023 was a unique year for cannabis licensing. The industry contraction continued with license counts dropping, fewer new licenses being issued, and Oklahoma’s moratorium finally taking effect. In this post, we compare key figures of 2023 with past years.

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 59 | 2023 Licensing Leaderboard Recap

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 59 | 2023 Licensing Leaderboard Recap

Cannabiz Media’s Chief Data Officer, Ed Keating, does a recap of the 2023 Licensing Leaderboards and shows you what we've seen in looking back at all the licenses that were issued.

Cannacurio #89: Manufacturing 2023 Year-End Leaderboard

Cannacurio #89: Manufacturing 2023 Year-End Leaderboard

In the last of our 2023 license recaps, we turn to manufacturing, the least volatile of the three we cover. At the end of 2023, there were 744 new manufacturing licenses issued in 2023, and as we see with other activities, most new licenses were issued by a handful of states.

Cannacurio #88: Cultivation 2023 Year-End Leaderboard

Cannacurio #88: Cultivation 2023 Year-End Leaderboard

Following up on our recent review of dispensaries and retailers, we now delve into cultivation licenses. These “census” snapshots are derived from our Cannabiz Business Intelligence platform where we track new license issuance and where the balance of power is from market to market. Over the last ten years, customers have used this information for go-to-market strategies, competitive assessments, and TAM analyses.

Cannacurio #87: Dispensary and Retailer 2023 Year-End Leaderboard

Cannacurio #87: Dispensary and Retailer 2023 Year-End Leaderboard

Now that 2023 has wrapped up we want to share our annual license round-up of which states issued the most dispensary/retailer licenses as well as trends that affect various parts of the value chain. In 2023 1,695 new dispensary and retailer licenses were issued and 4 states accounted for 60% of these licenses. This is well down from 2,750 in 2022 and 2,602 in 2021.

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 58 with Lou Rinaldi

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 58 with Lou Rinaldi

On this Cannacurio episode, Ed and Lou Rinaldi, a cannabis patient advocate, discuss how he got his start in this very public advocacy role, the truth about cannabis testing and the expose that blew the lid off of testing lab standards, the state of movement in Connecticut, and so much more!

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 57 with Jacques Santucci of Opus Consulting

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 57 with Jacques Santucci of Opus Consulting

On this Cannacurio episode, Ed and Jacques Santucci of Opus Consulting discuss his years of leadership experience that eventually led him into the cannabis space, his success in working with Indigenous American tribes, the current state of the market, and what trends we should be looking out for, and so much more!

Cannacurio #85: 2023 Q3 Licensing Round-Up

Cannacurio #85: 2023 Q3 Licensing Round-Up

We have reviewed the new store, cultivation, and manufacturing licenses issued through Q3 in a series of blog posts. In this post, we will highlight the overall trends and share details on license growth and contraction in key states.

Cannacurio #84: Manufacturing 2023 Q3 Leaderboard

Cannacurio #84: Manufacturing 2023 Q3 Leaderboard

Of the three most common cannabis licenses, manufacturing licenses are the least prone to volatile swings. At the end of Q3, there were 6,304 manufacturing licenses in the database at 5,771 facilities.