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Past articles by Andrew:

I filed a Freelance Isn't Free Act claim in NYC when a client wouldn't pay up. Here's how the process works.

Andrew Ward had a client missing payments since November 2020. He filed a FIFA claim on March 31 and received checks in late April. → Read More

Akerna CEO Jessica Billingsley on jumping from a career in tech to becoming the first woman to lead a cannabis company to trade on the Nasdaq

Jessica Billingsley talked about how she grew Akerna, the company's M&A moves, and being a woman in cannabis. → Read More

The international markets for cannabis entrepreneurs should keep an eye on

Colombia, Ghana, Thailand, and Malta are major upcoming players in the medical and recreational market, cannabis executives said. → Read More

Cannabis insiders and advocates say more needs to be done to make the industry more inclusive for business owners and employees. Here's what they suggest.

Experts said now's the time to establish inclusive parameters, such as equal opportunities for licensing, while the market is in its early stages. → Read More

The sweet spot for cannabis business opportunities is somewhere between medical and recreational — experts explain how to find it

Many industry players believe the global cannabis market, projected to reach $42.7 billion by 2024, will skew more medical over time. → Read More

The business opportunities awaiting entrepreneurs in 'cannabis tourism,' which could pick up as US citizens travel more domestically

Cannabis tourism, where people seek out experiences centered around marijuana, is an emerging industry growing in popularity. → Read More

Inspired by Steve Jobs' use of psychedelics to boost creativity, a sex-toy entrepreneur explains how he came up with his business idea while microdosing

Joe Vela, founder of Emojibator, keeps a notebook handy during LSD trips to log business ideas, do word-association exercises, and create doodles. → Read More

The cannabis industry is fighting for interstate commerce, but experts say its effects on states could be wildly different. Here's what could happen if it gets the green light.

States like Oregon with an oversupply of cannabis could benefit from interstate commerce, while it may negatively affect competitive prices elsewhere. → Read More

Mexico's Cannabis Legalization Addresses Several National Woes, Creates Opportunity

After several extended deadline extensions, Mexican lawmakers seem on course to legalize adult-use cannabis in the coming weeks. The most... → Read More

M&A Pros: Cannabis Dealmakers Have 'Learned Their Lessons' And Will Shift Focus

M&A activity in the cannabis industry is down, but may see an uptick as dealmakers have shifted focus and learned from past mistakes. → Read More

California's cannabis market is finally poised to take off — and it serves as a roadmap for entrepreneurs across the country as other states consider legalization

The pandemic has forced cannabis companies to ramp up their digital presence, leading to the state twice experiencing its best sales month in history. → Read More

Cannabis helped former NBA player Larry Sanders manage his mental health — and now it's part of his business portfolio. He explains how he's investing his time and money in the industry.

"I knew I had to take other measures to improve my health, physically and mentally, and cannabis was a big part of that," Sanders said. → Read More

Why The SAFE Banking Act Hinders Cannabis Decriminalization Efforts

When it comes to cannabis reform, Congress focuses too much on banking and not enough on decriminalization. That's according to Justin Strekal, a political... → Read More

Scoop: Exclusive Brands Launches Arlington, Michigan Cultivation Facility

Michigan-based cannabis company Exclusive Brands is launching a 30-acre Arlington cultivation site. The family-owned brand expects to grow 10,000 plants at the site during its... → Read More

The most recession-proof jobs in cannabis right now, according to recruiting experts

Many cannabis businesses have been able to stay open during the pandemic, and they're most likely to hire and retain staff in these key roles. → Read More

Cannabis Experts Say Elon Musk's Outspoken Support Is Helpful, But Additional Action Is Needed

Can a prominent person create change with a statement alone? To an extent, it appears so, though experts say more is required to move the needle when ... → Read More

Legal Battles Over Maine Residency Rule Ripple Through Cannabis Marketplace

Maine's adult-use marketplace continues to take shape after being approved by voters with a 2016 ballot question.  The most recent development ... → Read More

Psychedelics will see a boom much like cannabis. Here's how entrepreneurs can stay ahead of the curve.

A growing opportunity for entrepreneurs in psychedelics is developing, in part thanks to research from top institutions like Johns Hopkins and NYU. → Read More

As The Coronavirus Thwarts Cannabis Tax Reform In California, Federal Reform Could Be Last Hope

California's cannabis tax woes have plagued consumers and businesses since the onset of the adult use program on New Year's Day 2018. The burdensome ... → Read More

Shifting Cannabis Sentiment In Bible Belt Presents Reform, Business Opportunities

It would be hyperbolic to call America's Bible Belt and cannabis a match made in heaven. That said, the region is showing signs that its oft-conservative views in politics and... → Read More