Aphria1 and DoubleDiamond Tour November 4, 2018

On November 4, 2018 TheCannalysts toured Aphria Diamond and Aphria1. Other than touring Broken Coast Cannabis for the “Boots on the Ground” documentary, this was the first time that all three Cannalysts have done a tour together.  What follows is each of our perspectives on the tour. Mollytime: Unlike my compatriots, I haven’t toured a large-scale formal greenhouse before. I’ve been confined to the pristine shoals of immaculate control: indoor only. So, being introduced to how professional agriculture approaches growing and processing and packaging…..and the logistics of it all at scale….it…

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Live from MJBizCon 2018 – Vegas

Well. There's big, and then there's this. I don't know the number of people here, but it's into the tens of thousands. And the price of admission keeps the circus folk out - the expense account set who blaze all day in front of the hall admiring each other's weed while 'networking'. That's not to say there isn't gear here, there is. And boy, does it stink. I can summarize MJBizCon in 4 words: Extraction, terpenes, vapes, and lighting. There is an alcohol/beer tilt: Health Canada would lose their shit over…

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The Year of the Breeder

When I was at the Vancouver Lift Expo in early January 2018, one of the panelists in one of the sessions declared 2018 to be the: ‘Year of Ancillary’. Pretty much nailed it. It’s wasn't that producers were going to immediately stop being fashionable for investors. It meant that the businesses surrounding the entire cannabis complex will start beginning to really hop. Packaging manufacturers. Testing companies. Those that support the core of production and processing and distribution - but aren't it. Lifestyle publications and information sources and bong makers and nutrient companies and…

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On the Road Again

In the aftermath of ‎WeCann™2018, I find myself a little tired, but also fired up 'tween the ears. Over the last while, our crew (and poor Blue) has had to suffer listening to my musings about cannabis being 'disruptive'. Kinda like how Uber and AirBnB are in their respective space. Cannabis ain't a technology tho. It's just a plant, right? Yeah. I've a favorite line I repeat to anyone unlucky enough to have asked my opinion. That cannabis lies at the intersection of many, many commercial roads. Recreational. CPG. Pharma. Ancillary.…

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Molly’s Trading Post: Closed for Business

I'm not going to go forward with the Trading Post. Over WeCann™, I spoke with a raft of people. And I also learned that without knowledge, context, and experience: concepts can be easily misconstrued. There might be miscommunication/misunderstanding. Perhaps someone skips a part. Maybe only get halfway through, and want to go rather than read the manual. Happens all the time. In all these cases, the potential downside is greater than the potential upside for TheCannalysts professionally, and me personally. Because I don't want to see someone beach on the rocks.…

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State Monopolies and The Investor

I’ve railed at various times about the creation of State Monopolies to distribute cannabis. I’ve experience with them in my professional life - notably power, and interacting within the booze regime in Alberta, where I’d acquired an importation license to import tequila and craft beer from the states. It seems right to put all of it in one place, and explain why these Zombies of the State are an anachronism in the 21st century: utterly vulgar for consumers, businesses, investors, and ultimately......the citizen. When the pure, naked, and bottomless greed of…

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