Tour of MPX facility – Las Vegas Nov 2018

After touring a fair number of Canadian production facilities, it is an odd thing to see a large metal cabinet market 'pesticides' anywhere near a grow. As is seeing large spray canisters right beside it. One of the novelties about the Canadian experience I guess - being limited to some 22 registered pesticides, there is a fair amount of apprehension around their presence and visibility in grow ops. Even if they're called 'Doktor Doom Formula 420'.  Lots of biological vectors used to be sure though, and there were several bug sellers at MJBizCon as well. I had no expectations of seeing a US production facility, although…

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MJBizCon 2018 Las Vegas – Wrap Up

More than 30,000 listed for attendance, with some 1,000 booths, and some 50 different sessions over three days, this was the largest show I've been to. And I saw a ton of things. Dispensary Visit I got shlepped to a dispensary one day - an investor pitch combined with a tour of the operations. It was busy in the store, and they pound out the poundage. Products are segregated by quality: low, medium, high - and prices are variable accordingly. I also peeled off to one on my own lonesome, to see what wasn't a scripted visit. The thing that stands out in the…

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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. TheCannalysts are also ‘ancillary’ if I was to guess.At WeCann™ 2018, I suggested on TheCannabis Act's podcast that 2019 was going…

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Binder Chat

Companies that engage the public in their goods or services inevitably have customer support. I didn't say 'need'. Because if they did everything perfectly, no one would have to talk to them, right? Nope. Because even if an outfit does everything absolutely flawless - some customer will bitch. About something nobody else in the world but they....and they alone...probably care about. Fair enough? It's their money after all. All a company can do is set an expectation, deliver it for renumeration: blammo! Offer + Acceptance = Contract. Legally enforceable now. Job done, profit soars, everyone gets bonuses, shareholders rejoice. But sadly, it won't happen…

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