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Maine Works to Regulate Recreational Marijuana Program Despite Setbacks

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Founding Partner Diane Czarkowski and David Boyer of the Marijuana Policy Project, discuss Maine’s legislative setbacks and the impact on new industry startups and current dispensary operators and cultivators. The adult-use cannabis program is scheduled to be rolled out by February 2018, but both expect recreational businesses will not be up and running until summer. Read the article here

What happened to Women Grow? Rapid growth, strategic changes contributed to contraction

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What happened to Women Grow? Canna Advisors Founding Partner Diane Czarkowski weighs-in on the company’s initial intentions and where it stands today. The special report from Marijuana Business Daily includes interviews with some of the industry’s leading women cannabis executives who helped start the national entrepreneurial network. You can view the full article here.

Opening the Door to Success: Canna Advisors Offers Five Tips for Maryland Dispensary Winners 

Maryland provisional license winners have a condensed window to prepare their retail dispensaries before final site inspections on December 21, 2017. Those who do not pass will be at risk of losing their licenses, as well as years of investment.

Tyler Stratford, Director of Client Operations at Canna Advisors offers these five tips.

  • Mobilize a design team and finish construction. Ensure workflow efficiency and security installation is implemented effectively in both the interior and exterior of the retail space.

  • Hire qualified staff and train them on-site. Provide them with an industry-specific Employee Handbook on your company and the newly regulated cannabis market.
  • Select, train, and implement POS software and cash management workflows well ahead of time, and secure banking relationships. Training should be completed one week prior to opening.
  • Prior to stocking initial inventory, have a soft opening. Invite friends, family, anyone who will give you an honest opinion. Then identify inefficiencies and implement changes so you have mitigated mistakes on opening day.
  • Have a third party audit your compliance before and after you open.

Canna Advisors secured provisional licenses for five licensees as well as the Wellness Institute of Maryland, the first state dispensary to pass inspection and open in early July.

“My advice to licensees is to be on-site. It’s the best way to spot check and learn about your company and business. The arena is ever-changing and you need to know the battleground,” stated Stratford.

With over 70 years of combined regulatory experience, Canna Advisors has played a fundamental role in the opening of the first cannabis businesses across six state markets, including: Alaska, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, and Nevada.

Winning Track Record Continues for Canna Advisors in Pennsylvania 

Out of more than 500 applications, Canna Advisors secured three of 27 Pennsylvania provisional dispensary licenses. The firm’s winning history includes dozens of license wins spanning 20 competitive markets.

Canna Advisors continues to set new benchmarks for success with its professional team, offering more than 70 years of combined regulatory experience.

“Our customized application approach and experienced team gives our clients a competitive advantage. We are thrilled to represent these three qualified dispensary license winners as they embody the ethos of what a medical cannabis business should be — one dedicated to serving its community with quality medicine and exceptional customer service,” stated Founding Partner Jay Czarkowski.

Industry Perspective – Banking Burden

Green Lion Partners LogoIn the second episode of Industry Perspective, an innovative new series produced by Green Lion Partners, Founding Partners Diane and Jay Czarkowski discuss the industry’s Banking Burden, alongside Kyle Sherman of Flowhub. Watch the episode here.

Business Opportunities Abound for Women in Cannabis

Her AgendaThe multi-billion dollar cannabis industry offers a myriad of leadership opportunities for women. Founding Partner Diane Czarkowski is one of many women entrepreneurs who have transitioned from traditional corporate industries to the legal cannabis market. Read more here.

New Cannabis Radio Political Podcast

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Founding Partners Jay and Diana Czarkowski sat down with Bethany Moore of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) for a special Cannabis Radio podcast. Together they discussed and addressed the ongoing political struggle for adult-use cannabis legalization in new adult-use marijuana states.



Learn About Real Estate And The Cannabis Industry At The Cannabis Business Summit

Weed News Logo Founding Partners Jay and Diane Czarkowski will lead a cannabis real estate panel at the NCIA’s Cannabis Business Summit and Expo, June 12-14, in Oakland. Learn how to “Maximize Your Business with a Strong Foundation” at the most influential cannabis trade show in the U.S. The discussion will take place on June 13, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. To participate, register here. Read more about real estate and cannabis here.


5th Annual Mother’s High Tea

Denver Westword LogoFounding Partner Diane Czarkowski shared her cannabis industry journey at the 5th Annual Mother’s High Tea in Denver. The longest running women’s cannabis event in the U.S., the non-consumption affair celebrated women entrepreneurs, mothers, and advocates in the cannabis community. View articles in the Westword, Dope Magazine, The Cannabist and the Westword.

Women Break The Grass Ceiling In The Cannabis Industry

Forbes LogoResearch shows more opportunities and less resistance for women entering the legal cannabis industry. “This is not just a new industry; it’s a new kind of industry,” said Founding Partner Diane Jackson Czarkowski in a recent article with Forbes.

A Complete Guide to Organic Cannabis

Playboy Entertainment for All LogoIn Playboy’s recent Guide to Organic Cannabis, Founding Partner Jay Czarkowski weighed in on organic vs. non-organic cannabis cultivation. The end verdict was that growing cannabis isn’t that complicated, there’s no “special magic that is required.”

Tyler Stratford – DBJ’s People on the Move

Green Denver Business Journal LogoCanna Advisors new Director of Client Operations Tyler Stratford is one of Denver Business Journal’s “People on the Move.” Tyler will assist clients with all post-license operational services, from staff training and development to Standard Operating Procedures.

Industry officials encouraged as Florida’s medical cannabis law takes shape

Marijuana Business Daily LogoThe Florida medical marijuana program is struggling with existing license holders lobbying against an increase in MMJ permits. Founding Partner Jay Czarkowski spoke with MJ Biz Daily on what lies ahead for Florida, “It’s imperative that the state legislature act and ensure that this program is implemented per the will of the people, ” he said.

Breaking the Grass Ceiling Book Interviews Top Women in Weed

The Marijuana Times LogoIn March 2017, Founding Partner Diane Czarkowski headed to SXSW in Austin to speak on a women cannabis entrepreneurs panel. Diane discussed the challenges that exist and the opportunities that abound for women in the world of marijuana. A special book signing took place for Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Women, Weed, and Business that features Czarkowski and other industry thought leaders. View the Marijuana Times article here.

Tampons, Lip Balm, Cocoa: Startups Cultivate Female Cannabis Lifestyle

Vocativ LogoFrom toke-bags to tampons, Founding Partner Diane Czarkowski reveals how women are driving industry culture with female cannabis lifestyle products and promising new startups. Read the full Vocativ article.

Flying High: Medical Marijuana Confusion

Salon LogoTSA travel rules have stirred confusion especially after the agency’s posting mistake, which listed medical marijuana as an allowable “What Can I Bring?” flight item. The statement was quickly retracted via Twitter in a response to a Canna Advisors post. Read the Salon article here.

Industry Perspective – Stigma Status

Green Lion Partners LogoIn the first episode of Green Lion Partners innovative new series Industry Perspective, the nation’s leading cannabis entrepreneurs discuss combating negative stigmas, featuring: Diane Czarkowski of Canna Advisors, Seibo Shen of CannAthlete & Vapexhale, and Vince Harkiewicz of Grownetics.

Want to Sell Cannabidiol in Texas?

The Austin Chronicle LogoFounding Partner Jay Czarkowski spoke with the Austin Chronicle regarding Texas’ limited medical marijuana program with high licensing fees and a minimum number of three in-state licensees.

Direct Cannabis Network – Cannabis and International Women’s Day

Direct Cannabis Network LogoDirect Cannabis Network interviewed Founding Partner Diane Czarkowski about International Women’s Day in the cannabis industry.  Check out the article, “Cannabis and International Women’s Day.”

Marijuana Goes Mainstream At SXSW As Cannabis Industry Leaders, Athletes, Media And Politicians Gather To Discuss Business, Investing, Medicine, Legalization, Politics, Sex, Sports And Startups

Yahoo Finance LogoRead the Yahoo Finance article “Marijuana Goes Mainstream At SXSW As Cannabis Industry Leaders, Athletes, Media And Politicians Gather To Discuss Business, Investing, Medicine, Legalization, Politics, Sex, Sports And Startups” to learn about the announcement of the panel, Cannabis for Treatment of Injuries and Illness, at South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas. The panel will be held on March 13, 2017, from 11:00 – 12:00 p.m., at the Four Seasons Ballroom AB.  Founding Partner Diane Czarkowski will be participating in the panel.

Cannabis Business Times – 6 Ideas For Increasing Profitability

Cannabis Business Times LogoCannabis Business Times spoke with Founding Partner Diane Czarkowski to discuss how cannabis business owners can maximize profits.  View the article here, “6 Ideas for Increasing Profitability

benzinga – Cannabis Industry Expert Jay Czarkowski On The Challenges Of Marijuana Legalization And Business Compliance

Benzinga Logobeninga interviewed Founding Partner Jay Czarkowski  to discuss the challenges of marijuana legalization and business compliance. View the article here, “Cannabis Industry Expert Jay Czarkowski On The Challenges Of Marijuana Legalization And Business Compliance “.

The Cannabist – New York medical marijuana program improving, but will it ever reach full potential? – Featuring Founding Partner Diane Czarkowski

The Cannabist LogoThe Cannabist interviewed Founding Partner Diane Czarkowski  to discuss the New York medical marijuana program. View the article here, “New York medical marijuana program improving, but will it ever reach full potential?“.

Cannabis Business Times – 11 Tips for Winning a Marijuana Cultivation License – Featuring Founding Partner Jay Czarkowski

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Cannabis Business Times  interviewed Founding Partner Jay Czarkowski  to discuss how to obtain a license for a marijuana cultivation business. View the article, 11 Tips for Winning a Marijuana Cultivation License.

Marijuana Business Daily Interviews Founding Partner Jay Czarkowski

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Marijuana Business Daily recently spoke with Founding Partner Jay Czarkowski to discuss cannabis companies changing their growth plans for 2017. Check  out the article “Trump effect – Some marijuana companies shifting 2017 growth plans, but most staying the course” for more infomation.



Tampa Bay Business Journal Interviews Founding Partner Jay Czarkowski

Tampa Partner Jay CzarkowskiFlorida voters recently approved marijuana for comprehensive medical use by an overwhelming majority. The Tampa Bay Business Journal spoke with Founding Partner Jay Czarkowski about how to tap into the medical marijuana industry.

Channel 4 News Arkansas Video Interviews Founding Partner Jay Czarkowski

Jay Channel 4 Profile PhotoWhat’s Next for Arkansas? Channel 4 News interviewed Founding Partner Jay Czarkowski who explained that fierce competition lies ahead for the state, now that 20-40 dispensary and 4-8 cultivation licenses are on the line.

Business News Daily Interviews Founding Partner Diane Czarkowski

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Business News Daily spoke with the top cannabis entrepreneurs leading the industry’s evolution including Founding Partner Diane Czarkowski. In her interview, Diane discussed where the industry is heading and how it has changed since the first legal markets were created.

In things as simple as dispensary decor and atmosphere, Diane said it’s clear that the industry’s understanding of what consumers want and need is more refined. “People are finally understanding that dispensaries need to be a welcoming retail experience,” Diane said. “There’s a lot of great innovation coming out for dispensaries to make it a more pleasant experience.”

For the full article, click here.

Splimm – Finally, Florida: A Long Journey to MMJ

Splimm LogoSplimm has analysis of Florida’s new medical cannabis program and insights from Canna Advisor’s Diane Czarkowski on implications for the Sunshine State and beyond.

Business News Daily –4 Cannabis Entrepreneurs Leading the Industry’s Evolution

Black Business News Daily LogoOn election day, voters in eight states approved new legal cannabis initiatives. Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota all supported new medical marijuana initiatives, while voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada all moved to legalize recreational adult use. Read the full article here!

Pittsburg Post-Gazette – Medical Marijuana Legalization Sparks Business Interests

Pittsburgh Post Gazette LogoSteve Twedt interviews Diane Czarkowski of Canna Advisors regarding her expertise in applications for new marijuana businesses. Read the full article here!

Cannabis Radio – Securing Cannabusiness Financing and Avoiding Risk

Cannabis Radio LogoRuss Belville speaks with Jay and Diane Czarkowski of Canna Advisors about the securing financing and avoiding risk in the cannabis industry. Listen to the full podcast here!

Denver Business Journal – Bob Wagener Recognition Plaque

Green DBJ LogoThe Denver Business Journal recognizes Bob Wagener. Bob joined the Canna Advisors team as the Vice President of Business Development on July 13, 2016.

Denver Business Journal – Marcy Leventhal Recognition Plaque

DBJ Article LogoThe Denver Business Journal recognizes Marcy Leventhal. Marcy joined the Canna Advisors team as a managing consultant on July 13, 2016.

The Philadelphia Public Record – Medical Marijuana Conference Has Attendees Buzzing About the Future

Philadelphia Public Record LogoAfter a five-year struggle in the General Assembly, Pennsylvania became the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana on Apr. 17. But it will take at least six months for the Dept. of Health to craft regulations that permit this new industry to begin, with a couple of years of road-testing after that.

From The Editors of Marijuana Business Daily – The Marijuana Business Crash Course

Marijuana Business Crash Course LogoFeaturing Diane Czarkowski Founding Partner of Canna Advisors
Speaking in: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh 

ALTERNET – Too Much of a Good Thing? Colorado Pot Glut Prompts Wholesale Price Plunge

alternet logoEverybody wants to get rich growing pot in Colorado, and that’s turning into a problem for the growers.


5280 Magazine – Meet the Marijuana Consultants Growing an Industry
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Jay and Diane were showcased on 5280 magazine on April 20th, 2016. The Meet the Marijuana Consultants Growing an Industry article discusses how Canna Advisors help marijuana entrepreneurs with anything from licensing to facility design, as well as provide basic business consulting along the way. Check out our blog here.

Wall Street Journal – Entrepreneurs Seek Profits From Pot

Wall Street Journal LogoMarijuana could be the Next Big Thing for entrepreneurs with an eye for opportunity. But it has some unique challenges. Iris Dorbian reports on the News Hub and Diane Czarkowski shares her own experience. Subscription is required to see the full story; however, you can read a bit more here.

PBS NEWSHOUR – What’re they smoking in the next high-finance industry?

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Paul Solman of PBS and Jay Czarkowski discuss legal and recreational marijuana as the next high-finance industry. Jay and Diane Czarkowski became members of the ArcView Investment group in 2013, and have provided their expertise as operators in the cannabis industry since 2009. See the blog post here.

Canna Advisors has helped hundreds of investors and entrepreneurs start and grow their cannabis business. Contact us today to learn how we can help you start or grow your businesses as well.

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