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Check out our latest cannabis industry news articles and announcements and see which cannabis events the Canna Advisors team will be attending.

Canna Advisors Expert Gives Advice on Building Your Cultivation Team

Our Cultivation Operations Expert, Frencis Perret-Gentil, offered entrepreneurs some insight about building a long-lasting cultivation team in an article titled, “Three Ways to Build a Team That Stands the Test of Time”.

His top 3 recommendations are:


  1. Early in the application process, invest in a qualified Director of Cultivation that has the education, experience, and personality to run a successful operation.
  2. Hire the cultivation team strategically with the long-term goals in mind. 
  3. Establish a company culture where the owner and DOC take care of employees. 


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New NCIA Committee Members at Canna Advisors

Two more Canna Advisors team members were added to the National Industry Association’s member committees, and the four team members who were selected last year will continue to serve on their committees this year. Retail Operations Expert Tyler Stratford, and Legal Intern Aya Mubaarak, were selected by the NCIA to serve on different committees for the 2019-2020 term.

Tyler was selected to join a newly-formed Retail Committee that is focused on all aspects of operating a cannabis retail store. Aya was chosen to represent Canna Advisors on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. This brand new committee concentrates on recommendations for designing laws and regulations which will create opportunities for persons and communities that have been negatively impacted by the War on Drugs.

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Canna Advisors Featured in Business View Magazine

Canna Advisors is a featured company in the June issue of Business View Magazine. Founding Partners Diane and Jay give details about the evolution of Canna Advisors, share insight into investing, and offer advice on best business practices for success in the fast-paced cannabis industry. Read more about this power couple and contact us today for help starting or expanding a cannabis business.


Read the article on pages 27-32

Summer of Sharing 2019

We are gearing up for a season of information-sharing, as five different team members will be featured speakers at five different cannabis educational events in the next two months.

Our cannabis consulting experts will share valuable knowledge at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo (May 30 in New York City), the BrightTALK Business of Cannabis Summit (June 4, online), the Women Grow Leadership Summit (June 8 in Washington, D.C.), MJBizConNEXT (June 12 in New Orleans), and the NCIA Cannabis Business Summit (July 23 and 24 in San Jose, California)

Topics range from business logistics like licensing applications, facility development, and exit strategies to critical culture issues like effective leadership and incorporating social justice and action into cannabis business plans.

Upcoming Canna Advisors speaking engagements:

“Don’t Forget the Checks! How to Prep for Turning in Your Licensing Application”
Featuring Greg Huffaker, Director of Client Services, and Victoria Trusty, Senior Account Manager
CWCBE – New York, NY – May 30

“Being a Good Boss: Why It Matters More in Cannabis”
Moderated by Diane Czarkowski, Founding Partner
CWCBE – New York, NY – May 30

“Reading the Climate: Market Trends and Opportunities in Cannabis”
Featuring Jay Czarkowski, Founding Partner
BrightTALK Business of Cannabis Online Summit – June 4

“Getting Ready for New Markets in Cannabis”
Featuring Greg Huffaker III, Director of Client Services
BrightTALK Business of Cannabis Online Summit – June 4

“Cannabis Marketing: Social Action, Small Business and Big Distribution”
Featuring Lisa Jordan, Vice President of Marketing
Women Grow Leadership Summit – Washington, DC – June 8

“Planning Your Exit Strategy”
Featuring Jay Czarkowski, Founding Partner
MJBizConNEXT Executive Summit – New Orleans, LA – June 12

“Cannabis Reform Stops Short: Why We Can’t Let Social Justice Get Lost”
Moderated by Lisa Jordan, VP of Marketing
NCIA Cannabis Business Summit – San Jose, CA – July 23

“Today’s Key State Regulation Trends & Issues Across the Nation”

Featuring Greg Huffaker, Director of Client Services
NCIA Cannabis Business Summit – San Jose, CA – July 24

“How to Spend Capital Wisely When Developing Your Cultivation and Processing Operations”
Moderated by Jay Czarkowski, Founding Partner
NCIA Cannabis Business Summit – San Jose, CA – July 24

Diane Czarkowski Named to CBE’s 2019 Power Women of Cannabis List

Diane Czarkowski has been named one of Cannabis Business Executive’s 2019 Power Women of Cannabis. She is honored to share this recognition with the other women on the list who are also committed to ‘breaking the grass ceiling’ and making this a different kind of industry, rooted in advocacy, social justice, and inclusion.

Some of the supportive “glass ceiling wreckers” that Diane has had the pleasure of knowing are on this list: Nancy Whiteman, Founder & CEO of Wana Brands; Cassandra Farrington, Co-Founder & CEO of Marijuana Business Daily; Sally Van Der Veer, Co-Owner and CEO of Medicine Man; Brooke Gehring, Owner, Managing Member of Colorado 7 Investment; Nicole Smith, Senior VP of Manufacturing at Harvest Health & Recreation; Hilary Bricken, Co-Founder of Harris Bricken; Pamela Donner, COO, Desert Medical Campus, Inc., Green Hills Patient Central Gel Caps Concepts, and Genifer M Jewelry; AC Braddock, CEO of Eden Labs; Karson Humiston, Founder & CEO of Vangst; Leise Rosman, Chief Operating Officer of 4Front; Chanda Macias, CEO of National Holistic Healing Center; and Wanda James, Founder & CEO of Simply Pure. Diane looks forward to connecting with the other power women on CBE’s list in the future.

See the full list
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Team Travels Spring 2019

The Canna Advisors team has lots of traveling on the calendar this spring! Our experts are on the ground in 17 cities in 11 states, plus British Columbia. From Oklahoma and Pennsylvania to Missouri and Michigan, to Boston, NYC, Jackson, New Orleans, and beyond, catch different team members on the road in different states across the country. Our great group of cannabis consultants will be speaking at events, meeting with clients and policy makers, doing early advocacy work in potential markets, and connecting with aspiring entrepreneurs who want to continue #buildingtheindustry with us.

Schedule to meet our cannabis experts at these events or 1-on-1 in the cities where they’ll be to see how we can set your cannabis business up for long-term success.

Check out our events page to see which cannabis industry events we will be attending and contact us if you need guidance with your cannabis business.


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Canna travel map | Spring 2019

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