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“Insanely Competitive” License Applications

Our hometown newspaper featured the work we do to help clients across the country win competitive cannabis licenses.

“Most small businesses and entrepreneurs cannot compete on paper with established, well-resourced, firmly-backed big businesses or wealthy investors applying for the same licenses. And it really does come down to looking good on paper, according to Czarkowski.”

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4 Ways to Prepare for the Cannabis Licensing Process

Cannabis Business Times featured founding partner Jay Czarkowski’s comments on how to prepare for the cannabis licensing process.

“Some newly legalized markets have not yet adopted regulations for cannabis business licenses, but entrepreneurs can make plans now while the rulemaking process is underway.

‘There are things one can do to stay ahead of the curve no matter where you’re at,’ Czarkowski tells Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary. Here, he shares four ways entrepreneurs can prepare for the cannabis licensing process.”

  1. Secure real estate
  2. Build community relationships
  3. Recruit your team
  4. Get your finances in order

Politico: Waiting on Regulations

POLITCO asked us what future cannabis store owners can do now to ensure they are able to secure a license

“The U.S. cannabis industry is poised to expand dramatically in the coming years after legislatures in Connecticut, New Mexico, New York and Virginia approved marijuana legalization laws this year. But it can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to get new marijuana markets up and running. While businesses can’t apply for marijuana licenses just yet, ‘there’s definitely things that folks could be doing now to prepare,’ said Jay Czarkowski, founder of consulting firm Canna Advisors.”

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Fetty Wap on Why He’s Betting on the Intersection of Cannabis, Crypto and Gaming

The Drum quotes Greg Huffaker:

And experts think the idea may just work. “[Grow House] seems like a fabulous idea,” says Greg Huffaker, director of client services at cannabis business consultancy Canna Advisors. “It used to be a joke around industry professionals that when you went to an industry event in California, someone’s gonna say ‘blockchain and cannabis’ inevitably, but this is the first time that it’s something that seems to make sense to me.” Huffaker says we’re likely to see the emergence of more and more companies trying to unify the gaming, crypto and cannabis cultures. “I think there are a lot of modern millennials and gen Z people who occasionally consume cannabis and occasionally play video games, so it makes sense you combine them.”

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Why Voting For Cannabis Doesn’t Always Equal Cannabis Legislation?

Benzinga featured this timely article from our cannabis regulatory and legislative expert, Greg Huffaker.

People vote for cannabis legalization. State after state, millions of voting Americans check yes on cannabis. Most of these voters understandably assume that’s the end of the story, and their government officials then go out and create a cannabis program. Those millions would be surprised to learn this is not the case all too often.

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Legalization Means New Jobs for New Yorkers

Jay Czarkowski talked with Aaron Smith of High Times about what jobs cannabis legalization in New York can bring to the state.

From the article:

Jay Czarkowski, founding partner and CEO of Canna Advisors, said that Colorado’s real estate market was “in the tank” when the nascent cannabis industry arrived, which he credits for pulling real estate out of its recession.

New York is also showing signs of real estate revitalization, with GTI’s ex-prison pot plant project. But it’s good to remember that the green rush, like the gold rush, is no guarantee for cash-strapped job seekers.

“They think it’s instant riches and it’s money up to the elbows,” said Czarkowski. “Just like any other industry, there will be those who do well and there will be those who fail. There’s no guarantee to success because it’s weed.”

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