Marijuana Business Magazine 2019 retrospective: A look back at the year’s cover stories


The new year kicked off with a major state legalization move forward as recreational marijuana sales in Illinois launched on Jan. 1, but even as that was happening, the staff of Marijuana Business Daily was already hard at work on the spring 2020 issues of Marijuana Business Magazine.

In the meantime, check out the cover stories from 2019 to see what you might have missed.

2019 January Magazine CoverWomen to Watch in 2019: For the first issue of 2019, readers nominated noteworthy women in the cannabis industry via social media. The women profiled in the January issue launched companies and alliances while paving the way for others in a rapidly evolving cannabis industry. Read more about each of them here.

10 Killer Technologies: In February, we looked at engineering feats that represent the spirit of innovation, high-level science and entrepreneurship sweeping through today’s marijuana industry. Selections were made to represent the main marijuana market sectors – from cultivation and extraction to manufacturing and retail. Look here to see if any of your vendors made the cut.

A New Day: In response to the groundbreaking inclusion of hemp in the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill, the staff of Hemp Industry Daily spearheaded the March cover story about what the change means for veterans and newcomers to the hemp industry. Get their tips for how to capitalize on development – and what questions remain about CBD – by clicking here.

MJBiz Magazine Cover April 2019Salary Survey: One of our most ambitious undertakings of 2019 took a look at the salaries and benefits offered for jobs in the cannabis industry – from budtender to CEO. The MJBizDaily data team parsed the numbers from several industry staffing firms as well as government data and job boards to bring you this overview.

What’s Next for Infused Products: Customer sales data has shown infused products claiming an ever-larger piece of the market share pie in recent years, with celebrity chefs and specialty ingredients helping companies up shelf appeal. Click here to find out which products and consumer demographics are taking off.

American Hustle: Raising money in the U.S. cannabis industry is far different today than it was one year ago. For the July cover package, Marijuana Business Magazine spoke with cannabis executives behind successful raises, as well as investors and other industry experts to get their insights into raising marijuana money in 2019 and beyond.

Artisanal Ambitions: “Craft” was a popular buzzword in the cannabis industry during 2019, but what qualifies as craft cannabis? And how much more can cultivators expect to charge for purpose-grown, quality product? Cultivation experts divulged that and more in the August issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.

Growing Momentum: The international business landscape grew so much in just over a year that we revamped a cover story from 2018 with an all-new list of countries and companies to watch, market data and Q&As with former North American leaders about the progress of legalization efforts. This package is available here.

A New Kind of Medical: Studies have shown that the number of medical marijuana patients drops off after states legalize recreational cannabis sales. But there is still a market for cannabis as medicine. Click here to find out how some companies are using science to improve the quality of life for patients and creating solid businesses in the process.

Marijuana Business Magazine November/December 2019 IssuePartnership Pioneers: In an industry where capital is difficult to come by, partnering with mainstream companies is one way for cannabis businesses to access not just money but new consumers as well. In the final issue of 2019, we look at case studies of partnerships between cannabis and mainstream companies to see what entrepreneurs have to gain by working outside the industry’s restrictive model.


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