The Cannabis Private Investment Summit West took place in Beverly Hills, CA on May 4, 2016. The event brought together the best and brightest entrepreneurs, advocates, thought leaders, and funders to elevate the cannabis industry.
"As Cannabis seemingly barrels toward federal legalization, hosts Lindsey and Jenny dig into the unique challenges faced by ganja-preneurs in the American states where it’s already gained legal status. Guests include Christian Hageseth, Cheeche Marin, and Charlo Greene."
"When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana last year, it opened the floodgates to $700 million in legal sales, orchestra 'weed concerts' and the world’s first pot credit union. So what would California look like if it legalized recreational marijuana use?"
"Colorado legalized the use of medical marijuana in 2000 and recreational use in 2012. But as Hageseth tells Business Insider, 'We are still an unwelcome business on the federal level....It's illegal for a bank to take my money. It's just like they were taking El Chapo Guzman's money or Scarface's money. I am treated like any other drug dealer.'"
"Green Man Cannabis’s Denver South location is representative of the future direction of the industry – clean, bright, super-modern stores, with an eye towards locations that provide close proximity to weekly shopping trip stops. The store is within easy stopping distance from four different grocery stores, including Whole Foods, a Target Superstore, a Safeway, and a King Soopers (Kroger’s banner in Colorado). In fact, you can see the Whole Foods from the retail location’s parking lot."
"U.S. sales of legal cannabis reached $5.4 billion in 2015, up from $4.6 billion the year before, according to ArcView Market Research. Edibles and other infused products—defined as anything other than the bud itself—make up at least half of the total, dispensary owners say."
"Christian Hageseth, founder of American Cannabis Partners, Green Man Cannabis and the Colorado Cannabis Ranch and author of 'Big Weed,' gave a presentation at the recent High Times Business Summit titled 'Innovate or Die.' During the session, he discussed at length why industry leadership in innovation is key in determining the progress and growth of the cannabis industry."
Christian Hageseth spoke with Radio New Zealand about legal cannabis, and what could be expected from legalization in New Zealand if it's anything like in the United States.
"At the after-party for the National Cannabis Summit — an annual conference thick with entrepreneurs and business people, held in the bowels of the Sheraton in downtown Denver — eight of us attendees boogied alongside one of the more engaging speakers, the medical researcher Dr. Suzanne Sisley, who wore throughout the party a towering, purple velvet Mad Hatter’s hat."