MG Magazine

MG Magazine mg Magazine and mgretailer.com cover the brands and businesses driving unprecedented growth in the retail market sector of the evolving cannabis industry.

MG Retailer is a monthly B2B magazine and website that serves the current and future needs of the cannabis professional. We cover the people + plants + products that fuel the unprecedented growth of this evolving industry. With market forces and business environments changing at a dynamic pace, we help industry leaders remain at the forefront of change by providing in-depth coverage of the topics most relevant to their professional lives.

Operating as usual

Michael Wang discusses the need for next gen technology and how Ispire is meeting the call.
11/10/2021
Ispire: Next-Generation V**e Tanks, Dab Rigs

Michael Wang discusses the need for next gen technology and how Ispire is meeting the call.

During his tenure at the helm of Sunday Goods, Michael Wang led the Arizona-based flower company’s expansion i

A Maine man faces life in prison and a $10-million fine after pleading guilty to conspiring to cultivate and distribute ...
11/04/2021
Illegal Cannabis Operation Could Net Conspirator Life Sentence

A Maine man faces life in prison and a $10-million fine after pleading guilty to conspiring to cultivate and distribute cannabis illegally.

FARMINGTON, Maine – A Maine man faces life in prison and a $10-million fine after pleading guilty to c

What's inside our October issue? Enlighten's tech visionary Jeremy Jacobs, our holiday Buyers' Guide, and more "gifts," ...
10/26/2021

What's inside our October issue? Enlighten's tech visionary Jeremy Jacobs, our holiday Buyers' Guide, and more "gifts," like the secrets to building customer loyalty. bit.ly/oct202mg

What's inside our October issue? Enlighten's tech visionary Jeremy Jacobs, our holiday Buyers' Guide, and more "gifts," like the secrets to building customer loyalty. bit.ly/oct202mg

MJBizCon returned to the LVCC on October 20 to celebrate ten years of bringing the cannabis industry together. Don't mis...
10/22/2021
Green Rush Rushes to Vegas: MJBizCon 2021 Draws Thousands

MJBizCon returned to the LVCC on October 20 to celebrate ten years of bringing the cannabis industry together. Don't miss all of our people + product pics (from Mike Rosati Photography).

LAS VEGAS – MJBizCon returned to the Las Vegas Convention Center October 20 to celebrate ten years of br

What can cannabis learn from couture? "At Edie Parker Flower, our team applies the same bold color palettes and playful ...
10/13/2021
Cannabis Marketing Lessons from the Fashion Industry

What can cannabis learn from couture? "At Edie Parker Flower, our team applies the same bold color palettes and playful designs we use in our handbag collections to our flower brand. Time and time again, customers have told us our striking packaging compelled them to choose our cannabis products over competing brands," founder Brett Heyman tells mg.

Mainstream cannabis consumption in the United States surged over the past year, creating a significant shift

Baked goods or beverages? Why not both? Cannabis edibles are right in the sweet spot, thanks in large part to their popu...
09/30/2021
Edibles Gobbling Up Shelf Space

Baked goods or beverages? Why not both? Cannabis edibles are right in the sweet spot, thanks in large part to their popularity with a prized consumer demographic: the young, well-educated, and upwardly mobile. Sink your teeth into these stats...

CHICAGO – The edibles category is expected to surpass $10 billion in annual sales by 2025, according to new da

Now is the time to get out in front of potential actions against the industry by drawing on the lessons from regulators’...
09/24/2021
Lessons from Decades of To***co Regulatory Fights

Now is the time to get out in front of potential actions against the industry by drawing on the lessons from regulators’ stated objectives, industry opponents’ strategies, and the regulatory landscape as it exists today in the to***co industry. Paul Blair, VP of govt affairs at Turning Point Brands, breaks it down.

Fifty-one years ago, President Richard Nixon signed legislation banning television and radio advertisements

There's so much to take in at this week's Hall of Flowers at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, you're going to need a game ...
09/21/2021
Expert Tips for the Best Experience at Hall of Flowers

There's so much to take in at this week's Hall of Flowers at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, you're going to need a game plan. Check out our list, including this pro tip: A licensed pop-up dispensary on-site will allow retailers to obtain product samples from exhibitors. Visit the dispensary early to beat the rush of last-minute patrons at the end of the day.

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Hall of Flowers is back. California’s business-to-business event for retailers and bra

Grow your cannabis IQ with the new September issue of mg, featuring The Future of Outdoor Farming, What the Cannabis Ind...
09/16/2021

Grow your cannabis IQ with the new September issue of mg, featuring The Future of Outdoor Farming, What the Cannabis Industry Can Learn From Couture, and more! Link to digital issue: https://bit.ly/Sept2021mg

Grow your cannabis IQ with the new September issue of mg, featuring The Future of Outdoor Farming, What the Cannabis Industry Can Learn From Couture, and more! Link to digital issue: https://bit.ly/Sept2021mg

How Sonder evokes a sense of wonder: It all started when founders Faun Chapin and her wife M pondered how a plant as mag...
09/14/2021

How Sonder evokes a sense of wonder: It all started when founders Faun Chapin and her wife M pondered how a plant as magical as cannabis could be presented in such a meh manner. “From a branding perspective, where in the world is the fun and curiosity in cannabis?” asked Chapin, who serves as CEO. “Our culture has removed so much of that playfulness from adulthood, and we really wanted to make products that reignited that.” Mission accomplished. Read more: https://bit.ly/cannabissoul

How Sonder evokes a sense of wonder: It all started when founders Faun Chapin and her wife M pondered how a plant as magical as cannabis could be presented in such a meh manner. “From a branding perspective, where in the world is the fun and curiosity in cannabis?” asked Chapin, who serves as CEO. “Our culture has removed so much of that playfulness from adulthood, and we really wanted to make products that reignited that.” Mission accomplished. Read more: https://bit.ly/cannabissoul

The slightest bit of moisture can make a huge difference to your flower. Award-winning legacy grower "Red Ted" Blair exp...
09/14/2021
How Two-Way Humidity Control Protects Terpenes

The slightest bit of moisture can make a huge difference to your flower. Award-winning legacy grower "Red Ted" Blair explains why two-way humidity control is important to terpenes.

Legacy grower “Red Ted” Blair’s roots in the Emerald Triangle’s cannabis community run deep. At the age of

Nominations close tomorrow! Is your company one of America's Top Cannabis Employers? In mg Magazine’s 3rd annual report,...
09/08/2021
America’s Top Cannabis Employers 2021: Call for Nominations

Nominations close tomorrow! Is your company one of America's Top Cannabis Employers? In mg Magazine’s 3rd annual report, we recognize the companies on the cutting edge of opportunity. We invite workers and bosses alike to chime in!

By any estimation, 2020 was an abysmal year. A killer virus swept the planet, destroying lives and

Soul Cycle: Combining a clearly defined reason for being with a wildly creative brand personality produces a “soul” to w...
08/30/2021
To Create Fans, Give Cannabis Branding a 'Soul'

Soul Cycle: Combining a clearly defined reason for being with a wildly creative brand personality produces a “soul” to which consumers can relate. See what's inside the souls of Dad Grass, Sonder, Old Pal and Cann...

We’ve said it many times on these pages: A brand is more than the sum of its collateral parts. Logo, p

mg Magazine is accepting nominations for its third America's Top Cannabis Employers honors. The annual awards recognize ...
08/26/2021
America’s Top Cannabis Employers 2021: Call for Nominations

mg Magazine is accepting nominations for its third America's Top Cannabis Employers honors. The annual awards recognize companies that provide their teams with creative benefits, opportunities for personal growth, and stellar corporate culture. All companies with operations based in the United States are encouraged to apply — but hurry. Nominations close September 9.

By any estimation, 2020 was an abysmal year. A killer virus swept the planet, destroying lives and

Consumers aren’t the only ones getting high in legal states. According to a new report from nationwide brokerage service...
08/25/2021
Home Values Soar in Legal States

Consumers aren’t the only ones getting high in legal states. According to a new report from nationwide brokerage service Clever Real Estate, cannabis elevates home values too.

ST. LOUIS – Consumers aren’t the only ones getting high in legal states. According to a new report from nat

Cannabis companies that can not only recruit but also RETAIN the right employees will find the most success in a competi...
08/17/2021
6 Ways to Retain Your Best Employees

Cannabis companies that can not only recruit but also RETAIN the right employees will find the most success in a competitive marketplace, explains Liesl Bernard, founder & CEO at CannabizTeam, an executive search and staffing firm. Here's how to do it.

The cannabis industry is in a unique position as decades of prohibition give way to spreading legalization.

The same people Black and Brown people who would have been regarded as entrepreneurs and artisan growers in today’s lega...
08/10/2021
Achieving True Social Equity Requires Changing the Cannabis Culture

The same people Black and Brown people who would have been regarded as entrepreneurs and artisan growers in today’s legal marketplace are languishing in jail or have criminal records that greatly affect their career opportunities. How do we change that? Sara Payan, The Apothecarium’s public education officer and an award-winning public speaker, public policy advocate, and writer, chimes in.

It’s no secret the cannabis industry is off-balance when it comes to people of color and business ownership. I

Why is Ben Kovler, founder & CEO of Green Thumb Industries - GTI, betting on cannabis? “This is a $100-billion industry,...
08/06/2021
The Man Behind Green Thumb Industries

Why is Ben Kovler, founder & CEO of Green Thumb Industries - GTI, betting on cannabis? “This is a $100-billion industry, and it’s almost an unprecedented opportunity to be a capital allocator with a low cost of capital,” Kovler tells mg's Christopher Jones in our August cover story. “So you know how lucky we are. I think there’s been plenty of other industries that are analogous to this, and we certainly study a lot of industries over time. Cannabis gets a lot of airtime as Prohibition 2.0, but I also think the gambling industry is similar."

When the first wave of cannabis entrepreneurs laid the foundation for the industry, there was no template for

Ready for some BRAND new ideas? In our August BRANDING issue, Ben Kovler, founder and CEO of Green Thumb Industries - GT...
08/03/2021

Ready for some BRAND new ideas? In our August BRANDING issue, Ben Kovler, founder and CEO of Green Thumb Industries - GTI shares the strategies he employed to turn GTI into one of the largest multistate operators in the US, with operations in 13 states and strategic partnerships with some of the most successful brands in the business: bit.ly/Aug2021mg

Ready for some BRAND new ideas? In our August BRANDING issue, Ben Kovler, founder and CEO of Green Thumb Industries - GTI shares the strategies he employed to turn GTI into one of the largest multistate operators in the US, with operations in 13 states and strategic partnerships with some of the most successful brands in the business: bit.ly/Aug2021mg

Anthony “Ant” Franciosi, proud founder of Honest Ma*****na Co, an all-natural, completely organic ma*****na growery in C...
07/26/2021
Explained: Why Does Cannabis Cost what it Does?

Anthony “Ant” Franciosi, proud founder of Honest Ma*****na Co, an all-natural, completely organic ma*****na growery in Colorado, explains: The information is out there for consumers to inform themselves about strains and producers, enabling consumers to be more certain what they are paying for at the local cannabis boutique. Pricing now is less random and is, in fact, based on these pretty simple concepts...

Before ma*****na started becoming almost gentrified, the market price of w**d was set by the person selling

R.I.P. Frenchy Cannoli, legendary hashishin, activist, and educator. “His passing was unexpected and leaves his family w...
07/21/2021
Au Revoir, Frenchy Cannoli

R.I.P. Frenchy Cannoli, legendary hashishin, activist, and educator. “His passing was unexpected and leaves his family with a gaping hole of emotion where his smile and energy usually filled us so completely,” his wife, Kimberly “Madam Cannoli,” posted on Instagram on Monday. "I think what we all appreciated about Frenchy so much was his authenticity and passion. It would give me great solace to see his face lit up with a smile right now.” Condolences, words of encouragement, and promises to keep the legend alive poured from industry members and fans. “Frenchy was such an inspiration and light in this community,” wrote Chloe Villano. “An educator who knew so many trade secrets yet wanted to give them all away so everybody could make the best hash. He will live on as a legend and inspiration to many.”

Legendary hashishin, activist, and educator Frenchy Cannoli passed away July 18 after suffering complications

Apps may be submitted only by licensed delivery services in legal states, not independent developers, and geo-fencing wi...
07/19/2021
Apple Clears Cannabis Apps for Upload to App Store

Apps may be submitted only by licensed delivery services in legal states, not independent developers, and geo-fencing will be enforced. But it's a start. Users of Android-based phones are not so lucky: Alphabet Inc. continues to prohibit cannabis-related apps on its Android hub, Google Play, regardless where the developer or consumers are located.

CUPPERTINO, Calif. – Apple Inc. no longer prohibits cannabis-related apps in its online App Store. The t

The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, released as a “discussion draft” and not a formally introduced bill, pr...
07/14/2021
Senators Unveil Draft Legalization Bill

The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, released as a “discussion draft” and not a formally introduced bill, proposes removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act altogether, not merely reclassifying the substance in a less-restrictive category.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Democrats led by Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday unveiled a d

The iheartjane.com co-founder turned his vision into a $3-billion ecommerce powerhouse that redefines how retailers, bra...
07/08/2021
Socrates Rosenfeld Is Empowering the Supply Chain and Consumers

The iheartjane.com co-founder turned his vision into a $3-billion ecommerce powerhouse that redefines how retailers, brands, and consumers connect. Find out how he did it, in our executive profile...

Compared to every other legal retail industry, shopping for cannabis products can be a confusing, frustrating

We 💛 this guy! When Socrates Rosenfeld and his brother Abraham co-founded iheartjane.com, they set empowering small busi...
07/01/2021

We 💛 this guy! When Socrates Rosenfeld and his brother Abraham co-founded iheartjane.com, they set empowering small businesses up and down the supply chain as one of their primary goals. They could do that, they reasoned, by enabling consumers to find products and retailers in a smooth, efficient, and gratifying manner. (📷: @iamjtphoto2) Read more in our new July issue: bit.ly/July2021mg

We 💛 this guy! When Socrates Rosenfeld and his brother Abraham co-founded iheartjane.com, they set empowering small businesses up and down the supply chain as one of their primary goals. They could do that, they reasoned, by enabling consumers to find products and retailers in a smooth, efficient, and gratifying manner. (📷: @iamjtphoto2) Read more in our new July issue: bit.ly/July2021mg

From cannabis tech to tourism, our June issue is bursting at the seams: bit.ly/June2021mg!
06/29/2021

From cannabis tech to tourism, our June issue is bursting at the seams: bit.ly/June2021mg!

From cannabis tech to tourism, our June issue is bursting at the seams: bit.ly/June2021mg!

Cannabis Consolidation 101: "The cannabis industry is not immune from the laws of expansion and contraction that have im...
06/21/2021
The Cannabis Industry Is in a Consolidation Phase

Cannabis Consolidation 101: "The cannabis industry is not immune from the laws of expansion and contraction that have impacted virtually every other business sector. We simply have more rose-colored glasses," explains marketing pro Randall Huft. "Let’s see how other emerging industries evolved and try to peel off some high-level lessons."

I’ve had the good fortune of speaking at several cannabis conferences, usually pontificating on the subjects o

By working with and supporting local vineyards, Napa’s businesses helped create a robust, alcohol-optional tourist desti...
06/13/2021
Cannabis Tourism Is the Next Big Industry Trend

By working with and supporting local vineyards, Napa’s businesses helped create a robust, alcohol-optional tourist destination people of all ages can enjoy. Now, businesses in states where cannabis is legal have the opportunity to follow a similar trajectory. Here, Amy Cirincione O’Connor, founder of Humboldt Social explains how...

Just as wine turned Napa Valley into a world-renowned hotspot, cannabis has the potential to transform

06/08/2021

Our new June issue is bursting at the seams. From indoor growing technologies that transcend the hype to the latest trends in cannabis tourism, it's all here in our digital edition: http://bit.ly/June2021mg!

The money is out there for cannabis companies that can build a strong case for their business plans and ultimate success...
06/04/2021
Cannabis Investors Are Back. Now It’s Your Move

The money is out there for cannabis companies that can build a strong case for their business plans and ultimate success. Here, top tips from entrepreneur Amber Senter, co-founder of Supernova Women, on sealing the deal...

When Canopy Growth Corp. offered shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange in April 2014, the Canadian cannabis

Out-of-home (OOH) advertising––think billboards, bus benches, wallscapes, and the like––is the single mass media option ...
06/01/2021
Shifting Behaviors Drive Marketing Opportunities

Out-of-home (OOH) advertising––think billboards, bus benches, wallscapes, and the like––is the single mass media option available to cannabis brands and businesses, and it offers an array of unique benefits. Matthew O'Connor, co-founder and CEO at AdQuick, breaks down the post-COVID ad landscape.

The events of 2020 fundamentally altered consumer behavior and, in turn, the cannabis industry. To be fair, we

5 surefire strategies, from Wil Walker, VP of client experience at retail interior furnishings designer DisplayDispensar...
05/25/2021
How to Create a Dynamic Salesfloor

5 surefire strategies, from Wil Walker, VP of client experience at retail interior furnishings designer DisplayDispensary.com.

The pandemic accelerated the retail sector’s adoption of ecommerce, some pundits say by as much as five y

Address

Los Angeles, CA
91308

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when MG Magazine posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to MG Magazine:

Videos

Our Story

mg is the leading national trade media outlet for the legal cannabis industry. Referred to as “w**d’s hybrid of Forbes and Inc.,” mg covers the brands and businesses driving unprecedented growth in the retail market sector. Visit www.mgRetailer.com. mg is a division of CANN Media Group, which also publishes the trade journal CBD Today and a variety of supplemental issues focused on all major verticals within the cannabis industry.

Nearby media companies


Comments

A cannabis lifestyle and interview show, “Let’s Be Blunt” explores the intersection of cannabis, activism, health, and wellness. Hosted by Montel Williams, the podcast works to bridge the gap between common cannabis knowledge and in-depth research, while also giving high-profile guests a chance to “be blunt” about their lives, what they’re passionate about, and what they believe in. https://lnkd.in/de4SqSJ
Check out our Day 1 recap for all the highlights from MJBizCon Las Vegas at mgretailer.com.
“The federal government did a very effective job propagandizing against cannabis so there are a lot of people currently working in the industry that don’t make it public knowledge because of that stigma,” Karson Humiston, founder and CEO of Vangst, a talent recruitment firm for the cannabis industry, told mg. “Cannabis is also growing at such a rapid rate that any data that could be collected would be obsolete in a matter of months.”
Another voice in the advancement of the Cannabis Industry.