If You Plant Ice, You’re Gonna Harvest Wind

Why Are Politicians Blocking Federal Banking Services for Legitimate Cannabusinesses? On February 13th, twelve members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Reps. Ken Buck and Doug Lamborn from Colorado, sent a letter stirring further pessimism for cannabis banking to Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Mike Crapo. Back in

By |2020-03-25T09:23:37-06:00March 25th, 2020|Bob's Voice|

 Deciphering Davos: Mobilizing Support for the Global Cannabis Economy

I spent a considerable amount of 2019 traveling across Latin America working with industry and government leaders to advance cannabis policy, connect transactions, and understand the emerging market for hemp and marijuana in LatAm. Near the tail end of last year, I was extended an invitation to participate in several events taking place at and

By |2020-03-11T09:57:26-06:00March 11th, 2020|Bob's Voice|

Is Marijuana a Tool to Lure Swing Voters?

Said he'd vote for the man who paid the biggest price The next day at the polls On February 10th, the Trump administration released the budget plan for fiscal year 2021. The plan attracted a lot of attention from cannabis industry actors because it would end existing policy protecting state medical marijuana programs from Justice

By |2020-03-04T09:10:59-07:00March 4th, 2020|Bob's Voice|

A Long Road to Legalization: How Mexico Will Fit in the Global Cannabis Economy

Cannabis legalization in Mexico carries substantial weight. Since the fall of Colombia’s cartels, Mexico’s have come to dominate the black market. For viewers of Netflix’s Narcos and Narcos: Mexico (like myself), the impact of the Drug War and the violent influence of cartels has become captivating subject matter to American audiences. The reality is even

By |2020-03-25T16:01:18-06:00February 27th, 2020|Bob's Voice|

Growing Pains Pt. 1 Emerging Patterns in the Recreational Marijuana Marketplace

The 2010s were a big decade for cannabis. As we entered 2020, twelve states had legalized adult-use, recreational marijuana. Forbes recently reported that eighteen states could join that number, totalling 30 by the end of this year. This movement was, of course, spurred by Colorado voters’ watershed passage of Amendment 64 back in 2012.  As

By |2020-02-12T09:08:56-07:00February 11th, 2020|Bob's Voice|

Once in awhile you get shown the light in the strangest of places, if you look at it right

Musings on the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos  Last month, I traveled to Davos, Switzerland, as a guest of the world-class Cannatech crew for its annual event, which coincides with the World Economic Forum (WEF). I attended the Cannabis Conclave for discussions on European Union-based data, policy, and the work of the cannabis advocacy

By |2020-02-05T09:22:45-07:00February 5th, 2020|Bob's Voice|

Inspiration, Move Me Brightly

2020 Colorado Cannabis Laws Update  On January 1st, two new marijuana laws went into effect in Colorado. The first was House Bill 1234, which allows for the commercial delivery of medical marijuana.  While I recognize the market need for delivery services, I’m grateful that at the onset of recreational legalization Colorado began with a brick

By |2020-01-22T10:44:02-07:00January 22nd, 2020|Bob's Voice|

Gateway Proven Strategies

We’re not the best at what we do, we’re the only ones who do what we do. Whether you’re a well-seasoned cannabis industry operator or just getting your foot in the door, you should be asking yourself, “what does it take to create a truly successful, sustainable business in the cannabis space?” For years, clients

By |2020-01-10T13:34:04-07:00January 10th, 2020|Bob's Voice|