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Berner shares his secret to success (hint: it’s hard work & being real).




WE’VE GOT BERNER on the cover! How cool is that? The Cookies CEO and hip-hop star sat down with David Belsky for an epic interview this issue. Berner shared with us his MO for filling his days with non-stop activity—the hustle doesn’t quit if you’re doing what you love, he says.

Berner’s secret? He loves herb, so he’s always doing what he loves. Check out Cookies Start With B on p28 for more.

Meanwhile, Global Cannabis Times recently received a wonderful honor with our nomination for a prestigious Folio Award—we’re a finalist in the Folio Eddie Award category of “Best B2B Magazine Launch.” The winners will be announced later this month in New York City.


Here’s the funny thing—as nice as this accolade is, I’m more thrilled to see that our little publication is making an impact with you guys, the readers. It’s especially nice to see our branded gear out in the wild for the first time, courtesy of reader Vic Oshner of Green Acres Farms in La Grange, MO, who wore his GCT Brain Squad t-shirt to a Machine Gun Kelly show in St. Louis and sent us the proof (see picture, inset).

THROTTLING UP: Vic Oshner of Green Acres Farmers reps GCT at Machine Gun Kelly’s Aug. 10 show at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO.

And how cool is that?

By my calculations GCT only has about a trillion t-shirt sightings at arenas to go to catch up with Cookies.

We’ve got lots more in this issue, starting with our first-ever Cannabis Investor’s Guide on p34. With the help of some of the most dialed-in financial minds in cannabis, we’ll take you from green investor to head of the grass class. Also inside: Tom Adams looks at the sluggish start to New York’s newly launched adult-use market (p16), Janet Jackim sits down with former Mexico President Vicente Fox to discuss his on-going push for legalization and industry ethics (p43), and our design team looks at the best in cannabis logos (p52).

Damon Poeter

5 Smart Tips From This Issue

  1. Do you track customer purchase habits? Time to use that data to make targeted holiday sales recommendations. (Planning Calendar, p12)
  2. On the road for MJBizCon? Order your staff back home a pizza party to let ’em know you’re thinking of them. (Planning Calendar, p12)
  3. If you’re not using Halloween to highlight adult-use treats for grown-up ghosts and goblins, you’re missing out on all the fun. (Fall Big Dates, p12)
  4. Want ideas to make your dispensary both secure and service-oriented? Look to what the banks do. (Tech Spotlight, p24)
  5. There are times when the best staff management is none at all. Bosses must learn when to let employees arrive at their own solutions. (Tip Sheet, p48)

Damon Poeter is the editor-in-chief of Global Cannabis Times, produced by SmartWork Media. Damon has had a decades-long career in journalism and publishing, including stints at, Venture Beat, Extreme Tech, Ziff Davis, United Business Media, The Nation, the San Francisco Chronicle, Japan Times and the Gilroy Dispatch.



Cannaconvo with Peter Su of Green Check Verified

Cannabis Last Week with Jon Purow interviews Peter Su of Green Check Verified. Peter Su is a Senior Vice President with Green Check Verified, the top cannabis banking compliance software/consultancy in the space. A 20+ year veteran of the banking industry, Peter serves on the Banking & Financial Services committee of the National Cannabis Industry Association. He chairs the Banking and Financial Services Committee for the NYCCIA & HVCIA. He is an official member of the Rolling Stone Cannabis Culture Council. And, he is on the board of the Asian Cannabis Roundtable, serving as treasurer.

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