Committee Blog: Unwrapping the Complexities – The Plastic Packaging Predicament

Balancing Protection, Sustainability, and Safety in the Packaging Industry In 2012, child-resistant packaging legislation prevented access to children while the legal cannabis market began to open up but the issue persists over a decade later and the topic is still controversial to some. “CR [Child-resistant] packaging on flower products makes no sense. On edibles sure,…

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Committee Blog: A Guide to Navigating Cultivation Environmental Requirements

Navigating environmental requirements and reviews can be one of the most challenging and costly aspects of obtaining a cannabis cultivation license. Environmental standards and regulatory requirements differ from state to state and within local jurisdictions. While regulations may vary, cannabis operators encounter similar environmental requirements nationwide. Environmental reviews and impact assessments require an evaluation of…

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Committee Blog: Discovering the Potency of Data – How Cannabis Brands Can Harness Audience Insights to Elevate Success

In the rapidly evolving landscape of the cannabis industry, understanding your audience is critical to staying ahead of the curve. For brands, this can be difficult given retailers hold the keys to their customer data. However, through the utilization of digital marketing, cannabis brands have the opportunity to glean invaluable insights from their audience data….

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Navigating the Cannabis Industry: Leveraging Data and News for Success

In the ever-evolving landscape of the cannabis industry, staying ahead of the curve is essential for businesses looking to thrive. With the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) providing exclusive access to valuable resources and partner discounts, entrepreneurs have a powerful toolkit at their disposal. In this blog, we’ll delve into the insights shared by industry…

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Member Blog: Creating Cohesive Cannabis Teams – How AI-Driven Hiring Promotes Diversity and Innovation

Creating cohesive teams in the rapidly growing cannabis industry involves overcoming unique recruitment and hiring challenges, including evolving regulatory landscapes and societal misconceptions. The shift from traditional recruitment methods to innovative, AI-driven approaches marks a fundamental transformation in how companies identify, evaluate, and onboard talent, promising a more efficient, equitable, and effective hiring process. Traditionally,…

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Member Blog: How to Build a Sustainable Cannabis Packaging Solution

According to NielsenIQ, 92% of consumers say sustainability is important when choosing a brand today. Packaging can play a significant role in helping brands meet their sustainability goals and attract eco-conscious consumers. Designing and manufacturing sustainable packaging requires a holistic approach that includes understanding the actual container, the manufacturing process, transportation and energy requirements, carbon…

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Committee Blog: The Importance of Insurance and Risk Management for Early State Applicants

Published by NCIA’s Risk Management & Insurance Committee (RMIC) 2024 is shaping up to be a bang-up year for cannabis whether its constant news about the potential for federal action regarding rescheduling, or multiple states expanding their current cannabis markets or entering the cannabis space for the first time. As exciting as all this is for…

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Igniting Conversations: NCIA’s Stakeholder Summit Series Sparks Dialogue

In recent months, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) has embarked on a transformative journey, bringing together industry leaders, regulators, policymakers, and advocates for a series of Stakeholder Summits across the United States. From the sun-drenched streets of California to the bustling cities of Maryland and the picturesque landscapes of Colorado, these events have served…

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Committee Blog: Crash & Grab – Hitting the Brakes on a Cannabis Burglary Trend

So, you run a cannabis business. You’ve spent years and years going through the licensing process, finding a suitable facility, hiring qualified employees, and growing top shelf buds to impress sophisticated buyers.  It hasn’t been easy – and it hasn’t been cheap. But that feeling you get when you help a sick customer find their…

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