Sitting down to write a year-in-review post, it dawned on me that we don't even have a full year to cover -- Blunt Strategies was only established in March!
Despite the lack of a first quarter, Blunt has grown by leaps and bounds in 2019. We started the new division of our Apparatus GBC practice because we were getting move involved with all aspects of cannabis, including advocating to legalize adult-use marijuana, supporting the start up of the MN Hemp Association, and generally seeing more opportunity to be in the cannabusiness space.
Some highlights include:
Starting the Cannabusiness Strategy Series as a space for people working in (or hoping to work in) the cannabusiness industry. These twice monthly sessions covered a multitude of topics between July and December including regulatory deep-dives, legal analysis of the 2018 Farm Bill, how to market effectively, how to open and run a retail space, starting your hemp growing operation, and more. We'll be back in the new year with great new programming so stay tuned!
Being part of CannCon 2019. This fall, Finance & Commerce put on a one-day symposium looking at various aspects of the cannabis industry. Leili participated on a panel talking about the legislative outlook for recreational cannabis legalization in Minnesota and I spoke about the need for more women to lead in the cannabis industry, especially as it's being formed and shaped in real time. Which brings me to our next highlight...
Establishing the MN Women's Cannabusiness Association. Announced at CannCon2019, we were thrilled to share the formation of the MNWCA as a space by and for women who want to grow in cannabis. As we close the year, we have 30 members and growing. If you want to learn more and sign up, visit the website!
Developing, planning, and executing the first annual MN Hemp Conference & Expo with the MN Hemp Association. Events with 500 attendees are no joke but this one went off spectacularly! We were incredibly proud to work with the MHA and the MN Department of Agriculture to deliver a daylong event addressing the questions, needs, challenges, and opportunities of hemp farmers from across the state. The room was electric and we can't wait for the 2020 edition!
Heading to MJ BizCon in Las Vegas. This four-day adventure had us wearing out the soles of our shoes but we were able to 100% validate that we're working in a great space! We got great information we were able to bring back to clients and friends in the cannabis industry, met up with friends and partners from Minnesota and beyond, and got energized for all the possibility ahead.
Not everyone can get this much done in nine months but where there's excitement, there's newfound motivation! Our 2020 resolutions include finding new ways to share information and education, building out the MN Women's Cannabusiness Association, and working with innovative clients looking to put the Minnesota cannabis industry on the map.
Cheers to the New Year!