Long-time contributor Dennis James of MediCannaCare.com always delivers value in our monthly check-in. James focuses on both medical use with a specific focus on assisting seniors to SAFELY use medical cannabis. We turn our attention to 2020 and James shares his insights. As part of his ongoing outreach via seminars at assisted living centers et al, James plans to integrate cannabis retailers and other ecosystem vendors into his motion. James calls is his cooperative selling strategy. It’s all about getting vendors/retailers to ask the right questions to get the senior citizen customers the right products.
One of contributors, Josh Weiss (an MSP at LA Creative), fancies himself a firmly affixed in the California cannabis vertical. He is and has earned that reputation because he is out there doing it. The past year Weiss started attending cannabis investment meetups and made four presentations. In 2020 he’ll be engaged with a cannabis co-worker space (talk about creative). First off – a focus on cybersecurity. “We’re putting ourselves out there.” Weiss shared in the interview. Spoiler alert – look for a second cannabis co-worker space in 2020 as well. One take away – you can make money as a Cannabis MSP without touching the flower but supporting the ecosystem. Another takeaway: focus only on ONE cannabis meetup – don’t try to go to every meetup. Weiss is gunning to go to MJBizCon in Las Vegas in mid-December.
Duane Roebuck of BlueStar checks in before we all go to the MJBizCon conference in mid-December. We invite viewers to join us. But back to business, we’re taking bar codes and scanning in the cannabis supply chain. “It’s not a sexy topic but its very important and essential.” Roebuck shares. The two obvious reasons are inventory control and trackability/compliance. But Roebuck asserts that people forget about driver’s licensing parsing and better customer service (lower wait times with improved retail workflow). Ya’ gotta watch to here all the good stuff.
Join us on Thursday, November 7th for part two of a webinar series with Harry Brelsford and Nathan Ware covering the opportunities MSPs can take advantage of in the growing Cannabis industry. With the industry having only been legalized just a few years ago, this is an exciting time to get your foot in the door in a fast-growing industry. During part 2 of this 3 part series, we will be covering a few topics, including:
• What types of technology do they seem to use the most?
• Now that the cannabis business is a few years old, what are some of the mistakes that you’ve seen in regards to how technology is handled?
• What kind of data is being stored and what challenges arise from storing this data?
• Is the government involved in mandating how data is stored or will they be in the future?
• What regulations do you sense will be coming in the future?
• And more!
I interview the founders of Dauntless, an independent software vendor (ISV) in the cannabis vertical. While the Dauntless solution spans seed to sale for supply chain management and reporting, the firm emphasized its point-of-sale (POS) solution called Korona at RADexpo in Portland, OR. But the secret sauce is GIANT – a global API that connects the cannabis workflow/reporting to the different state’s cannabis control boards (to report inventory, sales, etc.). This interview ends with a basic question – is the cannabis vertical ready for Managed Services Providers (MSPs) to be dauntless?