The Business

  • How Big Is The Marijuana Market? Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:04 AM ET

    Arguments for and against legalization of marijuana aside, how much money is at stake, if you compare it to alcohol and tobacco use?  The answer takes some  extrapolation and estimating, but it's still probably more than you think.

  • Sweet On The Medical Marijuana Market
    By: Rob Reuteman, |Special to
    Friday, 22 Oct 2010 | 2:54 PM ET
    Mark Mallen, owner of Mile High Ice Cream, pictured with a 10-gallon ice cream maker at the commercial kitchen near downtown Denver where employees make cannabis-infused "edibles" for medical marijuana patients.

    Mark Mallen was already a highly successful, ice-cream entrepreneur In Denver when he started making the product for the state's fast-growing medical marijuana market.

  • Medical Marijuana Business Begets A Cottage Industry of Indoor Growers
    By: Rob Reuteman|Special to
    Friday, 29 Oct 2010 | 12:31 PM ET

    The legalization of  marijuana for medicinal use in 14 US states has stoked explosive growth the in manufacture, distribution and retail of hydroponics equipment for growing the plant.

  • Edible Pot Hits the Spot Tuesday, 7 Dec 2010 | 11:33 AM ET
    Aunt Sandy's Medical Marijuana Cookbook

    The legalization of medical marijuana in several states has paved the way for a budding edible medical marijuana industry. Small businesses in states such as Colorado and California are making treats such as candy, cookies or soda.

  • Business Model Debate: Big Tobacco Vs. Big Pharma
    By: Shelly K. Schwartz|Special to
    Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | 12:40 PM ET
    A pharmaceutical pill bottle with marijuana cigarettes coming out of the top.

    Pill vs. cigarette. They both have pros and cons as consumer products. But if there is a battle to bring recreational cannabis to market, most believe tobacco companies would have the upper hand over drug companies.

  • Small Growers or Corporate Cash Crop?
    By: Trevor Curwin,|Special to
    Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:01 AM ET
    Holding a male marijuana plant by one of its leaves.

    If pot becomes legal, local, artisanal growers—perhaps along with farmers' collectives—are likely to dominate in the early stage, as big firms ramp up to enter the market years later. Think Starbuds vs. Maxwell House.

  • An Inside Look at America's Pot Industry Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:01 AM ET

    In an excerpt from a chapter in her forthcoming book, CNBC's Trish Regan visits the three-county area of Northern California known as the Emerald Triangle,  where more pot is grown than anywhere else in America.

  • Medical Marijuana: New-Age Entrepreneurs And A Hungry Market
    By: Rob Reuteman|Special to
    Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:05 AM ET

    It is legal in 14 states and under consideration in many others. It is certainly a growth business and states like California and Colorado are suffering growing pains trying to regulate the industry. So what does it take to become a patient or an owner?

  • The Pot Dealer Next Door Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:01 AM ET

    Drug dealers these days are far from the stereotypes of blinged-out urban kids and long-haired dirtbags. Many are moms, teachers, construction workers,  and municipal employees, supplementing their regular income.

  • Marijuana Dispensary Owner Finds A Calling
    By: Rob Reuteman,|Special to
    Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 12:04 AM ET

    David Nugent and Linda Lensing, who own and operate the Herban Wellness medical marijuana dispensary, moved to Denver a year ago. They have two employees and 500 patients.

  • From housewives to growers to Mexican drug cartels, everyone seems to have a hand in the Emerald Triangle’s marijuana till.  It's hard to get teens to take fast-food jobs when they can make better money working in the marijuana groves.