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Recommended sources to research the business of cannabis.
TIP: Try both the terms "marijuana" and "cannabis" when searching databases.
Passport This link opens in a new window
Data & reports on consumers, marketing and companies around the world. Such as analysis reports of the adult-use of cannabis of various countries.
IBISWorld This link opens in a new window
Industry profiles for U.S., China, and worldwide sectors.
News & Articles
Since 2011, MJBizDaily has been the most trusted business (B2B) news source for the cannabis industry in the US and Canada.
Business Source Complete This link opens in a new window
Magazines, newspapers and journals in all business disciplines. Make sure to use both cannabis and marijuana in your search keywords.
Factiva This link opens in a new window
Local, regional and international newspapers, trade publications, press releases, media transcripts, and news websites. Example search: cannabis and business, cannabis sector.
Fitch Connect This link opens in a new window
Global industry, economic and political risk ratings and analysis. Navigate it to the search bar, type in "cannabis," then wait for the section Headlines to appear. Husky OnNet is required for off-campus access.
Statista This link opens in a new window
Market, industry, and country statistics, studies and infographics. Has reports and data regarding recreational cannabis use in the USA. Analysis by individual states too.
Mintel Academic This link opens in a new window
Consumer demographics, lifestyle, and product trend analysis reports. Example: "Profiles of Cannabis Users 2021"
D&B Hoovers This link opens in a new window
Company profiles, news, financials and industry reports. Off-Campus Users should use CHROME as a Browser
Washington State Cannabis & Liquor Board
Contains accurate lists of sales tax reports and other data attained from frequently asked public records requests. Example: Frequently requested public records lists such as "Approved Infused Products" list.
PitchBook This link opens in a new window
Investment trends and transactions in private equity and venture capital sectors. Can find specific cannabis companies.
Husky OnNet is required for off-campus access.
Books Available In the Library
The Business of Cannabis by
Publication Date: 2018-03-07
What happens when corporate culture takes over counterculture? This book explores the contradictions present within the cannabis industry from a business and policy perspective.
Big Weed by
Publication Date: 2015-04-21
Marijuana legalization is the hottest story in the US today. 22 states have authorized sales in some form; Denver has more legal marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks franchises. We are witnessing the dawn of a new industry. And like the early days of gourmet coffee chains, the rules and players are being established on the fly.
Commodifying Cannabis by
Publication Date: 2018-11-19
Cannabis is a genetically diverse plant that has been commodified for a variety of different purposes by many cultures throughout world history. For thousands of years, people have used its fiber, seed, and flowers to make rope and cloth, rig ships, feed people and livestock, concoct medicines, and alter states of consciousness.
Start Your Own Cannabis Business by
Publication Date: 2018-04-17
An introduction for cannabis entrepreneurs, with tips and success stories from pioneers and visionaries in the marijuana industry.