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Planting the seed of a cannabis supply chain

Laurence Wolfe's resume includes supply chain stints at Heineken and Gartner. Now he’s the senior vice president of manufacturing and supply chain at Acreage Holdings, a cannabis company that's publicly traded in Canada and also has a U.S. footprint. Mike Beaudry spent time working as a supply chain executive for the food wholesaler United Natural Foods before helping to found the cannabis distribution company Herbl.

It's this kind of background in logistics and supply chain that many companies in the cannabis industry could benefit from, experts say. And as more states start to legalize cannabis, talent will be in even greater demand.

"We're hitting these hiccups because people don't necessarily... even know that they need supply chain people," said Greg Huffaker, the director of client services at Canna Advisors. "They don't even know that they need expertise in this. And, you know, that's part of the problem."

The issue of how to begin a cannabis supply chain is sure to be on the minds of some businesses and residents in the four states that passed laws to legalize recreational cannabis in the Nov. 3 election: Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota. They join 14 other states, territories and the District of Columbia that have already legalized cannabis, according to Norml.


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