Cannabis Business Ideas, Opportunities and Investments (25+ Ideas)

Are you looking for ways you or your company can profit from the booming green rush? Despite the pandemic, cannabis sector growth shows no signs of slowing.

Let’s take a look at some novel cannabis business opportunities you can take advantage of right now. (note: this is work in progress, updated often with new ideas, links and information).

Digital Publishing

Websites, Blogging, Videos and Podcasting. If you already have experience in the cannabis industry, you could share your knowledge to earn an income though advertising or other forms of monetization.

For example, What’sMyPot is handy website published by Canadian wife/husband team blogging their thoughts on cannabis, science and health. Hermano Reviews Cannabis is another great example.

If you have special knowledge or expertise you can share, and like learning new things – cannabis website publishing might be a good fit.

Cannabis-Infused Cooking & Catering

Chefs will find plenty of opportunities for cannabis catering gigs, such as weddings, company events and private dinner parties.

Some cannabis cooks are combining their love of weed & food in novel ways such as cookbooks, recipe websites and even Bed & Breakfasts…

Cannabis-Friendly Bed and Breakfast

Also known as “Bud and Breakfasts” are a growing trend in niche vacation rentals. Herb connoisseurs are always looking for lodging options that support their favorite pastime.

If you’ve thought about starting an Bed and Breakfast, and also like to toke up, this could be an ideal opportunity. Services like Airbnb and Vrbo make it easy to get started. Budhub also maintains a directory of these weed-friendly rentals in Canada.

Cannabis Consultant

Consulting is a good way to get rewarded for being old. <– fun fact. Though, with Cannabis; younger generations might have an advantage. In Canada, budtenders like CannabizzzJane have pivoted their government-required training to help cannabis brands better market their products.

Cannabis consultants might also be contracted for their expertise on regulations, growing, distribution, security etc.

Retail Sales

Retailers can find plenty of opportunities, from side-hustles and CBD boutiques to online dispensaries and brick-and-mortar shops.

If you are in Canada, check out my in-depth guide to starting a cannabis business for Canadian entrepreneurs.

CBD White/Private Label Distributor

White label and private label opportunities allow businesses to market cannabis products without the research and development capital required to launch a new product line.

Here’s a list of CBD wholesalers & private labels and general cannabis wholesalers (for seeds, grow supplies, etc). In theory, with the right white label service, you have your own line of cannabis products without needed to create or even store them.

Professional Budtending Service

Budtending services are beginning to replace bartenders & open bars for cannabis-related corporate events and private functions.

Budtenders need expertise to guide both newbies and chronics in understanding the unique properties of flowers, concentrates and edibles. You can get started by networking and reaching out to cannabis-event organizers to gain clients.

Cannabis Security Services

All dispensaries and grow operations require trained security personnel & security systems.

Marijuana dispensaries have unique requirements for both practical and legal reasons across jurisdictions, making security a specialism worth considering.

Cannabis Bookkeeping & Accounting Agency

Like any business, cannabis companies need qualified bookkeepers & accountants to set budgets, handle payroll and calculate taxes. (someone has to pay the man)

Cannabis Events & 420 Event Planning

Cannabis companies require event planning services for employee functions, trade shows and industry events.

Additionally, weed-themed weddings are becoming increasingly popular, and well-planned yearly 420 events can be a lucrative venture.

Cannabis Legal Services

Cannabis businesses require legal advice to remain in compliance with constantly changing federal, regional and local regulations. Attorneys and other legal professionals can carve a niche by targeting the growing demand for cannabis-specific legal help.

CBD E-commerce Dropshipping

Dropshipping allows companies to sell CBD products without investing capital in inventory and warehouse space.

To get started, you’ll need a website & some online marketing knowledge. Services like Shopify can help manage the technical side of dropshipping.

Cannabis Content Marketing Agency

The phrase “content is king” may be even more applicable to the cannabis industry. With tight restrictions on advertising, cannabis companies need SEO-driven content marketing strategies and knowledgeable writers to create enticing product descriptions, blogs, and social media posts.

Tour Operator

Tour operators who partner with local businesses for cannabis-themed tours create a win-win situation for all parties. Consider pairing up with “Bud and Breakfasts” and other services to cross-sell services.

Cannabis Business Insurance Agency

Specialized insurance coverage is crucial for dispensaries, grow operations and their landlords. If you already are involved in underwriting, this could be a nice specialization.

Cannabis Packaging

Manufacturers require specialized packaging to ensure maximum freshness, safety and discretion — and follow government guidelines.

Package manufacturers experienced dealing with redtape & regulations could pivot to cannabis packaging.

Cannabis Website Design & Development

With new online cannabis businesses popping up daily, dispensaries are building or updating their websites to stand out from the crowd. You can create value for your customers by offering expertise in regulations, software, etc.

If you have experience in web design, development or online marketing — cannabis could be a good niche to specialize in.

Cannabis Software Development

Tech-savvy entrepreneurs can find a unique niche developing custom apps and software for cannabis businesses. For example; Cannabis-specific POS systems are in growing demand as more states and countries fully legalize.

Developers might want to consider specializing in software targeting cannabis merchants.

Graphic Design Agency

Cannabis companies require a host of graphic design services, from logos to packaging labels to infographics for blogs. If you have previous experience as a graphic designer, now might be a good time to pivot to specializing in cannabis-clients.

How to start: create an online portfolio showcasing your best work and use social media to reach out to gain a following.

Cannabis Real Estate Agency

Finding suitable properties to buy or rent for cannabis businesses can be a challenge.

Specialized real estate agencies help cannabis businesses navigate zoning laws and find 420-friendly landlords.

Online Store for Marijuana-Related Products

One way to join the cannabis rush is with an online shop. Some niche ecommerce market opportunities include: Seed sales, vaporizers, growing equipment, books, digital products and the list goes on, and on.

If you have some website experience, Woocommerce is a good option for WordPress users. Less experienced webmasters should check out e-commerce services like Shopify that are cannabis and CBD-friendly.

You can also run an affiliate shop where you don’t need to own physical stock to earn commissions.

Social Media Marketing Specialist

Cannabis brands use social media to attract fans and often outsource that hard work to a social media specialist. (sometimes also referred to as “influencers”).

Cannabis-specific social media can start small by advertising for free market places such as fivrr.com and move up selling on larger networks such as Adistry.com

Other Opportunities and Investments

The last few years have not been meteoric as prophesied by some in past years. Though there are some steady companies, legal producers in the United States and Canada have been going through growing pains — reflected in cannabis stock prices.

Day traders and speculators are having fun, and I’m sure there will be a few winners in the long run. (list of cannabis penny stocks here) But, I’d also bet on a few companies filling for bankruptcy before the end of 2020.

More Ideas? Your Ideas?

While some people like to guard their ideas, I know that I will have more ideas than I have the time it takes to follow through on even 1/100th of them. So I prefer to give (most) ideas away.

How about you? Have some cannabis ancillary business ideas that aren’t right for you but might work for someone else? Please feel free to leave them here.

Are there any pot stocks & ETFs you think are great or terrible bets? Would love to hear your comments.

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