Customer Reviews from Amazon Prime, February 2015

Amazon Vine readers have been given the opportunity to preview “Big Weed” and have given it an average of 5 out of 5 stars. All you reviewers out there, thanks for the great feedback! The following reviews were originally published on Amazon.com. Out of the shadows  5.0 out of 5 stars “Big Weed” is the story of a medical marijuana entrepreneur and the creation and growth of his company, Green Man Cannabis. The book also includes background information on marijuana and its history in the U.S. The author had to deal with the normal difficulties of starting a business such as finding funding and competent employees as well as ones caused by the illegality of marijuana under Federal law despite its various degrees of legality in twenty-five states, such as banking and dealing with the police and societal attitudes towards the drug. There are definitely issues still to be resolved as the industry moves from the shadows into respectability. The business eventually achieves success both business-wise and in growing marijuana that wins awards for quality. There are two retail outlets in Denver and the menus online show the different varieties and forms of marijuana on offer, including baked goods and candy. The book is generally well-written and makes for informative and entertaining reading. February 12, 2015   Enjoyable Book That Teaches You A Little Something About Buisness To Boot 5.0 out of 5 stars  “Big Weed: An Entrepreneur’s High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business” by Christian Hageseth has to be the most entertaining business book written EVER. With pot finally being accepted more and more in main stream...

Review by “Kirkus Reviews”

Business narrative of the halcyon dawn of marijuana legalization. Hageseth is an old-school drug warrior’s worst nightmare: an affable, articulate venture capitalist who argues that correcting prohibition’s folly will benefit both investors and society at large. In witty and informed, if overly casual, prose, he narrates his immersion in the cannabis industry, alongside the broader narrative of social resistance to the substance’s government-engineered demonization. The author begins with his ambition to build the Green Man Cannabis ranch, a “$30 million tourist destination” where visitors could enjoy cannabis like fine wine. He still seems astonished by the speed of change, having entered the medical marijuana field in 2009. Before that, he had prospered via unorthodox investments before taking losses in the housing bubble collapse. A chance encounter with a high-end grower ignited his curiosity: “It took me all of ten minutes to go from a guy falling in love with what was getting him high to a business guy” looking for opportunity. Hageseth faced a steep learning curve, dealing with eccentric, shifty growers, burglaries, and law enforcement, who were simultaneously surly and curious about the new gray areas. His business acumen helps demystify the underground growers’ culture. “Because we were doing things cheap and small-minded,” he writes, “we had unwittingly introduced glaring inefficiencies into the system.” Though he initially seemed headed for failure, he saw “a critical element that weed had that no other industry had: opportunity.” Sure enough, his investments in high-end grow spaces and personnel paid dividends, as his improved product began flying out of dispensaries and winning industry awards. Green Man was thus ideally positioned for the...

Starred Review from “Publisher’s Weekly”

Excerpt from February 2, 2015 issue of Publisher’s Weekly In this lively look at the evolution of legal marijuana, Hageseth, founder of the company Green Man Cannabis, describes going from a complete newcomer in 2009 to a respected industry figure and multiple Cannabis Cup winner. Though Hageseth is clearly and aficionado, happy to talk about marijuana’s benefits, he approaches the topic as a businessman and entrepreneur, or, as he puts it, “ganjapreneur.” He speaks of finding financial backers, the fundamental disconnect between state legality and federal illegality (try finding a bank willing to accept drug money), law enforcement caught up in rapidly changing statutes and attitudes, and other problems legal growers face. “The legalization of marijuana is like the ending of Prohibition,” he states, before comparing the current market to another past era: the Wild West. Hageseth, whose goal is to create the first weedery, or marijuana winery, is making an entertaining but bumpy journey: unreliable business partners, uncooperative banks, financial setbacks. His style is frank and positive: “I have never known as much happiness as I have growing and selling this gorgeous plant.” Whatever the reader’s views on the subject, this is an ideal insider’s look at an industry in a time of momentous...

Customer Reviews from Amazon Vine, January 2014

Amazon Vine readers have been given the opportunity to preview “Big Weed” and have given it an average of 5 out of 5 stars. All you reviewers out there, thanks for the great feedback! The following reviews were originally published on Amazon.com. Very interesting and informative book 5.0 out of 5 stars As someone who uses medicinal cannabis for pain, I found this book to be very interesting. Christian Hageseth takes you on his journey as Colorado becomes one of the first states to legalize cannabis, both medicinal and recreational. He shares his ideas for building the first weedery. A $30 million complex and tourist destination featuring 50 ft high cathedral ceilings, a bar and restaurant overlooking the outdoor greenhouse, a gift shop and public cottages for visiting artists, musicians, and craftspeople. He shares all of the ups and downs and trials and tribulations of being on the ground floor of the medicinal cannabis industry.I have Fibromyalgia and Arthritis and my body does not tolerate opiods so I really had no relief for my pain unless I wanted to exchange pain for being physically ill from the opiods. One day someone suggested I try cannabis. I was totally against it and said no way for 2 years. Then one day when the pain was really bad, I decided to try it. My first try was eating a piece of cannabis infused cheesecake. Unfortunately, I had no idea what I was doing, having never tried pot before and I ate too much and thought I was going to die. Even though the feeling was extremely unpleasant, I didn’t have any...

Customer Reviews from Amazon Vine, December 2014

Amazon Vine readers have been given the opportunity to preview “Big Weed” and have given it an average of 5 out of 5 stars. All you reviewers out there, thanks for the great feedback! The following reviews were originally published on Amazon.com.   I’m so excited I almost don’t want to write this review because I don’t want anymore competition 5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a quick and enjoyable read that makes me want to get up and head for Colorado and open up a business. I’m so excited I almost don’t want to write this review because I don’t want more competition. Even if this isn’t for you, you should read this book because it is a great indication of the changing world we are living in. Christian Hageseth has a real nice writing style that I really enjoyed. I literately read the book from cover-to-cover in a couple of days. December 30, 2014   Interesting and easy to read 4.0 out of 5 stars I was interested in this book because I live close to the Colorado border and also go to Denver three or four times a year. As a former criminal prosecutor I’m thrilled that pot is being taken off the books in some states. It’s disgusting how clogged up the system is with pot cases in so many places. Anyhow, I was interested to hear how the business end of pot was progressing up in Denver. This book does a fairly good job of describing certain aspects of the booming business. The book also offers amusing and brief ‘history’ snippets. The author’s...

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