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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 society with your local dealers and illegal pot trade losing traction, we need to look at the legalized business of Marijuana.

It reads more like an entertaining memoir than your usual business book but, that’s the nature of the business and the main product it brings to the market. This is a book I had a hard time putting down and finished in an afternoon. I’ve never had so much fun learning.

February 12, 2015


 

Enjoyable Reading

5.0 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed reading this book, for its insight into the author’s journey throughout the evolving environment as a ganjapreneur.

No stranger to smoke, but having been in realty, the author shares his story from his first day on the golf course, where the idea was presented to him, and on through his struggles with federal law interfering with maintaining relationships with banks, his straightforward approach to maintain integrity and honesty during the growth of his business, and the challenges he faced alnong the way.

The book offers insight into the industry, from its infancy, to its vertically structured modifications as laws changed, yet it reads like a story, with interesting stories from the people the author has met throughout his journey, including a struggling young Mexican’s long walking trek to care for his family, and the dangers associated with his means to get by in life, and also an opportunity to dine with one of the most revered resources and accomplished growing authors in marijuana, Ed Rosenthal.

This is an interesting read, and an exceptionally written book that is suitable for anyone with entrepreneurial ambitions, or anyone that may enjoy learning about the birth of a cannabis dispensary.

February 12, 2015


 

Reads like a novel

5.0 out of 5 stars

This is an entertaining book to read straight through. The author has a white collar background and now runs a small chain of marijuana dispensaries in Denver, Green Man Cannabis, which he’s run since 2009 at first as a medicinal seller. In 2014, Colorado legalized marijuana and he was caught up in excitement about a whole new market and opportunity to build a business. This is his story of trying to be first and get established.

The book is very well written. It reads like a novel and pulled me in. The story covers the big market but also covers colorful characters he meets along the way. Many growers are still small farm or individual, even hobbyists. A look at Green Man Weed’s website will show, he’s selling artisan weed in dozens of varieties with funny names. Like a pub that sells local brews can compete with Natty Lite, this is his view of the small business weed store of the future.

February 11, 2015


 

Overview of the past, current and future of Big Weed

3.0 out of 5 stars

There are lots of questions and even more people trying to answer them. There are a handful of books on the market currently, (and many more to come in the following months) that try to answer those questions.

Overall this book is an interesting read for those wanting to learn more. It give a brief overview of the former market, the current market and what may be the future market for all players big and small.

February 11, 2015


 

Entertaining and Educational

 5.0 out of 5 stars

“Big Weed” is an enjoyable and educational book Hageseth is a marijuana enthusiast as well as a savvy businessman. In this book he presents his journey of creating a marijuana farm based on his knowledge of how our markets work. His background is in real estate but when that market crashed he needed to find another venture. He discusses how his wife (now ex-wife) felt ambivalent about both his choice of the new Colorado laws surrounding this drug and his choice to continue as an entrepreneur rather than becoming an employee at an established firm. He also writes about how he presented his work to his three young kids. It was fun to trace his travails and sometimes his bumbling in this newly legal field.

Hageseth’s writing is clear and entertaining while still doling out his hard won wisdom of how businesses works. He found himself floundering at times because this is such a new field. After educating himself he also had to navigate the prejudices and just plain ignorance of the mainstream business world, law enforcement, and medical workers. If you’ve ever dreamed of striking out on your own “Big Weed” can serve in part as a `how to’ business manual or if you’ve wondered about the types of marijuana and how they affect the body and mind you’ll find it here. “Big Weed” is also entertaining.

February 11, 2015


 

Great book for a budding business

5.0 out of 5 stars 

I have to admit I was surprised at what an easy read this book was! Some business books have very good information but it is told in a very boring and drawn out way. Not so with this book! Whatever your view is of the legalization of marijuana is this is a great read with lots of interesting information!

 February 10, 2015


 

An interesting read about the legal and entrepreneur pot business

4.0 out of 5 stars 

Living in Washington and in the midst of policy review of state and local ordinances of the recently legalized recreational marijuana businesses, this book was an interesting read. Much of Hageseth’s points are true: Pot is the wild west of business. There is a lot of uncharted territory, a lot of “not in my backyard” and a ton of potential money to be made – both at the supply and retail sides. There are lots of issues – some banks won’t deal with money because it’s not federally legal; security measures need to be in place; figuring out how to meet all the requirements of the laws that vary greatly from city to city (or county)…it’s an interesting read and Hageseth seems to have figured out a sweet spot for the time being. While a certain segment of the book is devoted to Hageseth and his ego, it’s not enough to detract from some of the central points about being at the right time and right place and willing to put one’s neck out to attempt a new business.

February 9, 2015

 

 


 

Pot Luck

4.0 out of 5 stars 

When marijuana was legalized, the author navigated some uncharted waters. With a mishmash of contradictory laws and interests, he applied his entrepreneurial know how to a new and profitable industry. Of course the sweet smell of money attracts the giant corporate interests and anything with political overtones is bound to be problematic. Still, the author had a vision and provides an interesting account of the birth of a business and predictions for the future.

Entertaining, informative and engaging, this is an easy read. It does not seem fair that the well funded interests are already shutting out the small artisanal grower. This book provides perspective of the challenges and rewards. In short, it’s smokin’.

February 9, 2015

 

 


 

Greener pastures bringing in the green

4.0 out of 5 stars 

Having been intrigued by the MSNBC original series, Pot Barons of Colorado, I was eager to read Big Weed: An Entrepreneur’s High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business by Christian Hageseth and Joseph D’Agnese. Thank goodness, this book was equally as interesting a read as the series was to watch and hear. As stated in the book, ¨No health organization has ever established a fatal dosage level for marijuana.¨ The author goes on to state, ¨… only a fool would argue that it is completely safe.¨ Hageseth’s company, Green Man Cannabis won the US Cannabis Cup in 2014, and being that he is devoted to his business and producing the highest quality product, he is the source I would want to learn from should I be interested in either starting a business in legal marijuana myself or investing in one.

February 9, 2015

 

 


 

A guy with a head for business gets involved in modern day marijuana growing

4.0 out of 5 stars 

This is a different sort of look at cannabis growing than other books I’ve read. Instead of ageing hippies who’ve spent time in jail and want to tell you about “back in the day” what the 60s and 70s were like smuggling dope before Nancy Reagan just said “no” and everyone wanted cocaine anyway, or maybe what the 80s and 90s were like growing their own up in Canada, this book is about growing weed starting in 2009. The author, uniquely, talks about the modern day business aspect of growing, getting permits, finding investors, vertical integration.

This is not a long book, and it started out extremely interesting so I was trying to read it slower to make it last longer. By the end I was a bit disappointed, though. The author is a bit full of himself, he drags things out a bit proselytizing about the future of legal marijuana growing, and ultimately the book seems like one big ad for his brand, with the publication meant to be timed just right to draw the masses to take tours in his new “ranches” (like a winery. Maybe…a pottery?) There is also a bit of blather about how he wanted his life to have more meaning than just making money, after talking about the ice cream shops he started and then sold and the real estate business he was in that ended badly, but it seems more like weed was just a very good business opportunity, not like he got into the business for some higher purpose.

Overall an interesting read for those who have an interest in the subject AND those who want an easy-reading business book. It could have benefited from a “suggested reading” list in the back, but if you read the “notes” section you will find some of the books the author references there.

February 9, 2015

 

 


 

I found the book easy to read with some parts being slightly long winded …

5.0 out of 5 stars 

This is a very informative book for the right person. It is a book for someone who is pro legalization and who is interested in owning a business. Anyone looking for a debate on the whether or not marijuana should be legalized and taxed should look elsewhere. This book is about Mr. Hageseth’s journey into the marijuana business and all of the complexities he faced on the way. It was very interesting to see the business aspect of this new field and to understand how much will be necessary to actually run a successful marijuana related business. I was especially intrigued by the banking aspects and did not realize how something that we take for granted would be denied you because of the type of business you’re in. I found the book easy to read with some parts being slightly long winded and too personal for the format of the book. I really could have done w/o the snippets from Mr. Hageseth, which just seemed off topic. Since I was easily able to skip his diatribes, I did not remove any stars for it.

February 7, 2015

 

 


 

A Marijuana Business Odyssey and a Lesson in Entrepreneurialism and Confusing Laws.,

4.0 out of 5 stars 

“Big Weed” tells the story of Green Man Cannabis’ struggles and success in Colorado’s legal marijuana business over the past five years. Christian Hageseth, founder of Green Man Cannabis, with co-writer Joseph D’Agnese, recounts the ups and downs, the excitement, the frustrations, successes and failures of starting a legal marijuana business in Colorado after the state legalized medical marijuana in 2000. It was an emotional as well as financial roller coaster, and Hageseth is a passionate and engaging raconteur. He takes us from the business’ conception on a golf course after Hageseth lost his job in the real estate industry, though its many rough patches -halfway through the book, he has already almost lost the business three times- its eventual success, and Hageseth’s aspirations for the future, which include the world’s first “weedery”, a $30 million tourist attraction that will house 150,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor growing space.

Green Man Cannabis was founded in 2009 as a medical marijuana grower and is now two companies. It’s not clear to me if it sells recreational marijuana at this time. The company didn’t jump into that market when recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado in 2012. Green Man Cannabis’ web site says that they will be opening sales to recreational users this winter, though. Apparently, Red Cards, which enable “patients” to purchase medical marijuana, were always easy to obtain in Colorado and still carry some advantages over the “recreational” designation. Green Man Cannabis “started out small, inefficient, naïve, and paranoid,” as the author explains, which is why so many marijuana businesses fail in legalized markets. They can’t adapt their thinking from the small-scale illegal operations where they originated to vertically integrated legal businesses. Hageseth had an advantage there, as he was an experienced entrepreneur.

“Big Weed” is written for any interested parties but is aimed particularly at entrepreneurs, investors, marijuana lovers, and small business owners who are considering expansion and want to recognize the pitfalls. Hageseth is an enthusiastic entrepreneur and equally enthusiastic marijuana consumer. He tends to describe things in colorful terms and makes it all sound very exciting. He’s always looking to the future, so he offers us his predictions for the legal marijuana industry. Not surprisingly, he predicts a lot of consolidation and a large presence from Big Pharma and Big Agra. I’m sure there will still be artisinal growers and dispensaries, but the price of entry into the marijuana business is already a lot more than in 2000. I don’t expect a federal crackdown, as states badly need marijuana taxes, but the inability for banks to accept accounts from legal marijuana businesses due to current federal law is untenable. So legislative changes on the federal level will be necessary at some point.

February 3, 2015

 

 

 

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 surprise 2012 legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado. Hageseth closes his overview with a set of proposals for corporate oversight, law enforcement and public safety, given that widespread acceptance of cannabis seems increasingly inevitable.

An accessible primer on the capitalistic opportunities presented by this vice gone suddenly mainstream.

a in Colorado. Hageseth closes his overview with a set of proposals for corporate oversight, law enforcement and public safety, given that widespread acceptance of cannabis seems increasingly inevitable. An accessible primer on the capitalistic opportunities presented by this vice gone suddenly mainstream.

Originally Published in the February 15, 2015 Issue of Kirkus Reviews.

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 change.

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 pain, so that was something.I decided to try it again in very small doses. When I say small, I mean like a tiny sliver, like a splinter, of hard candy infused with cannabis, and even that was too much for me. I just don’t like the way it feels. So, I started making my own capsules, in a strength I could tolerate, and only taking them at night for sleep. What a difference! Even though I don’t take it during the day because I don’t like the feeling, just being able to get that good sleep made a world of difference in my pain levels and I don’t have nearly as many bad flares as I used to. I am sold on the benefits of cannabis now, but I wish I could get some of the high CBD stuff that doesn’t have the THC, which is the stuff that makes you feel high.

Anyway, getting back to the book, the author tells you some of the stories he’s witnessed with patients who tried cannabis. There are some really miraculous stories of survival in cancer patients, children with epilepsy who were virtually a shell of a child who “woke up” and stopped having seizures after being put on cannabis oil. The stories I have read and heard are amazing and I can’t believe there are people out there who would see the improvement in these children and yet want to deny them a chance at life because they are brainwashed into thinking that cannabis is evil. Cannabis is no more “evil” than alcohol. Actually, cannabis is way less “evil” than alcohol.

The author also goes into detail about how to get into the business the right way, and why his company has stood while other companies have failed. And it’s all about ethics and having your patients leave knowledgeable rather than selling them some cannabis and sending them out the door to try it themselves, like I did. It’s about caring about your customers, and not just selling it to get rich. If you’re in it to get rich, you’re in the wrong business.

If you want to learn more about the cannabis industry, this is a pretty good book, written by someone who was in it in the beginning, and shares the entire process that he went through while creating one of the biggest and fastest growing cannabis companies in the world.

January 24, 2015


Ever ask why alcohol and tobacco are legal but weed isn’t?

5.0 out of 5 stars 

This book was an absolute joy to read and one that I highly recommend. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that this book should be put into as many hands as possible, due to the sensible and logical musings of author Christian Hageseth on the business of marijuana growing, coupled with a general history of the plant throughout the years and the criminalization of it that was put in place by some pretty idiotic people, parties and groups.

It’s pretty much the equivalent of listening to Bill Nye or Neil deGrasse Tyson destroy Creationists.

Big Weed tells a story of one man’s foray into the world of legal marijuana sales, what it took for him to get there, the trials and tribulations he experienced, where he currently stands and what the future potentially holds not just for him and his related business ventures but the industry as a whole. It becomes plainly obvious early on where he stands on the matter but what comes across even more is how passionate he is in regards to it, something that resonates on each and every page. I kind of wish that the book went into even more detail about the business side of things only because at just over 200 pages, the book goes by in a flash and it kind of felt like there were some gaps in the timeline that could have been fleshed out a little more. Even with the book’s considerably short length, it’s loaded with a good amount of information. I can say that I read this book and walked away from it having felt like I learned a little something from it, which is pretty impressive.

It’s obvious the author knows his stuff and looking at the Notes section makes it clear that he was willing to put the research into it also, giving the book an air of authenticity and honesty that other sources may lack, making them hard to take seriously. Big Weed makes its case plain and simple and quite frankly, it’s like a breath of fresh air to read this book and be reminded that there are still some people that can have a sensible, constructive discussion on the subject. Hageseth goes on to discuss the many contradictions of marijuana related laws in our country and popular opinion on the drug, long demonized even after it’s many positive uses have been proven time and time again in various medical theses and publications over the last few decades.

Have you ever asked why alcohol and tobacco are legal yet weed isn’t? Have you ever questioned who would benefit from the current set up and why they’d want to keep this plant from being widely used when it’s safer than just about any bottle you can grab from a liquor store shelf or over the counter prescription drug you can get at a pharmacy? Are you still under the impression that America’s War on Drugs was a noble effort or can you see it for the failure that it so obviously has become? Or are you simply content living with the belief that weed was put here by the Devil himself in an effort to derail us all and send us straight to hell carrying a basket of Hostess cakes?

Then do yourself a favor and read this book. You’ll either find that you were right all along or that maybe, just maybe the stuff ain’t as bad as Nancy Reagan or your dear old Ma made it out to be. Think about that last bit as you consider how many lives have been destroyed by the ridiculous amount of jail time slapped on those caught with some weed in their pocket or who happened to be growing a couple of plants at home for personal consumption.

The time is ripe for a book like Big Weed. not just merely on the strength of its strong argument that much good can come from proper harvesting of this plant but also in its tendency to be nothing but straightforward with the facts and its desire to educate those who may come at it from either a positive or negative angle. Though you’d probably need a little more than this book to get yourself started in the marijuana business if that’s what you’re looking to do, this should be considered required reading for anyone interested in the subject. It does a great job at detailing not just the successes of Mr. Hageseth’s business but the pitfalls he personally experienced and the potential for more. I wouldn’t be surprised if this book becomes a hot seller and maybe even a bible of sorts for some. It’s really good reading with a lot of useful info and an honest eye’s view on the hypocrisy of things as they exist in their current state.

Finally, the one aspect of the book that I appreciated the most was that it left me with the idea and even the feeling that even in these trying days where nothing’s guaranteed, you can still come out ahead in this country and still make a living doing something that you love if you’re willing to make the effort.

January 22, 2015


Excellent read.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Back in the day, before Jim joined the Navy and was subject to random drug tests, and now with his working for the military, we used to be card carrying members of NORML (national organization for the reformation of marijuana laws). I have always thought that smoking a little MJ being illegal while being able to chug down a bottle of Jack was ridiculous. Legalize it, tax it, has been my rallying cry.

So when Colorado took the big step I was stoked, not stoked enough to move there, but excited to see what I think is a move in the right direction. Reading “Big Weed” about taking growing Marijuana from a 40,000 a year medical faculty to a 4 million a year company was interesting. Right before I read the book I had seen an article on the growers and sellers in CO having issues because of banking, and it’s discussed in this book. Because MJ is still illegal federally, and most banks are under the federal reserve, they can’t accept “drug money.” This is one of the reasons laundering is such a big deal. So people who are legally growing MJ can’t have a banking account for their business.

This is just one of the fascinating aspects of being in weed business. The author’s voice is pleasant, fun, and interesting. I highly recommend this book no matter which side of the fence your on, or if you are sitting smack dab on the fence, just the nuances, adventures, experience, legal issues, and in some ways state rights vs federal laws (also being seen in the arena of same sex marriage) playing out is a real education in how our country works.

January 22, 2015


A businessman’s life of service

5.0 out of 5 stars

Marijuana businessman Hageseth and journalist D’Agnese made this book informative and entertaining. This is a bonafide business book yet to me it was like watching a movie.

Hageseth’s early life included use of this medicinal plant, and that seems to have been important to his financial success now. He concentrated and sampled. Hegaseth honed his craft using all methods of professional development available to him, including educational business trips – always improving his practice.

I think this book will inspire readers to not to give up on their dream.

January 21, 2015


A well-written business memoir

4.0 out of 5 stars

This book grows on you like weed! At first it reads like a man bragging about his fortunes in the MJ business, and in some ways, it is. Apparently the MJ business is the only truly profitable business the author has been in. Being a Colorado resident, he learns early to enjoy weed, going back to middle school. What this book is is a memoir of sorts, and is the story of how the author gets wealthy in the legal marijuana business and wins the first ever Cannabis Cup for his brand. It doesn’t start out legally.

The story quickly begins with a short biography of the author and how he started smoking MJ at an early age. Then the business side of him bites his butt and he wants to get into the market share when Colorado legalizes weed for recreational purposes. Here’s where the writing gets laid back and quite witty, without being too boastful. This book is Christian Hageseth’s story of how he breaks into the “weedery” business and learns to make a profit from it all, and most of the time, the transactions are in cash because marijuana profits on a federal level are still considered “drug money.”

He also likes to share his knowledge of marijuana, from both a user and a businessman’s point of view. The biology of marijuana is quite interesting: there are perhaps around 5000 strains of marijuana, and the THC values of weed have grown from a mere three percent to over 20 percent since the days of Woodstock. Hageseth also goes into the more modern history of MJ in this country, saying the ban of the weed is a racist endeavor because it’s popular with the Mexicans who once lived in the Southwest when it was still part of Mexico.

By chapter Three he’s talking about how he gets into the MJ growing business, and this is an interesting read. There’s a lot required to get a safe, healthy, indoor growing warehouse started, and there’s plenty more trial-and-error just to make a name for oneself.

The tone gets more into the legal aspect of growing MJ about halfway into the narrative, but it’s still an interesting read. “I know it’s legal,” he quotes one cop as telling him, “but no one’s telling us how to handle this stuff” (87). Weederies may be legal in Colorado, but so many laws still see weed as an illegal substance, and legal growers still face many barriers. Yet despite a few failures early on, Hageseth’s passion for the plant makes him determined to be the best grower in the area, even so much as traveling to Amsterdam to gain first-hand advice from experienced head shops. His business thrives to the point of needing to build even larger sub-terranean basements in which to grow the plants. The plant has become his passion and it shows in the determined tone of this story. May his experience help future pot growers push for total legality of the plant.

January 13, 2015


 

Sheds a (grow) light on a fascinating business

5.0 out of 5 stars

I’ve just moved to a fully pot-legal state, and I’m a licensed provider, two good reasons to read this book.

The real reason I’d recommend this book is that it’s a great read, funny, fascinating, a frolicking romp through the business world of marijuana by a man whose tolerance for business (and pot) is staggering. This book is one good tale – and bad pun – after another, while letting you in on a business that is just coming into the (grow) light.

Highly recommended for the curious, the angry, the visionary, and the potential comrade.

January 13, 2015


Entertaining, Inspiring Story of One Man’s Adventures in Legal Weed

5.0 out of 5 stars

This is an interesting, easy to read book about one man’s adventures in the legal weed business. It is particularly good for would-be entrepreneurs because Hageseth’s tale is an inspiring one. He failed many times before he finally succeeded, and he also had many naysayers tell him his dream wasn’t possible.

This is not a step-by-step guide to starting your own weed business. However, the author includes many useful tips about how to go about it, and perhaps more important, what NOT to do. It is also not a legal guide, though, again, there are some insights and anecdotes along those lines.

Big Weed, however, is an interesting, entertaining read about this unique time in American history.

January 13, 2015


An inspiring journey into the unknown

5.0 out of 5 stars

One man’s Roller Coaster ride through the beginning of a new era! Truly an inspiring, witty semi biographical story. From a user to a true innovator in the legal Marijuana business. This is his trip through the pitfalls of starting in a new business in the crazy start of the weed rush. The highs and lows this man goes through are pretty intense, not something most of us would be able to go through. People like him will pave the way for the future of rebuilding America! A very important and on point tale. And you know what? It’s very entertaining! Go get it !

January 12, 2015


One mans entrepreneurial vision for making a profitable and successful legal business selling weed

5.0 out of 5 stars

When I picked up this book I thought it would be more of a business type book based upon the business of selling weed legally. It does talk about that but the story is more of a biography of one mans experience in business and then how he got into the weed business. How he watched the market to be able to anticipate the legality of where and when to be able to create a profitable business for himself. This is a great story about one entrepreneurs journey in this industry and how he did it. It is inspiring, and makes you think about weed in a more business like sense rather than as a big bad drug that is taking down our country. It is very eye opening and will have you learning about who uses weed, why they use it and how it helps people. Thus the reasons for it being legal in so many states now. Great read, very informative and motivating.

January 8, 2015


Inspiring from a business point of view and a changing America

5.0 out of 5 stars

Let Hageseth take you on an exciting journey of our country’s awakening! He points out all the reasons marijuana became illegal nearly a century ago (mostly racism against Mexicans and a laughable movie, Refer Madness, that blames MJ for violence) and why all the politicians strove to keep it illegal for financial reasons. Yet as the author points out, when used by an adult, MJ is less harmful than prescription drugs, alcohol, and sugar.

This fascinating book covers the three types of MJ, the history of why it was banned, the changes in cops’ attitudes from 2009 till the present, the issues of being an MJ entrepreneur (including not being able to use banks!), how it affected his family life, why 25 states that made medical MJ legal are benefiting, and much, much more.

Hageseth had the advantage of already running a few successful businesses. But in this booming biz, within six years his Green Man company grossed 20 million dollars and won two industry prizes.

One of the last chapters discusses the future of the industry. He predicts recreational MJ will be legal throughout the US by 2020, and big corporations will get in on the action. Sadly, when Big Agra, Big Tobacco, and Big Pharma are involved, it’s likely that MJ will be grown with pesticides and even become GMO. The doses will be standardized. Most will prefer edibles.

But things are changing fast and the stigma will be gone soon. His visionary stance at the end may even bring tears to your eyes, as it did mine.

PS: When you read the book, you will wonder why its release date wasn’t set for April 20 instead of April 21!

January 7, 2015


You too can live the good life of a pot grower

5.0 out of 5 stars

I grabbed this book since I have been curious about this new turn of direction in some states to legalize marijuana growing and selling for its medicinal benefits. This was written by an innovative pot seller where it is legal and not only makes a fascinating read for its own sake, but is also fairly informative to anyone who wants to live the good life as a legal pot seller or grower.

This is an adventure that many people are embarking on with mixed success. We learn there are not only high points but perils and pitfalls for anyone starting out in this new industry. Not the least of the problems is the introduction of big tobacco, pharmaceuticals, and other large corporate interests in this hugely profitable industry. Your little entrepreneur is up against the giants and needs to carve out a little niche of his own to survive in the coming dog eat dog world of legalized marijuana.

This was a fast easy read and was never dull. The writing is excellent and as someone who doesn’t often read entire books, I couldn’t put this one down. I was quickly caught up in the adventures of the pot sellers and even can imagine this book being turned into a somewhat humorous adventure movie. It’s informative and suspenseful. And of course it makes one think that maybe they can do it too. If you are like me you will want to read all about it from someone who is living the dream. I found this to be an excellent book.

January 1, 2015 

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 theory that pot has been historically marginalized in the US because of racism was interesting. Of course comparisons between weed and alcohol and Prohibition are inevitable, but the author keeps that short.

The part of the book I found most annoying was the author’s insistence on proving to the reader what a ‘spiritual’ journey his pot experience has been. Repeatedly the author tries to convince the reader that his motivations for developing a weed empire are somehow more organic and less greedy than his failed real estate business. I don’t care either way, but I just don’t appreciate a snow job, or an attempted snow job. Mr. Hageseth is in this business for the money — that’s what this guy DOES.

He came to the whole pot thing pretty late (2009) unless you count smoking weed with his buddies back in high school. His interest in marijuana developed after the drug was legalized for medical use. I only point this out to distinguish him from the vast number of people who have been agitating for legalization for decades.

Anyhow, I learned a lot of interesting facts reading this book. By far the most interesting part of the book — to me– was the federal government’s attitude toward legalizing marijuana. Mr. Hageseth’s experiences with a cash economy are very interesting to think about. The ‘wild west’ element of the legalized pot world is fascinating.

Also interesting is how the state of Colorado is making crazy profit on the industry even this early in the game. Just looking at the numbers — the millions the government has harvested from pot to balance the budget — made me realize that pot will be available at a store near me sooner rather than later.

As I write this review I realize more and more things that I learned — the fact that pot has only been going up in potency in the hands of American growers, for instance. It sounds like the potential is there to develop a drug far beyond the current product, which will make this a tough sell for many.

Anyhow, this was a very readable book and I enjoyed the parts of it that weren’t about what a good father and husband he was. These are easily skimmed and it is fun to read about the cast of characters that have assembled around the issue.

I’m a convert after reading Mr. Hageseth’s book, but I wasn’t a hard sell to begin with.

December 26, 2014


 

Excellent Book.

5.0 out of 5 stars

The marijuana industry has gripped the nation because it is very misunderstood. I viewed it myself as the wild west of industries and in a lot of ways it is. Christian Hageseth has done a great job with this book both or the skeptical and uninformed public, but also for all with an entrepreneurial spirit.

This book is excellent and explores one man’s journey in the weed business. From his background, education, and passion to other matters like legality, legislature, and the actually operational details of business.

I found the book to be completely informative and had me considering my own views on the topics.

December 24, 2014

 

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