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Book List: 11 Books for Business Success in the Cannabis Industry

  • by Alfonso Colasuonno
The green rush is here. Are you ready to seize this once in a lifetime opportunity?

We’ve curated a list of eleven books that share industry knowledge and effective tips that will put you in a strong position to not only enter the cannabis space, but make a lasting impact.

11 Essential Books On The Business of Cannabis

Cannabis Business Book

The Cannabis Business Book: How to Succeed in Weed According to 50 Industry Insiders by Michael Zaytsev

Zaytsev’s book shares insights from many of the industry’s luminaries that will help you discover what it takes to become a leader in the world of cannabis.

Start Your Own Cannabis Business

Start Your Own Cannabis Business: Your Step-by-Step Guide to the Marijuana Industry by The Staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. & Javier Hasse

This multifaceted guide to the cannabis industry covers everything from how to create a winning business plan to how to recruit an exceptional team to how to protect your assets and more.

The Business of Cannabis

The Business of Cannabis: New Policies for the New Marijuana Industry by D.J. Summers

This book is an excellent choice for those with a more traditional background in entrepreneurship; it will help you better understand the specific challenges that make the cannabis industry distinct from businesses centered around other agricultural products.

Cannabis Capital

Cannabis Capital: How to Get Your Business Funded in the Cannabis Economy by Ross O’Brien

If you’re looking to make a major splash in the cannabis industry, you need to read Cannabis Capital. O’Brien shares what investors need to see from entrepreneurs and their businesses before deciding to back a company.

Cannabis Entrepreneur's Guide

Cannabis Entrepreneur’s Guide to Accounting, Taxation & Financial Compliance: A CEO’s Competitive Advantage by Brian S. Whalen

Whalen’s book is perfect for cannabis entrepreneurs who seek to maximize their knowledge of accounting and finance in order to gain an advantage over competitors and avoid running afoul of the law.

Marijuana Business

Marijuana Business: How to Open and Successfully Run a Marijuana Dispensary and Grow Facility by Jeff Grissler

Marijuana Business is a step-by-step road map to success in the industry for anyone interested in opening a dispensary and/or grow facility.

Craft Cannabis Revolution

The Craft Cannabis Revolution: Succeed as a Small Business in a Giant Industry by Jonathan Collier

If you’re feeling intimidated by the multinationals and other power players entering the cannabis space, pick up a copy of The Craft Cannabis Revolution. You’ll learn how your craft cannabis business can not only survive, but thrive in this rapidly expanding industry.

Cannabis Inc

Cannabis, Inc.: The Journey from Compassion to Consolidation by Danielle Davenport

Davenport’s book is a must-read for anyone eager to capitalize on the green rush who has a scant background in cannabis. Her book combines a primer on how to succeed in the industry with a history of the plant, a detailed look into the struggle for legalization and mainstreaming, and an exploration of the medical value of cannabis.

How to Succeed in the Cannabis Industry

How to Succeed in the Cannabis Industry: For Professionals, Contractors & Entrepreneurs by Dasheeda Dawson

An excellent resource not just for entrepreneurs, but for anyone eager to enter the cannabis industry. Dawson’s practical workbook is particularly useful for those who aren’t quite sure how to match their unique skills, resources, and goals to opportunities in the field.

Marijuana Careers Guide

Marijuana Careers Guide: Cannabis Industry Overview and Job Hunting Strategies by Bradley Vallerius

There’s no industry more exciting to work in than cannabis. Unfortunately, that level of popularity has led to tremendous competition for jobs in the cannabis space. Vallerius’ book will show you how to get a leg up on other applicants, regardless of if you’re looking to find a dispensary job, cultivation job, processing job, or an ancillary position.

The Pocket Budtender

The Pocket Budtender™: A Buyer’s Guide by Samuel Michael Johnson & Alan Bryant Hernandez-Aguilar

Whether you’re a dispensary owner in need of a guide to train your budtenders or a professional seeking a budtender position, The Pocket Budtender is an invaluable resource to understand how to speak intelligently about cannabis, cannabis products, and the history of cannabis with customers and patients.


After reading these books, you will have a much deeper understanding of the business of cannabis. However, as an agricultural product, it’s essential for cannabis entrepreneurs and others in the space to also have a working knowledge of how to grow cannabis. Click here to read our suggestions for the best books on cultivating cannabis.

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