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Big Weed Audiobook

Big Weed: An Entrepreneur's High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business

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Publisher's Summary

Legal marijuana is the hottest story in the US today. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia have authorized sales in some form; Denver has more legal marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks franchises. We are witnessing the dawn of a new industry. And like the early days of gourmet coffee chains, the rules and players are being established on the fly.

Christian Hageseth is the face of the revolution - an entrepreneur and father of three who worked in the white-collar professional world for 20 years before opening his first dispensary. The founder and chairman of Green Man Cannabis, the fastest-growing marijuana company in the country, he's the perfect tour guide through the wild frontier, where police hardly know what laws to enforce or parents what to tell their kids. He paints a colorful picture not only of how he got into the business but of the big interests that are eager to do the same - namely Big Tobacco, Big Agra, and Big Pharma.

He predicts a future where the marijuana market splits in two: the high-end, artisanal market, supplied by individual growers and small farms, and the mass market, covered by the cigarette giants and anyone bold enough to compete with them. Much like beer and coffee, your brand of weed will be just one more reflection of your lifestyle. It's an entrepreneur's dream, and Hageseth invites us along as he pitches skeptical investors, negotiates a shaggy cast of colleagues, and builds the biggest business he can.

©2015 Christian Hageseth (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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    Dhandforth LEXINGTON, MA, United States 07-05-15
    Dhandforth LEXINGTON, MA, United States 07-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Easy Intro to Brave New World"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if interested in legal marijuana. This book is about 33% memoir, 33% about starting up a new business, and 33% editorial on legalizing marijuana.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author is candid in his views about the business. But there are tremendous gaps in his story: how it destroyed his marriage; how he managed hiring and security practices; how he conducted product development; how he promoted his business to customers, etc.

    The good part of this book is that it is first peek into the brave new world of legal weed. Absolutely fascinating. The author doesn't paint in only gold tones, but also warns that this is like starting any other business. And that it is competitive. 50% of the dispensaries open in 2014 will be closed within 3 years.

    On the "editorial" side of things, the author illustrates how MJ busts are now more like speeding tickets and less like SWAT exercises. His read of the trends in the industry are also worth noting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The High Times convention, when the author was baked for the entirety of the convention. He wrote like he had the time of his life. Now I want to go, too.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Other Green Economy


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    Karen Erb Ohio 11-13-15
    Karen Erb Ohio 11-13-15
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    "Loved every minute of it"

    My audible library is long. It's filled with books since I have a long commute for work. This is by far my favorite book! It speaks to me. It's everything I believe about marijuana. It's everything I believe about nature and being one with it. Chris talks about finding his bliss and finally being happy. That's what I'm looking for. I'm going to listen to it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Crawford Des Moines, IA 06-05-15
    G. Crawford Des Moines, IA 06-05-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable and informative"

    I enjoyed learning about this business. A lot of challenges and opportunities I surmise. Good luck to Mr. Hageseth

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    Amazon Customer 06-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Do not waste your time!"

    This book is not informative at all. The author is conceited and goes on for two chapters about his previous ice cream business. The last chapter he goes on a long list of everyone who helped write his book. His voice is AWFUL!! What a waste!

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    Cade 05-15-17
    Cade 05-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Waist of a credit"

    The story of a self indulgent over dramatic entrepreneur who started an mmj business. The writing and narrating is terrible, reflecting the obnoxious personality of the author. Maybe, if you're 15, still thinking marijuana makes you a rebel, this book may be entertaining. If you're an adult entrepreneur, this book will do little more than annoy you slightly more than any other moron who likes to tell their business story as if it were the Great Gatsby.

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    05-08-17
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    "Not what I expected."

    It was a more of a story of how someone who was part of destroying the economy with bad housing loans grows weed. I thought this was more about the cannabis industry and how it is changing what to do to stay competitive.

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    Ty 01-21-17
    Ty 01-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Entrepreneurship at its finest!"

    This is a very simple but informal read, and a must for entrepreneurs! Chris goes into detail to break you into his route into the industry and tells a great information on what issues he ran into and possibly what the industry will look like in near future.

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    Travis Mountain View, OK, United States 01-08-17
    Travis Mountain View, OK, United States 01-08-17 Member Since 2008
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    "must listen if you are interested in the business"

    Informative as well as entertaining. Takes you from the initial idea to finalizing the deal.

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    Jonathan Landa 12-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    great book I truly loved it makes you feel like you're part of the story seeing it threw the authors eyes

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    Carmenelisa Perez-Kudzma 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book from a great pioneer."

    This book resonated with me for a number of reasons. I enjoyed that it was narrated by the author and the genuine content of personal successes and failures was inspirational. I finished the book feeling as if I had gone through the building of Green Man cannabis with the Christian who is clearly shrewd business man and visionary. It's the full story that makes this book so great.

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