Local Startups Get Rolling on Marketing the Cannabis Industry

New products were on display at Cannavation. | Photo by Mimi Janosy

Claudia Post and Jonathan Monk want to be blunt about the future of cannabis.

The industry is blowing up, but the Jewish co-owners of Cannavation, Smokin’ Hot Solutions and Kannakart, all based in Philadelphia, said those in the business are still struggling to market themselves.

Post, or “the oldest millennial,” as she referred to herself, started the mother company Smokin’ Hot almost a decade years ago, which provides digital marketing services to people in the cannabis, vaporizer, CBD, hemp and related industries.

Her son, a pipe maker for rock ‘n’ rollers, told her the cannabis community needed her business savvy — fast forward a few years where Post met Monk, her intern, then a finance junior at Temple University.

Once he graduated, the

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