In a special episode, “The Profit: Marijuana Millions,” airing Tuesday, August 8 at 10PM ET/PT, Marcus travels to California at a game-changing moment in the evolving acceptance and commercialization of pot in America. He meets with several pot entrepreneurs, from small-scale startups to multi-million dollar enterprises, all seizing on this extraordinary business opportunity.
“The marijuana industry is exploding as more states embrace the legalization of pot,” said Lemonis. “Whether this is a good investment opportunity or all a big risk, one thing is clear€ these numbers are impossible to ignore.”
His journey starts in the town of Desert Hot Springs, which recently faced the dire prospect of bankruptcy. The town is now poised for a comeback thanks to industrial-scale marijuana cultivation. There, Marcus meets local growers and finds himself surrounded by hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of marijuana plants. These ventures and others in the industry face the threat of being shut down, as marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
Marcus looks at the world of cannabis-infused edibles, with a stop at the production plant of Kiva Confections, one of the largest manufacturers in the market. He also visits a small startup, Treat Yourself, run by two young women who operate out of a tiny home kitchen, striving to market a new and uniquely California brand: vegan, gluten-free, marijuana-infused tarts.
Marcus goes on to explore the revolutionary growth and development of marijuana retailing, beginning with a visit to MedMen, an upscale dispensary in West Hollywood with other stores in California and New York. He also goes along for a ride with a pot delivery service and sits down with an illegal pot dealer, who finds his customer base dwindling and his prospects darkened by the thriving, legal cannabis economy.
Mitch Weitzner is Senior Executive Producer and Vice President of Long Form Programming. Reid Collins Jr., Meghan Lisson and James Segelstein are Producers, and Wally Griffith is Senior Producer. Nikhil Deogun is Senior Vice President and Editor in Chief of Business News for CNBC.