What is Your
Cannabis Investment Strategy?

We help companies raise capital and investors place capital in cannabis. With confidence.

Careful Curators of Opportunity

MAZAKALI leadership has been strategically investing in cannabis since 2014. Today, we offer clients a rare blend of know-who, know-what and know-how through the MAZAKALI Outsourced Cannabis Investment Officer (OCIO) service. Sustainable, scalable and sensible investment opportunities are carefully selected with goals of both profit and a difference.

The MAZAKALI Advantage

We build customized Cannabis Investment Portfolios (CIPs) for family offices, accredited investors, RIAs and institutions who believe–as we do–that purposeful investment in cannabis can benefit our planet, people, and plants in addition to profits. Our clients are just as passionate about doing good as they are about doing well. See how we partner:







MAZAKALI Conversations

Years of intimate conversations with industry pioneers fuel our knowledge and foster our relationships. Our connections create opportunity. Our conversations fuel innovation. We welcome purposeful investors to join us on this journey.

Cannabis 2020: Five Things to Watch

GreenPapers®. 2020 remains poised to be a monumental year for the cannabis plant. Buoyed by the tailwinds of favorable legislation, social acceptance, medical recognition and the CBD craze, the cannabis complex continues to exhibit some of the highest growth characteristics in the world. Investor dollars, temporarily stymied by Canadian capital market rationalization […] Jan 2020. 

Medical Cannabiz Summit.World MALTA

Cannabis as Medicine: From Lab to Living Room. MAZAKALI CEO Sumit Mehta moderated an interactive panel in Malta exploring medical cannabis from the perspectives of a global research scientist, a registered nutritionist and a cannabis banker. Topics included cannabis wellness-focused product innovation, medical safety and efficacy, and cannabis lifestyle integration. Video [19:08] Nov 2019.  

Panelists: Dr. Monica Vialpando of Vialpando LLC and Nicole Fox MPH, RD of Aeon Botanika. 

MAZAKALI in the News

MAZAKALI shares perspectives in Forbes This Week’s Top Cannabis News on the leadership role Illinois is taking on social equity and in Benzinga with a five part piece on 5 Things to Watch in 2020 including changing perspectives on cannabis in professional sports. Jan 2020

The Asset Class to Watch

Pitchbook’s inaugural Cannabis Private Investment Review has launched with MAZAKALI’s strategic perspective on cannabis as the asset class to watch.

A New Way of Consuming Cannabis Information, in Micro-Doses

Every 48 seconds, there is a non-hemp cannabis (NHC) arrest in the U.S.

Read more on momentum building for criminal record expungement as part of states’ social equity initiatives […] Jan 2020

Use MAZAKALI100 Code on The State of Legal Cannabis Markets

MAZAKALI Founder and CEO Sumit Mehta is the Finance and Strategy consultant to The Arcview Group, the largest private cannabis investor network in the United States. We are pleased to offer $100 off with code MAZAKALI100 to this authoritative source of data and insights into the legal cannabis industry. Click here for report executive summary. 

Authority Through Knowledge

What is Hemp?

Hemp is cannabis and cannabis is hemp.

Differences are defined by history and use, by legality and by botany.

History & Use: Hemp has traditionally been used to describe plants grown for industrial use, plants that won’t get you ‘high’ but can be used to make clothing, rope and sails.

Legality: If a cannabis plant has THC content below 0.3%, it is considered hemp and therefore completely legal. This definition is socially constructed rather than being scientifically accurate.

Botany: Botanically speaking, there is more debate than there are conclusions on what is hemp vs. non-hemp cannabis.

So while there is plenty of debate around what is hemp and what is non-hemp cannabis, differences.are defined more by history and use than by genetics and botany.

What is Non-Hemp Cannabis?

Non-hemp cannabis has traditionally been called marijuana.

Differences from hemp are defined by history and use, by legality and by botany.

History & Use: Historically, the term marijuana originated in Mexico and has been used to describe what many also call pot or weed and has traditionally been smoked or eaten to get ‘high’.

Legality: If a cannabis plant has THC content greater than 0.3%, it is considered marijuana or non-hemp cannabis and is illegal in the U.S.. When the U.S. government decided on 0.3% as the dividing line between hemp and marijuana, even they admitted that it was arbitrary.

Botany: Botanically speaking, there is more debate than there are conclusions on what is hemp vs. marijuana.

While there is plenty of debate around what is hemp and what is non-hemp cannabis, differences are defined more by history and use than by botany.

With Privilege Comes Responsibility

As early entrants and investment leaders, we are driven by a passion and belief that purposeful cannabis investment will play a significant role Beyond Impact.


The MAZAKALI GreenPaper® has gained authority through knowledge on deep trends in the industry that matter to investors and operators alike.


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