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Ganjapreneur is a cannabis business resource. Our podcast gives us an opportunity to speak directly with the stakeholders, cultivators, experts, and activists on the front line of the legal cannabis industry.

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Ganjapreneur is a cannabis business resource. Our podcast gives us an opportunity to speak directly with the stakeholders, cultivators, experts, and activists on the front line of the legal cannabis industry.

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Informative, especially for someone new to the industry

By thegreatvanyage - May 29 2019
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The host is engaging, the guests are varied and interesting and it’s a great, informative podcast on the cannabis industry.

Best Cannabis Business Podcast

By Cthulhugus - Aug 07 2018
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Ganjapreneur is the most professional cannabis products and I love it. If you want something less than the deep dives of Periodic Effects, but more than just a news recap especially if you are on the West Coast this is the podcast for you. Fun, fast and professional this is like an NPR interview show for the cannabis professional or patient. Highly recommended!

iTunes Ratings

30 Ratings
Average Ratings
22
4
1
1
2

Informative, especially for someone new to the industry

By thegreatvanyage - May 29 2019
Read more
The host is engaging, the guests are varied and interesting and it’s a great, informative podcast on the cannabis industry.

Best Cannabis Business Podcast

By Cthulhugus - Aug 07 2018
Read more
Ganjapreneur is the most professional cannabis products and I love it. If you want something less than the deep dives of Periodic Effects, but more than just a news recap especially if you are on the West Coast this is the podcast for you. Fun, fast and professional this is like an NPR interview show for the cannabis professional or patient. Highly recommended!
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The Ganjapreneur Podcast

Latest release on Jan 15, 2020

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Ganjapreneur is a cannabis business resource. Our podcast gives us an opportunity to speak directly with the stakeholders, cultivators, experts, and activists on the front line of the legal cannabis industry.

Rank #1: Hadley Ford: Choosing the Right Cannabis Investments

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Hadley Ford is the co-founder and CEO of iAnthus Capital Holdings, a cannabis finance and investment firm with active partnerships in four different legal U.S. markets.

In the following interview, our podcast host TG Branfalt interviews Hadley about his life before entering the world of finance, which included five years spent in communes and hitchhiking around Europe and the United States. The two also discuss cannabis companies trading on the Canadian stock market, the many investment opportunities found in cannabis, strategies for choosing the right state market for an investment, and much more!

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/hadley-ford-choosing-right-cannabis-investments/

Mar 10 2017

51mins

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Rank #2: Shaping Fire: Ben Cassiday, Putting Terpenes to Work For You

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Terpenes are an essential part of the healing and playful aspects of cannabis. As normalization stretches across the country, more products are being developed and more consumers are experimenting with terpenes in an array of applications. On this episode of Shaping Fire, podcast host Shango Los chats with Ben Cassiday, co-founder of True Terpenes about the origins of terpenes used in cannabis products, their desirable traits and how to enjoy terpenes without cannabis at all.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/shaping-fire-ben-cassiday-putting-terpenes-work/

May 16 2017

54mins

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Rank #3: Spark the Conversation: Dale Sky Jones, The Oaksterdam Story

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Dale Sky Jones is the executive chancellor of Oaksterdam University, an internationally recognized cannabis education institution based out of Oakland, California.

In this podcast episode, Dale is interviewed by renowned cannabis advocate Bianca Green for the first episode of her Spark the Conversation podcast, produced in partnership with Ganjapreneur. This interview was recorded last fall during the Spark the Conversation bus tour across California, during which Bianca and her team bused around the state talking to cannabis advocates and experts in preparation for the November elections. This means that the conversation took place before California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts voted to legalize adult-use cannabis — and before Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election.

The following interview contains some truly amazing stories from Dale. Tune in below to hear about how Dale quit her corporate career to dedicate her life to cannabis education and activism; her experience being targeted in a 2007 federal raid on Oaksterdam University; the moment that she realized that motherhood, specifically the ingrained instinct to shelter and protect her children, goes hand-in-hand with advocating for safer and smarter cannabis policies; and much, much more.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/spark-conversation-dale-sky-jones-oaksterdam-story/

Mar 07 2017

33mins

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Rank #4: Steve Deangelo: Evolution of the Cannabis Industry

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Steve DeAngelo — who is is nothing short of a cannabis industry icon, having co-founded Harborside, Steep Hill Labs, Arcview Group, and the NCIA — recently returned to the Ganjapreneur.com Podcast for an interview with our host TG Branfalt.

In this interview, Steve shares the experiences that led to his entry to the cannabis movement and eventually the professional cannabis space. From his earliest advocacy efforts, toking up in front of the White House at the annual 4th of July smoke-in, to the modern industry's launch following California's historic medical cannabis legalization, Steve shares the inspiration behind Harborside and explains how the birth of that now-iconic business led also to the founding of Steep Hill Labs (the nation's first cannabis testing lab), the National Cannabis Industry Association (the industry's first trade organization), and eventually the Arcview Group. He also shares stories of grappling with the reality of doing business in a post-prohibition landscape despite the thousands of individuals still locked away for cannabis crimes, and explains his plan for ending cannabis imprisonment on a global scale.

For a full transcript: https://www.ganjapreneur.com/steve-deangelo-evolution-of-the-cannabis-industry/

Sep 11 2019

42mins

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Rank #5: Kyle Speidell: The Business of Cannabis Retail

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Kyle Speidell is the co-CEO of The Green Solution, a popular cannabis retailer chain in Colorado.

In this episode of the Ganjapreneur.com podcast, Kyle joins our host TG Branfalt to discuss Colorado’s retail cannabis market and share what it’s been like as one of the state’s earliest and most successful dispensary enterprises. This interview covers what changes Kyle would like to see to Colorado’s strict cannabis regulatory regime, the early migration from a medical to an adult-use market, and more.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/kyle-speidell-the-business-of-cannabis-retail/

Nov 29 2017

42mins

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Rank #6: David Murét: Getting a Job in the Cannabis Industry

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Want a job in cannabis? David Murét of Viridian Staffing joins show host Shango Los to discuss where the jobs are in this exploding market and how you can get one. Viridian Staffing is a recruiting agency in Washington that connects employers with job-seekers in the legal cannabis industry. Companies in Washington have hired Viridian to find and place candidates in job roles ranging from entry-level to executive, in every sector and niche of the marijuana market.

In this show, David and Shango discuss what types of jobs these companies are hiring for, how cannabis jobs compare to jobs in more established industries, how cannabis growers in prohibition states can apply to job openings in legal states, and what steps an average person can take to find employment with a cannabis company.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/getting-job-cannabis-industry/

Aug 12 2015

31mins

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Rank #7: Afzal Hasan: Cannabis Industry Investments and Acquisitions

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Afzal Hasan is the President and General Counsel for CannaRoyalty, a Canada-based investment firm with cannabis acquisitions in Canada, California, Washington, Oregon, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

In this episode of the Ganjapreneur.com Podcast, Afzal joins host TG Branfalt to discuss his transition into the cannabis space as a high-level corporate attorney; the strategies being used to grow CannaRoyalty’s business acquisitions; the state of the cannabis markets in Canada, California, and beyond; his recommendations for identifying a winning cannabis investment; and more!

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/afzal-hasan-cannabis-industry-investments-and-acquisitions/

Aug 02 2018

48mins

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Rank #8: Kristen Yoder: Calling Out BS in the Cannabis Industry

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Kristen Yoder is CEO of cannabis business advisory firm Soil to the Oil and hosts The CannaBS Detector podcast.

As a veteran of California’s cannabis industry with professional experience in nearly every facet of the business, Kristen joined our own podcast host TG Branfalt for a chat about the state of cannabis as it moves out of the gray and into the heavily restricted legal marketplace. In this interview, we hear Kristen’s 14-year story of exploring the industry — from starting as a dispensary worker, advancing into cultivation, then edibles manufacturing, then as a project manager, and eventually becoming an independent strategic business advisor — and she shares important truths about the industry that may be hard to hear for entrepreneurs or investors who are considering a career in cannabis.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/kristen-yoder-calling-out-bs-in-the-cannabis-industry/

May 23 2019

46mins

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Rank #9: Jerry Whiting: The CBD Cannabis Market

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In this episode of Ganjapreneur, Shango Los discusses high CBD strains with Jerry Whiting of LeBlanc CNE.

Jerry works in cooperation with ProjectCBD.org to develop and distribute specialty CBD strains to patients. We discuss the CBD market, specific CBD strains and how to think about CBD:THC ratios.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/jerry-whiting-the-cbd-cannabis-market/

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/jerry-whiting-the-cbd-cannabis-market/

Jul 17 2015

29mins

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Rank #10: Emma Chasen: Educating the World About Cannabis Science

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Emma Chasen is the Director of Education for Sativa Science Club, an organization that encourages industry-wide quality standards. She also, in 2016, received the Willamette Week‘s Portland, Oregon Best Budtender award.

In this Ganjapreneur.com podcast episode, Emma joined our host TG Branfalt for a conversation about the creation process behind her educational courses for individuals seeking careers in the cannabis space and why she thinks the cannabis industry should move away from the indica/sativa binary of categorizing cannabis cultivars. The interview also covers how she became a budtender for Farma (a Portland, Oregon-based dispensary that emphasizes a scientific definition and understanding of cannabis), her rise through the ranks of the cannabis space to eventually become the dispensary’s general manager, and what advice she would offer to somebody who is working in — or interested in — the retail side of the cannabis industry.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/emma-chasen-educating-the-world-on-cannabis-science/

Mar 08 2018

42mins

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Rank #11: From Side-Hustle to Industry Leader: the Story of Leafly

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If you have ever looked up information about a particular cannabis strain online, there is a good chance you are familiar with the website Leafly.com. Leafly is one of the most widely-used and well-known web resources for cannabis enthusiasts and medical patients worldwide, and it has greatly influenced the world of visual design in the cannabis industry. The website was launched in 2010 by Cy Scott, Brian Wansolich, and Scott Vickers, three friends & coworkers who still had day jobs in the tech industry. Two years later, they sold the company to cannabis investment firm Privateer Holdings, and embarked on a new mission to provide cannabis entrepreneurs reliable information to help them better run their businesses.

In this special edition of the Ganjapreneur podcast, our Chief Operating Officer, Noel Abbott, sits down with the three original founders of Leafly to hear about their experience creating the world's largest online portal for cannabis information, and how that experience helped them prepare to launch their new company, Headset, a market data platform for cannabis business owners.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/side-hustle-industry-leader-story-leafly/

Oct 10 2017

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Rank #12: David Barakett: Growing a Multi-State Dispensary Chain

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David Barakett is the CEO of ShowGrow, a culture-focused dispensary chain with California locations in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and Ramona. ShowGrow also runs a dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada.

David recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt for a chat about participating in the widening cannabis markets in California and Nevada. In this episode, David offers predictions for the new adult-use cannabis markets that will be opening after last November's election, describes how he is able to make his dispensary brand stand out in the modern cannabis industry by understanding who cannabis consumers are and what they care about, and shares insight about his own management style, which he says can be summed up in one word: "positivity."

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/showgrow-expand-dispensary-chain-multiple-states/

Mar 24 2017

52mins

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Rank #13: Ryan Smith: Creating a B2B Wholesale Cannabis Marketplace

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Ryan Smith is the CEO and co-founder of LeafLink, a business-to-business digital marketplace for cannabis retailers, producers, and processors to trade wholesale cannabis products.

Ryan recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt for an interview about LeafLink’s founding, the success they have found so far, and the difficulties and goals that still lie ahead. He also shares his thoughts about the state of the industry (including which states he is eyeing for future expansion), which professional qualities he looks for when hiring for Leaflink, and more!

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/ryan-smith-creating-b2b-wholesale-cannabis-marketplace/

Apr 26 2018

33mins

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Rank #14: Dave Peck: Adapting Social Media Marketing Strategies to the Cannabis Space

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Dave Peck is the Chief Marketing Officer for KIND Financial, a business offering seed-to-sale software technology to help cannabis companies stay compliant in the evolving marketplace.

In this episode of the Ganjapreneur.com podcast, TG Branfalt hosts Dave for an interview just two short weeks after he left an executive position with PayPal to join KIND’s pioneering journey in cannabis compliance. In the interview, the two discuss Dave’s early impressions of the cannabis industry, the historical evolution of social media, how cannabis companies should change their marketing strategies based on which platform they are using, the importance of data collection and self-reflection when running an online marketing campaign, and more.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/dave-peck-adapting-social-media-marketing-strategies-cannabis-space/

Jul 25 2017

32mins

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Rank #15: Cy Scott: How Data Can Help Startups Navigate Emerging Cannabis Markets

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It has been four years since adult-use cannabis legislation took effect in Washington and Colorado, and in that time the market landscape has evolved and shifted at breakneck speed. As emerging markets in California, Canada, and elsewhere begin to take off, entrepreneurs are bound to face even greater obstacles and competition.

In this special edition of the Ganjapreneur podcast, Headset co-founder and CEO Cy Scott joins Ganjapreneur co-founder and COO Noel Abbott for a conversation about how the first adult-use markets have evolved and matured over the past few years, and what entrepreneurs in emerging markets can learn from the market data that now exists.

Learn more about Headset at http://headset.io!

For a full transcript of this interview:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/cy-scott-how-data-can-help-startups-navigate-emerging-cannabis-markets/

Jun 07 2018

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Rank #16: Kristi Knoblich Palmer: Navigating California's New Regulations

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Kristi Knoblich Palmer is the COO of Kiva Confections, a pioneering force in California’s cannabis edibles marketplace, and is a founding member of the California Cannabis Manufacturers Association (CCMA).

In the following episode, Ganjapreneur.com podcast host TG Branfalt speaks with Kristi about the founding of Kiva Confections, training to become an expert chocolatier, and California’s medical (and soon-to-be recreational) cannabis industry’s scramble towards a regulatory structure. The two also discuss the growing trend of micro-dosing cannabis, the founding and current goals of the CCMA, and much, much more.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/kristi-knoblich-palmer-navigating-new-regulations-california/

Jun 09 2017

33mins

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Rank #17: Morgan Fox: A Federal Cannabis Policy Update

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Morgan Fox is the Media Relations Director for the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), the largest cannabis trade organization in the U.S. Ganjapreneur is a Sponsoring Member of the NCIA and we encourage all businesses operating in the cannabis industry to join and support organizations that lobby for sensible cannabis policy.

Morgan recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt for a wide-ranging interview covering recent cannabis reform progress in legislatures at both the state and U.S. federal level. In this interview, we hear about the work that the NCIA is doing to benefit cannabis entrepreneurs, what the NCIA’s top priorities are for 2019, what business owners and advocates can do to help support progress on these issues, and more!

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/morgan-fox-a-federal-cannabis-policy-update/

Jan 09 2019

32mins

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Rank #18: Travis Howard: The Business of Normalizing Cannabis

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Travis Howard is the founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Shift, a Colorado-based cannabis producer and product manufacturer.

Travis recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt for a conversation about his experience as an attorney in the early days of Colorado's cannabis market, his transition to entrepreneurship, and the journey of founding several cannabis companies. In this interview, Travis offers a candid look at the current state of cannabis, talks about the difference between the entrepreneurs who make up the majority of today's cannabis industry and the big investment dollars that are starting to come into the industry, where he expects the industry will go in the coming years, and more!

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/travis-howard-the-business-of-normalizing-cannabis/

Jul 25 2019

52mins

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Rank #19: Michelle Sexton: Understanding Cannabis Testing Inconsistencies

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When it is fully legalized, cannabis will be regulated just like any other consumable product. Scientific testing to determine potency and safety will be mandated, as it is in Washington and Colorado. However, producers in these states have frequently complained about inconsistent results when they have submitted samples from the same lot to different labs. This has caused many to question the validity of mandated testing, the individual laboratories, and the science of cannabis testing itself.
In our latest podcast, Shango Los speaks with Dr. Michelle Sexton of Phytalab, a prominent cannabis testing lab in Washington State, about how the Schedule 1 status of cannabis has hindered the necessary scientific research that goes into forming the foundational understanding that is established regarding other plants in the market. This has led to the adoption of different standards by different labs, which–along with many other factors–has contributed to the significant variance in testing results that cannabis producers in regulated markets have witnessed.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/michelle-sexton-cannabis-testing-inconsistencies/

Jun 16 2015

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Rank #20: Casey Hubbs: Extraction Lab Living

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Casey Hubbs is the extraction team leader and lab manager at Orgrow, a licensed cannabis producer and processor based out of Moxee, WA. Casey's story is one that illustrates exactly how the cannabis industry is made up of ordinary people who have made the extraordinary decision to jump head-first into an unstable industry. She recently joined our podcast host Shango Los for a discussion about how she got her job after majoring in herbal science, how she became the go-to source for advice about medical cannabis in her community, and what her average day in the lab consists of.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/casey-hubbs-extraction-lab-living/

May 25 2016

33mins

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Mara Gordon: Data-Driven Cannabis Medicine

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Mara Gordon is the co-founder of Aunt Zelda's, a California medical cannabis brand that emphasizes a scientific understanding of cannabis's medicinal qualities. Mara recently joined podcast host TG Branfalt to talk about cannabis medicine, medical cannabis research developments from around the world, using data and technology to drive the medical cannabis space, how to harness the excitement surrounding this industry, and more.

For a full transcript: https://www.ganjapreneur.com/mara-gordon-data-driven-cannabis-medicine/

Jan 15 2020

46mins

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Chris Hagedorn: Cultivation Supplies for the Cannabis Industry

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Chris Hagedorn is the general manager for Hawthorne Gardening Company, a business venture that provides all the cultivation needs of a state-legal cannabis operator. Chris recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt for an interview that ranges from broad entrepreneurialism to the latest federal cannabis policy developments. During their conversation, Chris discusses Hawthorne‘s status as a subsidiary to Ohio-based Scotts Miracle-Gro — the cultivation supplies powerhouse that has become a household brand throughout decades of success — and offers a unique look at his experiences coming from a more corporate environment at Scotts to the new and burgeoning cannabis space.

For a full transcript: https://www.ganjapreneur.com/chris-hagedorn-cultivation-supplies-for-the-cannabis-industry/

Dec 05 2019

45mins

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Marcus Pfeifer: CBD Supplements for Pets

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Marcus Pfeifer is the CEO of Homescape Pets, a natural hemp-derived pet supplements company based out of Colorado.

As the latest guest to come on the Ganjapreneur.com Podcast, Marcus recently joined our host TG Branfalt for a conversation about pets, pet health, and the burgeoning hemp industry. In this interview, Marcus discusses the lack of research into cannabinoid medicines for both humans and animals, shares the story of how he and his wife decided to enter the space after seeing first-hand the benefits that CBD had for their own dog, explains the company ethos and why they are patient in pushing out new product lines, and more!

For a full transcript: https://www.ganjapreneur.com/marcus-pfeifer-cbd-supplements-for-pets/

Nov 07 2019

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Brad Bogus: Simplifying Wholesale Cannabis Connections

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Brad Bogus is the Vice President of Marketing for Confident Cannabis, a wholesale cannabis platform that connects cannabis cultivators, laboratories, and retailers. Brad recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt for an in-depth interview ranging from cannabis journalism — Brad served nine months as general manager for The Cannabist, the once-vibrant cannabis news outlet powered by The Denver Post — to the latest discoveries regarding cannabis classification, including a new emphasis on terpene content, unique cannabinoids such as CBG and THCV, and more! Brad also shares the latest offering from Confident Cannabis, Connect, which is capable of 3D-mapping cannabis purchase and distribution trends on a national scale.

For a full transcript: https://www.ganjapreneur.com/brad-bogus-simplifying-wholesale-cannabis-connections/

Oct 16 2019

40mins

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Jason Ambrosino: Hemp CBD Flower for Veterans

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Jason Ambrosino recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt to talk about the New York hemp and cannabis markets, how CBD's influence has benefited countless military veterans (including Jason, himself), and more. This interview covers the public perception of hemp and cannabis and what industry operators can do to help educate the masses and break the ongoing stigma about cannabis use.

For a full transcript: https://www.ganjapreneur.com/jason-ambrosino-cbd-hemp-flower-for-veterans/

Oct 04 2019

42mins

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Meg Sanders: Compassionate Dispensary Management

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Meg Sanders is co-founder of the Canna Provisions Group — a boutique dispensary in Lee, Massachusetts — and co-owner of the successful MiNDFUL dispensary brand in Colorado. Meg recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt for an interview about cannabis dispensary management and the budding Massachusetts market. Their conversation stretches back all the way to the early days in Colorado, when Meg worked alongside lawmakers and the governor to find smart regulations for the industry and founded MiNDFUL, one of the state's early dispensaries, to the eventual founding of Canna Provision Group, a boutique adult-use dispensary in Lee, Massachusetts. Tune in to the interview for advice on assembling a powerhouse cannabis management team, how to treat your patients and customers, and a whole lot more!

For a full transcript: https://www.ganjapreneur.com/meg-sanders-compassionate-dispensary-management/

Sep 26 2019

43mins

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Steve Deangelo: Evolution of the Cannabis Industry

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Steve DeAngelo — who is is nothing short of a cannabis industry icon, having co-founded Harborside, Steep Hill Labs, Arcview Group, and the NCIA — recently returned to the Ganjapreneur.com Podcast for an interview with our host TG Branfalt.

In this interview, Steve shares the experiences that led to his entry to the cannabis movement and eventually the professional cannabis space. From his earliest advocacy efforts, toking up in front of the White House at the annual 4th of July smoke-in, to the modern industry's launch following California's historic medical cannabis legalization, Steve shares the inspiration behind Harborside and explains how the birth of that now-iconic business led also to the founding of Steep Hill Labs (the nation's first cannabis testing lab), the National Cannabis Industry Association (the industry's first trade organization), and eventually the Arcview Group. He also shares stories of grappling with the reality of doing business in a post-prohibition landscape despite the thousands of individuals still locked away for cannabis crimes, and explains his plan for ending cannabis imprisonment on a global scale.

For a full transcript: https://www.ganjapreneur.com/steve-deangelo-evolution-of-the-cannabis-industry/

Sep 11 2019

42mins

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Morris Beegle: The Robust Future of Industrial Hemp

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Morris Beegle is the president and co-founder of We Are For Better Alternatives (WAFBA), an umbrella of pro-hemp brands that includes hemp industry networking extravaganza The NoCo Hemp Expo.

Morris recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt for a discussion covering all things industrial hemp. In this interview, Morris talks about NoCo Hemp Expo's founding and rapid success and the myriad industrial applications of the hemp plant, which include biodegradable plastics, eco-friendly construction materials, and even hemp-based carbon nanosheets for use in supercapacitors. Morris also shares the stories and inspiration behind some of his other hemp companies, including an upcoming line of hemp guitars, and more!

For a full transcript: https://www.ganjapreneur.com/morris-beegle-the-robust-future-of-industrial-hemp/

Sep 04 2019

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Jonathan Menkes: Cannabis Product Trademarks

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Jonathan Menkes, who specializes in trademark counseling and brand protection at Knobbe Martens, recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt for an interview that focuses on what cannabis entrepreneurs can and should do to protect their brand and other intellectual properties, including specific products and even strains. In this interview, Jonathan offers advice for avoiding trademark infringement lawsuits, explains the history behind some of the biggest trademark infringement cases in the cannabis industry, discusses the small differences between trademark and copyright law, and more.

For a full transcript: https://www.ganjapreneur.com/jonathan-menkes-cannabis-product-trademarks/

Aug 29 2019

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Jontae James: Offering Free-to-Use Cannabis Compliance Software

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In this episode of the Ganjapreneur.com podcast, Jontae joins our host TG Branfalt for an interview that covers the origins of NatureTrak, his transition into the cannabis space from a more mainstream tech background, and explains NatureTrak's decision to release its software free-of-charge. Jontae also shares his thoughts about social-equity programs that level the playing field for disadvantaged communities most affected by the war on drugs, offers advice for tech entrepreneurs hoping to make it in cannabis, and more!

For a full transcript: https://www.ganjapreneur.com/jontae-james-offering-free-to-use-cannabis-compliance-software/

Aug 14 2019

42mins

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Travis Howard: The Business of Normalizing Cannabis

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Travis Howard is the founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Shift, a Colorado-based cannabis producer and product manufacturer.

Travis recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt for a conversation about his experience as an attorney in the early days of Colorado's cannabis market, his transition to entrepreneurship, and the journey of founding several cannabis companies. In this interview, Travis offers a candid look at the current state of cannabis, talks about the difference between the entrepreneurs who make up the majority of today's cannabis industry and the big investment dollars that are starting to come into the industry, where he expects the industry will go in the coming years, and more!

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/travis-howard-the-business-of-normalizing-cannabis/

Jul 25 2019

52mins

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Sister Kate: Forming a Sisterhood of Cannabis Nuns

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Activism, healing, empowerment — these are important foundations for the Sisters of the Valley, a group of self-described cannabis nuns in Merced County, California that grow and distribute CBD products including salves, tinctures, oils, and more.

After the recent release of a documentary highlighting the sisterhood, founder Sister Kate joined our podcast host TG Branfalt to share her story and address some misconceptions perpetuated by the film. In the following interview, Sister Kate discusses her unique life story, talks about founding the religiously unaffiliated Sisters of the Valley, describes her many advocacy efforts and success stories, shares some of her more painful struggles, and a whole lot more!

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/sister-kate-forming-a-sisterhood-of-cannabis-nuns/

Jul 10 2019

48mins

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Lindsey Mintz: Combining Cannabis Education & Retail

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Lindsey Mintz is the owner and managing partner of Smokin’ Gun Apothecary, a prohibition-themed and self-described “late-night” cannabis dispensary located in Glendale, Colorado. Lindsey is also a co-founder of Arcanum, a hemp CBD company that focuses on creating approachable CBD products for athletes, including unique offerings like CBD-infused kinesiology tape.

In this Ganjapreneur.com podcast episode, Lindsey and our host TG Branfalt dive into a discussion of Colorado’s retail cannabis industry and the day-to-day operations of running a cannabis dispensary. We hear about the Smokin’ Gun Apothecary’s brand mission to spread cannabis education and Lindsey shares some of her experiences as both a cannabis business operator and current city council member for her local community.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/lindsey-mintz-combining-cannabis-education-retail/

Jun 28 2019

30mins

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Peter Vogel: Connecting Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Investors

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Peter Vogel is the CEO of Leafwire, a cannabis business-focused social media platform known commonly as “the LinkedIn of cannabis.”

Peter recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt to talk about what separates Leafwire from other social media platforms, the importance of networking in the cannabis industry, how software and technology play an important role in the industry’s success, and more!

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/peter-vogel-connecting-cannabis-entrepreneurs-and-investors/

May 30 2019

40mins

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Kristen Yoder: Calling Out BS in the Cannabis Industry

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Kristen Yoder is CEO of cannabis business advisory firm Soil to the Oil and hosts The CannaBS Detector podcast.

As a veteran of California’s cannabis industry with professional experience in nearly every facet of the business, Kristen joined our own podcast host TG Branfalt for a chat about the state of cannabis as it moves out of the gray and into the heavily restricted legal marketplace. In this interview, we hear Kristen’s 14-year story of exploring the industry — from starting as a dispensary worker, advancing into cultivation, then edibles manufacturing, then as a project manager, and eventually becoming an independent strategic business advisor — and she shares important truths about the industry that may be hard to hear for entrepreneurs or investors who are considering a career in cannabis.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/kristen-yoder-calling-out-bs-in-the-cannabis-industry/

May 23 2019

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Blissiva: Bridging Cannabis and Women's Medicine

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Dr. Leslie Apgar and career entrepreneur/investor Gina Dubbé are co-founders of Blissiva, a Maryland-based dispensary with a scientific approach to cannabis medicine and an emphasis on providing women with cannabis-based relief; Blissiva is perhaps best known, however, for designing and manufacturing particularly approachable vape pen products.

The two recently joined TG Branfalt on the Ganjapreneur.com podcast to discuss how, as business partners, Gina and Dr. Apgar made the leap from mainstream business and medicine into the medical cannabis industry. They also share stories of overcoming industry obstacles and finding success as women entrepreneurs in cannabis, their thoughts about Maryland’s medical cannabis regulations, and more!

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/blissiva-bridging-cannabis-and-womens-medicine/

May 13 2019

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Ezra Soiferman: Appreciating Cannabis and Hemp With Art

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Ezra Soiferman is a renowned Montreal-based photographer, documentarian, and worked as the world's first cannabis artist-in-residence for Tweed. He recently joined our host TG Branfalt for a conversation about how he became familiar with the medicinal qualities of cannabis before the term "medical marijuana" was widely known, what it means to be an "artist-in-residence" for a cannabis brand, and how cannabis legalization has affected culture in Canada.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/ezra-soiferman-appreciating-cannabis-and-hemp-with-art/

May 02 2019

52mins

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Dr. Jon Cachat: Training Future Cannabis Lab Techs

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Dr. Jon Cachat is the Director of Laboratory Science & Undergraduate Research at Hocking College — the first institute of higher education in Ohio to satisfy the state’s medical cannabis testing lab needs.

In the latest episode of the Ganjapreneur.com Podcast, Dr. Cachat is welcomed back to the show by our host TG Branfalt to discuss the new and rigorous academic program. In this interview, Dr. Cachat describes the wide variety of students who are drawn to the program, how he has honed the curriculum to focus on more than just the chemistry of testing cannabis products, and his perception of how higher education institutions have changed their tune in recent years towards the rapidly growing cannabis industry.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/dr-jon-cachat-training-future-cannabis-lab-techs/

Apr 18 2019

42mins

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Don Andrews: Bringing CBD Flower to New York

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Don Andrews is a serial entrepreneur who owns multiple smoke shops and ancillary cannabis retailers in upstate New York. Don’s latest project, Upstate CBD, is launching soon as the state’s first CBD brick-and-mortar retailer that will offer a host of different products including CBD-rich hemp flower.

Don recently joined our host TG Branfalt to discuss his entrepreneurial journey and the hardships he’s faced both as a minority business owner and working adjacent to the highly stigmatized cannabis industry. In the interview, we learn about Don’s strategy for persevering through prejudice, how he builds friendships with his customer base, and why he works only with local artists and refuses to sell imported glass products.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/don-andrews-bringing-cbd-flower-to-new-york/

Feb 21 2019

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Liz Gehl: Executive Recruiting for the Cannabis Industry

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Liz recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt to discuss her strategies for recruiting mid-level to executive leadership candidates for the cannabis space. This interview covers Liz’s recruitment strategy — which relies on long-term, trust-building partnerships between herself, clients, and candidates — as well as her liberating transition as an executive recruiter for other highly regulated industries to launching her own firm with a specific goal of working with cannabis companies. According to Liz, the best cannabis candidates should bring a passion for the plant, perseverance in their work despite regulatory challenges, and an eagerness to make some sacrifices for an opportunity to help shape the nascent cannabis industry.

For a full transcript:
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/liz-gehl-executive-recruiting-for-the-cannabis-industry/

Jan 29 2019

35mins

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Informative, especially for someone new to the industry

By thegreatvanyage - May 29 2019
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The host is engaging, the guests are varied and interesting and it’s a great, informative podcast on the cannabis industry.

Best Cannabis Business Podcast

By Cthulhugus - Aug 07 2018
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Ganjapreneur is the most professional cannabis products and I love it. If you want something less than the deep dives of Periodic Effects, but more than just a news recap especially if you are on the West Coast this is the podcast for you. Fun, fast and professional this is like an NPR interview show for the cannabis professional or patient. Highly recommended!