Rank #1: Building a Cannabis Empire
On today’s show we have the opportunity to talk with one of the most widely recognized female personalities in cannabis. According to Inc.com, Jane West isn’t in the cannabis business. She’s in the empire business.
With a reach of more than 4.5 million followers, Jane West has appeared on NPR, Forbes, Marie Claire, Viceland, Elle, and many more.
Jane is an international speaker, who I had the pleasure of speaking on stage with in Prague in 2017, a mom, an entrepreneur who has built multiple companies. Above all, Jane is a motivator for entrepreneurs and women in the cannabis space.’
Checkout her website: www.janewest.com
Apr 09 2018
Rank #2: Investing In The Cannabis Industry
How big of a return can you expect while investing in something that is federally illegal? How do cannabis stocks compare to other industries? On this episode of Cannabis Business Minds we talk about cannabis and investing. We’ll dive deep into investing in the cannabis industry and some of the misconceptions about cannabis publicly traded companies. Our guest began his career on Wall Street in 1986, is the founder of 420 Investor, and a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is a leading source to the media, including the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, and Bloomberg TV.
Feb 24 2017
Rank #3: Carving out your niche in the Cannabis Industry...with Grannie Smith Organix.
On this episode of Cannabis Business Minds, we talk about the importance of carving out your niche in the Cannabis Industry. As the industry moves toward the cannabis consumer, understanding the different target customers is essential to building a strong brand. Co-founded by mother-son duo, Debbie and Trevor Smith, from Grannie Smith Organix discuss how they carved at a very specific niche.
Aug 13 2016
Rank #4: How to be successful in the cannabis industry with Toni Forge, Esq.
On this episode of Cannabis Business Minds, we talk with Toni Forge, Esq. about entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and cannabis in the City of Los Angeles.
For over 25 years, Toni Forge has worked as a litigator, managing attorney, state mediator and associate general counsel. A graduate of Hastings College of the Law and the University of San Francisco, Toni is a leader in compliance and litigation management.
She has acted as a chief compliance officer for major Fortune 500 companies and has implemented several compliance programs for global insurance companies. As a former mediator for the State of Nevada, she possesses exceptional negotiation and mediation skills to aid the client in their ventures.
Toni brings an extensive history of legal and compliance knowledge that will guide new cannabusinesses along the path to compliance and success.
Toni leads 4LeafConsulting in 2016. 4LeafConsulting is a cannabis consulting firm that offers clients a practical approach to establishing cannabusinesses. 4LeafConsulting specializes in local and state licensing, interpreting cannabis regulations, contract negotiation and drafting and operational business strategies.
Toni brings an extensive history of legal and compliance knowledge that will guide new cannabusinesses along the path to compliance and success.
Dec 27 2017
Rank #5: Strategic Thinking in the Cannabis Industry
On this episode of Cannabis Business Minds we talk about how strategic thinking, having a talented and strong team, and a good company culture can take your business to the next level. Strategic planning, quarterly meetings, and budgets aren’t just a thing for corporate america, every business owner should be planning and thinking ahead. Our guest on today’s show has dedicated his professional life to medical cannabis. Bryce Berryessa talks to us about Conscious Capitalism and Organizational Awareness and how he’s built multiple successful cannabis brands in California.
Oct 04 2016
Rank #6: How safe is your Cannabis?
The cannabis industry has a SERIOUS problem with pesticides, and it's not just in unregulated states. Even in regulated states such as Oregon, the current testing requirements are only now shining a light on the residual pesticides leftover in cannabis products - and it is significant. Currently over 25% of concentrates and extracts are failing testing requirements for pesticides in Oregon. The prevalence of these toxic chemicals should require that regulation be tighter on cannabis operators, as this is a matter of public safety. However, recent proposed regulation in Oregon, is actually trying to loosen the rules on lab testing requirements. As a matter of public safety, this regulation must not pass.
Mar 22 2017
Rank #7: Emerging trends in the Cannabis Industry
On this episode of Cannabis Business Minds, we talk about what emerging trends in the cannabis industry as of September 2016. The price of cannabis is dropping, tradeshows are on the rise, investors are more likely to do equity backed deals, and mergers and acquisitions in the cannabis industry are on the rise.
Sep 28 2016
Rank #8: Fearless Entrepreneur and Cannaisseur Heather Jane
Fearless Entrepreneur and Cannaisseur Heather Jane talks to Kristen and Simone about her work in the Cannabis Social where like minded individuals may connect and network within the cannabis industry.
Aug 09 2017
Rank #9: The Biggest MYTH in Cannabis
“WOW! You work in the weed business? That’s so cool! You must be killing it!” If you have ever said that or thought that, you too, have fallen prey to the misconception. News coverage and reality TV shows make the cannabis industry appear as either the latest wealth generating commodity or an industry “full of stoner entrepreneurs making money peddling weed”.
Sep 20 2017
Rank #10: Getting Insurance in the Cannabis Industry
On this episode of Cannabis Business Minds we talk about insurance. With the results of the election, 9 more states have legalized some form of cannabis regulation, opening up the market even further. Insurance can be a daunting subject, albeit an essential one. Can you find insurance for your cannabis company, and are the premiums going to be massive? What can be insured, and what cannot? In an effort to better understand the misconceptions that surround the insurance industry.
Nov 11 2016
Rank #11: Women’s Empowerment in the Cannabis Industry with Bo Money
Bonita joins Kristen and Simone to preview the upcoming 2017 Liv Advisors Cannabis Women’s Empowerment Summit, where she will be a group leader. The event will address not solely about the cannabis industry, but the intricacies of working in an emerging market as a woman. Topics will include negotiating, methods of communication, career paths and ways to think more strategically.
Sep 20 2017
Rank #12: Cannabis Entrepreneurship: the Good, Bad, and Uncomfortable
On this episode of cannabis business minds, we talk with cannabis Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO of Direct Cannabis Network, Adelia Carrillo about entrepreneurship in the cannabis industry.
Direct Cannabis Network is the leading digital B2B news networking highlighting the latest tech, entrepreneurs and innovative companies in the cannabis industry.
Adelia is a voice for the upcoming startups and uniting the cannabis business community. Adelia's roots are in the corporate and consumer electronics industry. Adelia's passion for technology, startups, and innovation has been a key strength in her transition into the cannabis space.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and meditation. She is engaged to Ali Fakhri, a serial entrepreneur who is also in the cannabis industry. They currently reside in San Diego, California.
For more information on Adelia Carrillo or Direct Cannabis Network, you can visit. www.directcannabisnetwork.com Twitter/Instagram: @_dcnetwork_ / @missadelia
Mar 12 2018
Rank #13: Finding Top Notch Talent in the Cannabis Industry
On this episode of cannabis business minds we talk about the ins and outs of recruiting outside professionals into the cannabis industry. Finding top notch talent isn’t something that you can just find on craigslist, it requires due diligence, a stringent assessment of skills, and time. Just like you can’t find top talent at your local dive bar, not all recruiters are created equal. Our guests on today's show make staffing and recruiting sound fun. Jessi and Travis Cox have a tenure of success, from helping professionals to search firms, to creating over 150 cannabis websites. Sit back, and enjoy this episode of Cannabis Business Minds.
Feb 16 2017
Rank #14: Cannabis Business and Regulation in Latin America
On this episode of Cannabis Business Minds, we talk about the medical cannabis industry in Latin America. Chile, Colombia, Uruguay all have some form of a regulated cannabis program, and Costa Rica currently has an initiative to legalize and regulate medical cannabis. Want to get a piece of the Latin American market? Listen to hear how you can!
Aug 05 2016
Rank #15: Cannabis Legalization - Happy 420
Despite being legal in more than half the states of the US, cannabis, and hemp are still federally illegal and considered to have no medical benefit by the US government and listed as a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substance Act. As it stands, farmers face several barriers to grow cannabis and hemp due to federal prohibition — including restricted access to banking, water rights, and crop insurance.
On this episode of cannabis business minds, we'll discuss:
- The history of cannabis prohibition in the United States
- The scheduling of cannabis and the Controlled Substance Act
- Major updates to cannabis and hemp legalization in the US in April 2018
- A major deadline by the FDA (April 23, 2018). FDA link: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FDA-2018-N-1072-0001
1619-1996 Cannabis History
This history of hemp and cannabis is incredible and dates back to 1619 with our founding fathers.
In 1850, cannabis was added to US Pharmacopeia as a treatment for numerous afflictions, including tetanus, alcoholism, opiate addiction, anthrax, gout, convulsive disorders, excessive menstrual bleeding, among others.
In 1933 alcohol prohibition ends, and "cannabis concerns" arise at the US Federal level. In 1934, The Garrison Act passed, which outlawed cannabis among other drugs. In 1936, medical Marijuana is replaced by other pain relievers and is removed on the US Pharmacopeia in 1937.
From the 1950s-1980s, cannabis is listed as a controlled substance and the US implements very strict mandatory minimum sentences for cannabis possession.
In 1996, California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana under prop 215. In 2014, Colorado was the first state to legalize adult use of cannabis. To date, more than 30 states have legalized cannabis.
April 2018 Cannabis Updates that make me think federal legalization is on the horizon (3-5 years)
Last week was a historic week for the Cannabis, Hemp and CBD Industries.
On April 11, Former House speaker John BANER, a longtime opponent of cannabis legalization, announced that he will serve on the board of advisers for a cannabis company- Acreage Holdings - that has licensed cannabis facilities in the United States.
On April 13, Mitch McConnell introduces Hemp Bill in the Senate. The bill would not legalize marijuana for recreational or medical uses but would allow non-psychoactive forms of cannabis.
Last week, Sen. Cory Gardner, from Colorado, announced that President Donald Trump had committed to him that the Department of Justice's rescission of the Cole Memo, which protected states with legal marijuana from federal intrusion in their legal industries, would not impact Colorado's legal marijuana industry. "Furthermore," Gardner wrote in a press release, "President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states' rights issue once and for all.
Then add on top of this, the FDA is sending out a request for comment that is due on April 23 on the potential de-scheduling of cannabis.
In December 2017 the UN’s World Health Organization said that CBD should not be scheduled as a controlled substance, an initial finding that comes about a month after the agency reviewed cannabidiol therapies.
We will hear the World Health Organization’s stance on cannabis and cannabis resin, extracts, and tinctures of cannabis in June when they issue their decision.
If the feds are thinking about decriminalization of cannabis in the US, this process would not happen overnight. That being said, it is critical that we vocalize the benefits of cannabis as well as the lack of abuse.
Send me an email at email@example.com to help us with federal legalization
Some good reads:
Former Speaker John Boehner joins the fight: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/04/11/john-boehner-was-a-longtime-opponent-of-marijuana-reform-heres-what-changed-his-mind/?utm_term=.d05334b447ae
Apr 22 2018
Rank #16: Cannabis Packaging and Compliance with Dank Creative
How often do you wonder, what are the active ingredients in this delightful meal I’m having? For many Americans, knowing what is in the food or medicine we are consuming is a huge component of our purchasing decisions. Whether it’s gluten-free or non-GMO, to 100mg of Vitamin C - packaging and labeling are huge components of our consumer needs.
There are a number of agencies that are tasked with regulating packaging at the federal level. The Food & Drug Administration regulates food and drugs, the US Department of Agriculture regulates agriculture, meat, and poultry, the Alcohol, Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau regulates Wine, Malt Beverages, Distilled Spirits.
And so, the question many of you might have, is who regulates cannabis packaging? The answer is pretty simple until it is federally legal, the states regulate cannabis packaging.
Cannabis packaging requirements vary by state to state, although there are definitely some common nuances to each state. For example, some requirements include:
clearly labeling all products as a cannabis or marijuana product and making sure that the active ingredients THC, CBD, or other cannabinoids are included on the label
Ensuring that the packaging cannot be attractive to children,
A warning label that might say, GOVERNMENT WARNING: THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS CANNABIS, A SCHEDULE I CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.
One lesson I’ve learned while working in the cannabis space is that regulation and business doesn’t necessarily see eye to eye. Last year in the state of Oregon, Cannabis operators were required to go through several hurdles and changes as it related to packaging their cannabis products. The result - time and money wasted.
On this episode of Cannabis Business Minds, I interview Bill and Rick from Dank Creative. Dank Creative is a full-service graphic design firm located in the heart of the Green Mile in Portland Oregon. From concept to creation, Dank Creative is all about helping companies achieve their business goals. Dank Creative has over 40 years of combined experience in brand development, packaging, print, advertising, digital photography and graphic design.
This episode is jam-packed with some key takeaways on the Oregon cannabis market as well as learning why packaging and labeling can make or break your brand.
This podcast was recorded prior to the Emergency Regulations in California being released.
Dec 07 2017
Rank #17: How to consume cannabis to maximize the health benefits
On this episode of Cannabis business minds, we talk with Shanel Lindsay about cannabis consumption methods and social justice in the cannabis industry.
With a background in business litigation and civil defense working for Fortune 500 Companies, Shanel loved the health and wellness benefits of cannabis and founded Ardent LLC. As the founder of Ardent LLC, Shanel is responsible for the innovation of the Company's pioneering technologies that drastically improve administration and effectiveness of cannabis.
Shanel is much more than just an inventor. She’s also heavily involved in regulation and helped draft the state of Massachusetts’ adult use cannabis law and is a founding member and co-chair of the Northeast Cannabis Coalition and counsel to the Massachusetts Patients Advocacy Alliance.
One of my favorite quotes from Shanel during our podcast interview, "Prohibition Stifles Innovation and Science."
This is another reason to legalize cannabis!
May 08 2018
Rank #18: Being Social is Social Media, with Amy Donohue
On this episode of Cannabis Business Minds, we talk about how being social is the key to success for managing social media. In a day of information overload and so many social networking sites, how do you engage clients and customers through social media? Our guest gives insight and a reality check on what social media is, and what social media isn't. Amy Donohue breaks down the etiquette of social media and steps your business should take to be more social via social media.
Aug 21 2016
Rank #19: Raising Capital & A Peek Inside The Male Psyche
She is a serial startup founder, skilled at survival, stress management, and team building. She is both the first Transgender Publicly traded marijuana company CEO and the first female one – Thunderbird Biomedical Inc (now EMH.v) was the 5th licensed Federally sanctioned Medical Marijuana company in Canada (and one of only a handful on the planet). Renee built the core team, created and executed on the business plan and raised $3.7 M in funding then took the company public ($25M Valuation at IPO)… She then went on to use this insight to create a diverse workforce with strong female leadership across the HollyWeed North Cannabis Inc. organization.
Sep 20 2017
Rank #20: Cannabis Business Talk with Simone: Sales vs. Marketing
If you had to invest money into sales or marketing to grow your business by 10 x, what would you do? Invest in a sales solution or branding and marketing?
On today’s episode of cannabis business minds, we’ll hear from two experts in the fields of sales and branding to answer the age old question, do we brand first or do we sell first? And.. HOW do we sell and brand right?
On today’s show, we have two top women in the field of sales and marketing. How did we meet, the good old facebook comment section when one of our guests asked, what is more important, marketing or sales.
Representing the sales side, we have Joanna Sapir, who is a Business Strategist and Coach, Commander-in-Chief of the Ginger Army, and a competitive Olympic-style Weightlifter. She has been a teacher and mentor her whole life from the classroom to the gym floor and now to businesses across the world - helping health & wellness practitioners and coaches that are skilled at their craft and passionate about what they do build successful and sustainable businesses.
Connect with Joanna at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Representing the marketing side, we have Kalah Haley, who is an entrepreneur and the CEO and Founder of Saint Rock Media, a full-service digital agency servicing clients across Colorado in Aviation, Financial Services, Auto and Real Estate. She specializes in brand strategy and running killer Facebook ads. Kalah is an early investor in blockchain technologies and is the subject of "Kalah Haley" a daily YouTube series documenting her experiences as a business owner and investor. When Kalah is not running her business, she is training and competing in Mixed Martial Arts and hosting her podcast "Girl Fight Talk". Connect with Kalah at: email@example.com.
Mar 21 2018