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: Operations
What sets great companies apart? Operational Excellence. As a consulting group, we are lucky to see an array of business types, from startup operators to existing and established businesses. On this episode of cannabis business minds we talk about some of the pitfalls, shortcomings, and successes we've seen first hand in the cannabis industry.
Mar 08 2017
Rank #3: THIS Is How You Should Run A Dispensary!
Today we are speaking with Mariellen Jurkovich, the Director of Humboldt Patient Resource Center, about the importance of Community, Compassion, and Company Culture
May 22 2017
Rank #4: 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 #5: Banking, Seed to Sale Tracking, and The Cannabis LAB
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT How Peter got into the cannabis industry and what it was like to be the CIO of Biotrack Peter demystifies seed to sale tracking and explains what the lifecycle/Lineage tracking is – from seed to lab to dispensary. Some common misconceptions about seed to sale tracking are. Barcodes versus RFID chips, and the costs associated with seed to sale tracking. Why Peter moved to LA to start the LA Chapter of CLAB What is FinCen and why banking solutions are hard to find in the cannabis industry What are some cashless solutions in the cannabis industry
Apr 05 2017
Rank #6: 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 #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: 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 #9: California Regulations with the BMCR
We interview the Chief of Communications of the BMCR - the regulatory body responsible for REGULATING CANNABIS IN CALIFORNIA!
Apr 05 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: Special Edition: Trump and Cannabis
Though we feel that it is rarely a good idea to discuss politics in a business environment, we have recorded a special podcast to discuss the Trump administration's stance on cannabis and how it may impact the thriving cannabis community in the United States. We live in a world of uncertainty, add in cannabis and the uncertainty of the new administration's policies, and that uncertainty is MASSIVE. In an earlier post, we discussed our worry of what could happen with Trump's policy on cannabis. Here are a few facts before we dive into our analysis: It's Illegal and we're protected just by a few memos that can be wiped away. As of February 2017, 42 states have some form a cannabis legalization in place. 30 states have legalized medical medical marijuana, 8 states and D.C. have legalized the adult use of marijuana, and many more (13) have at least some type of cannabidiol law in place. Cannabis is a schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act and is FEDERALLY illegal. We are all aiding and abetting in a federal crime, despite it being legal in more than half of the United States. The DOJ announced in 2013 it would not directly challenge state marijuana legalization laws and would tone down enforcement of federal laws against pot sales in states allowing the practice. (Cole Memo). This is after massive years of DEA raids and the cannabis eradication programs. The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment also has protected the thriving medical marijuana program (including Puerto Rico and Guam). It's not Killing Anyone, and actually looks like some good is coming out of it Tax revenues in adult use states are massive (Oregon reported over $60Million in taxes its first year of licensing) Studies have suggested that cannabis is a tool to help fight the massive opioid addiction in the United States. Drugged driving, deaths, and other scare tactics as it relates to cannabis have yet to be discovered with the legalization of marijuana. Public safety remains a huge issue for the cannabis community as it relates to being an all cash business The industry is still very young, and there is clearly much more work to be done with respect to cannabis regulation. What the TRUMP? We wrote about it here, but Trump has said he thinks it is a states right issue. He has leaned more towards medical than adult use. We know Sessions (Attorney General) is a critical, and we just learned that Sean Spicer's wifey is the senior vice president of National Beer Wholesalers Association, which represents the interests of beer distributors. On February 23, 2017 in a press conference, Sean Spicer, elaborated on the administrations' stance on cannabis, with a clear stance that recreational marijuana is clearly different than medical marijuana. We encourage you to read the transcript here: On February 27, 2017 Jeff Session further elaborated that he didn't want recreational marijuana to become more prevalent in the United States, stating, "We’re seeing real violence around that. Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved." Help Us Out! Please subscribe to our podcast and help us reach new listeners on iTunes by leaving us a rating and review! It takes just 30 seconds. We really appreciate it! What you can do: Sign this petition Join our FB Group Spread the word and continue to lobby Show Credits: We wouldn’t be able to produce this show, without our brilliant podcast editor and producer Gustavo Bulgach from East Venice Studios. Intro/Outro music is Funkadelicoscious, by Ketsa.
Feb 28 2017
Rank #12: The biggest secret in California Cannabis - Is your business ready?
Nov 22 2017
Rank #13: 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 #14: Cannabis Intellectual Property, are you protected?
Nov 22 2017
Rank #15: California Bans with Jacqueline McGowan
If you are like most people in the US, you might be thinking, "What do you mean, there are bans on cannabis businesses, I thought cannabis was legalized with Prop 64?", and you would be correct. Prop 64 did legalize cannabis, however it also allowed local governments the right to tax and regulate, or outright BAN cannabis businesses as they see fit. Our guest, Jacqueline McGowan is the founder of the group “California- City & County Ban Watch” which has become the #1 news source for cannabis regulations in the state. She began the group at the beginning of 2016 in order to track local bans that were sweeping the state after the passage of MCRSA. The group is now busy tracking Proposition 64 bans as well as local medical cannabis regulation implementation.
Apr 19 2017
Rank #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: 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 #19: $750,000 FOR BEING NON-COMPLIANT? THAT’S SIGNIFICANT.
We talk with the CEO and Founder of Adherence Compliance, Steve Owens about cannabis and compliance. Steve is a highly accomplished, results-driven entrepreneur with a proven track record in developing, growing, and improving the profitability, performance and overall value of companies. He has more than 16 years of collaborative management experience with a deep knowledge of business and enterprise process architecture, Financials (Lead-to-Cash), Audits, CRM/ERP and cloud-based technologies. In 2014, Steve established Adherence Compliance – the cannabis industry’s first automated risk-based compliance solution platform and tracking software available on the Apple App Store. Steve is a former software executive with more than 17 years of enterprise IT and Financials solutions delivery experience. His previous work history includes Oracle, Alcatel-Lucent and AT&T. Steve is beyond knowledgable in the realm of business and cannabis compliance. For full show notes, go to: http://liv-consulting.com/cannabis-compliance-software-can-save-thousands/
Mar 29 2017
Rank #20: 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