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Ep 351 – Maine Cannabis Company Thrives in a New Market

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Maine cannabis sales are booming after dispensaries were finally given the green light to sell recreational cannabis last fall, but this new market isn't without its challenges. Here to tell us about it is Brandon Pollock of Theory Wellness. Learn more at https://theorywellness.org  Key Takeaways: [2:14] An inside look at Theory Wellness, a small batch cannabis company with recreational and medical dispensaries in Massachusetts and Maine [2:57] Brandon’s background in cannabis and how he came to start Theory Wellness [4:36] Lessons Brandon learned during his time working for Harborside and how they’ve influenced his approach at Theory Wellness [7:11] The pros and cons of being vertically integrated in the cannabis industry right now [8:53] Why Maine dispensaries are having a difficult time meeting their supply needs [10:25] The best selling products in Maine right now [11:25] Unique aspects of the east coast cannabis market and where Brandon sees it heading over the next few years [13:53] What it means to be a “small batch” cannabis company and how that sets Theory Wellness apart from other dispensaries [15:03] How Theory Wellness is expanding into new states despite difficulties scaling a small batch cannabis company [17:38] The inspiration for Theory Wellness’ successful new product Hi5, a low-dose THC seltzer [19:02] How Hi5 compares to similar alcoholic seltzers in onset and overall effect [19:59] Why Brandon believes cannabis beverages like Hi5 will surpass alcohol over the next few years [22:26] Challenges Theory Wellness has faced in distributing their cannabis drinks [24:02] How Theory Wellness is helping more entrepreneurs get into the cannabis space through its social equity programs in Maine and Massachusetts

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Ep 350 – Insider Details Important Changes To The Califorina Cannabis Market

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California is the world’s largest cannabis market, and that means navigating everything that’s happening on the legal and regulatory front can be tricky. Here to help us is Khurshid Khoja of Greenbridge Corporate Counsel. Learn more at http://www.greenbridgelaw.com  Key Takeaways: [00:54] An inside look at Greenbridge Corporate Counsel, a California business and regulatory law boutique that provides industry-focused legal expertise to cannabis companies [1:24] Khurshid’s day-to-day interfacing with Sacramento regulators and politicians to help his clients see what’s just around the corner [3:54] California’s provisional licensing crisis and where Khurshid sees things heading over the next year [7:53] How Governor Newsom’s potential recall could affect California’s cannabis industry [9:14] The Budget Trailer Bill and why it’s important [12:24] Why Khurshid believes California’s regulatory landscape will evolve to become much more streamlined over the next few years [15:29] The pending legislation around veterinary cannabis products [17:17] The current regulation and taxation for non-cannabis cannabinoids [20:08] What Sacramento regulators are saying about delta-8 THC, a hemp-derived cannabinoid that some states are banning due to its close relation to delta-9 THC [26:30] What California business owners are excited about right now and the big opportunities that lie ahead

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Ep 349 – Hemp Vodka is Taking Off, Here's Why…

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A new hemp seed vodka is winning taste tests and garnering devotees across Texas. Here to tell us about it is Ben Williams, founder of Highway Vodka. Learn more at https://www.highwayvodka.com Key Takeaways: [00:45] An inside look at Highway Vodka, the first vodka created from hemp [1:12] Ben’s background in the restaurant and bar industry and how he came to start Highway Vodka [2:11] Why hemp produces a smoother vodka than most traditional grains and how Ben figured this out over years of experimentation [7:08] The permits required to sell hemp-based alcohol [13:43] Highway vodka’s unique flavor profile and how it compares to other spirits [18:44] How Highway Vodka contains virtually no congeners, making the drink low-calorie and less likely to cause a hangover [24:27] Books that have had a big impact on Ben’s life and way of thinking [28:16] Ben’s thoughts on legalization in Texas and other southern states

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Ep 348 – Cannabis Fund Eyes The Sweet Spot For Investors

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Some investors are seeing big opportunities in post-seed stage investing. Here to tell us about it is Patrick Rea of the Poseidon Garden Fund.  Learn more at https://www.poseidonassetmanagement.com Key Takeaways: [00:44] An inside look at the Poseidon Garden Fund, a $50 million fund supporting post-seed stage cannabis businesses [1:39] Patrick’s background in cannabis, including his popular business-accelerator and venture capital fund, CanopyBoulder [2:49] The current cannabis investing landscape and Patrick’s advice to investors looking to enter the space [7:02] The benefits of post-seed stage investing versus earlier stages [10:08] How the Poseidon Garden Fund helps springboard companies through its mastermind groups and large network of industry leaders [13:53] The Garden Fund’s process for follow-on investments [15:08] Parallels between the cannabis and supplements industries, including a new trend in product technology [16:40] The Garden Fund investments Patrick is most excited about right now [21:19] Patrick’s advice to entrepreneurs on the dos and don’ts of pitching your company

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Ep 347 – Michigan Is The Most Interesting Cannabis Market, Period

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The Michigan cannabis market isn’t on everyone’s radar, but it’s large and growing faster than you might think. Here to tell us about it is Fabian Monaco of Gage Cannabis. Learn more at https://gageusa.com  Key Takeaways: [1:17] An inside look at Gage Cannabis, one of the largest vertically-integrated cannabis companies in Michigan [1:45] Fabian’s background in investment banking and how he came to be president and CEO of Gage Cannabis [3:01] Michigan’s history in medical marijuana and how the state’s cannabis market has evolved over recent years [5:18] Why Fabian believes every cannabis brand needs to be vertically integrated right now [7:05] The pros and cons of contract growing versus buying wholesale [11:05] The most popular cannabis products in Michigan right now and surprising new trends to look out for [17:49] How Gage Cannabis has successfully employed curbside pickup to gross almost 99 percent of their profit [21:29] The importance of brand continuity and how this has helped Gage grow so quickly [24:38] Cookies aka the “Coca-Cola of cannabis,” a popular California-based cannabis brand that has partnered with Gage to expand into Michigan  

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Ep 346 – Cannabis Retail Sales Are Expected to Double by 2025, Expert Explains Why

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Despite a global pandemic, cannabis is one of the few industries that has grown throughout 2020 and 2021 — and that’s nothing compared to the gangbuster growth expected through 2025. Here to tell us more is Chris Walsh, President and CEO of Marijuana Business Daily. Learn more at https://mjbizdaily.com  Key Takeaways: [1:05] An inside look at Marijuana Business Daily, the most trusted business news outlet for professionals in the cannabis industry [1:41] Chris’ background in business journalism and how he came to be CEO of Marijuana Business Daily [4:04] How cannabis regulations have changed over the last five years and what that could mean for the industry going forward [7:36] Surprising reasons cannabis managed to survive and adapt during Covid-19 [10:51] Why cannabis retail sales could double to put the industry at a 38 to 45 billion valuation by 2025 [13:23] Aspects of the market Chris believes investors and business owners might be underestimating [17:14] Surprising new trends that are quietly taking hold in cannabis right now  [23:43] How more legalization for recreational cannabis could diminish the medical cannabis market [30:24] The last states standing between the US and full cannabis acceptance [34:59] How job growth in cannabis doubled from 2019 to 2021 despite Covid-19’s economic recession and spiking unemployment rates

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Ep 345 – Industry Veteran Explains How to Stand Out in a Crowded CBD Market

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How do you stand out as a CBD company in a crowded and noisy market? Here to help us answer that question is Josh Haupt of Plant Love Naturals. Learn more at https://plantlovenaturals.com  Key Takeaways: [1:17] An inside look at Plant Love, a USDA certified organic full spectrum hemp extract company based in Denver, Colorado [1:31] Josh’s decorated background in cannabis, including his popular cannabis growing guide “Three A Light” [4:36] The unique growing process behind Josh’s top-shelf cannabis flower that sets it apart from others on the market [7:18] Why the price of CBD has dropped significantly over the last five years [8:30] Common mistakes CBD companies make when trying to gain traction in today’s noisy industry [9:35] Why Plant Love only sources its hemp from USDA certified organic farms [11:04] How Plant Love’s subcritical extraction method preserves cannabinoids and terpenes better than the popular supercritical methods [12:23] The increasing interest in minor cannabinoids including THCV, CBG, and CBN [13:36] How Josh uses CBD to successfully treat his epilepsy

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Ep 344 – Midwest Cannabis Company Thrives In a Difficult Market

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We hear a lot about what’s going on in the west coast cannabis market, but what about the midwest? Here to fill us in is Tim Schuler of Cannalicious and Detroit Edible Company. Learn more at: www.cannaliciouslabs.com  www.detroitediblecompany.com  Key Takeaways: [1:09] An inside look at Cannalicious and Detroit Edible Company, two of Michigan’s most successful cannabis businesses [2:00] Tim’s background working for Anheuser Busch and how he got into the cannabis space [3:42] How the cannabis market in Michigan has evolved over the last ten years [8:35] How Tim and his team decide the best cannabis extracts to produce at Cannalicious [11:23] The types of products sold at Detroit Edible Company, from gummies to brownies [17:44] Detroit Edible’s latest partnership with Eaze and why the California-based delivery app is expanding into Michigan [21:31] How Tim manages his inventory using LeafLink, cannabis’ largest wholesale management platform [25:51] Where Tim sees the cannabis market in Michigan heading over the next 3-5 years

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Ep 343 – Here's What Cannabis Consumers Are Purchasing in 2021…

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The products being purchased in cannabis retail stores are changing, and this leaves cannabis companies with two options: adapt and look ahead...or get left behind. Here to help us stay on the right side of that equation is Cy Scott of Headset. Learn more at https://www.headset.io  Key Takeaways: [00:55] An inside look at Headset, the leading cannabis data analytics company [1:34] Cy’s background as a co-founder of Leafly and how that led him to start Headset [3:43] The fast-evolving cannabis beverage market [11:16] Cross-category attachment rates for cannabis drinks and the product categories that sell most frequently with beverages [14:59] Why the California vapor pen market is becoming more and more popular among younger generations [20:24] How new celebrity-led cannabis brands could influence the industry [25:44] Cy’s advice to new brands trying to get shelf space in an increasingly competitive market [30:26] How Headset helps businesses leverage real-time cannabis market data to grow and stay ahead of the curve

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Ep 342 – Cannabis Extraction is Booming – Largest Extraction Company Reveals Trends

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With extracted cannabis-derived products making up about 50 percent of all cannabis products sold, extraction equipment is in high demand. Here to tell us more is Nick Tennant of Precision Extraction. Learn more at https://precisionextraction.com  Key Takeaways: [00:52] An inside look at Precision Extraction, the industry leader in cannabis extraction equipment, C1D1 lab planning, and extraction training [1:40] Nick’s background in cannabis and what led him to start Precision Extraction [4:28] Biomass and why it’s a critical component of cannabis extraction [9:04] How Precision Extraction’s diverse line of equipment is designed to accommodate different production needs [13:14] Shifting consumer trends in cannabis-derived products and how Precision Extraction’s clients are able to adapt more quickly  [22:34] Why Precision Extraction freezes biomass before the extraction process [25:09] The most common mistakes Nick sees new business owners make when trying to develop cannabis-derived products  [27:32] How Precision Extraction’s premade C1D1 lab containers known as “Extraction Pods” are saving businesses time and money [29:35] How Nick sees the cannabis extraction market evolving over the next 3-5 years

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Ep 341 – Social Equity Initiatives Spark A Cannabis Incubator in N. California…

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The Congo Club is one of the only places that carry the Red Congolese, an heirloom strain of cannabis that provides an electrifying, thought-provoking, and optimistic high. Here to tell us more about it is Amber Senter, founder of The Congo Club and Breeze Distro. Learn more at https://www.breezedistro.com  Key Takeaways: [1:11] An inside look at The Congo Club and Breeze Distro, a distributor of high-quality cannabis products in California [2:31] Amber’s background and how she got into the cannabis space [5:18] Unique characteristics of the Red Congolese strain and why it’s gained so much popularity [11:04] Why California’s regulated market is struggling to compete with the unregulated market and what it will take to change that [15:04] Amber’s latest venture EquityWorks! Incubator, one of Oakland’s first publicly-funded social equity manufacturing facilities [19:23] The many different cannabis licenses required in California and the challenges they pose to everyone from cultivators to distributors [25:40] How Amber sees the California cannabis landscape evolving over the next 3-5 years

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As the Cannabis, Marijuana Industry proliferates, Matthew Kind from the CannaInsider podcast website puts to task the leading voices in this space to bring you engaging, educative, fun, and informative interviews. Listen and learn from visionaries and experts as they debate on the trends and technology that are shaping this industry. You will learn what is making the Marijuana Industry tick every week, ways to invest in the cannabis business, what jobs are coming up in Medical Marijuana (MMJ), and recreational legalization. You will also learn about fun and safe ways to participate in Marijuana Tourism.

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