Cannabis Economy

Cannabis Economy (by Audio Archives) chronicles personal conversations with business leaders on Ingenuity, Inspiration...and Cannabis. Our first goal is to provide an oral history of legal cannabis in real-time. Who you are informs what you do. Business is personal. Follow us on Twitter @CannEconomy
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Mar 17, 2016
You know Julianna from her Bay Area based brand for humans Auntie Dolores.  And you know Julianna from her CBD based brand for pets- Treatibles.  And you might even know Julianna from Episode 48.  Julianna has a great story and I’m happy to call her a friend.  We get an update on Auntie Dolores, Treatibles and of course Julianna herself.
Mar 14, 2016
Brooke Gehring of LiveGreen (formerly Patient’s Choice) is an original.  She’s been in the cannabis space in Colorado from the beginning.  Brooke takes us through not only her story, but the greater Colorado narrative from the old 1284 days through day 1 of adult use up to today.  Incidentally, check out the companion episode to this one- Episode 112- the LiveGreen tour also featuring Brooke.
Mar 10, 2016
Just in time for Spannabis, Marti Canavas of DMT Advocates joins us to give us an update on Cannabis in Spain, Catalunya and Barcelona- and while he’s at it he gives us a geopolitical update on the plan for Catalan’s to succeed from Spain.  An enlightening episode all around.
Mar 7, 2016

Dr. Michelle Ross of The Impact Network is a neuroscientist, bringing her knowledge to the Cannabis industry. Michele has had some battles along the way including a raid of her home. Speaking of home, for reality tv fans, you might remember Michele from Big Brother Season 2. Having said that, she really knew what she was getting herself into- and has used that show as a platform for doing good. 

Mar 3, 2016
Ben Larson is starting up Gateway, a new incubator, accelerator and working space in Oakland dedicated completely to Cannabis.  Ben comes to Cannabis by way of the Founder’s Network where he worked with tech companies getting them from concept to launch.  Ben takes us through what an investor expects in a pitch from an entrepreneur as well as what we can expect from Gateway,
Feb 29, 2016
Saul Kaye of Israel Cannabis joins us and discusses the State of Cannabis in the State of Israel.  Saul is a licensed pharmacist born in South Africa, raised in Australia and working in Israel on moving the cannabis industry forward in the middle east…and eventually globally.  He talks about how he expects the industry to move online the same way that the pharmacy business did beginning about 10 years ago.
Feb 25, 2016

Late last week, February 17th, Senator's Nelson's efforts to pass legislation on the regulation of legal cannabis in the US Virgin Islands were set back.  He's vowed to continue the fight.  This interview was recorded just before the setback.  Senator Nelson has officially changed his name to Positive- and he explains why.  He shares how the infrastructure of the legislation he's working on is based on learnings from legal states. Finally, TA Positive Nelson explains how he became a Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Rastafarian Senator.

Feb 22, 2016

Charlotte’s Web is an extract, shorthand for a set of laws- and is shorthand in general for CBD.  Charlotte’s Web is named after now 9 year old Charlotte Figi who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome.  One of our guests is her mother Paige Figi who runs the Coalition for Access Now which is focused on a Federal Bill to deschedule cbd & hemp.  Our other guest, Heather Jackson runs Realm of Caring - The Roc in Colorado Springs, working on Research, Education, and Advocacy.  The two form a perfect pair helping and educating families with anything from epilepsy to chrones to find the research and solutions they need to heal their children.

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Feb 18, 2016

In today’s episode, we talk with the author of The Cannabist, Ricardo Baca, to discuss his passion for journalism and how it led him to the cannabis industry. Baca shares how he initially became a music critic for the Denver Post, and later created the Underground Music Showcase (UMS), an indie music festival in Denver, Colorado. Since then, Baca accepted the Denver Post’s offer in 2013 to be an active voice in the growing cannabis movement, and has continued to grow The Cannabist with budding success. Enjoy!

Feb 15, 2016

In today’s episode, we talk with Oscar Velasco-Schmitz of Dockside Co-op as he shares his exciting story with us. From being raised in rural California, to working at Microsoft, and then starting Dockside Co-op in 2011, this hopeful entrepreneur tells it all while further sharing his perspective on the migration of cannabis with us. Enjoy!

Feb 11, 2016

In today’s episode, we talk with the founders of Brand & Branch, Shabnam Malek and Amanda Conley as they share with us their formative years and fore into the cannabis industry. These two high energy individuals discuss important issues regarding intellectual property services in the cannabis space, and offer valuable insight into how one can avoid “Brandelism” and successfully setup their brand with the most ease possible. Enjoy!

Feb 8, 2016

In today’s episode, we talk with none other than the CEO of the Alaska Cannabis Club, Charlo Greene. This determined activist, most recently in the limelight for passionately quitting her reporting job on live TV, shares her “why” as to how she puts her everything into what she does, and the energy that Greene's “Fuck it, I quit” dialogue brought to the Alaskan cannabis movement and around the world. Enjoy!

Feb 4, 2016

In today’s episode, we talk with Nicole Smith of Mary’s Medicinals, as she tells us about taking after her father’s entrepreneurial footsteps and jumping into the cannabis industry. Smith shares how she initially came up with her famous transdermal patch concept, and takes us through the exponential growth her company has seen in the past two years; now having products sold in over 1,200 stores. Enjoy!

Feb 1, 2016

In today’s episode, we talk with Tangy Daniel of Jayn Grene, as she shares her adventurous story with us leading up to the cannabis industry. This former marine details her two deployments in Iraq, and how the lessons and work ethic she has learned from those events, have crossed over to her life in topicals today. Enjoy!

Jan 28, 2016

In today’s episode, we talk with Brendan Kennedy of Privateer Holdings to discuss his formative years, and what he is currently up to in the cannabis industry. Kennedy shares his stories and goals behind Leafly, Tilray, and Marley Natural, while also expressing his perspective on the changes surrounding cannabis throughout the world. Enjoy!

Jan 25, 2016

In today’s episode, we talk with Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University as she takes us on her journey into the cannabis industry. This compelling individual shares how making the most out of opportune moments, and chance meetings in California, have led to the start, and outreach of the university, as well as in family and life.

Jan 21, 2016

In today’s episode, we take a walk through the Live Green facility in Denver, Colorado with CEO, Brooke Gehring. As she takes us through their entire process from grow, to harvest and retail, the breadth of industry experience is clearly visible in how Gehring’s facility functions within the regulations, and is optimized for production. Perhaps most notable around the building is the color-coated metric tags, marking important product details such as medical or retail, type of strain, destination facility, and more. With full compliance and total transparency, Live Green serves as a successful model for incoming business’ to follow as the industry continues to bloom.

Jan 18, 2016

In today’s episode, we talk with Keith McCarty of Eaze, as he takes us on a ride through creating the mobile app-driven, cannabis delivery system. With knowledge gained through previous technological and entrepeunerial experiences; such as the business social network, Yammer, McCarty shares one of his secrets to success in our modern economy, On-Demand. This Orange County native remains focused on providing a friction-less service to medical cannabis patients, so that the people who need the medicine delivered or a recommendation, can get it with Eaze.

Jan 14, 2016

In today’s episode, we talk with siblings Morgan and Emily Paxhia of Poseidon Asset Management, as they take us through their story. From learning lifelong lessons in early childhood sailing trips, to facing adversity later in life with their parent’s illness’, this dynamic duo describes their thoughts before entering the industry, and their journey afterwards. Now with firm footing on their company, and hopeful optimism in the wind and near-elections, this team seems poised and ready to set its sails for future growth and success in the years to come.

Jan 11, 2016

In today’s episode, we take a tour through the incredibles facility with co-founder and CEO of Medically Correct, LLC, Rick Scarpello. During our walk-through of incredibles, Scarpello shares his insight on new trends entering the industry, and further expresses his thoughts on working productively with the Health Department, to ensure that everything is being done to the correct standards, and to the best quality. From grow, to harvest and extraction, incredibles looks to have the recipe for success. Enjoy!



Jan 7, 2016

In today’s episode, we talk to Brendan Hill of Paper & Leaf to discuss his story and fore into the cannabis industry. This entrepreneur and esteemed drummer of American-Rock band, “Blues Traveler”, takes us through his unique vision of the industry, as he draws parallels from his experiences in the music world. Hill goes further to describe his shop’s design layout, and shares some success-driven tips that he’s come across since opening Bainbridge’s first retail cannabis shop.

Jan 4, 2016

In today’s episode, we revisit Kayvan Khalatbari of Denver Relief, Denver Relief Consulting, Sexy Pizza, Sexpot Comedy, Birdy Magazine and much more, to discuss the progress he has made since our last chat. This active and engaged individual is currently involved in over twenty initiatives, both cannabis-related and not, yet all his efforts remain centered in benefiting his community through passion-driven motivation, and blunt honesty. ​

Dec 31, 2015

In today’s episode, we take a tour through Eden Labs with the dynamic duo, Fritz Chess and AC Braddock. With interesting gadgets located all around the facility, they explain to us their wide range of extraction technologies used for cannabis and other natural products, and even take the time to share a story of making pear moonshine in two proofs. FOLLOW ALONG WITH PICTURES FROM THE TOUR!

Dec 28, 2015

Brian Caldwell of Triple C Cannabis Club has been around.  He'll take you through his story of breaking into the field, and his current thoughts on how things are going with his company, and the industry. Caldwell shares with us how prior work experience has influenced the approach for his medical marijuana dispensary, and emphasizes the importance of re-investing in your company to build strength in every way, shape, and form. 

Dec 24, 2015

In today’s episode, we talk with Danny Curylo of Cascade Crops as he shares his thoughts on growing cannabis and the future of cultivating in the industry. This exuberant individual began life on a dairy farm, where he unknowingly got a head start on his future selling sweet corn on the side of the road. After working in the technology industry, and flipping houses, Curylo found a passion elsewhere in producing cannabis, and has since continued to dream big as he further pushes the development of his company.

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