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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Dec 21, 2015

In today’s episode, we take a tour through the NWPRC with none other than the policy guy himself, John Davis. He takes us with him as he discusses designing the center with everything in mind, from target market to safety and protocols. Davis further shares his 5-year vision for the company, and while it may be simple, we’re confident that his military-grade building will promise an indestructible future for the NWPRC. FOLLOW ALONG WITH PICTURES FROM THE TOUR!

Dec 17, 2015

In today’s episode we talk with Nial Chase DeMena, President and CEO of Manna Molecular Science, to discuss his breakthrough journey into the cannabis industry. From a young age DeMena has always carried around an entrepreneurial mindset, beginning with selling polished rocks to other kids at school, to now aiding the push of legal cannabis in Massachusetts with his signature transdermal patches. Now with DeMena’s company up-and-running despite earlier licensing setbacks, he shares with us plans for the future, and why his transdermal delivery system is beneficial for patients and the industry.

Dec 14, 2015

In today’s episode, we talk with Mike Redman to discuss his story that led him to his Green Lady. From a young age, Redman shares how he always saw past the negative stigma surrounding cannabis, and how he was reunited with the budding flower later in life. Today, Redman operates a successful company in Olympia, Washington where he and his Green Lady focus on providing the best possible retail experience in the marijuana-sphere.

Dec 10, 2015

For our 100th episode, we talk with the hard hitting musician-turned cannavist, Melissa Etheridge, and her cannabis-infused wine products. Recounting her earlier days when she begged to play her sister's guitar, Etheridge takes us through her musical past and speaks about the obstacles she’s had to overcome. From dealing with sexuality stigmas to aiding her cancer treatments with cannabis, Etheridge expresses her view on how the two areas parallel each other, and remains optimistic for positive change in the industry's future. At least now as Etheridge patiently waits for life to unfold, she can do so with a glass full of cannabis-infused wine. Cheers!

Dec 7, 2015

In this episode, we talk to Troy Dayton who takes us through his successful journey of paving the way for a blooming industry. From the SSDP (Students for Sensible Drug Policy) to the MPP (Marijuana Policy Project) to The ArcView Group and more, Dayton has worked tirelessly to affect change alongside fellow activist and partner, Steve DeAngelo, and other like minded individuals. With big changes headed to the industry in the upcoming future, Dayton carries and optimistic outlook and reminds us that it is still important to remain engaged and active in the space.

Dec 3, 2015

In today’s episode, we sit down with David Alport as he takes us through Bridge City Collective and their unique story based in Portland, Oregon. This rock climbing enthusiast discusses the importance of adapting to the needs of the patients, as well as to the needs of the business. With his sights set on branching his dispensaries out to further areas in the future, there seems to be no obstacle Alport can’t climb.

Nov 30, 2015

In today’s episode, we talk to the medical doctor and president of NuVeda, Dr. Pejman Bady. Born in Iran to a conservative family of doctors, Dr. Bady shares with us the many paths he has travelled in life, and how they have led him to where he is today. From observing Ayurvedic treatments in India to caring for his mother while she was battling cancer, this D.O. has found a passion in the medical use of cannabis and it’s largely-untapped potential to heal illnesses. However, In order to realize the full potential of the plant, Dr. Bady believes research must first be allowed to happen more freely in the U.S. and other countries around the world.

Nov 26, 2015

In today’s episode we catch up with John Davis of the NWPRC to discuss what’s been going on in Washington these past five months. Additionally, Davis shares his views on the upcoming presidential elections and the impact they may bring to the industry. With unparalleled dedication to reviewing and analyzing bills time and time again, Davis stands optimistically for the continued growth and future of cannabis. ​

Nov 23, 2015

In today’s episode we have the pleasure of talking with Anthony Mollins, founder of grogeo, about the importance of sustainability within the Cannabis industry. Mollins discusses the economic and environmental benefits of his sustainable designs, and as he puts it, hopes to make the greenest industry even greener. ​

Nov 19, 2015

In today’s episode we go behind the scenes with Jill and Thomas to discuss their exciting adventure starting up The Mad Hatter. From touring bands to coffees and teas, this vibrant couple helped usher in dosage labeling for edibles before it was a “thing”, and are continuing to grow and make a difference in the medical and recreational world of cannabis.

Nov 16, 2015

In today’s episode we talk with Isaac Dietrich, founder of MassRoots, to discuss his exciting story of creating a unique and innovative social platform within the cannabis industry. Centered on bringing cannabis enthusiasts and the curious alike, Dietrich takes us through further growth plans for his company and hopes for a more inclusive, connective environment in the future.

Nov 12, 2015

In today’s episode, we streamline through Rob Kampia’s story as co-founder of the MPP (Marijuana Policy Project) and discuss the necessity for public involvement in the upcoming voting initiatives. Kampia takes us through his three-bucket lens of marijuana public policy work; state bills, state initiatives and congress, and urges cannabis supporters to stay active even as the old tides change.

Nov 9, 2015

In today’s episode, we go through an exhilarating discussion with none other than the fantastic Lynn Honderd. She takes us on an exciting journey of how she came into the industry with Mary’s Medicinals, and how her passion to help others has helped push them to the top of medical cannabis. From gel pens to transdermal patches, Honderd paints us an illustrious picture of how Mary’s Medicinals further expanded into Mary’s Nutritionals and Mary’s Pets, and attributes much of her industry success to a fundamental core set of values: Accurate dosing, clean delivery and quality medicine.

Nov 5, 2015

In this episode we are joined by AC Braddock. Braddock is the CEO of Eden Labs, a company that designs and manufactures some of the highest quality CO2 extraction systems on the market. She tells us all about the different career paths she started on before she turned her entrepreneurial instincts to cannabis, and all about how the corporate culture of Eden Labs is the key to their success. It's a pivotal time for all who use extractions to make concentrates and infused products, and AC is a big reason Eden Labs remains ahead of the curve. Enjoy!

Nov 2, 2015

In this clip, we talk to Roger Martin, a veteran of the United States Army and founder of Grow for Vets, an organization that provides free medical cannabis to American veterans as an alternative to prescription drug treatments. Roger tells us about the many reasons he is passionate about his cause, and in general about how medical cannabis can help those who have served. We also touch on the hot-button issue of getting PTSD approved as a cannabis-qualifying condition, the quest for more research on the subject, and about what's in store for Grow for Vets in coming months. Enjoy!

Oct 29, 2015

We have another "Audio Tour" episode for you this week, and we're taking you inside of Inyo Fine Cannabis in Las Vegas, NV. Inyo Fine Cannabis is one of the first dispensaries to open in Nevada, as the state rolls out their medical marijuana market. [Store Manager?] David Goldwater shows us the ins and outs of the facility, explaining all the effort the company has put in to make sure their patients feel, safe, respected, and comfortable. He tells us what has happened in the first two weeks of business, and the plans they have for the future to vertically integrate and incorporate edibles into their retail offerings. Enjoy! FOLLOW ALONG WITH PICTURES FROM THE TOUR!

Oct 26, 2015

This episode comes to you straight from the Cannabis Economy workshop in Las Vegas last week. We checked in with the one and only Tripp Keber, one of the first ever speakers at Cannabis Economy in 2014, who gives us his take on all that has happened in the world of Cannabis since he first joined us over a year ago. A lot has changed from 2014 to 2015, but it's good to hear how the "movement" of cannabis, as Tripp puts it, has only grown bigger and better. Enjoy!

Oct 22, 2015

We have a very special episode for you this week, as we check in with our old friend Jamie Shaw, President of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries, on the recent Canadian election. The results stunned and elated cannabis champions in Canada, as a Liberal Party Majority Government formed in front of their eyes, despite predictions to the contrary. Justin Trudeau, now Prime Minister of Canada, was elected on a platform of federally legalizing cannabis, and we are eager to see what happens when he takes the reins. So, we ask Jamie what the reality of this promise looks like, what to expect in coming months, and how this all has changed the future of cannabis in Canada. Enjoy!

Oct 19, 2015

In this episode, we take a look to our neighbor in the north, and check in with Deepak Anand on the state of cannabis in Canada. Deepak Anand is the Executive Director of the Canadian National Medical Marijuana Association, an organization committed to being a voice for licensed cannabis producers, physicians, and the general public who are passionate about cannabis as a cure. Anand weighs in on the upcoming federal elections in Canada, the recent rulings by their supreme court, and on what's happening over in Vancouver. Enjoy!

Oct 15, 2015

As Oregon opened the doors of its medical marijuana dispensaries to adult-use customers state-wide on October 1st of this year, we had to check in with our friend-of-the-program and cannabis business leader Jesce Horton to hear how it happened on the ground. He gives us some more detailed insight on the draft rules their state legislature has in effect for the time being, and a heads up on what to expect in the coming months. Enjoy!

Oct 12, 2015

In this episode, we chat with Horatio Delbert, cannabis concentrate master and industry luminary. Delbert's professional life began in a very different arena - he was an accomplished visual effects artist who worked on high profile projects such as Hellboy, the Harry Potter Series, and the Air-Bud franchise. He tells us what drove him to start experimenting with cannabis extractions, and the trial and error and determination that helped him discover his breakthrough method. His limonene and water based extractions are perhaps the most effective and safe products of their kind out in the market today, and Delbert gives us not only the science behind them, but also shares some powerful testimonials from patients he's helped. Enjoy!

Oct 8, 2015

Though he has been a lifelong lover of the plant, Travis Howard worked in technology and as a lawyer before eventually finding his way into the cannabis industry. When he was brought in 2010 to facilitate a merger between two dispensaries, he found himself faced with an opportunity to jump headfirst into the "green rush" as a Managing Member of Green Dream Health Services, and he's never looked back since. In addition to Green Dream, Travis is a founder of Shift Cannabis Company, a consultancy devoted to helping cannabis businesses grow and succeed. Travis gives us all the details on his story, and explains how a commitment to principles, and a desire to grow one's company through culture, are the keys to success. Enjoy!

Oct 6, 2015

Patrick McManamon founded Cannasure back in 2009, which by this industry standards, makes him one of the old guard. As by far the leading provider of insurance for cannabis businesses since that time, he very much has his pulse on the industry as it has matured. He tells us how a Jesuit-educated, midwestern insurance professional found himself as a cannabis pioneer. Along the way, we get insight into markets all across the US, feedback on who he thinks is doing it best, and some speculation on the future of cannabis in Ohio and across the nation. Enjoy!

Oct 1, 2015

In this episode, we sit down with Brandon Hamilton, CEO of Wam Oil. Wam Oil is known across the nation for setting a high standard for all other vape pen companies, and Hamilton gives us an inside view of the how they found themselves at the top. After ACL injuries dashed his hopes of playing professional soccer, and the economy did a number on his career as an architect, Hamilton decided to jump into the cannabis movement. As a long time recreational user himself, and as someone who watched the positive effects the plant had on his cancer-patient girlfriend, he was well aware of the power the plant had and the great potential it held as an industry. He tells us about the legislative battles he fought with his fellow Washingtonians to get regulations passed, and updates us on what to expect in the market in 2016. As Hamilton puts it, it's a big investment to take the high road in this industry, but we're glad he is taking the lead in doing so. Enjoy!

Sep 28, 2015

In the cannabis industry, we have grown used to hearing about the wide variety of jobs, careers, and passions people were following before their path led to cannabis. Still, we are in for a surprise every now and then, as is the case with Shane Terry, who was a Top Gun instructor, and one of the finest F-16 pilots in the world until he retired his military career to become an entrepreneur. Interestingly enough, he says the Air Force was ideal preparation for the cannabis industry in many ways, and we hear firsthand how he and his business partners at NuVeda are navigating the legislative landscape of Nevada, and what projects the company has in store going forward. Enjoy!

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