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Tracey Mason, Co-Founder and CEO of House of Saka

Continuing our exploration into the growing cannabis beverage market, our guest this week on the Green Rush is Tracey Mason, Co-Founder and CEO of House of Saka. Founded in 2018 and with products officially launched in 2019, House of Saka is an up-and-coming luxury cannabis beverage brand in California made by women and for women. 

Our hosts Anne and Nick wanted to sit down with Tracey as House of Saka’s beverages are  kind of an entirely new category as a grape-based drink (so kind of like a wine) but instead of alcohol, the beverages are CBD and THC infused giving consumers a familiar and quick onset feeling.

As a former executive at drink powerhouse Diageo, Tracey has long been involved in the luxury beverage business and walked our hosts through the burgeoning cannabeverage marketplace. Covering branding/marketing, comparisons to the hard seltzer industry and House of Saka’s growth plans, Tracey illustrated the opportunity for beverages to make a dent in the edibles space, especially amongst new users.  

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Tracey Mason, Co-Founder and CEO of House of Saka 

Tracey Mason is a 25–year veteran of the adult beverage industry with experience in nearly every facet. She has held executive–level marketing positions at some of the world’s largest beverage companies, including Diageo, where she worked her way up from sales management to Director of Commercial Innovation, and Fosters Wine Estates, where she held the position of Vice President of Marketing/Innovation until 2006, when she left to pursue her dream of running a small business.

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

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Jim Belushi, Hollywood Star and Cannabis Entrepreneur

Jim Belushi, actor, musician, comedian, all around entertainer as well as cannabis entrepreneur and the founder of Belushi’s Farms is this week’s special guest on the Green Rush! 

Jim has long been a household name due to his distinguished acting career but he’s also incredibly active in the cannabis community with a nearly 100 acre farm in the heart of Oregon’s beautiful banana belt, he is out there getting his hands dirty and producing some of the most-talked about cannabis in the state. With brands like Captain Jack, The Blues Brothers and Good Ugly Weed and Belushi’s Secret Stash, Jim Belushi’s cannabis products are quickly becoming the most talked about product line across the state. 

Jim was gracious enough to sit down with our hot Anne Donohoe and guest host Phil Carlson to talk about his cannabis journey and venture into becoming a cannpreneur. In the discussion, Jim dishes on the role cannabis plays in his life, his work with important advocacy organizations like the Last Prisoner Project and why he loves getting into the dirt and actually taking part in the growing of his own plants. 

This episode was a real treat and something that we hope all of our listeners can enjoy – we sure did! 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Jim Belushi, Hollywood Star and Cannabis Entrepreneur

It’s been 12 years since Jim first came to Oregon’s Rogue Valley where his dear friend John has a sprawling property along the Rogue River, one town over in Shady Cove. Their children are the same age and attended classes together in California, so the families gathered for many activities over the years. With Jim’s own family’s experience and numerous others marred by opioids and the stigmatization of cannabis, Jim was incredibly grateful to have been led to the Rogue River where he first envisioned Belushi’s Farm and his own part in the agricultural and healing gift of cannabis.

A proud Chicagoan, Jim graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Speech, Education and Theatre before moving on to become a resident member of Chicago’s famed Second City for three years. In 1979, he left for Los Angeles, where he was cast on TV, launching his career as a performer. In addition to starring in a diverse and remarkable list of television and film— movies from Trading Places to Wonder Wheel, working with famed directors like Oliver Stone, Roman Polanski, David Lynch and Michael Mann—Jim wrote and appeared in Saturday Night Live for two seasons. He’s also served as an executive producer, music composer, director, book author, and Broadway star. His own television show According to Jim aired for 182 episodes during eight seasons before the family favorite launched into off-net syndication in 2007.

Locally, Jim is actively engaged in several projects benefiting the communities surrounding Belushi’s Farm in Jackson County, Oregon. In Medford, Jim is helping reconstruct the historic Holly Theater to bring the 1930s Spanish Colonial movie palace back to life as Southern Oregon’s largest indoor concert venue. In Eagle Point, Jim’s assisting with the reconstruction of The Butte Creek Mill, destroyed in a 2016 electrical fire, to preserve its heritage, build community, and improve the environment. In Los Angeles, Jim’s a benefactor of the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration, and Stuart House, a program of the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center Rape Treatment Center. Jim’s also a supporter of The Joyful Heart Foundation in New York City, whose mission is transforming society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, supporting survivors’ healing and ending the violence forever. 

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Phil Carlson of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich and Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

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Aaron Silverstein, Managing Director of BevZero

Aaron Silverstein, Managing Director of BevZero, is this week’s guest on The Green Rush! BevZero’s mission is to create high-quality non-alcoholic product options for consumers in North America. Their primary focus is cannabis and hemp-infused de-alcoholized beverages. BevZero enables companies to produce and bottle cannabis-infused non-alcoholic wines and other adult beverages without having to navigate the complexity of managing U.S. federal alcohol compliance concurrently with state-licensed cannabis operation.

Over the last several weeks Lewis and Anne have focused more squarely on the cannabis infused beverage market as it is a fast-growth segment fuelled by an increasing demand for health and wellness beverages infused with bioactive compounds as consumers seek robust recreational marijuana for healthy, innovative and smoke-free experiences. In their conversation with Aaron, Lewis and Anne look at the current and future state of cannabis beverages, the science behind cannabeverages, BevZero’s growth and capital market plans over the coming months and how the market has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. 

For our listeners interested in this growing segment of the cannabis space, this is surely an episode you will not want to miss.

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Aaron Silverstein, Managing Director of BevZero 

Aaron Sliverstein graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Enology and Viticulture. Over the last ten years he has worked in production roles at wineries in the United States and Spain, and at breweries and distilleries in the United States. In 2017, he joined Advanced Beverage Technologies’ ConeTech team as a Production Enologist, and now holds the position of Managing Directory, BevZero.

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg and Anne Donohoe of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich and Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

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Eben Britton, Former NFL Offensive Lineman

Eben Britton, former NFL offensive lineman and a dedicated cannabis advocate, podcaster and all-around fascinating guy is this week’s special guest on The Green Rush! 

Selected 39th overall in the 2009 NFL draft, Eben spent four years with the Jacksonville Jaguars followed by two with the Chicago Bears. Since his retirement in 2014, Britton has been extremely open about his use of cannabis as a preferred method of pain management during his football career, and has cited the health risks associated with pharmaceutical painkillers as a reason why players should not be punished for choosing a natural alternative. Britton is now a board member of Athletes for Care, a group that advocates for athletes on various issues of health and safety including the use of cannabis as medicine. Additionally, Eben is the co-host of Hotboxin Podcast with the legendary Mike Tyson.  

This is truly a fascinating conversation, one that covers mental health, cannabis, the NFL and psychedelics. Eben gives hosts Lewis and Nick a deep, personal dive into the trials and tribulations of his football career and how cannabis has helped him achieve a greater sense of peace in his post-playing career. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Eben Britton, former NFL offensive lineman  

Selected 39th overall in the 2009 NFL draft, Eben Britton spent four years with the Jacksonville Jaguars followed by two with the Chicago Bears. Britton says he used cannabis as a preferred method of pain management during his football career, and has cited the health risks associated with pharmaceutical painkillers as a reason why players should not be punished for choosing a natural alternative. Eben is a board member for the non-profit organization Athletes for Care and the co-host of the Hotboxin Podcast with Mike Tyson.

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

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Javier Hasse, Managing Director for Benzinga Cannabis

Javier Hasse, the Managing Director for Benzinga Cannabis, and CEO and founder of Spanish language news site El Planteo, is this week’s guest on The Green Rush! Through his vocal social media presence and dutiful reporting over the years, Javier has quickly risen to being one of the most influential reporters covering the cannabis space speaking with top executives and cultural figures who are driving the future of the industry. 

For today’s episode, Anne and guest host and producer Nick chat with Javier about the cannabis news of the day including how cannabis companies are responding to the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality, the launch of his Spanish language news site El Planteo, the role of women in the industry and his favorite stories to tell about his time working in the cannabis industry.  

With a well-earned reputation as one of the most dutiful and diligent reporters covering the cannabis space, Javier is in the elite tier of media that is a must follow for anyone interested in the cannabis industry. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Javier Hasse, Managing Director of Benzinga Cannabis 

Javier Hasse is a cannabis, hemp, CBD and psychedelics-focused reporter, currently serving as Managing Director for Benzinga Cannabis, and CEO of Spanish language news site El Planteo, a company he co-founded. His book, “Start Your Own Cannabis Business,” was published by Entrepreneur Media in 2018 and hit the #1 Best-Seller spot on Amazon.

As an award-winning reporter and editor, Javier’s had roughly 5,000 unique articles published across numerous mass media outlets including CNN, Forbes, MSN, Chicago Tribune, CNBC, Yahoo Finance, Entrepreneur Magazine, MarketWatch, Houston Chronicle, The Street, Nasdaq, Morningstar, Playboy, Benzinga, MERRY JANE, High Times, and many others. Beyond cannabis, Javier is a published photographer and Billboard-charting rapper, featured on hip-hop albums that also included Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Inspectah Deck, Twista, Lil Windex, Riff Raff, Cyhi The Prynce, Yung Bleu, DJ Whoo Kid, Jonathan Hay, and others.

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

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Tyler Robson, the CEO and Executive Director of The Valens Company

Tyler Robson, the CEO and Executive Director of The Valens Company, a global leader in the end-to-end development and manufacturing of innovative, cannabinoid-based products, is this week’s guest on The Green Rush! Valens is the largest third-party extraction Company in Canada with an annual capacity of 425,000 kg of dried cannabis and hemp biomass at its facility in Kelowna, British Columbia which is in the process of becoming European Union (EU) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliant. 

For today’s episode, Anne and guest host and producer Nick are talking with Tyler about how he has built Valens into one of the best performing cannabis companies in Canada. Our hosts also chat with Tyler about the evolution of the company since his stepping into the CEO role in 2017, Cannabis 2.0 rollout and when we may see more products start to hit the shelves, what it is about Valens’ business model that is allowing it to thrive amidst a global pandemic and the company’s future international expansion plans. 

This company is on the pulse of the Canadian market and one to follow for investors in the space.

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Tyler Robson, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Based on Mr. Robson’s impressive commitment and contributions to The Valens Company, he was appointed CEO in May 2017 after previously serving as Chief Operating Officer. Tyler attended the University of Saskatchewan on a football scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree specializing in biology. He returned to Kelowna to pursue his passion for the cannabis industry by focusing on research and development, plant innovation, and life sciences. Tyler’s main interest is the medical application of cannabis to combat ailments while preparing for the up and coming adult use recreational market.

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich and Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

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Netflix’s ‘Have a Good Trip’ Director Donick Cary

Emmy-winning Writer, Producer, and Director Donick Cary is this week’s special guest on The Green Rush! Well know around the television and film industry for having written for TV staples like The David Letterman Show, The Simpsons, Silicon Valley and Parks and Recreation, Donick is also the writer and director for the Netflix hit, ‘Have a Good Trip’. Mixing comedy with a thorough investigation of psychedelics, ‘Have a Good Trip’ explores the pros, cons, science, history, future, pop cultural impact, and cosmic possibilities of hallucinogens. The documentary also includes some of the best psychedelic trip stories from celebrities like Sting, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, A$AP Rocky and late greats Carrie Fisher and Anthony Bourdain.

Our host Lewis sat down the Donick to discuss his film in greater depth including what drew his attention to psychedelics, his inspiration for developing a documentary around stories of psychedelic trips (and how he sold that idea to Netflix), his own introduction to psychedelics and whether or not he’s turning to psychedelics to help him deal with the anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Donick is one of the most talented writers in Hollywood and it was a real treat to have him join us to discuss his journey. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Filmaker and Writer Donick Cary

Emmy-winning Writer, Producer, and Director Donick Cary got his start writing for Late Night with David Letterman. He continued writing for Dave at The Academy Awards (but not the Oprah-Uma joke) and served as both Head Writer and “The Guy in the Bear Suit” on Late Show with David Letterman. After five years in late night, Cary moved to The Simpsons, where he served as a Co-Executive Producer for seasons seven through eleven, winning an Emmy and penning many memorable episodes including “D’oh-in in The Wind,” “In Marge We Trust,” (Mr. Sparkle) and “Hell Toupee”  (Homer gets the hair transplants of a killer). 

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich and Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

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Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)

Earl Blumenauer, a House Democrat from Oregon and one of the preeminent voices in the cannabis legalization movement returns for another episode of The Green Rush! Congressman Blumenauer has represented Oregon as a congressman for over 20 years, a state where voters first legalized medical marijuana back in 1998, becoming one of the very first states to do so. Oregon made history again in 2012 when its voters legalized adult use cannabis. 

Our hosts Anne and Lewis to talk about the COVID-19 pandemic and the legislation he’s introduced in the House to make cannabis businesses eligible for the next round of the SBA PPP loans. The Congressman also provides an update on the latest movement of the SAFE Banking Act and how its being held up by ‘Moscow Mitch’ in the Senate, provides an in-depth analogy of how current cannabis prohibition mirrors alcohol prohibition in the 1930s and what his conversations with presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden have been like and how accommodating to advancing the industry forward he may be.

Congressman Blumenauer has been on the front lines of fighting for cannabis rights for over two decades so anyone interested in the future of cannabis legislation, this episode is one you will not want to miss. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) 

A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) has devoted his entire career to public service. While still a student at Lewis and Clark College, he spearheaded the effort to lower the voting age both in Oregon and at the national level. He was elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1972, where he served three terms and Chaired the House Education and Revenue Committee in 1977-78. In 1978, he was elected to the Multnomah County Commission, where he served for eight years before being elected to the Portland City Council in 1986. There, his 10-year tenure as the Commissioner of Public Works demonstrated his leadership on the innovative accomplishments in transportation, planning, environmental programs and public participation that have helped Portland earn an international reputation as one of America’s most livable cities.

Elected to the US House of Representatives in 1996, Mr. Blumenauer has created a unique role as Congress’ chief spokesperson for Livable Communities: places where people are safe, healthy and economically secure.  From 1996 to 2007, he served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he was a strong advocate for federal policies that address transportation alternatives, provide housing choices, support sustainable economies and improve the environment. He was a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee from 2001 to 2007, and vice-chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming from 2007 to 2010.  He is currently a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the subcommittees on Health, Oversight, and Tax Policy. Congressman Blumenauer’s academic training includes undergraduate and law degrees from Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich and Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

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Kevin Smith, Filmaker and Cultural Icon

Kevin Smith, world-renowned filmmaker and cultural icon is today’s special guest on The Green Rush! Most well-known for his rise to prominence as the character Silent Bob in his classic film “Clerks” in 1994 (which he also wrote, directed and co-produced) Kevin Smith has since become a household name as an actor, writer, director, comedien, public speaker, comic book writer, author and podcaster. 

Longtime listeners to the show should remember our interview with Kevin’s hetero life mate, Jason Mewes, AKA Jay of the comedic duo Jay and Silent Bob, back in December of 2018. Together they have appeared in Smith’s collection of films including Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks II and Silent Bob Reboot. 

A native New Jerseyan, Lewis and Anne sat down with Kevin for a lengthy discussion to chat about their shared New Jersey roots as well as all things cannabis and podcasting. Within the conversation, our hosts explored with Kevin his love of podcasting, his films, his supernatural ability to smoke cannabis all day, everyday and remain highly productive, the development of his own strains of weed (and where to find them!), his upcoming projects and much, much more. 

In addition to being a cannabis icon, Kevin is an incredibly generous person and all of us at The Green Rush are grateful that he joined us to geek out about movies and cannabis. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich and Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

Adam Orens and Sal Barnes of MPG Consulting

Adam Orens and Sal Barnes from MPG Consulting (formerly the Marijuana Policy Group), are this week’s guests on The Green Rush! MPG Consulting is an internationally recognized cannabis and hemp corporate strategy and policy advisory firm that has completed strategic projects in 27 states and 7 countries for some of the industry’s leading MSOs, regulators, ancillary businesses and investment firms. MPG enables clients to make informed decisions through strategic advisement, research, and analysis. 

The group headed by Adam and Sal has helped shape the policy decisions of some of the biggest states around the regulations of medical and adult use cannabis programs and helped major MSOs get their start.  They write the rules, they work with the C-Level in the industry…and are cool guys too boot. 

Lewis and Anne sat down with Adam and Sal about the firm’s whitepaper on how states can leverage Cannabis Municipal Bonds and why this is relevant now during the COVID-19 crisis, the evolution of the hemp marketplace and what we should be expecting going forward, as well as their processes working both with licensed operators and the regulatory bodies that oversee them. During a time of so much uncertainty, Adam and Sal are a must listen if you are interested in what the future of the sector could look like in a post-COVID world. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 

Adam Orens – Founder and Managing Director

Adam Orens is the founder of MPG. Adam has 13 years of experience in economic and public policy consulting, including market analysis, public finance, and regional economic analysis. Adam has completed numerous studies that analyze the relationships between markets, demographics, and government policy. Adam has advised numerous early-stage cannabis businesses in their formation, and strategic and business planning. Adam has also helped governments implement successful cannabis regulatory systems in Colorado, Canada, Florida, and California. In addition to Adam’s regulated cannabis qualifications, he and MPG  have completed complex consulting engagements for businesses and governments in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas.

Salmeron Barnes – Managing Director

Sal is a Managing Director at the MPG Consulting responsible for the growth and strategy of the firm. In this role, he has helped numerous early-stage companies, established enterprises, institutional capital firms, and Native American Tribes create and execute effective cannabis and hemp strategies ranging from business planning to operational execution. While at MPG, Sal has also delivered economic and public policy consulting projects, including market analysis, public finance, and regional economic analysis across North America, Latin America, and Europe. Currently, he is tasked with assisting the state of Colorado’s Agriculture Commissioner in developing its hemp management program (the CHAMP). He joined MPG from Oliver Wyman where he worked as a C-Level strategy consultant for technology and energy companies. He has extensive experience working with Cannabis, Regulatory, Technology, and Startup organizations all over the world.

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich and Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegreenrushpodcast/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRushPodcast/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

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