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Anthony Noto, Editor at Benzinga

Tony Noto, Editor at Benzinga and a key member of the cannabis team is this week’s special guest on The Green Rush!   

Tony Noto has over a decade’s worth of journalism experience, covering startups, venture capital, private equity, the environment and cannabis. In addition to being an editor at Benzinga, he is also a filmmaker and co-host of the Who’s Saving The Planet podcast. In his current position, Tony helps oversee all of Benzinga’s cannabis coverage including the widely popular Benzinga Cannabis Hour. 

This will be a really fun conversation that will cover a number of topics including the 2020 Election, COVID-19, and the expansion of the cannabis industry. When chatting with Tony, conversation can tend to fly in all sorts of directions and this was surely does as well and it was a lot of fun having him join the show.

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

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Show Credits:

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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Thanksgiving Crossover with Marijuana Today

As a special Thanksgiving treat for our listeners, we are cross posting an episode with our friends over at Marijuana Today that includes the one and only Anne Donohoe!

Marijuana Today is a podcast about the business and politics of marijuana. It is a nerdy and in-depth discussion for those who want a behind the scenes look at the latest marijuana news.

Every week Marijuana Today aims to have the highest-level conversation around about the latest developments in the marijuana industry, the politics of legalization, and the effectiveness of public policy. They find the new marijuana markets opening across the country and the fall of marijuana prohibition to be a unique and fascinating development which we will likely not see again in our lifetime. For this podcast, Shea Gunther and friends bring together some of the top experts in the country in a variety of subject areas, many of whom have been working together to reform marijuana laws for a long time. 

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

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe 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 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

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

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

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Jason Ackerman, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman at TerrAscend

Jason Ackerman, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman at TerrAscend, stock symbols ’TER’ on the CSE and ‘TRSSF’ on the OTC is this week’s guest on The Green Rush.

Widely recognized as the first North American Operator, TerrAscend participates in the medical and legal adult-use market across Canada and in several US states, including limited license northeast states, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

TerrAscend has built a vertically integrated footprint on both the West and East Coast through the acquisition of its subsidiaries which include The Apothecarium, an award-winning cannabis dispensary brand known for architecturally stunning retail locations in California and Pennsylvania, State Flower, a San Francisco based, ultra-premium cannabis brand focused on the cultivation of truly exceptional flowers, as well as Ilera Healthcare, Pennsylvania’s premier medical cannabis cultivator, processor and dispenser. TerrAscend holds a cultivation permit in the State of New Jersey and is pending approval for a vertically integrated medical cannabis operation with the ability to operate up to 3 Alternative Treatment Centers.

It was a pleasure to have Jason join us to discuss his background as Founder of FreshDirect, consumer trends in the cannabis industry under the conditions of COVID-19 and the Company’s growth in the U.S. particularly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Jason Ackerman, CEO and Executive Chairman of TerrAscend

Jason Ackerman was appointed to the TerrAscend Board of Directors and named to the role of Executive Chairman in November 2019. Jason is the founder of FreshDirect, a pure-play home delivery grocer that pioneered e-commerce in the US, defining a unique and profitable operating model that is customer-centric, hyper-fresh, focused on relationships with producers, and technologically innovative. Over 20 years he served various senior roles including President, CFO and CEO & Chairman. More recently in 2016, Jason also founded Foodkick, where he designed and assembled a team to build a new same-day hourly service. Jason has deep knowledge of retail e-commerce, especially in online grocery strategy and logistics across the spectrum of pure-play to brick-and-mortar retailers. He has strong experience operationalizing strategy – be it with org structure & talent, technology vision, or go-to market (marketing and product development). Jason is also experienced in operations and logistics topics, including design networks, picking methods (and related technologies) and last mile delivery. He is a consumer centric thinker and firmly believes in metric-driven management. He is a Senior Advisor at The Boston Consulting Group and actively involved in digital transformation and strategies

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Show Credits:

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 

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

Pamela Moore, Vice President of Publishing for Marijuana Business Daily

Pamela Moore, VP of Marijuana Business Daily is this week’s special guest on The Green Rush. Rooted as a journalist, Pam’s background is as a leader on content and strategy for events and media teams at UBM before she joined MJBizDaily in Fall 2019, overseeing the editorial team, conferences and media revenue. With COVID-19 raging havoc on the conference and trade show space, we wanted to sit down with Pam to get a read on how she and the rest of her team have been keeping their audiences engaged. 

Anne and Nick sat down with Pam to get a deep dive on MJ Biz Conference 2020 and what the MJ Biz team has in store for this year’s event. We also touch on the big wins the cannabis industry saw in Election 2020 and what it means for the industry going forward. 

Pam also has graciously offered out listeners a 10% discount code to register for MJ Biz Con 2020. The code for our listeners to use is PR6BIZCON2020. 

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

Pamela Moore, Vice President of Publishing for Marijuana Business Daily

Pamela has been a B2B communications leader for over 20 years, working in sectors as diverse as clinical medicine and advanced manufacturing. Rooted as a journalist, she led content and strategy for events and media teams at UBM as well as overseeing the company’s internal communications and internal and external re-brand. Folio Magazine named her a “Corporate Visionary” and one of the “Top Women in Media.” She joined MJBizDaily in Fall 2019, overseeing the editorial team and media revenue.

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Show Credits:

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 

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

Lindsay Hoover and Simeon Schnapper, Managing Partners of JLS Fund

Lindsay Hoover and Simeon Schnapper, Managing Partners of JLS Fund, an early-stage plant fund focused on novel molecule and whole plant drug development and discovery; treatment centers and clinical networks; cultivation, formulation, extraction and processing; and supporting infrastructure are this week’s guests on The Green Rush! 

JLS, a $50M fund and one of the first funds in the space leading similar investment charges. We talk with them about the burgeoning psychedelics space and what elements of the industry have caught their attention. We also cover their fundraising efforts during the COVID-19 crisis, their thoughts on the wave of psychedelic companies listing on public exchanges, JLS’ portfolio and what’s exciting them the most about the space. 

This was a really fun conversation that goes into great detail on the growth of psychedelics and how seasoned investors are monitoring the space. Lindsay and Simeon are extremely knowledgeable not just on what the space looks like today but how exciting it could become in the near and long-term. 

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

Simeon Schnapper, Managing Partner 

Simeon is a life-long student of Psychedelics and has a keen awareness of the cultural regulatory and the nascent venture landscape of the mushrooming industry. His introduction to these came 30 years ago in Chicago where he studied with Dr. Robert E.L. Masters and Jean Huston Ph.D. Simeon founded the world’s first Visionary Art Gallery and Medical Marijuana Dispensary praised as a paradigm shift at the very beginning of the end of prohibition. Simeon advises several psychedelic startups, is a founding partner at JLS a plant medicine fund, is an Aspen Institute Fellow, a member of NYMS (New York Mycology Society) and TTI (Top Tier Impact).

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Show Credits:

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 

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

Kris Krane, Co-Founder and President of 4Front Ventures

Kris Krane, Co-Founder and President of 4Front Ventures, is back on The Green Rush for a special edition episode covering the 2020 Election! A longtime advocate turned executive, Kris has been the front lines advancing cannabis legislation across the country for decades. In addition to his work at 4Front, Kris is also a Senior Contributor with Forbes looking at the investment, legislative and operational advancements of the cannabis industry. 

With several cannabis initiatives on ballots in states like New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota, Montana and Mississippi as well as the massive presidential election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, we wanted to get Kris on the show to give us an idea of how this election could shift the cannabis industry in a massive way. In our conversation we also cover SAFE Banking and the MORE Acts as well as get Kris’ thoughts on the role VP candidate Kamala Harris could play in advancing decriminalization of cannabis. 

For those looking for a primer on what to watch for in the 2020 Election – you would be hard-pressed to find someone more knowledgeable than Kris.  

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

Kris Krane, Co-Founder and President of 4Front Ventures and Mission Dispensaries

Having founded 4Front Advisors in 2011, Kris now serves as president of 4Front. Prior to forming 4Front, Kris served as director of client services for CannBe, a pioneer in developing best practices within the medical cannabis industry. Kris has dedicated his career to reforming the nation’s misguided drug policies, having served as associate director of NORML from 2000 to 2005 and executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy from 2006 to 2009. He currently serves on the National Cannabis Industry Association board of directors and pens a column about the cannabis industry for Forbes.

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Show Credits:

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 

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

Jordan Lewis, CEO and Executive Chairman of Fotmer Life Sciences

Dr. Jordan Lewis, founder, CEO and Executive Chairman of Fotmer Life Sciences is this week’s special guest on The Green Rush. A global cannabis cultivator and extractor, Fotmer is one of the world’s largest cannabis exporters. Fotmer was the first fully-licensed company in Uruguay to produce top pharmaceutical-grade cannabis flower, pharmaceutical ingredients, cannabis extracts and manufactured products for the international market.  With low-cost cultivation capabilities, an established international transportation infrastructure that supports a continuous supply cycle, efficient economies of scale and the largest license to cultivate medical cannabis in Latin America, Fotmer has quickly become one of the world’s largest exporters of medical-grade cannabis to Europe, APAC and Israel.

Our hosts Anne and Nick chat with Jordan about the Company’s Uruguayan operations, the overall growth of the Latin American cannabis market and how low-cost, high-THC producers like Fotmer are positioned to shape emerging markets in Europe, Israel and Australia. Our hosts also chat with Jordan about how the company has maintained operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fotmer’s Series C raise and Jordan’s predictions for the future of international cannabis. 

With countries like Colombia and Uruguay rapidly ramp up their cannabis cultivation capabilities, Jordan’s insights provide a solid look into the current state of the region and what investors should be monitoring as they explore investment opportunities. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward!  

Jordan Lewis, CEO and Executive Chairman of Fotmer Life Sciences

Dr. Jordan Lewis serves as the Executive Chairman and CEO of Fotmer Life Sciences, a global cannabis cultivator and one of the world’s largest exporters of medical-grade cannabis. Under Dr. Lewis’ leadership, Fotmer has delivered over three metric tons of medical cannabis flower from its Uruguayan facilities to Europe, APAC and Israel over the last twelve months and has played a critical role energizing and advancing the international cannabis supply chain. Dr. Lewis has over a decade of experience in the industry covering the full supply chain including agronomy, greenhouse operations, pharmacology, and retail operations management. Prior to establishing Fotmer, Dr. Lewis founded Silverpeak in 2009, a medical cannabis growing operation and dispensary based in Aspen, Colorado. Silverpeak continues to be widely recognized for its industry leading cultivation, manufacturing and retail operations.

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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 

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

Dan Muller, Founder and CEO of Aeropay

Dan Muller, founder and CEO of Aeropay, is this week’s special guest on The Green Rush. Launched in 2017, AeroPay is a financial technology company founded whose alternative payments platform gives cannabis businesses the ability to accept digital payments both in-person and online. The AeroPay platform works by enabling bank-to-bank payments – through what the company calls ‘smart bank transfers’ – between cannabis businesses and their customers or other businesses. 

Today, most cannabis businesses still rely on cash because they are considered a high-risk payments category in the U.S. due to the illegal status of marijuana at the federal level. Most mainstream banks and payment networks don’t want to participate, but there are many companies like AeroPay that are willing to take the chance to support payments in this industry. 

Our hosts Anne and Nick chat with Dan about the issues and challenges cannabis businesses face when dealing in cash, AeroPay’s most recent funding round, how decriminalization under a potential Biden administration could impact the payments sector and Dan’s outlook for the future of banking and payments in the space. With 11 adult-use states currently and four more voting on this issue in the upcoming election, the financial side of this industry is a fast-moving target. So we’re glad to have Dan on the show today to talk about this timely topic and how he’s planning to get ahead of some of these big anticipated changes. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward!  

Daniel Muller, CEO and Founder of AeroPay

Daniel Muller is the CEO & Founder of AeroPay, a financial technology company whose alternative payments platform gives cash reliant cannabis businesses the ability to accept digital payments from their customers both in-person and online. Prior to starting AeroPay, Daniel spent 10+ years in digital product innovation most recently at GPShopper (acquired by Synchrony Financial), where he oversaw the design and development of over 300 web and mobile applications for large scale Fortune 500 companies. Dan founded AeroPay in 2017 with the goal of simplifying payments for owners and operators in all industries and verticals. He is passionate about helping under-served businesses and markets through financial technology and innovation.

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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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Angelo Tsebelis, Chief Executive Officer at WeedMD

This week on the Green Rush we are chatting with Angelo Tsebelis, Chief Executive Officer at WeedMD (TSX: WMD; OTC: WDDMF) a highly focused, licensed producer and distributor of cannabis products for both the medical and adult-use markets in Canada.

WeedMD is widely recognized throughout the industry for producing high quality products, using indoor & outdoor cultivation combined with in-house extraction, product development & manufacturing. With its recent acquisition of Starseed Medicinal, WeedMD has expanded its multi-channeled distribution strategy with a valuable medical channel. Starseed’s partnerships with union groups, employers and benefit providers in Canada, provide exclusive access to ~350,000+ potential patients, and complements WeedMD’s direct sales to medical patients. The Company is also well capitalized to continue its commercial growth and pursue its Cannabis 2.0 product roll out for all channels, with a strategic institutional investor in the LiUNA Pension Fund.

Angelo joined our hosts Nick and Phil to discuss all things WeedMD including the Company’s indoor & outdoor cultivation capabilities, its unique closed loop direct-to-consumer medical sales model, and consumer trends in the cannabis industry under the conditions of COVID-19.

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

Angelo Tsebelis, Chief Executive Officer at WeedMD

Mr. Tsebelis has close to 20 years of commercial experience in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and cannabis industries. Responsible for setting the strategic commercialization, and product development initiatives for both WeedMD and Starseed, Angelo previously held positions of increasing responsibility with Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw Corporation where he built strategic partnerships with pharmaceutical manufacturers, insurers, adjudicators and brokers in the Canadian market. Prior to this, Angelo held various commercial leadership roles at GlaxoSmithKline, Bell Canada and Harrison Associates. 

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This episode was hosted by Nick Opich and Phil Carlson 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 

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

Sol Clahane, Vice President and General Manager for the U.S. Region at Canopy Growth Corporation

This week on The Green Rush we’re chatting with Sol Clahane, Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Region for Canopy Growth. Sol oversees all of Canopy’s commercial operations and brands available in the U.S. market, including BioSteel, First & Free, This Works and the recently launched Martha Stewart CBD product portfolio.

With a deep background in beverages and CPG, our hosts sat down with Sol to talk about making the switch to the cannabis industry, the major partnership between Martha Stewart and Canopy, the organization’s work with Constellation and what’s next for the company as it looks to expand its footprint in the U.S. Additionally we talk with Sol about the importance of female leadership and diversity in the upper echelon of the space, what it is like to work with a celebrity of Martha Stewart’s stature and how she talks to her daughter about working in cannabis and CBD.

As one of the major players in North American cannabis, Canopy Growth is a trendsetter for the industry and Sol’s leadership is one of the reasons why. So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy our conversation!

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

Sol Clahane, Vice President and General Manager for the U.S. Region at Canopy Growth Corporation

As Vice President and General Manager for the U.S. Region at Canopy Growth Corporation, Sol Clahane is responsible for regional growth, leading sales strategies and business development, while overseeing all Canopy Commercial operations and brands available in the U.S. market. Before joining Canopy, Sol served as the Vice President and General Manager of US Chains for Pernod-Ricard; she has also held senior roles at iconic global brands, such as Brown-Forman, Coca-Cola and Pepsi. She brings to Canopy extensive experience in strategic planning, customer management, revenue growth management and sales operations. Sol has worked closely with several non-profit organizations, including Boys and Girls Club of America, Safe Haven Women’s Shelter and Lapiz Rojo, an organization dedicated to providing school supplies for low-income families in Fort Worth, Texas. Sol holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Political Science from Shepherd University and an Executive Leadership Certificate in Business Management from John Hopkins University.

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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 

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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