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Author Archive | Nick Opich

Ankur Rungta, Co-Founder and CEO of C3 Industries

This week on The Green Rush, our hosts Anne Donohoe and Kris Krane are back with a new episode with special guest Ankur Rungta, Co-Founder and CEO of C3 Industries, a multi-state, vertically integrated cannabis company headquartered with a portfolio including brands like award-winning Cloud Cover Cannabis and Galactic Meds, and a retail network, High Profile Cannabis Shop

In this episode, Anne and Kris connect with Ankur to discuss the origins of C3, the company’s choice to remain private instead of going public, the future of interstate commerce and Ankur’s ideal endgame for C3. Ankur also provides insights into what he’s seeing on the ground in the Michigan and Oregon markets and how the industry is adapting to rapidly changing market conditions. 

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Ankur Rungta, Co-Founder and CEO of C3 Industries Inc. 

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Kris Krane 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

John Mueller, Chief Executive Officer of Greenlight

This week our trusted host Anne Donohoe is back with a new episode of The Green Rush with special guest John Mueller, Chief Executive Officer of Greenlight, one of the fastest growing multi-state operators in the United States,  with operations in Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia, Illinois and South Dakota.

John has previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Acres Cannabis and Acres Cultivation, and currently serves as Principal of Mid America Capital. John brings extensive experience with state regulations and compliance in all areas of cannabis cultivation and dispensing. John has two successful decades of working with Federal and State regulatory agencies including USDA and FDA. John has served in all levels of executive management primarily in the cannabis, food, manufacturing, and construction industries.

In this episode our host chats with John about some of the lesser known cannabis markets including Missouri, Arkansas and South Dakota and what makes them unique compared to more mature states. John also provides his thoughts on pending legislation like SAFE Banking and ballot initiatives that will be voted on this November as well as what he’s looking for as the industry continues to develop. 

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with John Mueller, CEO of Greenlight. 

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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/ 

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

Drew McManigle, Founder and CEO of MACCO Restructuring Group

This week Nick and guest host Phil Carlson of KCSA Strategic Communications are back with a new episode with special guest Drew McManigle, Founder and CEO of MACCO Restructuring Group, a national, middle-market focused interim leadership and financial advisory firm, with expertise in the cannabis industry. MACCO provides financial advisory, interim management, fiduciary, and operation improvement services to companies in distress.

Through MACCO, Drew was named as Interim CEO and Chairman of SLANG Worldwide, a leading global cannabis consumer packaged goods (CPG) company with a diversified portfolio of popular brands, in November 2021.

In this episode, Nick and Phil connect with Drew to understand what makes MACCO unique amongst restructuring companies, how and why MACCO works with cannabis companies, what his experience as Interim CEO of SLANG Worldwide has taught him.

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Drew McManigle of MACCO Restructuring Group.  

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Show Credits:

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

Jigar Patel and Doug Cortina, CEO and Chief Strategy Officer of NorCal Cannabis

This week on The Green Rush, Anne and first time host Kris Krane are back with a new episode with special guests Jigar Patel and Doug Cortina, CEO and Chief Strategy Officer of NorCal Cannabis, one of the leading producers of indoor grow cannabis in the highly competitive California market. 

In a market filled with companies that have struggled or shuttered in the wake of the transition from gray market fully legalized and regulated cannabis, NorCal has emerged as a profitable company producing high quality products at competitive price points.

In this episode, Anne and Kris connect with Jigar and Doug to discuss the state of the California Market, NorCal’s ability to succeed where most have failed, their expansion plans into other states, and what the future of federal legalization and interstate commerce could mean for the company. 

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Jigar Patel and Doug Cortina, CEO and Chief Strategy Officer of NorCal Cannabis. 

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Nick Opich and Lewis Goldberg 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

Debra Borchardt, Executive Editor and Co-Founder of Green Market Report

This week on The Green Rush, Nick is joined by guest host Lewis Goldberg and is back with a new episode with special guest Debra Borchardt, Executive Editor and Co-Founder of Green Market Report, a national news outlet focused on covering the financial news of the rapidly growing cannabis industry. 

In addition to its award winning news coverage, Green Market Report has established itself as a leader in targeted cannabis conferences that have become must attend events including the upcoming Tech Summit, taking place on September 8th in San Francisco. 

In this episode, Nick and Lewis connect with Deb to discuss some of the biggest stories driving the cannabis industry forward, the outlet’s being acquired last October by Crain Communications and what it means for Deb and her team going forward as well as what attendees can expect at the Green Market’s Tech Summit next week. 

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Deb Borchardt, Executive Editor of Green Market Report. 

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Nick Opich and Lewis Goldberg 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

Olivia Mannix, Founder and CEO of Felicity Pharma

This week on The Green Rush, Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich are back with a new episode with Olivia Mannix, Founder and CEO of Felicity Pharma, a biotech company focused on drug development for the treatment of mood disorders in women, working with novel compounds to create solutions for various female-specific disorders.

After founding one of the first ancillary cannabis marketing companies Cannabrand in 2013, Olivia pivoted to the psychedelics industry in 2020 with a focus on utilizing psychedelic compounds to develop targeted female therapeutics and address the unmet medical needs of women with hormone-related mood disorders, overlooked by modern medicine.

In this episode our hosts chat with Olivia about her entry into the psychedelic space, where Felicity Pharma is at with its current research and funding to date as well as the appalling lack of inclusion women face in the drug development process. In addition, this episode covers breaking the stigma and fears around psychedelics for new patients and the unique biological factors that come into play when researching and testing drugs specifically targeted at women.

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Olivia Mannix of Felicity Pharma. 

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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

Crossover Episode – Marijuana Today Goes Back to School

Today, the Green Rush is back with a crossover episode from our good friends at MJ Today. 

In this episode, guests Brian Adams and Max Simon speak with host Heather Sullivan about the worlds of legal marijuana education and training.

The  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 MJ 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. 

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

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Heather Sullivan of MJ Today Media. 

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

Adam Stettner, Founder and CEO of FundCanna

Today, the Green Rush is back with an all new episode as Anne and guest host Lewis Goldberg sit down with special guest Adam Stettner, Founder and CEO of FundCanna, a leading provider of reliable banking and financing solutions to the cannabis industry. 

FundCanna provides flexible, highly customizable, short term funding solutions to all levels of the cannabis industry and supply chain, cultivators, manufacturers, vendors, suppliers.

In this episode, Anne and Lewis connect with Adam to understand  what makes FundCanna unique amongst cannabis lenders, some of the biggest banking and financing challenges facing the operators in the space, the status of current cannabis reform bills like SAFE Banking and expertise insight into cannabis lending.

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Adam Stettner of FundCanna.  

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg 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

Judy Yee, CEO and Co-Founder of KZen

This week on The Green Rush we’re running it back to our conversation with Judy Yee, CEO and Co-Founder of KZen, a leading cannabis beverage company.

Judy brings 20+ years of health and wellness, food and beverage experience to the cannabis industry having previously worked for brands like The Clorox Company, Nestle, Earthbound Farm and Crystal Geyser. Her hope is that in founding K-Zen and sharing her own story, she can continue to advocate for cannabis as a healing plant with the potential to benefit so many people.

Nick and Anne sat down with Judy to learn more about her cannabis journey, how her experience working for large CPG brands has helped her scale Kzen quickly, and how she envisions the cannabis beverage space maturing in the short and long-term. Judy provided a ton of interesting insights in this conversation and this will be a must listen 

Now sit back, lean forward and enjoy the show! 

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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

MJ Today Crossover – The Big Bill Has Landed

Today, Green Rush guest host and KCSAer Sirita Wright sits down with Kiernan Ringgenberg and Ben Larson as part of another crossover episode with our friends at MJ Today to talk about the latest news in the cannabis industry. 

Kieran, Sirita, and Ben got together this week to discuss Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s just-introduced Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA), President Joe Biden’s shifting relationship with legalization, and New York State’s latest new push into marijuana education accreditation. 

The  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 MJ 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. 

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

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Heather Sullivan of MJ Today Media. 

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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