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Author Archive | Nick Opich

Andres Fajardo, CEO of Clever Leaves

This week on the Green Rush, Anne is joined by guest host Sirita Wright with a new episode featuring Andrés Fajardo, newly appointed CEO of Clever Leaves, a leading multinational operator and licensed producer of pharmaceutical-grade cannabinoids.

Fajardo brings over 20 years of management experience, and as co-founder of the Company, he has led the development of Clever Leaves’ first 18 Hectares of GACP and EU- GMP certified cultivation and post-harvest facilities, the design and construction of a GMP certified extraction and formulation plant, and the creation of a robust pipeline of clients and brands. For the last 6 years, Fajardo has overseen the development, expansion and global marketing plans of the Company as the former president and has now assumed the role of CEO.

In this episode our hosts explore with Andrés Clever Leaves current global operations since we last caught up with the company in 2020 and how Clever Leaves has managed to effectively meet the needs and demands of cannabis consumers in various markets all over the world including, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Israel, the USA and Columbia.Through their robust supply chain, strong partnerships, and premium product portfolio, Clever Leaves has continued to demonstrate its ability to grow and potentialize It’s full capabilities.

So sit back, relax and enjoy our discussion with Andrés Fajardo. 

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Sirita Wright 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

The Shea and Lewis Show

This week on The Green Rush, we have a special treat for our listeners featuring the man behind the scenes who makes this show possible, Shea Gunther, Founder and Producer at MJ Today Media and the producer of this podcast.

In this episode, our host Lewis Goldberg sits down with Shea to talk about their origins in the cannabis industry, their thoughts on the development of legal psychedelics, and what it means to be happy with your work. 

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

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by 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

MJ Today Crossover – The International Episode

We have another special treat for our Green Rush listeners, courtesy of our friends at MJ Today. Featuring Ben Larson hosting this week’s episode talking with some of the most knowledgeable folks in the space about the latest news in the cannabis industry. 

In this episode, first-time-guests Sysamone Phaphon, John Farrell, and Niklas Kouparanis sit down with Ben to offer an international perspective and take a look at what the world of legal cannabis looks like in the rest of the world.

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  Brian Adams 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

Benzinga Conference Post-Mortem

This week the Green Rush team is sitting down with KCSA’s Director of Cannabis Development Kris Krane to talk about last week’s Benzinga Capital Conference in Miami. 

Taking place during Bicycle Day and 4/20 – the Benzinga show featured a number of companies large and small in the psychedelics and cannabis spaces and both Anne and Kris made the trek down to support KCSA’s clients and check out the conference.

In this episode will explore some of the initial takeaways and themes Anne and Kris saw at the show, whether they think the meetings at the well attended show could lead to a flurry of business later this year and some of their favorite experiences and stories from the conference.

So sit back and enjoy our conversation on the Benzinga Capital Conference.  

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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 Heather and Betty Show

We have another special treat for our Green Rush listeners, courtesy of our friends at MJ Today. Featuring Betty Aldworth and host Heather Sullivan to talk about the latest news in the cannabis industry. 

In this episode, Betty and Heather talk about how they got into drug reform activism, what drives their work these days, and the unique challenges of being a woman in legal marijuana. 

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  Brian Adams 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

MJ Today Crossover – Mega Mergers in Cannabis

We have another special treat for our Green Rush listeners, courtesy of our friends at KCSA and MJ Today. Featuring Andrea Brooks, Max Simon, and KCSA’s own Sirita Wright and Kris Krane, the MJ Today and Green Rush teams got together to talk about the latest news in the cannabis industry. 

In this episode, Andrea, Max, Sirita and Kris discuss the massive merger recently announced between MSO giants Cresco and Columbia Care and the upcoming vote in the U.S. House to deschedule marijuana. 

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  Brian Adams 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

Steve Gutterman, Chief Executive Officer at Falcon Brands

This week Anne and Nick are back with a new episode with guest Steve Gutterman, Chief Executive Officer at Falcon Brands, a California-based house of brands that combines street cred and proprietary technology to develop some of the most beloved brands in the state. 

Having built Falcon into one of the top-10 brands in California, Steve has a two decade track record of building businesses and leading high growth corporations in heavily regulated industries. 

In this episode our hosts Anne and Nick Opich sat down with Steve to talk about the philosophy behind Falcon’s house of brands and how that thinking differentiates the business from others in the space. Steve also expands on the evolving California market, what’s coming down the pike for Falcon and Steve’s predictions for how the cannabis industry will evolve across the rest of the year.

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Steve Gutterman of Falcon Brands. 

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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

Bob Dagher, Chief Medical Officer at Enveric Biosciences

This week on The Green Rush, Anne and Nick are back with a new episode with guest Bob Dagher, Chief Medical Officer at Enveric Biosciences (NASDAQ: ENVB), a cutting-edge neuroscience company developing next-generation, psychedelic-inspired mental health medicines.

Leading the company’s drug development and commercialization efforts, Bob has a long history helping life sciences companies to create innovative solutions that meet the needs of millions of patients around the world. At Enveric, he is currently focused on conditions that include cancer-related distress, PTSD and more.

In this episode our hosts explore with Bob how Enveric is working to alleviate the suffering of patients with cancer-related distress, the Company’s recently announced collaboration with the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Enveric’s patent portfolio and the themes and developments within the psychedelic industry that Bob is looking out for through the rest of 2022. 

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Bob Dagher of Enveric Biosciences. 

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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

John Mazarakis, Chairman at Chicago Atlantic

This week Anne and Nick are back with a new episode with special guest John Mazarakis, Co-Founder and Chairman at Chicago Atlantic, a market-leading publicly traded commercial mortgage REIT utilizing significant real estate, credit and cannabis expertise to originate senior secured loans primarily to state-licensed cannabis operators in limited-license states in the U.S.

John co-leads Chicago Atlantic as part of a three person team that includes Tony Cappell, Chief Executive Officer and Director, and Andreas Bodmeier, Co-President, Chief Investment Officer and Director.

In this episode our hosts explore how one of the largest lenders in the cannabis industry considers and de-risks lending. John also walks us through Chicago Atlantic’s business model, competitive edges, and how the team is experiencing significant growth despite industry uncertainty.  

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with John Mazarakis of Chicago Atlantic.  

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoeand 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

Sundie Seefried, CEO of Safe Harbor Financial

This week Anne and Nick are back with a new episode with special guest Sundie Seefried, CEO of Safe Harbor Financial, a leading provider of reliable banking and financing solutions to the cannabis industry.  

Safe Harbor is one of the first financial services providers to provide access to reliable banking solutions for cannabis, hemp, CBD and ancillary operators, making communities safer, driving growth in local economies, and fostering long-term partnerships. 

In this episode Anne and Nick discuss with Sundie about what makes Safe Harbor 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 some of the banking horror stories Sundie has heard since jumping into the space. 

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Sundie Seefried of Safe Harbor Financial.  

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted byAnne Donohoeand 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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