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Author Archive | Nick Opich

Adam Shapiro, Cannabis Executive, Hearst Publications & GreenState

Welcome to the Green Rush, a KCSA Strategic Communications Production, a weekly conversation at the intersection of cannabis, psychedelics, the capital markets and culture. 

This week Anne and Lewis Goldberg chatted with Adam Shapiro, Cannabis Executive, Hearst Newspapers & GreenState, a national platform navigating the new cannabis culture powered by Hearst.

In this episode our hosts spoke with Adam about the dynamics of the cannabis media ecosystem and how Hearst is carving out a unique niche covering the future of the industry. The trio also shared some exciting news about a new partnership between GreenState, KCSA and The Green Rush to syndicate future podcasts across Hearst Newspaper’s properties.   

With more and more mainstream outlets and media companies dedicating resources to covering the burgeoning cannabis space, Adam provides a thoughtful perspective on what value readers and listeners are looking for from news coverage. 

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Adam Shapiro of GreenState.  

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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

Kyle Kazan, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Glass House

Welcome to the Green Rush, a KCSA Strategic Communications Production, a weekly conversation at the intersection of cannabis, psychedelics, the capital markets and culture. 

This week Anne and Phil Carlson chatted with Kyle Kazan, CEO of Glass House, one of the fastest-growing, vertically integrated cannabis companies in the U.S., with a dedicated focus on the California market. 

In this episode, our hosts sat down with Kyle to learn about his personal journey into cannabis, transitioning from a career in law enforcement to cannabis entrepreneur, as well as his passion for criminal justice and drug policy reform. Kyle also dives into Glass House’s competitive advantage and the sustained success his brand has had in the highly competitive California market. He also offers his thoughts on Biden’s pardons, the future of interstate commerce and how Glass House is examining future expansion and growth opportunities.

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Glass House CEO Kyle Kazan.  

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Show Credits:

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

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa.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 Biz Con Interviews with TILT Holdings and Native Roots

Welcome to the Green Rush, a KCSA Strategic Communications Production, a weekly conversation at the intersection of cannabis, psychedelics, the capital markets and culture. 

This week is a very special episode featuring interviews at the Marijuana Business Conference. Nick Opich went out to Las Vegas to attend the show and was able to sit down for conversations with two great guests in Gary Santo, CEO of TILT Holdings, and Beth Kotarba, Chief Operating Officer of Native Roots.

Nick sat down with Gary and Beth to talk about each of their businesses and how they have evolved over the last 12 months both in growing their presence in their respective marketplaces but also how they’ve navigated the complex ecosystem that exists in the world of cannabis. Both Gary and Beth also provide insights into their thoughts on DE&I within the industry, their thoughts on Joe Biden’s push for cannabis reform and what we may expect to see from both TILT and Native Roots heading into 2023.

So sit back and enjoy our conversations from the Marijuana Business Conference with Gary Santo of TILT Holdings and Beth Kotarba of Native Roots. 

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by 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

Liesl Bernard, Founder and CEO of CannabizTeam

Welcome to the Green Rush, a KCSA Strategic Communications Production, and a weekly conversation at the intersection of cannabis, psychedelics, the capital markets and culture

This week Nick Opich and Lewis Goldberg are back for a new episode with special guest Liesl Bernard, Founder and CEO of the industry’s premier cannabis staffing firm – CannabizTeam. 

CannabizTeam recently published a Tri-State Salary Guide providing both companies and prospective employees with background and predictions on three emerging cannabis markets as the industry shifts focus from the West Coast to the East with New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Liesl was previously on the podcast in 2019, and we also spoke about Liesl and CannabizTeam’s efforts to find and recruit the best talent for the industry in a recent episode we did with Stephanie Shepard from the Last Prisoner Project. 

Liesl joins our hosts to discuss the salary guide, the rise of temp employees powering the cannabis industry and how CannabizTeam is working with Last Prisoner Project to transform the industry. 

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Liesl Bernard of CannabizTeam. 

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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

2022 Green Rush Hostful

Welcome to the Green Rush, a KCSA Strategic Communications Production, and a weekly conversation at the intersection of cannabis, psychedelics, the capital markets and culture

For an end of the year special treat for our loyal Green Rush listeners our hosts got together to commiserate, celebrate, bicker and pontificate on the year that was 2022 and forecast some of our expectations for 2023. 

This episode, Anne Donohoe, Phil Carlson, Kris Krane and Lewis Goldberg look back on what turned out to be a very strange, but eventful year. They explore what the heck happened to SAFE banking, Anne ribs Kris about Joe Biden being the savior of cannabis and the team talks about what they are most looking forward to in the new year.

So welcome to this season’s Hostful Episode! We hope you 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/ 

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

Amanda Siebert, Cannabis and Psychedelics Journalist

Welcome to the Green Rush, a KCSA Strategic Communications Production,a weekly conversation at the intersection of cannabis, psychedelics, the capital markets and culture. 

This week Nick Opich and Lewis Goldberg are back for a new episode with special guest Amanda Siebert, Forbes Contributor and Cannabis and Psychedelics Journalist. Amanda joins our hosts this week to discuss her new book Psyched: Seven Cutting-Edge Psychedelics Changing the World. Amanda shares her process for putting together the book, how she manages reporting on an industry that evolves at a breakneck pace and some of the more interesting stories she heard from her reporting. 

The trio also discussed some of the key topics driving the psychedelics and cannabis industries forward including the efficacy of at-home ketamine treatments, the chances we see psychedelics evolve into a CPG product and the repercussions of Joe Biden’s announcement to pardon federal cannabis offenders.  

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with cannabis and psychedelics journalist Amanda Siebert. 

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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

Kristi Palmer, Co-Founder of Kiva Confections

Welcome to the Green Rush, a KCSA Strategic Communications Production, and a weekly conversation hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich.

This week Anne and Nick are back for a new episode with special guest Kristi Palmer, Co-Founder of Kiva Confections an award-winning edible brand producing some of yours and ours favorite chocolates, mints, chews and gummies. Founded in 2010, Kiva is dominating the edibles sector with products available at hundreds of dispensaries across nine states. 

In this episode, Anne and Nick connect with Kristi to learn about Kiva’s path to success and how the brand has been able to thrive in a highly competitive marketplace. The trio also discuss Kiva’s decision to stay private, how Biden’s recent announcement will affect the industry and what Kristi is most looking forward to as we head towards 2023.

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Kristi Palmer, Co-Founder of Kiva Confections.

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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

Matthew Walter and Steve Balogh of HedgeRow Analysis

Welcome to the Green Rush, a KCSA Strategic Communications Production, and a weekly conversation at the intersection of cannabis, psychedelics, the capital markets and culture. 

This week host Kris Krane is back in the booth for a new episode with guests Matthew Walter and Steve Balogh of HedgeRow Analysis, a data analytics company delivering qualitative and quantitative analysis to cannabis companies to identify and mitigate risk while optimizing potential. 

In this episode, Kris connects with Matthew and Steve to learn about their new technology stack, Dispensary Defender, how they’re helping companies maximize profits, and their thoughts on pending legislation at the federal level. 

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Matthew Walter and Steve Balogh of HedgeRow Analysis. 

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by 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

Jesse and Joel Stanley, Co-Founders of Charlotte’s Web

Welcome to The Green Rush, a podcast about the intersection of cannabis, the capital markets, and culture. On a weekly basis, hosts Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications speak with the business leaders, financial experts, cultural icons, legislators, and generally interesting people moving the cannabis and psychedelics industries forward.

Very few companies in this space need no introduction – and Charlotte’s Web – is one of them. 

Today Anne and guest host Phil Carlson speak with two of the seven Stanley brothers, Jesse and Joel, both pioneers in CBD – and who’s CBD-rich hemp genetics changed marijuana history.

Their strain, named for Charlotte Figi, a young girl who lived with as many as 300 epileptic seizures a day and who was the feature of the groundbreaking 2013 piece by CNN’s Sajjay Gupta called “Weed.” 

Through the use of the hemp genetics developed by the Stanley Brothers, Figi experienced an immediate reduction in her epileptic seizures down to just two or three per month. She became some of the most prominent figures in the legalization movement before sadly passing away in 2020 at the age of 13.

In this episode, Anne and Phil talk to the brothers about the history of Charlotte’s Web, what it’s like working with so much of their family, and their insights into what’s next for the company. 

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Jesse and Joel Stanley, co-founders of Charlotte’s Web.

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe 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

Bryan Wickersham and Jerome Crawford of Pleasantrees

Welcome to the Green Rush, a KCSA Strategic Communications Production, and a weekly conversation at the intersection of cannabis, psychedelics, the capital markets and culture. 

This week hosts Anne Donhoe and Nick Opich are back with a new episode with special guests Bryan Wickersham, Chief Development Officer, and Jerome Crawford, Chief Legal Officer, of Pleasant Trees, the first michigan founded company to become an MSO that is a vertically integrated and serving adult-use and medical customers in Michigan and Massachusetts.  

In this episode, Anne and Nick chat with Bryan and Jerome about the company’s focus on the Michigan market and what has led to the brand’s success in that tough market. The group also touches on why Pleasantrees has focused on operations in highly competitive markets and what has allowed them to thrive where most other operators have failed. 

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Bryan Wickersham and Jerome Crawford of Pleasantrees.

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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

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