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Author Archive | Nick Opich

Punit Seth, CEO, Director and Co-Founder of Toast

Punit Seth, CEO, Director and Co-Founder of Toast, a forward thinking cannabis brand delivering full-spectrum CBD and some low-dose THC products, is this week’s guest on The Green Rush! Toast’s has made a lot of noise in the nascent cannabis branding space through its mission of delivering microdosed cannabis products that fit a range of users needs so that they can enjoy cannabis socially but also remain in control and dose themselves appropriately. 

Anne was again joined by Nick for this sit down with Punit where the three discuss the impetus for launching Toast, how he was able to successfully recruit a former Coca-Cola and AB InBev executive to join his startup team and how he has been able to build a known brand in an industry with strict rules and regulations. In addition, Punit touches on the rise of CBD and whether its just a fad or something that will continue to grow in popularity as well as the capital crunch facing the industry and how his company has been able to weather the storm while others have taken massive hits.  

Punit and his team at Toast are some of the most innovative and creative branding experts within the cannabis space and his insights on building and maintaining consumer loyalty is truly fascinating. 

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

Punit Seth, CEO, Director and Co-Founder of Toast

Punit is a seasoned strategy and operations management executive with 10+ years of experience and specializations in program management, strategic planning, operations management, people management, coaching, executive communication, human resources management, and turnaround/transformation management. Punit has worked for and advised notable organizations across several industries including: Bridgewater Associates, Accenture, Bank of America, Walgreens, US Department of Commerce, NYC Government, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, American Express, and more.  Punit decided to leave his successful corporate career and focus on starting Toast – a disruptive startup for the world’s fastest growing industry, Cannabis. Punit is a native of Charleston, SC and received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and graduated Summa Cum Laude with General Honors from Clemson University. He also received his MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York 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:

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

Kris Krane, Co-Founder and President of 4Front Ventures, is back on The Green Rush to chat with Lewis and Anne about how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting the cannabis industry. A longtime advocate turned executive, Kris has been the front lines advancing the space forward. In addition to his work at 4Front, Kris is also a Senior Contributor with Forbes looking at the investment and operational advancements of the cannabis industry. 

With the COVID-19 crisis paralyzing the globe, Lewis and Anne turned to Kris to get his incredibly valuable insights into the health and economic impact the pandemic is having on the global markets and the overall space. As part of the conversation, Kris, runs through some of his key points in his most recent Forbes column that looked at how severe the impact the coronavirus will be on the cannabis industry. This conversation looks at the “essential service” designation cannabis businesses have received, why he believes cannabis operators deserve to be part of the federal stimulus plan and how this crisis could accelerate the relaxing of regulations facing the industry around staffing, delivery and the imprisonment of non-violent drug offenders. 

The COVID-19 crisis is one that is impossible to ignore and for those interested in learning how the cannabis industry is navigating these troubling times, this is an episode you will not want to miss. 

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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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 

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Bruce Linton, Director of Mind Medicine Inc.

Bruce Linton, formerly the CEO of cannabis behemoth Canopy Growth and now Director of Mind Medicine is this week’s guest on The Green Rush! Since his departure from Canopy in 2019, Bruce has since moved onto several new ventures within the cannabis and psychedelics spaces but is still the unquestioned face of the industry. Started with CNBC’s Kevin O’Leary, Bruce’s most notable role right now is with Mind Medicine, a neuro-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and deploys psychedelic inspired medicines to improve health, promote wellness and alleviate suffering.

Fresh off taking Mind Med public on the NEO Exchange, Bruce sat down with Lewis to chat about what he’s been up to since his departure from Canopy. The two touch on all of the headlines dominating the cannabis industry including most notably the public markets and capital crunch as well as what his outlook is for the long and short-term future of the space. In addition, the two tackle the burgeoning psychedelics industry and explore the work that Mind Med is currently undergoing, why now was the time to take the company public and what convinced Bruce that psychedelics were the real deal.

In addition, the pair discuss Bruce’s other cannabis ventures including his roles at Vireo Health (CSE: VREO), Better Choice Company (OTC: BTTR) and Gage Cannabis. 

As most know, Bruce is a one-of-a-kind leader in this space and his interview with Lewis provides a ton of great insights on how he is approaching the future.

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Bruce Linton, Director of Mind Medicine Inc.

Bruce has a passion for entrepreneurship and making a positive difference in the world. He brings a wealth of experience in building strong technology driven companies, developing world class teams and positioning his companies to deliver exceptional customer value and service.In his newly appointed role as an Active Advisor, Bruce will serve as Executive Chairman with GAGE Cannabis Co., following completion of the acquisition of Innovations – GAGE is innovating and curating the highest quality cannabis experiences possible for patients in the state of Michigan and bringing internationally renowned brands to market. He is Special Advisor with Better Choice Company – (BTTR) BTTR is an animal health and wellness cannabinoid company that acquired TruPet LLC, an online seller of ultra-premium, all-natural pet food, treats and supplements, with a special focus on freeze dried and dehydrated raw products. And Director with MindMed – MindMed is assembling a drug development pipeline of psychedelic inspired medicines planning or undertaking FDA trials.Bruce is also an Activist Investor with SLANG Worldwide Inc. (CSE:SLNG) is a leading global cannabis consumer packaged goods company with a robust portfolio of renowned brands distributed across 2,600 stores in 12 U.S. states. And with OG DNA Genetics Inc. (“DNA”) – DNA has built and curated a seasoned genetic library and developed proven standard operating procedures for genetic selection, breeding, and cultivation.He is the Founder and Former Chairman and CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC/WEED), Co-Chairman and past CEO of Martello Technologies, and Co?founder of Ruckify & Better Software.

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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

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

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Jeff the 420 Chef

This week, The Green Rush is publishing a very special JOINT episode with the Eat Well, Travel Often Podcast hosted by Lewis’ better half Melissa Goldberg. In this episode the Goldbergs are chatting with Jeff the 420 Chef, author of The 420 Gourmet: The art of Elevated Cannabis Cuisine.

Dubbed “The Julia Child of Weed”, Jeff works with cannabis in ways that no other cannabis chef in the world does. Jeff has been redefining the cannabis consumption experience since 2012 with his “tasteless” cannabutter and canna-oils, edible culinary cannabis, which mimic herbs like oregano, rosemary and thyme and infused cooking oils devoid of the herbaceous cannabis taste. He’s since grown his business into a best-selling cookbook and has become one of the nation’s most in-demand private cannabis chefs.

Lewis and Melissa chat with Jeff about his tinkering with recipes to get them to the perfect balance between THC levels and tastiness, the rise of social consumption in lounges and restaurants in legal states and what his plans are for the future of his brand.

If you’ve ever had interest in cooking cannabis, learning more about the edible making process or how to get your cannabis infused meal, this is the episode for you.

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Jeff the 420 Chef

Jeff The 420 Chef is one of the nation’s first private chefs to cook cannabis infused meals. He started this career as a hobby in 2013, and turned it into full-time business — catering.  Jeff is also a best-selling cookbook author, The 420 Gourmet that not only details so much about infused cooking but includes a THC calculator. He is also soon to be part of the first-ever cannabis cafe in California. JeffThe420Chef, works with cannabis in ways that no other cannabis chef in the world does. Jeff has been redefining the cannabis consumption experience since 2012 with his “tasteless” cannabutter and canna-oils, edible culinary cannabis, which mimic herbs like oregano, rosemary and thyme and infused cooking oils devoid of the herbaceous cannabis taste. JeffThe420Chef and his recipes are continuously featured in high profile publications including the High Times, Cheddar TV, MerryJane, Emerald Magazine, The Forward, Culture Magazine and Edibles Magazine. He has also been featured on TruTV with Margaret Cho, Bakeout.tv, Vice, Business Insider, WeedmapsTV (soon to be released), Elite Daily, The Daily Beast, The Boston Globe  The New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and more…

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications and Melissa Goldberg of the Eat Well, Travel Often Podcast.

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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Matthew Anderson, the Founder and CEO of Vanguard Scientific Systems

Matthew Anderson, the Founder and CEO of Vanguard Scientific Systems, a systems and solutions provider servicing the botanical industry, is this week’s guest on The Green Rush! Launched by Matthew in 2014, Vanguard’s mission is to deliver the capability to manufacture the highest quality, most valued, oils and extracts routinely and cost effectively in the cannabis and hemp industries.

Anne, who was joined by Nick for this conversation, will sit down with Matthew for a deep dive on how his company is using cutting edge technologies to help cannabis producers develop and create the next generation cannabis products that consumers will enjoy. In addition, they touch on how the industry capital crunch is affecting ancillary service providers, Matthew’s insights on how other states can follow Oregon’s lead when it comes to promoting innovation and Vanguard’s work with advocacy groups like Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Matthew also shared about his days as a “moonshiner” while in college and how that sparked his desire to be an entrepreneur.

Matthew is an incredibly well-spoken individual who’s experience and understanding of the knitty gritty of the cannabis space is something all of our listeners will enjoy. 

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Matthew Anderson, CEO and Founder of Vanguard Scientific Systems

Matthew Anderson, Founder/CEO of Vanguard Scientific Systems, is a leader in the changing world of processing, extraction and active-ingredient manufacturing of natural botanicals. Matthew is delivering a global network of integrated systems and solutions to meet the processing needs of the rapidly evolving cannabis and hemp industries. Through partnerships committed to market-leading technology, standards, quality control, and training excellence, Vanguard will lead a compliant, stable supply chain to the global marketplace.

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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/ 

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Hershel Gerson, CEO and Managing Director of Ello Capital

Hershel Gerson, CEO and Managing Director of Ello Capital is this week’s guest on The Green Rush! Started in Summer 2019, Ello is an investment bank and M&A advisory firm focused on empowering client growth and strategic thinking throughout every stage of the cannabis industry life cycle.

Our hosts will sit down with Hershel to discuss Ello Capital’s recent analysis on the cash position of public MSOs which has caused a stir within the industry. We’ll dive into the weeds of how Ello conducted its analysis, why access to capital remains the biggest challenge facing operators in the cannabis industry and whether we can reasonably expect new regulations that will remove the capital hurdles facing Canadian LPs and U.S. MSOs.

We’ll also chat with Hershel about his background in private equity and M&A and what drew him to the burgeoning cannabis industry. Hershel has his finger on the pulse of the capital side of the industry, so this won’t be an episode you’ll want to miss.

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Hershel Gerson, CEO and Managing Director of Ello Capital

Hershel has over 20 years of success in Investment Banking, M&A and Private Equity. He has successfully advised and closed over 55 transactions for private equity and corporate clients with a total value exceeding $30 billion. His ability to advise across a broad range of strategic matters – including leveraged finance, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, private placements, project finance, and general advisory assignments – has allowed him to build long-standing, trusted relationships with clients. He has previous deal experience across industry verticals that include retail and consumer, TMT, energy, real estate and healthcare.

Previously, Hershel led Macquarie Capital’s Consumer Coverage efforts focused on the food, beverage, H.P.C. and restaurant sectors. Prior, he led M&A efforts at Causeforce, bringing capital to consolidate the endurance event space with a focus on raising money for cancer research. He also held leadership roles at BNP Paribas as West Coast Team Leader and Credit Suisse as Head of West Coast Retail and Consumer coverage.

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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:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

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

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

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Shea Gunther, Founder, Producer and Host at MJ Today Media

Shea Gunther, the creative mind behind MJ Today Media and the Marijuana Today podcast is this week’s guest on The Green Rush! In addition to his role as the unfailing Program Director for the Green Rush, Shea is himself a podcaster, writer, activist and entrepreneur who, from behind the scenes, has for decades helped drive the cannabis industry forward.

As an activist, Shea had a hand founding the first chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy back in 1998, and is currently leads up MJToday Media, a publishing company focusing on creating content for legal marijuana business nerds. He’s the host of “Marijuana Today Daily” and produces the weekly show “Marijuana Today“.

Lewis and Anne sat down with Shea to discuss some of the latest headlines within the industry including the lack of capital facing the industry and the age-old tensions between the suits and the “stoners”. In addition, Shea gave us a peak at what it was like to be on the front lines of the cannabis movement in the 90s and his thoughts on what kind of legislative and regulatory support it’s going to take to for a healthy cannabis marketplace to take shape.  

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Shea Gunther, Founder, Producer and Host at MJ Today Media

Shea Gunther helped kick off the student drug reform movement in 1998 by founding Students for Sensible Drug Policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Since then, he’s built his career around media, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. He worked with Kris to start one of the nation’s leading providers of wind power and has been a top featured writer for the Mother Nature Network, the #1 environmental news site on the web, since its launch in 2009. He frequently consults on a wide range of topics in social marketing, editorial design, and media architecture. Shea is a truly multimodal designer and communicator and handles all the technical aspects of the show as well as maintaining the social media accounts and this website.

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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.

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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Mitch Baruchowitz, Founder and Managing Partner of Merida Capital Partners

Mitch Baruchowitz, Founder and Managing Partner of Merida Capital Partners, sits down with the Green Rush team for a special episode to discuss the ongoing vaping crisis facing the cannabis industry and how that would affect investor interest and patience.

This is a unique episode that we recorded last summer while in the relatively early stages of the vaping crisis. Despite taping this episode with Mitch several months ago, we thought it would be interesting for our listeners to hear how the investment community was thinking about the issues surrounding vaping during the throes of the problems and compare that with where we are today.

Mitch and Merida Capital have a major presence in the industry as one of the leading (if not THE leading) private equity investment firms in the cannabis space. Since 2012, Mitch and his team have been on the ground floor, watching and investing early in a number of well-known companies and recognizing where the greatest opportunities lie. Mitch has watched the industry progress and evolve throughout the years, providing him with a unique perspective of the space.

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Mitch Baruchowitz, Managing Partner of Merida Capital Partners 

Mr. Baruchowitz has nine years of experience in the legal cannabis industry and is considered a national expert in the diverse licensing regimes governing each state. His cannabis career began in assisting Colorado-based legal cultivators to structure state compliant capital transactions and analyzing the legal cannabis market in order to develop an optimal business strategy for their operations. After several years of work with Colorado companies, he co-founded Theraplant, LLC  where he architected the highest scoring application in Connecticut’s highly selective licensing process. In 2014, he cofounded LeafLine Labs, LLC, which was one of only two Minnesota companies to win a license to cultivate and dispense cannabis in extracted form. Mr. Baruchowitz is also a founder of Maryland-based Grow West MD, one of 15 companies selected for a cultivation and dispensing license. He has also founded a Pennsylvania-based cultivator that is in the pre-operational licensing stage.

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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 at Marijuana Today

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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Dr. William Z. Levine, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Bill Levine, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of CannRx, a biotech company that develops proprietary, scientifically based medical and recreational cannabis products that have consistent therapeutic effects.

Dr. Levine is a highly sought-out speaker and resource for the cannabis industry. He was most recently named Cannabis & Tech Today’s Innovator of the Year for 2019 and is one of the primary drivers of the Israeli cannabis marketplace. Our hosts will chat with Dr. Levine about his extensive background in botanical medicine and how that has aided him in his transition to the cannabis space. In addition, we will discuss Israel’s rise as a hub for technological and medical innovation and how his company CannRx is working on finding water soluble, bioavailable solutions to disrupt the cannabis beverage space.

Dr. Levine is an incredible source of information and if you have any interest in the science and technology driving the future of the cannabis industry you will love this episode.

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Dr. William Z. Levine, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Bill Levine is the founder of Izun Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company specializing in Botanical Medicine. This area of specialty pharma develops pharmaceutical and healthcare products from plant-based sources. Bill, who received his DDS degree and specialty training in Periodontics from Columbia University, initially utilized this background to formulate novel oral care products to treat periodontal disease more effectively. Izun has also developed wound care products, oncology support products, and products targeting women’s health care.

Recognizing the Izun expertise with botanicals, Bill subsequently applied this knowledge to the cannabis plant and established CannRx. In a short time, CannRx has developed validated assays (receiving ISO 17025 service laboratory certification) and new and differentiated delivery systems. CannRx has identified & licensed new potent strains and appears well on its way to establishing itself as a leading player in the cannabis field.

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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 at Marijuana Today

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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Troy Dayton, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of the Arcview Group

Troy Dayton, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of the Arcview Group is this week’s guest on The Green Rush.

Founded in 2010 with the help of Steve D’Angelo of Harborside fame, Arcview serves as the largest collection of high net worth investors who focus on putting money into early stage cannabis companies. Since its launch, very nearly every major cannabis company from the U.S. has presented to Arcview members and raised capital from the group. Troy’s journey in the space started long before the launch of Arcview as he (alongside Kris Krane and Kris Lotlikar and a few others) helped start Students for Sensible Drug Policy back in the 1990s.

Our hosts will sit down with Troy to explore his journey from activist to investor in the space and get his take on some of the biggest stories facing the industry. We’ll also touch on the evolution of Arcview from its origins to today, Troy’s thoughts on the lack of M&A activity in 2019 and whether we will see significant change in 2020 and what he thinks is coming down the pike in terms of federal policy changes to cannabis. Troy’s story is unique and this episode won’t be one to miss.

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of The Arcview Group, the first and largest group of investors dedicated to the cannabis sector which he co-founded in 2010 with fellow pioneer Steve DeAngelo. Arcview has partnered with 1600+ high net worth and institutional investors to place more than $275 million behind 215+ Arcview-curated cannabis deals.  Since 2012, Arcview has been the top publisher of cannabis market research, data and analysis, making them the most quoted company in the sector.

In 2015, Arcview helped launch a partner business accelerator, CanopyBoulder and in 2019 Arcview launched the Arcview Member Managed Fund. Forbes named Arcview among the top 5 financial firms in the sector and Business Insider named them to their top 12 cannabis venture firms. Dayton is also chairman of the board of the Marijuana Policy Project and was formerly its chief fundraiser and among its first volunteers when it was founded in 1995. He is a founding and current board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association and he co-founded of Students for Sensible Drug Policy in 1998, which is now on over 300 campuses.

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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 at Marijuana Today

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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