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Author Archive | Nick Opich

Delving into the Weeds with Beth Stavola of MPX

Welcome back to another episode of the Green Rush! This week, Anne, & Lewis chat with fellow New Jerseyan Beth Stavola, the Chief Operating Officer of MPX Bioceutical, one of the leading, vertically integrated holding companies in the cannabis industry. Beth began her cannabis journey in 2012, shortly after Arizona voters approved medical cannabis in the state, and opened one of the first dispensaries along Arizona’s southern border in the town of Douglas. Since then, she’s built a cannabis empire that stretches across the U.S. and was most recently acquired by MPX in January 2017 for $25 million. In this week’s conversation, Beth dives in on a number of topics including the differences in running a public cannabis company in Canada vs. being public in the US, the role of women and minorities in the burgeoning cannabis industry and how she was able to convince her younger sister to follow in her footsteps and into the cannabis industry.

Beth Stavola is the Chief Operating Officer of MPX Bioceutical, one of the leading, vertically integrated holding companies in the cannabis industry. In addition to her role with MPX, Beth is also the Founder and CEO of Stavola Medical Marijuana Holdings, Health for Life Inc, GreenMart of Nevada, and CBD For Life. Before her career in cannabis, Beth was Senior Vice President of Institutional Equity Sales at Jefferies New York. Like our favorite co-host Anne, Beth is also a proud graduate of Monmouth University.  

Links and mentions:

https://mpxbioceutical.com/

https://healthforlifedispensaries.com/

https://greenmart-of-nevada.myshopify.com/

https://www.cbdforlife.us/

Links to guest’s social media:

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/beth-stavola-a9260025/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bethstavola

Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg and Anne Donohoe.

Special thanks to Nick Opich, our Producer, and our 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:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/green-rush-comms/

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

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

Catching Up With the 420 Investor

This week on the Green Rush Podcast, Lewis and Anne welcome back Alan Brochstein of 420 Investor and New Cannabis Ventures back into the studio. Alan is a unique voice in the cannabis industry because he was really the first investment professional to make a career out of covering the cannabis space from an investor’s perspective publicly. When he speaks, investors listen. In this week’s episode, Alan discusses the latest news on the the cannabis markets in both the United States and Canada including some of the major deals from companies like Aurora and Canopy; offers insight into which IPOs/RTOs he’s most looking forward to in 2018 and touches on the impending legalization day for Canada and what investors should know as we approach October 17th.

Alan Brochstein, CFA, was the first investment professional to devote himself to sharing his observations about the cannabis industry from an investor’s perspective publicly. He runs 420 Investor, a subscription-based due diligence platform for investors interested in the publicly-traded cannabis stocks and is also the founder of New Cannabis Ventures, a content aggregation site focused on investors and entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. Alan has worked in the securities industry since 1986, primarily with the responsibility for managing investments in institutional environments until he founded AB Analytical Services in 2007 in order to provide independent research and consulting to registered investment advisors. In addition to advising several different hedge funds and investment managers, including Friedberg Investment Management, where he participated as a member of its investment management committee, Alan was also a senior analyst for the independent research firm Management CV. In 2008, he began providing a first-of-its-kind subscription-based service for individual investors, Invest By Model, which offered two different portfolios that investors could replicate in their own accounts for $20 per month. Alan also offered The Analytical Trader at Marketfy, where he used fundamental and technical analysis in a disciplined process to offer specific trade ideas geared towards swing traders. Alan launched www.420Investor.com in late 2013 as the premier source of information for “Green Rush” investors seeking to capitalize on the proliferation of legalized medical and recreational cannabis. In March 2014, Alan, who is a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, began to focus solely on the cannabis sector. He launched www.NewCannabisVentures.com in late 2015.  

Links and mentions:

Alan’s Newsletter: https://marketfy.com/item/420-investor-newsletter/

Alan – New Cannabis Ventures: https://www.newcannabisventures.com/

Links to guest’s social media:

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanbrochstein

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Invest420?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg and Anne Donohoe.

Special thanks to Nick Opich, our Producer, and our 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:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/green-rush-comms/

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

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

Could Cannabis Be the Next Big Short?

This week on the Green Rush Podcast, Anne, Lewis, and Phil sit down with Danny Moses, Wall Street insider and investor in the cannabis industry. If you don’t know Danny, you should.  He was at the center of the financial meltdown in 2007/08 and his role in the crisis was recaptured in the famous film, “The Big Short”.  As a trader working for Steve Eisman, Danny was a “short” meaning he bet against the housing market and made a ton of money. He’s one of the smartest guys from Wall Street and over the past few years he’s been going “long” on the cannabis sector. Danny speaks to his experience in the 2008 financial crisis, similarities he sees between the financial collapse and the cannabis industry, why he believes investing in cannabis is smart, and the social issues that continue to plague the cannabis industry.

3 Main Takeaways:

  1. There’s great risk and reward in cannabis industry
  2. Do your homework when investing in cannabis  
  3. There are a wide range of health/medicinal uses to cannabis

Danny Moses has extensive experience with financial markets having worked on Wall Street since 1991 and holding a variety of positions including municipal bond analyst, institutional sell-side broker, trader, and hedge fund manager. The book and later movie “The Big Short” features the character of Danny Moses and a few others who were able to successfully navigate the volatility of the financial markets during the formation of the housing bubble in 2004.

Links to guest’s social media:

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe, Lewis Goldberg, and Phil Carlson of KCSA Strategic Communications

Special thanks to Nick Opich, our Producer, and our 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 / Instagram: @KCSA_Cannabis

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/green-rush-comms/

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

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

Enhancing the Medicinal Cannabis Experience

This week on the Green Rush, Nick is filling in for Lewis as he and Anne are joined by Leah Heise, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Experience Officer at 4Front Ventures. During their conversation, Leah discusses how her diagnosis with chronic pancreatitis led to her foray into medicinal cannabis and ultimately her career in the cannabis industry. Leah also touches on her position as Chief Experience Office for 4Front and how the company is helping medicinal cannabis patients educate themselves on the various strains of the plant and consumption options that would be most effective for treating their specific condition. Leah also provides her predictions on what the cannabis industry would look like if rescheduling, descheduling, or legalization were to happen.

 

 

Leah Heise serves as the Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Experience Officer at 4Front Ventures, a medicinal cannabis company operating in multiple states across the country. As CXO, Leah oversees the Mission brand, a branch of 4Front Ventures, and ensures that patients have a positive experience at 4Front dispensaries. As a medicinal cannabis patient herself, it is important to Leah that 4Front customers are provided with the most sophisticated information on cannabis so that they can treat their conditions safely and effectively.       

Links and Mentions:

4Front Advisors: https://4frontadvisors.com/

4Front Ventures: https://4frontventures.com/

Mission dispensaries: https://www.missioncan.com/

Links to guest’s social media:

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leah-heise-67093a21

Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications

Special thanks to Nick Opich, our Producer, and our 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 / Instagram: @KCSA_Cannabis

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/green-rush-comms/

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

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

Marvin Washington Tackles Cannabis

This week on the Green Rush podcast, Anne and Lewis sit down with Super Bowl champion defensive end Marvin Washington. After spending 11 years in the NFL terrorizing opposing quarterbacks, Marvin has since shifted his career towards the legal cannabis industry and is now the spokesman for Isodiol International Inc., a leading manufacturer of CBD-focused consumer products. In their conversation, Marvin discusses his experience with cannabis in the NFL and how medicinal cannabis can help those suffering with pain in addition to those struggling with addiction. Marvin also touches on the issue of minority representation within the cannabis space and his recent lawsuit against the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  

3 main takeaways:

  1. Cannabis is likely to be a point of contention in the next NFL/NFLPA collective bargaining discussions in 2021
  2. Medicinal cannabis could be a game changer for athletes that are wary of overuse of opiates and looking to for pain relief
  3. Social justice issues must be part of the cannabis legalization conversation

Marvin Washington is a retired NFL player who played a total of 11 years with three teams: the New York Jets, Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers. A voice for former NFL players in the NFL’s concussion lawsuit, Washington addresses the truth about the outcome as well as the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). An advocate for all-natural, non-habit forming cannabis, Washington is speaking out on the topic of using cannabinoids as neuroprotectants as well as an avenue to alleviate the nation’s #1 health epidemic: prescription opioid abuse and addiction. He has also lobbied the NFL Players Association to push for changes in the sport’s drug policies. Washington is a graduate of Idaho University and a 2004 inductee into the University of Idaho Vandal Sports Hall of Fame.

After football Washington worked for William Small Wealth Management Group as a Financial Advisor. At Williams advised high net worth individual investors and Professional Athletes in the NFL and NBA. Washington worked in financial services for 10 years focusing on financial planning, retirement planning and estate planning. Now a serial entrepreneur, Washington is focused on the cannabis industry. He is an investor and co-owner of a number of cannabis ventures. Washington is also a NFL league ambassador for Athletes For Care and is a member of the Board of Directors.

Links to guest’s social media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mwash52?lang=en

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mwash52/?hl=en

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marvin-washington-9a559b108

Links and mentions:

Isodiol: https://isodiol.com/?v=f24485ae434a

Iso-Sport: https://iso-sport.com/

Farm Bill: https://agriculture.house.gov/news/documentquery.aspx?IssueID=14904

Athletes For Care: https://athletesforcare.org/

Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe, Lewis Goldberg, and Phil Carlson of KCSA Strategic Communications

Special thanks to Nick Opich, our Producer, and our 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 / Instagram: @KCSA_Cannabis

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/green-rush-comms/

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

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

The Largest Capital Raise in US Cannabis History

In the latest edition of the Green Rush Podcast, Lewis and Anne sit down with George Allen, President of Acreage Holdings, the U.S.’ largest national cannabis operator and brand, to discuss the company’s $119 million funding round, the largest private equity round in U.S. cannabis history. George touches on how raising capital for the cannabis space differs vs. traditional industries and why the company was able to find greater success during this round of funding with high net worth individuals vs. institutional investors. In addition, George provides more insights on the recruitment of Former Speaker John Boehner to join the Acreage board, the valuation of licenses across the country and the pressure Wall Street is putting on the White house to move towards rescheduling cannabis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Allen is a seasoned executive with extensive financing and transaction experience, who was previously Chief Investment Officer of Cambridge Information Group (CIG), where he managed a portfolio of private and public direct investments as well as a collection of indirect investments, and founded an internally managed hedge fund focused on global growth equities.Mr. Allen managed corporate development at Blucora, a CIG Investment, guiding the company as it transformed into a successful public leader in its vertical that now operates independently, securing an extremely profitable investment for CIG on its four-year investment. Prior to Blucora, Mr. Allen spent nine years at Warburg Pincus, managing investments in the communication, media and technology sectors, and Goldman Sachs in New York and Hong Kong, where he invested capital in distressed securities.

Links and Mentions:

https://www.acreageholdings.com/

Links to the guest’s company and media accounts:

https://www.facebook.com/AcreageHoldings/

https://www.instagram.com/acreageholdings/

https://twitter.com/AcreageCannabis

https://www.linkedin.com/company/acreageholdings/?originalSubdomain=ca

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gallen97/

Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications

Special thanks to Nick Opich, our Producer, and our 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 / Instagram: @KCSA_Cannabis

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/green-rush-comms/

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

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

Hostful with Phil Carlson of KCSA

On the latest edition of the Green Rush, Lewis and Anne invite Phil Carlson from KCSA back into the booth for a roundtable episode talking about the latest news and trends in the industry. The Green Rush team explores with Phil the current cannabis landscape in the U.S., in what ways investors are helping to grow the industry, and how cannabis is disrupting other spaces such as the pharmaceutical industry and the alcohol industry. Additionally, with legalization underway in Massachusetts and Canada, the Green Rush team and Phil explore how these decisions will affect the U.S. cannabis space and upcoming elections.   

  

Phil leads KCSA’s Cannabis Investor Relations Practice. He has developed proactive investor relations and communication strategies for several multinational, micro and small cap cannabis companies. Through his extensive network, Phil has helped position his cannabis clients as thought leaders in the emerging cannabis industry. He has secured speaking engagements at premiere conferences and has organized several cannabis industry panels which have included himself as well as his clients. Phil is a Wall Street and Investor Relations veteran having worked at firms such as JPMorganChase and Merrill Lynch. His experience includes IPOs and reverse mergers, implementing retail and institutional road shows, and providing strategic counsel to clients.

Links and Mentions:

Links to the guest’s company and media accounts:

Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications

Special thanks to Nick Opich, our Producer, and our 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 / Instagram: @KCSA_Cannabis

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/green-rush-comms/

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

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

Tahira Rehmatullah is the Most Powerful Woman in Pot

This week on the Green Rush Podcast, Lewis and Anne chat with one of the most influential executives in cannabis that you likely haven’t heard of, Tahira Rehmatullah, CFO of MTech Acquisition Corporation. Tahira has an expansive cannabis background – in addition to her work with MTech, she is also Managing Director of Hypur Ventures and a Director of Dope Media. Prior to her current roles, Tahira served as General Manager of Marley Natural, where she was responsible for the brand’s launch and managing day-to-day operations of the company.

In this week’s episode, the Green Rush team and Tahira discuss social justice issues within the cannabis space, how policy has failed to address these concerns, and how she feels obligated to pay it forward to newcomers and minorities joining the industry. Tahira also touches on Canada’s recent decision to federally legalize cannabis and the implications this decision will have on US markets, and the recent trends regarding M&A activity in the industry.

Fortune Magazine has called Tahira Rehmatullah is one of the top 5 most powerful women in pot and Business Insider has deemed her one of the rising stars of the marijuana investment scene. Tahira is the Chief Financial Officer at a company called MTech Acquisition Corporation, which is one of the few publicly traded cannabis focused companies on the NASDAQ. Under her leadership, they completed a $50M IPO earlier this year and the company’s focus will be on acquiring an ancillary cannabis business, with a particular sector focus that includes compliance, business intelligence, brand development and media.

Links and Mentions:

https://hypurventures.com/

https://www.marleynatural.com/

Links to the guest’s company and media accounts:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tahirarehm

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tahirarehm/?hl=en

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trehmatullah1

Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications

Special thanks to Nick Opich, our Producer, and our 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 / Instagram: @KCSA_Cannabis

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/green-rush-comms/

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

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

Surprise Hostful!

In this special edition episode of the Green Rush podcast to celebrate the July 4th holiday, Anne and Lewis bring back colleagues Phil Carlson and Nick Opich to discuss the current state of cannabis. The Green Rush team explores some of the biggest headlines over the past couple of months including Aurora Cannabis’ announcement to go public in Canada and the implications this decision has for US markets; the growing conversation around social justices issues; the role cannabis companies have in helping right the wrongs of the War on Drugs; whether cannabis will become a platform issue for the Democratic Party; and John Boehner’s recent announcement to join the board of Acreage Holdings.

Links and Mentions:

Aurora Cannabis – https://www.auroramj.com/

Acreage Holdings – https://www.acreageholdings.com/

MJ Biz Conference – https://mjbizconference.com/next/

Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications

Special thanks to Nick Opich, our Producer, and our 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 / Instagram: @KCSA_Cannabis

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/green-rush-comms/

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

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

The Cannabis Lobby with Scott Levenson, President and Founder of The Advance Group

On the latest edition of the Green Rush, Lewis and Anne begin to take a look at the role cannabis will play in shaping the midterm elections across the United States and in particular New York state. Joining them this week is Scott Levenson, one of New York’s most influential public affairs specialists and the President and Founder of The Advance Group, which has helped elect hundreds of state officials from governors down to city council members. The Green Rush team explores with Scott the current cannabis landscape in New York and whether Democratic challenger, Cynthia Nixon, is truly influencing Governor Andrew Cuomo’s stance on the issue of cannabis. In addition, Scott offers an in-depth look at how the general assembly in New York is approaching the cannabis issue, why the lack of diversity and social responsibility in the industry is holding it back and what voters can do to make their voices heard.

Scott Levenson is an internationally recognized consultant and has built The Advance Group into one of the country’s leading strategic consulting firms. Scott created The Advance Group following a decade of community organizing and labor union organizing, which included serving as the lead advance person for Jesse Jackson’s Presidential Campaign in 1988 and as Director of Advance for David Dinkins’ mayoral campaign in 1989. Scott ran Mark Green’s successful 1993 race to become New York City’s first elected Public Advocate, and from 1994 through 1999, he served as Chief of Operations for the Office of the Public Advocate of the City of New York. Scott also served as the Campaign Director for both Mr. Green’s 1998 run for the U.S. Senate and Ruth Messinger’s 1997 campaign for Mayor of New York City. Scott is a national commentator on New York City and national Democratic politics. He can often be seen on television, radio and in print media. Scott is a trained organizer and campaign veteran with a national reputation. A Political Science major with a specialty in African Studies at Boston University, Scott has a son, Sebastian, and lives in Forest Hills, New York.

Links and Mentions:

Links to the guest’s company and media accounts:

Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications

Special thanks to Nick Opich, our Producer, and our 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 / Instagram: @KCSA_Cannabis

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/green-rush-comms/

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

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

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