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Author Archive | Nick Opich

Danny Moses of “The Big Short”

Danny Moses of “The Big Short” fame and friend of the podcast is this week’s guest on The Green Rush. As you’ve heard from our previous interviews, Danny is one of the smartest and most diligent investors in the cannabis space.

This week’s conversation with Danny focused on his preaching of patience for long-term investors looking to capitalize on the industry. With two more states having approved adult use cannabis since his last appearance on the show, Danny is bullish on sticking with companies that have realistic, long-term growth plans.

Danny also provided his unique take on the downturn the cannabis public markets have taken over the last 3-4 months, his optimism that cannabis banking reform could pass Congress later this year and what’s the one question he thinks all retail investors should be asking when considering whether to buy, hold or sell. 

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Danny Moses – Cannabis Investor

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.  

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich 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:

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Matt Markiewicz, Managing Director, Innovation Shares

Matt Markiewicz, Managing Director of The Cannabis ETF, the first passively managed pure-play ETF solution for investing in cannabis is this week’s guest on The Green Rush.  

Launched by Matt earlier in 2019, The Cannabis ETF (NYSE: THCX) focuses only on companies in the legal marijuana, CBD and hemp industries. The fund is the first cannabis ETF which does not rely on tobacco stocks and differentiates itself from existing cannabis ETFs in the space by rebalancing on a monthly basis, making THCX the MOST market-sensitive / reactive cannabis ETF without the unpredictability of active management.

With cannabis earnings season upon us, we sat down with Matt to get his take on all things capital markets including his reactions post-earnings on major players like Tilray, Acreage Holdings and Canopy Growth, his process for analyzing cannabis stocks and whether he thinks investors should fear a cannabis “bubble”.

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Matt Markiewicz, Managing Director, Innovation Shares 

With 20 years of experience in finance, Matt Markiewicz is currently Managing Director at Innovation Shares LLC an exchange traded fund (ETF) company currently focused on thematic equity exposures, including recently-launched THCX, The Cannabis ETF. Prior to Innovation Shares he served as Director of Operations for Genuine Foods, an on-site food services startup that served meals for over 1000 school children in New York City. His previous 6 ½ years were spent at BlackRock as a Director in a sales and strategy role within the iShares business, the world’s largest manager of exchanged traded funds (ETFs). During his tenure at iShares, the firm launched over 150 funds as the as the industry’s global assets under management (AUM) grew from $711 billion at the end of 2008 to over $3 trillion by mid-2015.

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich 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

Ronan Levy, Founder of Field Trip Ventures

Ronan Levy, Founder of Field Trip Ventures sits down with The Green Rush this week as the team looks to cover something a little different: psychedelics.

Field Trip Ventures is a first-of-its-kind venture that is blending operational execution with strategic investing across all aspects of the psychedelics supply chain.  From basic research on botanical psychedelics like psilocybin, to the operation of world-class clinics focused on psychedelic-assisted therapies (for example, using MDMA to treat PTSD), Ronan and his team are on the front lines of the “next cannabis.”

The Green Rush will chat with Ronan about his cannabis roots including his time as an executive with Aurora Cannabis, the re-emergence of psychedelic-based therapies, how psychedelics could follow the same “playbook” as cannabis as it looks to move towards legalization and busting common myths and misinformation around its addictiveness and dangers.

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Ronan Levy – Founder, Field Trip Ventures

A lawyer by training, Ronan presently serves as a founder of Field Trip Ventures, Grassfed Ventures and is on the Board of Directors of Province Brands and Proof & Concept Inc. , He is also the founder of Toronto Gold , Toronto’s most respected precious metal broker and principal at TDF Advisory Law Professional Corporation. Ronan started his career as a corporate lawyer at Blake, Cassels Graydon LLP and Legal Counsel at CTVglobemedia Inc. (now Bell Media Inc.) He holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from the University of Toronto. 

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Show Credits:

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

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich 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

Mitch Baruchowitz, Managing Partner of Merida Capital Partners

Mitch Baruchowitz, Founder and Managing Partner of Merida Capital Partners, sits down with the Green Rush team to discuss how private equity and venture capital are driving the rapid development of the cannabis industry.

Merida Capital has 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, investing early in a number of well-known companies in cannabis. Mitch has watched the industry progress and evolve throughout the years, providing him with a unique perspective of the space.

Lewis and Anne spoke with Mitch about what he looks for when identifying a potential investment opportunity, why he thinks there will be significant change in how major MSOs conduct business over the next year and who he thinks may follow Bruce Linton as the next CEO to get the axe.

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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Show Credits:

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

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich 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

Shanita Penny, Founder/CEO of Budding Solutions and President for Minority Cannabis Association

Shanita Penny, the Founder/CEO of Budding Solutions and the President of the Board of Directors for the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) is our guest this week on The Green Rush.

Social equity and its role within the cannabis space has been one of the defining conversations for the industry in 2019 with advocates fighting in states like New York, New Jersey and California for a greater emphasis on minority ownership. Shanita and the MCBA have been on the front line of these conversations, testifying in front of the House Committee on Small Business and lobbying legislators on the federal and state level about this issue.

To learn more about the role of small business in the cannabis industry and why minority ownership is important, Lewis and Anne chatted with Shanita about which states, and companies are “getting it right” when it comes to social equity and corporate social responsibility. They also touched on the feedback she has received from legislators and why the momentum she’s seeing at the grassroots level has her hopeful for the years to come.

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Shanita Penny, Founder/CEO of Budding Solutions and President for Minority Cannabis Association  

Shanita Penny is a cannabis advocate, business professional and entrepreneur with over 18 years of experience helping world class companies and startups solve complex issues and improve business performance in multiple industries. In 2015, Shanita took a leap of faith and founded Budding Solutions, a boutique cannabis consulting firm based in Baltimore, MD, to provide Management and Strategy Consulting to startups, small businesses and multistate operators in the cannabis industry.

Shanita proudly serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA), the first non-profit organization created specifically to progress the cannabis industry by increasing diversity through the creation of equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients, and the communities most affected by the war on drugs. She is also a member of the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association’s (NJCIA) Board of Trustees. NJCIA is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to advancing the legalization of cannabis by promoting sensible policy for the responsible development and growth of a legalized cannabis-based economy.

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Show Credits:

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

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich 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

Christina DeGiovanni, Founder and Publisher of Emerald Magazine

Christina DeGiovanni, Founder and Publisher of Emerald Magazine and Emerald Media Group is this week’s guest on The Green Rush!

Thrust into the cannabis industry while in college, Christina originally launched her cannabis lifestyle magazine while living in the Emerald Triangle in 2012. Since then, Christina has fought her way up the cannabis media food chain, expanding her media empire across the country, reaching thousands of readers from the Valley in LA to the streets of New York City.

In their conversation, Lewis and Anne chat with Christina about what makes for a compelling cannabis news story, the role of the media in shaping the public narrative around cannabis and her thoughts about what excites her about the industry today and in the future.

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

About Christina DeGiovanni, Founder and Publisher of Emerald Magazine

Christina DeGiovanni is the founder and CEO of the Emerald ​ Media Group​.  In 2012, Christina found herself a victim of Federal Asset Forfeiture when her live-in boyfriend, a cannabis grower, was caught with bulk currency on an Amtrak train by the Reno Drug Task Force. After law enforcement was notified in Humboldt County, Christina fought the system for nine months until her charges were dropped and she was able to reclaim her seized assets. Following her experience of civil injustice, Christina launched a print publication called the ​Emerald Magazine ​ during her last semester at Humboldt State University, where she graduated with a degree in Journalism. Christina created ​Emerald Magazine as a resource to demystify cannabis for non-traditional, new medicinal users like her mother. The Media Group perfectly positions itself to educate those entering the new market. 

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Show Credits:

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

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich 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

New York State Senator Liz Krueger

New York State Senator Liz Krueger, an outspoken advocate for cannabis and the lead sponsor of the “Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act” is returns to The Green Rush this week!

After it looked like 2019 would finally be the year that New York would legalize adult use cannabis, the state legislature was unable to find common ground on a number of issues and failed to pass a bill that would satisfy the Democratic majority. Senator Krueger, who previously appeared on The Green Rush back in 2018, joins Lewis and guest host, Gretchen Gailey, to discuss what went wrong and what needs to happen in 2020 to get full legalization passed in the state.   

In our conversation, our hosts explore the debates that took place around the Senator’s cannabis bill, what New York is learning from other states that have passed legalization, the race to legalization between New York and New Jersey and what the outlook looks like for cannabis legalization in 2020.

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

About New York State Senator Liz Krueger 

First elected to the New York State Senate in a Special Election in February 2002, Liz Krueger is currently the Ranking Member of Senate Finance Committee. She is also a member of five other committees: Elections; Higher Education; Housing, Construction and Community Development; Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities; and Rules. For the past several years, Manhattan state senator Liz Krueger has proposed a marijuana tax and regulation bill modeled on the state liquor law that treats marijuana companies like beverage distributors. Senator Krueger’s conservative estimate is that legalization of cannabis could produce $500 million in new revenue for the state government, $2 billion in new economic activity, and $300 million in savings for the state’s criminal justice system.

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg and Gretchen Gailey of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich 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

Arnaud Dumas de Rauly, Co-Founder and CEO, of The Blinc Group

Arnaud Dumas de Rauly, Co-Founder and CEO, of The Blinc Group, a leading distributor of best-in-class cannabis vaping hardware and complementary ancillary products is this week’s guest on The Green Rush!

In addition to his role with Blinc, Arnaud is also Chairman of the International ISO Committee on Vaping Standards, Chairman of the European CEN Committee on Vapor Products, former President of FIVAPE in EU, and one of the world’s most renowned experts in vapor technology, regulations, manufacturing and distribution. 

Consumables, including vaporizers, are steadily being introduced to mainstream consumers as a popular alternative form factor to use cannabis beyond the traditional method of smoking flower. With cannabis vaping on the rise, we sat down with Arnaud to pick his encyclopedic brain on all things vape and oil related including evolving safety standards (particularly around heavy metals), what he’s thinks is the next big thing in vape technology and whether vaping could eventually overtaking smoke as how the majority of consumers enjoy cannabis.  

Arnaud is one of our favorite personalities in the cannabis space and if you have any interest in the vape space you’ll learn a ton from this week’s show. So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

About Arnaud Dumas de Rauly

Arnaud Dumas de Rauly is the Co-Founder And Co- Chief Executive Officer, Strategy & Corporate Development for the Blinc Group. In addition to his role at Blinc, Arnaud is also Chairman of the International ISO committee on Vaping Standards, Chairman of the European CEN Committee on Vapor Products, former President of FIVAPE in EU, and one of the world’s most renowned experts in Vapor Technology, regulations, manufacturing and distribution.

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg and Jeffrey Goldberger of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich 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

Mike Tyson, Heavy Weight Champion and Founder of Tyson Ranch

Mike Tyson, the legendary heavyweight champion, cultural icon and now cannabis entrepreneur, is this week’s guest on The Green Rush! Iron Mike was larger than life during his boxing career in the 90s until personal and professional failures rerouted the course of his life. Now, 10-15 years after his athletic career ended, Mike has pivoted to become an entertainer and entrepreneur, starring in blockbuster Hollywood films and launching his own cannabis company, Tyson Ranch. 

For this week’s episode, we flew Lewis out to Los Angeles to meet with Mike and his business partner, Rob Hickman, to talk about Mike’s boxing career, the pair’s new cannabis venture and Mike’s experimentation with psychedelics. In their conversation, Mike opens up about what drew him to cannabis, his dreams of building a ‘cannabis resort’ and what it’s like to be a businessman forging his own path in the “Wild West” of cannabis. 

This was a deep and soulful interview with Mike and one that we’re excited to share with the world so don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

About Tyson Ranch

Tyson Ranch is a cannabis company founded by Mike Tyson. Consistency and quality are at the core of Tyson Ranch with the mission to make cannabis universally understood and accessible. Through select partnerships with esteemed growers, Tyson Ranch proudly supports the industries very best, bringing you ‘Better Cannabis’ in every single package. The company’s commitment to the plant and passion for exotic genetics ensure that it delivers clean, quality, premium cannabis with every purchase.

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications.
Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich 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

Liesl Bernard, Founder and CEO of CannabizTeam

Liesl Bernard, the founder and CEO of CannabizTeam, one of the leading staffing firms for the cannabis industry, is this week’s guest on The Green Rush! Liesl is a veteran of the staffing industry having spent over 20 years working at one of the largest staffing firms in the world helping to recruit finance and accounting professionals. Tapping into her own entrepreneurial spirit and recognizing the immense staffing needs for the burgeoning cannabis industry, Liesl launched her own company, CannabizTeam, just over three years ago.   

In this week’s conversation, Liesl discusses with our hosts the trajectory of the cannabis economy and how the growth of the industry has helped it quickly become the sexiest industry to work in. In addition, Liesl touches on what type of candidates cannabis companies are looking to hire, which states are hot for those looking to transition into the industry and how cannabis jobs compare to non-cannabis opportunities in terms of compensation and benefits. She also shines a light on the need for continued development of workplace culture within cannabis companies and how federal regulations can prevent some companies from being able to offer things like 401K plans and other types of benefits that traditional industries can offer. 

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit or have ever thought about making the transition to the cannabis industry, this is a must listen episode filled with tremendous advice and insight into how to achieve your dreams. 

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Liesl Bernard – Founder and CEO of CannabizTeam 

Liesl is a single mother of two teenage sons who saw the opportunity to launch a top notch Executive Search and Staffing firm in the Cannabis Industry in 2016.  She left a very successful career at the world’s largest staffing firm and used her personal savings to start CannabizTeam. CannabizTeam now places candidates at an Executive Level in all verticals in the cannabis industry across the US, Canada and Europe and is soon launching CannabizteamTemp to tap into the temp and temp to perm cannabis job market.

Liesl and her team have developed trusted relationships across growers, retail, manufacturing, distribution, R&D and related industries in the US and Canada.  Liesl has more than 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies searching for and placing executives all over the world.

Her passion for finding exceptional talent and her curiosity to hunt down emerging opportunities led her to discover unmet talent needs of the Cannabis Industry and placed her in a unique position to head up one of the fastest growing Executive Search and Staffing firms in the Cannabis and related industries. Her fine-tuned ability to understand the underlying cultural and interpersonal dynamics of each executive search and her  grounding in business enables her to deliver superior talent and cultural fit for each search they complete. Liesl started her career as a CPA with KPMG in Cape Town specializing in organizational development before joining global Executive Search firm Robert Half in Australia, eventually rising to Managing Director Executive Search in the USA.

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Show Credits:

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

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich 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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