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MJ Today Crossover Episode – Remembering Steve Fox

For our loyal Green Rush listeners we are happy to share a special episode recorded from early May by our friends at MJ Today memorializing the great cannabis activist Steve Fox. 

While we never worked directly with Steve, his role in challenging the stigma of cannabis and the fight he took on for years is one of the reasons the industry exists today as it does and why we have legal marijuana in the first place. In this episode, Kris Krane, Betty Aldworth, Andrew Livingston, Jordan Wellington and Mason Tvert dive into the life and legacy of Steve and remember all the work he accomplished advocating for and advancing the legal cannabis industry. 

The  Marijuana Today is a podcast about the business and politics of marijuana. It is a nerdy and in-depth discussion for those who want a behind the scenes look at the latest marijuana news. Every week MJ Today aims to have the highest-level conversation around about the latest developments in the marijuana industry, the politics of legalization, and the effectiveness of public policy. 

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

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Kris Krane, Betty Aldworth, Andrew Livingston, Jordan Wellington and Mason Tvert of MJ Today. 

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

Enveric Biosciences and MagicMed

David Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Enveric Biosciences, a biotechnology company developing cannabinoid medicines to treat cancer and who last joined the Green Rush in March, and Dr. Joseph Tucker, CEO of MagicMed, a psychedelics company focused on creating a library of novel psychedelic molecules to treat a variety of indications are this week’s special guests on The Green Rush. 

At the end of May, Enveric and MagicMed announced they had entered into a definitive merger agreement that will combine the research and discovery elements of the two companies to study how psychedelics and cannabinoids can benefit patients’ bodies and minds. 

Anne and Nick sat down with David and Joseph to discuss the transaction, including how the deal came together, how the deal will benefit both patients and investors and the potential these new generations of medicines hold for patients suffering from a variety of indications. They also touch on some of the biggest challenges facing these industries and what they hope to accomplish in the near and long-term

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy our conversation with David Johnson and Dr. Joseph Tucker.  

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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

Weed Wonks Crossover Episode – Earl Blumenauer Interview

For our loyal Green Rush listeners we are happy to share another crossover episode with our friends over at Weed Wonks!

Hosted by Jordan Wellington and Andrew Livingston, Weed Wonks offers a weekly deep dive into the nerdy and fascinating worlds of legal marijuana regulation, legislation, and lobbying. Each weekly episode features Jordan and Andrew parsing a different relevant industry topic along with interviews with subject-matter-experts and news-makers. Weed Wonks is produced by MJToday Media, publishers of ‘Marijuana Today’. 

On this episode, Jordan and Andrew speak with Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer about the ongoing push to reform federal cannabis policy, the recent vote on the SAFE Banking Act, and the legacy of friend and marijuana activist Steve Fox, who passed away recently at the age of 53.

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

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Jordan Wellington and Andrew Livingston of WeedWonks.

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

Blake Godlove, Founder and CEO of Etera Foods

Blake Godlove is the Founder and CEO of Etera Foods, a sports nutrition company focused on creating delicious and functional snacks by leveraging nature and innovative technology, is this week’s guest on The Green Rush. Etera’s leading product, The After Bar, is the first non-hemp-derived CBD-powered muscle recovery protein bar with 0% THC while also supporting athletic performance

Anne and Nick sat down with Blake to learn more about non-hemp derived CBD and how that differs from natural-derived CBD, competing for customers in the highly competitive CBD space and his predictions for the future of the industry in 2021 and beyond.

So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy our conversation with Blake Godlove.  

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Show Credits:

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

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

Twitter: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

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

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

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

MJ Today Crossover Episode – The Normalization of Cannabis

For our loyal Green Rush listeners we are happy to share another crossover episode with our friends over at MJ Today that includes the one and only Anne Donohoe!

Marijuana Today is a podcast about the business and politics of marijuana. It is a nerdy and in-depth discussion for those who want a behind the scenes look at the latest marijuana news. Every week MJ Today aims to have the highest-level conversation around about the latest developments in the marijuana industry, the politics of legalization, and the effectiveness of public policy. 

On this episode, Kieran Ringgenberg and Anne join host Ben Larson to talk about Colorado’s reactions to the popularity of Delta 8 THC products, the recent report from the U.S. Department of Education finding no change in the amount of young people using marijuana, and the pivot by marijuana prohibitionist Kevin Sabet into fighting psychedelics. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward and 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

Jon Kostakopoulos, President of Apollo Pact

Jon Kostakopoulos, President of Apollo Pact, a medical research and education 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help solve the mental illness epidemic by relying on science & research, is this week’s special guest on The Green Rush.

Anne and Nick were very excited to have this conversation with Jon not only because his non-profit is helping advance clinical research of psychedelics  but he was also the first study participant in New York University’s clinical trial treating alcohol use disorder with psilocybin medical treatment. 

Our hosts chatted with Jon about his experiences in the clinicals, his advice for patients contemplating participating in one of these trials and why he is now using his voice to bring greater awareness to this research. We also learned more about the mission of Apollo Pact and how Jon and his team are focused on promoting greater access to psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. 

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Jon Kostakopoulos, President and Director of Apollo Pact

Jon Kostakopoulos is the President of Apollo Pact and was the first study participant in New York University’s clinical trial treating alcohol use disorder with psilocybin medical treatment. Prior, he was a news anchor, then Chief of Staff to the Chairman & CEO of a public media company.

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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

Shea Gunther, Founder and Producer 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 recently concluded his run as the host of “Marijuana Today Daily” but still does produce the weekly show “Marijuana Today“.

This week, Anne is away so our host Nick decided to sit down with Shea to chat about the current state of media covering the cannabis industry and what stories they’d like to see garner more attention in this space. They also cover the growth of Shea’s home cannabis market in Maine as well the inherent frustration that comes with slow moving progress for cannabis legislation.

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. He recently graduated from a back-to-school stint with a degree in computer science. You can find him on Facebook & Twitter and at SheaGunther.org.

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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

Yaron Conforti, CEO of Novamind

No new episode of the Green Rush this week, instead we’re replaying an old favorite, our conversation with Yaron Conforti, CEO and Director of Novamind Ventures, which delivers psychedelic therapies to patients suffering from treatment resistant psychological conditions at its Cedar Psychiatry clinics in Utah. 

Novamind is evolving the model of regulated psychedelic medicine by treating patients with ketamine-assisted psychotherapy at its four Cedar Psychiatry clinics in Utah; creating complementary evidence-based therapy modalities that enhance patient outcomes; and, building a network of outpatient mental health clinics and clinical research sites in jurisdictions with established regulations for the use of psychedelics. 

Our hosts Anne and Nick spoke with Yaron to chat with him about the more than 4,000 ketamine-assisted psychotherapy treatments Novamind has administered, the Company’s expansion plans beyond its home base of Utah and Novamind’s RTO onto the CSE.

And no worries, we will be back with a brand new episode next week – so don’t lean back, lean and enjoy! 

Yaron Conforti, Chief Executive Officer of Novamind

Yaron Conforti is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Novamind. He’s an entrepreneur and the principal of Emmcap Corp., an investor in venture-stage companies. Previously, he served in senior investment banking roles at Desjardins Securities and Sandfire Securities, and in CEO, CFO and corporate director roles for private and public companies.

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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

Chad Bronstein, CEO and Founder of Fyllo

Chad Bronstein, CEO and Founder of Fyllo (pronounced Fee-Low), a technology company delivering data, media, and regulatory solutions to the cannabis industry. Under Chad’s leadership, Fyllo has revolutionized marketing technology for highly-regulated industries, allowing the most ambitious cannabis, CBD and consumer brands to overcome the complexities of compliance at-scale.

Our hosts sat down with Chad about the current regulatory challenges the industry faces, how the COVID pandemic has affected his business and Chad makes some bold predictions on what may happen with the SAFE Banking Act. We also learn more about Fyllo’s suite of software solutions that are aiding companies from startups to Uber navigate the cannabis space as well as Chad’s endeavors into the psychedelic space with Wesana Health.

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Chad Bronstein, CEO and Founder of Fyllo

Chad Bronstein founded Fyllo with the expertise gained during a career leading the sales and marketing teams of some of the largest businesses in advertising, media, and technology. His experience leading large-scale acquisitions, venture fundraising, strategic partnerships, and corporate exits has resulted in the scaling of several startups into national leaders. Under Chad’s leadership, Fyllo has revolutionized marketing technology for highly-regulated industries, allowing the most ambitious cannabis, CBD and consumer brands to overcome the complexities of compliance at-scale. Since founding Fyllo in 2019, Chad has overseen the product development, marketing, capital raising, and M&A deals that have uniquely positioned Fyllo to solve the challenges of these fragmented and inefficient markets. 

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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

Sturges Karban, CEO of ManifestSeven

Sturges Karban, CEO of ManifestSeven, California’s first and leading omni-channel cannabis distribution company, supporting the legal movement of products across the state and beyond, is this week’s special guest on The Green Rush. Focused on streamlining the distribution of cannabis across the world’s most competitive marketplace, M7 has developed a unified platform supports compliant distribution, retail and deliver operations for both enterprises and consumers.

Our hosts wanted to speak with Sturges to get an update on the growing California marketplace and get a better understanding of what is working in the state and where there may still be shortcomings. We also discuss ManifestSeven’s business model and how it’s focus on distribution and technology in addition to a couple of new key partnerships are setting the company up to be a long-term player in California and eventually other regulated markets. 

Sturges also provides his thoughts on the legislative progress cannabis has seen at the federal level and offers his expectations on what to expect in the coming months and years.

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

Sturges Karban, CEO of ManifestSeven

Sturges Karban is the CEO of ManifestSeven, California’s first and leading omni-channel cannabis distribution company, supporting the legal movement of products across the state and beyond. He joined the Company in 2014 as Chief Investment Officer, and in 2017, was appointed Chief Executive Officer. He has more than 17 years of experience across an array of industries, including banking, metals and mining, energy, real estate, technology, and media and entertainment.

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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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