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(Legacy) How to Shock the Cannabis Industry with Kevin Murphy – CEO of Acreage Holdings

This week on the Green Rush, our hosts talk with the CEO who literally turned the cannabis industry on its head in Kevin Murphy, CEO of Acreage Holdings. Last week (week of 4/9) Kevin and Acreage Holdings announced that former speaker of the House John Boehner and former Mass Governor and the VP candidate for the Libertarian Party in 2016, William Weld to their Board of Directors. Founded in 2014, Acreage Holdings (formerly known as High Street Capital Partners) has the most diverse portfolio of any company in the American cannabis industry, with cultivation, processing and dispensing operations across 11 states with plans to expand.  During their conversation, Lewis and Anne discuss with Kevin how he was able to help evolve Mr. Boehner’s views on cannabis, the role Speaker Boehner and Governor Weld will play on the Acreage board and Acreage Holding’s strategy for building out its portfolio of disparate mix of brands.

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(Legacy) The Intersection of Pop Culture, the Media and Cannabis with Ricardo Baca – Founder and first Marijuana Editor for The Cannabist

This week on the Green Rush, our hosts talk with the most well-known name in cannabis media in Ricardo Baca, the Founder and first marijuana editor for The Cannabist. Back in 2013, when The Cannabist first launched, Ricardo became an instant celebrity with outlets like The Colbert Report and The New York Times covering his appointment as the first cannabis editor at a major American newspaper, The Denver Post. During their conversation, Lewis and Anne chat with Ricardo about this vault into cannabis fame as well as the documentary Rolling Papers, which covered his work at the The Denver Post, how cannabis becoming more synonymous with mainstream culture and why Ricardo thinks 2018 will be the “year we figure out social cannabis consumption.”

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(Legacy) What Cannabis Can Learn From the Bourbon Industry with Ben Kovler, Founder and Chairman of Green Thumb Industries

On this week’s episode of the Green Rush, Lewis and Anne are joined by Ben Kovler, Founder and Chairman of Green Thumb industries (GTI). Since launching GTI in 2014, Ben has built the company into one of the premier players in the medical cannabis space, with a world class team of cannapreneurs helping lead operations at 26 licensed facilities across five highly regulated U.S. markets. During their conversation, Ben and the Green Rush team chat about his family’s roots in the bourbon industry, the importance of branding in the cannabis space as well as the difficult challenge all cannabis entrepreneurs face in terms of managing the finances while also leveraging entrepreneurial risk.

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(Legacy) The NBA’s First Marijuana Mogul – Al Harrington – Founder and CEO of Viola Extracts

This week on a very special episode of the Green Rush, Lewis and Anne are joined by the literally the biggest name in cannabis,  NBA legend- and cannabis CEO, Al Harrington. Not a user during his playing career and finding inspiration from his grandmother Viola, Al discovered the benefits of CBDs upon retirement, turning to medical cannabis for pain relief and inflammation issues. Recognizing the business opportunity that medical cannabis presented, Al dove headfirst into becoming one of the most public cannabis entrepreneurs in the industry. During their conversation, the Green Rush team and Al discuss how his work ethic in basketball prepared him to become a successful entrepreneur, how he was able to change former NBA commissioner David Stern’s mind on the medical benefits of cannabis and the hypocrisy of alcohol endorsements and sponsorships versus cannabis.

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(Legacy) Evolving from Cannabis Advocate to Cannapreneur with Kris Krane, Co-Founder and President at 4Front Ventures

“It’s not as easy as you think.” On this week’s episode of the Green Rush, Lewis and Anne chat with long-time cannabis advocate and now cannapreneur Kris Krane, Co-Founder and President of 4Front Ventures. The Green Rush team explore Kris’ cannabis roots and his journey from activist and advocate to thriving cannapreneur during this week’s conversation. We touch on a number of topics including having to compete against the “Johnny Come Latelys” to the cannabis industry, what he thinks is going to happen in NJ and what that means for the rest of the Northeast and his advice for the young entrepreneur that wants to get into cannabis.

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(Legacy) Making Cannabis the Next Great American Industry with Hadley Ford, Co-Founder and CEO of iAnthus Capital

On this week’s episode of the Green Rush, our hosts welcome iAnthus Capital CEO and Co-Founder Hadley Ford into their podcast realm. Since launching the company in 2013, Hadley has built iAnthus into a major power player in the rapid cannabis industry, helping the business expand rapidly across the United States. During their conversation, Lewis and Anne chat with Hadley about how family connections helped steer him towards the cannabis industry, iAnthus’ recent acquisition of the NY Cannabis company Citiva Medical and how Hadley was able to support himself while hitchhiking across America and Europe after being kicked out of the University of Rochester.

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(Legacy) The State of NY Cannabis with New York State Senator Liz Krueger

This week on The Green Rush, Lewis and Anne had the pleasure of speaking with New York State Senator Liz Krueger, one of the greatest advocates for cannabis in the New York state house. Senator Krueger represents the 28th District, which encompasses the Upper East Side of Manhattan and is the primary sponsor of The Marijuana Regulation And Taxation Act, which she first introduce back in 2015. During their conversation, The Green Rush and Senator Krueger touch on a number of issues facing cannabis in New York state including the current status of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, what New York can learn from other states about how to properly introduce and regulate cannabis and how the Senator’s stance on cannabis reflects her work around poverty and social justice issues.

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(Legacy) Discussing DOPE with George Jage, Chief Executive of DOPE Media

This week on The Green Rush, Lewis is flying solo as he sits down with the CEO of one of the fastest growing cannabis media properties, George Jage, CEO of DOPE Media. DOPE Media is a cultural cannabis media company that was founded in 2011 and has quickly become one of the most recognized brands in the industry in large parts due to its magazine, DOPE Magazine, and its events like the DOPE Cup and DOPE Industry Awards. In this week’s episode, Lewis and George discuss George tea industry roots, what it takes to build an elite conference or trade show and what DOPE Media has in store for the future.

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(Legacy) Getting into the Science of Dosing with David Sutton, the President & COO of NanoSphere Health Sciences

This week on The Green Rush, Nick is back in the host chair as he fills in for Lewis as he and Anne chat with  David Sutton, the President & COO of NanoSphere Health Sciences. NanoSphere is a biotech company that has the first and only commercialize nanotechnology platform that essentially allows for the precise dosing for cannabis. During the conversation, Anne and Nick get into the weeds (pun intended) with David on exactly what nanotechnology is and how it is making waves in how cannabis can be delivered as well as the importance of understanding proper dosing when it comes to cannabis consumption.

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(Legacy) Happy Valentine’s Day from The Green Rush!

In honor of Valentine’s Day – we are taking a moment to step back and reflect on the love we have for this industry…. Just kidding. We are doing another “Host Full” episode! In this episode Anne & Lewis take stock – so to speak – of what’s going in the great state of New Jersey, what’s really “different” in the California market and how language is so important when we are talking about cannabis advocacy.

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