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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

Maximizing Medicinal Cannabis with Lynn Honderd, Co-Founder and CEO of Mary’s Medicinals

On this week’s episode of The Green Rush, Lewis and Anne are joined by Lynn Honderd, CEO and Co-Founder of Mary’s Medicinals and one of the leading executives in the medical cannabis space. Mary’s Medicinals is one of the best known brands in the space and is the leading producer of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis products, including its award-winning products – a patent-pending transdermal cannabis patch and patented dispenser gel pen as well as the Mary’s Distillate Vape Kit and Vape Pen. During their conversation, Lewis and Anne chat with Lynn about building a nationwide cannabis brand, the difficulty in obtaining patents in the cannabis industry and what’s in store for the future of Mary’s Medicinals.

 

Lynn Honderd is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mary’s Medicinals, Mary’s Nutritionals and Mary’s Pets. Since 2013, Mary’s has been leading the industry as a pioneer of cannabis delivery methods. Honderd has been instrumental in positioning Mary’s as one of the nation’s most innovative and fastest growing companies in its sector. Prior to Mary’s, Honderd served in a variety of senior finance positions at organizations including Bank of America and UBS Paine Webber.Honderd holds a B.S. in finance from Pepperdine University and a B.S. in international business from the University of San Francisco.

Links and mentions in the show

www.marysmedicinals.com

Links to the guest’s company and social media accounts

Mary’s Medicinals Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/marymedicinalsofficial/

Mary’s Medicinals Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/marys_medicinals/?hl=en

Mary’s Medicinals Twitter – https://twitter.com/marysmedicinals

Mary’s Medicinals LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/mary’s-medicinals/

Show Credits

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

Special thanks to 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: https://twitter.com/KCSA_Cannabis

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kcsa_cannabis/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/18329588/

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

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

Atop the Headlines- an Interview with Shea Gunther of ‘Marijuana Today Daily’

Shea Gunther is a long time activist, having founded 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“, in addition to his new duties producing the Green Rush podcast.

Follow Marijuana Today on Twitter.

Follow Marijuana Today Daily on Twitter.

Let’s Get Legal- A Discussion with Marc Ross & Benson Lau, Cannabis Attorneys

Welcome to The Green Rush. This week Anne & Lewis are talking about the law- with the maze of cannabis regulation, good lawyers are hard to come by and today we are talking to two of the best in the business. Marc Ross is a founding partner of  Sichenzia Ross Ference Kesner in New York. Marc doesn’t just “do” law, he teaches it as well – having just finished his 4th year teaching The Business and Law of Marijuana as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University School of Law. The class is so popular and there is a wait list.

On the other side of the coast, we’re talking with Benson Lau  with The Lau Law Firm in Los Angeles. Benson works with clients looking to obtain licenses, stay in compliance, transition from the black market to the legit green marketplace, and he does due diligence for investors.

 

(Legacy) Building an Ultra-Premium Cannabis Brand with Adrian Sedlin, Founder and CEO of Canndescent

On this week’s episode of The Green Rush, Lewis and Anne chat with Adrian Sedlin, CEO and founder of Canndescent, on of the most recognizable, ultra-premium flower brands in the cannabis industry. To date, Adrian has raised nearly $30 million in seed capital for CANNDESCENT, and helped establish Canndescent as the first municipally-permitted cultivator south of San Jose. In addition to his work with Canndescent, Adrian serves on the board of the Desert Hot Springs Cannabis Alliance Network (DHS CAN), advises the CA Dept. of Food & Agriculture on its cultivation committee, serves as a Co-Chair on the Policy Council for the NCIA, and writes a monthly column for mg magazine. During their conversation, Lewis and Anne chat with Adrian about the need for more harmony between the long-time cannapreneurs and the new investment coming from people who have traditionally worked outside of the industry. We also discuss Canndescent’s abandonment of traditional strain names, the challenges in building a premium brand in a nascent market and what Canndescent has in store for the rest of 2018.

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