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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.


(Legacy) Crossover of Cannabis and Cinema with James Hutson

This week on The Green Rush, Lewis and Anne invite celebrated actor, director, writer, and producer James Hutson onto the podcast to discuss how Hollywood is approaching the rapidly evolving culture shift surrounding cannabis. Winner of ‘Best Actor’ for his movie at the New York City Cannabis Film Festival, James Hutson was the all-around creator of the independent film Dark Harvest, starring himself and the iconic Cheech Marin. During the conversation, Lewis and Anne chat with James about what drove him to want to make a cannabis crime thriller, how he was able to convince Cheech that now was the time to return to the cannabis genre and the differences in cannabis cultural acceptance between the U.S. and his native Canada.


(Legacy) Celebrating 4/20 with Ziggy Marley

Just in time for 4/20, The Green Rush team has a very special episode for all of our dedicated listeners! With Lewis out at the Cowen Cannabis Conference in Los Angeles, Anne solicits the help of Nick for a very special interview with music and cannabis royalty, Ziggy Marley! Ziggy has been very busy so far in 2018, putting the finishing touches on his new album ‘Rebellion Rises’, which is set to be released worldwide on May 18th, and is getting ready to embark on a North American tour in support of the new record. Before he hits the road, he sat down with The Green Rush team to discuss his new album, what it’s like growing up and being part of a family so closely associated to the cannabis culture in the U.S. and how he talks to his own kids about cannabis.


(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.


(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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