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Marijuana Today – Marijuana’s Big Moment

This week on The Green Rush, our host Anne Donohoe jumped back in the chair with our friends over at Marijuana Today for a special episode to talk about the next stage of cannabis reform at the federal and state level! 

Chatting with friend of the pod Ben Larson of Vertosa, they look at the first federal cannabis bill for 2021 which would see cannabis rescheduled from Schedule 1 to 3. They also take a look at how states like New York and New Jersey are incrementally moving cannabis forward, but in a more lackluster fashion than constituents and advocates would like. 

In addition to the chat between Ben and Anne, Marijuana Today also explores the needs around social equity in the cannabis space and how to best provide the resources and education that’s needed to help those most negatively impacted by the War on Drugs to enter and be successful in the industry. Philly-based journalist and Executive Board Member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists Tauhid Chappell joins to provide his thoughts

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

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe of KCSA Strategic Communications and Ben Larson of Vertosa. 

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:

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Ryan Douglas, Former Master Grower for Tweed

Ryan Douglas, former Master Grower of Tweed turned cultivation consultant at Ryan Douglas Cultivation, LLC is today’s guest on The Green Rush. Ryan recently published his first book – “From Seed to Success: How to Launch a Great Cannabis Cultivation Business In Record Time” that aims to demystify the process of establishing a productive, profitable and rewarding cultivation operation. 

With over two decades specializing in horticulture and legal cannabis – Ryan has been one of the leading voices helping to establish industry standards for cultivation and is a must follow resource for cannabis entrepreneurs looking to break their way into the industry. We chat with Ryan about scaling cultivation operations to meet consumer demands, managing in an environment with constant regulatory changes, what the future of cannabis genetics looks like and how his book is helping entrepreneurs avoid costly mistakes as they build out their grows. 

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

Ryan Douglas’ Bio

Ryan Douglas provides cannabis consulting services through his company, Ryan Douglas Cultivation, LLC. He has worked in commercial horticulture for 23 years and specializes in legal cannabis start-ups.  As former Master Grower at Tweed Inc., Canada’s largest licensed producer of legal cannabis, and the flagship subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, Ryan was crucial to Tweed’s early success. He designed the production facility, selected the genetics, and hired and trained staff to produce 70,000 plants and process 6 tons of dry cannabis annually.

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich

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:

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Marijuana Today Crossover

Hi Green Rush listeners, we’re doing something different this week and instead of publishing a new episode of our show, we are featuring an episode from our good friends at the Marijuana Today Podcast.

This episode hosted by Kris Krane, Heather Sullivan and Ben Larson, dive into the results of the special Senate runoff elections in Georgia and what it could mean for the future of legal cannabis now that the Democrats control all three branches of government. Marijuana Today has long been a pillar of information for the cannabis industry and we are sure our listeners will appreciate hearing the thoughts and insights from these three season cannabis executives. 

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

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This episode was hosted by Kris Krane, Heather Sullivan and Ben Larson. 

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:

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Hostful 2021

Kicking off 2021 the right way, The Green Rush is pleased to provide our listeners with our very first hostful episode of the New Year! Featuring Anne, Nick and Phil Carlson, Managing Director of Investor Relations at KCSA, our hosts offer a retrospective to the biggest news in cannabis in 2020 and what we’re looking forward to in 2021.

Following an exciting election season that saw a clean sweep for cannabis legislation and the wins by Democrats Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, 2021 is shaping up to be a monumental year for cannabis. Our hosts chat about what surprised them the most about 2020, what’s got them excited for 2021, what trends they expect to see or are following closely over the next couple of months and whether a fully Democrat led government will finally push the football over the finish line for cannabis. We also touch on the development of new state adult-use programs moving forward in New Jersey and Arizona and how we’ve all been trying to stay sane over the last 10 months. 

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

Phil Carlson, Managing Director of Investor Relations at KCSA Strategic Communications

Phil Carlson leads KCSA’s Cannabis Investor Relations Practice. He has developed proactive investor relations and communication strategies for several multi-national, 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. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kent State University.

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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 

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Yaron Conforti, CEO of Novamind

Yaron Conforti, CEO and Director of Novamind Ventures (CSE: NM), which delivers psychedelic therapies to patients suffering from treatment resistant psychological conditions at its Cedar Psychiatry clinics in Utah, is this week’s special guest on The Green Rush. 

Novamind is a leading mental health company enabling safe access to psychedelic medicine through a network of clinics, retreats, and clinical research sites. Novamind provides ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and other novel treatments through its network of Cedar Psychiatry clinics and operates Cedar Clinical Research, a contract research organization specialized in clinical trials and evidence-based research for psychedelic medicine.

As the psychedelic renaissance continues to take shape, our hosts Anne and Nick sat down 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. As psychedelic investors look for opportunities, they won’t want to miss this interview with Yaron as he delves into how his company is focused on execution and bringing these next-generation treatments to the masses. 

So don’t sit back, lean forward 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 

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Jim Belushi, Hollywood Star and Cannabis Entrepreneur

Happy Holidays to the Green Rush Family! Thank you all for being loyal listeners during what has been a crazy year. In honor of the holiday season, we wanted to give you all a little “gift” by way of a special episode. 

Back in November, Anne Donohoe hosted a live interview with Jim Belushi for the IAB Brand Disruption Summit. For those who don’t know, IAB is the The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), is the national association for digital media and marketing industries. The trade group that empowers  these companies to thrive in the digital economy. Its membership is made up of more than 750 leading media companies, brands, and the technology firms responsible for selling, delivering, and optimizing digital ad marketing campaigns. Full disclosure – IAB is a KCSA client. 

The third annual IAB Brand Disruption Summit took a look at this turbulent year and how brands navigated new risks – and in some cases, reaped new rewards.

How does cannabis play into this? When we talk about “disruptors” there is possibly no other industry as a whole more “disruptive” than the cannabis industry. After all – how do you build a brand when it’s federally illegal? By navigating through a patchwork of state-level regulations and laws, this industry has had to build itself through a web of complex – and dynamic – ecosystems that allow companies to bring their products to market. 

Perhaps no one knows this better than Jim Belushi, founder of Belushi’s Farm. And while he needs no introduction – i’m going to give him one anyway… You know him as a multi-hyphenate entertainer – actor, comedian, singer, musician, producer, director, but you Green Rushers know, Jim has made a name for himself as a farmer and an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry. He is building out an impressive brand portfolio from his adopted home state of Oregon – and has recently announced brand expansions to states including Illinois and Colorado.

So with HUGE thanks to the IAB for letting us repurpose this, on to Anne’s interview with Jim Belushi. 

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

Jim Belushi, Hollywood Star and Cannabis Entrepreneur

It’s been 12 years since Jim first came to Oregon’s Rogue Valley where his dear friend John has a sprawling property along the Rogue River, one town over in Shady Cove. Their children are the same age and attended classes together in California, so the families gathered for many activities over the years. With Jim’s own family’s experience and numerous others marred by opioids and the stigmatization of cannabis, Jim was incredibly grateful to have been led to the Rogue River where he first envisioned Belushi’s Farm and his own part in the agricultural and healing gift of cannabis.

A proud Chicagoan, Jim graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Speech, Education and Theatre before moving on to become a resident member of Chicago’s famed Second City for three years. In 1979, he left for Los Angeles, where he was cast on TV, launching his career as a performer. In addition to starring in a diverse and remarkable list of television and film— movies from Trading Places to Wonder Wheel, working with famed directors like Oliver Stone, Roman Polanski, David Lynch and Michael Mann—Jim wrote and appeared in Saturday Night Live for two seasons. He’s also served as an executive producer, music composer, director, book author, and Broadway star. His own television show According to Jim aired for 182 episodes during eight seasons before the family favorite launched into off-net syndication in 2007.

Locally, Jim is actively engaged in several projects benefiting the communities surrounding Belushi’s Farm in Jackson County, Oregon. In Medford, Jim is helping reconstruct the historic Holly Theater to bring the 1930s Spanish Colonial movie palace back to life as Southern Oregon’s largest indoor concert venue. In Eagle Point, Jim’s assisting with the reconstruction of The Butte Creek Mill, destroyed in a 2016 electrical fire, to preserve its heritage, build community, and improve the environment. In Los Angeles, Jim’s a benefactor of the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration, and Stuart House, a program of the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center Rape Treatment Center. Jim’s also a supporter of The Joyful Heart Foundation in New York City, whose mission is transforming society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, supporting survivors’ healing and ending the violence forever. 

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

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich and 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 

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Timothy Ko, CEO of Entheon Biomedical

Timothy Ko, CEO of Entheon Biomedical, a company that is pioneering a leading-edge addiction recovery solution that harnesses and optimizes the therapeutic potential of the DMT molecule, is this week’s special guest on The Green Rush!

Entheon exists to invert the addiction-recovery ratio, turning the ‘untreatable case’ and ‘lost cause’ from the norm to the exception. When it comes to treating addiction, the rate of success is so low that society has been conditioned to accept – and even expect – failure. This manner of thinking is both unacceptable and counterproductive. There is a need for an alternative approach, that addresses the human cost of addiction for individuals, families and society at large. Entheon is developing a DMT-assisted therapeutic protocol that will be specifically tailored to address the core mechanisms underlying drug-seeking and using behavior.

For hosts Nick and Phil Carlson, this is one of the most powerful interviews we have ever had on The Green Rush. It was great getting to chat with Tim and his story is one we think our audience will truly enjoy. 

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

Timothy Ko, Chief Executive Officer at Entheon Biomedical

Timothy Ko has a broad background of leading private ventures in the Service Sector, Investor Relations, Retail and Technology. Timothy’s passion for the psychedelic space is shaped by firsthand knowledge of the shortcomings of the current mental health system, and through his exposure to psychedelics which he credits with saving his life.

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This episode was hosted by Nick Opich and Phil Carlson 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 

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Anthony Noto, Editor at Benzinga

Tony Noto, Editor at Benzinga and a key member of the cannabis team is this week’s special guest on The Green Rush!   

Tony Noto has over a decade’s worth of journalism experience, covering startups, venture capital, private equity, the environment and cannabis. In addition to being an editor at Benzinga, he is also a filmmaker and co-host of the Who’s Saving The Planet podcast. In his current position, Tony helps oversee all of Benzinga’s cannabis coverage including the widely popular Benzinga Cannabis Hour. 

This will be a really fun conversation that will cover a number of topics including the 2020 Election, COVID-19, and the expansion of the cannabis industry. When chatting with Tony, conversation can tend to fly in all sorts of directions and this was surely does as well and it was a lot of fun having him join the show.

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

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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

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

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Thanksgiving Crossover with Marijuana Today

As a special Thanksgiving treat for our listeners, we are cross posting an episode with our friends over at Marijuana 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 Marijuana 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. They find the new marijuana markets opening across the country and the fall of marijuana prohibition to be a unique and fascinating development which we will likely not see again in our lifetime. For this podcast, Shea Gunther and friends bring together some of the top experts in the country in a variety of subject areas, many of whom have been working together to reform marijuana laws for a long time. 

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

Jason Ackerman, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman at TerrAscend

Jason Ackerman, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman at TerrAscend, stock symbols ’TER’ on the CSE and ‘TRSSF’ on the OTC is this week’s guest on The Green Rush.

Widely recognized as the first North American Operator, TerrAscend participates in the medical and legal adult-use market across Canada and in several US states, including limited license northeast states, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

TerrAscend has built a vertically integrated footprint on both the West and East Coast through the acquisition of its subsidiaries which include The Apothecarium, an award-winning cannabis dispensary brand known for architecturally stunning retail locations in California and Pennsylvania, State Flower, a San Francisco based, ultra-premium cannabis brand focused on the cultivation of truly exceptional flowers, as well as Ilera Healthcare, Pennsylvania’s premier medical cannabis cultivator, processor and dispenser. TerrAscend holds a cultivation permit in the State of New Jersey and is pending approval for a vertically integrated medical cannabis operation with the ability to operate up to 3 Alternative Treatment Centers.

It was a pleasure to have Jason join us to discuss his background as Founder of FreshDirect, consumer trends in the cannabis industry under the conditions of COVID-19 and the Company’s growth in the U.S. particularly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Jason Ackerman, CEO and Executive Chairman of TerrAscend

Jason Ackerman was appointed to the TerrAscend Board of Directors and named to the role of Executive Chairman in November 2019. Jason is the founder of FreshDirect, a pure-play home delivery grocer that pioneered e-commerce in the US, defining a unique and profitable operating model that is customer-centric, hyper-fresh, focused on relationships with producers, and technologically innovative. Over 20 years he served various senior roles including President, CFO and CEO & Chairman. More recently in 2016, Jason also founded Foodkick, where he designed and assembled a team to build a new same-day hourly service. Jason has deep knowledge of retail e-commerce, especially in online grocery strategy and logistics across the spectrum of pure-play to brick-and-mortar retailers. He has strong experience operationalizing strategy – be it with org structure & talent, technology vision, or go-to market (marketing and product development). Jason is also experienced in operations and logistics topics, including design networks, picking methods (and related technologies) and last mile delivery. He is a consumer centric thinker and firmly believes in metric-driven management. He is a Senior Advisor at The Boston Consulting Group and actively involved in digital transformation and strategies

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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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