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Benzinga Conference Post-Mortem

This week the Green Rush team is sitting down with KCSA’s Director of Cannabis Development Kris Krane to talk about last week’s Benzinga Capital Conference in Miami. 

Taking place during Bicycle Day and 4/20 – the Benzinga show featured a number of companies large and small in the psychedelics and cannabis spaces and both Anne and Kris made the trek down to support KCSA’s clients and check out the conference.

In this episode will explore some of the initial takeaways and themes Anne and Kris saw at the show, whether they think the meetings at the well attended show could lead to a flurry of business later this year and some of their favorite experiences and stories from the conference.

So sit back and enjoy our conversation on the Benzinga Capital Conference.  

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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 – The Heather and Betty Show

We have another special treat for our Green Rush listeners, courtesy of our friends at MJ Today. Featuring Betty Aldworth and host Heather Sullivan to talk about the latest news in the cannabis industry. 

In this episode, Betty and Heather talk about how they got into drug reform activism, what drives their work these days, and the unique challenges of being a woman in legal marijuana. 

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  Brian Adams of MJ Today Media. 

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 – Mega Mergers in Cannabis

We have another special treat for our Green Rush listeners, courtesy of our friends at KCSA and MJ Today. Featuring Andrea Brooks, Max Simon, and KCSA’s own Sirita Wright and Kris Krane, the MJ Today and Green Rush teams got together to talk about the latest news in the cannabis industry. 

In this episode, Andrea, Max, Sirita and Kris discuss the massive merger recently announced between MSO giants Cresco and Columbia Care and the upcoming vote in the U.S. House to deschedule marijuana. 

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!

Links and mentions in the show

Links to the guest’s company and social media accounts

Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by  Brian Adams of MJ Today Media. 

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

Steve Gutterman, Chief Executive Officer at Falcon Brands

This week Anne and Nick are back with a new episode with guest Steve Gutterman, Chief Executive Officer at Falcon Brands, a California-based house of brands that combines street cred and proprietary technology to develop some of the most beloved brands in the state. 

Having built Falcon into one of the top-10 brands in California, Steve has a two decade track record of building businesses and leading high growth corporations in heavily regulated industries. 

In this episode our hosts Anne and Nick Opich sat down with Steve to talk about the philosophy behind Falcon’s house of brands and how that thinking differentiates the business from others in the space. Steve also expands on the evolving California market, what’s coming down the pike for Falcon and Steve’s predictions for how the cannabis industry will evolve across the rest of the year.

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Steve Gutterman of Falcon Brands. 

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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

Bob Dagher, Chief Medical Officer at Enveric Biosciences

This week on The Green Rush, Anne and Nick are back with a new episode with guest Bob Dagher, Chief Medical Officer at Enveric Biosciences (NASDAQ: ENVB), a cutting-edge neuroscience company developing next-generation, psychedelic-inspired mental health medicines.

Leading the company’s drug development and commercialization efforts, Bob has a long history helping life sciences companies to create innovative solutions that meet the needs of millions of patients around the world. At Enveric, he is currently focused on conditions that include cancer-related distress, PTSD and more.

In this episode our hosts explore with Bob how Enveric is working to alleviate the suffering of patients with cancer-related distress, the Company’s recently announced collaboration with the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Enveric’s patent portfolio and the themes and developments within the psychedelic industry that Bob is looking out for through the rest of 2022. 

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Bob Dagher of Enveric Biosciences. 

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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

John Mazarakis, Chairman at Chicago Atlantic

This week Anne and Nick are back with a new episode with special guest John Mazarakis, Co-Founder and Chairman at Chicago Atlantic, a market-leading publicly traded commercial mortgage REIT utilizing significant real estate, credit and cannabis expertise to originate senior secured loans primarily to state-licensed cannabis operators in limited-license states in the U.S.

John co-leads Chicago Atlantic as part of a three person team that includes Tony Cappell, Chief Executive Officer and Director, and Andreas Bodmeier, Co-President, Chief Investment Officer and Director.

In this episode our hosts explore how one of the largest lenders in the cannabis industry considers and de-risks lending. John also walks us through Chicago Atlantic’s business model, competitive edges, and how the team is experiencing significant growth despite industry uncertainty.  

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with John Mazarakis of Chicago Atlantic.  

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoeand 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

Sundie Seefried, CEO of Safe Harbor Financial

This week Anne and Nick are back with a new episode with special guest Sundie Seefried, CEO of Safe Harbor Financial, a leading provider of reliable banking and financing solutions to the cannabis industry.  

Safe Harbor is one of the first financial services providers to provide access to reliable banking solutions for cannabis, hemp, CBD and ancillary operators, making communities safer, driving growth in local economies, and fostering long-term partnerships. 

In this episode Anne and Nick discuss with Sundie about what makes Safe Harbor unique amongst cannabis lenders, some of the biggest banking and financing challenges facing the operators in the space, the status of current cannabis reform bills like SAFE Banking and some of the banking horror stories Sundie has heard since jumping into the space. 

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Sundie Seefried of Safe Harbor Financial.  

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted byAnne Donohoeand 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 – What Happened to Medical Marijuana!?

We have another special treat for our Green Rush listeners, courtesy of our friends at KCSA and MJ Today. Featuring Mike Liszewski of Enact Consulting, and Matt Walter of HedgreRow Analysis, join Sirita Wright and old friend Lewis Goldberg from KCSA Strategic Communications to talk about the latest news in the cannabis industry. 

In this episode Mike, Matt, Sirita and Lewis discuss the slow-moving roll out of legal marijuana in New Jersey, the failure of marijuana legalization at the federal level, and the devolution of medical marijuana around the country.

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 Lewis Goldberg 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

Nick Sosiak, Chief Financial Officer at Cannara Biotech

This week Anne and Nick are back with a new episode with special guest Nick Sosiak, Chief Financial Officer at Cannara Biotech, a vertically integrated producer of premium grade cannabis and cannabis-derivative products in Quebec.  

As Chief Financial Officer of Cannara, Nicholas is responsible for overseeing the Company’s finances and is a key decision maker in all facets of the company from genetic selection, marketing and branding, product formulation, sales, investor, and public relations.

In this episode our hosts explore the Quebec market and what makes it unique in comparison to other Canadian provinces, Nick from Cannara also walks us through Cannara’s business model focused on cultivation rather than CPG, why flower remains king amongst product categories and how his team is building immense brand loyalty despite strict marketing regulations.  

So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Nick Sosiak of Cannara.  

Links and mentions in the show

Links to the guest’s company and social media accounts

Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoeand 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 – An April Surprise for Legalization?

For our loyal Green Rush listeners we are happy to share another special crossover episode from our friends at MJ Today with Andrew Livingston and Kieran Ringgenberg joining host Ben Larson to talk about the latest news in the cannabis industry.

In this episode Andrew, Kieran and Ben discuss the Tennessee Valley Authority backing down from early threats to block cannabis growers, the promise made by Senator Chuck Schumer to introduce legalization legislation in April, and the latest tax and regulatory trials and tribulations for legal cannabis in California. 

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!

Links and mentions in the show

Links to the guest’s company and social media accounts

Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by  Brian Adams of MJ Today Media. 

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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