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Hershel Gerson, CEO and Managing Director of Ello Capital

Hershel Gerson, CEO and Managing Director of Ello Capital is this week’s guest on The Green Rush! Started in Summer 2019, Ello is an investment bank and M&A advisory firm focused on empowering client growth and strategic thinking throughout every stage of the cannabis industry life cycle.

Our hosts will sit down with Hershel to discuss Ello Capital’s recent analysis on the cash position of public MSOs which has caused a stir within the industry. We’ll dive into the weeds of how Ello conducted its analysis, why access to capital remains the biggest challenge facing operators in the cannabis industry and whether we can reasonably expect new regulations that will remove the capital hurdles facing Canadian LPs and U.S. MSOs.

We’ll also chat with Hershel about his background in private equity and M&A and what drew him to the burgeoning cannabis industry. Hershel has his finger on the pulse of the capital side of the industry, so this won’t be an episode you’ll want to miss.

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Hershel Gerson, CEO and Managing Director of Ello Capital

Hershel has over 20 years of success in Investment Banking, M&A and Private Equity. He has successfully advised and closed over 55 transactions for private equity and corporate clients with a total value exceeding $30 billion. His ability to advise across a broad range of strategic matters – including leveraged finance, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, private placements, project finance, and general advisory assignments – has allowed him to build long-standing, trusted relationships with clients. He has previous deal experience across industry verticals that include retail and consumer, TMT, energy, real estate and healthcare.

Previously, Hershel led Macquarie Capital’s Consumer Coverage efforts focused on the food, beverage, H.P.C. and restaurant sectors. Prior, he led M&A efforts at Causeforce, bringing capital to consolidate the endurance event space with a focus on raising money for cancer research. He also held leadership roles at BNP Paribas as West Coast Team Leader and Credit Suisse as Head of West Coast Retail and Consumer coverage.

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

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich and Program Director Shea Gunther.

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Shea Gunther, Founder, Producer and Host at MJ Today Media

Shea Gunther, the creative mind behind MJ Today Media and the Marijuana Today podcast is this week’s guest on The Green Rush! In addition to his role as the unfailing Program Director for the Green Rush, Shea is himself a podcaster, writer, activist and entrepreneur who, from behind the scenes, has for decades helped drive the cannabis industry forward.

As an activist, Shea had a hand founding 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“.

Lewis and Anne sat down with Shea to discuss some of the latest headlines within the industry including the lack of capital facing the industry and the age-old tensions between the suits and the “stoners”. In addition, Shea gave us a peak at what it was like to be on the front lines of the cannabis movement in the 90s and his thoughts on what kind of legislative and regulatory support it’s going to take to for a healthy cannabis marketplace to take shape.  

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Shea Gunther, Founder, Producer and Host at MJ Today Media

Shea Gunther helped kick off the student drug reform movement in 1998 by founding Students for Sensible Drug Policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Since then, he’s built his career around media, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. He worked with Kris to start one of the nation’s leading providers of wind power and has been a top featured writer for the Mother Nature Network, the #1 environmental news site on the web, since its launch in 2009. He frequently consults on a wide range of topics in social marketing, editorial design, and media architecture. Shea is a truly multimodal designer and communicator and handles all the technical aspects of the show as well as maintaining the social media accounts and this website.

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

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich.

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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Dr. William Z. Levine, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Bill Levine, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of CannRx, a biotech company that develops proprietary, scientifically based medical and recreational cannabis products that have consistent therapeutic effects.

Dr. Levine is a highly sought-out speaker and resource for the cannabis industry. He was most recently named Cannabis & Tech Today’s Innovator of the Year for 2019 and is one of the primary drivers of the Israeli cannabis marketplace. Our hosts will chat with Dr. Levine about his extensive background in botanical medicine and how that has aided him in his transition to the cannabis space. In addition, we will discuss Israel’s rise as a hub for technological and medical innovation and how his company CannRx is working on finding water soluble, bioavailable solutions to disrupt the cannabis beverage space.

Dr. Levine is an incredible source of information and if you have any interest in the science and technology driving the future of the cannabis industry you will love this episode.

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Dr. William Z. Levine, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Bill Levine is the founder of Izun Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company specializing in Botanical Medicine. This area of specialty pharma develops pharmaceutical and healthcare products from plant-based sources. Bill, who received his DDS degree and specialty training in Periodontics from Columbia University, initially utilized this background to formulate novel oral care products to treat periodontal disease more effectively. Izun has also developed wound care products, oncology support products, and products targeting women’s health care.

Recognizing the Izun expertise with botanicals, Bill subsequently applied this knowledge to the cannabis plant and established CannRx. In a short time, CannRx has developed validated assays (receiving ISO 17025 service laboratory certification) and new and differentiated delivery systems. CannRx has identified & licensed new potent strains and appears well on its way to establishing itself as a leading player in the cannabis field.

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

Special thanks to our Executive 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:

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Troy Dayton, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of the Arcview Group

Troy Dayton, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of the Arcview Group is this week’s guest on The Green Rush.

Founded in 2010 with the help of Steve D’Angelo of Harborside fame, Arcview serves as the largest collection of high net worth investors who focus on putting money into early stage cannabis companies. Since its launch, very nearly every major cannabis company from the U.S. has presented to Arcview members and raised capital from the group. Troy’s journey in the space started long before the launch of Arcview as he (alongside Kris Krane and Kris Lotlikar and a few others) helped start Students for Sensible Drug Policy back in the 1990s.

Our hosts will sit down with Troy to explore his journey from activist to investor in the space and get his take on some of the biggest stories facing the industry. We’ll also touch on the evolution of Arcview from its origins to today, Troy’s thoughts on the lack of M&A activity in 2019 and whether we will see significant change in 2020 and what he thinks is coming down the pike in terms of federal policy changes to cannabis. Troy’s story is unique and this episode won’t be one to miss.

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Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of The Arcview Group, the first and largest group of investors dedicated to the cannabis sector which he co-founded in 2010 with fellow pioneer Steve DeAngelo. Arcview has partnered with 1600+ high net worth and institutional investors to place more than $275 million behind 215+ Arcview-curated cannabis deals.  Since 2012, Arcview has been the top publisher of cannabis market research, data and analysis, making them the most quoted company in the sector.

In 2015, Arcview helped launch a partner business accelerator, CanopyBoulder and in 2019 Arcview launched the Arcview Member Managed Fund. Forbes named Arcview among the top 5 financial firms in the sector and Business Insider named them to their top 12 cannabis venture firms. Dayton is also chairman of the board of the Marijuana Policy Project and was formerly its chief fundraiser and among its first volunteers when it was founded in 1995. He is a founding and current board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association and he co-founded of Students for Sensible Drug Policy in 1998, which is now on over 300 campuses.

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

Special thanks to our Executive 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: @The_GreenRush 

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MJ Biz Con with Max Cherney, Emily Paxhia and Richard Carleton

This week, The Green Rush wraps up our series of interviews from the Marijuana Business Conference with a special three guest episode featuring Max Cherney, reporter for MarketWatch, Richard Carleton, CEO of the Canadian Securities Exchange, and Emily Paxhia, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Poseidon Asset Management.

Lewis and Anne sat down with Max, Richard and Emily for three mini-interviews at MJ Biz Con to garner their thoughts on the cannabis industry in 2019 and what they are looking forward to in 2020. All three of our guests are in the thick of it when it comes to the public markets so if you are an investor in the cannabis sector, this is the episode for you. 

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Max Cherney, Reporter at MarketWatch 

Max A. Cherney is a MarketWatch reporter based in San Francisco. A veteran Bay Area journalist whose work has been featured in local and national publications, he conducted the first jailhouse interview with Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, a San Francisco Chinatown gangster whose affiliation with a state senator led to a statewide scandal, and he had a scoop about Sean Parker’s role in the effort to legalize marijuana in California. Max previously covered e-commerce for IBD, with a focus on Amazon, and most recently was a staffer for J, where he investigated the rise in anti-Semitism at Bay Area schools since the 2016 election. Originally from Toronto, he attended Trent University in Ontario before receiving an MFA at California College of the Arts. 

Richard Carleton, CEO of Canadian Securities Exchange 

Richard Carleton has been CEO of the Canadian Securities Exchange for seven years. Prior to this appointment, Richard served as Vice-President Corporate Development with responsibility for the CSE’s technology, operations, market data and trading sales teams. Before joining the exchange, Richard worked as a business development consultant in Toronto and New York in the risk management and index product fields after spending twelve years with the Toronto Stock Exchange, serving most recently as a member of the exchange’s senior management team. Active in industry affairs, Richard served two terms as chair of the market data industry’s global trade association in the late 1990’s and is a frequent panelist at market structure and trading technology events across North America. Richard also serves as a member of the boards of the Private Capital Markets Association and the Empire Club of Canada.

Emily Paxhia, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Poseidon Asset Management 

Emily has reviewed thousands of companies in the cannabis industry and has worked with countless founders in many capacities. She had helped to shape founders’ pitch preparations, their go-to-market strategies/ product launches, and advised on day-to-day business operations. Emily has held board seats for three portfolio companies and participates as an adviser to multiple teams. Extremely active in the investment decision making and ongoing investment oversight processes, she works closely with her partners to create meaningful deal structures, ensuring that proper governance is carried out at the company level. Further, Emily has dedicated time and energy to supporting policy groups and has served on the Board of Directors of the Marijuana Policy Project. She also currently serves on the Board of Athletes for CARE.

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg and Anne Donohoe of KCSA Strategic Communications at the Marijauna Business Conference in Las Vegas.

Special thanks to our Executive 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: @The_GreenRush 

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Former Majority Leader and Senator Tom Daschle

Former Majority Leader and Senator Tom Daschle, who last year joined the Board of Advisors for Clever Leaves is this week’s guest on The Green Rush!

Senator Daschle is one of the longest serving Senate Democratic leaders in history and one of only two to serve twice as both Majority and Minority Leader. In 1978, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served eight years. In 1986, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and was chosen as Senate Democratic Leader in 1994. Senator Daschle is also the Founder and CEO of the Daschle Group, a Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson, a legal and government affairs firm that advises clients on a broad array of economic, policy and political issues.

Our hosts sat down with the Senator at MJ Biz Con in Las Vegas to talk about his entry into the cannabis sector, what attracted him to the Cleaver Leaves team and the politics of legalizing cannabis. Senator Daschle has quickly become a giant in this field and we are ecstatic to share our conversation with him with all of you.

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Former Senator Tom Daschle, Board of Advisors at Clever Leaves 

Senator Daschle is one of the longest serving Senate Democratic leaders in history and one of only two to serve twice as both Majority and Minority Leader. In 1978, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served eight years. In 1986, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and was chosen as Senate Democratic Leader in 1994. Senator Daschle is also the Founder and CEO of the Daschle Group, a Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson, a legal and government affairs firm that advises clients on a broad array of economic, policy and political issues. Senator Daschle is the Chair of the Board of Directors at the Center for American Progress and Vice Chair for the National Democratic Institute. Senator Daschle serves on the board of Edward M. Kennedy Institute and the LBJ Foundation. He is also a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Council of Foreign Relations.

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg and Anne Donohoe h of KCSA Strategic Communications at the Marijauna Business Conference in Las Vegas.

Special thanks to our Executive 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: @The_GreenRush 

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Michael Schwamm, Partner at Duane Morris

Michael Schwamm, Partner in the Cannabis Practice at Duane Morris, LLP, one of the nation’s leading law firms serving the cannabis industry. Duane Morris attorneys represent businesses and individuals at every level of the cannabis supply chain.

Duane Morris clients include state-licensed adult-use marijuana, medical marijuana and hemp cultivators, processors, distributors and dispensaries, whether vertically integrated or operating as standalone businesses, as well as investors in those businesses.

Michael knows the nitty gritty about the industry like where the deals are, where the money is coming from and for listeners of this show who are closely following the M&A space, we promise this is a fascinating individual and an episode you will not want to miss.

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About Michael Schwamm, Partner at Duane Morris

Michael D. Schwamm represents public and private entities in all aspects of their business affairs. He practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities and technology law and provides general corporate counseling. Mr. Schwamm formerly was general counsel and chief operating officer of FiberCity Networks, Inc., a telecommunications service provider and uses his experience to provide his clients with proofed, business-centered advice.

Mr. Schwamm represents companies of all sizes, including startups and venture-backed companies, privately held family businesses and both large and small public companies in all aspects of their business affairs. He also provides services to venture capital and private equity funds, angel and other institutional investors. An increasing focus of his practice is assisting single family offices in structuring their direct business acquisitions; Mr. Schwamm co-leads the firm’s initiative in this area. 

Mr. Schwamm has worked on a wide variety of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, public offerings, private placements, joint ventures and licensing arrangements involving a number of industries, such as big data, business services, consumer/retail, technology including FinTech, entertainment, healthcare services, manufacturing, sports and telecommunication. He calls upon his partners across the country and around the world in other practice areas to ensure his clients receive seamless, efficient and effective service for all their legal needs.

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

Special thanks to our Executive Producer Nick Opich 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: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

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

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Josh Rothman, Founder and CEO of CRESTA Management Service

Josh Rothman, CEO and Founder of CRESTA Management Services, is this week’s guest on The Green Rush!

With more than 250,000 new cannabis jobs rumored to be filled, CRESTA Management is helping businesses within the space scale their operations to meet their complex needs on the operational, financial and regulatory compliance fronts. Recognizing that part of the difficulty of scaling up is finding quality talent, CRESTA positions itself as the go-to firm that companies large and small turn to when they need to find someone to fill these gaps.

Our hosts sat down with Josh at the Cannabis World Conference and Business Expo to discuss the trends in hiring that he’s seeing including which regions of the U.S. are see shortages and what kind of positions major MSOs are in most need of. If you’ve ever been interested in making the career switch to cannabis, this episode will provide you with the direction you need to make that leap. 

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Josh Rothman, Founder and CEO of CRESTA Management Service

Josh Rothman is the founder and CEO of CRESTA Management Services, an Executive Staffing and Human Resources firm with over 15 years of experience. Cresta Management Services is one of the largest boutique staffing agencies in the Western United States focused in the Public Accounting Arena and Real Estate Markets. When the tide of cannabis legalization began to sweep across North America, Josh saw the opportunity to support a fast-growing, yet under-served, market in need of experienced professionals. CRESTA responded by becoming one of the first established staffing agencies to pivot to the cannabis industry. From offices in California and New York, CRESTA now builds high-performing teams for cannabis companies across the US.

Before founding CRESTA, Josh served as Managing Partner and Director of Human Resource at HR Outsourcing and Recruiting companies. It was during this time that he shaped the “relationships-first” approach that defines the service philosophy of CRESTA. Josh and his team of 15+ recruiters take the time to get to know both clients and candidates on a personal level. By understanding personal goals and motivations, CRESTA makes lasting connections that serve the needs of both parties.

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg and Anne Donohoe of KCSA Strategic Communications at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo in Los Angeles. 

Special thanks to our Executive 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: @The_GreenRush 

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

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Dr. John Oram, CEO and Founder of NUG

Dr. John Oram, the CEO and Founder of the vertically-integrated, California cannabis company NUG is this week’s guest on The Green Rush!

Since its founding in 2014, NUG has grown into one of the strongest brands in the nation’s largest cannabis market offering consumers its well-crafted edible and concentrate products as well as flower. In addition, the company recently opened its first retail shop in Sacramento in April 2019 and is on track to open two more retail locations in late 2019 and early 2020.

Our hosts sat down with John to discuss the NUG business model and better understand how the company has been able to achieve success in one of the world’s most crowded cannabis markets and what else it has in line for future success. In addition, we explore John’s chemistry background, the company’s current capital situation and John’s work with Oakland Cannabis Equity Program.

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Bio: Dr. John Oram, CEO & Founder: 

John entered the cannabis business in the early 2000s (practically the stone age for cannabis) and in 2009, with a chemistry and engineering background (he holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in environmental chemistry and engineering from the University of California Los Angeles and bachelor’s degrees in analytical chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder), founded CW Analytical Laboratories—now recognized as the most trusted analytical laboratory in California for cannabis. He then set out on a mission to elevate the industry to a higher standard across all verticals – from cultivation to distribution – and in 2014 NUG was born from a home equity loan. Little did he know how quickly it would take off. And even in uncertain regulatory environments, NUG has remained profitable each year. In addition, John and his team at NUG play a major role in the Oakland Equity Program; NUG incubates businesses run by area residents who had been targeted by the war on drugs. They are also building new greenhouses for these companies, set to be complete by the end of this year.

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

Special thanks to our Executive 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: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

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

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

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Ken Alston, CEO of Hydroponics, Inc

Ken Alston, CEO of Hydroponics, Inc., a premier provider of global agricultural supplies, logistics, and procurement for large scale, commercial farms is this week’s guest on The Green Rush.   

At its core, Hydroponics makes life easier for cultivators by streamlining the cannabis supply chain. Working with cultivators to decrease supply, logistics, and procurement expenses through their best-in-class agricultural solutions, Ken and his team allow companies to better focus their time on increasing revenue and developing their brand.

Our hosts sat down with Ken at the Cannabis World Business Conference and Expo in Los Angeles to discuss the company’s business model, how companies can fill in the gaps within its supply chain and what the future of cannabis cultivation will look like as cheaper grow alternatives in Latin American become more commonplace.

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Ken Alston, Chief Executive Officer

As the CEO of Hydroponics, Inc., Ken oversees the growth and success of the Company’s strategies and business operations. Since acquiring the Company in 2018, his management team has expanded Hydroponics, Inc.’s geographic footprint and customer base while providing best-in-class agricultural solutions and analytics for many well-known farms in the Western US and Canada. Previously, Ken was Executive Chairman of Eventide Risk Management, one of the most successful search funds since inception of the asset class, as well as the CEO of MedVision, recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in California. Ken also serves as a periodic lecturer on entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California. Ken holds an MA from Columbia University and a BA from Southern Methodist University. 

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

Special thanks to our Executive 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: @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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