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The Cannabis Stock Exchange with Richard Carleton

Welcome back to the Green Rush!  This week we have Lewis and Anne back together again in booth chatting with the CEO of the Canadian Securities Exchange (or as some in the industry have dubbed it the “Cannabis Stock Exchange). Smaller than its more famous cousin, the Toronto Stock Exchange, the CSE got its infamous nickname over the last year as its become home to a lot of cannabis companies looking to capitalize on the public markets.

In this week’s conversation, our hosts chat with Richard about why the CSE has become so attractive to cannabis companies, particularly those in the US who are unable to list on Nasdaq and NYSE. In addition, they touch on the early days of the CSE, why RTOs have become much more commonplace in the cannabis sector than traditional IPOs, how Canada legalization is going to impact the CSE and what Richard thinks will happen next as the industry continues to expand – hint hint it’s consolidation!  

In addition to the conversation with the CSE, we also have Green Market Report’s founder and friend of the podcast, Deb Borchardt, opening this week’s episode covering the biggest news in the cannabis industry and breaking down what she thinks were the overlooked stories from last week. Make sure you check out Deb’s work over at Green Market Report and follow her for the latest news on the next Green Market Summit.

Enjoy!

 

About Richard Carleton

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.

A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1987, Richard is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (B.A. ’81) and the University of Toronto (LL.B. ’85). He has also completed the executive development programme at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

About Deb Borchardt

Debra is the Co-Founder, CEO, and Editor-In-Chief of Green Market Report, a financial news site for the cannabis industry. Prior to this, Debra spent more than 15 years working in a variety of jobs in the securities industry before earning her Master’s Degree in Journalism at NYU. As a financial journalist, Debra has appeared on The Today Show, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV talking about multiple business topics including the cannabis industry. Her work in the cannabis space has been recognized with an AZBEE award for the video “Where People Want To Buy Pot.”

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

Special thanks to our 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 / 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 Biggest Cannabis RTO Ever

Welcome back to the Green Rush!  This week Lewis is flying solo as he sits down with Joe Lusardi, CEO of Curaleaf which just completed the largest RTO – or reverse take over – in the history of US cannabis companies and carries a $4.5 billion valuation. Within the conversation, Joe and Lewis discuss the historic RTO and the process of raising $400 million. In addition, the two discuss Joe’s introduction to the cannabis industry, the benefits that come with company deciding to go public now, and what Joe’s keeping an eye on as we inch closer and closer to the midterm elections next week.

In addition to the conversation with the Curaleaf, we also have Benzinga cannabis reporter Javier Hasse opening this week’s episode covering the biggest news in the cannabis industry and breaking down what he thinks were the overlooked stories from last week. Make sure you check out Javier’s weekly column for Benzinga, “Pot Stocks, ETFs, Top News And Data From The Cannabis Industry This Week” as well!

Enjoy!

About Joe Lusardi, CEO of Curaleaf

Joseph Lusardi has more than 20 years of success in finance and private equity. He held previous executive positions at Affiliated Managers Group, Liberty Mutual Group and Devonshire Investors (Fidelity Investment’s private equity arm). A pioneer in the US cannabis industry, Mr. Lusardi is credited with opening the first vertically integrated cannabis operation on the East Coast and has more than seven years’ experience developing and operating medical cannabis companies in highly regulated states. In 2010 and 2014, Joseph Lusardi developed Maine Organic Therapy and Alternative Therapies Group, the first medical cannabis companies in Maine and Massachusetts.

About Javier Hasse

Javier Hasse is a young Latinx cannabis focused-writer, author of the book “Start Your Own Cannabis Business,” published via Entrepreneur Media. The book hit the #1 Best Seller spot for cannabis categories on Amazon during the week of its release.

In addition, Javier writes for a variety of mass media outlets and serves as the Director of Benzinga’s Cannabis Newsdesk. He’s had more than 4,500 articles published on CNBC, Playboy, Entrepreneur Mag, The Street, High Times, The Houston Chronicle, Leafly, Benzinga, CNN Money, Yahoo Finance, MarketWatch, MSN Money, Morningstar, Nasdaq, Apple News, Merry Jane, The Fresh Toast, and many others. Find samples of his written work here.

Javier is also a published photographer (High Times, Entrepreneur, Yahoo, etc.), a Billboard-topping artist, and a multimedia content producer and host.

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

Special thanks to our 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 / 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

Live! From CWCBE Los Angeles

Welcome back to the Green Rush, this week we have a special treat for our listeners – a live recording from the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo (CWCBE) in Los Angeles. In this week’s conversation we bring you the “Cannabis and The Capital Markets” panel moderated by our very own Lewis Goldberg. Lewis is joined on the panel by a “who’s who” of the cannabis industry in Kris Krane, President of 4Front, Tahira Rehmatullah, CFO at MTech and Beth Stavola, COO and President of MPX Bioceutical Corp.

The Cannabis and Capital Markets panel covers the intersection of cannabis and the capital markets and takes a look at how both are evolving quicker than nearly anyone has expected. With more and more companies going public in the US and in Canada and an increasing number of RTOs, IPOs and roadshows dominating the industry, this panel of speakers from companies that either recently went public or are in the process of going public discuss the pitfalls, opportunities, and lessons learned from their experiences.

Enjoy!

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo in Los Angeles, CA.

Special thanks to 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

Green Rush Live!: Chatting with Danny Moses at the Green Market Summit

Welcome back to a very special episode of the Green Rush! Back in early September, Lewis sat down for a conversation with friend of the pod, Danny Moses of “The Big Short” fame while at the Green Market Summit in New York City. For those who may not know, the Green Market Summit is a cannabis investor series put on by Deb Borchardt of the Green Market Report, another recurring guest on the Green Rush Podcast.

If you listened to the initial conversation between Anne, Lewis and Danny you know it was a doozy, and this one is no less interesting. In the conversation, Lewis and Danny chat in front of a live audience about where we are today as an economy, Danny’s process for evaluating potential investment targets in the cannabis space, his thoughts on the some of the largest deals in the sector and more.

Also, this is our first live recording, so we know that the audio isn’t the best but ask that you give us a little leeway if the sound is a bit wonky at times. Enjoy!

Danny Moses has extensive experience with financial markets having worked on Wall Street since 1991 and holding a variety of positions including municipal bond analyst, institutional sell-side broker, trader, and hedge fund manager. The book and later movie “The Big Short” features the character of Danny Moses and a few others who were able to successfully navigate the volatility of the financial markets during the formation of the housing bubble in 2004.

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg at the Green Market Summit in NYC.

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 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.

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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

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

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