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Doug Cortina and Jigar Patel of NorCal Cannabis

Doug Cortina, CEO, and Jigar Patel, President, of NorCal Cannabis, one of the largest vertically integrated cannabis operators in California, are our guest for this week’s episode of the Green Rush! Subbing in on hosting duties for Lewis this week is our old pal Nick Opich who joins Anne to chat with Doug and Jigar.

In case NorCal is a new name for our listeners, it’s one that you should get on your radar quick. Currently the company operates state-of-the-art production facilities, including more than 100,000 sq. feet of indoor flower canopy, manufacturing, processing, packaging and distribution assets. In addition, NorCal also operates the leading network of statewide delivery depots, and had a coming out party of sorts this past week when they announced the company raised $27M as part of its Series A round.

Anne and Nick chat with Doug and Jigar for a deep dive into the operations of NorCal and discuss what the company has planned for the new financing. In addition, our hosts touch on NorCal’s potential plans to go public, how Doug and Jigar found each other, and the evolving California cannabis delivery landscape. To top things off, Doug and Jigar let us in what they would tell California Governor Gavin Newsom if they get the chance to bend his ear about the California cannabis industry.    

Sit back and enjoy!

Doug Cortina, CEO, brings a strong background of hands on business and entrepreneurial experience to NorCal Cannabis. Doug has successfully led the planning, development and execution of three cannabis projects in the Bay Area. Douglas has been involved in the real estate development industry in the Bay Area for the past five years. During this time he has structured and administered numerous real estate partnerships and is directly responsible for the acquisition of over $50MM in Bay Area properties. Prior to moving to San Francisco Douglas worked in NYC for the investment bank Brown Brothers Harriman.

Jigar Patel, President, has been an instrumental leader in the California cannabis industry.  He is the founder of four state and locally compliant cannabis businesses, playing pivotal roles in real estate sourcing, entitlement, funding, design, build and operations.  He is an industry leader in bringing local regulatory compliance to many jurisdictions including San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and Sonoma County. His depth of knowledge of the rich history of California cannabis, regulation, cultivation, and sales in a compliant marketplace provides a distinct advantage to achieving NCC’s business objectives.  An experienced entrepreneur, Mr. Patel has also been the founder of a successful Sonoma County winery, Jigar Wines. As President of NorCal Cannabis Company, Mr. Patel is responsible for oversight of all operations.

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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 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/

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Jason Raznick, CEO and Founder of Benzinga

Jason Raznick, CEO and founder of the financial news outlet Benzinga joins the Green Rush team in the booth today! In addition to talking about the smashing success that was the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference last week, Jason shares his thinking behind his financial news outlets decision to go all in on covering cannabis and what he’s done to build out an impressive team of journalists to cover the space. Also in this week’s conversation, Jason touches on his successes and failures running a media company in the digital age, the trends he’s seeing in how people consume media and what interests him most about the future of the cannabis industry.   

To kick off the episode this week, we have friend of the podcast and one of the top financial reporters covering the cannabis space, Bill Peters of Investor’s Business Daily providing us with his take on the story we all should be paying attention to. If you’re not already reading Bill’s daily columns on the cannabis markets, you are missing out!

Enjoy!

Jason Raznick is the founder of Benzinga, a media and data technology startup empowering a new generation of investors. Raznick launched Benzinga.com in 2010, and it has since grown to become a hub for actionable information on the capital markets with approximately 2 million readers a month. Benzinga.com is supported by a high-speed newswire, Benzinga Pro, which is home to exclusive market-moving news.

Raznick is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he started multiple companies. He has been quoted in a variety of financial news publications, such as CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post. Raznick has been named to the Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40 list as well as the DBusiness 30 in Their 30s list. Benzinga is based in Detroit, and Raznick is dedicated to helping rebuild Detroit as a hub of technology and finance.

Bill Peters writes breaking news stories and features for Investor’s Business Daily about the stock market and trends in the broader financial world, covering an array of topics, including the big banks, restaurants, airlines, retail and marijuana. Bill also also provides live video news analysis online.

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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

 

MJ Biz Con Part One with Troy Dayton and Kris Krane

Welcome back to the Green Rush!  This week is Part One of our special broadcast from the floor of the Marijuana Business Conference in Las Vegas. At the mid-November conference, Lewis and Anne took to Podcaster’s Row to chat with a number of guests to discuss the growth of the conference, the excitement of the industry as a whole and get the low down on what’s coming up next for the burgeoning business of cannabis.

For Part One, we first have Lewis and Anne’s conversation with Troy Dayton, Founder and CEO of the ArcView Group – an industry investment and research company, that provides financing for cannabis related businesses and projects through its network of investor members. In addition to leading ArcView, Troy is also an elected board member for the Marijuana Policy Project and a founding board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association and co-founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

In the second half of the podcast, Lewis and Anne sit down with Kris Krane, President of 4Front. After initially founding 4Front as an advising firm back in 2011, Kris has transformed the company into a leading retail and brand development company and helped the company develop a national platform that consists of a multi-state footprint, including its Mission branded retail operations. In addition to running 4Front, Kris also serves on the National Cannabis Industry Association board of directors and pens a column about the cannabis industry for Forbes.

The conversations with Troy and Kris are slightly shorter than our average episode but are jam packed with information and observations from two of the brightest minds driving the future of the cannabis space.

Enjoy!

Troy is an elected board member for the Marijuana Policy Project and was formerly their top fundraiser and lead liaison to the legal cannabis industry. He is a founding board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association and co-founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, which is now on over 200 campuses. Troy also helped launch and served as the first sales director at Renewable Choice Energy, which was recently named the #1 green power provider by the EPA. He was recently named by Fortune Magazine as one of the top 7 most powerful people in the cannabis industry. In his spare time, Troy enjoys karaoke and the Burning Man festival.

Having founded 4Front Advisors in 2011, Kris now serves as president of 4Front. Prior to forming 4Front, Kris served as director of client services for CannBe, a pioneer in developing best practices within the medical cannabis industry. Kris has dedicated his career to reforming the nation’s misguided drug policies, having served as associate director of NORML from 2000 to 2005 and executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy from 2006 to 2009. He currently serves on the National Cannabis Industry Association board of directors and pens a column about the cannabis industry for Forbes.

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg and Anne Donohoe of KCSA Strategic Communications at MJ Biz Con in Las Vegas.

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

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