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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.

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

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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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:

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Bill Thurman, CEO and Chairman of Redbird Bioscience

Bill Thurman, CEO and Chairman of Redbird Bioscience, a licensed Oklahoma medical marijuana operator with an emphasis on large-scale cultivation and processing.

Oklahoma is the nation’s fastest growing medical marijuana markets with regulators approving more than 7,300 business licenses in the first year of the state’s medical cannabis program, including nearly 4,300 grower permits. According to tax receipts released by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, sales of medical marijuana in the state stood at just over $258 million through the first 10 months of 2019 and are on pace to eclipse $350 million by the end of the year.

Lewis and Nick chat with Bill about all things Oklahoma including what the true potential of the market is and how Redbird is working to help grow the infrastructure and community acceptance of medical marijuana in the state. In addition, the Green Rush team chats with Bill about the untapped cannabis market that is the South, Redbird’s plans for 2020 as it tries to grow out its brand identity and why compassion needs to be a greater emphasis for companies operating in the medical cannabis space.

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Bill Thurman, CEO and Chairman of Redbird Bioscience 

Bill is a manager of Redbird Management and a member of the Board of Directors of Redbird Partners. Bill has extensive experience in the Long-Term Care Industry, with over fifteen years in management operations and development. Prior to the new opportunity with Redbird, Bill served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Heart to Heart Hospice, which grew under his leadership and direction from an entity valued at approximately $13 million in 2009, to an organization now serving over twenty locations in three different states, with a value exceeding $250 million. His experience ranges from operations and management as Vice President of Provident LifeCare and LifeCare Management, operating two 120 bed skilled nursing facilities, to serving as Director of Development for Frisco Health Partners. He also served as a development consultant to Victoria Gardens. Since 1995 he has been directly involved in the ground up development of eight new Long-Term Care facilities in Texas and has won Medicaid contracts as a project consultant for numerous development ventures. Bill’s experience includes Medicare/Medicaid contract application, site selection, acquisition and construction. Bill graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s degree in 1986.

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg 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: @The_GreenRush 

Instagram: @thegreenrush_podcast

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Ted Lichtenberger, the CEO of Flower Co.

Ted Lichtenberger, the CEO of Flower Co. Flower is this week’s guest on The Green. Flower Co. is a “Big Box Retailer of Cannabis” that is bringing wholesale cannabis prices to consumers. With delivery increasingly becoming a critical access point for cannabis patients and consumers to obtain the plant, we want to speak with Ted about the issues around delivery in California and how the company is working with its drivers to ensure safe and timely transport of its products.

Ted will also chat with our hosts about why he thinks Flower’s business model is suited to thrive in the modern cannabis economy, what he is seeing from consumer behavior in the California cannabis market and how his background at McKinsey has prepared him for success in the cannabis industry.

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Ted Lichtenberger, Co-Founder & CEO 

Ted is a serial entrepreneur whose most recent endeavor, FLOWER CO., has helped him deepen his connection to the beauty and nature of Humboldt County. As CEO of this startup, he feels carrying the integrity and legacy of Emerald Triangle’s textured past into the new era of cannabis is of utmost importance. At FLOWER CO., Ted brings his multifaceted background to everything from fundraising and brand partnerships to customer acquisition and hiring team members. His expertise in operations and structure has allowed FLOWER CO., to break into the largest legal cannabis market in the world with a fresh business model. 

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg 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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Danny Moses of “The Big Short”

Danny Moses of “The Big Short” fame and friend of the podcast is this week’s guest on The Green Rush. As you’ve heard from our previous interviews, Danny is one of the smartest and most diligent investors in the cannabis space.

This week’s conversation with Danny focused on his preaching of patience for long-term investors looking to capitalize on the industry. With two more states having approved adult use cannabis since his last appearance on the show, Danny is bullish on sticking with companies that have realistic, long-term growth plans.

Danny also provided his unique take on the downturn the cannabis public markets have taken over the last 3-4 months, his optimism that cannabis banking reform could pass Congress later this year and what’s the one question he thinks all retail investors should be asking when considering whether to buy, hold or sell. 

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Danny Moses – Cannabis Investor

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 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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Everett Knight – Executive Vice President of Strategy and Investments for Valens GroWorks

Everett Knight – the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Investments for Valens GroWorks is this week’s guest on The Green Rush! Valens is the largest third-party extraction company in Canada. They work with most of the big LPs in Canada like Canopy, Tilray, TGOD and Organigram and their business continues to boom. The company also recently published a study on the Future of Cannabis in Canada (linked below) and provides valuable insights into the demands and trends in cannabis consumption, straight from Canadian consumers.

In this week’s conversation, Anne and Lewis chat with Everett about the company has been able to achieve these major partnerships and notoriety in the space despite not having a consumer-facing brand, how the company works with its major LP partners to deliver unique products, what Valen has planned for the future as both medical and recreational markets continue to grow around the world and how the Company is preparing for October 2019 which will open up new products for Candian consumers to choose from including edibles, oils and extracts.

Everett is truly one of the brightest young minds in the cannabis industry and his insights into the nascent oils and extracts space is something that every Green Rush listener is sure to enjoy.

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Everett Knight, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Investments at Valens GroWorks

Mr. Knight is Executive Vice President of Strategy & Investments where he oversees corporate strategy including mergers & acquisitions, marketing, & investor relations. Mr. Knight is known across the cannabis space for his expertise and thought leadership where he has been involved with working, analyzing, lobbying, investing, advising, & consulting throughout the cannabis value chain. Previous to Valens, Mr. Knight was a portfolio manager at Matco Financial Inc where he ran the Small Cap Fund and launched the first long only institutional Cannabis Fund in Canada and led them both become the top performing funds in their corresponding categories. He has toured over 85 facilities worldwide and analyzed over 1200+ cannabis globally where he accumulated a thorough understanding of the industry, regulations, subsectors, and the companies involved in this fast-growing space. His focus in the cannabis industry has shifted in recent years to developing a specialty in extraction, testing, formulation, & value-added products. Mr. Knight has spoken at 150+ cannabis events across the globe including trade shows, corporate conferences, investor events, government forums, and legal/regulatory debates.

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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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Dr. Jonathan Rothbard, CEO, Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Katexco Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Jonathan Rothbard, CEO, Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Katexco Pharmaceuticals, a medical cannabis biopharma company based in Palo Alto, California, is this week’s guest on The Green Rush. In addition to his work in the cannabis space, Dr. Rothbard works in the neurology department at Stanford University where he’s also worked in the departments of chemistry and rheumatology. Dr. Rothbard is also the founder of Amylin, which was eventually sold to Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Dr. Rothbard is spearheading the second generation of medical cannabis, where cannabinoids like CBD and THC will be synthesized in labs instead of extracted from plants grown on farms. His mission is to put CBD through clinical trials to prove scientifically that it can be an effective medical treatment in conjunction with other compounds and to patent those compounds and submit them to the FDA for approval as pharmaceuticals.

In addition to our regular hosts Lewis and Anne, we also has a special guest, KCSA colleague Caitlin Kasunich, join us for this week’s conversation.

For listeners interested in the growth of medicinal cannabis, science and the developing relationship between the traditional pharma space and cannabis, this interview is for you! So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!  

Dr. Jonathan Rothbard, CEO, Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Katexco Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Jonathan Rothbard, PhD received his BA from Hamilton College (1973) and his PhD from Columbia with Ronald Breslow (1977). His post-doctoral fellowship was with Gerald Edelman at The Rockefeller University after which he was with Gary Schoolnik at Stanford University Medical School where he published the first of 26 manuscripts with Lawrence Steinman in 1986. Subsequently, he was head of the Molecular Immunology Laboratory at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London where he first collaborated with Prof. Sir Marc Feldman (1990). He left academia to help establish ImmuLogic in Palo Alto, and founding Amylin in San Diego. Amylin, which he founded in 1987, was a pharmaceuticals company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of drugs relating to diseases including obesity and diabetes. The success of Amylin led to another appointment at Stanford for Dr. Rothbard, followed by the founding of CellGate. Leaving CellGate, he returned to an appointment at Stanford, first in the department of chemistry, then rheumatology, and currently in neurology. Amylin was sold to Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2012 for $5.4 Billion USD.  

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications with special guest Caitlin Kasunich.

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: @The_GreenRush

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

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Christmas Week – Leah Heise

We’re onto Day 4 of our week long Christmas special! Today’s episode was chosen by our outstanding social media team member Tiffany Rutkowski who chose to replay our interview with Leah Heise, Chief Experience and Chief Compliance Officer for 4Front. During this conversation, the GreenRush team and Leah discuss the medicinal side of cannabis and how Leah’s diagnosis with chronic pancreatitis led to her foray into medicinal cannabis and ultimately her career in the cannabis industry. Leah also touches on her position as Chief Experience Office for 4Front and how the company is helping medicinal cannabis patients educate themselves on the various strains of the plant and consumption options that would be most effective for treating their specific condition. Leah also provides her predictions on what the cannabis industry would look like if rescheduling, descheduling, or legalization were to happen.

Enjoy!

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4Front: https://4frontfamily.com/

Mission dispensaries: https://missiondispensaries.com/

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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leah-heise-67093a21

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich 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

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

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Weed the People with Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein

Welcome back for another episode of the Green Rush! In this episode, Lewis and Anne sit down with famed talk show host Ricki Lake and respected indie director Abby Epstein to talk about their emotional documentary Weed the People. The documentary explores how cannabis may just be the most innovative cancer treatment available, yet one that’s also fraught with stigma. Released back in March, Weed the People is a work of wonderful storytelling that is sure to tug at your heart strings.  

In the episode, Lewis and Anne explore with their guests not only the film making process to develop and produce this deeply introspective piece but also Ricki and Abby’s own introductions to cannabis. If you haven’t had a chance to see the film, check out the link below in our notes to check out when the next screening will happen at a theater near you!

Enjoy!

From acting and producing, to dancing her way into the hearts of television audiences, Emmy Award-winning television host Ricki Lake is a pop culture icon who has built a career on her graciously candid sensibility and her authentic, relatable nature. The world first met Lake in 1988 as Tracy Turnblad in John Waters’ film “Hairspray.” Lake’s legacy and perhaps her greatest love is her role as independent filmmaker. She has channeled her nurturing spirit and drive for social change into passion projects that are altering the way society views birth, breastfeeding, childhood obesity, birth control and now medical cannabis.

Abby made her film directing debut at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival with the documentary, Until the Violence Stops, featuring Jane Fonda, Eve Ensler, Salma Hayek and Rosie Perez. The film played at the Miami, Santa Barbara, Maui and Locarno Film Festivals and won the Audience Award at the Amnesty International Film Festival in Vancouver. Until the Violence Stops premiered on Lifetime Television and received an Emmy and a Gracie Allen Award. Prior to her film work Abby directed theater, helming National Tours and international premieres of RENT and “The Vagina Monologues.”

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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

Delving Deep Into Pot Policy

Welcome to another episode of the Green Rush! Anne is back in town and joining Lewis to chat with Adam Orens, the Founding Partner of the Marijuana Policy Group, one of the most respected economic and policy consulting firms, nationally recognized for its role in shaping regulated medical and recreational cannabis markets. Adam and our hosts have a fascinating discussion around some of the recent research coming out of the MPG, including a study on the size of the Canadian market, sponsored by Health Canada (hint: it’s big), and how Colorado is essentially erasing the black market (and what other states can do to take note). Adam also let’s us in on some clients that have surprised him and why.

 

Adam Orens is a founding partner of the Marijuana Policy Group His areas of expertise include market analysis, public finance, and regional economic analysis. He also has experience in statistical analysis and consumer market research. Adam has completed numerous studies that analyze the relationships between markets, demographics and government policy. Adam received his undergraduate degree in economics from Rutgers University and has a master’s degree in agricultural and resource economics from Colorado State University.

Adam’s demographic and economic research related to the emerging cannabis market has been cited by the New York Times, 60 Minutes, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post. His recent studies in Colorado, Alaska, Illinois, Maryland, and Vermont have examined many facets of medical and recreational cannabis markets, including providing estimates of cannabis market size; annual cannabis consumption by residents, tourists and patients; cannabis tax revenue projections; and market supply channels. Adam was a lead author of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division 2014 Market Size and Demand report and continues to provide consulting services to the MED and private interests nationwide.

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www.mjpolicygroup.com

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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/marijuana-policy-group/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjpolicygroup

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

Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg and Anne Donohoe

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:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/green-rush-comms/

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuEQkvdjpUnPyhF59wxseqw?disable_polymer=true

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