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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.

Don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy!

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

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Kashif Shan, CEO and Founder of Folium Biosciences

Kashif Shan, CEO and founder of Folium Biosciences, the largest vertically integrated producer, manufacturer and distributor of hemp-derived phytocannabinoinds, is this week’s guest on the Green Rush!

With the passage of the Farm Bill in 2018, hemp and CBD is now 100% legal so Anne and Lewis sat down with Kashif to get an overview of the current state of the CBD space, the future growth market for hemp derived CBD and when we may see big box retailers take a bigger step into the CBD marketplace. In addition to touching on the overall industry, Kashif provides our listeners an in-depth look at the inception and growth of Folium Biosciences, how the company plans to use the funds it received from a recent investment by Australis Capital, what Folium’s R&D department is working on right now and the story of how Kashif let his conservative parents know he was working in the cannabis industry.

This week’s conversation is sure to be a treat for those who are interested in learning more about the CBD space. So sit back and enjoy!

Kashif Shan is the Founder and CEO of Folium Biosciences. Kashif has spent over 20 years as a High Technology Executive across a range of fields where he oversaw Finance, Facilities, and HR. Kashif founded Folium Biosciences in 2014 and has helped grow the company to become the global leader in non-psychoactive cannabinoids and employs over 250 people. Prior to entering the cannabis space, Kashif was the Founder of Equus Capital, a real estate investment company.

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Show Credits:

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/

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