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From 2009-2019

Our foray into the cannabis economy started with a cultivation facility in 2009. Then, later that year, the State of Colorado decided that growers must be required to sell 75% of their inventory. We had no experience in the retail space, so it was a bit of an “oh shit” moment for us. We lucked […]

Ep. 461: Josh Hendrix, US Hemp Roundtable

Josh Hendrix, President of U.S. Hemp Roundtable, predicts that, in the next two to three years, hemp will finally begin to infiltrate the market. When that happens, there will be a race to efficiency on the agricultural side, which should lead to both consistent types of hemp as well as varieties of hemp – ultimately, […]

Fingerprinting

The Compassionate Use of Cannabis Act was passed in Illinois August of 2013. It took five years to get the proposed legislation through the capitol. When the legislation was first developed, there were no examples of highly-regulated compliance cannabis programs out there. The State of Illinois viewed the legalization of medical marijuana from a lens […]

Woman Owned

I started Sweet Grass Kitchen in 2009, and I still own 100% of my business. There seem to be more women in leadership positions within the cannabis space than in most other industries. It’s difficult for me personally to say what variances there are—if any—between working for a man and working for a woman, because […]

Monitor & Adjust

I grew up sailing with my brother. When Morgan and I decided to partner in 2013, we named our asset management company after the Greek god of the sea. Poseidon Asset Management is a dedicated cannabis fund. Because the industry is so new, navigating the unknowns and unpredictables is like navigating the conditions of the […]

Ep. 457: Bruce Linton, Canopy Growth

Bruce Linton, former CEO of Canopy Growth, joins us on stage at the Cannabis Business Summit to discuss life after Canopy and what his goals are for the future. Linton also explains his decision to take Canopy public – ultimately, going public gave the corporation much more credibility. Besides Canopy Growth, Linton discusses the benefits […]

Ep. 455: Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy, CEO of Acreage Holdings, discusses with us his beginnings in the cannabis industry as well as the importance of medical cannabis, especially for children and veterans. Murphy notes that every successful business has had to ask for help along the way – after all, good partnerships lead to good economics. He also believes […]

Housing

As the congressman representing the 17th District of California, I’m proud of Silicon Valley and its accomplishments. Still, we have our challenges. We’ve created a community that has unintentionally pushed out all but those who work in tech. A community of software engineers is a boring place to raise a family. That’s why we don’t […]

Ep. 450: Carlos Curbelo

Carlos Curbelo joins us and shares his beliefs on how solving issues regarding immigration can help sort out other legislative problems: “I think that solving immigration is important because as we discussed earlier, we need workers. We need an immigration system that’s compatible with our economy. It has to be fair. We’ve always been a […]

Ep. 448: Charlie Bachtell, Cresco Labs

Charlie Bachtell joins us and shares how Cresco Labs and other medical cannabis providers have to adapt to pass regulation audits: “The objectives of the state are to make sure that you are tracking everything from seed to sale, that you are putting out as consistent and safe of a product as you, possibly, can, […]