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The Green Rush is real. From lawmakers and investment bankers, to CEOs and investors, we will look at how people are transforming cannabis from the shadows of the illicit market into a cash crop that draws in entrepreneurs from Hollywood to Wall Street. Hosts Lewis Goldberg and Anne Donohoe help you navigate the business of cannabis.

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    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings

The Green Rush is real. From lawmakers and investment bankers, to CEOs and investors, we will look at how people are transforming cannabis from the shadows of the illicit market into a cash crop that draws in entrepreneurs from Hollywood to Wall Street. Hosts Lewis Goldberg and Anne Donohoe help you navigate the business of cannabis.

    Jordan Lewis, CEO and Executive Chairman of Fotmer Life Sciences

    Jordan Lewis, CEO and Executive Chairman of Fotmer Life Sciences

    Dr. Jordan Lewis, founder, CEO and Executive Chairman of Fotmer Life Sciences is this week’s special guest on The Green Rush. A global cannabis cultivator and extractor, Fotmer is one of the world’s largest cannabis exporters. Fotmer was the first fully-licensed company in Uruguay to produce top pharmaceutical-grade cannabis flower, pharmaceutical ingredients, cannabis extracts and manufactured products for the international market.  With low-cost cultivation capabilities, an established international transportation infrastructure that supports a continuous supply cycle, efficient economies of scale and the largest license to cultivate medical cannabis in Latin America, Fotmer has quickly become one of the world’s largest exporters of medical-grade cannabis to Europe, APAC and Israel.







    Our hosts Anne and Nick chat with Jordan about the Company’s Uruguayan operations, the overall growth of the Latin American cannabis market and how low-cost, high-THC producers like Fotmer are positioned to shape emerging markets in Europe, Israel and Australia. Our hosts also chat with Jordan about how the company has maintained operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fotmer’s Series C raise and Jordan’s predictions for the future of international cannabis. 







    With countries like Colombia and Uruguay rapidly ramp up their cannabis cultivation capabilities, Jordan’s insights provide a solid look into the current state of the region and what investors should be monitoring as they explore investment opportunities. 







    So don’t sit back, lean forward!  















    Jordan Lewis, CEO and Executive Chairman of Fotmer Life Sciences







    Dr. Jordan Lewis serves as the Executive Chairman and CEO of Fotmer Life Sciences, a global cannabis cultivator and one of the world’s largest exporters of medical-grade cannabis. Under Dr. Lewis’ leadership, Fotmer has delivered over three metric tons of medical cannabis flower from its Uruguayan facilities to Europe, APAC and Israel over the last twelve months and has played a critical role energizing and advancing the international cannabis supply chain. Dr. Lewis has over a decade of experience in the industry covering the full supply chain including agronomy, greenhouse operations, pharmacology, and retail operations management. Prior to establishing Fotmer, Dr. Lewis founded Silverpeak in 2009, a medical cannabis growing operation and dispensary based in Aspen, Colorado. Silverpeak continues to be widely recognized for its industry leading cultivation, manufacturing and retail operations.







    Links to guest’s social media:







    Fotmer LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fotmer-life-sciences-uruguay/ Fotmer Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/FotmerLifeSciences/ Fotmer Twitter: https://twitter.com/fotmerLife Jordan’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordan-lewis-1bb613180/ 







    Links and Mentions:







    https://fotmer.com/ 







    Show Credits:







    This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.







    Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.







    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/ 







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

    • 35 min
    Dan Muller, Founder and CEO of Aeropay

    Dan Muller, Founder and CEO of Aeropay

    Dan Muller, founder and CEO of Aeropay, is this week’s special guest on The Green Rush. Launched in 2017, AeroPay is a financial technology company founded whose alternative payments platform gives cannabis businesses the ability to accept digital payments both in-person and online. The AeroPay platform works by enabling bank-to-bank payments - through what the company calls 'smart bank transfers' - between cannabis businesses and their customers or other businesses. 







    Today, most cannabis businesses still rely on cash because they are considered a high-risk payments category in the U.S. due to the illegal status of marijuana at the federal level. Most mainstream banks and payment networks don’t want to participate, but there are many companies like AeroPay that are willing to take the chance to support payments in this industry. 







    Our hosts Anne and Nick chat with Dan about the issues and challenges cannabis businesses face when dealing in cash, AeroPay’s most recent funding round, how decriminalization under a potential Biden administration could impact the payments sector and Dan’s outlook for the future of banking and payments in the space. With 11 adult-use states currently and four more voting on this issue in the upcoming election, the financial side of this industry is a fast-moving target. So we’re glad to have Dan on the show today to talk about this timely topic and how he’s planning to get ahead of some of these big anticipated changes. 







    So don’t sit back, lean forward!  















    Daniel Muller, CEO and Founder of AeroPay







    Daniel Muller is the CEO & Founder of AeroPay, a financial technology company whose alternative payments platform gives cash reliant cannabis businesses the ability to accept digital payments from their customers both in-person and online. Prior to starting AeroPay, Daniel spent 10+ years in digital product innovation most recently at GPShopper (acquired by Synchrony Financial), where he oversaw the design and development of over 300 web and mobile applications for large scale Fortune 500 companies. Dan founded AeroPay in 2017 with the goal of simplifying payments for owners and operators in all industries and verticals. He is passionate about helping under-served businesses and markets through financial technology and innovation.







    Links to guest’s social media:







    AeroPay’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aeropay/ AeroPay’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aeropayapp AeroPay’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/aeropaycannabisAeroPay’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/aeropay/ Dan Muller’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dannymuller/ Dan Muller’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/danielm_muller 







    Links and Mentions:







    AeroPay Cannabis homepage: https://www.aeropay.com/cannabis AeroPay / Safe Harbor Private Banking Partnership: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aeropay-and-safe-harbor-private-banking-announce-strategic-partnership-to-create-better-cannabis-payments-301121677.html AeroPay Seed Round: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/alternative-payments-platform-aeropay-raises-seed-round-funding-led-by-fintech-experts-continental-investors-301139739.html 







    Show Credits:







    This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.







    Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.







    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

    • 30 min
    Angelo Tsebelis, Chief Executive Officer at WeedMD

    Angelo Tsebelis, Chief Executive Officer at WeedMD

    This week on the Green Rush we are chatting with Angelo Tsebelis, Chief Executive Officer at WeedMD (TSX: WMD; OTC: WDDMF) a highly focused, licensed producer and distributor of cannabis products for both the medical and adult-use markets in Canada.







    WeedMD is widely recognized throughout the industry for producing high quality products, using indoor & outdoor cultivation combined with in-house extraction, product development & manufacturing. With its recent acquisition of Starseed Medicinal, WeedMD has expanded its multi-channeled distribution strategy with a valuable medical channel. Starseed’s partnerships with union groups, employers and benefit providers in Canada, provide exclusive access to ~350,000+ potential patients, and complements WeedMD’s direct sales to medical patients. The Company is also well capitalized to continue its commercial growth and pursue its Cannabis 2.0 product roll out for all channels, with a strategic institutional investor in the LiUNA Pension Fund.







    Angelo joined our hosts Nick and Phil to discuss all things WeedMD including the Company’s indoor & outdoor cultivation capabilities, its unique closed loop direct-to-consumer medical sales model, and consumer trends in the cannabis industry under the conditions of COVID-19.







    So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 















    Angelo Tsebelis, Chief Executive Officer at WeedMD







    Mr. Tsebelis has close to 20 years of commercial experience in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and cannabis industries. Responsible for setting the strategic commercialization, and product development initiatives for both WeedMD and Starseed, Angelo previously held positions of increasing responsibility with Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw Corporation where he built strategic partnerships with pharmaceutical manufacturers, insurers, adjudicators and brokers in the Canadian market. Prior to this, Angelo held various commercial leadership roles at GlaxoSmithKline, Bell Canada and Harrison Associates. 







    Links to guest’s social media:







    WeedMD’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/weedmd/ WeedMD’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/WeedMD WeedMD’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/weedmd/ Angelo Tsebelis’ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelo-tsebelis-743510/ 







    Links and Mentions:







    WeedMD homepage: https://www.weedmd.com/ Starseed acquisition: https://www.weedmd.com/weedmd-closes-acquisition-of-starseed-holdings-inc-and-25-million-subscription-receipt-financing/  WeedMD products: https://www.weedmd.com/weedmd-products/ 







    Show Credits:







    This episode was hosted by Nick Opich and Phil Carlson of KCSA Strategic Communications.







    Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.







    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/ 







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

    • 43 min
    Sol Clahane, Vice President and General Manager for the U.S. Region at Canopy Growth Corporation

    Sol Clahane, Vice President and General Manager for the U.S. Region at Canopy Growth Corporation

    This week on The Green Rush we’re chatting with Sol Clahane, Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Region for Canopy Growth. Sol oversees all of Canopy’s commercial operations and brands available in the U.S. market, including BioSteel, First & Free, This Works and the recently launched Martha Stewart CBD product portfolio.







    With a deep background in beverages and CPG, our hosts sat down with Sol to talk about making the switch to the cannabis industry, the major partnership between Martha Stewart and Canopy, the organization’s work with Constellation and what’s next for the company as it looks to expand its footprint in the U.S. Additionally we talk with Sol about the importance of female leadership and diversity in the upper echelon of the space, what it is like to work with a celebrity of Martha Stewart’s stature and how she talks to her daughter about working in cannabis and CBD.







    As one of the major players in North American cannabis, Canopy Growth is a trendsetter for the industry and Sol’s leadership is one of the reasons why. So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy our conversation!







    So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 















    Sol Clahane, Vice President and General Manager for the U.S. Region at Canopy Growth Corporation







    As Vice President and General Manager for the U.S. Region at Canopy Growth Corporation, Sol Clahane is responsible for regional growth, leading sales strategies and business development, while overseeing all Canopy Commercial operations and brands available in the U.S. market. Before joining Canopy, Sol served as the Vice President and General Manager of US Chains for Pernod-Ricard; she has also held senior roles at iconic global brands, such as Brown-Forman, Coca-Cola and Pepsi. She brings to Canopy extensive experience in strategic planning, customer management, revenue growth management and sales operations. Sol has worked closely with several non-profit organizations, including Boys and Girls Club of America, Safe Haven Women’s Shelter and Lapiz Rojo, an organization dedicated to providing school supplies for low-income families in Fort Worth, Texas. Sol holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Political Science from Shepherd University and an Executive Leadership Certificate in Business Management from John Hopkins University.







    Links to guest’s social media:







    Sol Clahane’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sclahane/ Canopy Growth Twitter: https://twitter.com/CanopyGrowth Canopy Growth LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/canopy-growth-corporation







    Links and Mentions:







    https://www.shopcanopy.com/en https://www.shopcanopy.com/en/martha-stewart-cbd https://www.canopygrowth.com/ 







    Show Credits:







    This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications.







    Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.







    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/ 







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

    • 26 min
    The Green Rush’s 150th Hostful Episode

    The Green Rush’s 150th Hostful Episode

    A message from Green Rush host Anne Donohoe: 







    Dear Green Rush friends - Happy 150th episode day!







    The Green Rush podcast started as an experiment three years ago (!) and now, 150 episodes later, we have become one of the “go to” podcasts in the industry! We now get pitched (every day!) by other PR pros wanting their execs to come on. It’s been a wild ride! When we started this, I thought we’d maybe do 10 episodes and call it a day. I mean who else would be willing to talk to us?!







    Turns out – a lot of people! From “big names” like Jim Belushi, Ziggy Marley, Kevin Smith, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (twice!), Mike Tyson and Senator Tom Daschle, to leaders in the industry like Kevin Murphy, Tahira Rehmatullah, Joe Lusardi, Kris Krane, Chanda Macias, Jeanne Sullivan, Irwin Simon – and the list goes on. We wanted to create a platform where people can come on and have the runway to tell their stories in their own words. We wanted to hear about their personal journeys with cannabis, as well as their entrepreneurial aspirations in this crazy industry. It was created as a space for honest discussion and discourse – with a goal of having our listeners learn something along the way. We hope we have accomplished that goal. 







    Big HUGE thanks to the KCSA partners, Lewis (Lewis and then Lewis again), Todd & Jeffrey for taking a chance with us. When Lewis and I came to you with this crazy idea – you said run with it. Nick Opich - you are vital! You keep the trains running on the tracks and you’ve stepped into the co-hosting gig with grace, excitement and confidence! Phil Carlson - ditto! Thanks for your counsel, humor and for jumping in when we need you to (Go Bills!). Shea Gunther - we are nowhere without you. Your passion for the industry combined with your podcasting superpowers are amazing! You are constantly saving our butts! Tiffany Rutowski, Cassidy Colarik & the social media team - thank you for all you do to promote the podcast (and dealing with last minute…. well... everything!). Thanks to Derek Friday who is helping us with the relaunch of our newsletter. And all of our guests who have spent time with us…thank you for sharing your stories with our listeners. And to you guys – our friends and colleagues who have listened, provided feedback and supported us every step of the way – we appreciate you ALL!







    Lastly - our listeners! You are everything! We love every tweet, every email (even the mean ones) and every “like” on our Instagram. Thank you for coming on this crazy ride with us. 







    While we’re at it, we wanted to share some cool new stuff! Like we alluded to, we’re starting up the newsletter again! So if you want to subscribe - go to our website to sign up or email us at greenrush@kcsa.com and we’ll add you to the list. We also have a YOUTUBE CHANNEL! We won’t record all of the episodes (you don’t want to see that much of us….trust me) but from time to time we’ll record the video and stick it up on the channel. Right now, we have some great initial content up there from interviews with Jim Belushi, Earl Blumenauer, Kevin Smith, etc. 







    Lastly, we are exploring MERCH! So if you’re interested in a T-shirt, hat, sticker - whatever - drop us a note and tell us what you’d like to see. 







    Ok really lastly -  social media channels! Follow us, like us, interact with us! We want to give you content that you LIKE and part of that is…. Actually KNOWING what you like. So - don’t be shy - tell us! 







    And as always, don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 







    About KCSA Strategic Communications







    KCSA is a fully integrated communications agency specializing in public relations, shareholder communications and social media, with expertise in cannabis,

    • 48 min
    Sam Chapman, Campaign Manager for the Yes On Measure 109

    Sam Chapman, Campaign Manager for the Yes On Measure 109

    Sam Chapman, Campaign Manager Yes On Measure 109 (Psilocybin Therapy) is this week’s guest on the Green Rush. Measure 109 is a carefully crafted ballot initiative supported by medical experts, veterans, and people from over 300 Oregon cities to bring psilocybin therapy to Oregon.







    Much like how Oregon led the U.S. on cannabis legalization, this year, on the ballot in Oregon, voters will be able to decide whether to approve the U.S.’s first medical psilocybin program. As the Campaign Manager for this initiative Sam has been instrumental in gaining support for this measure having helped gather over 164,000 signatures supporting the proposed legislation. Against all odds, including COVID-19 we may see the very first legal psychedelics market in the US.







    Our host Anne Donohoe sat down with Sam to get a full update on the campaign and talk through some of the critical components of this initiative including why was Oregon chosen to lead the psychedelics movement, how the campaign has been funded, what the program will look like if voters approve of the measure and how long it will take to ramp up the market. Sam also provides more information on his background and how our listeners can get involved to help push this campaign across the finish line. 







    So don’t sit back, lean forward and enjoy! 















    Sam Chapman, Campaign Manager for the Yes On Measure 109







    Sam is the Campaign Manager for the Yes On IP 34 Campaign (aka the Psilocybin Services Initiative) in Oregon, a ballot initiative campaign seeking to create the first ever state wide regulated Psilocybin therapy program in the United States. Sam has over a decade of experience in advocating for progressive drug policy reforms at the local, state, and national level. His previous experience includes consulting for statewide political campaigns, assisting local governments in writing rules and regulations, and identifying new opportunities within emerging industries. In 2013 Sam co-authored House Bill 3460, the Oregon law that legalized medical marijuana dispensaries. Sam has been a resident of Oregon for 20 years. He holds a baccalaureate degree from the University of Oregon in Philosophy and Political Science. 







    Links to guest’s social media:







    Sam’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/seriouslysamuel Sam’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-chapman-0a0a8229/ Yes on 109 Twitter: https://twitter.com/voteyeson109 







    Links and Mentions:







    Yes on 109 website: https://voteyeson109.org/Yes on 109 Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/vote_yes_on_109?amount=25  







    Show Credits:







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







    Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther.







    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/ 







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

    • 31 min

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