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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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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.

    Jelani Gibson, the Content Lead at the NJ Cannabis Insider

    Jelani Gibson, the Content Lead at the NJ Cannabis Insider

    On this week’s Green Rush, we are sitting down with Jelani Gibson, the Content lead at the NJ Cannabis Insider for NJ Advance Media, which is also home to NJ.com and the Star Ledger.







    Having previously covered gun violence and other social equity issues at his previous stops in Kansas City and Texas, Jelani is well-versed on the intersection of public policy and social justice. We sat down with him to look at how issues around social justice and policing have stalled efforts to pass a cannabis legalization bill in New Jersey and what the outlook of that market looks like for both consumers and businesses after voters approved cannabis on the ballot last November.  







    This was a tremendously thought-provoking conversation that will provide a ton of insight into how the War on Drugs still plays a heavy role in legislation around cannabis and potential solutions to empower communities that have historically been underserved and underrepresented.







    So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Jelani Gibson.















    Links and mentions in the show







    https://njcannabisinsider.nj.com/about/ https://www.nj.com/ 







    Links to the guest’s company and social media accounts







    Jelani’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/jelanigibson1 Jelani’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jelani-gibson-2297b03a/ 







    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

    • 46 min
    Rick Doblin, Founder and Executive Director of MAPS, at the KCSA Psychedelic Conference

    Rick Doblin, Founder and Executive Director of MAPS, at the KCSA Psychedelic Conference

    On this week’s Green Rush, we have a special episode featuring Rick Doblin, Founder and Executive Director of MAPS, who sat down for a special fireside chat with Anne at the virtual KCSA Psychedelics Investor Conference. 







    Suffice to say, there likely would not be a revived psychedelics industry if it were not for Rick who has for the last 35 years worked with the FDA, Congress and researchers around the world to advance psychedelic science and medicine. Founded by Rick in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.







    Anne and Rick sat down to discuss the evolution of the psychedelics space, the latest on MAPS clinical trials and the roster of well-known capital market players supporting the psychedelic renaissance. Over the decades, Rick Doblin has established himself as a leading authority on the renaissance of psychedelics and his insights on how these molecules may be able to solve the global mental health crisis will not be something that you want to miss.







    So sit back, relax and listen to our special fireside chat with Rick Doblin.















    Links and mentions in the show







    MAPS website: https://maps.org/Rick Doblin’s TED Talks: https://www.ted.com/speakers/rick_doblin







    Links to the guest’s company and social media accounts







    Rick Doblin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/rickdoblinMAPS Twitter: https://twitter.com/MAPSRick Doblin’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rickdoblin/MAPS Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mapsnews/







    Show Credits:







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







    Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther and Allison Soss.







    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

    • 42 min
    Marijuana Today – Marijuana’s Big Moment

    Marijuana Today – Marijuana’s Big Moment

    This week on The Green Rush, our host Anne Donohoe jumped back in the chair with our friends over at Marijuana Today for a special episode to talk about the next stage of cannabis reform at the federal and state level! 







    Chatting with friend of the pod Ben Larson of Vertosa, they look at the first federal cannabis bill for 2021 which would see cannabis rescheduled from Schedule 1 to 3. They also take a look at how states like New York and New Jersey are incrementally moving cannabis forward, but in a more lackluster fashion than constituents and advocates would like. 







    In addition to the chat between Ben and Anne, Marijuana Today also explores the needs around social equity in the cannabis space and how to best provide the resources and education that’s needed to help those most negatively impacted by the War on Drugs to enter and be successful in the industry. Philly-based journalist and Executive Board Member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists Tauhid Chappell joins to provide his thoughts







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















    Links to guest’s social media:







    Tauhid’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tauhid-chappell-8b9a5220/ Ben Larson LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benjaminjlarson/ 







    Links and Mentions:







    http://mjtodaymedia.com/ https://mjtodaydaily.com/ 







    Show Credits:







    This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe of KCSA Strategic Communications and Ben Larson of Vertosa. 







    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

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ryan Douglas, Former Master Grower for Tweed

    Ryan Douglas, Former Master Grower for Tweed

    Ryan Douglas, former Master Grower of Tweed turned cultivation consultant at Ryan Douglas Cultivation, LLC is today’s guest on The Green Rush. Ryan recently published his first book - “From Seed to Success: How to Launch a Great Cannabis Cultivation Business In Record Time” that aims to demystify the process of establishing a productive, profitable and rewarding cultivation operation. 







    With over two decades specializing in horticulture and legal cannabis - Ryan has been one of the leading voices helping to establish industry standards for cultivation and is a must follow resource for cannabis entrepreneurs looking to break their way into the industry. We chat with Ryan about scaling cultivation operations to meet consumer demands, managing in an environment with constant regulatory changes, what the future of cannabis genetics looks like and how his book is helping entrepreneurs avoid costly mistakes as they build out their grows. 







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















    Ryan Douglas’ Bio







    Ryan Douglas provides cannabis consulting services through his company, Ryan Douglas Cultivation, LLC. He has worked in commercial horticulture for 23 years and specializes in legal cannabis start-ups.  As former Master Grower at Tweed Inc., Canada’s largest licensed producer of legal cannabis, and the flagship subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation, Ryan was crucial to Tweed’s early success. He designed the production facility, selected the genetics, and hired and trained staff to produce 70,000 plants and process 6 tons of dry cannabis annually.







    Links to guest’s social media:







    Ryan’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyanCultivationRyan’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryancultivation/ Ryan’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RyanCultivationRyan’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryandouglascultivation/Ryan’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWBcIrWOM0xuY2c_CI4LJKw







    Links and Mentions:







    Ryan’s Website: https://douglascultivation.com/  Amazon: Link to purchase Ryan’s book







    Show Credits:







    This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich







    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

    • 30 min
    Marijuana Today Crossover

    Marijuana Today Crossover

    Hi Green Rush listeners, we’re doing something different this week and instead of publishing a new episode of our show, we are featuring an episode from our good friends at the Marijuana Today Podcast.







    This episode hosted by Kris Krane, Heather Sullivan and Ben Larson, dive into the results of the special Senate runoff elections in Georgia and what it could mean for the future of legal cannabis now that the Democrats control all three branches of government. Marijuana Today has long been a pillar of information for the cannabis industry and we are sure our listeners will appreciate hearing the thoughts and insights from these three season cannabis executives. 







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







    Links to guest’s social media:







    Kris Krane’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kriskrane/ Ben Larson LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benjaminjlarson/ Heather Sullivan LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heather-sullivan-4a07841/  







    Links and Mentions:







    https://mjtodaypodcast.com/ 







    Show Credits:







    This episode was hosted by Kris Krane, Heather Sullivan and Ben Larson. 







    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

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Hostful 2021

    Hostful 2021

    Kicking off 2021 the right way, The Green Rush is pleased to provide our listeners with our very first hostful episode of the New Year! Featuring Anne, Nick and Phil Carlson, Managing Director of Investor Relations at KCSA, our hosts offer a retrospective to the biggest news in cannabis in 2020 and what we’re looking forward to in 2021.







    Following an exciting election season that saw a clean sweep for cannabis legislation and the wins by Democrats Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, 2021 is shaping up to be a monumental year for cannabis. Our hosts chat about what surprised them the most about 2020, what’s got them excited for 2021, what trends they expect to see or are following closely over the next couple of months and whether a fully Democrat led government will finally push the football over the finish line for cannabis. We also touch on the development of new state adult-use programs moving forward in New Jersey and Arizona and how we’ve all been trying to stay sane over the last 10 months. 







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















    Phil Carlson, Managing Director of Investor Relations at KCSA Strategic Communications







    Phil Carlson leads KCSA’s Cannabis Investor Relations Practice. He has developed proactive investor relations and communication strategies for several multi-national, micro and small cap cannabis companies. Through his extensive network, Phil has helped position his cannabis clients as thought leaders in the emerging cannabis industry. He has secured speaking engagements at premiere conferences and has organized several cannabis industry panels which have included himself as well as his clients. Phil is a Wall Street and Investor Relations veteran having worked at firms such as JPMorganChase and Merrill Lynch. His experience includes IPOs and reverse mergers, implementing retail and institutional road shows, and providing strategic counsel to clients. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Kent State University.







    Links to guest’s social media:







    Phil Carlson LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/philipecarlson  







    Links and Mentions:







    https://www.kcsa.com/ https://www.kcsa-cannabis.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

    • 36 min

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