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Dispensing Cannabis business knowledge beyond a million square feet of cultivation space. Blunt Business will navigate the challenges and opportunities of one of the most profitable industries on earth. Join us each episode to hear our weekly round tables and interviews with industry professionals.

Blunt Business Cannabis Radio

    • Business
    • 4.1 • 37 Ratings

Dispensing Cannabis business knowledge beyond a million square feet of cultivation space. Blunt Business will navigate the challenges and opportunities of one of the most profitable industries on earth. Join us each episode to hear our weekly round tables and interviews with industry professionals.

    Unveiling Minnesota's Cannabis Adult Use Rollout

    Unveiling Minnesota's Cannabis Adult Use Rollout

    David Standa, partner at Greenspoon Marder, takes us on a journey through the intricacies of Minnesota's adult-use cannabis rollout. As a seasoned advisor in the cannabis industry, Mr. Standa shares insights into the challenges faced by the state, from issues of illegal possession to delayed dispensary openings and the crucial role played by the Cannabis Control Board.
    Delving into the peculiarities of Minnesota's cannabis program, Mr. Standa sheds light on social equity licensing, the need for a comprehensive licensing system, and unique features that set Minnesota apart from other states. Anticipating demand-driven success, he discusses the potential for dispensaries in northern Minnesota near state borders, including Fargo-Moorhead, Duluth, St. Cloud, and Mankato.
    Backed by a study revealing high cannabis consumption rates among Minnesotans, Mr. Standa explores the state's unique social equity requirements, including the 100% ownership mandate for applicants, and the challenges they face in securing financing, recognized by the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM).
    The podcast also touches on the potential legislative amendments suggested by the OCM, aiming to address financing hurdles for social equity applicants. Mr. Standa provides insights into Minnesota's ability to implement a competitive licensing system and the slow pace of government decision-making.
    Discover the impact of social equity provisions on Indigenous tribes in Minnesota, allowing them autonomy in opening dispensaries and cultivating cannabis. Uncover the dynamics of home growth and possession in the state, with a focus on the challenges faced by rural areas with limited dispensaries.
    The episode concludes with fascinating stories of success from tribal nation dispensaries, featuring Red Lake Nation's triumph despite geographical challenges and high demand leading to the shutdown of online sales.


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    • 51 min
    Navigating New York's Social Equity Challenges

    Navigating New York's Social Equity Challenges

    Blunt Business speaks with Christian Chavez, the seasoned CEO of Statis Cannabis Co., who brings 17 years of real estate expertise, including a robust 5-year stint in the cannabis industry. We delve deep into the intricate world of cannabis licensing, funding, and social equity challenges, specifically focusing on the burgeoning cannabis scene in New York.
    The discussion unfolds through key topics such as social equity licensing, obstacles faced in obtaining cannabis licenses in New York, and the unique challenges posed by the bustling metropolis of New York City. Christian shares invaluable insights into the complexities of operating cannabis retail dispensaries in the city and sheds light on his journey navigating the social equity fund landscape for cannabis businesses in New York.
    The episode also addresses a poignant story from NPR, highlighting the financial struggles faced by social equity licensees in New York, grappling with high interest rates on loans and mounting legal fees. Christian opens up about the slow and frustrating process of obtaining the $200 million social equity fund in New York, providing a firsthand account of the hurdles and setbacks.
    As the conversation unfolds, the podcast explores diverse perspectives on cannabis social equity funding from investors, with opinions ranging from acknowledging the high-risk nature of the industry to critiquing it as potentially predatory.


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    • 49 min
    Opening a Dispensary After Winning The Illinois Social Equity Cannabis Lottery

    Opening a Dispensary After Winning The Illinois Social Equity Cannabis Lottery

    Blunt Business gets an exclusive account on Opening a Dispensary After Winning The Illinois Social Equity Cannabis Lottery with one of those social equity applicants. Shankar Ramakrishnan is COO of Indus365, the company behind Mystic Greenz. . Central Illinois has been transformed by the opening of Mystic Greenz’ inaugural dispensary in Macon County, marking a significant shift in the region’s cannabis landscape. Located near the Decatur Conference Center and Interstate 72, this new establishment is poised to become a prominent hub for individuals in the Greater Decatur vicinity who are keen on exploring cannabis offerings. Shankar fills us in on the obstacles of going through the lottery process.,


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    • 42 min
    Schedule I to Schedule III, Federal Scientists Recommend Easing Cannabis Restrictions

    Schedule I to Schedule III, Federal Scientists Recommend Easing Cannabis Restrictions

    Blunt Business speaks with Dr. Benjamin Caplan, a distinguished family medicine doctor and member of the American Medical Association, who has overseen the healthcare journey of over 250,000 patients exploring the benefits of medical cannabis. Dr. Caplan recently published "The Doctor-Approved Cannabis Handbook," delving into the safe use of cannabis for managing various conditions like cognitive decline, cancer, chronic pain, depression, diabetes, insomnia, and headaches. Discover the effort behind building this comprehensive guide and gain valuable insights into incorporating cannabis treatment into everyday health.
    Learn about the recent scientific review recommending the reclassification of marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III, potentially opening new medical possibilities. Dr. Caplan shares his perspective on the implications this could have, including the potential end of IRS Section 280e restrictions.
    Addressing federal scientists catching up with medical knowledge, Dr. Caplan reflects on whether the recent conclusions align with what doctors have known for years. Finally, hear Dr. Caplan's response to criticisms highlighted by The New York Times, addressing concerns about the strength and frequency of marijuana use, its ties to psychiatric problems, and the evolving landscape of therapeutic claims.


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    • 50 min
    Indoor Ag-Con Opens The Door to Cannabis Education

    Indoor Ag-Con Opens The Door to Cannabis Education

    Brian Sullivan, CEO of Indoor Ag-Con fills us in on details of their upcoming Indoor Ag-Con, the premier trade show and conference dedicated to vertical farming, greenhouse, and controlled environment agriculture. Returning to Caesars Forum in Las Vegas on March 11-12 for its 11th annual event  
    For the first time, Indoor Ag-Con introduces a dedicated Cannabis Conference track for cultivators. Sullivan provides a sneak peek into the exciting sessions lined up, covering topics such as the evolving cannabis landscape, vertical racking systems for efficiency, MSO evolution, terpene excellence, and integrating cannabis cultivation with traditional horticulture.
    The conference agenda places a significant focus on Controlled Environmental Agriculture (CEA), reflecting the evolving landscape of crops grown indoors. Sullivan discusses how agricultural technology advancements and the growing demand for local food are driving this evolution across North America


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    • 39 min
    The Landscape of Cannabis Compliance

    The Landscape of Cannabis Compliance

    Blunt Business welcomes back Arthur de Cordova, CEO & Co-Founder of Ziel, who takes us on a journey through the remarkable advancements since our last encounter, specifically highlighting APEX 7. This seventh-generation technology stands as an organic natural kill step, effectively annihilating harmful bacteria in cannabis with minimal THC loss and an impressive 3x throughput compared to competitors. Join us as we explore the fascinating evolution of APEX and the introduction of Ziel's newest RFX solution
    We also delve into a recent investigation by NY Cannabis Insider, uncovering risks associated with outdoor cultivation in states like New York. With revelations of high levels of contaminants in products reaching consumers, we explore the regulatory landscape and discuss the apparent violations reported by the publication. How does this impact the industry, and what are the potential risks?


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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

JDF0812 ,

The Business of Cannabis

Great format, professional and informative! As a serial entrepreneur in several unrelated industries, I’ve been searching for business ideas related to the cannabis industry. I’m two podcasts in and Blunt Business has been a great resource for ideas and insight into the cannabis industry.

UsuallyNoCommentMike ,

DONT ADVERT MID-SHOW

Love the content
Adverts are nice but poorly executed
Please leave ads in the front & plugs at the end
420!
Usually don’t comment but HATE ADS IN THE MIDDLE

Kirbstreet ,

Awesome🤘🏾🔥🔥🔥

Finally found a podcast that brings guests who are certified business owners. Sharing experiences that can help people to start their business in the cannabis field. Thank you 🙏🏾 very informative, clear audio, and I throughly enjoy this show.

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