Matthew Kind from the website CannaInsider provides weekly interviews with the leading voices of the rapidly growing Cannabis, Marijuana Industry. Listen in and learn as visionaries discuss the trends and technology that are shaping the industry. Each week you’ll learn about; what is going on in The Marijuana Industry, what states are legalizing and when, what jobs are being created by both recreational and Medical Marijuana (MMJ) legalization, ways to invest in cannabis businesses, and fun and safe ways to partake in Marijuana Tourism. Looking for more? We also interview various experts including: cannabis chemists, dispensary owners, manufacturers of marijuana infused products (MIPS), seed companies, marijuana and cannabis investors and entrepreneurs.
Ep 352 - A Wave of Capital Is Heading for Cannabis, Insider Gives Details
Interview with Todd Harrison of CB1 Capital
Ep 351 - Maine Cannabis Company Thrives in a New Market
Maine cannabis sales are booming after dispensaries were finally given the green light to sell recreational cannabis last fall, but this new market isn't without its challenges.
Here to tell us about it is Brandon Pollock of Theory Wellness.
Learn more at https://theorywellness.org
[2:14] An inside look at Theory Wellness, a small batch cannabis company with recreational and medical dispensaries in Massachusetts and Maine
[2:57] Brandon’s background in cannabis and how he came to start Theory Wellness
[4:36] Lessons Brandon learned during his time working for Harborside and how they’ve influenced his approach at Theory Wellness
[7:11] The pros and cons of being vertically integrated in the cannabis industry right now
[8:53] Why Maine dispensaries are having a difficult time meeting their supply needs
[10:25] The best selling products in Maine right now
[11:25] Unique aspects of the east coast cannabis market and where Brandon sees it heading over the next few years
[13:53] What it means to be a “small batch” cannabis company and how that sets Theory Wellness apart from other dispensaries
[15:03] How Theory Wellness is expanding into new states despite difficulties scaling a small batch cannabis company
[17:38] The inspiration for Theory Wellness’ successful new product Hi5, a low-dose THC seltzer
[19:02] How Hi5 compares to similar alcoholic seltzers in onset and overall effect
[19:59] Why Brandon believes cannabis beverages like Hi5 will surpass alcohol over the next few years
[22:26] Challenges Theory Wellness has faced in distributing their cannabis drinks
[24:02] How Theory Wellness is helping more entrepreneurs get into the cannabis space through its social equity programs in Maine and Massachusetts
Ep 350 - Insider Details Important Changes To The Califorina Cannabis Market
California is the world’s largest cannabis market, and that means navigating everything that’s happening on the legal and regulatory front can be tricky. Here to help us is Khurshid Khoja of Greenbridge Corporate Counsel.
Learn more at http://www.greenbridgelaw.com
[00:54] An inside look at Greenbridge Corporate Counsel, a California business and regulatory law boutique that provides industry-focused legal expertise to cannabis companies
[1:24] Khurshid’s day-to-day interfacing with Sacramento regulators and politicians to help his clients see what’s just around the corner
[3:54] California’s provisional licensing crisis and where Khurshid sees things heading over the next year
[7:53] How Governor Newsom’s potential recall could affect California’s cannabis industry
[9:14] The Budget Trailer Bill and why it’s important
[12:24] Why Khurshid believes California’s regulatory landscape will evolve to become much more streamlined over the next few years
[15:29] The pending legislation around veterinary cannabis products
[17:17] The current regulation and taxation for non-cannabis cannabinoids
[20:08] What Sacramento regulators are saying about delta-8 THC, a hemp-derived cannabinoid that some states are banning due to its close relation to delta-9 THC
[26:30] What California business owners are excited about right now and the big opportunities that lie ahead
Ep 349 - Hemp Vodka is Taking Off, Here's Why...
A new hemp seed vodka is winning taste tests and garnering devotees across Texas. Here to tell us about it is Ben Williams, founder of Highway Vodka.
Learn more at https://www.highwayvodka.com
[00:45] An inside look at Highway Vodka, the first vodka created from hemp
[1:12] Ben’s background in the restaurant and bar industry and how he came to start Highway Vodka
[2:11] Why hemp produces a smoother vodka than most traditional grains and how Ben figured this out over years of experimentation
[7:08] The permits required to sell hemp-based alcohol
[13:43] Highway vodka’s unique flavor profile and how it compares to other spirits
[18:44] How Highway Vodka contains virtually no congeners, making the drink low-calorie and less likely to cause a hangover
[24:27] Books that have had a big impact on Ben’s life and way of thinking
[28:16] Ben’s thoughts on legalization in Texas and other southern states
Ep 348 - Cannabis Fund Eyes The Sweet Spot For Investors
Some investors are seeing big opportunities in post-seed stage investing. Here to tell us about it is Patrick Rea of the Poseidon Garden Fund.
Learn more at https://www.poseidonassetmanagement.com
[00:44] An inside look at the Poseidon Garden Fund, a $50 million fund supporting post-seed stage cannabis businesses
[1:39] Patrick’s background in cannabis, including his popular business-accelerator and venture capital fund, CanopyBoulder
[2:49] The current cannabis investing landscape and Patrick’s advice to investors looking to enter the space
[7:02] The benefits of post-seed stage investing versus earlier stages
[10:08] How the Poseidon Garden Fund helps springboard companies through its mastermind groups and large network of industry leaders
[13:53] The Garden Fund’s process for follow-on investments
[15:08] Parallels between the cannabis and supplements industries, including a new trend in product technology
[16:40] The Garden Fund investments Patrick is most excited about right now
[21:19] Patrick’s advice to entrepreneurs on the dos and don’ts of pitching your company
Ep 347 - Michigan Is The Most Interesting Cannabis Market, Period
The Michigan cannabis market isn’t on everyone’s radar, but it’s large and growing faster than you might think. Here to tell us about it is Fabian Monaco of Gage Cannabis.
Learn more at https://gageusa.com
[1:17] An inside look at Gage Cannabis, one of the largest vertically-integrated cannabis companies in Michigan
[1:45] Fabian’s background in investment banking and how he came to be president and CEO of Gage Cannabis
[3:01] Michigan’s history in medical marijuana and how the state’s cannabis market has evolved over recent years
[5:18] Why Fabian believes every cannabis brand needs to be vertically integrated right now
[7:05] The pros and cons of contract growing versus buying wholesale
[11:05] The most popular cannabis products in Michigan right now and surprising new trends to look out for
[17:49] How Gage Cannabis has successfully employed curbside pickup to gross almost 99 percent of their profit
[21:29] The importance of brand continuity and how this has helped Gage grow so quickly
[24:38] Cookies aka the “Coca-Cola of cannabis,” a popular California-based cannabis brand that has partnered with Gage to expand into Michigan
Matthew does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!
Long time listener
I started listening somewhere around 4-5yrs ago. I was at a job I hated working retail and took a vacation to Colorado. I visited a handful of dispensaries and told myself this is what I need to be doing I can work in retail with something I love. I made it a goal to work in the cannabis space. I made it a 5yr goal. The first step was looking for information and tools on anything that had to do with the subject. I was already listening to podcast on self improvement and entrepreneurship and thought to myself there must be some cannabis related podcasts. And behold I found this one and haven’t look back since. I am almost 3yrs into working at a vertically integrated company which was ahead of my 5yr plan to be working in the cannabis industry.
Matthew Kind hosts a great show about a variety of interesting aspects within the cannabis industry, from cannabusiness to the science behind it. The podcast is very informative, and because it is geared away from gimmicks and chatter, each episode provides the audience with a feeling of time well spent (plus fun education).