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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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    • 4.5 • 77 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.

    Jesse and Joel Stanley, Co-Founders of Charlotte’s Web

    Jesse and Joel Stanley, Co-Founders of Charlotte’s Web

    Welcome to The Green Rush, a podcast about the intersection of cannabis, the capital markets, and culture. On a weekly basis, hosts Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich of KCSA Strategic Communications speak with the business leaders, financial experts, cultural icons, legislators, and generally interesting people moving the cannabis and psychedelics industries forward.







    Very few companies in this space need no introduction - and Charlotte’s Web - is one of them. 







    Today Anne and guest host Phil Carlson speak with two of the seven Stanley brothers, Jesse and Joel, both pioneers in CBD - and who’s CBD-rich hemp genetics changed marijuana history.







    Their strain, named for Charlotte Figi, a young girl who lived with as many as 300 epileptic seizures a day and who was the feature of the groundbreaking 2013 piece by CNN’s Sajjay Gupta called “Weed.” 







    Through the use of the hemp genetics developed by the Stanley Brothers, Figi experienced an immediate reduction in her epileptic seizures down to just two or three per month. She became some of the most prominent figures in the legalization movement before sadly passing away in 2020 at the age of 13.







    In this episode, Anne and Phil talk to the brothers about the history of Charlotte’s Web, what it’s like working with so much of their family, and their insights into what’s next for the company. 







    So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Jesse and Joel Stanley, co-founders of Charlotte’s Web.







    Links and mentions in the show







    https://www.charlottesweb.com/ 







    Links to the guest’s company and social media accounts







    Charlotte’s Web Twitter: https://twitter.com/charlottesweb Charlotte’s Web Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharlottesWebCBD/ Charlotte’s Web Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charlotteswebcbd/ Jesse Stanley’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessemstanley/ Joel Stanley’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joel-stanley-2885116b/ 







    Show Credits:







    This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe 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

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Bryan Wickersham and Jerome Crawford of Pleasantrees

    Bryan Wickersham and Jerome Crawford of Pleasantrees

    Welcome to the Green Rush, a KCSA Strategic Communications Production, and a weekly conversation at the intersection of cannabis, psychedelics, the capital markets and culture. 







    This week hosts Anne Donhoe and Nick Opich are back with a new episode with special guests Bryan Wickersham, Chief Development Officer, and Jerome Crawford, Chief Legal Officer, of Pleasant Trees, the first michigan founded company to become an MSO that is a vertically integrated and serving adult-use and medical customers in Michigan and Massachusetts.  







    In this episode, Anne and Nick chat with Bryan and Jerome about the company’s focus on the Michigan market and what has led to the brand’s success in that tough market. The group also touches on why Pleasantrees has focused on operations in highly competitive markets and what has allowed them to thrive where most other operators have failed. 







    So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Bryan Wickersham and Jerome Crawford of Pleasantrees.







    Links and mentions in the show







    https://www.enjoypleasantrees.com/mi/ 







    Links to the guest’s company and social media accounts







    Pleasantrees Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wearepleasantrees/ Pleasantrees Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EnjoyPleasantrees Pleasantrees LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/pleasantrees/ Bryan’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryan-wickersham-22397455/ Jerome’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jcrawfordesq/ 







    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

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Stephanie Shepard, Partnerships Manager and Director on the Board with Last Prisoner Project

    Stephanie Shepard, Partnerships Manager and Director on the Board with Last Prisoner Project

    Welcome to the Green Rush, a KCSA Strategic Communications Production, and a weekly conversation at the intersection of cannabis, psychedelics, the capital markets and culture. 







    This week Anne and Nick had the honor of speaking with Stephanie Shepard, Partnerships Manager and Director on the Board with Last Prisoner Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to cannabis-related criminal justice reform. In addition to her work at Last Prisoner Project, Stephanie is herself a survivor of the War on Drugs, having been sentenced in 2010 to 10 years in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for a non-violent cannabis related crime. 







    The Green Rush was first introduced to Stephanie through CannabizTeam, the premier executive search and staffing firm, and ongoing partner with Last Prisoner Project. 







    In this episode, Anne and Nick connected with Stephanie to talk about the challenges she faced reintegrating into society following her sentence, how she began working with the Last Prisoner Project in the fight for restorative justice and actions the industry can begin taking to aid those still being victimized by the criminalization of cannabis. In addition the three discuss Joe Biden’s missed opportunity to make a greater impact on the cannabis movement with his most recent announcement and the 2022 midterm elections.  







    So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Stephanie Shepard, Partnership Director with Last Prisoner Project. 







    Links and mentions in the show







    https://www.lastprisonerproject.org/ LPP’s Letter Writing Program: https://www.lastprisonerproject.org/letter-writing Donate to LPP







    Links to the guest’s company and social media accounts







    Stephanie’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-shepard-744894223/ LPP’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lastprisonerproject LPP’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/lastprisonerprj LPP’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lastprisonerproject/ LPP’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/last-prisoner-project/ 







    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

    • 38 min
    Chris Walsh, CEO of MJ Biz

    Chris Walsh, CEO of MJ Biz

    Welcome to the Green Rush, a KCSA Strategic Communications Production, and a weekly conversation at the intersection of cannabis, psychedelics, the capital markets and culture. 







    This week Anne and Kris are back for a new episode with special guest Chris Walsh, CEO of MJ Biz, one of the leading publications covering the burgeoning cannabis industry. Chris served as the founding editor of Marijuana Business Daily during the company’s launch in 2011, becoming the first journalist in the United States to focus exclusively on covering the business of cannabis. As CEO of MJ Biz, he now guides the strategic vision of the company and its sister publication – Hemp Industry Daily – while educating mainstream industries about the marijuana and hemp sectors.







    In this episode, Anne and Kris connect with Kris ahead of the 2022 Marijuana Business Conference to preview that show as well as to cover some of the biggest news in the industry.







    So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Chris Walsh, CEO of MJ Biz.







    Links and mentions in the show







    https://mjbizconference.com/https://mjbizdaily.com/  







    Links to the guest’s company and social media accounts







    Chris Walsh’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-walsh-8a15864/ 







    Show Credits:







    This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Kris Krane 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

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Michael Reardon, Co-Founder and CEO of Happy Valley

    Michael Reardon, Co-Founder and CEO of Happy Valley

    This week on The Green Rush, host Kris Krane is back with a new episode with special guest Michael Reardon, Co-Founder and CEO of Happy Valley, a vertically integrated cannabis company serving adult-use and medical customers in Massachusetts.  







    In this episode, Kris connects with Michael to discuss how Happy Valley has grown since 2015 when it was an original client of Kris’ consulting firm, 4Front Advisors; the complicated nature of the Massachusetts market, Happy Valley’s unique approach to gaining market share in a crowded space, and what the future holds for his cannabis business.







    So sit back and enjoy our conversation with Michael Reardon, Co-Founder and CEO of Happy Valley.







    Links and mentions in the show







    https://www.happyvalley.org/ 







    Links to the guest’s company and social media accounts







    Happy Valley Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyMA/ Happy Valley Twitter: https://twitter.com/HappyValleyMA Happy Valley LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/happy-valley-ventures/ Happy Valley Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happyvalleymass/ 







    Show Credits:







    This episode was hosted by Kris Krane 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

    • 52 min
    Joe Moore, Co-Founder and CEO of Psychedelics Today

    Joe Moore, Co-Founder and CEO of Psychedelics Today

    This week on The Green Rush, Anne Donohoe is back for a new episode with Joe Moore, co-founder and CEO of Psychedelics Today, a leading media and educational platform that explores and discusses the necessary academic/scientific and other research in the field of psychedelics. 







    Joe has been active for 20 years in the psychedelic space and works to help steward the psychedelic movement in an optimal direction for the betterment of humanity. Most recently, he was appointed to the Board of Psychedelic Medicine Coalition (formerly Plant Medicine Coalition). 







    In this episode, Anne chats with Joe about his journey into psychedelics via holotropic breathwork, some of the lesser-known psychedelic compounds and what makes them unique, Psychedelic Today’s NEW streaming show “Psychedelics Tonight,” and more! Joe also provides his thoughts on the FDA’s and DEA’s role in psychedelic therapy and the psychedelic industry in Oregon, as well as what he’s looking for as the industry continues to develop. 







    So sit back and enjoy this conversation with Joe Moore, co-founder and CEO of Psychedelics Today. 







    Links and mentions in the show







    https://psychedelicstoday.com/ https://psychedelicstoday.com/podcast/ 







    Links to the guest’s company and social media accounts







    Psychedelics Today Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063680660656 Psychedelics Today Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/psychedelicstoday/ Psychedelics Today Twitter: https://twitter.com/PsydelicsToday Joe Moore LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-moore-90a488141/ Joe Moore Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jomo137/ 







    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

Stizzarapone ,

Great content but a bit too childish

I work for one of oldest organizations in cannabis advocacy and it’s frustrating to have serious guests constantly interrupted by “weed” jokes and the hosts attempts to alternatively be either the wittiest or smartest person in the room. Yes, I understand you’re trying to entertain AND inform but there are serious policy, health, and investment related issues still unsettled and we will prevail if we accept that those issues require adult conversation. And please stop with the childish concerns over “pissing off” operators and entrepreneurs when asking hard questions. It’s transparent, you’re an agency and you want clients; But you are also a respected agency that does good work, so you don’t need to worry about pissing off the cool mean girls in the room by asking the same honest questions investors and analysts would ask of public and or venture funded companies in other industries. Would you ask Jim Cramer or Warren Buffet to not “name names” out of fear of upsetting the operators of a business they were commenting on?

RomeoGr8 ,

Politics

Your fired... good bye!

David W... ,

Great discussions

Lewis and Anne and the GR team do an excellent job covering a range of issues. The best podcast in the industry.

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