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.
Turning Point Brands with Eric Anwar and Lorenzo De Plano
Turning Point Brands with Eric Anwar (Sr. Director of Marketing) and Lorenzo De Plano (Vice President) today on Blunt Business with Jorge Hermida only on Cannabis Radio. Our next guest markets one of the most widely sold cannabis adjacent products on the market. When you think of rolling papers you are most likely thinking of their majorly featured brand, Zig-Zag. We start by talking about the importance of Zig-Zag to the Cannabis Industry. Seeking Alpha wrote: How does Turning Point Brands factor into this cannabis craze? Well, Turning Point Brands is really a tobacco products company. The company sells products such as chewing tobacco and tobacco alternatives such as vape products. But Turning Point Brands has a very popular tobacco brand that is a marijuana adjacent product in Zig-Zag. As can be seen, Zig-Zag is one of the most popular cigarette rolling papers and also has a 75% share of the cigar wrap market. The Zig-Zag brand is also synonymous with marijuana "joints" while cigar wraps are traditionally used for marijuana "blunts."
US Cannabis Council With Steven Hawkins
US Cannabis Council with President & CEO Steven Hawkins today on Blunt Business with Jorge Hermida only on Cannabis Radio. In 2020, just $4 million was spent on marijuana lobbying, according to Open Secrets. That’s measly compared to the $27 million that was spent by tobacco lobbyists, and roughly $30 million from the beer, wine, and liquor industry. Happy to welcome this week the President and CEO of the United States Cannabis Council, an omnibus group that includes many of the largest industry players, namely a strategic alliance of 65 companies and nonprofits working in the licensed, medical, and adult-use cannabis industry in the United States, and Executive Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, the leading national organizations advancing the legalization of cannabis for adult use and medical treatment.
HERBL with Founder And CEO Mike Beaudry
HERBL with Founder And CEO Mike Beaudry today on Blunt Business with Jorge Hermida only on Cannabis Radio. Our next guest founded California's largest cannabis supply chain solutions company servicing more than 850 storefront and non-storefront retail licensees. They also boast exclusive brand partnerships with the #1 selling flower, vape, and concentrate brands. Recently the company announced its acquisition of Blackbird, a premier cannabis distributor and direct-to-consumer software solutions company based in Nevada. The transaction allows HERBL to leverage Blackbird’s ecosystem of national retail and logistics insights to enter the Nevada market and create the most comprehensive supply chain platform in the industry.
Dymapak with CEO Ross Kirsh
Dymapak with CEO Ross Kirsh today on Blunt Business with Jorge Hermida only on Cannabis Radio. The U.S. cannabis industry is expected to add $92 billion to the country's economy in 2021, according to MJBizDaily. As the industry continues its upward momentum, producers of cannabis products that range from mints to gummies to dissolvable powders are seeking ways to reduce plastic packaging while remaining compliant. Dymapak is the leading solution provider to meet the growing need for safety packaging solutions across a variety of applications and industries. Recently, Dymapak, along with client HEXO, an award-winning licensed producer of innovative products for the global cannabis market, and Plastic Bank®, announced a partnership to offset all plastic in packaging. You said about this: “Ocean plastic is a critical issue with increasing challenges,” said Ross Kirsh, CEO at Dymapak.
Unrivaled Brands CEO Frank Knuettel
Unrivaled Brands CEO Frank Knuettel today on Blunt Business with Jorge Hermida only on Cannabis Radio. Our next guest has decades of experience in working with and advising public and private companies on financial management and controls, M&A, capital markets transactions, and operating and financial restructurings. Bob Hoban in Forbes recently wrote: There are indicators, not the least of which was the House’s passage of the MORE ACT, that senior members of the Biden administration, like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, are moving toward federal cannabis legalization. This is building a wave of momentum for U.S. cannabis investment and goes hand in hand with the trend of industry consolidation we’ve seen in recent months. With this growing enthusiasm and confidence, increasing mergers and acquisition activity, and investors looking for companies to fund, one must ask the question – how does one evaluate cannabis investments? So we talk about the opportunities that Unrivaled Brands is focusing on and what opportunities are in its purview. Just as we saw in Canada, cannabis reform is gaining supporters at the highest level of American politics leading to a wave of excitement and causing investors to position for market entry.
FlowerHire with CEO David Belsky
FlowerHire with CEO David Belsky today on Blunt Business with Jorge Hermida only on Cannabis Radio. Our next guest runs a leading staffing and talent strategy firm serving the regulated cannabis industry. It has filled over 300 positions in 10 states since its inception in 2017. To bring listeners up to speed, David built his career in executive search over the course of 16 years. During that time, he spent 13 years with the same company, focusing on tech. Since our chat last June, he launched the FlowerHire X application platform. David told Benzinga he created FlowerHire X, to help job seekers understand what type of job in cannabis is relevant for them and help companies hire the right type of folks in the right type of job to unlock the potential of their workforce and reduce turnover. We talk about this new platform and the solutions he hopes this will provide.
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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.
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