How have entrepreneurs left their old careers behind and found success in cannabis, and how can you do the same? Green Entrepreneur with Jonathan Small answers that question each week, with inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush.
Two NFL Stars Want to Show How Cannabis Helps with Brain Injuries
Once NFL teammate, Rob Sims and Calvin Johnson, Jr now run a Michigan cannabis company called Primitiv together. Their brand is focused on understanding how medical marijuana can ease pain, especially among professional athletes. Primitiv recently collaborated with Harvard University to research how cannabis helps people with CTE, a brain disease associated with repeated traumatic brain injuries. Rob Sims joins the show to talk why he got into the business and the secret club of NFL weed smokers.
Tindr for Tokers? High There! Is Cannabis's Biggest Social Network
Leo Giel is the new CEO of High There!, the largest cannabis-friendly social network. With over 100K active users, it is a Match.com for marijuana enthusiasts, a Tindr for tokers, and a whole lot more. The network was recently rebooted to include group chats, photo staring, message, and articles. Giel talks about how the company is addressing the challenges many 420 enthusiasts face on social media. He also talks about privacy concerns, dealing with bots and trolls, and how they’re planning to monetize.
Growing Cannabis Without Pests and Pathogens
Guests Josh Rubin and Milan Patel join the show to talk about how Curaleaf uses a DNA-based pathogen testing program to ensure their crops are free of fungi and pests within hours. Josh is senior VP of Cultivation for Curaleaf, a vertically-integrated MSO, and Milan is CEO of PathogenDX, an Arizona-based biotechnology company.
Wonderbrett on How He Built His Legacy Brand
Brett Feldman is the legendary cultivator and co-founder of Wonderbrett, a California-based cannabis lifestyle brand. For years, Brett’s rare genetics, exotic terpene profiles, and meticulous cultivation has made him a favorite of cannabis connoisseurs such as Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, B Real, and Justin Bieber. He recently opened a flagship dispensary in Hollywood, as one of the recipients of California’s coveted Social Equity Retail License. Here’s how a stoner from the Valley built a weed empire.
Are Sublingual Cannabis Strips the Future?
Guests are Josh Kirby and Andrew Lobo of Kinslips, compact cannabis-infused strips. They’re designed to dissolve in your mouth and straight into your blood stream in around 10 to 15 minutes, so you don’t have to wait around to feel the high. Josh and Andrew are the brain behind the strips. Josh is the Chief Product Officer and Andrew is the CEO. They talk about how Kinslips was discovered by accident, the problem it’s solving in the marketplace, and the future of this new technology.
Colin Hanks on His Hanks Kerchiefs Business
Guest Colin Hanks is an actor, filmmaker, the eldest son of Tom Hanks, and most recently an entrepreneur. His company Hanks Kerchiefs manufactures California-made colorful bandanas. Hanks recently partners with MSO cannabis operator Jushi to sell his products in their online merch store and BEYOND/HELLO retail stores in California and Illinois.
I am trying to ramp up in the industry and these podcasts have been a huge help to see who all the major players are and how they think about the business. Thank you so much, Jonathan, for all your great work & interviews!
Really enjoying all the podcast content. Very insightful information from some key players in the industry. Love the magazine as well! Keep up the great work !