I'm with RJ is a founder's focused podcast which seeks to delivery street-level intel on emerging industries and markets to all corners of the globe.Featuring well-known entrepreneurs and operators alongside successful and notable investors and fund managers, with a few award-winning entertainers and authors sprinkled in the mix for good measure, I'm with RJ takes a light hearted approach to delivering the goods.
A Call to "Rebelle" - A Conversation with Marcus Williams of Rebelle Dispensary & CGP (S4-E11)
As season 4 heads into the final straightaway, RJ welcomes Marcus Williams, the Vice President of Community Growth Partners (CGP) based in Massachusetts, to the show.
Unfortunately Claire was under the weather but as Marcus had invited the I'm with RJ show to check out CGP's first location, a beautiful farmhouse-style dispensary in Great Barrington, MA, called Rebelle Dispensary, we couldn't delay the recording - sorry Claire!
Buttttttt...we're damn sure glad we didn't reschedule because this episode is a full hour of truth as Marcus breaks down the market in Massachusetts, the opportunities and challenges facing retailers and brands in New England and what its like to be a black cannabis executive with a passion for the plant and a previous career in technology.
With so much to discuss, forget this description and just check out the episode.
So press play, turn the volume up and open up your mind as Marcus Williams joins the I'm with RJ show and drops some seriously valuable knowledge that every cannabis regulator, investor, entrepreneur, laborer and consumer needs.
Season 4 - Episode 11 - here. we. go.
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The Recipe for Success - A Conversation with Acronym Investment, Kush Kitchen Oils and Misty Mountain Carts (S4-E10)
2021 was a hell of a year - glad you are all still with us.
Season 4 has made it to double digits and the conversation is a dandy as RJ and Claire connect with David and Chef Phil from Acronym Investments, the team behind Kush Kitchen Oils and Misty Mountain Carts.
Claire connected with the Kush Kitchen team while budtending and running social media strategy for Wonderbrett's retail location - energetic, focused and respectful of the plant best described their first meeting and in a lot of ways, the Acronym family of brands.
The conversation focuses on the roots of AI, which began in Washington D.C. - D.C. operates under decriminalization rather than legalization and the market is something of a sandbox environment, evident by the number of sku's Acronym has available in the east coast.
The conversation also covers what it's like launching products in the California market and the uniqueness of both Kush Kitchen, a flavored tincture designed for use with food, and Misty Mountain Carts, which is making 1 of the only full gram rosin 510 thread cart available in California.
Join us for another kick-ass conversation this time with a focus on food and the future of cannabis as Claire and RJ connect with Acronym Investments
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Community CRoP - a Conversation with Gordon Lewis (S4-E12)
Join RJ for another great conversation, this time with Gordon Lewis, CEO of Massachusetts-based CRoP
With a site planned for Framingham, MA, CRoP intends to offer mature cannasseurs an unforgettably invogatoring experience, a concept that has been overwhelming under prioritized until now despite the obvious need and demand for it.
Gordon and RJ dive into the rich history of pot in Massachusetts, discussing the good ol hash-filled days and the impact those experiences have had on Gordon and the retail store.
This is a great conversation for cannabis entrepreneurs, investors and consumers of all ages, so if you're lucky enough (and old enough) to have some oily, fragrant temple ball hash laying around, pull out your best hash pipe and open your mind to this I'm with RJ episode featuring Gordon Lewis of CRoP.
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Mike Hennesy, VP of Innovation, Wana Brands (S4-E9)
Join RJ and Claire for the first interview of the year, featuring Wana Brand's VP of Innovation, Mike Hennesy.
Mike's story is a classic one, having started as a sales person and worked his way to an executive role where his voice is now shaping one of the highest valued edible companies in all of cannabis.
If you're just starting your career in cannabis or you're wondering what Wana brands is up to behind the scenes, this episode was made for you.
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Bhangin on Every Door: A conversation with Wes Eder, Global VP of Revenue, Bhang Inc. (S4-EP8)
The 8th installment of I'm with RJ's 4th season may be one of our realest episodes yet.
RJ and Claire are joined by Wes Eder, a successful cannabis entrepreneur and now Global VP of Revenue for publicly traded Bhang Inc.
Wes was extremely honest and heartfelt in every moment of this episode, whether discussing the opportunities and challenges around the domestic cannabis market or whether looking at the trials and tribulations he endured while walking his path to success.
For those who haven't yet met him, drawing on his family's rich history in the liquor distribution game, Wes Eder launched Shelf Life Distribution with his business partner and wife Courtney Eder as adult-use recreational cannabis came to California back in 2017.
Prior to that, Wes successful navigated the prop 215 medical market in California, becoming known as one of the best brokers in Southern California.
The episode covers the entire journey and focuses on several aspects in depth including Wes' successful exit from Shelf Life and his new role as Global VP of Revenue for one of the oldest cannabis chocolate companies in America, Bhang Inc.
If you manage people, if you're looking to launch a cannabis business or if you're just ready for a great f*****g story about an interesting person, it's time to press play on Episode 8 of the I'm with RJ show featuring Wes Eder.
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Drink your Happiness - A conversation with Happi Beverages (S4-E7)
If you weren't already excited for the Turkey Day break, sit down and crack open your favorite cannabis beverage as Claire and RJ are live once again from the floor of MJ Unpacked, joined for Episode 7 by Lisa Hurwitz and Joe Reynolds of Happi Beverage Co.
Featuring uniquely appealing flavors like raspberry honeysuckle and lemon elderflower, Happi's approach can be summed up as low dose, high quality.
The product is all natural, vegan, non-gmo, a lot healthier than most other "adult" beverages and at 2.5mg's per can, the product is set to be a surefire hit with a wide range of canna consumer categories as dispensary beverage shelves continues to add new options weekly.
While the episode is a quick one, the details are invaluable for entrepreneurs and investors alike as Lisa's veteran cannabis experience is on display throughout the 20+ minute conversation.
Join our amazing host for another episode of the I'm with RJ show, live from MJ Unpacked - crowd noise and all - featuring Lisa and Joe from Happi Beverage Co.
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I’m with Rj
Rj and Alec have this mentor vibe goin and it workkss. Mad informative at a top level for people like me who don’t really know the biz side of things.
I’m with RJ
“I’m with RJ” is a dope podcast with co-host Alec Rovitz about the cannabis industry. RJ and Alec keep things real and initiates laughs regularly. Definitely recommend a listen to their podcast.