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NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice covers a range of topics including the rapidly evolving political and policy changes that affect our industry, news and events of importance to cannabis professionals, and features on companies, individuals, and campaigns at the cutting edge of the cannabis industry.

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NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice covers a range of topics including the rapidly evolving political and policy changes that affect our industry, news and events of importance to cannabis professionals, and features on companies, individuals, and campaigns at the cutting edge of the cannabis industry.

    Day to Day NCIA During COVID-19

    Day to Day NCIA During COVID-19

    Day to Day NCIA During COVID-19 with Aaron Smith, NCIA’s CEO and Co-founder, who Bethany has had the pleasure of working for since January 2014 when she moved to Denver to begin working at NCIA. Aaron is originally from Santa Rosa, California, but spends more than half of his time in Denver. We chat about what’s fresh and new at NCIA that we rolled out this year. First of all, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee (DEIC) is one of their 13 member-driven committees, and NCIA’s Membership Manager - Tahir Johnson - based in D.C. is simultaneously overseeing the EQUITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. During this super strange year of COVID-19, events are postponed, but cannabis is essential in most states where it’s legal. The cannabis industry is also stepping up to do things like donate PPE equipment or actually manufacture and produce hand sanitizer.

    • 35 min
    The Hurdles For A Cannabis Startup

    The Hurdles For A Cannabis Startup

    The Hurdles For A Cannabis Startup with Ryan Douglas of Ryan Douglas Cultivation. As Master Grower from 2013 to 2016, he directed cultivation for Tweed Inc., Canada’s largest licensed producer of medical cannabis and the flagship subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation. As one of the company’s first employees, he helped drive the organization’s early success by designing the production facility, selecting the genetics, and hiring and training staff to produce 70,000 plants and process 6 tons of dry cannabis annually. His work at Tweed has been featured in Vice, New York Times, Bloomberg News, and on National Public Radio.

    • 34 min
    The Georgia Medical Cannabis Legislative Roll Out

    The Georgia Medical Cannabis Legislative Roll Out

    The Georgia medical cannabis legislative roll out with Taylor English Duma LLP's Reggie Snyder. Taylor English Duma LLP is based in Atlanta, Georgia, but boasts a full-service firm with 175 attorneys including a geographic scope of remote lawyers situated across the country, doing business also in California, Florida, D.C. New York, Tennessee, Texas, and so on, serving over 15 industries, Reggie is an experienced trial lawyer whose litigation practice primarily focuses on contract, construction, and real estate disputes, products liability, and personal injury. We talk about what’s going on on the ground in Georgia where Reggie is based, where medical cannabis was just recently approved. It's really exciting to see some Southern states moving in this direction, so we discuss what’s going on with the Georgia medical cannabis legislative roll out and what Georgia’s Cannabis Commission is up to.

    • 35 min
    Government Funding For The Cannabis Business

    Government Funding For The Cannabis Business

    Government Funding For The Cannabis Business with Shane Pennington of Yetter Coleman. Yetter Coleman is a litigation boutique specializing in high-stakes business and technology litigation around the country. Shane is recognized as a “Texas Rising Star” in Appellate by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers. He was also a panelist on a recent NCIA webinar "Just Say No - Keep the DEA Out of Cannabis Research," with NCIA’s Policy Council. We dive into a lawsuit Shane's firm is spearheading against the Small Business Administration. Because cannabis companies, who were otherwise deemed essential in many states during the COVID-19 shutdowns, are not eligible to receive these benefits. We break that down for our listeners and explain what that is, as well as why there’s a lawsuit being spearheaded in the first place.

    • 35 min
    Full Integration While Expanding Your Product Line

    Full Integration While Expanding Your Product Line

    Full integration while expanding your product line with Michael Bostarr, Director of Strategy and Implementation of SPARC. Michael is a passionate organizer who produced Blunt Talks San Francisco, and helped bring to life Meadow's first-ever camping retreat -Meadowlands. He is former Chief of Staff at Kin Slips and Michael is now the Director of Strategy and Implementation at SPARC. He is a vocal advocate for cannabis and can often be seen at local city council meetings. SPARC, whose roots began back as early as 1998 when CA Prop 215 was passed, opened its first retail facility in 2010 on Mission Street in San Francisco.

    • 32 min
    Parallels Between The Wine And Cannabis Industry

    Parallels Between The Wine And Cannabis Industry

    Parallels between the wine and cannabis industry with COO of Fumé, Elissa Hambrecht. Founded in 2017, Fumé Brands is a vertically integrated cannabis company, operating four businesses from cultivation through retail. With active cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution channels, Fumé Brands recently launched its first consumer brand LAKEGRADE, and plans to launch other thoughtfully crafted cannabis products and experiences in the future. Nestled in the side of the mountains, Fumé's plants are grown by a Master cannabis cultivator with three decades of experience. The land has active hot springs on-site that we’re all jealous they get to soak in after a long day on the farm. Elissa was previously in the wine industry which a lot of folks say share a lot of parallels to the cannabis industry. Especially with her being located in the Napa Valley which is very much known for great wine, we discuss what wisdom Eillsa is bringing from the wine industry that can be applied to the cannabis industry, as well the similarities between those industries and how they work. The science behind cannabis over the years has been great as we unravel the facts of cannabinoids and terpenes and how they impact us. We here at NCIA like to envision a world where we can reverse engineer exactly what we want. We want to relax but don’t want to fall asleep, we want anti-inflammatory properties but don’t want the munchies. We talk about Elissa's thoughts on that being the future of cannabis innovation and more.

    • 34 min

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workforceActivist✊🏽 ,

Interview request

Hi! I’d like to be interviewed about the topic of WORKFORCE EDUCATION AND EQUITY. Particularly certification programs for cannabis employees and how states are doing that and how there are huge gaps of equity and education for those working in the field. ✊🏽

Tracy-R ,

Gets deep into the topics

Serious (but not too serious) information about the cannabis industry. Very helpful and professional.

LuCeLa ,

Great Podcast

Really enjoyed your most recent episode with Gary! Lots of good insight into a part of the cannabis industry that’s so important yet often overlooked

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