NatGeo’s Jason Silva On Cannabis, Psychology And ‘The Psychedelic Renaissance’

The TV personality, filmmaker, speaker and futurist describes his journey with marijuana on the heels of a new podcast. January 20, 2020 5 min read This story originally appeared on Benzinga Jason Silva is a TV personality, filmmaker, speaker and futurist. He’s best-known to the world for hosting the “Brain Games” TV show on the National Geographic channel for five consecutive seasons. In the wake of a new podcast titled “Flow Sessions with Jason SIlva,” the psychonaut had a talk with Benzinga Cannabis about the events and ideas that lead him to where he is today. RELATED: How To Know What Dosage Of CBD To Take Awakening To Cannabis’ Mind-Opening Potential Silva comes from a culturally driven household in Venezuela, where he lived until he moved to the U.S. at 18. He says he first became interested in cannabis after researching the plant for an article he wrote for his high school […]

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Eaze Director Talks Big Tech Limitations, Industry Trends

Elizabeth Ashford, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Eaze, shares her insights and projections for the future of the cannabis industry in California. January 13, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on Benzinga Before working as a communications consultant for the cannabis industry, Ashford sat at senior offices at the California State Government, serving as press secretary and chief of communications with Governors Schwarzenegger and Brown. Her participation in state government gave her a fluid familiarity with the departments of agriculture and public health, which she later applied to the cannabis industry. Her last public charge was serving as chief of staff Kamala Harris’ office as Attorney General of California. After leaving the public space in 2015, Ashford managed Activision Blizzard’s corporate communications, where she learned the ins and outs of a publicly traded company. RELATED: Don’t Invest In Legal Cannabis Until You’ve Read These 5 Tips Big Tech As Key […]

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The Tango For Cannabis Legalization And Home Growing In Latin America

Advocates of cannabis are urging Latin American countries to surrender against the war on the drug. January 2, 2020 6 min read This story originally appeared on Benzinga Latin America’s cannabis market is poised to become a central piece in the development of a legal global cannabis industry. With land and weather perfectly fit for cannabis cultivation, relatively low labor costs, and a strategic location for exports into North America, the region is on its way to becoming an important cannabis hub. Some markets like Colombia are welcoming investments from some of the top cannabis companies like Canopy Growth, Aurora Cannabis, Cronos Group and Aphria.  However, other countries in the region are far behind on cannabis policy. Aside from holding these nations back on the possible economic development associated with production, this reluctance to moving forward is having even stronger consequences on citizens who depend on the plant as basic medicine to lead a healthy life. […]

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Vertical Brands’ New President Cynthia Cleveland Discusses The Role Of Women In Cannabis

A leading female in the cannabis industry talks the past, present and future for women of high-ranking positions. December 3, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on Benzinga Vertically-integrated seed-to-sale cannabis company Vertical Brands recently announced the appointment of Cynthia Cleveland as its new president. Benzinga had a conversation with Cleveland, in which she discussed the past, present and future for women of high-ranking positions in the cannabis industry. The company is based in California and also has operations in Ohio, which include cultivation, extraction, manufacturing, product development, marketing, distribution and legal compliance services. “As a five-time CEO and President, leading Fortune 500 companies, private for-profit companies, and start-ups, Cynthia is a dream fit to lead our branding operations,” said Todd Kaplan, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Vertical. RELATED: Women Are Disappearing From The Cannabis Industry. Why? A Head Start But A Slow Race For Women In Cannabis Cleveland mentioned how […]

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