Live Podcast From The CBD Saturday Farmers Market

Listen in as vendors and industry experts share their wisdom on the business of CBD. January 17, 2020 1 min read Didn’t have a chance to make it to the first-ever Saturday CBD market? We got you covered. Green Entrepreneur Editor In Chief Jonathan Small sat down with a number of participants to find out more about their company’s origin stories, the challenges they face, and where they see this whole CBD craze going in the future.  Guests include: Ryan Beers, Nonnies Nectars Savannah, Whispr Catherine Bander, Halsa Botanicals Jon Bradford, CBDee Arianna Zadourian, Pure CBD Boutique Mike Hannegan, 19Forty Harrison Baum, Daily High Club Chef Matt Stockard, Chef Matt Read_More Related posts: Behind the Scenes At The CBD Saturday Farmers Market Can The Black Market Be Stopped? Black Market Weed Is Still Popular In Some States, But It’s Also Very Dangerous Cannabis Is Taking Away From Beer Market Share Following […]

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What The Cryptocurrency Craze Of The Past Can Teach Us About The CBD Craze Of The Present

Venture capitalist and angel investor, Chris Hollod, made a killing off of cryptocurrency. Now in the CBD game, he sees many parralels between the two . December 27, 2019 15+ min read As a young, successful angle investor, Chris Hollod has his Spidey Sense finely tuned to the next big things in the market—often long before us mortals have even heard of them. Case in point: He was an early investor in Uber, Airbnb, and Pinterest and, in 2013, he invested in bitcoin and did quite well before that bubble burst. Now his focus is on what he describes as “startups who are at the convergence of culture and wellness,” which includes many emerging CBD brands.  Hollod sees many similarities—both good and bad—between the current CBD boom and the cryptocurrency boom of yore. Here, he shares his wisdom.  Image credit: Courtesy of Chris Hollod Tell us a little bit about yourself and your […]

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President Vicente Fox Wants To Legalize Cannabis

The former Mexican president is one of legal cannabis’s most ardent supporters. He’s also a stakeholder. December 26, 2019 6 min read This story appears in the December 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Vicente Fox has “one specific purpose” these days: to end cannabis prohibition across the globe. His newfound passion for the cannabis industry has come as a surprise to many. As a former Coca-Cola executive turned center-right politician and president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, he was not particularly supportive of cannabis. But after learning about the health and economic potential latent in the world of cannabis, he quickly became not only an ardent industry supporter but also the only former head of state active in cannabis enterprises. In recent years, he has taken up positions on a number of cannabis companies’ advisory boards, including the parent company of the iconic publication High Times and […]

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Why Cannabis Education Matters

The key to fighting misinformation? Real information. December 25, 2019 2 min read This story appears in the December 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe » “How can I help you?” a lovely saleswoman in West Hollywood recently asked me during my visit to a local weed shop. Budtenders like her make an average of $14.90 an hour, and the turnover rate is 70 percent within the first 90 days of employment, according to recent research by Vangst.  This is shocking, considering a budtender (or flower host, wellness guide, cannabis consultant, or whatever you call them) is often the first person a cannabis consumer encounters in their purchasing journey. They’re the ones asking questions, making recommendations, sharing their expertise. So why does the industry treat them like, well, bartenders without the tips?  The lack of support for decent, experienced budtenders is in a way ironic considering that the industry is […]

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Ricky Williams Rushes Into The Green Rush

Once a pariah of the NFL for leaving the league to smoke pot, Ricky Williams now looks way ahead of his time. December 16, 2019 9 min read This story appears in the December 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Ricky Williams estimates that he lost between $5 million and $10 million in endorsements after he decided to leave the NFL to explore the world and cannabis. Now he’s replenishing his coffers and his soul with his successful venture into the cannabis business.  Williams, a Heisman Trophy winner who rushed for more than 10,000 yards during his 11-year career, has jumped into the Green Rush with the same passion and skill — only this time he’s healing, not punishing, those who cross his path.  His company, Real Wellness by Ricky Williams, which he cofounded with wife Linnea Miron, specializes in blends of cannabis and other natural medicines. Products include […]

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He Spent A Decade In Jail For Growing Weed On His Family Farm. It Could Have Been Anyone.

Johnny Casali of Huckleberry Farms joins the Green Entrepreneur Podcast to talk about transitioning from the underground market to the legal market. December 7, 2019 1 min read In 1992 Johnny Casali, a second-generation cannabis farmer in Humboldt County, was arrested by the Feds for growing marijuana and served a sentence of 10 years in jail. Now he is the owner of Huckleberry Hill Farms, a successful fruit and cannabis farm that provides award-winning flower to Flow Kana and Willie’s Reserve. This is the tragic but ultimately heartwarming story of how he transitioned from the “traditional” cannabis market to the legal market. Read_More Related posts: CEO of Culinary School Who ‘Disappeared’ Appears to Have Spent a Week in Jail Food Network’s Molly Yeh Shares How She Built Her Blog Into a Growing Farm-to-Table Empire This Week in Weed: New York Goes Green! 3 Ways to Work in Weed Without Ever […]

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A Company That Curates Cannabis For Women

Kate Miller of Miss Grass joins the Green Entrepreneur Podcast tomission to take the guesswork out of weed. November 22, 2019 1 min read Kate Miller is the co-founder and CEO of Miss Grass, an e-commerce shop and magazine with a mission of taking the guesswork out of weed for women. Kate was inspired to start Miss Grass by her stint working at a dispensary in college. But her life after school took her in another direction where she embarked on a decade-long career in Hollywood. So why did Kate leave her high-powered job in entertainment to jump into the Green Rush, and what has she learned along the way? Read_More Related posts: The Cannabis Industry Is Losing Women Leaders New Report Suggests Women Are Thriving In Cannabis. Are They? Canna-Tourism Company Curates Trips for Influencers One Company’s Quest to be the 23andMe of Cannabis Cannabis DNA Fraud Is A Huge […]

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What Millennials Want In Weed

The likes and dislikes of this young(ish) generation have confounded business owners and marketers, but Cy Scott of Headset uses his data to shed some light on the mystery. November 22, 2019 7 min read This story appears in the October 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe » After a successful exit from their cannabis supersite, Leafly, founders Scott Vickers, Brian Wansolich and Cy Scott were looking for a new challenge. The Orange County, Calif., engineers, known for aggregating vast amounts of data, were hearing the same questions again and again: Which weed brands are doing well? What kind of products are really excelling in the market? What’s resonating with consumers? “People were trying to determine if they should jump into new categories and new product formats,” says Scott. Like other consumer packaged-goods companies, they “needed market data to drive decisions. That was really the motivation for us to start Headset.” Their […]

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Meet The Nuns Making CBD

Giving new meaning to “higher worship,” Sister Kate and her order of nuns produce premium CBD products that are popular around the world. November 13, 2019 9 min read This story appears in the October 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe » On a small farm in sleepy Merced, Calif., Sister Kate and a small order of nuns calling themselves the Sisters of the Valley are quietly cultivating, extracting, and distributing their CBD products to the tune of $1 million a year. But Kate and her sisters aren’t ordinary nuns — at least, not in the traditional Catholic sense. These nuns model themselves after the French beguines, women in medieval times who lived and prayed together. Like nuns, Sisters of the Valley wear full habits and worship God but put the Mother Earth at the center of their spirituality. And their ultimate mission, according to Sister Kate, is “to get the […]

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This Veteran Turned Entrepreneur Used Cannabis To Treat His PTSD. Now He’s Giving Back To Other Vets.

James Kim is an army vet and co-founder of Stiiizy a cannabis company and hip weed shop in downtown LA. November 11, 2019 2 min read In honor of Veteran’s Day, army veteran and cannabis entrepreneur James Kim joins the Green Entrepreneur Podcast. James is co-founder and managing director of Stiiizy, a California-based cannabis lifestyle brand. Prior to joining the Green Rush, James served a 13-month tour in Iraq as a member of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division when he was only 18 years old. His positive experience using cannabis to treat his PTSD created a passion to build Stiiizy.  Now James wants to pledge 20 percent of each camo battery sale beginning November 1 to Battle Brothers Foundation in support of their veterans disability claim programming. The nonprofit organization provides much-needed guidance to veterans transitioning back to civilian life, focusing on personal development, physical and mental well-being and economic stability to […]

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Cannabis DNA Fraud Is A Huge Problem. This Company Wants To Solve It.

On this week’s podcast, LeafWorks cofounders discuss how they’re helping buyers and growers seperate the good weed from the bad. November 2, 2019 1 min read How do you know what’s in the cannabis you’re planting? The label may say one thing, but the reality can be quite different. That’s where LeafWorks comes in—a botanical identification company that tests DNA samples of plants so that buyers, sellers, and growers know what they’re getting. Leafworks’ CEO Eleanor Kuntz and CSO Kerin Law join the podcast to talk in laywoman’s terms about male vs. female marijuana, the fraud in the industry, and why understanding what’s in your weed matters. Read_More Related posts: The ‘Cannabis Courtesan’ Fights for Legal Cannabis in Legal Brothels Most U.S. Cannabis Cultivators Choose to Compete on Quality Rather Than Cost (Chart) Pepsico Says It Will Reduce Its Plastic Use, Including Putting Aquafina in Cans Holy Smokes! Tel-Aviv’s Cannabis […]

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Chelsea Handler Gets Into the Cannabis Business

As the comedian gears up to launch her new cannabis line, she reflects on how the plant has changed her life. October 29, 2019 8 min read This story appears in the October 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe » For Chelsea Handler, perhaps the only positive thing to come from the 2016 election was her reintroduction to cannabis. She’d tried it casually, but the Trump presidency caused her to hit the edibles hard. “I really just needed to take it down a notch, to be still, to not watch the news on a loop, and to chill out,” she says. Cannabis helped Handler slow down and, at the same time, up her creativity. Soon she was telling anyone who would listen about her newfound best friend. Now the comedian, author, and talk show host is gearing up to add another job title to her impressive résumé: entrepreneur. Early next […]

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How Sagely Naturals CBD Landed in CVS

Kaley Nichol, Co-Founder and COO of Sagely Naturals, joins the Green Entrepreneur podcast to talk about the company’s meteoric rise. October 25, 2019 1 min read Meet Kaley Nichol of Sagely Naturals, a top CBD brand. Their products can be found everywhere from health food store chains to CVS and Nieman Marcus. The company was founded in 2015, long before the CBD craze struck the U.S, with abandon. Kaley talks to us about the origin story of the company, and how they’ve managed to stand out in the crowded CBD space. Read_More Related posts: How This Superfan Landed His Dream Job How This Entrepreneur Landed a Deal on ‘Shark Tank’ How My Cannabis Poem Landed on 8 Billboard Charts The Chinese Space Station Has Crash Landed in the Pacific Ocean How to Come Out on Top After a Stock Market Crash The World’s Most Valuable Startup Is a Company You’ve […]

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Ricky Williams Is the Heisman Healer

On this week’s Green Entrepreneur podcast, Heisman Trophy winner and ex-NFL star Williams talks to us about his transition from one field to another. October 8, 2019 1 min read Live from the Cannabis Dealmakers Summit, ex-NFL star Ricky Williams talks about his entry into the cannabis business. Ricky is co-founder, with his wife Linnea Miron, of Real Wellness, a company that makes all-natural cannabis-infused medicinals. Ricky is also a Heisman Trophy winner and only the 26th player in the history of the NFL to rush for 10,000 yards. Once ridiculed for leaving the league for pot, he is now the one having the last laugh. This is his inspiring story. Read_More Related posts: Seth Rogen Starts a Weed Company! Running a Real Estate Business Online and Off with Seth Williams of RETipster (FS343) Office Hours Q&A with Seth Williams Serena Williams Keeps Showing Us How to Rise Above the […]

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Mexico’s Former President Vicente Fox Wants to Legalize Pot Everywhere

And he doesn’t just want to stop at marijuana. September 20, 2019 1 min read Vicente Fox was Mexico’s President who from 2000 to 2006. Today, he is an outspoken advocate for cannabis legalization around the world. We had a chance to speak to President Fox at the Cannabis Dealmakers Summit in Dallas about how why went from being a prohibitionist to a supporter, how close Mexico is to full legalization, and what legal Mexican market would mean for Entrepreneurs in America. Read_More Related posts: Will President Trump Really Support States’ Rights On Marijuana? Mark Cuban Said Running for President Would be the ‘Definition of Bad Parenting’ But He Might Go for It Anyway Will New Mexico Be The Next To Legalize? Which State Will Be Next to Legalize Cannabis? Why Some Veterans Are On the Front Lines to Legalize Hemp The Cannabis Industry Is Going Global Without Waiting for […]

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Massive Illegal THC Cartridge Bust in Wisconsin

Two brothers lead a Walter White-like illegal operation out of their home. September 16, 2019 2 min read Last week, police in Kenosha County, Wisconsin raided the home of Jacob and Tyler Huffhines and uncovered a bounty of illegal THC cartridges, 31,000 full and 98,000 empty. They also found guns, $59K in cash, and 57 Mason jars filled with THC oil. According to Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth, the brother hired at least 10 workers to inject the cartridges with THC  oil and then package them “to look like candy” with flavors such as Sour Patch.   Tyler, 20, is being held in the country jail on charges of the manufacture, distribution or delivery of marijuana; Jacob, 23, is being held on charges of cocaine possession and of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Police are cracking down The bust comes on the heels of alarming reports that 400 people have fallen ill and six have […]

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How CBD Helped Paul Pierce Cope With PTSD and Depression

The NBA legend talks about his stabbing in 2000, his road to recovery, and his new line The Truth CBD Remedies. September 13, 2019 15+ min read Paul Pierce lit up the NBA as an all-star for 19 years. Now he’s co-founder and CEO of The Truth CBD Remedies and the Vesper One vape available on Eaze Wellness. But it hasn’t all been a smooth ride for Pierce. In 2002, he was stabbed 11 times, a harrowing event that led him on a journey to discover cannabis for pain, depression, and PTSD. Pierce talks about how he went from being a CBD advocate to a CBD entrepreneur. He’s joined by business partner, Elliot Mermel. JON: So Paul, let’s start with you. First of all, congratulations on the product. It’s very cool, and I’m happy that you are a part of the cannabis world. PAUL: Oh man, thank you. I’m excited […]

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The Women Who Invented Cannabis Tracking

Ten years ago, the idea of tracking cannabis from seed to sale was an outlandish notion. Then Jessica Billingsley came along. September 10, 2019 1 min read Green Entrepreneur podcast guest, Jessica Billingsley, introduced the first tracking software into the cannabis space. That company MJ Freeway grew massively and recently merged with MTech Acquisition Corp to become a global technology behemoth called Akerna. In this interview, we talk about what her company does and why it’s important, what it’s like being a woman in a male-dominated industry, and what rock climbing has taught her about business. Read_More Related posts: What You Need to Know to Be Successful in the Cannabis Industry Cryptocurrency and the Allure of a Cashless Cannabis Industry Women Account for More Than a Third of Marijuana Business Executives She Is the Cannabis Industry’s Voice of Reason Best Cannabis Software for Seed-to-Sale Tracking What Women Want In Cannabis […]

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Business Lessons from a Former Chipotle Exec

Tim Spong, CEO of NectarTek, was with Chipotle from the beginning. Now he’s bringing that experience to the cannabis space. September 5, 2019 15+ min read Our special guest on this week’s podcast is Tim Spong, CEO of NectarTek, a hemp extractor that produces CBD isolate and distillate. Prior to getting into hemp, Tim worked at Chipotle Mexican Grill for 25 years, most recently as Executive Director of Supply Chain and Operations Services, a job which included managing that company’s food safety crisis in 2015. Tim talks about why he left Chipotle to run a cannabis startup and the strategies he’s brought to his new business. Jon: If you could just give me the pitch of what NectarTek does. Tim: Let’s see. I’ll give you our core values first: safety, quality, and reliability, in that order. Our mission is to bring the highest quality CBD products to the market at […]

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