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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A Dispensary That Caters To The Canna-Curious

The information contained on this website (“Content”) represents the views and opinions of the persons or entities expressing them. The Content does not represent an endorsement by, or the views and opinions of, Entrepreneur Media, Inc. (“EMI”), is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and should in no way be interpreted as medical, legal, or any other advice concerning the cultivation, sale, or any other use of marijuana, which, although legal in some states and local jurisdictions throughout the United States, is currently illegal under federal law, as well as in other states and local jurisdictions. Because of the variety of laws, regulations, and ordinances concerning marijuana, the Content may not be suitable for your situation. Consequently, EMI makes no expressed or implied warranties nor assumes any liability whatsoever, concerning the accuracy or reliability of the information contained herein, including warranties about the legality of, or likelihood of success […]

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How This Wall Street Vet Became a Billion-Dollar Cannabis Success Story

Kevin Murphy won big when he sold his cannabis company, Acreage Holdings, for billions. But he says there’s still plenty of opportunity. August 22, 2019 5 min read This story appears in the September 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » The average cannabis consumer may not have heard of Kevin Murphy, but they’ve surely seen the headlines he’s made as the CEO of Acreage Holdings, the largest vertically integrated, multistate cannabis company in America. Last year, he got former House Speaker John Boehner to join his board of directors — despite Boehner’s having claimed to be “unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana.” Then Murphy’s company produced a cannabis Super Bowl ad; when CBS rejected it (to nobody’s surprise), Acreage spun the moment into PR gold. And in April, Murphy made headlines again when he sold Acreage to Canopy Growth for $3.4 billion.  It’s been a great run for this […]

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These Are Top 100 Cannabis Companies in the World

Our first annual Green 100 list salutes the cannabis companies making the greatest impact in the industry. August 12, 2019 1 min read Call it Reefer Gladness. Today the editors of Green Entrepreneur unveiled our first-annual “Green 100” list, (plus 21 to Watch) saluting the best cannabis products, services, and events in the market. This also marks the first anniversary of Green Entrepreneurs’ entry into the market. So happy birthday to us! Related: Welcome to Green Entrepreneur The Green 100 celebrates a diverse range of companies, from startups such as Wana Brands (inventors of the widely popular cannabis gummy) to Anheuser Busch/In Bev, which is poised to enter the THC-infused beverage market. The list focuses on certain key sectors of the industry including: CDB/Hemp, Conglomerates, Dispensaries, Edibles, Events, Flower, Investment, Oils, Vapes, Tinctures, Professional Services, Seed To Sale, Technology, and Big Business.  To get the full list, click here.  Read_More Related posts: 100 […]

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What Millennials Really Want From Weed

Cy Scott of Headset Inc. joins the Green Entrepreneur podcast to talk about interesting buying habits August 10, 2019 15+ min read Our guest on the podcast is Cy Scott, the co-founder and CEO of Headset, Inc,  an analytics service provider for the cannabis industry. Their customers look to them for market research and data analysis and they source that data from retailers and dispensaries across the US and soon in Canada.  So basically, Cy Scott has his fingertips on information about the burgeoning cannabis industry that is very hard to research, and for that reason his customers pay a pretty penny, sometimes up to a quarter of a million dollars, for his research. But you don’t have to pay anything today, because this podcast is absolutely free and Cy has generously lent us his time and his knowledge and today we’re going to look at specifically the millennials and […]

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Exclusive: Why Canopy Growth's Ex-CEO Got Canned and What He's Doing Next (Watch)

Bruce Linton talks candidly about his past and his future. Listen very carefully. This man has crazy knowledge. Read_More Related posts: My Apollo 11 Press Kits Now Digitized Canopy Growth’s Bruce Linton Out as Co-CEO: ‘My Turn Is Over’ Canopy Growth Agrees to Buy Acreage When the US Ends Prohibition Create Exclusive Experiences for your Most Passionate Customers Get Exclusive Access to Silicon Valley Trailblazers for Less Than $10 Canopy Firing Linton Raises Concerns for Cannabis Businesses Seeking Mainstream Partnerships Exclusive Offer: Get 50% Off For This Premium Masterclass On Influence And Persuasion Exclusive with @ceoandywilliams of @msnbc’s “Pot Barons of Colorado” and @medicinemantech & @medicinemanco

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New Opportunities in the Cannabis Business

G. Ryan Ansin is a top tier investor and founder of Revolution Farms. Here’s where he sees the business going. July 3, 2019 15+ min read Jon: Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into cannabis specifically. Ryan: Sure. I have an odd background, but it’s been a fun journey to date. I started a film production company in my early teens, which gave me a great education all over the world making videos for nonprofits and then teaching photography and journalism in 13 countries for a number of years. That then brought me to West Africa, where when I wanted to get married, I went to get my own diamond and ended up helping to start a company called Clarity Project. Jon: Wait, wait, wait. You wanted to get married, so you went and tried to find your own diamond? What do you mean […]

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Celebrity Jeweler Alex Todd Gets Saucey

His clients include Jay Z and and Rihanna. Now, he’s targeting cannabis consumers. June 7, 2019 5 min read It’s graduation season — a time when high school and college grads all over are counseled to “do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.” Well, cannasseurs are listening too, and many of them are taking this advice to heart — though they’d certainly take issue with the notion that they’re not busting their butts. Celebrity jeweler Alex Todd, who has designed pieces for Jay-Z and Rihanna, among others, has just launched Saucey Extracts, a line of strains, cartridges, apparel and accessories that are available in California and Oregon. We spoke to Todd about how he turned his passion for cannabis into a profession. What were you doing before you launched Saucey? I was in the jewelry business for the last ten years, creating some of […]

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Biggie’s Son CJ Wallace Talks About His New Brand Think BIG

He gets his love of weed from his big poppa — and his business savvy, too. May 31, 2019 1 min read Twenty-two years ago, the world got the tragic news that the Notorious B.I.G. was killed. On this week’s Green Entrepreneur Podcast, I talk to Biggie’s son, CJ Wallace, who was only 5 months old when his father was murdered in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. CJ recently launched a cannabis company in honor of his legendary dad (with his step-father Todd Russaw and entrepreneur Willie Mack). The Frank White Creative Blend is sourced and distributed by Lowell Herb Co in California. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Prison Arts Project. An organization dedicated to providing arts instruction to incarcerated individuals. Listen in on my conversation with CJ about his personal experience with cannabis, the events that caused him to get into the business, and Biggie’s influence […]

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Cannabis Investing Tips for Non-Millionaires

Want to invest in the cannabis industry but barely have enough to buy your own weed? Cody Sanchez of Cresco Capital Partners has suggestions. May 23, 2019 15+ min read Cannabis stocks are all the rage. IPOs valued at billions of dollars are popping up on Wall Street and the Canadian Stock Exchange, and private equity funds are investing multiple millions in cannabis companies. If you’re watching all this from the sidelines, wondering if you’re missing out on a golden opportunity but not sure what to do about it, you’re not alone. Many potential investors believe they don’t have the cash to get in the game, and in some instances they’re correct. Due to regulations, many funds are not even permitted to accept investments for less than $200,000. On this week’s Green Entrepreneur podcast, we talk to Codie Sanchez, a partner at Cresco Capital Partners, about how to invest in […]

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One Company’s Quest to be the 23andMe of Cannabis

Can your genes influence how you respond to cannabis? Len May, co-founder of Endocanna, is banking on it. This week on the Green Entrepreneur podcast, we speak to Len May, CEO and Co-Founder of Endocanna Health. The company makes a DNA kit that analyzes how your genetics may affect your experience with cannabis. Think of it as a 23andMe for cannabis, but instead of finding out if you’re part Neanderthal, you’re learning what cannabinoid ratios and terpenes may best ease your anxiety or improve your sleep. May talks about how he came up with the idea for Endocanna, the market for a product like this, and where he sees it going in the future. Related: Green Entrepreneur’s New Podcast Will Make You Smarter About the Cannabis Business Let’s start with like the elevator pitch for Endocanna. The elevator pitch is that we look at ourselves as sort of the GPS for […]

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Gary Vee Has Some Important Advice for Cannabis Entrepreneurs

The marketing guru says your brand is your protector, content is king, and slow and steady wins the race. May 8, 2019 8 min read Last month, thousands of cannabis industry professionals descended on Santa Rosa, California for the Hall of Flowers cannabis trade show. The highly-anticipated event brought together top cannabis brands, retailers, creatives, and media together under one roof (actually three) to share, showcase, and discuss their products.  Many big names were in the house participating in a speaker series, including Berner, Chelsea Handler, Al Harrington, and Dr. Dina. Gary Vaynerchuk, the chairman of VaynerX,  CEO of Vayner Media and a social media giant, was on hand to answer questions and to offer his own brand of brutally honest but inspiring advice to budding entrepreneurs.  Never one to mince words, Gary Vee had lots of opinions about where the cannabis business is, where it’s going, and how to succeed in the game. Here […]

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What the Chronic Cup Taught Us About the Canna-Business.

The pitch contest, sponsored by Flower Co., showcased a variety of approaches to the industry. April 22, 2019 3 min read I recently had the opportunity to judge the Chronic Cup in San Francisco. The Shark Tank-ish pitch event awarded $10k to a variety of California-focused cannabis startup. It was sponsored by FLOWER CO, an online, subscription-based wholesale company that bills themselves as the “Costco of Cannabis.” Flower Co. recently made waves with their own startup accelerator pitch, and this event was their way to pay it forward.  The pitches The Chronic Cup contestants represented the many faces of the cannabis industry. There were two former Airbnb employees pitching their company Berbix, a software system to automate your ID checks. A lupus survivor pitching The People’s Dispensary which was aimed at empowering the community. Potli, a company that produces premium hemp-infused honey, olive oil, and chili oil using a secret family […]

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Business Lessons from the Former President of Red Bull

Jim Baily used to run Red Bull Canada. Now he’s in the CBD business and he sees nothing but green. April 18, 2019 6 min read Jim Baily didn’t have much experience with cannabis until a bad bike injury opened his eyes to its medicinal benefits. A marketing veteran, Baily was President of Red Bull Canada up until 2013 and held executive positions at Adidas and Reebok. But it wasn’t until fairly recently that he jumped to the green side as CEO of Phivida Organics, a food and beverage company that infuses organic active hemp extract into iced tea, water, and various clinical products. Baily sees many parallels between the energy drink and CBD-drink business. Energy drinks such as Red Bull were not yet even approved for sale in Canada when he moved to head operations there. “I have been in business for a while, but I haven’t seen the energy behind […]

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Biggie’s Son Launches New Cannabis Company Think BIG

In an exclusive interview, CJ Wallace talks about the origin story of the brand that both honors his legendary father and ushers in a new era. April 16, 2019 9 min read CJ Wallace has no memory of his larger-than-life father Christopher Wallace — aka The Notorious B.I.G, aka Biggie Smalls.  He was only five months old when Biggie was murdered on a Los Angeles street in 1997. For much of CJ’s early life, the picture he carried of his enigmatic father was the same as his public persona — a hardened gangster, a drug dealer, and a legendary rapper. But as he got older and heard stories about his dad from his mother, R&B artist Faith Evans, and his grandmother Voletta, a new portrait of Big Poppa started to emerge. “You wouldn’t think about that just from the way he carried himself, but he was really a sweetheart. He cared about […]

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