Hannah O'Brien: Director of Operations for Confident Cannabis talks effective teaching, transparency in cannabis test results and using data for better decision making

In our chat, Hannah and I dig into: Her travels and experiences teaching abroad; Her personal cannabis self-discovery and how it helped her anxiety; Confident Cannabis’s mission to bring transparency to cannabis test results; How Confident Cannabis’s tech connects canna businesses based on accessible and accountable information, thereby transforming consumers purchasing decisions; How one can navigate lab testing data more confidently; Using the Connect Tool data to debunk the concept of strain names; And so much more!

Molly Peckler: Founder of Highly Devoted talks cannabis friendly matchmaking, cultivating intimacy and bringing more love into our lives

In our chat, Molly and I dig into: The unmet need Molly saw in the matchmaking/cannabis space and how Highly Devoted came to be; How matchmaking for cannabis lovers works; The ways in which cannabis can be used as an intimacy tool; Molly’s upcoming new podcast called "High Felicia"- about love, sex, dating, relationships and how cannabis shapes them all; And so much more!

Stephanie Graziano: Co-Founder of Green Flower talks leadership, transitioning from Film/TV to the cannabis industry and establishing the world’s #1 resource for trusted cannabis knowledge

In our chat, Stephanie and I dig into: Her incredible 30-year career in the Entertainment Industry; Transitioning from Film & TV to online media; The production and team behind the Green Glower videos; What motivates her and why; Why her partnership with Max Simon works so well; Leadership skills she honed in her animation career that transferred to running a business in the cannabis industry; and more!

Solonje Burnett: Co-Founder of Humble Bloom talks humanizing experiences with cannabis, going beyond social justice awareness, and creating inclusive brands and businesses from the start

In our chat, Solonje and I dig into: Her previous work for non-profit organizations, creating multi-cultural music events, and consulting on diversity and inclusion; Humble Bloom's work creating educational and advocacy based experiences, while also elevating brands with integrity through partnerships and activations; How brands can move from just talking about social justice awareness, to actually taking action; Why the white-washing of culture in cities and unconscious/unsustainable consumerism is an ever growing problem; How Humble Bloom is using its platform to disrupt, collaborate and connect via content generation, innovative events, brand strategy and community to help move the cannabis industry forward; The amazing events Humble Bloom has going on in April that you don't want to miss; And more!

Joline Rivera: Founder of Kitchen Toke talks health & wellness through culinary cannabis, visual storytelling, Kickstarter and surprise inspiration

In our chat, Joline and I dig in to: How Kitchen Toke got started and what prompted her to make this career shift; Joline’s vision for creating the definitive voice of cooking with cannabis; How rapper, TV Host & culinary enthusiast, Action Bronson, has inspired her; What the reception has been like thus far from chefs and the food world; Kitchen Toke's new kickstarter campaign and why you should be a part of it; What it takes to put out a print magazine and produce beautifully stylized educational food videos; Exciting things Joline has seen come out of canna kitchens and where the future of canna cooking is headed; And more!

Orleatha Smith: Co-Founder of InclusivePay talks Cannabis payment processing, the CBD Summit and spotting niche business opportunity

In our chat, Orleatha and I dig into: Her career as a serial entrepreneur and how each business has informed the next; The state of payment processors in the cannabis industry today; The launch of her free upcoming CBD Summit and why it's an invaluable resource for anyone looking to get into the booming CBD industry; How to spot a gap in the market and follow up to see if it’s an opportunity worth pursuing; Researching a biz niche before jumping in; Orleatha's top tips for productivity and connecting with people in any industry!

Andrea Brooks: Co-Founder & CEO of Sava talks online marketplace tech, cannabis business strategy and building successful brand partnerships

In our chat, Andrea and I dig into: Her background working in non-profits & NGOs and the crossover from those experiences into the work she’s doing today; The disabling injury that led to cannabis playing a crucial role in her recovery and how that inspired her to enter the canna space; The evolution of Sava’s online platform — focusing on customer experience, multi-brand management, and complex delivery logistics; Behind the scenes of Sava's vetting process for partner-brands that focuses on customer feedback, values alignment, and a deep commitment to sustainability; And more!

Beryl Solomon: Founder of Poplar talks CBD e-commerce, parlaying business skills from one industry to another & the importance of using one's privilege for social justice

In our chat, Beryl and I dig into: How she went from being a 20 year fashion industry vet to canna entrepreneur; Recognizing her vast business experience in operations, supply chain, finance, merchandising, marketing & strategy and parlaying these skills into a new industry; Working out the kinks to create a seamless buyer experience on an e-commerce site; The importance of being meticulously legally compliant and thoroughly vetting all the products; The power of connecting, treating others with kindness and not burning bridges; Recognizing the ways the war on drugs has disproportionately affected communities of color and using her platform and privilege to focus on bail reform for low level marijuana offenses; And more!

Jennifer Skog: Founder of MJ Lifestyle talks unexpected career evolution, lessons learned founding the first ever luxury cannabis publication and the importance of female community

In our chat, Jennifer and I dig into: Her career evolution from soccer-mom/photographer to magazine founder; Coming out of the canna closet over and over; Bootstrapping her venture from start to finish and collaborating with like-minded women; The one thing she'd go back and change about her process/mindset when she first started MJL; The power of all-women work spaces; The unexpected lessons she's learned thus far running a print & digital magazine; And more!

Kim Sanchez Rael: CEO of Azuca talks fast acting & predictable CBD edibles, the intersection of science and culinary creativity and the future of cannabis food service

In our chat, Kim and I dig into: Azuca’s proprietary process for making edibles fast acting and predictable; Their initial product line, which includes sweeteners and syrups (and more) that can be added to food and beverages as the building blocks of a sophisticated culinary cannabis experience; We discuss what it’s been like Introducing CBD Products to the food service industry; Azuca’s unique focus on breakthrough science and culinary creativity; We discuss strategy for partnership, growth and expansion; She shares where she sees the future for cannabis in food service is headed; And more!

Rachelle Robinett: Founder of Supernatural talks CBD in the wellness industry, the dos and don't of product marketing and herbal allies to cannabis

In our chat, Rachelle and I dig into: The state of CBD in the wellness industry and how it’s being used in product lines; Her thoughts on the current trends in the canna industry; What type of products she would like to see come into the market place; Where she's seen some product makers get it wrong, What not to do when marketing or conceptualizing a CBD product; Herbal allies to cannabis; Hot wellness space trends; And more!

Sasha Perelman: Founder of Revolver Productions talks successful cannabis event planning, creating brand impact & thinking outside-of-the-box for industry opportunity

In our chat, Sasha and I dig into: the biz of event planning & production, how it's evolved over the years and where she believes it’s headed; Getting your brand message across effectively and creating impact; Her recent project, MARY Talks, in which she partnered with Mary Magazine, to hold events to educate the masses on cannabis as a wellness and lifestyle tool; What’s inspiring her in the industry right now; Where she sees opportunity for those interested in getting into cannabis business; Challenges she’s faced and lessons learned as an entrepreneur; And more! 

Chef Stacey Dougan: Co-Founder of Simply Pure Vegan and IV & Twenty talks plant-based eating, cannabis infused fine dining & advice for starting your own biz

In our chat, Stacey and I dig into: Her passion for teaching stems from her own life-changing experience overcoming numerous health issues; Her latest business venture IV & Twenty, which creates plant based cannabis infused fine dining experiences; Stacey's focus on inspiring others to embrace more plant-based foods in their diet without feeling deprived; Tips for managing life as a busy mom & entrepreneur; Her best advice for starting your own business (hint: don’t be lazy); And more!

Denise Biderman: Co-Founder & CEO of Mary's List talks cannabis freelance marketplace, carving out your niche and mental toughness

In our chat, Denise and I dig into: Her years as a multi-time Junior Taekwondo champion, how that led to multiple knee surgeries and eventually using cannabis to help her heal; Going west to explore a mature cannabis market place to get firsthand experience and how she parlayed her attorney skills; Denise shares the aha moment when she realized there was a gap in the marketplace and she came up with the idea for Mary's List; We also chat about networking, learning new skills and pushing through rough times to reach your goals; And more! 

Laura Beohner: Co-Founder of The Healing Rose Co talks cannabis entrepreneur life, R & D, product formulation, and keeping her company lean

In our chat, we dig into: The inspiration for her company’s name (hint: it's doggy-related); We talk about the company's process of taking an idea to inception; How Laura and her co-founder Zack learned about formulating organic skincare via an online course; Ways in which they kept the company lean so they didn’t have to take on investors; How creating standard operating procedures and staying organized has contributed to the company's success; Withstanding the ups & downs of entrepreneur life while wearing a gazillion hats and working 90+ hr weeks; And more! 

Jamie Garzot: Founder of 530 Cannabis & Roots Consulting talks biggest trends for dispensary owners, customer trends in cannabis for 2019 and tips on connecting with local community

In our chat, we dig into: Jamie's lessons learned from years of experience running successful businesses in and serving the cannabis industry; How cannabis can be a benefit to a community and local economy and tips on connecting with your local community what it takes to be successful  in the cannabis business, especially now that everyone seems to now want a piece of the “action”; What some of the biggest challenges are today for dispensary owners; Her thoughts on Customer trends in cannabis for 2019; And more!

Naomi Granger: Co-Founder of Dope CFO talks the state of accounting for cannabis business, the most common canna-biz financial woes, protecting your biz & becoming a canna accounting professional

In our chat, we dig into: the state of accounting for cannabis related businesses today and why Experienced bookkeepers, accountants and tax professionals are needed in a big way to service the cannabis niche; the most common financial woes plaguing cannabis business owners today, and how to avoid falling victim to them; being in the know of the ever-growing list of compliance concerns, banking issues and federal tax limitations for growers and dispensaries; what to look for in a cannabis business accountant and the questions to ask; how someone interested in serving the cannabis accounting niche can get into business
and more!

Barbie Sommars: COO of Mary Jane University talks high end cannabis-infused dining, the intersection of art & science and the love of cannabis through adornment

In our chat, we dig into: Why educational cannabis events are a critical part of the industry’s transition and growth; How her events are creating an art form around cannabis-infused dining and a feast for all senses; The challenges that cannabis event organizers face and how Barbie manages them for her own events; The importance of taking the time to thoroughly research and vet potential business partners, vendors, exhibitors or sponsors to ensure their business practices are aligned with your values and standards; and more!

Robin & Chaos: Co-Founders of The Farmaceuticals Co talk Feminist principles as a guide for business, environmental sustainability in cannabis and the importance of whole-plant extraction

In our chat, we dig into: The origins of the company and how it was inspired by their moms; What Clean Green Certified means and how impacts the flower & environment; How running a “sustainable” company impacts cost and the financial bottom line; Managing the rollercoaster of new regs as they come; Navigating bringing a company to life without a business background; How their feminist principles guide Robin & Chaos in everything they do and more!

Dusti Arab: Brand Strategist, CEO of Cannabis Bakeshop & Dir of Ops at Oov Mag talks content marketing, establishing brand guidelines and customer engagement

In our chat,  Dusti and I dig into her super cool mom’s work as a high-end cannabis chef; The twist and turns of taking edibles to market; The importance of content marketing for cannabis brands (and getting it right!); Not depending on social media to house all of your brand’s content; Building your email list to communicate and engage directly with your customer; Dusti’s picks for brands that are doing it right; Being community-centric and actively uplifting voices that aren’t getting heard; How to establish your brand guidelines and more!