All in Advocacy

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!

Mary Pryor: Co-Founder of Cannaclusive talks chronic illness as a woman of color, the white-washing of cannabis, and de-stigmatizing cannabis in black & brown communities

In our chat, Mary and I dig into her experience being chronically ill and a woman of color; How cannabis has drastically improved her health and helps her manage her Crohn's Disease symptoms; The white-washing of the cannabis industry; Working to de-stigmatize cannabis in black and brown communities and educating on the health benefits of cannabis; Her work helping underrepresented business owners connect to funding; The different opportunities in cannabis for minorities; The responsibility of white entrepreneurs in the industry to highlight the racist history of canna prohibition, acknowledge its ongoing impact and use their privilege to challenge hypocrisy; And so much more!

Kristen Yoder: 13 year Cannabis Industry Vet & Founder of Soil to the Oil talks candidly about industry issues, market trends, and business best practices

In our chat, Kristen and I dig into her road from hair dresser to modern cannabis renaissance woman; Her experience working in cannabis during the non-reg years; What makes a trusted budtender and dispensary experience; Shysters in and coming into the industry just for the money; Operational considerations every canna business should be making; Sexism, harassment and major shady shit happening in cannabis that’s not talked or written about in the mainstream pubs; And her upcoming podcast topics (sizzling hot!), which I’m so excited for! Kristen doesn't tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear, to protect yourself and your investments.

Dr. Junella Chin: Founder of MedLeafRX talks running a medical marijuana practice, educating the medical community and why cannabis works so well for so many

In this episode, we chat about how cannabis helped relieve her chronic pain, starting a medical marijuana practice, her work educating colleagues about the science and medicine of cannabis, how a physician in New York gets certified with the medical marijuana program, the vast array of ailments she’s seen cannabis be helpful for and why it works so well, how her practice works and why it’s so important to maintain meticulous note taking, reporting and medical records, and where she sees cannabis fitting into the broader medical model.

Chanel White: Director of Client Relations at WikiLeaf talks resilience in the face of an incurable diagnosis, how cannabis gave her quality of life and her mission to erase the stigma around cannabis

In this episode, Chanel shares her story of being diagnosed at age 20 with an incurable rare and super aggressive autoimmune and connective tissue disease, Systemic Sclerosis. We chat about her brave journey through extremely harsh medical treatments and undergoing a risky human clinical trial, her choice to publicly share every bit of her reality on video to inspire others also adjusting to a new normal, how cannabis provided her with quality of life (and eventually new career), and her tireless mission to erase the heavy stigma surrounding cannabis and bring recognition to its incredible medicinal properties.

Ophelia Chong: Founder of StockPot Images talks confronting her own bias, working to change the face of cannabis, and advice for women wanting to get into the industry

In our convo we talk about confronting her own bias about marijuana and how that eventually led to creating StockPot Images, what it's been like as a Asian-american female in the cannabis industry, some of the hurdles she encountered getting her business off the ground (even as an ancillary company), working to change the face of cannabis and her outreach work within the LGBTQ, Veterans, Women, Minorities and disabled communities, and her advice for women interested in getting into the industry.

Stephanie Karasick: Founder & Chief Patient Advocate of Strainprint talks cannabis bio-hacking!

In this episode, we talk about how Stephanie’s experience using cannabis (following a PTSD diagnosis) led to her creating Strainprint and the incredible growth of the company. We also talk about Strainprint's newly launched Analytics Business Intelligence Platform (a web-based data platform for visually mining the world’s largest data set on strain efficacy and real-time patient use), about our mega love for dogs, about the stigma of having a cannabis related business and how she talks to her kids about cannabis.