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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!

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!

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!

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! 

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.