June 18, 2018

Happy Gorgeous Morning, Boss!  

Cannabis Trainers Founder & safe marijuana retailing expert, Maureen McNamara, is on the pod, legislation addressing racial disparities is introduced to congress for the first time, woman led 48North hits the TSX ventura exchange and Goop is cozying up to flower power.

Whatever happens, keep choosing yourself and forge ahead. I believe in you! - Jac

On the podcast:

This week I’m talking to Maureen McNamara, Founder and Chief Facilitator with Cannabis Trainers™; a corporation founded to create and deliver training solutions for the Cannabis Industry. With 20+ years of professional training experience, Maureen has trained and certified 10,000+ employees, managers and owners in national certification (ANSI) programs. She has combined her skills and expertise with Food Safety and Responsible Alcohol Service into a comprehensive, engaging program to ensure the Responsible, Knowledgeable and Safe sale of cannabis: Sell-SMaRT™, safe marijuana retail training. In addition to the Sell- SMaRT™ program, they are pleased to deliver the nationally recognized ServSafe® Food Safety training to edible makers. Maureen and the team at Cannabis Trainers deliver highly interactive and compelling workshops with enthusiasm, humor and professional facilitation and they are Committed to excellence, professionalism and safety; Cannabis Trainers is a powerful partner to organizations and businesses in the Cannabis Industry.

In this episode, we chat about getting throat punched (and how to avoid that scenario), the importance of safe marijuana retailing, how to begin integrating compliance into your cannabis business & staying on top of the rules & regs, common mistakes made when it comes to food safety & things to know about mixing cannabis and food, what makes a trusted dispensary or budtender & how many are missing the mark when it comes to customer experience, and the power of humor in life and business. Click below to tune in!


Her Headliners:

Restorative justice. California Rep. Barbara Lee is formally introducing the RESPECT Resolution (Realizing Equitable & Sustainable Participation in Emerging Cannabis Trades), the first legislation ever introduced in Congress to directly address racial disparities in the cannabis industry. “We need to address the systemic exclusion and discrimination at play. Otherwise, we will be prolonging and encouraging the injustices of the past – where brown men spend their lives in prison for cannabis, while white communities get rich off the industry.” RollingStone

In Goop we trust. It wasn't a matter of if, but when. And when is now. Gwyneth officially entered the cannabis game. No Goop branded canna products yet, but we're sure they'll be coming soon. For now, Goop is getting warmed up with a cannabis expert panel at it's 3rd annual wellness conference and a new partnership with MedMen. Goop approved products will be featured at MedMen's Abbott Kinney location. “I love this subject,” said Paltrow. “It really has the potential to shift old patterns of thought and change lives, and I feel like we really could be on the precipice of something a lot bigger than we realize, scientifically.” Quartzy

Perfect fusion. Nicole Kennedy and Karanja Crews have jointly opened Green Hop, the world's first historical hip-hop dispensary, and Green Hop Academy. "Hip-hop has taken the brunt of the backlash to controversial music genres," Kennedy says. "There's a lot of stigma around it, and its content is more policed than other genres—just like cannabis." Wweek

New direction. Mallory Drew shares her career transition from caterer to budtender. Entrepreneur

All fired up. Medical marijuana advocate Nikki Fried has had it with Florida politics getting in the way of cannabis access for patients. She's formally filed qualifying papers to run for Agriculture Commissioner. "Seventy-two percent of Floridians voted for medical marijuana in our Constitution, but the Legislature and our governor continued to block it every step of the way. So I'm running because I think that we need new leadership in Tallahassee. I want to serve the state and listen to the will of the people and make sure that government starts getting back on track."  TampaBayTimes
Power Trio. Medical cannabis producer, Tilray Inc., has added three female heavy-hitters to its board of directors: Rebekah Dopp, Google principal of news and local media global partnerships, Maryscott “Scotty” Greenwood, CEO of the Canadian American Business Council and principal at Dentons U.S., and Christine St.Clare, founder and president of St.Clare Advisors and former partner at KPMG. FinancialPost

Limitless. Female focused cannabis company 48North, led by CEO Alison Gordon, made a positive debut on the Toronto stock exchange last week. It is the first female led cannabis producer to be publicly traded in Canada. “48North is a future-focused company on track to serve the female health and wellness cannabis market with innovative next-generation products and brands. As Canada’s first female CEO of a now publicly-traded licensed producer of cannabis, 48North will provide an intrinsic and authoritative view to a valuable demographic that is currently underserved in this industry.” CanadaNewswire

Finding a natural way. Jasmin Thomas shares how cannabidiol helped ease many of her painful Multiple Sclerosis symptoms and inspired her to create her company, Ohana CBD. DCN




“We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes - understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success." - Arianna Huffington


Learnings + Resources(in or out of cannabis):

Money. How to convince cannabis investors to give you money and 6 lessons from cannabis CEOs who raised more than $50 million

Leadership. Three Ways Women Give Their Power Away

Action. How I overcame imposter syndrome and became the leader I was meant to be

Education. Cannabis 101: Where entrepreneurs, lawyers and caregivers go to learn


In case you missed it:

Check out last week's episode with Laurie Wolf, the Martha Stewart of Marijuana Edibles and Co-Founder of Laurie & MaryJane. We chat about how the edibles category has evolved over the years since Laurie began and the emergence of a new category of cannabis user, how Laurie uses her chef & a food editor background to create her elevated edibles, the dos and don’t of throwing a cannabis infused dinner party, how to choose & eat an edible and Laurie's philosophy and vision as a chef/entrepreneur in the cannabis space. Click below to listen to this super fun (and hilarious chat)!


So you know:

Tech companies Google and PayPal not playing nice with cannabis industry Forbes

7 Mayors want pot removed from federal list of illegal drugs NewYorkTimes

How mapping marijuana DNA could change the future of pot RollingStone

Texas Republican Party endorses marijuana decriminalization Forbes

Survey estimates 1.3 million Japanese aged 15-64 have used marijuana; paint thinner in second place JapanTimes

Israel's Together signs $300 mln Canadian cannabis deal Reuters

Marijuana cultivation is where cannabis workers can earn the largest salaries Forbes

Medical marijuana passes by a landslide in SC Democratic primary TheState

Media startup Prøhbtd raises $8M to help bring cannabis to the mainstream TechCrunch

Senators include medical marijuana protections in Justice Department bills Forbes

A new cannabis trade show in the USA could unite the weed and drinks industries DrinksBusiness

Senate agriculture panel passes farm bill with hemp legalization CNBC

Around the research way:

Cannabis does not increase suicidal behavior in psychiatric patients ScienceDaily

Cannabis makes family TV time more fun, say pot-smoking parents AdWeek

Survey sheds light on why some use cannabis after stem cell transplant Cure

House GOP blocks marijuana research amendment for veterans MarijuanaMoment

Rising number of older and female cannabis users developing health problems MedicalXpress

Subjective reports positive for cannabis in MS, but caution urged Medscape


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