June 25, 2018

Good Morning, Boss!  

Canna pioneer Diane Czarkowski is on the pod, the flower-power drinks market is gearing up for mega growth, women of color talk about working in the cannabis space and #permitpatty goes viral.

Choose love, not hate. - Jac

On the podcast:

This week I’m talking to Diane Czarkowski, one of the industry’s original cannabis entrepreneurs and Founding Partner at Canna Advisors. She has played an influential role in the cannabis market since its early stages, helping develop it into one of fastest growing industries in the United States.With decades of career success in high-tech and real estate, Diane’s business agility stems from working in industries that are rapidly growing and evolving. She was the founder of one of the first dispensary and cultivation facilities in Colorado, earning the reputation as one of most professional and patient-focused dispensaries in the state. Since establishing Canna Advisors, the firm has earned one of the best track records in the industry. Diane works closely with clients, advising them on best practices to anticipate change and proactively work to meet the changes. She focuses on the operational needs of Canna Advisors and oversees HR, Accounting, Marketing, PR, IT and Client Services.

In this episode, we chat about Diane's pioneering work in the cannabis industry and her experience leading the premier canna consulting firm. She shares her thoughts on the current state of the industry, and where she sees it going. We talk about what one needs to do to begin the process of opening a dispensary and a common mistake often made on licensing applications. Diane also shares her vision for the future of cannabis, her advice for women interested in getting into the space, how to get involved in lobbying congress with the National Cannabis Industry Association and more. Click below to tune in!


Her Headliners:

#PermitPatty. A video of cannabis business woman, Alison Ettel, went viral this weekend. It featured Ettel calling the police on an 8 year old girl for selling water in front of her building without a permit. The internet was not having any of it. Washington Post  (Here are 5 things white people can do before they call the cops on a black personMashable)

Green machine. Amy Andrle, co-founder of Denver's first dispensary with the Certifiably Green designation, L'Eagle, talks about what it takes to achieve this certificate of excellence and maintain very high quality sustainable practices in cultivation. "The biggest challenge here is not inside L’Eagle’s facility, but rather helping consumers discern quality cultivation is more than a marketing ploy, and can be verified by third-party certifiers." Westword

Case closed. Whitney Beatty, CEO of Apothecarry Brands, is profiled and shares why she created her line of high end luxury cases for flower. “If my liquor is in my bar, my cigars are in my humidor, and my wine is in wine fridge, why the heck is my herb in a shoebox in the closet?!” Entrepreneur

Lady pack. Meet the powerhouse female squad behind the digital head shop, Smoke Cartel, that get it all done. Leafly

Drink up. The canna beverage market is heating up. Check out what Lauren Rudick, partner at law firm Hiller, PC, has to say about the psychoactive and non-psychoactive cannabis drink market. “It’s a mountain of gold, and nobody knows how high it gets.” BevNet
Intersection. Judith Ohikuare talks to women of color about their experience in the cannabis industry and the opportunity to make money and do good. "Do you invest your time, money, and liberty in a space where Black people are both under-resourced and face greater legal scrutiny, or do you play it safe and miss out? Those who feel they have too much to lose may be unwilling to bet on the “inevitability” of legalization, but others, especially those who have already invested a good deal of money in cannabis, think the gamble is in not trying." Refinery29



“If you are committed to creating value and if you aren’t afraid of hard times; obstacles become utterly unimportant. A nuisance perhaps; but with no real power. The world respects creation; people will get out of your way." Candice Carpenter


Learnings + Resources(in or out of cannabis):

Money. How weed businesses pay their taxes

Leadership. 6 Extraordinary women who rose to the pinnacle of their professions

Action. Personalization matters: 12 Ways for brands to increase customer loyalty

Education. Corporate governance: 5 steps marijuana firms should take as they grow


In case you missed it:

Check out last week's episode with Maureen McNamara, Founder and Chief Facilitator with  Cannabis Trainers™. 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.


So you know:

First marijuana-derived drug is on the verge of approval Washington Post

Robotic cranes, genetic libraries and activated oil: How the cannabis industry is redefining hi-tech Financial Post

New York moves toward legal marijuana with Health Dept. endorsement NewYorkTimes

Molson Coors is the latest beermaker to consider adding buds to suds Bloomberg

How close is the UK to legalizing cannabis? Esquire

Full vending machines. Pot on the pillow. What some California hotels are doing to attract marijuana smokers Los Angeles Times

Senators vote to block marijuana banking amendment Forbes

CEO of US marijuana company MedMen says Oregon, Colorado are 'horrible markets' to be in CNBC

Canadians brace for cultural changes as marijuana becomes legal NewYorkTimes

Hustler publisher says marijuana is 'Finally Prevailing' in America Forbes

Inside Chuck Schumer's elusive pot bill RollingStone

The green Australian dream: Push to make hemp houses the way of the future Domain

Texas Republican party endorses marijuana decriminalization Forbes

Around the research way:

Survey of oncologists finds knowledge gap on medical marijuana MedicalXpress

Stylus research identifies five trends to watch in the legal #cannabis era Investor Ideas

Young marijuana users face psychosis risk WebMD

Japan’s 1.3 million marijuana experimenters surpass inhalant abusers for first time: survey JapanTimes

Study compares cannabis benefits for patients with chronic pain and migraine AJMC

Study finds increase in daily cannabis use among American adults Medical Life Science News


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