July 30, 2018

Happy new week, Boss!     

Co-Founder of MarijuanaRates.com is on the pod, weed activist Charlo Greene's new book is out, MedMen added another woman to its board, and 1 in 5 canna samples in California is failing lab tests. Yikes!

Eat your vegetables! - Jac

On the podcast:

This week I’m talking to Lisa Weinberger, co-founder of MarijuanaRates.com and owner of PearlyWrites.com. Her dual career consists of helping companies with their digital marketing strategy as a Chief Content Officer as well as teaching students how to write as a Professor. Believer of natural health, she began researching the benefits of cannabis and CBD which led to sharing consumer pricing on MarijuanRates.com. Publishing’s include Bankrate.com, PrimeRates.com, One Main Financial, Fox Business, Yahoo! Finance, LendIt, Money Mio, Business Insider, Comcast, Credit Karma, Fidelity, Conductor and Tech Republic.

In our chat, Lisa and I dig into how she & her co-founder parlayed finance backgrounds into a canna biz and essentially became personal finance bloggers for cannabis; Her and her daughter’s healing journeys with CBD; How cannabis pricing works and what gets factored in; The differences in pricing from state to state; Discovering the MarijuanaRates.com consumer sweet spot (hint: averages); Getting their channel booted off of youtube; And mucho mas! Tune in to our chat now!


Her Headliners:

Come what may. Former reporter/anchor turned activist and businesswoman, Charlo Greene, candidly shares about her newly released memoir, F*ck It: A Guide to Letting Go & Living Free and the possibility of facing a 50+ year prison sentence for charges related to her medical cannabis organization. "I failed to see and accept the fact that I live in an America that'll fight against change in the status quo by any means necessary. Even if that means throwing a potential 54-year prison sentence at me for legal weed." Civilized

Now 2 of 6. MedMen has appointed business executive, Stacey Hallerman, to its Board of Directors. "It is not often that you get a chance to help build a whole new industry. I believe MedMen is the standard bearer of this new industry. I look forward to working closely with management and helping create value for its customers, employees and shareholders.” Bizwire

On a mission. DJ and Fashionista, Chelsea Leyland, is the subject of an upcoming documentary, Separating The Strains: a medical cannabis & epilepsy film. With the film 25% done, Chelsea is using her platform to raise 65K on Kickstarter to complete the film. "It was like Humpty Dumpty getting his pieces put back together again. When you have epilepsy, something feels not good in your brain, it feels broken, but when I took [CBD], I felt the opposite sensation." Miss Grass

Land of grey. Charges against California attorney, Jessica McElfresh, who defended a canna businessman, have been dropped by the DA's office. "It’s one thing to pass legislation, it’s another to implement it. That’s where attorneys come in...they need to give opinions on what the law says without fear of being prospected by a DA who thinks they know the law. An attorney needs to feel that they can freely give advice on areas that are murky in the law. Because everybody’s just trying to figure it out," says criminal defense attorney, Michael Crowley VoiceOfSanDiego

In her words. Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate, Kelda Roys, has released a video in support of marijuana legalization. "Adults should be free to use marijuana without fear of prosecution. We need to stop using our criminal justice resources to prosecute and incarcerate people for cannabis and...stop unequal enforcement that drives racial disparities in our criminal justice system. It’s time to legalize cannabis for recreational and medicinal use, and grow Wisconsin’s economy." WisconsinGazette

Not done yet. Motorcycle riding Professor Leah Boehm, isn't ready for retirement just yet. At 70 years young, this former Chief Scientist at Israel Aerospace Industries has co-founded a new startup tackling the inefficiencies in cannabis growing. "I feel younger, and my partners are much younger than me, but I don’t feel any difference. We don’t argue, we understand each other, and we work together developing something unique." Forbes

New perspective. Retired police officer, Diane Goldstein, talks about her career shift to end drug prohibition and her work as Board Chair of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership. "Oh my god, everything I thought about drug enforcement was wrong...I recognized I had a role to play to make amends for the drug war in general...I didn’t want other families to experience what our family went through. We need to adequately fund drug treatment, mental health programs, after-school programs, early childhood education, and job and vocational training." Civilized

Leading. We love featured lists of business women in cannabis! Here are 11 you need to know. GreenRushDaily


"If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped." -Melinda Gates

Learnings + Resources(in or out of cannabis):

Money. What cannabis entrepreneurs should know about tax section 280E

Leadership. How to boost your confidence, even when you're the only woman in the room

Action. 13 Things highly successful people do not waste their mental energy on

Education. From chemistry to culinary: 10 educational programs for students eager to learn about cannabis

Growth. 5 Apps to boost your brain power

Wellbeing. 7 Proven ways meditating prepares you for success

In case you missed it:

Check out last week's episode with Kristen Yoder, Founder of Soil to The Oil and recently featured in Marijuana Venture Magazine’s 40 under 40 Rising Stars of Cannabis. 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!)! Kristen doesn't tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear, to protect yourself and your investments.


So you know:

First tests are in, and 1 in 5 marijuana samples in California isn’t making grade OCRegister

Pushing back on the Aussie study that says cannabis doesn't relieve pain Prohbtd

Sessions says states are free to legalize marijuana, but DOJ can enforce federal law MarijuanaMoment

Why Are Only 4 Percent of Cannabis Businesses Owned By African Americans? Entrepreneur

The future of cannabis has arrived with this $400 vaporizer Forbes

That purple kush you're toking might be a genetic imposter Wired

New Jersey will stop prosecuting marijuana cases, for now CNN

D.C. has had more than 300 synthetic marijuana overdoses in 2 weeks NPR

A New York company wants to use molecular DNA tags to track legal cannabis CannabisNow

Canadian cannabis workers targeted by U.S. border guards for lifetime bans StarVancouver

Four people tell us how quitting weed changed their lives Vice

Wee farms: The future of indoor cannabis DopeMag

Kevin Smith partners with Rivit TV on comedy pilot ‘Hollyweed’s Variety

Canada is inventing a cannabis beer that hits you harder than an edible Esquire

Trying to increase social equity in the cannabis industry LAWeekly

Cannabis addiction is not heroin addiction. That doesn’t make it any less real Slate

Ryan Reynolds developing ‘Home Alone’-esque comedy ‘Stoned Alone’? Variety

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Of America Group supports legalized cannabis Forbes

Behold: The first paint marketed to cover up marijuana smells Westword

‘Breakthrough’ in South Korea as cannabis law gets major backer MJBizDaily

Around the research way:

Marijuana arrests: 93% New Yorkers of color PROP

Mortality due to cirrhosis and liver cancer in the United States, 1999-2016: observational study BritishMedicalJournal

New research focuses on treating non-cognitive symptoms of people with dementia PRNewswire

Researchers published a cannabis study that’s dangerously misleading TNW

University of Calgary fires up joint research pact with Alberta cannabis grower CalgaryHerald

The budgetary effects of ending drug prohibitions CATO

Marijuana legalization and crime clearance rates: Testing proponent assertions in Colorado and Washington stated PoliceQuarterly

Anti‐tumoural actions of cannabinoids British Journal of Pharmacology

‘Concussion Pill’ shows promise in pre-clinical pilot study Inventum

Cannabis decriminalization: A study of recent policy change in five U.S. states SSRN

National poll: Do you think the federal government or individual states should be responsible for regulating
marijuana? MorningConsult

Pharmacy Student Knowledge, Confidence and Attitudes Toward Medical Cannabis and Curricular Coverage AJPE

Effect of vaporized cannabis on exertional breathlessness and exercise endurance in advanced COPD: A randomized controlled trialThroracic

Cannabis does not improve breathlessness during exercise in patients with advanced COPD ScienceDaily


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