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Inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush.


Meet Portland’s New Cannabis Czar Dasheeda Dawson
Aug 6 • 26 min
Dasheeda Dawson is the newly appointed Cannabis Program Supervisor for the city of Portland, Oregon, where she oversees regulations, licensing, and equity for that fine city. She is only the third Black woman in the country to hold a cannabis regulatory…
How The Stanley Brothers Grew A CBD Empire
Jul 30 • 35 min
Jesse Stanley is one of the Stanley Brothers, a family of cannabis growers and entrepreneurs responsible for the iconic Charlotte’s Web brand and Stanley Brothers Holdings. The brothers became internationally famous when they developed a CBD tincture to…
One Million Cannabis Cans Sold
Jul 23 • 30 min
Cannabis-drinks are expected to make nearly $2 billion dollars this year, and our guests Jake Bullock and Luke Anderson are living proof that if you brew it people will come. They are co-founders of the company Cann, which makes low dose social tonics in…
The Theragun Massages Its Way Into The CBD Business
Jul 14 • 28 min
Dr. Jason Wersland is a chiropractor and founder of the Theragun and now Theraone. The Theragun is a handheld, drill-like self massager that took him eight years to develop. Since its launch in 2017, it’s been used by over 250 sports teams, PTs, trainers,…
The Ingenius Way Wana Became The Top Edibles Company
Jul 10 • 25 min
Guest Nancy Whiteman is the CEO of Wana Brands, the No. 1 edibles brand in sales revenues in the US. Nancy tells the origin story of the company, which she founded in her own Colorado test kitchen. She also shares how the company’s focus on consistency,…
What’s Going On In Colorado?
Jul 2 • 27 min
Lisa Gee is Director of Marketing & CSR for Lightshade. She talks to me about how Colorado company is adjusting to a post-pandemic world by marketing products to suit their customers’ needs. Could what’s happening in the Colorado cannabis market be a…
Arcview’s Kim Kovacs on the Best Cannabis Investements Right Now
Jun 25 • 34 min
Kim Kovacs is CEO of The Arcview Group, a private investment network and market research firm focused on connecting high-net-worth individuals, investors, and money managers in the cannabis sector. Prior to her role at Arcview, she was a serial…
Kathy Ireland Gets Into The CBD Business
Jun 15 • 26 min
Guests Kathy Ireland and Smoke Wallin recently announced the launch of a new CBD line. Ireland is a former supermodel turned super businesswoman and President of Kathy Ireland Worldwide. Smoke Wallin is the Chairman and CEO of Vertical Wellness, a…
A Dispensary Survives Looting And The Pandemic
Jun 11 • 23 min
Our guest Kobie Evans is the co-owner of Pure Oasis, the only minority-owned dispensary on the east coast. Call it trial by fire or just bad luck, but Pure Oasis has weathered quite a storm in the past few months. A few weeks after this city’s first…
Will The Pandemic Speed Up Legalization?
May 28 • 19 min
Matt Hawkins is the founder and managing partner of Entourage Effect Capital. In this episode, he talks about some predictions for cannabis in a pandemic and post pandemic world, specifically the impact of cannabis being deemed essential and what that…
The 35 Most Influential Women In Cannabis
May 21 • 33 min
This month, Green Entrepreneur announced its picks for The 35 Most Influential Women In Cannabis. The list covered a wide range of movers and shakers in the business from small business owners to investors, publicists to journalists, veterans to…
How Puffco Combatted Copycats and Rose To The Top
May 14 • 31 min
Roger Volodarksy is the founder of Puffco a LA-based vaporizer company that makes an array of devices for concentrate consumers. He started the company on a dare from a friend and since built it up to be one of the leading companies in the space. This is…
How BigMike Conquered the Cannabis Industry
May 7 • 17 min
Mike “BigMike” Straumietis is the founder of Advanced Nutrients, a massive agricultural products manufacturer. He talks about how he built his company, the origin of his name, the secret of his social media success (he has millions of followers), and his…
How To Create A Brand Name That Sells
Apr 30 • 35 min
Brad Flowers is co-founder of Bullhorn, a branding and marketing agency based in Kentucky. He is also the author of The Naming Book: 5 Steps to Creating Brand and Product Names That Sell from Entrepreneur Press. With a background in English literature,…
Inside The World’s First Cannabis Breathalyzer
Apr 23 • 33 min
Dr. Mike Lynn is the founder Hound Labs, Inc, which manufactures the world’s first marijuana breathalyzer. The company’s technology makes it 1 billion times more sensitive than today’s alcohol breathalyzers. It works by identifying recent (not past)…
Rob Gronkowski Tackles The CBD Business
Apr 16 • 34 min
After retiring from the NFL last season, New England Patriot All-Start Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski announced that he will be a major investor and spokesperson for CBDMedic. Green Entrepreneur contributing writer Nick Dimengo talks to Gronk about how CBD helps…
Safe Solutions To The Cannabis Cash Problem
Apr 9 • 24 min
Guest Eric Kaufman is Chief Revenue Officer for Dama Financial, which provides access to secure banking for cash-intensive businesses such as cannabis. Dama’s services include cash management, access to online and mobile-friendly bank accounts, cashless…
Andrew DeAngelo: “Our Job Right Now Is To Get Cannabis To The People”
Apr 2 • 20 min
Andrew DeAngelo is the co-founder of Harborside Health Center and a towering voice in the world of cannabis advocacy and legalization for over 30 years. In the latest episode of the Green Entrepreneur podcast with Jonathan Small, he talks about what his…
7 Ways To Manage Your Business In Times Of Crisis
Mar 25 • 31 min
These are uncertain times for all of us. To help figure out how to manage in the time of coronavirus, we talked to Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes, one of the world’s leading management experts and an international best-selling author. He has written 27 books,…
A Cannabis Doctor Answers Your Coronavirus Questions
Mar 18 • 28 min
Dr. Junella Chin is an osteopathic physician and founder and chief medical officer of MedLeafRx, an integrative medicine practice in California and New York. With coronavirus on everyone’s mind, we asked her a bunch of questions about how cannabis and CBD…
CBD Advice From A Former Sephora Executive
Mar 12 • 24 min
Casey Georgeson’s company Saint Jane is a premium CBD brand sold at such high-end retail locations as Sephora and Neiman Marcus. This is the story of why she transitioned from a successful career developing beauty and wine brands—for the likes of Marc…
How To Guerrilla Market Your Brand
Mar 5 • 23 min
Michael Scherr is an entertainer-turned-entrepreneur and founder of Aria Brands, a holding company that is both a novelty gifting product line for adults and a hemp-derived CBD consumer product line. With his creative background, Scherr has lots of…
Meet the Investor Who Only Invests in ‘Vice’ Industries
Feb 27 • 25 min
Catherine Dockery is founder of Vice Ventures, a seed-stage capital fund that invests in good companies operating in “bad” categories from seed to exit. The 27-year-old alum of Walmart and Bonobos, Dockery launched her own company in 2018, investing in…
A Social Equity Success Story in Oakland
Feb 20 • 26 min
Guest Jessie Grundy is CEO of The Peakz, which is one of the most successful social equity cannabis brands in the country. Operating out of Oakland, California, Grundy transitioned from from the dangerous world of the illicit market to the legal market,…
What The Cornbread Mafia Taught This Hemp Entrepreneur
Feb 13 • 25 min
Jim Higdon is the founder of Cornbread Hemp, a USDA-certified organic hemp company in Kentucky. In his previous life, James was author of the 2012 book The Cornbread Mafia, which tells the story of the biggest domestic marijuana syndicate in American…
From Felon to Founder
Feb 6 • 26 min
Aaron Riley is the president of CannaSafe, the #1 cannabis testing lab in California. But back in 2011, Aaron was the target of an undercover weed bust that landed him in jail with several felony drug charges. This is the story of how a 19-year-old…
How to Get Funded in the Cannabis Economy
Jan 23 • 27 min
Ross O’Brien is author of the new book, Cannabis Capital, from Entrepreneur Press. He is also the Founder & CEO of cannabis venture capital fund Bonaventure Equity, (“BVE”) and founder of the Cannabis Dealmakers Summit. We talk about what venture…
Live From Green Entrepreneur’s Saturday CBD Market
Jan 16 • 35 min
We hosted a CBD Farmer’s Market in Hollywood with other 25 vendors, including hemp rollers, yoga classes, massages, infused food, and other craziness. Host Jonathan Small speaks to some of the entrepreneurs on the floor about how and why they got into the…
How One Family Built a Multi-Million Dollar Weed Business With Just $2k
Jan 9 • 25 min
The remarkable story of the Sadler family. Cody and George Sadler sit down with Green Entrepreneur Editor in Chief Jonathan Small to talk about how they built their family weed business, Platinum Vapes, off of the money they made selling a dirt bike.…
Sunday Goods CEO On Creative Ways To Stand Out In A Crowded Market
Jan 2 • 33 min
Guest Yoram Heller is Co-Founder, Co-CEO of Sunday Goods, which offers premium sun-grown prerolls, effect pens, and flower. The company recently ventured into the California rec market, after having success with its medical products in Arizona. Yoram…
Why Recess Beverages Markets the Feeling Not The CBD Itself
Dec 19, 2019 • 28 min
Guest Ben Witte is the founder and CEO of Recess, which makes hemp-infused sparkling water beverages. Recess markets itself more on the feeling the drink enables than the actual compound of CBD itself—much the way Starbucks markets the drinks not the…
Is MP Glassworthy The Most Interesting Man In Cannabis?
Dec 12, 2019 • 32 min
Who is MP Glassworthy? That’s just the question MP Glassworthy Flower, a company that specializes in high-potency flower, wants you to ask. Like Captain Morgan or The Most Interesting Man in The World, MP Glassworthy is a fictional mascot, complete with a…
After Spending 10 Years In Jail, A Grower Shares His Story
Dec 5, 2019 • 34 min
In 1992 Johnny Casali, a second-generation cannabis farmer in Humboldt County, was arrested by the Feds for growing marijuana and served a sentence of 10 years in jail. Now he is the owner of Huckleberry Hill Farms, a successful fruit and cannabis farm…
What You Need To Know About Microdosing Psychedelics
Nov 28, 2019 • 34 min
Our groovy guest is Paul Austin, a psychedelic entrepreneur, microdosing coach, and founder of The Third Wave, a website specializing in psychedelic literacy and education. Paul also speaks at conferences across the country about responsible psychedelic…
Miss Grass Wants to Curate Cannabis for Women
Nov 21, 2019 • 31 min
Kate Miller is the co-founder and CEO of Miss Grass, a highly vetted cannabis e-commerce shop and magazine with a mission of taking the guesswork out of weed. Kate was inspired to start Miss Grass by her stint working at a dispensary in college. But her…
How the Dose Dial Was Born
Nov 14, 2019 • 40 min
Dosist CEO Gunner Winston joins the podcast to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the development of their new product the dose dial. After releasing their innovative dose pen in 2016, the company won plenty of accolades. Three years later they’re hoping…
Veteran James Kim Of Stiiizy Turned To Cannabis To Treat His PTSD
Nov 7, 2019 • 21 min
In honor of Veteran’s Day, army veteran and cannabis entrepreneur James Kim joins the show. James is co-founder and managing director of Stiiizy, part of the Shryne Group—a vertically integrated cannabis company in Cali. Prior to joining the Green Rush,…
LeafWorks Combats Fraud In Cannabis DNA
Oct 31, 2019 • 26 min
How do you know what’s in the cannabis you’re planting? The label may say one thing, but the reality can be quite different. That’s where Leafworks comes in—a botanical identification company that tests DNA samples of plants so that buyers, sellers, and…
Kaley Nichol, Co-Founder and COO of Sagely Naturals, On Taking CBD to CVS
Oct 24, 2019 • 31 min
Gest Kaley Nichol is co-founder of Sagely Naturals, a top CBD brand. Their products can be found everywhere from health food store chains to CVS and Neiman Marcus. The company was founded in 2015, long before the CBD craze struck the U.S, with abandon.…
Aphria CEO Irwin D. Simon On Running A Huge Public Cannabis Company
Oct 17, 2019 • 39 min
Irwin D. Simon runs one of the largest cannabis companies in the world in terms of stock value and just sheer size. Aphria’s grow facilities are 2.5 million square feet— the equivalent of 350 football fields. My interview with Simon was recorded at the…
Meet the Cannabis Courtesan
Oct 10, 2019 • 28 min
Alice Little is a pro-cannabis activist, social media influencer, and legal prostitute working out of Nevada’s licensed brothels. On the podcast, she speaks up about the sexual health benefits of cannabis and her advocacy for the right to use marijuana…
Ricky Williams on the Green Rush
Oct 3, 2019 • 35 min
Live from the Cannabis Dealmakers Summit, ex-NFL star Ricky Williams talks about his entry into the cannabis business. Ricky is co-founder, with his wife Linnea Miron, of Real Wellness, a company that makes all-natural cannabis-infused medicinals. Ricky…
Behind the Vaping Illness Epidemic
Sep 26, 2019 • 17 min
A mysterious lung disease linked to vaping has sickened over 500 people in the U.S. and killed 11. What is behind this illness? And what is the cannabis industry doing about it? We’re joined by David Downs, the California bureau chief of Leafly and a…
Mexico’s Former President Vicente Fox Wants to Legalize Pot Everywhere
Sep 19, 2019 • 30 min
Vicente Fox was Mexico’s President who from 2000 to 2006. Today, he is an outspoken advocate for cannabis legalization around the world. We had a chance to speak to President Fox at the Cannabis Dealmakers Summit in Dallas about how why went from being a…
NBA Legend Paul Pierce Scores with His CBD Line
Sep 12, 2019 • 41 min
Paul Pierce lit up the NBA as an all-star for 19 years. Now he’s co-founder and CEO of The Truth CBD Remedies and the Vesper One vape available on Eaze Wellness. But it hasn’t all been a smooth ride for Pierce. In 2002, he was stabbed 11 times, a…
The Woman Behind the First Cannabis Compliance Tech Company Traded On Nasdaq
Sep 5, 2019 • 29 min
Ten years ago, guest Jessica Billingsley introduced the first tracking software into the cannabis space. That company MJ Freeway grew massively and recently merged with MTech Acquisition Corp to become a global technology behemoth called Akerna. In this…
Business Lessons from a Former Chipotle Exec
Aug 30, 2019 • 21 min
Guest Tim Spong is CEO of NectarTek, a hemp extractor that produces CBD isolate and distillate. Prior to getting into hemp, Tim worked at Chipotle Mexican Grill for 25 years, most recently as Executive Director of Supply Chain and Operations Services, a…
A Pot Shop Caters to the Canna-Curious
Aug 22, 2019 • 68 min
Tim Dodd is the CEO of Sweet Flower, a luxury cannabis lifestyle brand that includes cannabis shops catering to the canna-curious. Green Entrepreneur editor-in-chief Jon Small visited Tim at his flagship shop on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. The two talk…
What’s Next For Bruce Linton?
Aug 15, 2019 • 16 min
When Bruce Linton was unceremoniously canned from his position as co-CEO of Canopy Growth Corp earlier this year, the cannabis world was stunned. Linton is one of the stars of the business. We caught up with him at the NCIA conference in San Jose to talk…
Meet The Weed Nuns
Aug 8, 2019 • 31 min
Sister Kate (aka Christine Meeusen) is the founder of Sisters of the Valley, an order of nuns in Merced, California. But these aren’t ordinary nuns. They are descendants of the French Beguines and live on a farm creating CBD in cauldrons.
Headset CEO Cy Scott on What Millennials Want
Aug 2, 2019 • 31 min
Millennials represent the largest group of cannabis consumers. So what type of bud are they looking for? And which brands are reaching them? Cy Scott co-founder and CEO of Headset, an analytics service provider for the cannabis industry, joins the show to…
How a Conjoined Twin Found Success in Cannabis
Jul 25, 2019 • 26 min
Francesa Vavala was born as a conjoined twin in 1982. At four days old, she was separated from her sister Emily. Francesca was healthy, but her sister Emily suffered a severe form of cerebral palsy. Now Francesca is co-founder of Alias Cann, an on-demand…
Chelsea Handler Discovers Cannabis
Jul 18, 2019 • 10 min
Comedian, author, and cannabis advocate Chelsea Handler talks about her recent re-discovery of weed and her plans to launch her own cannabis line with NorCal Cannabis Company.
Treyous Jarrells: Why A Top NFL Prospect Quit Football For Cannabis
Jul 11, 2019 • 37 min
Former Colorado State University football star Treyous Jarrells was a top NFL prospect. Then he quit the team his senior year. The reason? Cannabis. The running back relied on the plant to medicate the pain from his myriad injuries but his school…
Anheuser Kush: A Descendent of the Beer Dynasty Creates a New Bud
Jul 4, 2019 • 33 min
When Adolphus Busch V tried to get an entry-level job at his family’s beer empire, he was rejected. Undaunted, he started his own business — a Colorado-based cannabis company called ABV.He talks about growing up as a Busch in St. Louis and taking his…
Exciting New Opportunities in Cannabis
Jun 27, 2019 • 36 min
Ryan Ansin is co-founder of Revolutionary Farms, a vertically-integrated cultivation and dispensary group in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He also advises and oversees a number of multi-million dollar investment funds. Because of his unique perspective from…
The Politics of Pot
Jun 20, 2019 • 40 min
Saphira Galoob, CEO of The Liaison Group and Senior Public Policy Advisor and Executive Director of the National Cannabis Roundtable, tackles questions such as: What is the federal government doing about cannabis’s banking problem? What about weed’s…
Is Microdosing the Future of Cannabis?
Jun 13, 2019 • 29 min
Aaron Morris and Chris Joseph started their company in a garage and bootstrapped funding from virtually nothing—but they weren’t developing a hot new app. Armed with all-natural ingredients and killer bud, these Oregon natives jumped headfirst into the…
Kevin Murphy Has Some Smart Advice For You
Jun 11, 2019 • 33 min
Kevin P. Murphy, CEO of Acreage Holdings, joins us at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo in New York City. Murphy talks about how he grew his company from a one-man operation to a dominant force in the cannabis industry, Acreage’s recent merger…
Biggie Smalls’ Son Gets into the Weed Game
May 30, 2019 • 31 min
CJ Wallace was only 5 months old when his legendary father The Notorious BIG was murdered. But the two have many similarities, including an appreciation for cannabis. Last month, CJ launched cannabis company Think BIG in honor of Biggie and the flower.…
Cannabis Investing for Non-Millionaries
May 23, 2019 • 35 min
Codie Sanchez is a partner at Cresco Capital Partners, one of the first private equity funds in the legalized cannabis space. A former journalist and investor at Goldman Sachs and Vanguard, she now works exclusively on a $100 million cannabis fund. We sat…
One Company’s Quest to be the 23andMe of Cannabis
May 16, 2019 • 19 min
Endocanna Health has developed a simple DNA test and online database that analyzes your genetics and then recommends various cannabinoid ratios and terpene profiles.You give them a sample, and they give you an anonymous and extensive report of cannabis…
The Truth About CBD and Hemp (Live Panel)
May 13, 2019 • 36 min
Live from the Cannabis Dealmakers Summit (CDS) in San Diego, Green Entrepreneur editor in chief Jonathan Small speaks with a panel of experts about the various issues surrounding CBD and hemp, including the status of their legality, the lack of FDA…
Steve DeAngelo: The Father of the Cannabis Industry
May 2, 2019 • 30 min
With his hippie pigtails and smart suits, Steve DeAngelo perfectly embodies the split in today’s cannabis industry. He’s an old-school activist and advocate, but he’s also a canny businessman. DeAngelo co-founded Harborside, one of the first six…
Simple Marketing Hacks from PR Specialist Rosie Mattio
Apr 25, 2019 • 29 min
One of the toughest challenges facing cannabis entrepreneurs today is how to advertise and market their products when go-to options, such as Facebook and Google, are strictly limited. Rosie Mattio, founder of Mattio Communications, is one of the most…
MedMen CEO Adam Bierman on Building the Apple Store of Weed
Apr 18, 2019 • 33 min
As co-founder and CEO of marijuana giant MedMen, Adam Bierman’s watched the company grow from a few dinky, medical marijuana dispensaries on the west side of LA to a behemoth, which includes 70 dispensaries and cultivation centers across 12 states and a…
Al Harrington Wants to Put The CBD in the NBA
Apr 11, 2019 • 29 min
Al Harrington is former NBA forward and current Big3 All-star. He’s also founder of the cannabis company, Viola. For many celebrities with cannabis brands, their involvement in the day-to-day business consists of slapping their name on the label and…