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The Future of Social Equity and Interstate Commerce

The Future of Social Equity and Interstate Commerce with Mark Slaugh from NCIA’s DEI Committee today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice. CEO and owner of iComply, Mark works in the specialist sector of compliance for the medical, retail, and hemp industries and has over 13 years of experience in cannabis industry development, consulting, and operational compliance and […]
The Future of Social Equity and Interstate Commerce with Mark Slaugh from NCIA's DEI Committee today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice. CEO and owner of iComply, Mark works in the specialist sector of compliance for the medical, retail, and hemp industries and has over 13 years of experience in cannabis industry development, consulting, and operational compliance and over 22 years experience in regulations and risk management. He is a qualified expert witness on cannabis compliance and regulations in Colorado. iComply provides operational compliance services and validation of over 200 cultivation, manufacturing and processing, and dispensing facilities since 2011, and iComply consults for a variety of communities, organizations, and governments. We dive into the intersection of DEI issues and how interstate commerce plays into that. First, we define what interstate commerce is and why the industry as a whole wants to achieve this. We talk about how social equity licensees and operators going to be impacted when federal legalization finally happens and we have some form of interstate commerce available to the cannabis industry. So currently in our 36 states with legal medical cannabis and 18 with adult use, most if not all have some form of social equity program giving black and brown business owners more equality in our industry. We talk about what’s working so far currently, as well as where it falls short. Mark Slaugh is a leading niche asset for the dynamic cannabis market worldwide. His innovative work in cannabis compliance, regulatory affairs, policy monitoring, political reform, and social justice reflects an extensive understanding of cannabis, its benefits, and its social transformation from illicit “vice” to a legal substance under licensing and regulation. Mark progressively works to move this new market forward at political, policy, and operational levels. He represents objective knowledge about cannabis and its economic, social, and political implications on society as a trusted resource for the media, marijuana businesses, and governments. He regularly speaks at National and International conferences on topics regarding policy, market development, and operational cannabis compliance. All today on The Future of Social Equity and Interstate Commerce with Mark Slaugh, DEI Committee on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice.


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Sorting Through The Chaos of Expanding Into New Cannabis Markets

Tune in to learn more about sorting through the chaos of expanding into new cannabis markets with Jennifer Spanos from CannaBusiness ERP today on Cannabis Radio. Jennifer Spanos is the VP of Product and Vertical Strategy at CannaBusiness ERP. She has 15+ years of experience in cannabis and food software and operations, working to maximize […]
Tune in to learn more about sorting through the chaos of expanding into new cannabis markets with Jennifer Spanos from CannaBusiness ERP today on Cannabis Radio. Jennifer Spanos is the VP of Product and Vertical Strategy at CannaBusiness ERP. She has 15+ years of experience in cannabis and food software and operations, working to maximize the efficiency and profitability of customers’ businesses. Jennifer started out doing research and development for food companies, launching new products across North America. She is currently based in Ottawa, Canada, and has a Bachelor of Science in Food Science from the University of Guelph. CannaBusiness ERP is the go-to answer for cannabis cultivators and processors seeking a software platform to manage their entire business. More than basic seed-to-sale or compliance-only software, CannaBusiness ERP tracks production, inventory, sales, finance, quality, and clients. Emerging Markets are a really exciting opportunity here in the United States and we imagine the same in Canada. In just the last few years of legal cannabis, we’ve seen the growth in our industry to the point where MSOs are now stepping up and out and expanding into new states. This kind of move is a great sign for our industry overall, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. So, we imagine being a large cannabis company that’s well established in a single state, like California or Colorado, for example, getting to the point where you’re ready to bring your product to a new state like Massachusetts. New York in particular right now is still sorting out their regulations. We dive into what the process is like for an operator, as well as what they should know in order to set themselves up for success.
 

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How Cannabis Companies Pivoted Marketing During COVID

Tune in to hear more about How Cannabis Companies Pivoted Marketing During COVID with Dan Serard today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice. Dan has been working in the cannabis industry for over four years. Currently, he heads business development and strategic partnerships for Cannabis Creative Group – a top marketing agency in the cannabis industry. […]
Tune in to hear more about How Cannabis Companies Pivoted Marketing During COVID with Dan Serard today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice. Dan has been working in the cannabis industry for over four years. Currently, he heads business development and strategic partnerships for Cannabis Creative Group – a top marketing agency in the cannabis industry. He is a member of many cannabis associations and serves as a committee member of the NCIA’s Marketing and Advertising Committee. Cannabis Creative Group (CCG)’s services include branding, strategy, packaging, SEO, SEM/PPC, social media, and email marketing, and has been a leader in digital marketing in the cannabis industry since 2017. We bring up that 5 letter word that we’ve all learned to adjust to as much as we can in the last two years… COVID. It definitely impacted everyone including the cannabis industry, however, we have deemed an "essential business" in most places which were kind of groundbreaking for me at least. So we talk more about how COVID has impacted our industry, and what Dan has been seeing in how it’s changed how the cannabis business is marketing their products and getting customers in the door. So as we’re mostly vaccinated and the hospitals are moving in the right direction as far as cases go, in-person events are returning, maybe we’re over the big scary hump here. But we dive into what can we expect in the future as long-term or even permanent changes because of what we’ve been through. As well as what should we be thinking about as an industry as we move forward.


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Ken Tays | Green Leaf Marketers

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Ken Tays of Green Leaf Marketers. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2022 National Cannabis Industry Association […]
Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Ken Tays of Green Leaf Marketers. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2022 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

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Education and Training for Cannabis Industry Professionals

Learn more about education and training for cannabis industry professionals with Mila Marshall and Dale Sky Jones today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice. They discuss how the committee helps identify emerging topics in the cannabis space. They also discuss the challenges surrounding education in cannabis for those just entering the industry, as well as those […]
Learn more about education and training for cannabis industry professionals with Mila Marshall and Dale Sky Jones today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice. They discuss how the committee helps identify emerging topics in the cannabis space. They also discuss the challenges surrounding education in cannabis for those just entering the industry, as well as those who are long-term veterans of cannabis. Mila Marshall is a doctoral candidate in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. She currently is the Principal Owner of Herb & Planning Associates where her small firm focuses on the intersection between the environment and the economy. Mila serves as an adjunct instructor of cannabis for City Colleges of Chicago, creator and co-host of the podcast To Be Blunt with Mila and Boom, creator/Committee Chair of the BIPOC Banking and Cannabis Summit, and is a current Education Committee member for NCIA. Mila is coordinating the NCIA Educator’s Roundtable Webinar on April 29th to bring together educators of all kinds to discuss needs and gaps in the educational space, as well as share resources and network with one another. Dale Sky Jones began working with patients in 2007, joining OU’s education and cannabis policy reform as a spokeswoman for the first legalization voter initiative. Dale became President & CEO of Oaksterdam University in April 2012 after a four-agency federal raid. Now, Oaksterdam is proud of more than 50,000 alumni from over 100 countries. OU offers Business, Horticulture, Budtending, Extractions, and Manufacturing Programs and is contracted by the Cities of Los Angeles and Palm Springs to provide technical assistance for professional and workforce development for the Social Equity Program. Dale continues to work towards federal de-scheduling and the legacy of quality education for the cannabis industry.


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Governor Jared Polis of Colorado, Cannabis Industry Champion

Tune in to this episode as NCIA’s Bethany Moore speaks with Governor Jared Polis. Polis born and raised in Colorado, is an entrepreneur, education leader, and public servant. Prior to becoming Governor in 2019, Polis brought medical experts, advocates, attorneys, and scientists to D.C. to legitimize cannabis legalization in the national conversation, and led the […]
Tune in to this episode as NCIA's Bethany Moore speaks with Governor Jared Polis. Polis born and raised in Colorado, is an entrepreneur, education leader, and public servant. Prior to becoming Governor in 2019, Polis brought medical experts, advocates, attorneys, and scientists to D.C. to legitimize cannabis legalization in the national conversation, and led the way for new market opportunities for agriculture while serving as the Congressman for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional district. From growers to producers to every strain of innovator in between, Governor Polis remains committed to ensuring that the success of Colorado’s fast-growing cannabis industry can be cultivated by all. We begin with why he supports these issues. Even as a Representative in the House before becoming Governor, our guest was a co-founder of the first Congressional Cannabis Caucus back in 2017. We dive more into his reasoning for being a vocal supporter of cannabis reform when it was still a fringe issue. We also talk about more of Governor Jared Polis’s efforts over the years including introducing the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act many times during his time in Congress. This would have rescheduled cannabis entirely. We’re still dealing with challenges with banking and taxes in our industry. Now the CAOA has been introduced in the Senate, which has similar goals. The CAOA is much more comprehensive, so we talk more about the letter he sent to Congress with feedback about the CAOA.
This episode was brought to you by Bridge West CPAs, one of the first accounting firms in the world to focus solely on the cannabis and hemp industries.
 

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Aja Atwood | Trella Technologies Inc

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Aja Atwood, CEO of Trella Technologies, Inc. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2022 National Cannabis Industry […]
Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Aja Atwood, CEO of Trella Technologies, Inc. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2022 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

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Robbery, Theft, and Other Crime Risks in Cannabis

Learn more about robbery, theft, and other crime risks in cannabis with Kevin Mullins, Vice President, 3SI & Doug Esposito of AssuredPartners, members of NCIA’s Risk Management and Insurance Committee today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice on Cannabis Radio. With the recent increases in theft and robberies in cannabis dispensaries, the NCIA’s Risk Management and […]
Learn more about robbery, theft, and other crime risks in cannabis with Kevin Mullins, Vice President, 3SI & Doug Esposito of AssuredPartners, members of NCIA's Risk Management and Insurance Committee today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice on Cannabis Radio. With the recent increases in theft and robberies in cannabis dispensaries, the NCIA’s Risk Management and Insurance Committee is hosting this podcast to discuss how these crimes are affecting the industry and best practices to mitigate the risks. Exclusion from the banking system and high-value product inventory for canna-businesses tempt criminals looking for an easy and lucrative way to steal or rob. Because of the expansion in the industry, cannabis is a likely target for criminals and drives the need for risk mitigation solutions that consider the likelihood of crime and how to best prevent it. In this podcast, we bring together leading experts in cannabis insurance and security risk. The episode provides insight on issues facing the industry as well as best practices and regulatory standards to combat rising crime risks.



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Dr. Elizabeth Hughes | Medical Doctor

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Dr. Elizabeth Hughes. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2022 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, […]
Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Dr. Elizabeth Hughes. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2022 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

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Social Equity-Focused Business Delivery Services In Colorado

Tune in to learn more about social equity-focused business delivery services in Colorado with Better Days Delivery, Michael Diaz-Rivera. Better Days Delivery Service is based in Denver, Colorado. The company collaborates with Colorado’s leading dispensaries and provides a seamless add-on service to both clients and customers. They operate 16 hours a day to provide the […]
Tune in to learn more about social equity-focused business delivery services in Colorado with Better Days Delivery, Michael Diaz-Rivera. Better Days Delivery Service is based in Denver, Colorado. The company collaborates with Colorado’s leading dispensaries and provides a seamless add-on service to both clients and customers. They operate 16 hours a day to provide the most convenient options for service to their client customers. As an official third-party transporter, they can and will also help navigate the delivery permit application process for your business as well. Michael is involved in NCIA’s DEI Program, including a scholarship membership for your first year, and they do great things like host supportive and information-sharing conference calls, and so on. This is made up of people from across the country. We dive into Michael's involvement in other social equity-related groups or activities here in Colorado at the state level. We know there are challenges to being a social equity business license holder or applicant, and most often the biggest challenge is access to capital. And also knowledge and know-how. So we hear more about those challenges, but more importantly, how is Michael navigating around them, and what kind of support he is getting from the community along the way.



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Tucky Bluny | blunts+moore

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Tucky Blunt of blunts+moore. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2022 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA […]
Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Tucky Blunt of blunts+moore. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2022 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee  

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Brian Adams | The Harrington Institute

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Brian Adams of The Harrington Institute. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2022 National Cannabis Industry Association […]
Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Brian Adams of The Harrington Institute. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2022 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

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Lobbying Congress Virtually as an NCIA Evergreen Member

Hear more about lobbying Congress virtually as an NCIA Evergreen Member with Khurshid Khoja. Khurshid is founder of Greenbridge Corporate Counsel, P.C., a California business law firm. Khurshid founded the law firm in 2012, which represents clientele from across numerous sectors in the legal cannabinoid industries, on regulatory, start‐up, corporate, intellectual property, finance, and other […]
Hear more about lobbying Congress virtually as an NCIA Evergreen Member with Khurshid Khoja.
Khurshid is founder of Greenbridge Corporate Counsel, P.C., a California business law firm. Khurshid founded the law firm in 2012, which represents clientele from across numerous sectors in the legal cannabinoid industries, on regulatory, start‐up, corporate, intellectual property, finance, and other commercial and transactional matters. Khurshid currently serves as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the National Cannabis Industry Association, serves as co-chair of NCIA’s Policy Council, and as outside general counsel to Students for Sensible Drug Policy. He has previously served on the Board and Policy Committee of the Minority Cannabis Business Association, California State Treasurer’s Cannabis Banking Working Group, as a Founding Board member and General Counsel of the California Cannabis Industry Association, and as a mentor and member of the Selection Committee for the Arcview Investor Network. Among other honors, Khurshid was profiled in The National Law Journal’s first-ever Cannabis Law Trailblazers’ list, he’s been named to the annual Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list multiple times, has received SSDP’s Unsung Hero Award multiple times, and Arcview Investor Network’s Outstanding Member Award.
 

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Michael Diaz-Rivera | Better Days Delivery

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Michael Diaz-Rivera of Better Days Delivery. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2022 National Cannabis Industry Association […]
Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Michael Diaz-Rivera of Better Days Delivery. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2022 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee      

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In Studio at #CannaBizSummit: Solonje Burnett and Marc Ross

Bethany Moore interviews two renowned social justice activists in Solonje Burnett (Co-founder at Humble Bloom) and Marc Ross (Head of Impact and ESG for Vicente Sederberg) on the expo floor at NCIA’s Cannabis Business Summit and Expo held December 15-17, 2021, in San Francisco, CA. Solonje Burnett is a consultant, creator, breathwork guide, speaker and […]
Bethany Moore interviews two renowned social justice activists in Solonje Burnett (Co-founder at Humble Bloom) and Marc Ross (Head of Impact and ESG for Vicente Sederberg) on the expo floor at NCIA's Cannabis Business Summit and Expo held December 15-17, 2021, in San Francisco, CA. Solonje Burnett is a consultant, creator, breathwork guide, speaker and the co-founder and CEO of Humble Bloom. Humble Bloom is the leading NY based cannabis culture brand focused on consciously curating inclusive and intersectional communities with a goal of crafting an equitable and sustainable industry for all.  Marc Ross is the Head of Impact & ESG and co-chair of the Environmental, Health and Safety Practice Group at Vicente Sederberg LLP. He provides counseling and consulting to the cannabis, hemp, and entheogen industries on all things ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance), CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion), community engagement, employee engagement, strategic philanthropy, sustainability, and other associated areas.


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DEI in the Cannabis Industry and at NCIA

Learn more about DEI in the cannabis industry and at NCIA with Mike Lomuto today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice with Bethany Moore only on Cannabis Radio. Prior to his hire as the DEI Manager, Mike volunteered for two years in leadership of the NCIA’s DEI Committee. In his current role, Mike is tasked with […]
Learn more about DEI in the cannabis industry and at NCIA with Mike Lomuto today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice with Bethany Moore only on Cannabis Radio. Prior to his hire as the DEI Manager, Mike volunteered for two years in leadership of the NCIA’s DEI Committee. In his current role, Mike is tasked with building sustainable DEI at NCIA, supporting Social Equity members, and implementing initiatives to foster greater DEI nationwide. Previously, Mike co-founded Dao Mastery, a business development program to help cannapreneurs thrive and grow generational wealth. We start by chatting more about Mike’s work here at NCIA working with DEI Scholarship Recipients and finding DEI Program Sponsors to support all the programming. At this point, we’ve offered over 200 membership scholarships to Equity License Holders and Applicants. So we talk more about those individuals and their companies and which we’ve been featuring recently in Equity Member Spotlight blogs on our website. Even further than that, we thankfully brought back our in-person trade shows in recent months, both the Midwest Cannabis Business Conference we held in Detroit last September, and then our Cannabis Business Summit & Expo in San Francisco in December. Both of which hosted day-long Social Equity Workshops. We talk more about those workshops and what the participants are experiencing at those.


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Shaunie Haynes | Clouds XM Inc. & CannaVetLive

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by U.S. Army veteran Shaunie Haynes, Founder of Clouds XM Inc and CannaVetLive. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential […]
Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by U.S. Army veteran Shaunie Haynes, Founder of Clouds XM Inc and CannaVetLive.
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In Studio At #CannaBizSummit: Jade Fire and Hunter + Esquire

Listen to this special episode of NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice, brought to you from the podcast studio on the show floor of the 7th Annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo held December 15-17, 2021, in San Francisco, CA, with your host, Bethany Moore! Also, don’t forget about NCIA’s 8th Annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo […]
Listen to this special episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice, brought to you from the podcast studio on the show floor of the 7th Annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo held December 15-17, 2021, in San Francisco, CA, with your host, Bethany Moore! Also, don’t forget about NCIA’s 8th Annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo in San Francisco this July 20-22!

Jade Fire and Hunter + Esquire today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice.



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Insights into the Cannabis Extraction Market with Dominick Monaco

Tune in to this episode to learn Insights into the Cannabis Extraction Market with Dominick Monaco, City Trees/CLS Holdings today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice. Dominick Monaco, Pharm.D. is Director of Laboratory Operations at CLS Holdings, Inc. He manages City Trees’ production and distribution activities in Nevada. Dr. Monaco oversaw formulating and manufacturing Louisiana’s first-ever […]
Tune in to this episode to learn Insights into the Cannabis Extraction Market with Dominick Monaco, City Trees/CLS Holdings today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice. Dominick Monaco, Pharm.D. is Director of Laboratory Operations at CLS Holdings, Inc. He manages City Trees’ production and distribution activities in Nevada. Dr. Monaco oversaw formulating and manufacturing Louisiana’s first-ever Medical Marijuana tinctures in tandem with Louisiana State University’s AgCenter. Dr. Monaco graduated from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in 2010 and has been involved in the legal cannabis industry since 2012. We take a deep dive into extraction technology and the extraction market, and what to do if you’re entering into the cannabis extraction side of the industry. Sounds like you’re going to need a couple of things right off the bat, 1 being the cannabis cultivator, and 2, being the equipment itself. It’s really exciting that every year that goes by, we see more and more states legalizing cannabis either for medical or adult-use sales. We talk about how that plays into the extraction and production side of the cannabis industry, where the market is concerned, such as Northern California’s needs and wants, versus Boston, Massachusetts.

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Stories from an Oakland Native Dispensary Owner – Tucky Blunt Jr, Blunts + Moore

Hear from Blunts And Moore with Tucky Blunts today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice with Bethany Moore. Alphonso (Tucky) Blunt Jr. is the owner of both Proud Papas clothing and Blunts + Moore dispensary, is a 5th generation Oakland native, that has opened the 1st dispensary under Oakland’s Cannabis Social Equity Program. Blunts + Moore […]
Hear from Blunts And Moore with Tucky Blunts today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice with Bethany Moore. Alphonso (Tucky) Blunt Jr. is the owner of both Proud Papas clothing and Blunts + Moore dispensary, is a 5th generation Oakland native, that has opened the 1st dispensary under Oakland’s Cannabis Social Equity Program. Blunts + Moore opened its doors on November 24th, 2018 and is proudly driven by the vibrant, hard-working local community, and striving to make cannabis accessible to all of its consumers in a safe and comfortable environment. The owner of both Blunts + Moore dispensary, and Proud Papas clothing is a fifth-generation Oakland native, that has opened the first dispensary under the City of Oakland’s Equity Program. While growing up in Oakland, California during the war on drugs era, he managed to stay out of trouble and maintain a 4.0 GPA and a full-time job while in high school. He was also using and selling cannabis. Cannabis sales to him was another form of employment. In 1999 while on an errand with his grandmother, she had him go to a dispensary, from that day forward his mission was to own one for himself, so he could sell cannabis legally. He worked at and was a vendor for multiple bay area dispensaries from 1999-to 2004. In 2003 he attempted to become an owner of a dispensary and was told blacks would never own in this business. In 2004 he was arrested for possession with the intent to sell, and given 10 years of felony probation with a 4-way search clause. Still determined to learn more on the legal side, he attended and graduated from Oaksterdam University in 2008. In true path formation, had he not been arrested, he would not have qualified for the Equity program… Now as the 1st person to open a dispensary under Oakland’s Equity program, he is finally continuing on that path of ownership. His goals and values are still spiritual and family-driven. He is looking to change the face of the cannabis industry, one location at a time. Blunts + Moore opened its doors on November 24th, 2018 to a huge crowd, great food, and lifted spirits. A native-born son, selling cannabis legally in Oakland!  

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