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Joe Brennan, Dr. Jennifer Anderson, Joyce Gerber | “Courage in Cannabis”

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 some of the authors of “Courage in Cannabis,” Joe Brennan, Dr. Jennifer Anderson, and Joyce […]
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 some of the authors of “Courage in Cannabis,” Joe Brennan, Dr. Jennifer Anderson, and Joyce Gerber. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

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Harnessing Terpenes, Sensory Effects, and Replacing Opioids

Learn more about harnessing terpenes, sensory effects, and replacing opioids with Eybna CEO and Co-founder Nadav Eyal. Eybna is a pioneering cannabis technology company and terpene manufacturer headquartered in California and R&D center in both Colorado and Israel. Nadav’s professional background is rooted in the field of data science. Nadav has long been passionate about botanical […]
Learn more about harnessing terpenes, sensory effects, and replacing opioids with Eybna CEO and Co-founder Nadav Eyal. Eybna is a pioneering cannabis technology company and terpene manufacturer headquartered in California and R&D center in both Colorado and Israel. Nadav’s professional background is rooted in the field of data science. Nadav has long been passionate about botanical medicine and how it can offer a more effective medicinal treatment than pharmaceutical products. In 2014, Nadav founded Eybna with a mission to bring the health benefits of cannabis to broader populations worldwide. The mainstream is starting to wrap their heads around cannabinoids, but terpenes are the next level of the science of cannabis. Nadav explains first of all, what terpenes really are and what they can do for human health. For example, lavender has a calming effect on my anxiety, and lemon lifts the mood, and so on and so forth, so as far as harnessing terpenes and their sensory effects, we dive into more about that. Cannabis is really breaking barriers, replacing opioids/narcotics – underscoring an NCIA white paper focusing on how cannabis is a viable solution for replacing opioids.

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Dr. Bridget Williams, MD, Franny Tacy, and Adilah Anwar | “Courage in Cannabis”

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 some of the authors of “Courage in Cannabis,” Dr. Bridget Williams, MD, Franny Tacy, and […]
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 some of the authors of “Courage in Cannabis,” Dr. Bridget Williams, MD, Franny Tacy, and Adilah Anwar. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

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Insights into National and International Market Trends

Learn more about Insights into National and International Market Trends with Kelly Nielsen. Kelly is the Vice President of Insights and Analytics with BDSA. She leads the Insights and Analytics team and engages with clients to generate insights from a vast quantity of data to make informed business decisions and drive results. Together with her […]
Learn more about Insights into National and International Market Trends with Kelly Nielsen. Kelly is the Vice President of Insights and Analytics with BDSA. She leads the Insights and Analytics team and engages with clients to generate insights from a vast quantity of data to make informed business decisions and drive results. Together with her team, she works with manufacturers, retailers, and investors to deliver unmatched insights and analytics to drive their businesses forward. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, BDSA is the premier global cannabis market research firm helping businesses improve revenues, reduce innovation risk, and prioritize market expansion. We start by talking broadly about the cannabis movement which is beyond national and now global. We dive into who the players are in this global market and what we expect to see in the next five years or so. Here in the U.S., we’ve had a few years to watch what’s happened in the first states to legalize adult-use like Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington. We talk about what trends emerged from that journey and if we expect that to hold true in other emerging markets. Also, what lessons we learned watching these last 6 years. There are also these new emerging markets especially on the east coast as we’re watching Massachusetts and Michigan for example, plus New York and New Jersey. Different demographics, different cultures, different customers, but the same plant. With that, we talk with Kelly about what is she is expecting to see from these markets.

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Michael Webster | Exspiravit

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 Webster of Exspiravit. Michael Webster, founder of Exspiravit, is an experienced cannabis professional and […]
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 Webster of Exspiravit. Michael Webster, founder of Exspiravit, is an experienced cannabis professional and entrepreneur. Motivated by a desire to operate in a diverse and healthy regulated cannabis market, he has employed his voice to amplify the concerns and needs of social equity cannabis operators across the country. His advocacy for cannabis legalization has led him from the local level to the national stage. In addition to his duties as Founder and Managing Member of Exspiravit LLC, a licensed cannabis company in the state of Michigan #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

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In Studio at #MWCannaBizCon: Rocky Mountain Reagents and Sticky

Listen to this special episode of NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice brought to you from the podcast studio on the showfloor of the Midwest Cannabis Business Conference and Expo held September 22-23, 2021, in Detroit, MI, with your host, Bethany Moore! In this series of episodes, we asked attendees how they felt being at the #MWCannaBizCon […]
Listen to this special episode of NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice brought to you from the podcast studio on the showfloor of the Midwest Cannabis Business Conference and Expo held September 22-23, 2021, in Detroit, MI, with your host, Bethany Moore! In this series of episodes, we asked attendees how they felt being at the #MWCannaBizCon show after 18 months of not hosting in-person events because of COVID-19, as well as what issues in cannabis policy are most important to them, plus insights into the future of the cannabis industry and policy. Also, don’t forget about NCIA’s 7th Annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo in San Francisco this December 15-17!
Tune in to hear from Liz Geisleman, Rocky Mountain Reagents, and Chris Jackson, Sticky. Liz Geisleman came to Rocky Mountain Reagents, Inc. in 1998 with a move to Colorado. When she was Director of Sales and Marketing, Liz was instrumental in expanding custom manufacturing markets. RMR now manufactures custom product lines for several companies. Custom projects vary from custom labeling current products to custom product development, including formulation, packaging, and labeling. Liz is currently the Vice President and continues to play an active role in all aspects of the business today. Chris Jackson was previously a candidate for Pontiac City Council and State Representative (29th District). Excited to explore entrepreneurial endeavors in a new & emerging market, Chris partners with the Sticky brand of operations (a cannabis operation) that is rapidly expanding in Michigan. He is the company’s leader of Government & Legislative Affairs, Social Equity, and serves as its Community Benefits Liaison and Social Equity Lead. His efforts were recognized recently when he was selected as a member of Oakland County’s 40 under 40. Chris witnessed how cannabis prohibition directly impacted urban America and is dedicated to reversing the negative damage caused.

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Nydia Zamorano-Torres & Ashley Corrado | Noded

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 Ashley Corrado and Nydia Zamarorano-Torres co-founders of Noded. Co-Founder & visionary Nydia Zamorano-Torres, born in […]
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 Ashley Corrado and Nydia Zamarorano-Torres co-founders of Noded. Co-Founder & visionary Nydia Zamorano-Torres, born in California and raised by a world-renowned educator, is a 17 year licensed physical therapist, cannabis education consultant, ganja clergy woman, mom, advocate, and activist. Companies include URWellnessLLC, Got Terpenes? Organizations: Cannabis Coalition for Education & Equity, World Cannabis Foundation, Cannabis Spa Association. Ashley Corrado, Noded co-founder, hails from Boston, MA. She owns two creative firms and has a rich background in research and data analytics. She is a cannabis advocate who works to stop stigma by celebrating and encouraging more cannabis-driven clinical research. Her other companies include Fortuna Design, PR by AC, LLC Organizations: Mass CBA, Boston Local Co-op, The Society of Clinical Research Associates, Inc. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

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The Journey From The Illicit Market to Regulated Industry

Learn more aboutt The Journey From The Illicit Market to Regulated Industry with Tony Frischknecht. Tony is the founder of Essential Extraction Corporation, based in Loveland, Colorado, which supplies the necessary tools and knowledge for anyone to be able to extract their own botanical essential oils. In 2005, Tony got his start in the medical […]
Learn more aboutt The Journey From The Illicit Market to Regulated Industry with Tony Frischknecht. Tony is the founder of Essential Extraction Corporation, based in Loveland, Colorado, which supplies the necessary tools and knowledge for anyone to be able to extract their own botanical essential oils.
In 2005, Tony got his start in the medical marijuana industry in Fort Collins, Colorado. He founded a small, marijuana caregiving business called Highway to Healing. In the following years, he was involved in a number of cannabis businesses, including O.penvape, Organa Brands, and Ideal Harvest. He is also the author of a book called “From Black Market to The Man”, sharing his experience in the cannabis industry, and has a podcast called, Plant Problems Podcast.
Many of us understand that this legal industry wouldn’t exist without the years and years of advocacy on behalf of hundreds of cannabis activists across the country, from California to Washington, D.C. Bethany was in Maryland in the 2000s and was involved in medical patient advocacy with Americans for Safe Access, when it a much different time for cannabis policy. We dive into some of Tony's memories on this subject and much much more.
 

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Latoyia Rucker & Rebecca Colett | Calyxeum

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 Latoyia Rucker and Rebecca Colett, COO and CEO of Calyxeum. CALYXEUM is a female, minority-owned […]
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 Latoyia Rucker and Rebecca Colett, COO and CEO of Calyxeum. CALYXEUM is a female, minority-owned operation located in Detroit, MI which seeks to redefine the myths of the Cannabis consumer. They work to change the perception of Cannabis in the professional world by representing women, community, diversity, opportunity and empowerment. LaToyia is an Experienced Entrepreneur, Educator, Master Gardener and Native Detroiter. One of the first women to own a Medical Marihuana Licensing Clinic she was a featured speaker at Michigan’s First Cannabis Expo. Rebecca has served on the National Board of NORML, Committee Chair for the NCIA and has written community plans for applicants in Los Angeles and Maryland. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee


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A Deeper Dive Into Standards Development In Cannabis

Tune in to take a deeper dive into standards development in cannabis with David Vaillencourt, GMP Collective today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice. David Vaillencourt, CEO of The GMP Collective, and his team at The GMP Collective bring decades of pharmaceutical and food industry best practices to cannabis and hemp. He also chairs NCIA’s Facilities […]
Tune in to take a deeper dive into standards development in cannabis with David Vaillencourt, GMP Collective today on NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice.
David Vaillencourt, CEO of The GMP Collective, and his team at The GMP Collective bring decades of pharmaceutical and food industry best practices to cannabis and hemp. He also chairs NCIA’s Facilities Design Committee. We’ve talked recently about standards development in other areas, including the ASTM which we just began to scratch the surface of, so let’s dive deeper into the relationship between ASTM Standards and the work going on inside the cannabis industry to align them. We discuss why ASTM is a federally recognized organization. We also talk about the next steps after Federal legalization and global markets coming into play. We look to the north and south of us, Canada and Mexico are nipping at our heels if not surpassing us in legalization efforts. David explains how he sees the ASTM standards playing into this into the future.


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Alaina the Muse | FADEDlain

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 Alaina the Muse, owner of FADEDlain. Alaina the Muse (Dorsey) is the Owner and Illustrator […]
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 Alaina the Muse, owner of FADEDlain. Alaina the Muse (Dorsey) is the Owner and Illustrator with Creative Strategist tendencies of FADEDlain. A strategic illustration studio, FADEDlain forges immersive visuals for the cannabis industry with brand-driven illustrations for packaging, merchandise/apparel and murals. A "Sweet Summer Child of Cannabis," Alaina is a Maryland medical cannabis patient who initiated her self-renaissance in 2018 with the plant. The Muse is committed to solving big business problems and influencing culture by shutting adults up with visual, visceral wonder. Her start is with her product brand "The ENDOCANN Band": it's acannabis education merch that transforms cannabis/plant molecules and anatomy into human-like music entertainers. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

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The Science of Standardization in Cannabis With Darwin Millard

Learn more about the science of standardization in cannabis with Darwin Millard, The Spock of Cannabis. Darwin Millard (aka The Spock of Cannabis) is a cannabis (marijuana and hemp) industry thought leader with over 14-years of hands-on extraction and product manufacturing experience. Darwin specializes in mechanical and solvent-based extraction methodologies for isolating highly volatile terpene […]
Learn more about the science of standardization in cannabis with Darwin Millard, The Spock of Cannabis. Darwin Millard (aka The Spock of Cannabis) is a cannabis (marijuana and hemp) industry thought leader with over 14-years of hands-on extraction and product manufacturing experience. Darwin specializes in mechanical and solvent-based extraction methodologies for isolating highly volatile terpene phenolic secondary metabolites from botanicals. He is an Executive Committee Member of ASTM International’s Technical Committee D37 on Cannabis and serves as the Subcommittee Vice-chair for D37.04 on Processing and Handling and the Subcommittee Co-chair for D37.07 on Industrial Hemp. Darwin uses his vast knowledge of the cannabis industry, international affairs, and regulatory frameworks along with his passion for phytocannabinoid preparations and the cannabis plant, in general, to help his clients make the complex, simple. Darwin Millard is the creative influence behind companies such as Millard Masonek Solutions, Plant Consulting Group, and Nutrawerx, and provides educational services, regulatory development guidance, and creative approaches to problem-solving.

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Lance Nixon | Denver’s First Equity Licensee

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 takes the week and co-host Mike Lumoto, NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion lead, is joined by Lance Nixon who […]
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 takes the week and co-host Mike Lumoto, NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion lead, is joined by Lance Nixon who was recently awarded a marijuana delivery license, and is currently seeking to partner with an established retail marijuana business in Denver, Colorado. Lance is familiar with a wide range of cannabis strains and growing techniques, which has enabled him to become a respected member of the Denver cannabis industry, working for companies including Golden Meds, Emerald Fields, and Medicine Man. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

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Future-Proofing Environmental Sustainability in Cannabis

Learn more about future-proofing environmental sustainability in cannabis with Will Vizuete and David Vaillancourt today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry. Dr. William Vizuete, Ph.D., is Chief Scientific Officer, and co-leads the Byers Scientific Emissions Analysis division, and is a key member of the Byers Mitigation Technologies division product research and development team. Dr. Vizuete is also […]
Learn more about future-proofing environmental sustainability in cannabis with Will Vizuete and David Vaillancourt today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry. Dr. William Vizuete, Ph.D., is Chief Scientific Officer, and co-leads the Byers Scientific Emissions Analysis division, and is a key member of the Byers Mitigation Technologies division product research and development team. Dr. Vizuete is also a radio DJ on WXYC 89.3 FM and specializes in Jazz and Jamaican Music. David Vaillancourt, founder, and president of The GMP Collective — specializes in assisting cannabis and hemp businesses to ensure profitability and compliance through repeatable quality by design principles, formally known as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). David Chair’s the NCIA’s Facilities Design Committee. We talk more about Future-Proofing, which is a topic many NCIA committees have been focused on and discussing across the board for months now, with lots of great blog content on our website to refer to. We dive into the basic idea behind what “future-proofing” means aside from simply preparing for the future. The cannabis industry is doing our own thing in a lot of ways and going above and beyond. We discuss where the crossover between what we’re doing on our own to future-proof versus what rules and regulations are out there that require or encourage this at the state or federal level, as well as preparing for federal legalization and what’s coming in the future.  

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Dale Sky Jones | Oaksterdam University

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 Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University. Dale Sky Jones has been focused on enhancing the debate […]
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 Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University. Dale Sky Jones has been focused on enhancing the debate for cannabis policy reform since 2007. Based in Oakland, Calif., she took over as President & CEO of Oaksterdam University in 2012 after a crippling federal raid, with the goal to ensure OU’s legacy of cannabis education. Now, Oaksterdam is proud of more than 50,000 alumni from more than 40 countries #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

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How COVID has Changed Recruiting And Hiring in the Cannabis Industry

Learn more about how COVID has changed recruiting and hiring in the cannabis industry with Kara Bradford of Viridian Staffing, and Bryan Passman, Hunter + Esquire. Kara is Co-Founder and Chief Talent Officer of Viridian Staffing. Founded in 2013 as the first professional, full-service staffing, recruiting & HR consulting firm in the cannabis industry. Bryan […]
Learn more about how COVID has changed recruiting and hiring in the cannabis industry with Kara Bradford of Viridian Staffing, and Bryan Passman, Hunter + Esquire. Kara is Co-Founder and Chief Talent Officer of Viridian Staffing. Founded in 2013 as the first professional, full-service staffing, recruiting & HR consulting firm in the cannabis industry. Bryan is the Founder of cannabis industry talent acquisition firms Hunter + Esquire and The GIGG®. Much has changed in the last year and a half or more. We talk about how the COVID pandemic has changed all of our lives, and this is true in the cannabis world as well, though we were considered an essential business during those lockdowns as well. Workers kept working in the cannabis industry, albeit a little differently. There was a time when everyone wanted to work in the cannabis industry and hundreds of resumes were coming in. It’s a little different now, and we’re even seeing lower-wage jobs in non-cannabis companies offering much higher salaries/wages and benefits in order to attract employees. We dive into if it’s a candidate’s market now as well as what does that looks like now from the recruiting and hiring standpoint. Our industry sees the traditional cannabis enthusiast applying for jobs of course, but also individuals with advanced skills from other industries coming to cannabis in order to apply those skills from other industries to ours.  

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Standards in Cannabis Food Manufacturing

Learn more about Standards in Cannabis Food Manufacturing with Merril Gilbert and Rhiannon Woo. Merril Gilbert is the Co-founder and CEO of TraceTrust, a nationwide cannabis and hemp manufacturing compliance company advocating for safe consumer experiences through HACCP training and Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) Certifications. Merril has 25 years of experience working in the food […]
Learn more about Standards in Cannabis Food Manufacturing with Merril Gilbert and Rhiannon Woo. Merril Gilbert is the Co-founder and CEO of TraceTrust, a nationwide cannabis and hemp manufacturing compliance company advocating for safe consumer experiences through HACCP training and Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) Certifications. Merril has 25 years of experience working in the food and beverage industry and has been working in cannabis for over 6 years. Merril is the past chair of the NCIA's Education Committee and a current member of the Risk Management and Insurance Committee. Rhiannon is the Co-founder and Chief Science Officer of TraceTrust. She is a sought-out leader in Food Safety development and protocol and is an expert in Good Agricultural Practices, Good Harvesting Practices, Good Manufacturing Practices, HACCP, and the Food Safety Modernization Act. She is the Secretary of NCIA’s Hemp Committee. The cannabis industry considers itself a wellness industry, so when we’re consuming cannabis in any form, we always want to do good for our customers and not cause harm. Staying compliant and having a good understanding of these standards of food safety and GMPs is part of the solution here. Cannabis doesn’t have FDA oversight (YET!) but we as an industry are certainly looking to the future and getting our ducks in a row now. We talk about what other benefits would a cannabis manufacturer experiences, in your perspective, by embracing food safety, GMPs, and making their operations more sophisticated in this respect. This underscores the importance of collaboration and education, including NCIA’s committees which are really setting the stage for more sophistication, more education on these issues, through blogs and podcasts like this, and both of our guests are on an NCIA committee. Both guests talk a bit about their experiences collaborating in NCIA committees for the benefit of the whole industry, both operators and consumers.

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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, a medical doctor who advocates for whole body and complete health. Elizabeth […]
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, a medical doctor who advocates for whole body and complete health. Elizabeth combines her medical background with wide ranging studies of alternative modalities of health and healing into a one-of-a-kind system designed to help people who feel like their lives have been hijacked by exhaustion and brain fog reclaim their energy and mental clarity. Elizabeth is a board certified dermatologist, a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), an advanced PSYCH-K® facilitator, and a Whole Health Medicine Institute certified provider. She lives in Seattle with her children and two rescued greyhounds. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee


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CBD Products and Food Safety Regulations

Learn more about CBD Products and Food Safety Regulations with Tim Lombardo of EAS Consulting today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry with Bethany Moore. Tim Lombardo is Senior Director for Food Consulting Services. Tim is a widely regarded expert in food safety and microbiology with over 25 years of direct experience leading these programs at a variety […]
Learn more about CBD Products and Food Safety Regulations with Tim Lombardo of EAS Consulting today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry with Bethany Moore. Tim Lombardo is Senior Director for Food Consulting Services. Tim is a widely regarded expert in food safety and microbiology with over 25 years of direct experience leading these programs at a variety of manufacturing facilities. Tim’s direct experience includes dairy, infant formula, baked goods, nuts and nut products, fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, spices, color flavors, and other ingredients, and many others. He is a Lead Instructor through the Food Safety and Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in Preventive Controls for both Human and Animal Foods, is certified in Thermal / Aseptic Processing and Sterilization through the Better Process Control School, and is a Lead Instructor for the HACCP Controls Alliance. We jump right into the regulations for hemp and CBD products at the state level versus what we’re seeing coming from the FDA. We all talk about preparing for the federal legalization of cannabis, but the hemp-derived CBD market is already getting the attention of the FDA. We also talk about the popularity of dog treats infused with CBD among pet owners, especially around the 4th of July with animals to help animals that are frightened of the loud fireworks, creating another significant CBD food sector.



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Harnessing Celebrity Brands and Endorsements in Cannabis

Learn more about harnessing celebrity brands and endorsements in cannabis with Dan Shapiro. Dan is the Associate General Counsel at Greenlane Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNLN), one of the largest global sellers of premium cannabis accessories and CBD products. Prior to joining Greenlane, Dan worked at CAA in the Sports Business & Legal Affairs division. Dan […]
Learn more about harnessing celebrity brands and endorsements in cannabis with Dan Shapiro. Dan is the Associate General Counsel at Greenlane Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNLN), one of the largest global sellers of premium cannabis accessories and CBD products. Prior to joining Greenlane, Dan worked at CAA in the Sports Business & Legal Affairs division. Dan is the Founder and Inaugural Chair of the Cannabis Division of the American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries and a member of NCIA’s State Regulations Committee. We are certainly seeing a lot in the news about athletes using cannabis. With the Olympics happening this summer as well, there’s debate about whether cannabis is “performance-enhancing” but others see it more as a pain recovery for injuries. We all remember Michael Phelps the Olympic swimmer getting in some trouble many years ago. There’s the cannabis product itself, the flower, the pre-rolls, the extraction brands and so on that celebrities participate in. But the accessory space, in particular, is what Dan wrote about in the blog most recently, so this includes vaporizers and grinders. Celebrities endorse all kinds of products all the time, like make-up lines, face creams, perfume, so seeing them move into the cannabis endorsement space seems to be helping to normalize our industry. We dive into how this is evolving going forward as we see the expansion of legalization across the country, state by state, and preparing hopefully for federal legalization.

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