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Science, Business, Cannabis, & Technology

Tune in to this episode to hear more about Science, Business, Cannabis, & Technology with Charles Warner, CEO at IPW and Editor-in-Chief Cannabis & Tech Today, the leading publication for all things Science, Business, Cannabis, & Technology. Innovative Properties Worldwide, a marketing agency and publishing company based out of Denver, Colorado. Charles is a powerhouse […]
Tune in to this episode to hear more about Science, Business, Cannabis, & Technology with Charles Warner, CEO at IPW and Editor-in-Chief Cannabis & Tech Today, the leading publication for all things Science, Business, Cannabis, & Technology. Innovative Properties Worldwide, a marketing agency and publishing company based out of Denver, Colorado. Charles is a powerhouse of experience and insight as well as a thoughtful storyteller who is focused on building audience engagement while inspiring and informing. During his time as a gun team leader in the U.S. Army, Charles learned the importance of communicating effectively. These skills helped him to establish himself as the CEO of Mainstream Media International, producing official championship publications for the NCAA, PGA, NASCAR, and even the Super Bowl and World Series. Charles’ motivational style and engaging public speaking abilities have culminated in a series of event presentations from media roundtables at CES to various other conferences and black-tie events. Charles is now Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning publication Innovation & Tech Today. His passion for all things related to science, technology, and sustainability makes him a valuable asset to any speaking lineup. Additionally, his strong credentials in cross-platform branding and marketing communications have helped fuel the growth of Innovative Properties Worldwide and its partners.

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Technologies For Human Diagnostics, Food Safety, And Agriculture

Learn more about technologies for human diagnostics, food safety, and agriculture in this episode with Jon Vaught, CEO and Co-Founder of Front Range Biosciences. Dr. Jonathan Vaught has more than 15 years of experience in developing and commercializing technologies for human diagnostics, food safety, and agriculture. He also operates a small farm at his residence […]
Learn more about technologies for human diagnostics, food safety, and agriculture in this episode with Jon Vaught, CEO and Co-Founder of Front Range Biosciences. Dr. Jonathan Vaught has more than 15 years of experience in developing and commercializing technologies for human diagnostics, food safety, and agriculture. He also operates a small farm at his residence in Colorado and founder of Mountain Flower Dairy, a non-profit focused on providing educational opportunities for locals to learn about where their food comes from.

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Cultivation Best Practices Roundtable

Join NCIA’s Cannabis Cultivation Committee to learn more about Cultivation Best Practices in a roundtable discussion with Cody Hitchcock and James Cunningham. Cody Hitchcock is a horticulturist and grower for Smokey’s Cannabis Co who has researched and performed field trials with a variety of plants and organic growing techniques in an effort to create sustainable […]
Join NCIA's Cannabis Cultivation Committee to learn more about Cultivation Best Practices in a roundtable discussion with Cody Hitchcock and James Cunningham. Cody Hitchcock is a horticulturist and grower for Smokey's Cannabis Co who has researched and performed field trials with a variety of plants and organic growing techniques in an effort to create sustainable and economic solutions for producing high-quality crops. James Cunningham is a native of Santa Cruz and the founder and driving force behind Fog City Farms, and Vertical Air Solutions. Fog City Farms is a leading-edge vertical cannabis farm located in Watsonville, CA.

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Streamlining The Integration Of Nanotechnologies

Tune in to this episode to learn more about streamlining the integration of our nanotechnologies with Andrew Wong of Axiomm. Andrew co-founded Axiomm Technologies in late 2017. Axiomm is a technology company whose team of technical experts combines academic and industrial expertise in the development and commercialization of novel manufacturing and consumption methods. As our […]
Tune in to this episode to learn more about streamlining the integration of our nanotechnologies with Andrew Wong of Axiomm. Andrew co-founded Axiomm Technologies in late 2017. Axiomm is a technology company whose team of technical experts combines academic and industrial expertise in the development and commercialization of novel manufacturing and consumption methods. As our industry becomes more sophisticated, it's interesting how high-tech cannabis has become, specifically when it comes to the application of nanotechnology.

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Designing The Cannabis Business Space

Tune in to this episode to learn more about designing the cannabis business space with Christina Casile of Design 710. Christina is a certified interior designer with over 20 years of experience. Her company Design 710 assists both new and experienced businesses in the medical and adult-use cannabis industry. We talk about designing the business […]
Tune in to this episode to learn more about designing the cannabis business space with Christina Casile of Design 710. Christina is a certified interior designer with over 20 years of experience. Her company Design 710 assists both new and experienced businesses in the medical and adult-use cannabis industry. We talk about designing the business space because she has designed for retail dispensary and cultivation companies in the cannabis space, but also non-cannabis companies. We discuss what the similarities and differences are when you approach space design for cannabis versus non-cannabis. The dispensary environment is more customer-focused, whereas a cultivation environment is a bit more behind the scenes for just employees. We dive into the differences and similarities between those two verticals of the cannabis industry. So as the industry matures, and the companies years ago were smaller, the owners had to wear all the hats. Now those companies have grown, and have more revenue and resources. So we talk about the importance of hiring outside professionals such as HR, accounting, and other services. We also speak about the benefit of engaging a professional designer or architect and the benefits this has on the entire process.

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Helping Cannabis Retailers Maximize Performance

Tune in to this episode to learn more about helping cannabis retailers maximize performance with Ben Curren, founder, and CEO of Green Bits. Green Bits provides smart management solutions that are helping cannabis retailers maximize performance and make better business decisions. The robust retail platform – with automated state-by-state compliance, inventory control, and personalized insights […]
Tune in to this episode to learn more about helping cannabis retailers maximize performance with Ben Curren, founder, and CEO of Green Bits. Green Bits provides smart management solutions that are helping cannabis retailers maximize performance and make better business decisions. The robust retail platform – with automated state-by-state compliance, inventory control, and personalized insights – enables owners, managers, and budtenders to run, protect, and grow their businesses with ease. The company serves more than 1,100 cannabis retailers across 13 states and processes more than $3.5B in cannabis sales annually. Founded in 2014, Green Bits helps legal cannabis retailers run compliant, operationally efficient and growing stores. We start by talking about medical cannabis laws across various states, as well as those that have legalized 21 and older adult-use cannabis laws now, and what kind of changes and regulatory challenges are involved moving from a medical-only market into a larger, adult-use market. We dive into Ben’s thoughts around that and what challenges do companies have when facing that transition. Another major challenge faced by both medical-only as well as adult-use market serving companies is, of course, consistent banking access. Not only getting and keeping a checking account, having the ability to pay your company’s bills and your employee’s payroll. But also loans are difficult to invest further in your own business. Of course, the SAFE Banking Act has passed out of the House, and now we await the Senate. So we talk about all that cash floating around the industry and how we as an industry have found ways to manage it over the years.

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Developing And Improving Equipment For Safe Extraction

Learn more about developing and improving equipment for safe extraction with Ben Stephens, Founder and CTO at Delta Separations. Delta Separations, founded in 2015 is a hardware manufacturer based out of Santa Rosa, California. They are dedicated to developing and improving equipment for safe extraction of high-quality oil from plant-based biomass, primarily for the cannabis […]
Learn more about developing and improving equipment for safe extraction with Ben Stephens, Founder and CTO at Delta Separations. Delta Separations, founded in 2015 is a hardware manufacturer based out of Santa Rosa, California. They are dedicated to developing and improving equipment for safe extraction of high-quality oil from plant-based biomass, primarily for the cannabis and hemp industries. Ben is an expert on machinery and technology, and he’s really gotten his hands dirty building and even inventing new extraction machines. We talk about that journey to build the perfect machine for extractions. Ben explains some of the differences between extraction methods as there’s a debate about certain ways of extraction being “better” or “cleaner” than others. We also take a deep dive into Ben’s thoughts around some of the challenges he’s seeing our industry dealing with currently. We know the obvious ones like federal prohibition, banking access, insufferable tax rates, etc. People are eager to be in this industry but may not realize some of the hoops they need to jump through. We cover this and much more in this episode.

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Energy Efficiency In Cannabis Facilities

Tune in to this episode to learn more about energy efficiency in cannabis facilities with Andrew Myers, co-founder, and CEO of ProGrowTech. Andrew is among the nation’s leading, innovative LED lighting experts for horticulture and cannabis sectors, and Co-author, 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. He is also a Board Member and former Executive Director, Arizona […]
Tune in to this episode to learn more about energy efficiency in cannabis facilities with Andrew Myers, co-founder, and CEO of ProGrowTech. Andrew is among the nation’s leading, innovative LED lighting experts for horticulture and cannabis sectors, and Co-author, 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. He is also a Board Member and former Executive Director, Arizona Dispensaries Association and Co-founder, Arizona Medical Marijuana Association. In addition to establishing and executing the company’s overarching vision, he is instrumental in driving the implementation of operational, research and product development activities to help expand the company’s footprint nationwide. Cannabis cultivators are subject to 280E of the IRS tax code and can’t take normal business deductions, so every penny counts. Every cultivator wants to do things better, faster, cheaper, keeping costs down. There’s been a lot of discussion about energy efficiency in facilities and the impact of our carbon footprint in order to grow cannabis – there’s a challenge for cultivators to balance their growing techniques and methods with being conscious of how much power is being used to do so. Andrew is someone who has watched the industry evolve over the years, starting with medical programs' rules and regulations and then more sophisticated adult-use laws.

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Why Professionals Want To Work In The Industry

Tune in to this week’s episode to learn more about why professionals want to work in the cannabis industry with guest John Comeau, Founding Partner of H2 Talent. John is recognized as one of the leading recruiters in the country. In 2017, C-Level Search was designated as a Top Search Firm in North America. LinkedIn […]
Tune in to this week's episode to learn more about why professionals want to work in the cannabis industry with guest John Comeau, Founding Partner of H2 Talent. John is recognized as one of the leading recruiters in the country. In 2017, C-Level Search was designated as a Top Search Firm in North America. LinkedIn named C-Level Search the 24th “Most Socially Engaged Staffing Agencies in North America” in a category with over 60,000 other staffing agencies. H2 Talent is creating new jobs where they haven’t existed and bringing the entrepreneurs, visionaries, problem solvers, and disruptors into the “next great American industry.”

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Cannabinoid Science For Planetary Health And Well-Being

Tune in to this episode to learn more about cannabinoid science for planetary health and well-being with Steve Goldner of Pure Green. Pure Green creates pharmaceutical grade solutions for everyday ailments and chronic conditions. Stephen Goldner has served as FDA Advisor to the NIH, advising medical device and drug developers and grant awardees. Steve is a forensic […]
Tune in to this episode to learn more about cannabinoid science for planetary health and well-being with Steve Goldner of Pure Green. Pure Green creates pharmaceutical grade solutions for everyday ailments and chronic conditions. Stephen Goldner has served as FDA Advisor to the NIH, advising medical device and drug developers and grant awardees. Steve is a forensic toxicologist and to the laywoman, that means he has done medical examinations, autopsies, and has an intimate understanding of the disease. As someone who is pro-cannabis, we talk about his concern with this epidemic we’re seeing with the vaping illnesses. There have been more than 30 deaths already, and it is very tragic and concerning. Despite this hiccough, we can still safely say that cannabis has provided real medical benefits to so many people for issues ranging from PTSD treatment to pain management and everything in between. Steve is passionate about and dedicated to bringing real science to cannabis. We discuss some of the clinical trials he is working on and anecdotes of people healing from cannabis.  

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The Fast Paced Growth And Expansion In Cannabis

Tune in to this episode to learn more about the fast paced growth and expansion in cannabis with Noah Miller, CEO of Black Dog LED. He’s been with the company since November 2011, bringing experience from both startups and large corporations. Black Dog LED provides LED grow lights for the cannabis industry and beyond. We […]
Tune in to this episode to learn more about the fast paced growth and expansion in cannabis with Noah Miller, CEO of Black Dog LED. He’s been with the company since November 2011, bringing experience from both startups and large corporations. Black Dog LED provides LED grow lights for the cannabis industry and beyond. We discuss scaling Noah's business, which has been around since medical-only programs, and at this point almost 6 years into adult legalization in some states including Colorado. He is keeping up with all that by scaling fast.

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Sustainability In The Cannabis Industry

Learn more about sustainability in the cannabis industry with Emily Backus, Sustainability Advisor at Denver Dept of Public Health. Emily Backus, Sustainability Advisor at the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment focusing on Environmental Quality and leads the Denver Cannabis Sustainability Workgroup. Sustainability is an important issue across all industries. Many agricultural (like the […]
Learn more about sustainability in the cannabis industry with Emily Backus, Sustainability Advisor at Denver Dept of Public Health. Emily Backus, Sustainability Advisor at the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment focusing on Environmental Quality and leads the Denver Cannabis Sustainability Workgroup. Sustainability is an important issue across all industries. Many agricultural (like the wine industry, avocado trees, and almond trees) and industrial businesses such as chemical plants and consumer goods manufacturing, have to consider issues around water, soil, toxic chemicals, energy use and everything in between. We talk about how and why she got involved in the cannabis industry considering her position with the City and County.

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Recruiting For The Cannabis Industry

Tune in to learn more about recruiting for the cannabis industry with Adam Kaplan, CEO of Kaplan Executive Search. Kaplan is a boutique executive search firm specializing in recruiting for the Cannabis Industry. Adam also serves on the Human Resources Committee at NCIA. Adam has experience recruiting in industries such as cannabis, software and technology, […]
Tune in to learn more about recruiting for the cannabis industry with Adam Kaplan, CEO of Kaplan Executive Search. Kaplan is a boutique executive search firm specializing in recruiting for the Cannabis Industry. Adam also serves on the Human Resources Committee at NCIA. Adam has experience recruiting in industries such as cannabis, software and technology, franchising, financial services, and insurance, as well as other professional services. His greatest professional passion is matching top COOs to ambitious CEOs looking to grow their business. In addition, he is passionate about helping cannabis companies recruit across all levels and functions by offering full, partial, and/or project-based consultative recruitment solutions. As the years ago by, the cannabis industry is expanding and becoming more sophisticated. Most people understand what the CEO, Chief Executive Officer, is but there are a few other C-suite level roles that are important as well. We talk about the role of the COO and its impact on a fast-growing cannabis company. We flip the tables and see what Adam would advise for a company that is looking to attract talented candidates to their company. As well as what they should do other than just posting a job description to keep talent coming through the door.    

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Accurate Public Awareness Of The Cannabis Industry

In this episode of NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice weekly podcast, learn more about accurate public awareness of the cannabis industry with Anthony Bratti of LOCALiQ. LOCALiQ offers data-driven digital marketing solutions and is a part of the USA Today network. LOCALIQ simplifies local marketing with unparalleled data and insights, smart technology that learns what works for you. […]
In this episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice weekly podcast, learn more about accurate public awareness of the cannabis industry with Anthony Bratti of LOCALiQ. LOCALiQ offers data-driven digital marketing solutions and is a part of the USA Today network. LOCALIQ simplifies local marketing with unparalleled data and insights, smart technology that learns what works for you. They rely on storytelling that helps your business connect with local consumers. Their digital marketing agency offers SEO and PPC services, social media marketing, web design help, and much more. There’s a lot of war-on-drugs rhetoric leftover from prohibition. Between medical, adult-use, and now hemp/CBD products, the landscape is complicated and there’s a lot of confusion. We discuss what can we as an industry or specifically cannabis companies themselves can do to create more accurate awareness and knowledge of real information, plus advice Bratti would have for the industry.

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Cannabis Facility Design And Construction

Tune in to learn more about cannabis facility design with Andy Poticha, CEO of Cannabis Facility Construction, focusing on cannabis facility design and build projects including cultivation, dispensaries, and processing. When we talk about building our businesses, we often think about the software and the people and other resources, but there’s also the actual building […]
Tune in to learn more about cannabis facility design with Andy Poticha, CEO of Cannabis Facility Construction, focusing on cannabis facility design and build projects including cultivation, dispensaries, and processing. When we talk about building our businesses, we often think about the software and the people and other resources, but there’s also the actual building of our businesses... specifically large cultivation and manufacturing warehouses and buildings. Andy’s company focuses on the actual buildings, like the walls and the roof, and meeting the needs of cannabis industry companies. His company is working in several medical and adult-use states across the U.S. Knowing that compliance and regulations are a huge part of our industry focus, we talk about building regulations in cannabis. If you’re an operator that wants to build a brand new facility — you're financed… you found a nice piece of land... it’s still not that simple. We unpack some of these layers of challenges that the operator might encounter.    

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Global Cannabis Venture Capital Investment

In this episode, we spoke with cannabis venture capital investment Canopy Rivers‘ President and CEO, Narbe Alexandrian. Canopy Rivers is a cannabis venture capital investment and operating platform with a strategic partnership with Canopy Growth Corporation. Canopy Rivers is a unique cannabis venture capital investment and operating platform. The company is managed by an experienced […]
In this episode, we spoke with cannabis venture capital investment Canopy Rivers‘ President and CEO, Narbe Alexandrian. Canopy Rivers is a cannabis venture capital investment and operating platform with a strategic partnership with Canopy Growth Corporation. Canopy Rivers is a unique cannabis venture capital investment and operating platform. The company is managed by an experienced team of qualified financial and technical professionals with deep industry experience and relationship networks, but what makes Canopy Rivers truly unique is the company’s strategic partnership and cornerstone investment from Canopy Growth Corporation. Our industry is very fast-moving and every year it seems there are new states coming online with medical or adult-use cannabis laws, thus creating business opportunities in those states. We talk about Narbe’s thoughts on where the cannabis industry and market are going to go in the next 2 to 5 years, plus hemp and CBD products. The U.S. is on its own slow journey to reform cannabis laws, and we saw Canada recently legalize and Mexico is well on its way, not to mention what’s happening in various other countries around the world. We talk about how we’re really seeing a global cannabis market emerge.

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New Cannabis Market Expansion

Tune in to learn more about new cannabis market expansion with Jocelyn Sheltraw, Director of Regional Strategy for Headset. Headset provides Business Intelligence for cannabis companies, from dispensaries and retailers to product manufacturers and growers. She is responsible for strategy and operations in California, along with new cannabis market expansion. Jocelyn also advocates for women in […]
Tune in to learn more about new cannabis market expansion with Jocelyn Sheltraw, Director of Regional Strategy for Headset. Headset provides Business Intelligence for cannabis companies, from dispensaries and retailers to product manufacturers and growers. She is responsible for strategy and operations in California, along with new cannabis market expansion. Jocelyn also advocates for women in technology leadership positions and against the social stigma of the cannabis user. People want to use CBD as a wellness product, so perhaps they’re looking for edibles and want the wellness effects but not the “high” from THC. It appears that kind of product is going to become more popular for a lot of demographics. We talk about what she has seen specifically when it comes to high CBD and low THC edible products, as well as if she is noticing that CBD products are most popular among certain demographics. The thought process is that elderly and senior citizens would benefit the most, but we discuss who Jocelyn thinks is the biggest CBD customer base. Give us your opinion! Take this survey to tell us what you think about NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice weekly podcast.

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Cannabis Point Of Sale Software

Tune in to this episode to learn more about Cannabis Point Of Sale Software with Ed Keating, Cannabiz Media. Ed Keating is a co-founder of Cannabiz Media and oversees data research and government relations efforts. He has spent his whole career working with and advising information companies in the compliance space. Ed has overseen complex multijurisdictional product […]
Tune in to this episode to learn more about Cannabis Point Of Sale Software with Ed KeatingCannabiz Media. Ed Keating is a co-founder of Cannabiz Media and oversees data research and government relations efforts. He has spent his whole career working with and advising information companies in the compliance space. Ed has overseen complex multijurisdictional product lines in the securities, corporate, UCC, safety, environmental and human resource markets and focuses on workflow products. Ed has spent the last twenty-five years in the information industry. During that time he has worked for both startup and established information companies where he led marketing, product management, and sales organizations. Anyone in our industry who holds a license to operate surely has a lot on their plates, from compliance oversight to just the regular day to day operations and everything in between. CannaBiz Media has a new tool in partnership with NCIA that is being offered to license holders, we break down the details about this tool, as well as a report his company just published about Cannabis Point Of Sale Software for those who are working in the retail/dispensary side of things. Give us your opinion! Take this survey to tell us what you think about NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice weekly podcast.

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Software Technology Helping The Cannabis Industry

Software technology helping the cannabis industry with Frank Nisenboum, Vice President of Sales of e2b teknologies. e2b offers software solutions to businesses including marketing, sales, accounting, consulting, engineering, and support. Frank has worked in the ERP and CRM software selection, sales and consulting industry for almost 25 years. Software can be very helpful for companies in our […]
Software technology helping the cannabis industry with Frank Nisenboum, Vice President of Sales of e2b teknologies. e2b offers software solutions to businesses including marketing, sales, accounting, consulting, engineering, and support. Frank has worked in the ERP and CRM software selection, sales and consulting industry for almost 25 years. Software can be very helpful for companies in our industry working to stay compliant. It can be a full-time job, so compliance is so important for our industry to stay afloat, to stay in business, and to do it correctly in accordance with the laws and regulations. They talk about some ways that software technology can support this arduous endeavor of staying compliant. Frank has guided organizations of all sizes and in all industries, enabling them to establish a technology presence and expand their business through technology. With a proven ability to analyze the current and future plans of a company and work with team members to subsequently bring technology solutions to the organization, he gains results for businesses’ in improved processes and controls that assure continued growth and profitability.

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An Innovative And Thoughtful Approach To Cannabis

An innovative and thoughtful approach to cannabis with Jon Monk, Managing Director of Smokin Hot Solutions. Smokin’ Hot Solutions was started ten years ago in Philadelphia with one cohesive goal; to build a cannabis marketing agency with an innovative and thoughtful approach. Since then, they have cemented themselves as the go-to agency for digital marketing in the cannabis […]
An innovative and thoughtful approach to cannabis with Jon Monk, Managing Director of Smokin Hot Solutions. Smokin’ Hot Solutions was started ten years ago in Philadelphia with one cohesive goal; to build a cannabis marketing agency with an innovative and thoughtful approach. Since then, they have cemented themselves as the go-to agency for digital marketing in the cannabis industry. At a time when there were few specialty cannabis marketing agencies, and few people willing to take the risk, they seized the opportunity. NCIA is super excited to see more of these little colonial states looking to legalize medical or adult-use, and it seems like a game-changer after Colorado and the West Coast legalized. We talk about the excitement of the East Coast warming up to cannabis. Smokin Hot Solutions specifically is helping cannabis companies with their branding so we dive into what kind of companies are they working with. As well as their philosophy and perspective on our industry today and the branding strategies they’re seeing.

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