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NCIA hosts a weekly podcast with guest members who share their experiences, challenges and successes operating businesses serving the legal cannabis industry.


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Cannabis Focused Sales

In this episode, we talk Cannabis Focused Sales with Francesca Vavalva, a co-founder of Alias Cann. Alias is a cannabis sales and marketing company based out of Delaware. They offer cannabis focused sales, planning, processing, and marketing services. With cannabis legalization in a majority of states across the country, the time to adapt and innovate has arrived. Alias Cann marries years of expertise in sales and marketing, knowledge of the cannabis industry, and client products or service to create mutual growth. Integrating with Alias Cann is seamless and offers powerful advancement in a quickly growing field. They operate within the client's existing structure, so you can continue to do what you’re good at, and they will take care of what you’re not so good at.


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The Solar Development Project

In this episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice, we are joined by Tom DiGiovanni, with California-based Canndescent. Some big news from Canndescent recently is the solar development project, which is a first of its kind in the cannabis industry. Bethany and Tom go into detail about the project and how it can change the future of the cannabis industry. Sustainability is a big issue for everyone, not just in cannabis, and Earth Day being right around the corner some cannabis companies are stepping up their game to address ways to become more sustainable for the future. Canndescent is working hard to inspire such sustainability in an attempt to help the entire industry flourish. Tom specializes in providing top-notch finance, operations, and accounting expertise to fast-growth companies with a primary focus on consumer products, technology, real estate, and renewable energy. With more than two decades of executive level experience in a variety of high growth business environments, his career has been mainly focused on helping high growth startups and middle market companies deal with critical business needs - ranging from creating and implementing major strategic plans to dealing with tactical issues like cash flow, expense reduction, sales growth, etc.


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Disadvantages The U.S. Has In Cannabis Legalization

In this episode, we discuss disadvantages the U.S. has in cannabis legalization with Oscar Velasco-Schmitz of Dockside Cannabis. Aaron Varney, Maria Moses, & Oscar Velasco-Schmitz are the heart and soul of Dockside Cannabis, and the reason the company exists. All of them stem from backgrounds in either business, technology, or both- and their unique stories are what brought Dockside to life. In 2009, Oscar had been advocating for cannabis rights for years and was able to establish lasting relationships with people and policymakers like city attorney Pete Holmes, which helped to shape bits of the conversation around what cannabis policy for Washington could look like. He later connected Maria with someone who ran a medical collective, and the two of them agreed to move forward with their own cannabis shop. The U.S. is basically falling behind in the global market now with other countries legalizing cannabis for adults or at least medical use, and of course, they’re not subject to U.S. tax laws. They discuss if the U.S. is at a disadvantage due to these restrictions, as well as the fact that we’re seeing cosponsors on our legislation from BOTH sides of the aisle, both democrat and republican. That's due to our industry getting out there and educating them about our issues and putting a personal face on it. They speak about what kind of anecdotes or research we need to be sharing with those who are not yet supporters of our issues.


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The Future Of Cannabis

The Future of Cannabis with Ari Cohen, Vice President of Operations with Dixie Brands. Dixie began as a smaller operation about ten years ago and has since then has expanded exponentially and is in almost every dispensary in Colorado. That means a lot of fast scaling up and hiring a lot of people. At Dixie, they believe that cannabis is powerful, that quality is important and that accurate dosing is everything. Which is why, since 2010, they’ve been leading the industry through research, education, and advocacy. Dixie has also established themselves as the trusted source for innovative, safe, effective and delicious cannabis products along the way. Dixie handcrafts every product with pure-extracted THC and a process they are proud of. They go far above and beyond the mandated batch testing and triple lab test every product they sell. Because when it comes to cannabis, consistency, and accuracy are highly important. Given Ari’s experience in the restaurant industry prior to joining Dixie, where restaurants are launching and expanding and scaling up, we talk about how the skills gained in that sector have helped him at his position.


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Cutting-Edge And Versatile Vaporizer Products

In this episode, we are joined by Ali Abouzalam of Bee Nails based in Fort Collins, Colorado, producing vaporizer products. Bee Nails has donated to and volunteered with local charities such as the National MS Foundation and Colorado Beekeeper’s Association. Bee-Nails was founded in 2015 and is the Colorado Vaporizer Company that puts its people before its profits. Their passion is to deliver “The Buzz Effect” through providing cutting-edge and versatile vaporizer products. They are an industry leader because of you, the Colony. Bee Nails continuously innovate their designs for their E-nails, E-Nail Kits, Wax Vaporizers, and Dab Rigs primarily based on Colony feedback.


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Israeli Cannabis Companies

In this episode, we speak with Sara Gluck from the America Israel Cannabis Association. AICA was started in 2015 in order to foster collaboration between North American and Israeli cannabis companies and individuals. AICA provides value to not only members but to the larger cannabis community in a number of ways. Sara is an experienced healthcare entrepreneur that fell into the cannabis space. Sara has experience in consulting, marketing, and operations roles for both her own and other companies. She received her MBA from the University of Virginia – Darden and her B.S. in Advertising from the University of Texas – Austin. She currently resides in Denver with her dog, Lily.


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Innovators And Pioneers Of The Cannabis Industry

In this episode, we are joined by Dr. John Oram of NUG Inc. NUG is an Oakland-based, vertically-integrated cannabis company with strong historical growth and performance. From its cutting-edge technology to its award-winning products and dedication to community involvement, the company is comprised of true creators, innovators, and pioneers, taking pride in their craft in an organic and efficient style that sets the industry wide standard from seed to sale. The company was founded in 2014 and houses the largest cultivation operation in Northern California across three facilities, along with world-class R&D, extraction, distillation, and post-processing laboratories. Dr. Oram holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in environmental chemistry and engineering from the University of California Los Angeles and bachelor’s degrees in analytical chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Oram. has a deep knowledge of Cannabis and the Cannabis industry. Co-founded CW Analytical Laboratories to establish standardized testing and certification protocols to ensure the safety and quality of medical Cannabis. CW Analytical Laboratories is now recognized as the most trusted analytical laboratory in California.


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Food Safety In The Cannabis Industry

In this episode, we speak with Trevor Morones, the CEO and President of Control Point. They secured Control Point through U.S. Patent and Trademark Office the dot com was unavailable therefore they locked in dot consulting. That term is often spoken with a bitter taste due to the consulting world filled with billable hours and unseen results. This led Control Point to be liaisons, where work is performed on the line or in the trenches to engage with teams. They discuss the big-picture challenges and needs of the cannabis industry as it relates to food safety, as well as the ideal as far as food safety regulations go, plus what lessons can we learn from other non-cannabis food safety controls industry, like the fresh produce or meat industry.


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Food Safety In The Cannabis Industry

In this episode, we speak with Trevor Morones, the CEO and President of Control Point about food safety in the cannabis industry.  When they secured Control Point through U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the dot com was unavailable therefore they locked in dot consulting. That term is often spoken with a bitter taste due to the consulting world filled with billable hours and unseen results. This led Control Point to be liaisons, where work is performed on the line or in the trenches to engage with teams. They discuss the big-picture challenges and needs of the cannabis industry as it relates to food safety, as well as the ideal as far as food safety regulations go, and what lessons can we learn from other non-cannabis food safety controls industry, like the fresh produce or meat industry. Find out more about Trevor and Control Point at controlpoint.consulting/profile


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Reducing Opioid Dependence With Cannabis

Tune in to the latest episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice! Reducing opioid dependence with cannabis, and much more with Rocco Iannapollo from Tundra Restaurant Supply. Rocco is the Business Development Director at Tundra Restaurant Supply, now serving the cannabis industry as Cannabis Kitchen Supplies! Tundra has served the commercial restaurant industry for more than 25 years. They talk about his background and experience prior to finding himself serving the cannabis industry, his reason for being in the cannabis industry movement, as well as the fact that the public is becoming aware of the opioids crisis, and how cannabis helps. Enjoy this deep dive into reducing opioid dependence with cannabis.


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Differing Regulations For Cannabis Products Versus CBD/Hemp-Derived Products

In this episode of NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice we are joined by Edmond Torbati, of Founder/CEO of Label Choices. Label Choices is a leading label company that has deep roots with some of the industries most recognized labels. For more than a decade, Label Choices has worked to deliver the highest quality labels and the best possible service. Label Choices is an environmentally conscious company that can provide your company with solutions to help minimize waste and lessen the impact on the environment. They speak about the differing regulations for cannabis products versus CBD/Hemp-derived products, and about some of the differences for those products and how that impacts an entrepreneurs experience in the industry.


Making The Cannabis Industry Bigger, Better, And More Sophisticated

In this episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice we are joined by Patrick Rea, Founder of Canopy Boulder. He has a diverse background that includes M&A, strategic management consulting, venture finance, B2B media, e-commerce, CEO coaching, and entrepreneur mentorship. Canopy Boulder is a venture fund and accelerator focused on the cannabis industry. They speak about how they're making the cannabis industry bigger, better, and more sophisticated, as well as what type of people or companies that Canopy Boulder helps.


Compliant Automated Retail Systems In The Cannabis Industry

In this episode of NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice, we are joined by Tracy Maltby, Client Relations Manager at Grasshopper, based in Northern California, offering compliant automated retail systems in the cannabis industry, where customer solutions meet versatile business solutions through kiosks, lockers, and payments systems. We speak about his history and experience in the cannabis industry, as well as detailing the customer experience of Grasshopper Kiosks. We also touch on the progression of the industry over the years and how this will affect the future.


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The Complicated And Ever-Changing Regulations Of The Cannabis Industry

NCIA Host Bethany Moore is joined by Michael Cooper, a leading regulatory advisor to the adult-use cannabis industry helping to understand the rules, the compliance, and risks. He is also Vice Chair of NCIA’s State Regulations Committee and also a brand new member of NCIA’s Policy Council. They speak about the complicated and ever-changing regulations in the business, and how to handle them in the day to day operation, as well as how our actions are being judged, and how important that is for an industry like ours that is a new industry and still federally illegal is being perceived. Michael is also co-founder and managing member of MadisonJay Solutions, founded by executives of a leading provider of compliance solutions for alcohol producers. Drawing on their experience in the alcohol industry as well as legal practice advising companies in a wide range of regulated and non-regulated industries on their compliance systems, MadisonJay helps clients navigate the complex web of ever-evolving regulations that face a nascent industry like adult-use cannabis.


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The Ruling For Harborside Health

Today on NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice we are joined by Rachel Gillette and James Mann, attorneys in the cannabis space based in Denver, CO, and New York who focus much of their work on issues related to section 280E of the IRS tax code and beyond. James B. Mann is a partner with the Tax practice group of Greenspoon Marder LLP. Mr. Mann has over 25 years of experience serving as a trusted advisor to a broad range of stakeholders in the energy and financial services industries. He counsels clients on the new changes in the tax law, as well as cannabis tax issues and cannabis tax controversy proceedings. Rachel Gillette is among the first attorneys in the nation to dedicate her practice to the cannabis industry. Since 2010, Ms. Gillette has helped marijuana/cannabis businesses with licensing and regulatory compliance, business law and transactions, contract drafting and review, tax litigation, corporate formation, and tax matters, including audit representation. She works with startups and entrepreneurs, investors, and ancillary industry businesses to help develop the cannabis innovation ecosystem, and is a zealous advocate for the industry. They speak about the ruling for Harborside Health, which is a very well known cannabis dispensary in northern California founded by the famous Steve D’Angelo, as well as if there will be appeals or further action taken.


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Comparing The Legal Cannabis Market In The United States To Other Countries

In this episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice, hear from Zac Venegas, Chairman and CEO of Helix TCS, the parent company of BioTrack THC and Cannabase wholesale market. BioTrack THC's technology enables businesses to track every plant and every fraction-of-a-gram of cannabis throughout the production lifecycle including cultivation, harvest and cure, quality assurance testing, and more - bringing transparency, accountability, and meaningful insights to cannabis operations. Learn about his experience working in other countries around the world and how they compare to working with the legal cannabis market in the United States. Additionally, Canada recently legalized cannabis for adults, and now Mexico seems to be prepared to legalize as well. How does this put the United States in a position where we are now falling behind in what will be a global market?


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Helping Cannabis Companies Thrive In The Face Of Uncertain Regulatory Environments

NCIA's Bethany Moore is joined by Rebecca Berry, Account Executive with Würk, a provider of payroll and HR solutions. Würk exists to help underserved businesses fortify, comply, and thrive in the face of uncertain regulatory environments. Designed specifically for the highly regulated cannabis industry, the Würk platform allows employers to protect and streamline their operations while providing an environment. They talk about what’s unique about the cannabis industry as far as our workforce and payroll needs. The company's founder, Keegan Peterson comes from HCM Tech and has been a follower and proponent for regulating cannabis.


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Extraction Experts And Their Extraction Methods

Today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice we are joined by Sarah Hines, Production Manager at Proof Extracts. At Proof, they aim to make cannabis products more accessible and affordable. Proof first started making their CBD capsules and tinctures for friends, family, and other members of their medical collective and saw amazing results. When they went into dispensaries though, it always shocked them to see the expensive prices for CBD. That when they decided they could do it better, and much more affordable. Proof products offer all the same benefits everyone is accustomed to with clean, healthy, cannabis-derived CBD at a reasonable price. We talk about how Sarah got into the business in for first place and the pros and cons of what exactly Proof does. As well as let her explain what it was like being in a “Cage Match.”


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Implementing Cannabis Legalization

In this episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice we are joined by Jordan Wellington, who is the Chief Compliance Officer with Simplifya, a developer of regulatory compliance software for the cannabis industry. Wellington is also vice president of government relations at VS Strategies and an associate at Vicente Sederberg LLC, a Colorado-based law firm that is one of the leading practitioners in the cannabis industry. He served as the sole policy analyst assigned to implementing cannabis legalization on behalf of the Colorado General Assembly and Marijuana Enforcement Division and has advised governments from across the world on technical details of cannabis regulations. Jordan has deep expertise in advising clients on navigating the complex web of regulatory operational requirements and handling government relations.


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NCIA Team Discuss 2018 Progress and Midterm Election Results

Tune in to this new episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice weekly podcast! This week, hear from Executive Director Aaron Smith and Government Relations Manager Michelle Rutter as we discuss important highlights for cannabis policy reform in 2017 and 2018, and analyze the results of the midterm election.


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