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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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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.


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.


Electrical Engineering Planning For The Cannabis Industry

In this week's episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice podcast, we are joined by Sunshine Design LLC’s Sonny Antonio. Sonny Antonio is an expert on the rule tariffs governing Electric, Gas, Phone & TV. He worked for PG&E, for over 24 years working his way through the ranks from the helper (ditch digger) to a welder to foreman to Management Director, before moving into the private sector. He left PG&E to run UDI/Tetrad where he was in charge for 4 years before starting his own consulting firm, Integrated Utility Consulting Corporation, the parent company of Sunshine Design.

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Raising Awareness About Measure 3 On The Ballots In North Dakota

In this episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice we are joined by David Owen, from the Legalize North Dakota campaign, where Measure 3, if passed, would make personal use, possession, and cultivation of cannabis legal for adults over 21 and even expunge certain marijuana convictions. Being just days away from midterm elections, David has been raising awareness about Measure 3 on the ballots in North Dakota. David talks about his upbringing in North Dakota and how passionate he is about Measure 3 as well as how confident he is that it will be passed in his beloved state.


NCIA’s Government Relations for Cannabis in Washington D.C.

Today on the show, we speak to Michelle Rutter and Michael Correia. Michelle is government relations manager for the National Cannabis Industry Association. Prior to working for NCIA, Michelle was a research analyst at a government affairs firm in Washington, D.C., where she analyzed and tracked legislation on numerous issues. Michelle graduated from James Madison University in 2012, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in History. During her studies, she held a year-long internship with the Virginia House of Delegates member Tony Wilt. Michael Correia is director of government relations for the National Cannabis Industry Association. His focus is on raising awareness and building support for the cannabis industry’s issues on Capitol Hill. In addition, Michael works with other national organizations to increase the cannabis industry profile nationally. Prior to joining NCIA, Michael spent many years working on Capitol Hill, including working for Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA), who retired in 2010, and the House Committee on Resources, serving three different Chairmen. Previously, he was director of federal affairs for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and senior project manager for the Committee for Responsible Federal Budget.


Paving the Way for Sensible Drug Policy for the Future

In this episode of NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice weekly podcast, we are joined by Betty Aldworth, Executive Director of SSDP (Students for Sensible Drug Policy). Betty joined the SSDP team in February 2014 as Executive Director and has since led the organization through its most substantial growth: the member base and campuses on which SSDP is present have doubled; staff and offices supporting those members have tripled; global presence has quadrupled; and as a result the policy change and education efforts members are leading have grown immeasurably.
Since 2009, Betty has specialized in community outreach, public relations, advocacy, and policy reform as a consultant to or staffer for cannabis related businesses and nonprofit organizations. She served as spokesperson and advocacy director for Colorado’s successful 2012 Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the collaborative committee responsible for legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults in Colorado, and was the Deputy Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association in 2013, the organization’s fastest year of growth. Prior to her work in marijuana policy and medical cannabis, she was a volunteer leadership professional with some of Denver’s most well-respected nonprofit organizations, ultimately leading a team of 4,000 volunteers who contributed over 40,000 hours of service annually.


Protecting Cannabis Businesses By Providing Comprehensive Insurance Solutions

In this episode of NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice, we are joined by Mallory Czuchra, Marketing Director at National Cannabis Insurance Services. They help cannabis cultivators, processors and dispensaries protect their business by providing comprehensive insurance solutions. They work with cannabis business owners to review their exposures and provide insurance options to help them determine what is best for their business. We talk about insurance nightmares that she has experienced, as well as the regulatory differences from state to state.


Revolutionary Products For The Cannabis Community

Today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice we are joined by Kevin Love. Kevin is the Director of Product Development at Cannabiniers, who produce a line of high-quality cannabis-infused products, including Brewbudz, Two Roots and Just Society. The vision behind Cannabiniers was to create revolutionary products for the cannabis community that are easily consumed and enjoyed as part of daily life. The merging of cannabis with their products, delivered in a sustained and environmentally conscious way, invests them in the responsibility of caring for both their customers and the environment. Kevin talks about infused products and edibles and how they are becoming an increasingly popular market with cannabis consumers. As well as how the regulations are constantly changing from state to state when it comes to cannabis.


The Cannabis Industry Should Get Legal Support From A Cannabis Attorney

Today on NCIA’s Cannabis Industry Voice we are joined by Rachael Ardanuy of RZA Legal. Rachel graduated from the Florida State University, earning Bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and Real Estate. Following graduation, she managed a corporate restaurant and obtained a real estate sales associate license in Florida. After a few years, Rachel decided to return to school and earned her law degree, graduating with honors for academic achievement and dedication to providing pro bono service. During law school, she gained valuable experience as an intern at the Florida Supreme Court. Upon becoming a Florida attorney, Rachel practiced law in Jacksonville, Florida for a number of years in the areas of estate planning, probate, guardianship, family law, and civil and criminal litigation. During that time, she visited friends and family living in Colorado and, with her husband, decided it is where they wanted to begin the next chapter of their lives. They talk about some of the big reasons business owners in the cannabis industry should get legal support from a cannabis attorney, and how Rachel got into to the cannabis industry.


Cannabis Royalty, Real Estate and Conservancy

In this week's episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice podcast, hear from three NCIA members right from the expo floor of NCIA's #CannaBizSummit held July 25-27 in San Jose, CA. Guests include Jason Thomas of Avalon Realty Advisors, Inc., Afzal Hasan of CannaRoyalty Corp, Brittny Anderson of The Cannabis Conservancy.

Entrepreneurs For The Cannabis Economy, Cannabis Cultivators, And Excellent Customer Service

In this week's episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice podcast, hear from three NCIA members right from the expo floor of NCIA's Cannabis Business Summit held July 25-27 in San Jose, CA. In this episode, hear from guests including Peter Vogel of Leafwire, Tara Croom of Bibbeo Ltd., and Yarrow Kubrin of Special Teams Consulting.

Cannabis Lifestyle, Advocacy, And Untapped Market Niches

Tune in to the latest episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice weekly podcast! We conducted interviews directly from the expo floor at our 5th Annual #CannaBizSummit held last month in San Jose. In this episode, hear from guests including Dr. Bao Le of BAS Research, Scott Rutledge of Argentum Partners, and Victoria Posh of APOP MEDIA.


Analytics And E Commerce Platforms

Tune in to the latest episode of NCIA's Cannabis Industry Voice weekly podcast! Guests include Peter Vogel of Leafwire, Tamar Maritz of BDS Analytics, and Socrates Rosenfeld of Jane Technologies.


From Aeroponics To Tag, Test and Track To Radio Frequency

AEssenseGrows VP, Marketing Phil Gibson discusses aeroponics technology for accelerated growth in plants. Applied DNA Sciences Director of Cannabis Business Development Gordon Hope talks about a new solution his company has for providing provenance for cannabis to allow interested parties and regulators to forensically track the origin of cannabis and its byproducts called CertainT.  The system provides an end to end solution to tag, test, and track, all data points captured in a secure cloud-based system for easy access to dashboards and detailed reporting. Finally, Ziel Managing Director Arthur De Cordoba discusses his company’s APEX radio frequency treatment process to reduce total yeast and mold count in cannabis while preserving potency, terpenes, and sensory attributes.


Getting A Cannabis Brand Recognized In Search Engines

We are joined by Buoyancy Digital’s Founder & CEO, Scott Rabinowitz. Buoyancy Digital is a Colorado-based management & digital media consultancy. Principals of the company have been engaged in the timely delivery of profit-building online advertising campaigns & management consulting services for over 20 years. They have bought and sold over $300 million in multi-channel digital media. Bethany and Scott talk about the digital marketing challenges and pain points like paid advertising, Google and Facebook scrutinizing ads and rejecting them. Also about how any cannabis brand who wants to be responsible would handle getting a cannabis brand recognized in search engines to reach their intended customers.


Cannabis Policy and Hemp Policy Defined

This week NCIA’s Bethany Moore is joined by Samantha Walsh, based in Denver. Samantha is an expert in public affairs strategies and legislative policy serving the cannabis and hemp industry, and was also the co-founder of the National Hemp Association and currently sits on the Colorado Hemp Industries Association board. Samantha’s clients include the Marijuana Policy Project, United Food and Commercial Workers Union, and various hemp and marijuana companies ranging from premier edibles manufacturers, dispensaries and cultivation, to cannabis education and advocacy groups.


Process Manufacturing In The Cannabis Industry

Today on NCIA Cannabis Industry Voice we are joined by Daniel Erickson, Product Strategy Manager with Process Pro, who specialized in process manufacturing. With roots in custom software programming that date back to 1985, ProcessPro has grown to be a leading mid-market ERP software solution for the process manufacturing industry. Daniel has been with the company for 20 years and tells Bethany what it has been like working with Process Pro. He explains his story of how he got into the cannabis industry and where the industry is heading from here. As well as speaking on the current state of seed-to-sale.


Tracking And Reporting Seed-to-Sale

NCIA's Bethany Moore is joined by Jeffrey Gonring, Director of Marketing and Communications at BioTrackTHC. Biotrack was founded in 2010 and became members of NCIA in 2013. They have over 2,000 locations using their commercial software, with offices in FL, CO, WA, and Hawaii. They dive into how Jeffery got into the cannabis industry starting from the watershed moment to how the company developed into what it is now. The cannabis industry is highly regulated. Seed-to-sale traceability is a huge issue in our industry, and it’s required in states with legal cannabis. Bethany and Jeffrey dive into that process plus much more.


Asian Americans for Cannabis Education

Talking about Asian Americans for Cannabis Education as Bethany Moore speaks with Ophelia Chong, founder of the Asian Americans for Cannabis Education and StockPot Images.

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