Interview

EXCLUSIVE: Xzibit’s Dream Sesh Is With Cheech & Chong and Willie Nelson (Together)

May 1, 2024 · Cannabis Now

Xzibit just made history opening the first and only licensed cannabis store and delivery service in Bel-Air. Aptly titled Xzibit’s West Coast Cannabis (XWCC), this new retail store sits beautifully at 641 N Sepulveda Blvd in Los Angeles, taking over the second floor in true West Coast fashion. For those who aren’t familiar, Xzibit first dominated the rap game, best known for his timeless hits “X,” “Get Your Walk On,” “My Name” featuring Snoop Dogg and Eminem… and let’s not… Read more.

Florida’s Weed Laws Could Be Changing Very Soon

April 10, 2024 · Thrillist

Weed is all the buzz in Florida this spring—and not just because cannabis Christmas aka 4/20 lands this month. The Florida Supreme Court gave the final go ahead for Amendment Three to head to the ballot this fall, which would effectively legalize cannabis for recreational use in the state. While that vote won’t be until November (and if weed is important to you, register to vote in Florida now), we still have medicinal cannabis legal statewide, thanks to Amendment Two which passed in 2016.… Read more.

Executive Insight on Expansive Rollout with Bryan Gerber

April 9, 2024 · MG Magazine

Bryan Gerber knew nothing about commercial politics and little about the cannabis industry when he began considering the rolling paper industry in 2018. But he was aware of two facts that would prove influential in his future: A global pre-roll cone shortage existed, and pre-roll products were flying off retail shelves across the United States. He trusted his instincts and hopped on a plane with his college roommate to suss out the paper manufacturing scene in India. Within ninety days,… Read more.

Cleotrapa, Ice Spice’s ‘Baddie Friend’ Is Our New Stoner Bestie

April 6, 2024 · High Times

Navigating through all of the new rap artists emerging out of NYC can be tough. Finding someone who is fresh, interesting, and likes to get stoned might even be a mission. Lucky for me, I stumbled upon Cleotrapa.  Cleo being from Staten Island, which happens to be my hometown, made the assignment even more intriguing. Pair that with the fact that she’s Ice Spice‘s “baddie friend” who’s been by her side in most of the snippets and videos that have stacked up… Read more.

Christine Smith: The Maven of Edible Experience

April 3, 2024 · Cannabis Now

Architect-turned-chocolatier Christine Smith is the CEO and founder of Grön, the best-selling, handcrafted cannabis-infused edibles brand. Smith founded Grön herself with no outside investment, cashing out stock from her architectural firm to purchase her first chocolate machine.  Thanks to Smith’s vision and business acumen, what started out as a “side project” has grown into a company of 200 team members selling millions of products every month. Grön is now available in its home state of Oregon, plus Arizona, Nevada, Missouri,… Read more.

20 Quotes from Bill Maher’s Los Angeles Magazine Cover Story Interview

March 30, 2024 · CelebStoner

Bill Maher is featured on the cover of the 420-themed April issue of Los Angeles magazine. Here are 20 nuggets from the interview conducted by Joel Stein. On Cannabis: • "I’ve always loved pot, but I don’t get into the minutiae. Sativa, indica – I can’t even tell the difference." • "I don’t smoke every day and never have. I’m a situational pot smoker. I would never get high to do Real Time. I can do stand-up high because I don’t have… Read more.

Want to shatter cannabis’ grass ceiling? Here’s how these women did it

March 29, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

To celebrate Women’s History Month, MJBizDaily invited influential women from across the cannabis industry to join a livestream event. Guests included: Laura Fogelman, vice president of communications and public affairs at Pax. Tara Joseph, co-founder and chief financial officer at Big Plan Holdings. Chanda Macias, CEO of National Holistic Healing Center; CEO and chair of Women Grow. Caroline Phillips, founder and executive producer of the National Cannabis Festival; deputy director of Supernova Women. Susie Plascencia, founder of Latinas in Cannabis; co-founder and chief… Read more.

What Happened In VP Harris’s Marijuana Meeting At The White House After Media Left The Room, According To An Activist Who Was There

March 18, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

For Chris Goldstein, being invited to the White House to talk with Vice President Kamala Harris about his marijuana pardon last week represented a pivotal opportunity to do exactly what he was doing at the time of his arrest 10 years ago: advocate for cannabis legalization. The Philadelphia-based activist had built a career around marijuana reform, and on Friday he found himself inside the hallowed Roosevelt Room in the company of Harris, two other pardon recipients, the governor of Kentucky,… Read more.

Where Style Meets Innovation

March 2, 2024 · MG Magazine

Of the many things we’ve learned about American cannabis consumers since the dawn of adult use, one of the most significant is they place a premium on convenience. Whether it’s ordering weed delivered to their door, pressing a button to activate a vape pen, or popping a fast-acting gummy, recreational consumers value seamlessness and ease of use.  This may help explain why pre-rolled joints have become such a sensation in the United States and Canada over the past five or so years. One… Read more.

US cannabis operators on Canadian exchanges: Q&A with Cboe Canada’s Erik Sloane

November 27, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

The Toronto Stock Exchange isn’t the only tier one Canadian exchange for U.S. cannabis companies looking to raise capital outside their home turf. A growing number of multistate operators have chosen another tier one exchange, the Toronto-based Cboe Canada exchange, instead of the more junior Canadian Securities Exchange. Cboe (pronounced “see-bow”) Canada was known as the NEO Exchange before its 2022 acquisition by Cboe Global Markets, the parent company of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. These days, Cboe Canada is home… Read more.

A go-to-market strategy for cannabis retail sales: Q&A with The Flower Shop’s Greta Brandt

November 10, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

By the time Greta Brandt entered the regulated cannabis industry, she already had an established career in law and politics. The skills she brought from those sectors – synthesizing complex regulations, negotiating deals and understanding contracts – proved priceless in the regulated marijuana space, where rapidly changing rules are more the norm than the exception. Today, Brandt leads 300 employees as president of The Flower Shop and True North Organics, vertically integrated cannabis companies with operations in Arizona’s recreational marijuana… Read more.

Jason Wild Unleashed

November 7, 2023 · MG Magazine

In challenging times, people often turn to iconoclasts to blaze new trails. While the industry is at a difficult crossroads, there are few figures charting a bolder or clearer path forward than Jason Wild. The outspoken New Yorker is the executive chairman of TerrAscend, one of the cannabis industry’s first publicly traded companies. He also has been among the industry’s most active — and vocal— investors and entrepreneurs, consistently leading rounds and blazing paths for others to follow. Like many natural… Read more.

Women of Influence: Tammy Pettigrew

October 31, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Tammy Pettigrew (The Cannabis Cutie) is a Los Angeles content creator who’s on a mission to educate the next generation of cannabis entrepreneurs. Along with providing business consultation and public speaking services, Pettigrew facilitates Cutie University, a series of online programs including a book club and a six-week “Cannabis 101” course that delivers “essential knowledge for empowering your success in the industry.” After feeling deceived by the anti-drug propaganda of her youth—also known as the War on Drugs—Pettigrew was called… Read more.

Q&A with Wana Brands CFO Sandy Li

October 21, 2023 · MG Magazine

In July, industry behemoths Trulieve Cannabis Corp. and WM Technology (parent company of Weedmaps) experienced a C-suite shakeup when their chief financial officers resigned. Maybe they learned what every other CFO figures out pretty quickly when they start to work the books in cannabis: In this industry, the role is as challenging as it is frustrating, with enough hurdles and hazards to test the best bean-counters in the land. Those who can’t adapt rapidly will find themselves overwhelmed. As CFO… Read more.

George Terry of Rad Source Technologies on Cannabis Decontamination

October 18, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Meet George Terry, the dynamic Executive Vice President and the President of Rad Source NDT and a seasoned veteran in the realms of science and medical technology. Having honed his expertise through his time as a pharmacy analyst and an eight-year stint in orthopedics with the renowned Stryker, Terry’s five-year journey with Rad Source is just the tip of the iceberg. In this exclusive interview, Terry delves into an intriguing intersection of his expertise, shedding light on the pivotal role… Read more.

Women of Influence: Gov. Kathy Hochul

October 16, 2023 · Cannabis Now

The first female governor of New York state, Gov. Kathy Hochul worked her way up from local politics in Upstate’s Erie County before serving as a member of Congress, becoming lieutenant governor in 2021. Gov. Hochul is now building on New York’s historic Marijuana Taxation & Regulation Act (MRTA)—signed in 2021 by then-governor Andrew Cuomo— including measures for restorative justice, overseeing the implementation of the Social Equity Cannabis Investment Fund which prioritizes licenses for nonprofits and the communities most impacted… Read more.

Women of Influence: Dr. Miyabe Shields

September 20, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Having established quite an interesting online presence as a scientist, educating the public on the endocannabinoid system while also maintaining their identity as a medical cannabis user, Dr. Miyabe Shields is a neurodivergent scientist and a queer person of color. Dr. Shields’ mission is to “empower as many people as possible to understand themselves and their medicine at the molecular scale.” Dr. Shields parlayed their pharmaceutical background and work studying the molecular mechanisms of cannabis and psychedelics as they relate… Read more.

Women of Influence: Angela Pih Is Walking the Walk

September 19, 2023 · Cannabis Now

One of Angela Pih’s favorite aspects of the cannabis industry is its velocity. What she’s referring to is the “incredibly exciting” speed of bringing new products to market within months. With extensive experience across retail, consumer packaged goods and cannabis, Pih is head of marketing for StateHouse Holdings, a vertically integrated California-based cannabis enterprise. From the moment she engages you in conversation, it’s quite evident the woman knows what she’s talking about. One industry trajectory Pih isn’t a fan of is the… Read more.

Jamie Pearson: Wonder Woman

August 21, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Few leaders in the cannabis industry are as highly respected and influential as Jamie Pearson. Period.  After spending more than three decades in global real estate investment, Pearson took a new direction, embarking on a career in cannabis—an industry she admits to not embracing when she was younger. Pearson spent seven years with Bhang Inc., one of the world’s most recognized edible brands and known for its gourmet chocolate bars. For three of those years, she led the company’s diverse… Read more.

The Pioneer

August 7, 2023 · Cannabis Now

As one of the most profoundly accomplished female entrepreneurs in cannabis, Wanda James is simultaneously shattering the glass and grass ceilings. The founder and CEO of the Denver-based dispensary, Simply Pure, is blazing a trail for not only women of color, but for women in general.  James is the first legally licensed African American dispensary owner in the US. She attributes that to her strong work ethic; a willingness to trust her intuition; a readiness to pivot when necessary; and the influence… Read more.