Ethan Nadelmann: How Drug Policy Shapes the Cannabis Industry

Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the failed “War on Drugs.” He is also serves as a drug policy advisor for several prominent philanthropists and elected officials, and is arguably one of the most influential voices contributing to […]

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Jonah Tacoma: Spectacle Marketing and Cannabis

If the cannabis industry has produced any rock stars, Jonah Tacoma is one of them. Jonah is the founder of Dabstars, a marketing and lifestyle brand born of the social media age. Since its inception, Dabstars has grown into a cannabis entertainment and digital media powerhouse. The company recently gained particular notoriety for their video “Drive Through […]

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Shane Young: Controlling Pests with Beneficial Insects

Shane Young is the founder of Natural Enemies, an Oregon-based distributor of beneficial insects that serve as natural pest management for cannabis grow operations and gardens around the northwest. Shane recently joined our podcast host Shango Los to discuss his unique business model, which hinges primarily on introducing growers to the notion that specific predatory insects […]

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Reggie Gaudino: Patenting Strains & the Future of Cannabis Intellectual Property

Reggie Gaudino is Vice President of Scientific Operations and the Director of Intellectual Property at Steep Hill, a national leader in cannabis science and technology. Reggie recently joined our host Shango Los for a conversation about the genetic patenting of specific cannabis strains, the future of cannabis breeding, and how the involvement of big agriculture is going to shift the […]

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John Davis: A Hands-On Approach to Changing Cannabis Policy

John Davis, founding member and current executive director of the Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics, has been a stalwart in the pursuit of cannabis reform for over 20 years. He helped draft and coordinate some of the earliest cannabis legislation initiatives as a board member of the Hemp Initiative Projects, starting as early as 1993. Later, John […]

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Morgan Kristine: Empowering Women in the Cannabis Industry

Morgan Kristine is president of the Marijuana Business Association and founder of the MJBA Women’s Alliance. She is also a long-time cannabis activist, grower, and enthusiast. Morgan recently joined the Ganjapreneur podcast for a discussion with our host Shango Los about the growing number of women entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry, as well as the sexism in advertising which has […]

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Noah Stokes: Security, Compliance, and Contingencies for Cannabis Businesses

Noah Stokes is the founder and CEO of CannaGuard Security, a cannabis industry security firm that serves cannabis businesses nationwide. From storefronts to grow ops, CannaGuard helps companies not only meet the standards put in place by state regulators, but also to be prepared for these standards to change, and to make sure that there […]

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Ah Warner: Formulating Premium Topicals with Cannabis Basics

Ah Warner is the founder and CEO of Cannabis Basics, a premium hemp and cannabis topicals producer since 1995. Cannabis Basics formulates lotions and topicals for both the medical cannabis and skin care markets, producing everything from pain relief creams to beauty products and tattoo treatment balms. Cannabis Basics is one of the leading cannabis […]

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Steve DeAngelo: The Cannabis Manifesto

As the Executive Director of Harborside Health Center, the largest and most well-known medical cannabis dispensary in the world, as well as the co-founder of Steep Hill, The ArcView Group, and many other cannabis industry titans, Steve DeAngelo needs no introduction. He is a true pioneer of the cannabis legalization movement, and has worked as hard to educate […]

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Jeremy Silva: Creating Custom Cannabis Soils

Jeremy Silva is the founder of BuildASoil.com, a website that offers handmade, small-batch custom soils to growers. In this podcast, Jeremy and our host Shango Los discuss the origins of BuildASoil and how it has grown, why Jeremy isn’t concerned with the supposed conflict between profitability and sustainability, and what it takes to knuckle down […]

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Graham Sorkin: Growing a National Cannabis Brand with Mary’s Medicinals

Mary’s Medicinals is a cannabis company based out of Colorado which focuses on unique, innovative products that challenge common notions about medical cannabis. Best known for their Transdermal Cannabis Patch, Mary’s Medicinals has crafted their brand as a reflection of early American apothecaries that found medicinal solutions in nature. They are currently offering their medical products in multiple states, […]

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Jim Makoso: Pushing the Envelope in Vaporizer Technology

Jim Makoso is the Vice President of Business Development at Vuber Technologies, a vaporizer manufacturer based in Washington State. In this podcast, Shango and Jim discuss how vaporizing cannabis differs from smoking it, how carcinogens come into play when combustion occurs, and how Vuber Technologies has worked with physicists and extract producers to ensure a high-quality product […]

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Wes Abney: Reporting on the Cannabis Revolution

Wes Abney is the founder of The Northwest Leaf, a medical cannabis industry magazine based out of Washington. He and show host Shango Los discuss how he grew The Northwest Leaf over time, how the cannabis industry has begun to trade prohibition-era isolation and paranoia for a willingness to come out in the open, what […]

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David Rheins: Cooperation Among Cannabis Businesses

For decades, cannabis prohibition has resulted in secrecy and isolation among growers. When cannabis is illegal, the option of coming out in the open as a cannabis entrepreneur and working with others is not a viable choice. However, as states have passed measures for medical, and more recently, recreational cannabis markets, the industry has been forced to […]

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David Murét: Getting a Job in the Cannabis Industry

Want a job in cannabis?  David Murét of Viridian Staffing joins show host Shango Los to discuss where the jobs are in this exploding market and how you can get one. Viridian Staffing is a recruiting agency in Washington that connects employers with job-seekers in the legal cannabis industry. Companies in Washington have hired Viridian to find and place […]

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Susie Gress: Growing Green with Vashon Velvet

Washington State’s legal cannabis market just celebrated its first anniversary. While there has been much debate about the merits and faults of I-502 (the initiative which created the state’s legal market),  it is undeniable that the industry has gained momentum and many recreational growers are making a name for themselves in the market. This week, Ganjapreneur heads […]

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Tyler Markwart: The Case For GMO Cannabis

In this podcast, Shango Los meets with Tyler Markwart, founder of Allele Seeds Research and Production Manager / Breeder at Monkey Grass Farms, a licensed Washington cannabis producer, to discuss the hot topic of genetically modified cannabis. Tyler is a proponent of GMO cannabis and argues that there are many potential benefits that could come […]

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Jerry Whiting: The CBD Cannabis Market

Shango Los discusses high CBD strains with Jerry Whiting of LeBlanc CNE. Jerry works in cooperation with ProjectCBD.org to develop and distribute specialty CBD strains to patients. We discuss the CBD market, specific CBD strains and how to think about CBD:THC ratios. “Patients looking for CBD often want medibles, candy, or foods they can eat, or […]

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Michelle Sexton: Understanding Cannabis Testing Inconsistencies

When it is fully legalized, cannabis will be regulated just like any other consumable product. Scientific testing to determine potency and safety will be mandated, as it is in Washington and Colorado. However, producers in these states have frequently complained about inconsistent results when they have submitted samples from the same lot to different labs. […]

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Dominic Corva: Cannabis Policy & The Future of Humboldt County

The cannabis legalization movement has gained serious momentum over the past three years,  and with Congress’s decision to restrict the DEA from interfering with state medical programs and the Obama Administration’s recent move opening the doors to medical marijuana research, it seems that the movement’s future is looking stronger each day. While it would be easy to speculate that these events […]

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Ethan Russo: Endocannabinoid Deficiency & Medical Cannabis

Subscribe to the Ganjapreneur podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud or Google Play.When the acceptance of medical cannabis goes mainstream, the pharmaceuticals landscape could face the most significant disruption of its existence. Due to the federal classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, researching possible medical uses for the plant has been difficult. However, […]

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Jeff Church: Extraction Methods and the Rise of Rosin Tech

“Rosin Tech” (or RosinTech, depending on who you ask) is a new form of home hash production which has taken Instagram by storm due to its simplicity and the quality of product it produces. Essentially, Rosin Tech involves using a hair straightener to combine heat and pressure as an extraction method — a process popularized by Instagram […]

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Kristin Nevedal: Patient Focused Certification for Cannabis Businesses

We are excited to announce the first episode of our new podcast with host Shango Los of the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance! In this series, Shango will interview cannabis industry entrepreneurs, activists, investors, and legislators about their experience and their take on the current state of the industry. In this episode, Shango meets with […]

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