The Green Room Podcast

The Green Room Podcast

The Green Room Podcast is a podcast about the business of Cannabis, created to tell the stories of the Cannabis industry and the people in it. We interview guests with a wide variety of job titles to discuss their pre-Cannabis journey, how they got into it and how they are making an impact in the industry. Listeners will be able to get insights on best practices, business hacks and interesting stories of the world’s leading Cannabis experts, advocates and influencers. This is the ultimate resource for anyone that is in it, wants to be in it, or just wants a little bit of Cannabis education. Thanks for listening and enjoy your access to The Green Room podcast.The Green Room is brought to you by Green Seed PR, a boutique cannabis/greentech focused PR agency focused on getting Cannabis/CBD and Hemp brands and accessories into the mainstream. If you’re interested in being a guest or have suggestions please contact our booking team at


February 1, 2022 19 min

Jim Makoso is a veteran in the cannabis industry, and he attended mjbizcon 2021 in Las Vegas where we caught up with him for an interview.   In this episode we discuss his background in the finance industry and the transition to the cannabis industry.   

Jim is the CEO of Flowe Technology and Director of Lucid Lab Group. Jim holds board seats in several organizations including Marijuana Business Daily and Biomedican while also servi...

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After 15 years in the medical field working on both the human & veterinary sides, Adam Bushey made the jump into the Cannabis/CBD industry.  He is the director of strategic growth at Open Book Extracts.  

Open book Extracts - bringing scientific rigor to every ingredient they sell and formulate, from traditional medicine, to modern nutrition science, to clinical program design, and translate their data into messages you can use.


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Steve Loveday has worked in the golf industry for the past 25 years. Steve spent 9 years working in golf course management and maintenance prior to honing his skills in plant nutrition, biostimulation and defense activation.  What does that have to do with the cannabis industry??

Taking the lessons learned in the golf industry Steve has applied the same principles to the cannabis industry.  Listen to this episode to learn the lesso...

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We got a chance to interview Marvin Wilcher, CEO & Co-founder at CampNova during Mjbizcon 2021 in Las Vegas.  Who is Marvin and CampNova?   

CampNova is an e-commerce, technology marketing platform developed by experienced cannabis entrepreneurs. A premier cannabis and CBD destination, CampNova is a direct-to-consumers platform featuring delivery partners throughout the state of California. CampNova features brands, bonus limite...

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We caught up with Max Armstrong from Learn Brands at mjbizcon 2021. This year, they are such a cruel educational technology platform for the cannabis industry. They offer a wide range of services from introductory classes to state mandated compliance training.  Learn Brands has delivered over 60,000 hours of training through its platform.

Max believes that approximately 80% of purchases come from the recommendations of budtenders.  ...

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CannaDevices is an American handcrafted glass and accessory distributor (wholesale only) specializing in serving cannabis dispensaries.  We got a chance at MJBizCon 2021 to interview Chris Piazza, Co-founder & CEO of CannaDevices.  Chris talks about setting the standard for glass blowing.

CannaDevices was founded by Robert Bank and Chris Piazza to serve the fast-growing cannabis industry in the United States.  Both local glassb...

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Today’s episode we interviewed Ralph Risch who is the CEO of Phylos Bioscience located in Portland, Oregon. 

In 2015 Oregon legalized Marijuana.  Before marijuana was legalized, cannabis cultivators were more concerned with avoiding police raids than genetic research. Now that it's legal in Oregon what does the advancement in cannabis & hemp seed science conducted at Phylos Bioscience mean for the end user who buys cannabis ...

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In this episode we go beyond just cannabis & CBD genetics.  A small Israeli based startup, BetterSeeds, is on a mission to create better seeds for all the crops grown worldwide.  Better crop genetics will be the key solving the growing demand for increased production.  

BetterSeeds makes use of genome editing technology (CRISPR-Cas9) in order to produce new varieties, incorporating game changing traits which are not today availa...

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In this episode we got a chance to interview Danicka Brown-Frazier & Olamiji Pearse.  The dynamic duo currently operates Greenish Vibes, a Cannabis accessory & CBD boutique that will soon transition into a Cannabis Microbusiness in California. Greenish Vibes also focuses on projects to improve equity for black farmers of industrial hemp in the US and West Africa.

Check out this episode to learn about the mission at Greenish...

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As the cannabis industry grows so will the need for IP protection.  Often startup companies don’t realize the need to protect their brand.  Furthermore, people think it’s impossible to provide IP protection to something that’s considered illegal under Federal Law.  In this episode we interview Hannah Stitt, an attorney at Tectonic Law.  Hannah helps entrepreneurs navigate the legal landscape for cannabis companies. 

Cannabis compani...

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In this episode we interview Chad Johnson, CEO of H!ghten Sifter, who has developed a solventless extract method for cannabis in the convenience of your own home.  The company’s sifter is set to disrupt a $40-million-dollar kief industry. In just 30 seconds the H!ghten Sifter gives consumers easy access to 10x’s more ready to consume kief than they are getting from their grinder today.  Kief is a hidden gem. 

The H!ghten Sifter is a...

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Starting her career in the financial industry,  Tahira Rehmatullah, ended up on a mission to change the way we look at the CBD industry.   We got a chance to interview her during MJbizcon 2021 in Las Vegas. 

Tahira earned her MBA from the Yale School of Management and B.S. in Finance from The Ohio State University.  Since entering cannabis in 2014, Tahira has held positions at MTech Acquisition Corp., Hypur Ventures, Marley Natural...

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If you own a cannabis based company there's a good chance you've never thought about cyber security.  In this interview with Scott Lyons, CEO & Co-founder of Red Lion, he discusses how data is the new gold.  Scott is a "white hat" hacker who is bringing cyber security to the cannabis industry. 

Why does cyber security matter to cannabis companies - from the smallest operator to the largest enterprise?  Are you a...

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This week’s Bonus episode comes straight from MJBizCon in Vegas where we caught up with exhibitors and industry specialists in the Cannabis space. After being locked away for two years, everyone was excited to reconnect and come back to start pushing forward business in Cannabis again. Our team had an unforgettable time at the event this year.  Check out this episode where we get some insights from newcomers, oldcomers and regulars...

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I didn’t know much about the Waldo’s before I found the 420waldos website. So this conversation kind of came to me by surprise, but learning that these group of five friends coined the term "420" was compelling enough for me to ask the questions of how, what and why they became known for this term.

There have been many misconceptions, fallacies, falsehoods, and media inaccuracies about the beginnings of '420', and e...

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The biology of cannabis began in the mid-1960s with the identification of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) as marijuana's main active ingredient.  But, what do we really know  more than 50 years later?  Listen to our interview with Dr. Daniela Vergara as she makes the biology of cannabis easy to understand and entertaining...

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I’m sure you can agree that this interview with Russ was really awesome, scientific and energetic. We got some amazing information about isolation and extraction and really the science behind created CBD additives and more... We also talked about Russ’ book Molecular Influence.

Who is Russ Cersosimo? He is the go to person for launching a business - from concept to market!   In fact, Russ plays a key role in helping businesses get o...

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Many have worked very hard to decriminalize Cannabis in California.  Aide Castro, is the former Mayor of Lynwood, CA (2010 / 2016) who fought hard to bring Cannabis to the Los Angeles area.   She is also a long time cannabis advocate and entrepreneur.  In this episode we interview Aide and dive deep into her experience with all things green. 

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In today's episode,  we interviewed Greg Arias and Jason Showard Co-founders of Concentrated Science in Los Angeles, California.  We discuss the science of cannabinoid extraction and the world of possibilities in Cannabis. 

Concentrated Science will help your cannabis business at any stage from concept to completion.  Greg & Jason have a team of industry experts that are skilled in all aspects of extraction, post processing...

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 In this episode we interview Kristen Yoder who is  a 16-year cannabis industry veteran, media personality, speaker, host of The CannaBS Detector Podcast, and the CEO of the cannabis business firm, Soil To The Oil.  In 2005, Kristen started her journey in the cannabis industry as a bud-tender in one of the first dispensaries in Venice, California.  Kristen shares how she has become a trusted authority by educating her audience when...

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