Blunt Business

Blunt Business

Dispensing Cannabis business knowledge beyond a million square feet of cultivation space. Blunt Business will navigate the challenges and opportunities of one of the most profitable industries on earth. Join us each episode to hear our weekly round tables and interviews with industry professionals.


November 29, 2023 51 mins

Katie Neer, Of Counsel at Dickinson & Avella joins us on Blunt Business to discuss New York State and Their Cannabis Compliance Challenges. We go in-depth on a NY Cannabis Insider investigation which found labs were reportedly breaking rules for reporting pesticides and other contaminants as well as companies misreporting numbers and selling cannabis that has failed tests.

We also talk about the education, training, and licensi...

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DC Legacy Operators Fight for Cannabis Legalization and Social Equity. Today to dive into this our guest is Terence White, the CEO and founder of the cannabis lifestyle brand Monko and the chairman of the I 71 Committee. We'll be discussing the unique challenges and opportunities of operating a cannabis business in Washington, DC, and the implications for the wider industry.

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Jesse Channon, Chief Commercial Officer of The Cannabist Company, discusses the recent rebranding of the company and its plans for national growth. The company, formerly known as Columbia Care, has changed its name to Cannabist to better reflect its focus on the cannabis industry. Channon explains that the rebranding represents a shift from a medical-focused brand to a more retail-oriented brand that serves a diverse consumer base....

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One of the major challenges faced by the legal cannabis industry in New York is the presence of a thriving illicit market. To discuss this we have a special guest, Jason Little, the lead of the cannabis practice team at Feral Fritz. As of October 4th, the State of New York has opened up the license application window once again. This time, there are five license types available: Cultivator, Processor, Distributor, Retail Dispensary...

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Pure Spectrum CBD Plays Ball with a Major League Baseball Team as we speak with their CEO Daniel Huerter. The Kansas City Royals are now one of the first MLB teams to officially partner with Pure Spectrum CBD. The new section of Kauffman Stadium isn’t just about cooling down. It’s also a new spot for Royals fans to learn about Dan Huerter’s Pure Spectrum CBD. Pure Spectrum will have ambassadors at the site to educate fans for free ...

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Lift Conferences and Expos Expands Into The United States and we learn more from their Director of Marketing Lisa Petty. The Lift Expo has been a staple in the Canadian cannabis scene since 2016, bringing different aspects of the industry together for networking, education, and merry-making at their annual Toronto and Vancouver events. 

The Expo has undergone several changes over the years, with new ownership and branding and, like ...

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October 18, 2023 48 mins

Mike McDonald is President at Dablicator and how their patented oil applicator continues to connect with more brands. Experienced in consumer products manufacturing, finance, marketing, and sales, Mike has guided Ammonite’s rapid development from a start-up to one of the most innovative hardware platforms in the cannabis industry.

Originally created by one of California’s leading cannabis brands, Dablicator partners with vertically ...

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Millennial environmental trailblazer Eloisa Lewis is this generation’s fiercest champion and a changemaker. A climate scientist and founder of New Climate Culture, Lewis leads a think tank that designs “disaster-proof” human environments using biomimicry and low-cost, high-yield protocols. 

With so much knowledge to impart with a distinct sense of urgency, Lewis is a frequent speaker at global events on topics ranging from redesigni...

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Blunt Business is joined by David Nathan MD, Founder, Past President, and Current Board Member for Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR). 

David founded the Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, the first national physicians’ association dedicated to the legalization and effective regulation of cannabis in the United States. 

We learn how, prominent public health, social justice, and patient advocacy groups, are compelling cannabis polic...

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Blunt Business welcomes back Larry Scheffler to update us on their recent membership interest purchase agreement to acquire all of the ownership interests of VidaCann, LLC. giving Planet 13 30 Florida stores plus a state-of-the-art Cultivation and processing facility with the capacity to supply up to 60 dispensaries. We also learn more about their first Nevada State Consumption Lounge License.

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The burgeoning cannabis industry, once heralded as a beacon of economic growth and innovation, is now facing a significant red flag that bears striking similarities to the legal action taken against the creators of RoundUp. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) once cannabis is federally legalized could launch into a formal investigation into pesticide use in the cannabis industry amid mounting concerns over potential heal...

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Introducing MAISON BLOOM All-Natural Hemp-Based THC Elevated Seltzers: A Revolutionary Craft Cannabis Beverage

MAISON BLOOM, renowned for its position as a premium craft cannabis beverage beloved by bartenders and mixologists, proudly announces the launch of MAISON BLOOM All-Natural Hemp-Based THC Elevated Seltzers. This release marks an evolution from the brand's established lineage of Strain Specific, Whole Plant, Single Barre...

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We discuss Cannabis Equipment Challenges and Compliance Issues, including AI integration and automation and more. We speak with David Mantey, editor-in-chief of Cannabis Equipment News Host of the Cannabis Equipment News Podcast, and Editorial Director of Digital Media at Industrial Media

David is the Editorial Director of Digital Media at Industrial Media, a publishing company that owns some of the most recognized websites in the m...

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Nidhi Handa, founder and CEO of LEUNE, discusses her experience in brand building and marketing, and how it led her to start her own cannabis lifestyle brand. She shares her insights on the importance of understanding the consumer and challenging gender stereotypes in the industry. Nidhi also explains how LEUNE's neutral packaging and universal branding appeal to a wide audience.

Nidhi Handa is the founder and CEO of LEUNE, a Ca...

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August 23, 2023 34 mins

We speak with Ben York, the CEO of Genetica, the Kansas City-based tech company behind Flora AI and their new advanced AI solution, Flora Match. 

The Flora Match platform, designed specifically for the cannabis and CBD industries, offers personalized product recommendations based on an analysis of over 650 million data points, including product components, customer lifestyle factors, and desired effects.

Ben explains that by bridging...

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We discuss California Cannabis Flower Testing with Myron Ronay, Co-founder and CEO of BelCosta Labs. Myron Ronay is the Co-founder and CEO of BelCosta Labs. Myron founded the lab in 2017, with the mission of providing the highest quality, dependable, and timely cannabis testing and analytical services. He has played a vital role in implementing the lab's testing methodology and service offerings, helping BelCosta become one of ...

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August 9, 2023 50 mins

Josh Kesselman and Scheril Powell discuss the new RAW seeds fellowship for legacy cannabis operators. RAW Rolling Papers (BBK/HBI), the independent international brand of high-quality rolling papers and smoking innovations, announced today a donation of $100,000 to The JUSTÜS Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to facilitating the entry of legacy cannabis operators to the legal cannabis market.

The RAW Seed...

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We speak with George Jage, best known for producing the bi-annual MJ Unpacked Conference, one of the most influential cannabis events of its kind that places passionate cannabis retailers, brands, and accredited investors at the center of it all, with unique opportunities to connect, collaborate and access capital. 

We also the conference's commitment to social equity and their upcoming Fall 2023 event in Detroit, Michigan, from...

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Maryland is becoming the 23rd state to legally sell adult-use cannabis. About 100 stores that already have been licensed to sell cannabis for medicinal purposes have begun selling it recreationally, more than five years after the state started selling medical marijuana. Today we talk about the changes in Maryland is one of those dispensary owners, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Remedy Maryland. Brandon Barksdale.

Remedy Maryland is o...

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Ricardo Baca is a 20-year veteran journalist and cannabis futurist, widely respected in both modern media and drug-policy circles. He was appointed The Denver Post’s first-ever cannabis editor in 2013 and founded the news vertical The Cannabist, where he extensively covered the advent of the U.S. adult-use cannabis market and related issues around the world, as seen in the feature documentary Rolling Papers.

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