Self-taught cannabis cultivator and business owner, Brandon Banks, stands up for minority inclusion in the industry both as an individual and as a member of Minority Cannabis Business Association. Listen to his passionate journey of getting into the industry from growing sprouts in his basement to award-winning cannabis strains, and becoming a dispensary owner.
Despite more state regulations being progressively created in the US, there are significant gaps on social equity and industry accessibility to minorities. Community reinvestment and license openings are just a couple of goals in the MCBA’s work. Their members participate in policy creation to raise these matters and aim for more inclusive legal frameworks.
Our conversation with Bill Loucks went around the perception cops have on hemp and cannabis, how consumers and businesses in the industry can contribute to a safer use and what further is there to do about a broader awareness of hemp.
Bill started with a couple stories that led to his mindset switch from regarding hemp as a dangerous substance to becoming a commodity.
Moving on, Bill shared his view on law enforcement pointing out that most police officers are unaware of the difference between hemp and cannabis, which leads to confusion and also strengthens stereotypes.
Following the latter, he listed best practice tips for consumers and businesses in the hemp industry, to support the authorities to determine the legality of the product being used or manufactured. For growers, he explained why it is important to communicate with the police on harvest season.
Bill finished with his consideration on the next step in the transition to greater social acceptance around hemp-derived products.
Asheville-based attorney, Rod Kight, is back to discuss the new DEA rule on hemp extracts. Jason and Rod also discuss how the DEA claims that hemp extracts with Delta-9 THC above 0.3% is an illegal substance, synthetic cannabinoids like Delta-8 THC, as well as the crucial North Carolina hemp pilot program that’s expiring in October 2020.
Emma Chasen has a mission to educate people on the science behind Cannabis so that they may take charge of their own healing. After graduating from Brown University in 2014 with a degree in Medicinal Plant Research, Emma went on to coordinate Clinical Oncology trials with the Brown University Oncology Research Group. When her supervisor refused a Cannabis trial in favor of another expensive pharmaceutical drug, Emma quit and headed across the country to Portland, OR. She found her way to Farma, the popular Portland dispensary that takes a more scientific approach to Cannabis; rejecting the Indica/Sativa binary and instead focusing on chemotypes to determine effect. She began her career at Farma as a budtender and was quickly promoted to General Manager and eventually to Director of Education. In this role she was able to focus on educational efforts and create a robust training curriculum that focused on cannabis science, product knowledge and empathetic patient care. Emma now co-owns and operates Eminent Consulting, a cannabis consulting business that offers educational training and craft industry development for cannabis industry professionals and businesses. She helps brands develop educational marketing collateral and ongoing educational programs to further elevate their brand presence in a competitive industry. She also helps struggling and newly emerging cannabis businesses with business organization and sets them up for success in both the competitive medical and adult use markets. Emma was named Portland’s Best Budtender of 2016 and featured in Newsweek, MG Magazine, Forbes, High Times Magazine, The Centennial, The Oregon Leaf and Teen Vogue for her work with cannabis education. She is also a regular guest on many cannabis focused podcasts and has been featured on television for her ability to explain scientific concepts around cannabis in a way that is accessible and helpful to the general public.
Rod Kight is the principal of Kight Law Office PC, which represents businesses in the cannabis industry, including hemp and CBD, throughout the USA and the world. Rod edits the popular Kight On Cannabis law blog and wrote “Cannabis Business Law-What You Need to Know”, a cannabis law primer for business executives published by Aspatore Books. Rod speaks at national cannabis conferences, drafts cannabis legislation, and is regularly quoted on cannabis matters in the media, including Time, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and Business Insurance. He was recently named a “Top 30 Powerful Cannabis Litigator” by MG Magazine and one of the “100 People You Should Know” by Hemp Connoisseur Magazine. Rod testified at the FDA public hearing on cannabis. He writes and sits on the advisory board for the American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine, a peer-reviewed publication.
Rod believes strongly in personal and medical cannabis use for many reasons, including that it helped him during chemotherapy treatments for cancer. He is an attorney advocate for NORML, and a member of the International Cannabis Bar Association, the National Cannabis Industry Association, the Hemp Industries Association, the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association, and the South Carolina Hemp Farmers Association.
Rod is married to his elementary school sweetheart, Ashley. She is also his office manager. They raise 5 children. Rod plays guitar in a rock band. You may contact him by email at [email protected] or phone (828-255-9881).
2:30 Parenting stuff 😂 3:00 Superlawyers recognition 5:00 Rod’s growth with his law firm 6:30 Marijuana legalization in North Carolina 8:30 How long will it take for North Carolina to legalize Marijuana? 10:00 How to handle disparities between cannabis lab results? 11:00 What to look for with cannabis testing labs 17:00 What is Rod noticing with his recent client requests 21:00 Explanation of efficient breach of contracts 22:00 Will USDA interim hemp regulations help stabilize the cannabis industry? 27:00 Rod’s 2020 hemp and cannabis predictions 28:00 CBD will go mainstream 30:00 Crossing the Chasm as it relates to CBD adaptation in the marketplace 33:00 Track and Trace Hemp products 38:00 Vaping crisis 39:00 Does blockchain have a place in tracking hemp? 40:00 Availability of novel cannabinoids in the market: CBG, CBC, CBN, THCV 43:00 International CBD market will emerge 44:00 How to start considering exporting hemp and cannabis outside of the US 47:00 Upcoming international cannabis conferences 47:30 Insolvencies and bankruptcies in hemp and cannabis industry 50:00 Financial institutions courting hemp industry 52:00 Hemp industry opportunities; high risk, high reward 55:00 Reasons why international market is interested in US-based hemp and cannabis 56:00 How to connect with Rod Kight
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