CannaInsider - Interviews with the Business Leaders of The Legal Cannabis, Marijuana, CBD Industry

Alan Brochstein, an expert on cannabis stocks and Jay Czarkowski a dispensary owner turned consultant highlight all the pivotal events that took place in 2014 for the cannabis industry.


Topics covered:

- The states that legalized in November

- The wild roller coaster year for cannabis stocks

- The provisions in the omnibus spending bill that prevent the DOJ and DEA from going after cannabis businesses that are following state laws

- How tribal lands are opening up to cannabis

- Nevada, the next state to have a huge impact on the cannabis industry

- The next big brand in cannabis

- Clinical Trials for cannabis as a medication

- Colorado: what worked, what didn’t from a regulatory and business point of view

- Hemp, its time has come, get ready

- Marijuana Business Daily Conference in Las Vegas

- How public opinion is changing even in conservative states


- What 2015 and 2016 look like for the cannabis industry

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After perfecting alcohol home delivery with a very convenient and easy to use app, Nestdrop turned their focus to cannabis home delivery. In this interview with Michael Pycher, Co-founder of Nestrdop we’ll learn how you can enjoy home delivery of alcohol and cannabis. 

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Tripp Keber and his business Dixie Elixirs have been highlighted on 60 Minutes and more recently The Pot Barons of Colorado. Tripp is perhaps the most successful and visible entrepreneur in the cannabis space. In this interview you will learn about:

Tripp’s background
How Dixie Elixirs was started and how it got its name
About the innovative delivery methods Dixie is developing for Cannabis
Why Tripp believes we are in the midst of an exciting social change
Why infused cannabis products are the future of cannabis


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In the strong tradition of technology accelerators like TechStars and Y Cominbator, Patrick Rea has created CanopyBoulder. Unlike the other accelerators, CanopyBoulder is focused exclusively on cannabis startups. Listen to the interview and learn what an accelerator is, how it helps entrepreneurs not only with capital, but also with mentors, office space and more.  Learn more at:

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Dooma Wendschuh, Co-founder of Ebbu has ambitious plans for the cannabis industry. He wants to help you dial in the sensation or mood you want to experience and then guarantee you get that exact sensation over and over again. Ebbu does this with a proprietary distillation process. Ebbu will be launching with five signature “feelings” that include: chill, bills, giggle, create, and energy.


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In this interview filmmaker DJ Parmar tells CannaInsider about his new documentary CannaBizNess that will explore the topics of: cannabis entrepreneurs, cannabis investors, and the growing cannabis market.

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Betty Aldworth, Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy talks about what it is like on the front lines in Washington D.C. fighting to ensure the continued progress of the legalization movement.

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Sean Campbell, CEO of Blue Line Protection Group (BLPG) describes how to meet all the regulatory hurdles and satisfy the legal requirements to open a bank account for your cannabis business.

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MadFarma creates the cleanest cannabis concentrates. Concentrates are typically much higher in THC and CBD concentration and offer a lot of benefits over other kinds of cannabis consumption. 

Learn how to spot a bad concentrate so you can avoid them. Fascinating interview and provides a great glimpse into why consumers are migrating to concentrates and edibles.

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Jane West is the co-founder of Women Grow, an organization with chapters around the country that is designed to allow the women leaders of the cannabis industry to connect with one another, but also help women trying to get into the industry.  Learn more at:


Jane is also the co-founder of Edible Events. Edible Events is Colorado's premiere cannabis event production company. Imagine having a swanky party for your next event where the delicious food is designed to enhance your cannabis experience. Learn more at:

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Garett Fortune, CEO of Funksac, walks us through where packaging is in the cannabis industry. He delves into how Funksac not only protects your cannabis but also how it can be used to effectively build a cannabis brand that customers love. Visit

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What is it like to come up with an idea for an app with a couple of friends only to watch the app grow from zero users to 215,00 users in a year?


We explore this question with the CEO of MassRoots, Isaac Dietrich. Isaac was a finalist in Peter Thiel’s 20 under 20 fellowship program. Isaac shares the difficult but rewarding journey it has been to get MassRoots to this point, and how he feels MassRoots is now poised for greatness.

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Bruce Linton’s Tweed is a publicly traded cannabis company with over a 100 million dollar market cap. Listen in as Bruce compares the good and bad between Canada and the U.S. Learn more at

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Brian Vincente is an attorney and founding partner of the firm Vicente Sederberg in Denver, Colorado.

Brian works in the dead center of the cannabis industry and its fast moving and constantly changing cannabis laws and regulations.

Brian not only advises clients how to profitably work with the existing framework of cannabis laws, but is working to help shape the laws that will effect the cannabis industry for years to come. 

In 2010 Brian was elected the first-ever chair of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Learn more at:

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Leafly is an application that allows you to learn and explore the universe of available cannabis strains to optimize your medicinal or recreational experience. Once you have dialed in on the strain of cannabis you want Leafly helps you find the best local dispensary to fit your needs based on reviews from residents of your community. The Leafly App is very easy and fun to use to explore strains near you. Learn more at

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Cannabase offers an online wholesale marijuana marketplace that connects commercial growers with retailers and dispensaries. Cannabase promises to do the heavy lifting for retailers and growers to help them facilitate their ability to both buy and sell cannabis with the right partners. Listen to this interview with Jennifer Beck, co-founder and CEO of Cannabase in Denver Colorado.


Prior to October 1 2014 dispensaries were required to grow 70% of their own cannabis. This requirement was called, vertical integration. With the end of vertical integration both dispensaries and cultivators are freed from the burden of selling only what they grow. This presents tremendous opportunities for both growers and retailers. aims to help these two parties connect.

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Interview with Daniel Yazbeck CEO of CDx, Inc.

MyDx is a handheld device straight out of a Star Trek episode. Simply place a small amount of cannabis into it’s sensor and watch as your smart phone is illuminated with information about the plant.  MyDx will provide information on: toxicity, cannabinoid profile, THC concentration and more.

Beyond reporting on various attributes of the plant, MyDx will also help you optimize what specifically you like about a plant so you can refine and optimize your medicinal or recreational experience.

If you are an accredited investor Daniel also shares how you can learn more about investing in his company CDx, Inc. Learn more at 

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Many cannabis business owners focus only on the bottom line, serving their customers and generating revenue. But just as important as making money is mitigating risk. Mark Slaugh, CEO of gives us a brief on staying in compliance with regulators.

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Alaska, Oregon, California, Washington D.C. Florida and Guam all had various forms of cannabis legalization on the ballot. Listen in as Diane Czarkowski of Canna Advisors gives us expert insight into what happened with the votes, including one shocker that surprised us both.

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What is like to leave a successful career on Wall Street and become both a
dispensary owner and the CEO of one of the most innovative companies
supporting cannabis cultivators, we are going to find out the answer to that
question in our interview with Derek Peterson CEO of Terra Tech.

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What you will learn in this interview:

  • How to present your cannabis deal so it is attractive to investors
  • How to become an investor in Troy’s network, The ArcView Group
  • How some investors are making 16+% loaning money to cannabis businesses
  • Where the cannabis industry will be in five years

and more

Whether you are an investor looking to allocate funds to promising cannabis startups or you are a cannabis focused entrepreneur, this interview is for you. 


Troy Dayton, CEO of The ArcView Group paints a picture of where the cannabis investment market is right now. Troy says that most companies in the cannabis space will fail, but Troy gives some insights and tips on which investments he thinks are the most promising. Learn more at

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Becky DeKeuster, M.Ed is co-founder and Director of Community & Education at Wellness Connection of Maine(, the largest state-licensed medical cannabis dispensary in New England. 

Becky has over a decade of experience in all aspects of the medical cannabis industry on both the West and East Coasts, with extensive focus on crafting successful policy and regulation at the local and state levels. 

A former director of Berkeley Patients Group in California, Becky co-chaired the Measure JJ campaign which codified city dispensary regulations and created the nation’s first Medical Cannabis Commission in Berkeley. 


She advised the Maine Governor’s Task Force as they drafted dispensary regulations in 2010. Becky has deep experience in operational best practices in both vertically-integrated and distributed cannabusiness models. A former high school teacher and administrator, she is an author and public speaker who uses her extensive knowledge of the industry to educate community leaders, health care professionals, legislators and others about medical cannabis.

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Tom Bollich was the co-founder of Zynga which created some of the most famous Facebook games to date, including Farmville which had ten million daily users at its peak. After leaving Zynga, Tom saw the opportunity in Cannnabis and founded Surna in Boulder Colorado. Surna is solving the big technical and engineering problems in Cannabis Cultivation. Surna’s chillers and air handlers are arguably the most efficient at removing heat from grow rooms, they do this by removing heat via water instead of air. Listen in as Tom describes how he is bringing Silicon Valley’s best technology to the cannabis industry.

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Interview with The Cannabis King, Arjan Roskam.  Arjan is best known as a strain hunter and his famous strains have won over 30 Cannabis Cups. When he is not in Amsterdam he spends most of his time traveling the world looking for the best strains of Cannabis to be brought back to his lab with the goal of making the best strains of tomorrow. His most famous strains are: White Widow, Super Silver Haze, Hawaiian Snow, Super Lemon Haze, Flowerbomb Kush and others.  

Arjan has been joined by actor Woody Harelson and Sir Richard Branson in his efforts to legalize cannabis worldwide.

Arjan is the owner of the Amsterdam based coffee house, Green House Coffeeshops as well as Green House Seed Company and Strain Hunters.

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LEDs (light emitting diodes) are now ready for prime time. The technology is mature and has incredible benefits. Listen in as experts Kevin Frender and Noah Miller of BlackDogLed.Com compare and contrast the benefits of LEDs versus traditional lighting. We provide details for both the business owner and growers. Learn more at

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Don’t miss this candid conversation with Adam Scorgie creator of two gripping documentaries about the cannabis industry, The Union: The Business Behind Getting High and his most recent work, “The Culture High.” Adam has unique and entertaining way of breaking down both the dysfunction of marijuana prohibition and the opportunity that lies ahead. The Culture High interviews some of the most outspoken cannabis advocates including: Sir Richard Branson, Joe Rogan, Dr. Lester Grinspoon and more. Visit

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 Interview with Amy Poinsett (CEO) and Jessica Billingsley (COO) of MJ Freeway. MJ Freeway provides hosted software solutions for Cannabis cultivators, dispensary owners, and marijuana infused products companies. 

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Diane Czarkowski from ThinkCanna.Com gives us a state-by-state update on where we are in the legalization process. Diane reviews how key elections in November may allow medical and adult use in several states. Diane also reviews the common mistakes applicants make when applying for a license.

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Alan Brochstein founder of 420 Investor tells you how to understand the universe of cannabis stocks. Alan shows us how to navigate away from 90% of marijuana stocks you don't want. He also highlights his favorites stocks and how to get started investing.

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Dr. Lester Grinspoon is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has been featured in several marijuana documentaries including: The Union and The Culture High. Dr. Grinspoon talks about his personal friendship with Carl Sagan and how his son used cannabis to overcome nausea from Chemotherapy. Dr. Grinspoon believes we are brainwashed by the government to the think marijuana is harmful.

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Interview with Greg Wilson, Chairman and CEO of Greg talks about: R&D, their new 315,000 Sq Ft growing facility, and more. 



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Interview with David Wright, President and CEO of, Altmed has invested over two million dollars on its mission to earn one of Florida’s five medical marijuana licenses. Altmed uses the tag-line “the science of medical cannabis.”

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Peek inside the mind of a Canadian Marijuana, Cannabis grower, Trevor McDonald of Trichome Health Care in Vancouver. He shares growing tips, where cultivation is going, and more.

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Interview with JJ Walker and Danny Schaefer of My420Tours in Denver Colorado. 420Tours is the first recreational marijuana, cannabis tourism company in North America. They offer marijuana cooking classes, dispensary tours, lab tours, and even connect guests with cannabis friendly hotels in Denver. Learn more at and use the coupon code: cannainsider

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