Q&A with Cannabis Industry Leaders

Craft cannabis, capitalism & for-profit co-ops: Q&A with Flow Kana CEO Michael Steinmetz

In a time when giant multistate marijuana companies dominate the U.S. cannabis landscape, legitimate concerns exist that they will drive craft and small cultivators out of the legal cannabis industry. But Michael Steinmetz, who founded California cannabis company Flow Kana in 2015, believes big-time capitalism – or at least his business model – can save […]

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The similarities between liquor and cannabis: Q&A with ex-Mike’s Hard Lemonade exec Anat Baron

Self-described “natural born risk-taker” Anat Baron made her mark as an executive with Mike’s Hard Lemonade and helped drive the startup beer competitor to national prominence between 2001 and 2004. For the past seven years, the entrepreneurial-minded Baron has been working on a new technology platform that she’s hoping will be ready to launch by […]

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What can cannabis learn from the tech industry? Q&A with ex-Yahoo CEO and current Caliva chair Carol Bartz

Carol Bartz has had a front-row seat to the nation’s technology boom dating back decades. The former Yahoo CEO sees parallels between today’s cannabis industry and high tech. “It’s like being back in tech 20 years ago,” Bartz told CNBC earlier this year. “It’s like so much growth potential, so many ways to change people’s lives, […]

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Helping banks play SAFE while serving the cannabis industry: Q&A with Congressman Ed Perlmutter

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat, introduced legislation six years ago to provide federal protection to financial institutions that serve state-legal marijuana businesses. No one in Congress would give him the time of day. “Every time you brought marijuana up, there would be a chuckle,” Perlmutter recalled. “‘Oh, you’re from Colorado. Rocky Mountain High’ […]

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Leaving no county unheard on cannabis: Q&A with Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman

Pennsylvania successfully rolled out a medical marijuana program and now, having reversed course and with legalization pressure building in the Northeast, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is open to considering legalizing adult-use marijuana. The state’s approach is a deliberate one. As a first step, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is conducting “listening sessions” in each of the […]

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California environmental regulations and marijuana: Q&A with Green Wise’s Pamela Epstein

Before joining the cannabis industry as an attorney and business consultant, Pamela Epstein practiced environmental law. Epstein, founder of Los Angeles-based Green Wise Consulting, specialized in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), a law that all companies in the state – cannabis or otherwise – must take into account. It mandates a review of any […]

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