Podcast Categories: Seed to CEO

Higher Learning: How Oaksterdam University Pioneered Cannabis Education

August 26, 2021

Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California, is a pioneer in cannabis education whose legacy is being the blueprint for many cannabis study programs started by other academic institutions. Since its founding, Oaksterdam  has faced federal raids, a fire at its main campus and a global pandemic. Dale Sky Jones, executive chancellor, president and CEO of Oaksterdam, […]

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Good Chemistry: How to Extract CBD Success

August 19, 2021

When Dr. Priyanka Sharma’s father’s chemical engineering company in Illinois kept getting phone calls asking if it performed industrial hemp extraction, she flew to Colorado to learn more about the ascendant CBD industry. They were floored by how many consumers said they used CBD and other cannabinoids for wellness and saw a huge opportunity. In […]

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Consultant to MSO to Exit: An Industry Pioneer’s Cannabis Journey

August 12, 2021 · Updated August 18, 2021

Before it became one of the biggest multistate operators in the United States, Arizona-based 4Front Ventures was a consulting firm, 4Front Advisors. But change in the cannabis industry, coupled with frustration over collecting fees, led Kris Krane and his colleagues to change direction. In this episode of Seed to CEO, Kris talks with MJBiz CEO […]

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Smooth Sailing: Navigating the Sea of Cannabis Investing

August 5, 2021 · Updated August 12, 2021

In the early days of legal cannabis, when rules and markets were still being figured out, siblings Emily and Morgan Paxhia saw a tremendous investment opportunity – if they could navigate the incredible risks that come with an emerging sector. In this episode of Seed to CEO, the Paxhia siblings share their journey from idea […]

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Out of Thin Ayr: How to Make Money in Cannabis in Three Short Years

July 29, 2021 · Updated July 30, 2021

In this episode of Seed to CEO, Ayr Wellness’ Jonathan Sandelman floats tips and insights for building a national MSO. Jonathan talks with MJBiz CEO Chris Walsh about his ambitious goal – being the largest-scale producer of high-quality flower – and how he plans to achieve it. Jonathan shares his insights on: Where he sees […]

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Growing Off Grid: How to Build a Sustainable Cannabis Cultivation Facility

July 22, 2021 · Updated July 29, 2021

In this episode of Seed to CEO, Edward Dow, CEO of Massachusetts-based Solar Therapeutics, talks with MJBiz CEO Chris Walsh about how he built his “island microgrid” to support his cannabis company’s sustainability strategy – from unexpected expenses and pitfalls to the creation of a scalable, repeatable model for new markets. Ed shares: The real […]

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Consumption Lounge Conundrum: Bringing Cannabis Events to Light

July 15, 2021 · Updated July 29, 2021

In this episode of Seed to CEO, Vladimir Bautista, the co-founder and managing member of Happy Munkey, a New York City cannabis event company, talks with MJBiz CEO Chris Walsh about his plans to parlay 20-plus years of legacy cannabis experience into a legal multistate marijuana hospitality business. Bautista shares: How he built an international […]

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Sweet and Sour: Building an Edibles Empire

July 8, 2021

Nancy Whiteman, CEO of Colorado-based Wana Brands, has been called the “Martha Stewart of Edibles” by Entrepreneur magazine, but her path to becoming the “Queen of Legal Weed” (Inc. Magazine) hasn’t always been easy. In this episode of Seed to CEO, Nancy talks with MJBiz CEO Chris Walsh about how she helped grow Wana Brands […]

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From 1 to 100: How to Successfully Scale a Cannabis Operation

June 24, 2021 · Updated June 28, 2021

In this episode of Seed to CEO, Nicholas Vita, the CEO of Columbia Care, shares with MJBiz CEO Chris Walsh how he started in the cannabis industry with a mom-and-pop dispensary in Washington DC and now heads one of the biggest cannabis companies in the United States, present in 18 states and abroad. He’ll share: […]

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Chasing Cannabis Magic with Jim Belushi

June 17, 2021 · Updated June 21, 2021

For many celebrities, being involved in cannabis means lending their names and personalities to another business for marketing purposes. Not so for Jim Belushi. Instead Jim purchased 93 acres of land in southern Oregon to start his own grow, where he’s involved at every step of the process. In this episode, Jim speaks with MJBiz […]

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Clueless in Cannabis: An Oklahoma Dispensary Success Story

June 10, 2021

When Oklahoma flung open the doors to its medical cannabis industry, Denise Mink thought it would be a good opportunity to “semi-retire” by opening a dispensary with her husband. But things didn’t go quite as planned. In this episode, Denise reveals to MJBiz CEO Chris Walsh some of the lessons she learned while trying to […]

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Is Less More? The Low-THC/High-CBD Cannabis Cultivation Strategy

June 3, 2021

At a time when much of the cannabis industry is focused on elevating THC levels to new heights, East Fork Cultivars has taken a different tack. In this episode of Seed to CEO, East Fork CEO Mason Walker talks with MJBiz CEO Chris Walsh about the mission behind the strategy and what he sees as […]

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