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E84 - Let’s talk about ‘weed lite’ aka Delta-8 products Now that the state of Kentucky has ruled Delta-8 hemp products as legal, Cy and Emily thought now would be a good time to discuss what this could all mean for the industry going forward.This ruling is seen as a huge win for farmers and retailers in the Bluegrass State as it would halt law enforcement from shutting down operations for businesses. So are Delta-8 products going to help the industry in the long run? Why is Delta also referred to as ‘diet weed’? Without lab testing on this hemp derived THC, safety will be a concern for many—remember ‘vapor gate’ back in 2017? Stay tuned to get some well rounded perspective on this topic. https://mjbizdaily.com/delta-8-thc-hemp-products-legal-are-legal-in-kentucky-judge-rules/https://www.gpb.org/news/shots-health-news/2022/07/31/states-look-regulate-weed-alternatives-delta-8-sales-explode
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E84 - Let’s talk about ‘weed lite’ aka Delta-8 products Now that the state of Kentucky has ruled Delta-8 hemp products as legal, Cy and Emily thought now would be a good time to discuss what this could all mean for the industry going forward.This ruling is seen as a huge win for farmers and retailers in the Bluegrass State as it would halt law enforcement from shutting down operations for businesses. So are Delta-8 products going to help the industry in the long run? Why is Delta also referred to as ‘diet weed’? Without lab testing on this hemp derived THC, safety will be a concern for many—remember ‘vapor gate’ back in 2017? Stay tuned to get some well rounded perspective on this topic. https://mjbizdaily.com/delta-8-thc-hemp-products-legal-are-legal-in-kentucky-judge-rules/https://www.gpb.org/news/shots-health-news/2022/07/31/states-look-regulate-weed-alternatives-delta-8-sales-explode
E83 - The balance of weed vs greed in the legal cannabis space with journalist Will Yakowicz from Forbes You may have read an in-depth article on Forbes recently regarding how America has botched legal cannabis. If you didn’t then that’s okay, because we have Forbes journalist Will Yakowicz the writer of that article on this Episode of the High Rise. Cy and Emily chat with Will about this ‘boots on the ground’ story and how greed started the cannabis industry off on the wrong foot. It’s not all bad news though, give this episode a full stream and find out more.  https://www.forbes.com/sites/willyakowicz/2022/08/02/how-america-botched-legalizing-cannabis-berner-cookies-kim-rivers-trulieve-steve-deangelo/?sh=d1a327744894https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-yakowicz-2822231b/
E82 - The curious case of why Canadian growers destroyed 425 million grams of cannabis last year On this episode Cy and Emily discuss an interesting story about how Canadian growers needed to destroy a crazy number of unpackaged cannabis in 2021—425 million to be exact. That’s pretty much 500 tons! So what leads to this much product having to get destroyed? You’ll have to stream this episode to find out! Thanks for listening and give is a rating and share the High Rise with your friends.https://mjbizdaily.com/canadian-growers-destroyed-a-record-425-million-grams-of-cannabis-in-2021/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=MJD_20220803_NEWS_Dailyhttps://www.yahoo.com/video/colombian-town-shrouded-marijuana-cloud-232055102.html#:~:text=Colombian%20Town%20Shrouded%20In%20Marijuana%20Cloud%20After%20Police%20Seized%20%26%20Burned%201.5%20Tons,-Amara%20Amaryah&text=Residents%20of%20Bello%2C%20a%20Colombian,cloud%20slowly%20engulfing%20the%20region
E81 - More cannabis reform updates: don’t worry, it’s actually positive news Is it us, or does it seem like there’s new cannabis legislation coming out every other week? On this episode, Cy and Emily follow up on all the latest cannabis reform news and discuss many of the finer details.More and more these days, our politicians are starting to speak out and write bills that are aimed at making cannabis legal, safer, sensibly regulated, and accessible. At the same time our politicians are striving (at least in rhetoric) to make a positive shift towards remedying past wrongs that have ill-affected many poor and minority communities in decades past—this might be where Federal legalization actually starts happening.Thank you as always for steaming the High Rise, please leave us a positive review and share often!
E80 - Special guest Rick Farman co-founder of Superfly: at the nexus of cannabis and music festivals If you love music, music festivals, entrepreneurship, and cannabis—then this High Rise is for you! On this episode Cy and Emily are excited to welcome Mark Farman who is co-founder of Superfly, a highly innovative live events company that has created some of the most iconic festivals on the planet.Mark gives us an in-depth look at how his company Superfly came to be, and how they specialize in creating live experiences that connects with culture (especially cannabis culture) in more meaningful ways beyond predictable marketing activations and sponsorship plays.https://www.linkedin.com/in/rick-farman-a04a8223https://superf.lyhttps://twitter.com/Superflyhttps://www.sfoutsidelands.com
E79 - Decriminalizing cannabis at the Federal Level—where are we at, what’s it gonna take? The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism held a hearing on decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level earlier this week. While it’s always great to see a discussion happening at this level, it’s also frustrating to see how there are challenges on the prohibition side for anything comprehensive to make its way into these discussions.On this episode Cy and Emily discuss some of the lowlights and highlights around the state of affairs for cannabis decriminalization and eventually full legalization at the Federal level. If you love what we’re doing here on the High Rise, then think about leaving us a review or share it with all your friends—we’d be very happy if you did!https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/decriminalizing-cannabis-at-the-federal-level-necessary-steps-to-address-past-harmshttps://www.marijuanamoment.net/house-debates-bipartisan-marijuana-research-bill-with-vote-expected-imminently-before-heading-to-the-senate/
E78 - Crowd-growing: part cannabis, part crypto, and part crowd funding—what could go wrong? On this episode of the High Rise, Cy and Emily breakdown for us the story of Juicy Fields a cannabis “investment” platform that purports to connect micro investors with small cannabis farmers to fund crop cultivation via fiat and crypto currencies.Juicy Fields (not to be associated with Juicy Couture) as it turns out, ran a pretty lucrative ponzi scheme—and they aren’t the only platform out there doing this. Our hosts get into just about all of the juicy details of how this latest scam made its way into the cannabis space, specifically in Europe where the industry is just getting started and ripe for fraud. https://hightimes.com/business/the-unsurprising-implosion-of-juicy-fields/https://www.forbes.com/sites/dariosabaghi/2022/07/25/juicyfields-may-be-the-biggest-scam-in-the-cannabis-industry/?sh=88fa03a62932https://myfirstplant.eu/?lang=enhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-hZvjVI3s8
E77 - High Rise talks shop with Spencer and Mark from Range Marketing It’s no secret that businesses in the cannabis space have to play their marketing game on hard mode with all of the various restrictions and regulations currently placed on the industry. This episode of the High Rise delves into marketing side of cannabis with a couple of special guests from Range Marketing.Cy and Emily welcome special guests Spencer Rubeck CEO and Mark Wallace Director of Partnerships of Range Marketing to chop it up about helping the industry trek through the wilderness of cannabis marketing. Small spoiler alert: without data, you get no where!https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencerrubeck/https://www.linkedin.com/in/msw021/https://rangemarketing.com
E76 - Woody Harrelson has a new pot shop—is it boutique or big business? While it would have been great to have Woody himself on the High Rise to chat with us about his new shop in West Hollywood, Cy and Emily take some time to talk about opening his unique cannabis retail experience and its counter positioning against practically all other models today.The Woods is a one of kind cannabis dispensary that opened up in May of this year by none other than actor and activist Woody Harrelson. Mr. Harrelson did not do this alone, he had some help from a kind group of friends and cofounders such as Devon Wheeler and comedian Bill Maher to make it all happen. Why is the Woods different? The concept aims to go against the current price pressure reality of today’s corporate cannabis expansion and bring consumers into an organic, high quality shopping experience building upon a legacy that cannabis has always stood for which is: nature, wellness, culture, and community.https://www.thewoodsweho.com
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