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  • Have you ever thought about quitting your day job to pursue getting a slice of the multibillion-dollar cannabis industry pie? Are you currently investing in, or considering investing in the cannabis industry? If you answered yes to either of those questions, YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS THIS PODCAST. Join the cannabis industry's very own veteran BS detector, Kristen Yoder, as she uncovers and dissects the various scams and pitfalls most, if not all, people will encounter along their cannabis journey, through entertaining and informational interviews with experts across the industry. “The best decisions are informed decisions, and in an industry as new and hyped up in the media as the Cannabis industry is, there are many opportunities for BS to occur, and it is occurring on a major scale."
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  • Apr 16 2021
    Have you ever wondered how legit an associating business is, or the people within it? Are you investing into a business with someone you aren’t entirely sure of? Well, lucky for you, we’re speaking with Tanya Hoke, a due diligence investigator. Tanya has 6 years of experience managing investigative due diligence for clients in the cannabis industry. What does that mean exactly? It means that Tanya will investigate specified associates for you to confirm facts or details of a matter under your consideration. She’ll figure out their detailed history to determine if they’re a reliable associate to go into business with. Not only that, but she’s also a certified fraud examiner, a certified anti-money laundering specialist, and a licensed private investigator in Massachusetts and Colorado. 4 Lessons Learned: There are different levels to due diligence. Dependent on the context and the regulations surrounding the situation, there are different regulatory guidelines you are allowed, depending on what the situation of your client.A lot of people don’t think to investigate into their associates or business partners histories. But, why? A lot of investors in our industry either have friends involved in the investment so they feel more secure or they have trusted their gut in past successful endeavors and plan on doing so again.Compliance is everything in the cannabis industry. If a company doesn’t have a specified employee or team that is focused solely on compliance and regulatory changes, such as a Chief Compliance Officer, then chances are they aren’t going to be as successful as the companies that do. Especially in an industry where our regulations change at the drop of a hat.Impressive faces on a board of directors does not mean a successful company. Most likely, it’s just a play for increase in their investor’s trust. List of Topics/subjects discussed: Investigative due diligence within the cannabis industryTanya’s expectations upon entering the cannabis industry and what she discoveredThe Fair Credit Reporting ActThe different regulations within the Fair Credit Reporting act and how it differs depending on the context of the situationPre-investment regulations VS. pre-employment regulationsKristen’s experience with background checks within her careerThe time crunch with due diligence in the cannabis industryTanya’s personal experiences working with the CBD industry specificallyAssumptions that came with the Farm BillTanya’s first OSHA complaint - how did it end up?The shady businessmen joining the industry from outside of CannabisGoogling VS. Tanya HokeWhat you can do to ensure you’re making the right business decision?Legacy farmers and investorsAn ‘unprofessional industry’The financial risks you take with not investigating your business associates Links to Referenced News Articles from interview: Interested in doing some research like Tonya? Use her recommendations to try out the basics for yourself and your business. https://www.glassdoor.com/ Interested in checking out the mentioned podcast American Scandal? Link below for the referenced episode https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/enron-a-sense-of-urgency/id1435516849?i=1000447908889  Did you learn something new about the cannabis industry today? If so, let me know in the comments below! Guest Bio and Social Media Links: Tanya Hoke | Founder & Managing Director Tanya has more than a dozen years of experience managing investigative due diligence for clients in industries ranging from pharmaceuticals and manufacturing to financial services and consulting. She has been advising investors in the cannabis industry since 2015. Tanya has led hundreds of due diligence investigations into management teams, helping clients to identify business, legal, and reputational risks prior to proceeding with high-value transactions. She was previously a Senior Consultant in Corporate Investigations at Control Risks Group, a global security and political risk consulting firm. Tanya speaks regularly about due diligence, risk management, and integrity in the cannabis industry. She currently serves on the NCIA’s Banking & Financial Services Committee, and previously served on the State Regulations Committee.  She is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, and a licensed Private Investigator in Massachusetts and Colorado. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College and a Master of International Business degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she serves on the MIB Alumni Advisory Board. Galen Diligence Tanya Hoke Linkedin Credits:  Audio Editing - Seth Cross - Frontal Lobe Productions Intro/Outro - Jef Judin Music - The Master by Flashing Lights Show Notes - Henley Beall Podcast Links: Click on the podcast hosting site you use below to subscribe to this podcast!  Please leave a review if you enjoyed the show, it helps bring in more listeners!  Itunes Spreaker...
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  • Apr 15 2021
    We are back at it today, speaking with Chris Tenaglia of Valiant Group America, as he brings his unique experience of the construction side of the cannabis industry to light. Valiant is a vertically integrated team, meaning they have professionals from all aspects of the construction industry, in-house. This eases confusion throughout the entire process, and makes for great communication throughout the company and for the client. Chris, the chief operating officer of Valiant, speaks with us today about his experiences at Valiant and calls out the bullshit he’s had to deal with throughout his time in the industry. 3 Lessons Learned: The expense differences and effects of growing cannabis in different climates, specifically the NorthEast. With drastic changes in humidity and temperature throughout the year in the east, compared to the dry, sunny climate in the west, east coast facilities usually have to double up on most of their supplies and equipment.Massachusetts has one of the highest percentages of testing regulations for mold in the cannabis industry. This is due to the area’s high humidity.Vet whoever you are hiring in this industry - especially as a consultant. The wrong advice will cost you millions in this industry, as Chris and I have seen from firsthand experience, and you need to make sure your employees and associates are legitimate, with real experience that is backed up by a reference/   List of Topics/subjects discussed: Valiant Group and their vertically integrated team. What do they do?Difficulties with growing in different regions throughout the United States, specifically in the northeast and how that effects costCompliance and regulatory changes on the east coast as compared to the west coastValiant Group’s partnership with AgrifyAgrify’s vertical farming unit (VFU) and how it can benefit you in the long run.LED vs. HPS LightsIn Valiant’s customer base, how many are people fixing their mistakes compared to people starting off on their company on the right foot?What is the easiest state to grow in?Lighting and regulations specifically with electricity.The difficulty of licensing on the east coast, especially when entering the market (if you can)Cannabis cultivation is not a normal construction build. Why?Issues between growers and owners when building a facility and their lack of understanding.The importance of recognizing con-consultants and vetting out your potential employees.Valiant’s experiences with companies Guest Bio and Social Media Links: Valiant is a leader in development, management, consulting and general contracting.  With past experience in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and other industrial buildings, Valiant’s newfound success follows a decade-long specialization in commercial development of cannabis cultivation facilities and dispensaries. The construction giant’s claim to fame is their vertically-integrated trades structure. The structure allows Valiant to train all of their own employees instead of hiring subcontractors.  This maximizes quality of work and minimizes the timeline of each project. Most recently, Valiant was selected as the primary distributor and installer for Agrify, a high-tech firm specializing in state-of-the-art, software-controlled cannabis vertical farming units and modular containers. Christopher Tenaglia, Chief Operating Officer of Valiant, has extensive leadership experience over various industries including finance, production and construction. His relevant qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colby-Sawyer College, an unrestricted construction supervisor license, a Class A commercial driver’s license, and OSHA 30. Christopher regularly manages teams of over 100 employees and has owned and managed several companies over the past 10 years.  Across all of the multi-million dollar Valiant projects, Chris is a driving force in the field as a coordinator with all company personnel, schedules, assurance of deadlines & timelines, leadership & management meetings, and point-person for all communication regarding Valiant business matters and ongoing projects. Website: www.valiant-america.com insta: @ValiantAmerica Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/valiant-america/ twitter: @Valiant_America Facebook: Facebook.com/ValiantAmerica   For more on mold testing throughout the United States: https://cannabisindustryjournal.com/feature_article/an-insiders-view-how-labs-conduct-cannabis-mold-testing/ Credits: Audio Editing - Seth Cross - Frontal Lobe Productions Intro/Outro - Jef Judin Music - The Master by Flashing Lights Show Notes: Henley Beall Podcast Links: Click on the podcast hosting site you use below to subscribe to this podcast! Please leave a review if you enjoyed the show, it helps bring in more listeners! Itunes Spreaker Google Play Stitcher Tunein Join and Like our Facebook Page!
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  • Apr 14 2021
    Today we’ll be rolling through the topics and facts that stoners try to sweep under the rug. From CHS to drug interactions to the compounds in your concentrates, why do stoners avoid these topics? No cannabis users want to talk badly about cannabis, especially with its historical stigma surrounding the plant. But whether you like it or not, there is more research needed on cannabis, and a good start is being honest about its risks and effects and how we discover them. Emma Chasen, co-owner and operator of Eminent Consulting, a cannabis consulting business, comes in hot to break the Sativa/Indica binary and some popular myths in cannabis. Backed with years of experience and a degree in Medicinal Plant Research, Emma is passionate about educating others on cannabis. What people don’t know, does hurt them and as advocates, it’s our job to educate those around us. Knowing what is in your cannabis and how these compounds effect you is important, no matter who or where you’re buying from. After listening, what experiences have you had with different kinds of cannabis? Have you or a friend/ family member ever experienced CHS? How do you feel about the Indica/Sativa binary? Let me know in the comments below! 3 Lessons Learned: RSO is the only concentrate with scientific evidence to backup its medicinal properties in high dosages.Cannabis and hemp are bio-accumulators, meaning that they are a plant that gradually absorbs substances that are in the ground they're growing in at a faster rate than the substance is lost or metabolized by the plant.Because cannabis is not federally legal, there are no set lab procedures in place for analytical testing of cannabis. When Oregon tested the variances of all their labs within the industry, they found a 10% variance across the board, showing the need for consistent regulations for testing in the cannabis industry. List of Topics/subjects discussed: The lack of scientific data backing Indica/ Sativa differencesThe high variability of cannabis between usersManipulative marketing within the cannabis industryHow to find the good companies to supportHow the industry can better predict the effects and experiences of specific strainsOklahoma and how their licensing will in turn effect their marketCraft cannabis and its futureConcentrates and it’s potency and legitimacy in the medical marketPersonal experiences with concentratesAdditive terpenes and the effectsCannabinoid Hyperemesis SyndromeEsters: What are they? Where are they?Epidiolex TrialsLab testing in the cannabis industry and why it differsTitration of dosing, macrodosing and their therapeutic valueBad drug interactions with CBD and THCHow to buy cannabis the right way. Links to Referenced News Articles from interview: https://www.epidiolex.com/about-epidiolex https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7053164/ https://cbdhealthandwellness.net/2020/08/09/did-cbd-cause-a-case-steven-johnson-syndrome/ Vocabulary: Bio-accumulation: The gradual accumulation of substances, such as pesticides or other chemicals, in an organism. Bio-accumulation occurs when an organism absorbs a substance at a rate faster than that at which the substance is lost or eliminate. Esters: Volatile flavor molecules/ a chemical compound derived from substitution reaction of a carboxylic acid and an alcohol. Guest Bio and Social Media Links: 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 ...
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