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Elevate Your Grind

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Elevate Your Grind was created by Cannabis LAB (Law, Accounting, & Business) as a way to expand our Cannabis Professional association to the industry as a whole. Each week we interview experts, entrepreneurs, advocates, and other amazing people in Cannabis. We hope you'll join us on our journey through the Cannabis Industry!

Elevate Your Grind was created by Cannabis LAB (Law, Accounting, & Business) as a way to expand our Cannabis Professional association to the industry as a whole. Each week we interview experts, entrepreneurs, advocates, and other amazing people in Cannabis. We hope you'll join us on our journey through the Cannabis Industry!


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Elevate Your Grind was created by Cannabis LAB (Law, Accounting, & Business) as a way to expand our Cannabis Professional association to the industry as a whole. Each week we interview experts, entrepreneurs, advocates, and other amazing people in Cannabis. We hope you'll join us on our journey through the Cannabis Industry!




Nicole Redler, Senior Manager of Community Affairs and Internal Communications at Eaze

Nicole Redler is Senior Community Affairs Manager at Eaze, California’s largest legal cannabis marketplace and the state’s largest cannabis employer. Nicole leads Eaze’s patient and veteran advocacy programs, building meaningful relationships to amplify community voices on important policy issues across California. To date, Eaze has completed over seven million deliveries, breaking own barriers to access and building community through industry-leading social impact and equity programs. With...


Jamie Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Herbacée

Jamie Evans is the co-founder and CEO of Herbacée. As a notable cannabis and wine personality, she is best known for creating The Herb Somm, a cannabis blog and lifestyle brand that is focused on the gourmet side of the industry. In addition to leading the Herbacée team, Jamie is a celebrated writer and author. Jamie the author of The Ultimate Guide to CBD: Explore the World of Cannabidiol. Her second book, Cannabis Drinks: Secrets to Crafting CBD and THC Beverages at Home published by Fair...


Eric Delisle, CEO of Bloomstack

Born with strong business instincts, Eric has been an entrepreneur and investor for several companies for 35 years now. This highly motivated professional is an activist by nature willing to make the world a better place, and this is exhibited in his and his company’s work ethics.


Daniel Goldberg, Co-Founder and Partner at Palo Santo

As a fonder of Palo Santo and Bridge Investments, Daniel has ben actively investing with and supporting inspired entrepreneurs for 20 years. Years ago he saw the potential of psychedelic medicines and has developed a deep network of relationships across the psychedelic research and business communities. His passion for the space is purpose-driven and science informed. He is thrilled to be a part of Palo Santo's mission of supporting promising treatments while ensuring widespread access to...


Light Townsend, Chief Legal Officer at Green Point Research

Light Townsend is the Chief Legal Officer of Green Point and works to ensure operations of the company and the work of the other executives stay compliant in this regulated industry. Prior to Green Point, Light was a management consultant overseeing business efficiency planning, management advisory, and reorganization projects for clients in the regulated industries of banking, insurance, and large law firms. Further, Light started a consulting company helping guide businesses through the...


Marion Mariathasan, CEO & C-Founder of Simplifya

Marion is a serial entrepreneur who has founded, invested in, or been an advisor to over a dozen start-ups. He is a regular guest speaker at events such as Denver Start-up Week, CU Denver’s program on social entrepreneurship, and the United Nations Global Accelerator Initiative. Marion studied Architecture and Computer Science at the University of Kansas and Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business Management at Emporia State University.


Todd Wayne, Founder and COO of FREEMINDED

Freeminded is a luxury cannabis accessory brand producing unique joint holder tubes, cannabis storage boxes, and carrying cases in bold colors and rich materials. We sat down with Creative Director and COO, Todd Wayne, to hear about his exposure to the fashion industry as a kid, and why he decided to move into the cannabis industry with FREEMINDED.


Tim Conder, President at Blackbird, an HERBL Company

Tim Conder is the President and Chief Operating Officer at TILT Holdings and the co-founder and CEO of Blackbird, a business solutions company and a supply chain software and operations company, respectively. Since founding Blackbird in 2015, Mr. Conder has overseen the rapid growth of his business in two of the most robust cannabis markets—California and Nevada. Under Mr. Conder’s leadership, Blackbird has efficiently navigated the complex regulatory structures of both states, and currently...


Erika Tingey, Head of Product at Backbone

Erika Tingey is Head of Product at Backbone, and is responsible for the engagement and development of Backbone’s customizable cannabis manufacturing supply chain software. She champions her personal mission to help businesses be successful with support and creativity by solving unique challenges cannabis companies face and developing features based on client insights. Drawing from her background as a software engineer at QuickBooks and Product Management at Sage Intacct, Erika brings...


Lizandro Salazar V, President & Co-Founder of ArcataXInc.

Lizandro Salazar V is the President and Co-Founder of ArcataXInc., a Type 7 cannabis extraction operator based in Humboldt County. ArcataX was the first to legally operate with an unprecedented track record of excellence as one of California's premier bulk live resin wholesalers and co-packers. ArcataX is currently the main supplier for five of the top ten most recognized brands in the California market, and we sit down with Lizandro to talk about the company’s expansion and Humboldt roots.


David Hasenauer, CEO at Green Point Research

David Hasenauer is the Chief Executive Officer of Green Point Research. David is a cannabis policy expert and real estate development professional. David was an integral part of the campaign that passed Amendment 2 by a historic margin, effectively bringing medical cannabis to Florida. Subsequently, David helped craft and pass both pieces of legislation bringing industrial hemp to the state of Florida – SB 1726 (2017) and SB 1020 (2019). In addition to his role at Green Point Research, David...


Sean Coyle, Corporate Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP

Sean is an experienced corporate attorney who centers his practice on advising cannabis operators, professional sports franchises, software companies and a variety of emerging and multinational businesses on corporate transactions and agreements. He also advises investors and industry participants on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and general corporate agreements. Prior to joining Fox, Sean was a partner in the Corporate Department of an Am Law 100 firm. Sean speaks on cannabis...


David Belsky, Founder of FlowerHire

David Belsky, CEO and Founder at FlowerHire - David Belsky is a recruiting industry veteran and founder of FlowerHire, an Executive Talent Firm founded out of LA that has become a core building block of the Cannabis industry. Since its inception, FlowerHire has helped hundreds of cannabis companies build and optimize their talent chain, and have helped countless candidates understand this unique and exciting industry. David sits down for the first episode since Todd's return to kickoff...


Brian Sekandi, Author of Kids of Cannabis

I.B. ‘Brian’ Sekandi was born in Kampala, Uganda, two days before the first general election since the pre-independence elections in 1962. I.B Sekandi spent his early childhood in Uganda and Zimbabwe before immigrating to Canada. For the past decade and a half, I.B. has helped the world's largest brands in recruitment and talent acquisition strategies for North America's top talent in technology, consumer packaged goods, food & beverage, retail, media & entertainment and cannabis. I.B. has...


Matt McGinn, CEO of Fly Beverage Co

Matt McGinn is the Co-Founder of Spacestation, a cannabis-infused beverage co-packing company, Fly Beverage Co., and Apollo Distribution as well as Chief Strategy Officer of Hardcar. In 2013, McGinn founded Blackeye Roasting Co., which quickly expanded across several Midwestern States in major convenience store locations. Along with his team, McGinn oversaw the design and buildout of the company’s 30,000 square foot co-packing and cold brew coffee production facility, a coffee roastery, and...


Jason Navarette, CEO at Pure Craft CBD

18-year cannabis veteran Jason Navarrete was born with a green thumb. Experiencing a poor and sometimes homeless upbringing, he started growing vegetables at age 8 to help his mother put food on the table. When he was 12, he began growing and selling cannabis, and learned how he could use his own “Midas touch” to turn his growing efforts into a thriving business. He became one of only 10 people in Lake Elsinore, California, to receive a license for cultivation, distribution, manufacturing...


Jennifer Drake and Michael Medor of Ayr

Ayr is an expanding vertically integrated, U.S. multi-state cannabis operator, focused on delivering the highest quality cannabis products and customer experience throughout its footprint. Based on the belief that everything starts with the quality of the plant, the Company is focused on superior cultivation to grow superior branded cannabis products. Ayr strives to enrich consumers’ experience every day through the wellness and wonder of cannabis. Ms. Drake is a proven business leader in...


Rosie Mattio, Founder & CEO of Mattio Communications

Rosie Mattio is a strategic powerhouse, industry connector and influencer running the #1 ranked cannabis PR firm by Greenmarket Report. Based in New York City, her firm serves over 50 marquee cannabis clients, including Headset, Green Thumb Industries, Papa & Barkley, LeafLink, Greenlane and Curaleaf. Rosie has helped usher in the New Cannabis Age. She garners global media coverage in mainstream publications for clients, including the first cannabis article ever published in Oprah Magazine....


Andreas Neumann, Chief Creative Director at Jushi

Andreas brings over three decades of advertising, entertainment, and technology experience to his role as Chief Creative Director. Before joining Jushi, Dre served as Creative Director and Head of Content for Idean, a leading global design agency, and was instrumental in building out Idean’s US footprint with key clients such as IBM, HP, Rolls Royce and Ericsson. Dre is also known for his photography and has worked with people/groups like Queens of the Stone Age, Iggy Pop, Foo Fighters, ZZ...


Tom Grebenstein, CRO at Tikun Olam USA

Tikun Olam, the worlds first licensed Medical Cannabis company, and research pioneer, entered the Florida market in March of 2019 by partnering with vertically integrated VidaCann. Tom is responsible for the entire GTM to include packaging, state label approvals, budtender training, new product development, cultivation and processing oversight. Tom also handles all market promotions inclusive of Social Media, swag, collateral development and KOL management.