Richard “Canna” Hengst is the President & CEO of King Canna CBD, Hengst Hemp Co, and Hengst Cannalytics. His experience in cannabis research has given him hope for the future of Hemp and the entire spectrum of cannabinoids that are available to heal people. After seeing how cannabis helped him recover from a collision accident, he wants to provide that relief for the world. If you are in this industry and you know you want to change people’s lives, and your product can do that, you are successful.
Kevin and Sayje Lasenberry are the owners of Onyx Mana, a Northern Jersey-based Black-Owned e-commerce CBD store. This father-son duo is very dear to our hearts at DANK Discussions as they are a proud part of the Calacann Family. They join me in this very special episode to talk about being a black-owned company during these times and the systemic racism behind the curtain of our industry. Their goal with Onyx Mana is to not only sell CBD, but to make sure they are democratizing the cannabis opportunity for Black and Brown people.
Michael Merriweather is the owner of Baba Holistics, a South Dallas based Black-Owned e-commerce CBD store that was built by word of mouth marketing and personal branding. Mike joins me to talk about his goals to breakdown the misnomers of what CBD actually is by using education and the community around him. He strongly believes that catering to your customers and building strong relationships with them is the key to truly finding success in any business. With Baba Holistics he aims to continue bringing education about CBD full circle by having his current customers teach newcomers.
Logan Lajiness is the owner of Great Lakes Wellness CBD. At just 20 years old, this young entrepreneur joins me to talk about his journey of finding his ideal target CBD niche with influencer marketing. After seeing the many stories of healing and triumph within the cannabis industry, Logan wants to make a mark of his own. With Great Lakes Wellness CBD, he finds fulfillment in doing the things he is most passionate about; owning a real business, and helping others.
Galen Williams is a Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor and Cannabis Executive. He is also the interim CEO for MD Exclusive, a California-based CBD company backed by medical professionals. He holds an extensive background and experience in business as well as cannabis. In this episode, we discuss the bigger and broader topics such as diversity, racial stigma, and unnecessary incarcerations due to the war on drugs. These topics, unfortunately, are not addressed enough in our industry. While Galen does not speak on the Black Lives Matter movement directly, his experience and views are incredibly timely as much needed awareness and reform within not only cannabis but also society as a whole are finally being brought to the forefront. With this episode, we hope to make a change and see more people of color in leadership positions. (more…)