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…)
Chelsea Smith is the creator of Taboo Talks Series emanating from Southern California. Taboo Talk Series is a speaker series and community dedicated to breaking stigmas around plant medicine in a modern world. Its content spans on everything from sobriety and racism to social equity and equality. Chelsea believes that these are the conversations we must hear to take away the stigma and fear around cannabis. She built her platform as a platform to showcase people who have something meaningful and educational to say about cannabis. Since the spread of COVID-19, Taboo Talk Series has gone digital with weekly Instagram Live sessions. (more…)
Brian Reynolds is the creator of Kannabis Kingz in Chicago, Illinois. Kannabis Kingz is a collective whose goal is to create a movement and steer the culture within the new Chicago Cannabis Scene. Their vision aims to develop opportunities by making continuous contributions within the cannabis community. (more…)
Randal MacCaffrie is the Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer of Cannabis Community Care and Research Network, a public benefit corporation and the very first state-wide social equity network in the cannabis industry otherwise known as C3RN. The company strives to connect and empower the cannabis industry, academia, and clinical communities to create a virtual network of like-minded innovators. In doing so they are able to advance cannabis research and use of medical cannabis as a valuable option for those with qualifying conditions, such as veterans and others who suffer from PTSD. C3RN is also breaking the stigma by starting the cannabis control commission social equity training program at Holyoke Community College.
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- Identifying and preventing predatory practices that aim to exploit social equity programs.
- Standardizing cannabis curriculum in colleges and universities nationally now in anticipation when cannabis becomes federally legal.
- Providing scientifically sound research with veterans to help them gain relief from PTSD and opioids.
Jeff Doctor is the co-founder and CEO at Turtle Island a First Nations Cannabis Company. In this podcast, Jeff brings awareness to the struggle First Nations / Native Americans are facing lobbying in Canada and Washington DC as they fight to gain a foothold in the Cannabis Industry.