Jack Bensimon, Managing Director of Black Swan Diagnostics, sat down with Barrington Miller to draw the distinctions between blockchain and digital currency (0:45), the practicalities of security token offerings (STOs) as a vehicle to raise global capital (4:45), and the importance of having regulated exchanges that offer investor protections and liquidity (8:30). Listen to the entire episode to hear why Jack predicts STOs, real-estate, and fractionalization will be the common themes around blockchain five years from now (14:15).
Curaleaf CEO Joseph Lusardi recently sat down with Barrington Miller during #WeedWeek to discuss why vertical integration is integral to controlling the quality and consistency of their product (4:00), how Curaleaf’s biggest advantage might be in its boardroom (6:00), and how evolving legislation is helping America recover from the “war on drugs” (10:30). Listen to the entire podcast to hear why Joseph Lusardi defines himself as a “reluctant pioneer” of the cannabis industry and how the industry is evolving in “dog years”.
A #HashtagFinance first, Barrington Miller hosts a three-way conversation with Cresco Labs’ (CSE:CL) Charles Bachtell and Joe Caltabiano during #WeedWeek. Both gentlemen share the lessons they learned from a previous life in the mortgage industry (1:30), how they distinguish the differences between traditional and non-traditional cannabis consumers (3:45), and the thinking behind Cresco’s acquisition of Origin House (8:15). Listen until the end to lean about Charles’ appointment to the Cannabis Legalization Subcommittee of Illinois Governor-elect JB Pritzker’s transition team and the importance of social equity in state transitions from medical to recreational cannabis.
Industry “OG” and CEO of Dixie Brands, Chuck Smith, recently sat down with Barrington Miller as part of Public Entrepreneur’s #WeedWeek podcast series. In this discussion Chuck shares why Dixie decided to focus on infused products and stay away from farming and cultivation (3:15), how the early origins of the company in medical cannabis have been integral to their efforts to build a portfolio of recreational product offerings (7:30) and the recent launch of CBD products for dogs AND cats! Listen until the end to learn about Chuck’s pioneering work on the Cannabis Trade Federation, his thoughts on cannabis taxation (ed. more interesting than it sounds), and their “transformative” JV with Khiron Life Sciences in Latin America.
Billy Levy, President of SLANG Worldwide (CSE:SLNG) sat down with Barrington Miller to share his insights from the pioneering “boot camp” days with Mettrum Health (0:30), how he is defining the cannabis opportunity in terms of consumer branding and distribution (3:30), and the important reasons why SLANG does not operate as a retailer (7:00). Listen until the end to hear how SLANG is applying tried-and-true sales methodologies from “boring” industries and the (somewhat accidental) marketing magic that happened when SLANG’s products were advertised in LAX.
Blockstation’s Jai Waterman sat down with Barrington Miller to discuss the inherent flaws of initial coin offerings (ICOs) (3:30), how his team is working hard to evolve the capabilities of stock exchanges by introducing blockchain-enabled securities (8:45), and the promise of unparalleled security through security tokens (15:15). Listen until the end to hear Jai’s thoughts on how traditionally illiquid assets (e.g. publishing rights) can achieve liquidity with the help of blockchain technology, and Blockstation’s recent announcements with the Barbados and Jamaica Stock Exchanges.
Spacefy (CSE:SPFY) CEO Russ Patterson recently sat down with Barrington Miller to explain how Spacefy is building the “Airbnb” for creative spaces (3:15), the weirdest booking he’s seen (so far) on their platform (11:00), and ambitions for expansion into global, world-class cities (15:30). Listen until the end to hear about Russ’ favourite creative space and his idea of the ultimate location in Toronto.
CB2 Insights’ CEO Pradyum Sekar recently sat down with Barrington Miller to discuss the importance of medically validated cannabis data (3:45), the challenge of breaking down barriers with physicians (9:45), and the impact of big pharma on medical cannabis (13:30). Listen until the end to hear about Prad’s experience around launching the company, pivoting the business (hint – vertical integration!), and their recent launch on the CSE – Canadian Securities Exchange.
Sarah Morrison from Capital Transfer Agency sat down with Barrington Miller to explain what a transfer agent actually does (2min), what to do when you find an old share certificate in your attic (7min), and the role blockchain will (or won’t) play in the future of deploying transfer agency services (12:30). Listen until the end to hear how her firm competes with the “big guys” and exciting news about the deployment of CTA’s services across the U.S./Canada border!
Acreage Holding’s Director of Legal Compliance recently sat down with Barrington Miller to discuss the dynamics of working with regulators and lawmakers in the U.S. Cannabis industry (6:00), Acreage’s M&A ambitions (10:30), and the real impact of the Farm Bill (15:15). Listen until the end to hear Gary’s thoughts on the increasing legitimization of the cannabis industry, outlook for the STATES Act, and the integral role of social equity in the cannabis sector.