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High-Rise Podcast

A laid-back, data-backed discussion on the cannabis market with notable industry leaders.
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E108-New York rolls out regulations and its first set of licenses — we have many questions

New York issued its first 36 cannabis dispensary licenses on Monday which is great right? Absolutely.
November 22, 2022
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E107-‘I’ll stop procrastinating tomorrow’ says US congress about cannabis reform

House Democrats and Republicans have co-published a ‘joint memo’ ahead of a congressional subcommittee meeting on cannabis this Tuesday.
November 15, 2022
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E106-How will Midterm election results impact cannabis legislation?

It’s a big week here in the US with the midterm elections wrapping up soon. So it makes sense that Cy and Emily would do a little state-by-state run though of the various cannabis legislation on the docket this election cycle.
November 9, 2022
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105-Talking about cannabis retail with Kyle Sherman founder and CEO of Flowhub

Welcome back to another great episode of the High Rise! Today Cy and Emily got to catch up with longtime industry friend Kyle Sherman. Kyle started his cannabis retail platform back in 2015 and continues to innovate on solutions that help cannabis retailers elevate the shopping experience for their customers.
November 1, 2022
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E104-Let’s talk about Germany getting ready to legalize recreational cannabis by 2024

Zee Germans have signaled that adults will soon be able to purchase and possess up to 30 grams of cannabis for recreational use. Just imagine what future Octoberfests will be like.
October 27, 2022
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E103-Canopy Growth to close all retail in Canada and now sets its sights on the US

A couple recent headlines from Canopy Growth has the industry buzzing lately.
October 26, 2022
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E101-Turns out M&A in cannabis is hard: Verano drops the deal to buy Goodness Growth

MSO Verano Holdings Corp. terminated previously announced deal to acquire Goodness Growth Holdings, Inc. last Friday.
October 18, 2022
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E100-Reflections and origin stories around the cannabis industry for our 100th episode!

It’s kind of hard to believe, but the High Rise has made it to its 100th episode already! This industry is always on the move and constantly evolving, so it makes sense that our weekly coverage of each news cycle has brought us to this point.
October 13, 2022
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E99-Biden’s cannabis pardon is a win for criminal justice, does this help accelerate Federal legalization?

Last Thursday President Joe Biden pardoned thousands of individuals convicted of possessing marijuana, saying the current system “makes no sense” and sending pot stocks soaring on the news.
October 11, 2022
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E98-The story of Suzan Nickelson, first female and black woman to own a cannabis license in NJ

We are delighted to bring you a special guest to this episode of the High Rise, Suzan Nickelson owner and CEO of Holistic Solutions in New Jersey. 
October 3, 2022
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E97-How the scarcity of capital negatively impacts minority cannabis entrepreneurs

On this episode of the High Rise we are joined by Gerrel Olivier a senior analyst at Pura Vida Investments. Gerrel leads Pura Vida’s cannabis investment strategy where he has been able to help minority cannabis entrepreneurs partake in this unique value creation opportunity that the industry currently offers.
October 3, 2022
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E96-Building a plane while it’s flying a.k.a. Minnesota’s cannabis legalization efforts

On this episode of the High Rise Cy and Emily take a look into how the state of Minnesota has structured their laws around hemp derived cannabinoids including THC and CBD.
September 29, 2022
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E95-NIMBY towns are mistakenly supporting illegal cannabis sales and other sketchy things

Leading cannabis information resource Leafly has just released their 2022 Opt-out report, which shines a spotlight on what happens when local municipalities that opt-out of local cannabis businesses in their towns.
September 27, 2022
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E94-Seeing Through the Smoke with Dr. Peter Grinspoon

Here at the High Rise we are truly honored to have Dr. Peter Grinspoon join us for a very special discussion on cannabis. Peter Grinspoon, M.D. is a primary care doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, life coach, author, and cannabis specialist for over twenty-five years.
September 22, 2022
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E93-Benzinga Chicago wrap-up, the upcoming midterm elections, and MK Ultra?

The High Rise is back after a short week off, Cy and Emily have a nice bit of industry items to catch you up on.
September 20, 2022
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E92-The upside-down world of Republicans out progressing Democrats on cannabis decriminalization in Ohio

Last week in Ohio, a Democratic candidate Matt Kilboy attacked Republican congressional incumbent Dave Joyce on Twitter for his slated speaking engagement at the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference in Chicago next week. 
September 8, 2022
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E91-Operation Sunburn Cannabis with special guests Danny Moses & Brady Cobb

We have a very exciting episode of the High Rise with legendary investor Danny Moses and cannabis pioneer Brady Cobb to talk about their newest project in the state of Florida.
September 1, 2022
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E90-What’s the strategic rationale behind cannabis companies acquiring vegetable farms?

Some interesting news sprang up this week with Aurora Cannabis acquiring Bevo Farms the largest supplier of propagated vegetables in North America.
August 30, 2022
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E89-The mainstreaming of cannabis beverages: the good, the not so bad, and the form factors

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere and that means its beverage time! On this episode Cy and Emily discuss the cannabis beverage category and how it’s relatively safe to say that this format is now part of the mainstream.
August 25, 2022
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E88-Our decompression session: breaking down the comprehensive McGinley episode

If you managed to get through our previous episode [] with super-analyst friend of the show Matt McGinley, then you may very well feel a little domed by all the rapid fire industry stats and projections that came though. For this reason, Cy and Emily wanted to take some time to decompress, be a little more laid back, and focus on some of the standout bits from Mr. McGinley’s treatise on the industry’s Q2 earnings. 
August 23, 2022
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E87-The coming headwinds and tailwinds for the cannabis industry with Matt McGinley

We are very excited to have Needham & Company’s Matt McGinley once again on the High Rise to give all of us a well rounded breakdown on the state of the industry. 
August 22, 2022
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E86-A New York State of cannabis MSOs

New York New York, a city so nice they named it twice. On this episode Cy and Emily cover the latest MSO news from the Empire State and a couple of tidbits about licensing and parking tickets.
August 18, 2022
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E85-Post lockdown: analyzing earnings data with growth trends in US cannabis

On this episode of the High Rise, we take a look at Headset’s recent industry report that examines recent declining sales in US cannabis.
August 16, 2022
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E84-Let’s talk about ‘weed lite’ aka Delta-8 products

Now that the state of Kentucky has ruled Delta-8 hemp products as legal, Cy and Emily thought now would be a good time to discuss what this could all mean for the industry going forward.
August 11, 2022
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E83-The balance of weed vs greed in the legal cannabis space with journalist Will Yakowicz from Forbes

You may have read an in-depth article on Forbes recently regarding how America has botched legal cannabis. If you didn’t then that’s okay, because we have Forbes journalist Will Yakowicz the writer of that article on this Episode of the High Rise to talk with Cy and Emily about this ‘boots on the ground’ story about how greed started the cannabis industry off on the wrong foot. It’s not all bad news though, give this episode a full stream and find out more.
August 9, 2022
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E82-The curious case of why Canadian growers destroyed 425 million grams of cannabis last year

On this episode Cy and Emily discuss an interesting story about how Canadian growers needed to destroy a crazy number of unpackaged cannabis in 2021—425 million to be exact. That’s pretty much 500 tons!
August 4, 2022
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E81-More cannabis reform updates: don’t worry, it’s actually positive news

Is it us, or does it seem like there’s new cannabis legislation coming out every other week? On this episode, Cy and Emily follow up on all the latest cannabis reform news and discuss many of the finer details.
August 2, 2022
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E80-Special guest Rick Farman co-founder of Superfly: at the nexus of cannabis and music festivals

If you love music, music festivals, entrepreneurship, and cannabis—then this High Rise is for you! On this episode Cy and Emily are excited to welcome Rick Farman who is co-founder of Superfly, a highly innovative live events company that has created some of the most iconic festivals on the planet.
August 1, 2022
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E79-Decriminalizing Cannabis at the Federal Level—where are we at, what’s it gonna take?

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism held a hearing on decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level earlier this week. While it’s always great to see a discussion happening at this level, it’s also frustrating to see how there are challenges on the prohibition side for anything comprehensive to make its way into these discussions.
July 28, 2022
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E78-Crowd-growing: part cannabis, part crypto, and part crowd funding—what could go wrong?

On this episode of the High Rise, Cy and Emily breakdown for us the story of Juicy Fields a cannabis “investment” platform that purports to connect micro investors with small cannabis farmers to fund crop cultivation via fiat and crypto currencies.
July 26, 2022
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E77-High Rise talks shop with Spencer and Mark from Range Marketing

It’s no secret that businesses in the cannabis space have to play their marketing game on hard mode with all of the various restrictions and regulations currently placed on the industry. This episode of the High Rise delves into marketing side of cannabis with a couple of special guests from Range Marketing.
July 25, 2022
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E76-Woody Harrelson has a new pot shop—is it boutique or big business?

While it would have been great to have Woody himself on the High Rise to chat with us about his new shop in West Hollywood, Cy and Emily take some time to talk about the opening of his unique cannabis retail experience and its counter positioning against practically all other models today.
July 21, 2022
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E75-Jobs in cannabis, turnover rates, and the impending recession

On this episode of the High Rise, our hosts dig into the jobs market as it relates to the leisure and hospitality sectors for entry level jobs. In the cannabis space this means budtenders and production staff.
July 19, 2022
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E74-Washington D.C. legalizes again and Snoop’s latest, ‘Sleepy Joe OG’

The mayor of Washington D.C.signed emergency legislation on Wednesday that will allow people to self-certify as medical cannabis patients and access dispensaries, without a doctor’s recommendation—interesting way to fast track legalization and help eliminate the grey market.
July 15, 2022
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E73-Why are we seeing sensationalist journalism around high potency cannabis all of a sudden?

A spate of news articles have been circulating recently that throws some serious shade on high potency cannabis products. From linking phentynal and gun violence to cannabis use, to teens in California ‘scromiting’ from consuming high THC products.
July 13, 2022
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E72-Minnesota just legalized edibles—let’s unpack this

With loopholes and grey market challenges in many legal states, there’s been quite a bit of chaos around how certain types of THC(ish) compounds make their way into various cannabis products—specifically in the edible category.
July 7, 2022
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