Leafly Hires Veteran Product Executive Leslie Grandy As Chief Product Officer

WASHINGTON: Leafly, the world’s leading destination to help people discover, find and buy cannabis, today announced the hiring of Leslie Grandy, a veteran product executive experienced in global markets, to the role of Chief Product Officer. As CPO, Grandy will lead product development for Leafly’s array of consumer and business products.

“Leslie is a seasoned technology leader with a track record of bringing world-class products to market,” said Leafly CEO Tim Leslie. “Her experience will help us continue to build and scale technology products that serve the needs of cannabis consumers, retailers and brands.”

Grandy has built breakthrough products for industry leaders such as Apple, T-Mobile, Best Buy and Discovery Communications. She also has provided product and innovation advisory services to Fortune 500 Companies including Starbucks, Oracle Utilities, and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.

“I am excited to build upon Leafly’s position as the leading information source for cannabis during this expansive time for the industry globally,” Grandy said. “We have an enormous opportunity to extend our support for the industry with innovative products and services that can help them confidently and intelligently interact in this fast-moving market.”

Leafly’s mission is to help people around the world discover, find and buy the best cannabis products for them. Consumers can use Leafly’s website and mobile app to learn about the right products for their lifestyle and wellness needs, find those products safely and efficiently, and buy them from licensed and regulated dispensaries or retail stores.

With more than 10 million people visiting Leafly monthly and more than 1.4 million user-generated strain, product and dispensary reviews, Leafly has one of the largest and most engaged audiences in the cannabis industry.

New Luxury Cannabis Brand Brings Haute High To Cannabis Consumers

NEW YORK: As the Cannabis legalization movement continues to gain momentum across the U.S., a new market has emerged of high-end consumers.  Toast, a luxury, lifestyle Cannabis brand that provides a sophisticated consumer experience, is redefining how consumers enjoy Cannabis. Born in Aspen, Colorado, and bred on the pillars of purity, style, and luxury, Toast a new world order for the etiquette of recreational Cannabis use.

Toast provides a trusted quality and refined experience in which each puff is like having a sip of champagne and each full Slice™ is like having a generous glass. Each Slice™ is developed using a proprietary manufacturing process and 100% Cannabis blend, which result in a consistent and ideal experience for the Toast™ consumer.

The Toast experience will activate the mind and relax the body while keeping the consumer in control – the ideal state of mind for making social connections. Toast presents consumers with an instinctive experience that allows them complete control over their level of indulgence. As a responsible leader in the Cannabis industry, Toast is committed to safe consumption practices providing a uniform and predictable experience, allowing users to more carefully monitor and regulate their intake.

Toast establishes a new etiquette for the Cannabis industry embracing how smoking Cannabis in controlled and mild doses can enhance a social experience. A recent study from Miner & Co. Studio stated that an “…overwhelming majority of Cannabis Consumers [polled] are consuming Cannabis and Cannabis products to enhance their daily and social experiences.  95% prefer a high that allows them to be ‘present’, ‘mindful’ and/or ‘focused’…”

Punit Seth, Co-Founder and CEO states, “Toast has the hypothesis that our consumers want to enjoy Cannabis with the reliability, ease and potency of a fine cocktail or wine – that is, not like a drug but a lifestyle enhancement through social and responsible consumption.  Market tests overwhelmingly supported that claim and that Toast™ is the only brand for the people who seek to share an elegant, fun, and controlled Cannabis experience with friends.”

Toast is co-founded by a set of successful former executives including CEO Punit Seth (previously at Bridgewater Associates and Accenture) and Senior Advisor Chris Burggraeve (former Global CMO of Anheuser-Busch InBev). Together, the founders have harnessed their individual expertise in finance and operations, digital, entrepreneurship, and consumer brand building to elevate Toast to the forefront of the Cannabis marketplace.  The founders have a shared mission to help shape the burgeoning Cannabis market (estimated to grow to $50B) into one that encourages social and responsible consumption.

“Cannabis is starting to lose its taboo and slowly but surely becoming societally acceptable. As a direct result of the mainstreaming of Cannabis, brands like Toast will be the standard bearers for responsible, beautiful, and consistent usage.”  Eddie Miller, Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer stated.

Toast  will be available at The Original Leaf in Aspen, CO. starting on February 10th, 2017 and be available in other select dispensaries across the state.

Marijuana Study: Number Of Americans Toking Up Doubles In 10 Years

A heck of a lot more Americans were toking up in 2012-13 than 10 years before — and not for medical reasons, either — according to a new study.

The percentage of American adults who had used marijuana within the last year was 9.5%, the study found. That compared to 4.1% in 2001-02.

The study — published this week in Jama Psychiatry, a monthly journal published by the American Medical Association — was sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It was based on in-person interviews with more than 36,000 Americans over the age of 18.

The Fall Of Cannaculture: Will Hot Kush Girls Fade And "Marlboro Pot" Emerge?

If it happened to Rock ‘n’ Roll, will it happen to cannabis? For the past 75 years, cannabis has been an underground, countercultural phenomenon. From the beatniks of the ’50s, to the hippies of the ’70s, to the rastafarians of the ’80s and ’90s, cannabis has always represented an alternate way of life. A rebellion against restricting social norms.  [Read more…]