Dixies’ Tripp Keber Moves To BR Brands; Co-Founder Chuck Smith Is New CEO

COLORADO:  “Pot Baron” Tripp Keber is turning over the reins of Dixie Brands to co-founder Chuck Smith.  The flamboyant co-founder is relinquishing his CEO role and will “ascend to a new role within Rose Capital affiliate, BR Brands,” according to a company press release.

Dixie Brands is the owner of Dixie Elixirs & Edibles, Therabis, and Aceso Wellness.  The release went on to announce that the company has agreed on terms to partner with Rose Capital, as its ongoing capital and strategic partner. Rose is partnering with Dixie management in a mutually designed market expansion and growth plan and will be providing on-going growth capital, strategic advisory and operational partnership. The new financing has been fully structured and is contingent on final documentation and necessary Dixie shareholder and Rose investment committee approvals. The Rose and Dixie partnership is underpinned by the same vision and thesis for the future of cannabis consumer packaged goods (“CPG”) and the need for best-in-class, responsible, consistent and dependable cannabis CPG manufacturers. This partnership reflects the marriage of the best-in-class product branding, brand awareness, and footprint of Dixie Brands with the best-in-class financial and operational expertise of Rose Capital and their strategic relationships.

As part of the broader strategic partnership, Tripp Keber, Dixie’s current President and CEO, will be joining the team at BR Brands, where he will lead brand partnership / acquisition initiatives. BR Brands will leverage Keber’s extensive network, entrepreneurial background and expansive knowledge of the North American legal cannabis industry to identify, incubate and integrate the strong brands and operators into the BR Brands ecosystem. With Keber’s move, Dixie’s Co-Founder and current Chief Operating Officer, Chuck Smith, will assume the role of President and CEO of Dixie Brands, Inc.

“Today’s announcements are further validation of the brand strength and national recognition we have developed with Dixie,“ said Chuck Smith, President and CEO of Dixie Brands, Inc. “Our partnership with Rose Capital is the exact catalyst we need to take Dixie’s best-in-class product branding, market position, and existing footprint to drive the explosive growth that Dixie is poised to capture.”

“On both a personal, and professional level, I am so honored to be part of this new partnership in this industry,” said Tripp Keber. “Although I am embarking on a new journey with BR Brands, it is truly just an extension of the vision that I saw for Dixie, and the industry, when I established Dixie with my partner and friend, Chuck Smith. I am eager to continue driving the evolution of the Cannabis market forward with BR Brands. I am able to take on this new venture because of the solid position Dixie is in, to execute our explosive growth strategy in 2018 with the leadership of Chuck and the great team of dedicated professionals at Dixie. There is much more to come for both BR Brands and Dixie and I am excited to be able to help shape the future of both.”

 

A Look At Legalizing Marijuana In The US

Nearly half of all states have legalized medical marijuana, with Colorado and Washington serving as bellwethers for recreational use, and the US is amid an end to a prohibition on par with that of alcohol. But just how will the Green Rush grow? And why is it attracting some surprising advocates among doctors, entrepreneurs, politicians, attorneys, and businesspeople?

Weed. Ganja. Marijuana. Pot. During the opening session of the heady 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival held in June of this year, references to the potent plant were the keynote kicker. An intellectual with enviable wit, David G. Bradley, owner of the Atlantic Media Company, delivered an opening monologue that imagined some 250, type-A festival speakers high on Colorado cannabis, enlivening a crowd of CEOs, politicians, doctors, and thinkers with scenarios such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pulling her tempted husband into a car with a reference to her memoir, “We’re making hard choices, Bill.”

But all jokes aside, this international platform—which eventually staged a very serious conversation on marijuana between Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Katie Couric—is illustrative of an escalating national debate embracing medical marijuana and its rapid-fire industry growth. And for many close to the cause, weed is no laughing matter, posing hard choices indeed.

Pot chatter is pervasive throughout the US, whether at dinner parties or on the floor of Congress. In Atlanta, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent, who was once vocally anti-pot, passionately discusses the benefits of cannabis in his second documentary film, Weed 2: Cannabis Madness. In Nevada, State Senator Tick Segerblom and Congresswoman Dina Titus are championing bills that favor post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) medical marijuana research and protect the rights of legal users. In Los Angeles, former talk-show host and celebrity Ricki Lake is producing a new documentary, Weed the People, which follows cancer-stricken children and the use of cannabis as medicine. In Denver, Tripp Keber, founder and CEO of Dixie Elixirs and Edibles, is launching his latest edible product, Dixie One. And just a 20-minute drive from Keber’s new 40,000-square-foot Colorado headquarters, Governor Hickenlooper is repeatedly quoted as stating that we are in the midst of one of the “great social experiments of the 21st century.”