Cura’s Global Expansion Team Now Lead by All-Star Female Executive Team

OREGON: Cura Partners, one of the largest cannabis companies in the world and maker of the Select brand, today announces further development of its international expansion team. As a part of the company’s growth plan, Amy McClintick moves from Chief Operating Officer to Chief Expansion Officer and Jenny Diggles joins the team as Vice President of International Expansion.

In partnership, the team is working to identify new markets across the globe for expansion, build international and domestic operations and develop relationships with key manufacturing and distribution partners. Cura Partners, Inc. and its affiliate companies are currently active in Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona, and are growing into new states including Oklahoma, Michigan and Massachusetts. Additionally, Cura’s Canadian affiliate Cura Select Canada, Ltd. is actively preparing to make waves in the Canadian market, positioning the company for international exports. Now with a team of more than 505 employees, Cura has been recognized as the fastest-growing company in Portland’s history by Portland Business Journal, and it placed no. 45 on the 2018 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies.

“I’ve been consistently blown away by Amy’s ability to manage obstacles and build the most incredible team possible,” said Cura Chief Executive Officer Cameron Forni. “With Amy’s new role and the hiring of Jenny Diggles as Vice President of International Expansion, I’m confident our international expansion team is the strongest in the industry.”

McClintick has been a key player on the Cura team since its inception. After starting in Sales Operations, McClintick is a shining example of what it looks like to grow with the company and industry. Moving from her previous role as Chief Operating Officer, McClintick is a critical member of the Cura team and comes with in-depth knowledge of the cannabis industry, operations, compliance and regulations. In addition, McClintick has proven the ability to fast track the company into new markets. “The role of Chief Expansion Officer allows me to apply my experience and expertise to take Cura to the next level. Our team is focused on providing the highest quality oil domestically and globally,” said McClintick. Under McClintick’s direction, the now internationally-based team has become a focused and powerful team of superstars achieving history-breaking sales numbers.

Diggles comes to Cura with vast experience in business development, fundraising, investments and marketing in the cannabis and technology industries. Coming from her most recent role as President of Global Expansion at MacArthur Capital LLC, Diggles has been at the forefront of Oregon’s legal cannabis movement from the beginning. Her entrepreneurial drive inspired multiple successful startups over the last decade, including a digital agency subsequently acquired by Deloitte. As an active believer in the power of cannabis, her advocacy efforts have made her a top influencer in the industry.

“Strong leadership, incredible products, clear values and a solid team of people is what brought me to Cura,” said Diggles. “I’ve always been a person who jumps at the opportunity to build something great, and this role will allow me to do just that, in an industry I care deeply about. I have so much respect for the way that this team has been built from the ground up under Amy and Cameron’s leadership, and I look forward to bringing the Cura’s ‘Everything is Possible’ values with us around the world.”

 

 

420MEDIA Trailblazers In Cannabis: Stacy Thompson, Founder Women of Cannabis Conference

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Digital marketing agency 420MEDIA and the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) have joined forces to create a series highlighting entrepreneurs trailblazing the cannabis scene. Each week, we profile a noteworthy business pioneer and ask each 5 questions. This week’s featured trailblazer is Stacy Thompson, Founder of the Women of Cannabis Conference.

1. Tell us about your Company

Women of Cannabis emerged because I saw a need to empower women as the industry continues to grow. With the rise of the female entrepreneurs and women leaders, it is pivotal to the cannabis industry to create and accept an environment where we step it up and stand together. The opportunity is here for women to pioneer this industry and hold higher level positions in companies. According to Marijuana Business Daily, women make up 27% of the industry, which is higher than the average other industries. When creating this event, I reached out to women I respect and admire and asked them to get involved. The most amazing thing is they are, rapidly! Together we can achieve greatness.  As an entrepreneur myself, a large problem that often stands in our way are women getting to know and meet other women in this business. I knew I had to build an open community like this. Women of Cannabis evolved into an amazing conference to start the conversation. I envision leaders building other leaders, lifting us to our fullest potential.  

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2. Why did you choose the cannabis/hemp business?

I realized the opportunity to enter a brand-new market, and as an entrepreneur I found my place in this industry. It all started when I decided to go back to using cannabis after I stopped -while my kids were tweens and went on the doctor prescribed Adderall for my ADD instead of cannabis.  I quit because of the fear of having the “drug” talk with them and me using “pot”.  When they got older, I decided to go back to using cannabis.  Once I uncovered the truth about cannabis, I couldn’t do anything but join forces with others to break the stigma about this plant. The only way we are going to do that is if we all work together. We all want the same outcome, this plant to be free for all to use.

3. What change will your firm address in the industry? Does it address an unmet need?

We are hoping to empower women to take the chance and go for it!  Creating bonds, leadership, and unity as we maneuver through the legalization and laws changing along the way.  Together we can accomplish much more, so providing a space for that is our goal.

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4. What has been the reaction to your product/service/technology?

The reaction to the Women of Cannabis conference has been overwhelming.  I am so excited for the women that have stepped up and have agreed to be a part of the conference.  We have an amazing lineup of speakers, Dr. Dina Browner, Wanda James, Larisa Bolivar, Renee Gagnon, Kalee Hooghkirk, Sierra Riddle, Nurse Juhlzie Monteiro, Nurse Heather Sobel, Carrie McClain and more coming. We are in for a treat to have all of these women trailblazers on one stage!

5. Are there any upcoming milestones for your company?

We have had such a great response for this conference, that we have been asked to take it on the road, add more breakouts, more speakers, more days… So, we shall see what the future holds for Women of Cannabis, but I do know one thing: we are not going anywhere.

Where can readers learn more?

Please check out our website, www.womenofcannabisconference.com for more information on our speakers that will be joining us, and how you can be a part of ‘herstory’ in Vegas!

Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram: @WofCanna

Hollyweed North Cannabis To Acquire Women Grow

CANADA: Renee Gagnon, Founder and CEO of HollyWeed North Cannabis announced that the company has signed a letter of intent dated September 10, 2018, to acquire Women Grow, a global company that provides connections, education and empowerment for aspiring and current cannabis entrepreneurs and business executives. Founded in 2014 in Denver, Women Grow has had over 50,000 individuals across the U.S and Canada attend its monthly Signature Networking Events and annual Leadership Summit, with an overall reach of over a half of million followers. Currently, Women Grow operates in seventeen (17) markets and continues to expand.



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In making the announcement, Renee Gagnon, Founder and CEO of HollyWeed North stated, “For almost four years, it has been my pleasure to share in the phenomenon that is Women Grow. Women are the cornerstone of the cannabis industry and it is HollyWeed North’s goal to ensure that women succeed and thrive in this exciting emerging industry.”

“This is an amazing opportunity for Women Grow and its community. We are pleased to enter into this next phase with HollyWeed North and Renee Gagnon, a highly respected and notable business leader in the cannabis industry. We have enjoyed a long relationship with Renee and look forward to exploring potential expansion opportunities,” said Kristina Garcia, CEO of Women Grow.

Chairwoman of Women Grow’s Board of Managers, Dr. Chanda Macias, says, “This is a monumental and thrilling time for Women Grow. Renee Gagnon has been an integral part of Woman Grow from the beginning. She understands and supports our community.” Macias continues, “Women Grow has been at the forefront of change in the cannabis industry. Here is a unique opportunity for us to further our mission.”

HollyWeed North is a private Canadian company incorporated in British Columbia, established in 2016, with operating subsidiaries specializing in the growth, manufacturing, licensing and production of cannabis and other pharma grade products. HollyWeed North’s subsidiaries include HollyWeed Manufacturing and Extracts Inc. (“Extracts”), a federally dealers’ licensed company incorporated in British Columbia specializing in cannabis extraction and product manufacturing.

“Mary Janes: The Women Of Weed Debuts In San Jose

CALIFORNIA: Film Director/Producer Windy Borman explores how marijuana is the first new industry to emerge in the 21st century led by women. By looking at the intersection of gender parity, social justice and environmental sustainability, Borman explores how cannabis is not only an industry, but also a movement of dedicated and pioneering women she calls “Puffragettes” (as in Pot + Suffragette).

Mary Janes: The Women of Weed debuts at the Cannabis Business and Technology Symposium on June 10th at 7:30 pm and a Q/A with the Executive Producer/Director Windy Borman. The film features a powerful interview from Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge and Californian women Jane West, Lindsay RobinsonJulianna CarellaMara GordonLindsay Robinson and Amanda Reiman. 

“This is a ground floor opportunity to make connections and collaborate to create technology applications for a new and fast-growing industry,” said WITI’s Chairwoman and Founder Carolyn Leighton. “The Cannabis Business and Technology Symposium vividly demonstrates the leadership roles women are playing in this burgeoning industry, and how they are shaping the technologies that support its growth. We expect this event to drive networking opportunities for business, education and research, and we’re excited to offer it to our Women in Technology Summit attendees.”

“From farms to labs to dispensaries and beyond, the film sheds light on the female researchers and entrepreneurs blazing a trail in today’s legal cannabis industry. Through interviews with scientists, doctors, lawyers, activists, growers and bakers, I learned cannabis is not only an industry, but also a movement of dedicated, pioneering women,” says director Windy Borman.

 

Denver’s Sixth Annual Mother’s High Tea – Tea Along the Silk Road Is May 11th

COLORADO:  The Sixth Annual Mother’s High Tea – Tea Along the Silk Road, featuring an inspiring speaker program, activities, nonprofit education and tea menu, takes place at Denver’s McNichols Building on Friday May 11, 2018.

Organized by “Cannabis Maven” Susan Squibb, the public, non-consumption event celebrates mothers, business women and advocates in the cannabis community.

Speakers: This year’s keynote speaker is Representative Leslie Herod of House District 8 in Northeast Denver, along with Judge Shelli Williams Hayes, a retired Judge of Cook County, Illinois for 18 years, and current Chief Compliance Officer for American Standard Hemp Company, in Grand Junction, Colorado; Cindy Sovine, political consultant and CEO of Utopia All Natural Wellness Spa & Lounge in Denver, and Samantha Walsh, hemp policy expert and CEO of Tetra Public Affairs, based in Denver.

Sixth Annual Mother's High Tea- Tea Along the Silk Road is a fundraiser for Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

Sixth Annual Mother’s High Tea- Tea Along the Silk Road is a fundraiser for Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

Tea Along the Silk Road comes to life with tea buffets and catering inspired by the legendary teas and culinary regions along the Chinese Silk Road. A Chinese cultural partnership with international non profit, Confucius Institute, will feature authentic party décor, a gongfu tea demonstration, calligraphy activities, and paper crafts for guests of all ages.

Non- profits: A portion of ticket sales go toward featured nonprofit organization, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition. CCJRC is a network of organizations, faith communities, and individuals working to eliminate the overuse of the criminal justice system in Colorado.

Educational tables: Certifiably Green Denver offers free sustainability advising services to Denver’s business community and Center for Health, Work & Environment at Colorado School of Public Health leads safety training classes.

Tickets: Reserved seats, VIP tables, and general admission tickets available through AXS website. Lovely gift bags from event sponsors for all guests.

Presenting Sponsor: Eden Labs, a global company, based in Seattle, WA, engineers and manufactures commercial extraction equipment for botanical industries since 1994.

The Cannabrander With Ben Weinberg: Lessons From The Women Grow Leadership Summit

By Benjamin Weinberg

COLORADO: Hundreds of established and up-and-coming cannabis industry leaders came together to share stories and insights in Denver, Colorado, on February 1-2, 2018, at the Women Grow Leadership Summit (WGLS). During two intense days of learning and networking, they connected, educated, and empowered each other at the largest industry largest gathering focused primarily on women. I’m also sure that deals were being made because finding capital is an important element of all business verticals, and Women Grow (WG) helps connect ideas with funding.

As a non-traditional impact investment vehicle, WG fulfills a social mission using a for-profit structure. This is an increasingly important branding strategy in both cannabis and the at-large business world.

Women Grow 

Women Grow was created in Denver, Colorado, in 2014, and serves as a catalyst for women to influence and succeed in the cannabis industry. As the end of marijuana prohibition in the U.S. comes into clearer focus, WG connects, educates, inspires, and empowers the next generation of leaders by creating programs, community, and events for a diverse set of business executives and leaders in all segments of the cannabis industry.

Together, members have started more than 1,000 women-owned businesses in the marijuana industry, and there are monthly events in 35 cities across the U.S. and Canada. A popular Speakers Bureau ensures diversity at industry events and in media coverage, and an online Video Education series creates timely access to relevant content.

The Summit

Women control 85 percent of consumer spending, so it isn’t a stretch to say that female consumers will also come to dominate cannabis purchasing decisions. Therefore, marijuana products and services that women love are bound to rise to the top. But women and minorities are substantially underrepresented in cannabis leadership roles. Hence the need for WGLS.

There were several overlapping threads to this year’s Summit, including equality (women and minorities are underrepresented in cannabis, especially in positions of power), leadership (including the benefits of being together for the Summit), diversity, and navigating the legal issues of cannabis as a mainstream business.

While there was some content distributed on Wednesday, January 31, it was confined to Women Grow Market Leadership and Women Grow Members and consisted primarily of a special workshop, a welcome reception, and a professional development session. Thursday kicked off bright and early with a series of lightning talks. All sorts of topics were covered in short order, including such notables as Climbing in Heels – The Art of Exceeding Self-Expectation, From Target to THC: Confessions of a Corporate-to-Cannabis Crossover, Diversity in Cannabis Report, How-To For Women (Cannabis 101), The Intercultural Conversation – Cannabis Between Cultures, and Why Science Matters.

Friday was devoted to breakout sessions, small panels that included topics such as Addressing Sexual Harassment in The Workplace, Big Brand Insights to Guide Your Canna-business Marketing, Know The Law, Cannabis & the Feminine, Careers in Cannabis After 50 – How to Market Yourself, Investing in the Cannabis Industry, and How Women Grow.

Was It Worth It?

Sister Kate, Sisters of the Valley, an organization that sustains farm operations and compassionate activism by making products for people in a spiritual environment, related that the spiritual healing environment of WGLS, “The entire two days were a euphoric walk in the clouds with angels on angel-missions. Except these angels are of the bad-ass-warrior variety, carrying the most beautiful combination of femininity and strength. Here I found women who do not deny their scars, nor make excuses for their victimizers. Here I met women who re-purpose their own suffering in order to better help and understand others – to better connect and heal others.”

As for her thoughts on how WG approaches empowering underrepresented groups, Sister Kate is not sure what they are doing, but they are doing it well, “because we were so pleased to see the mix of colors and genders and ethnicities and religious beliefs. It was a beautiful tapestry of color in the conference. The women of color that we spoke with – many have had terrible hardship to overcome. Amazing stories that made my life look like a cake-walk. Their pure-bred warrior strength and courage is something to salute and something that brought tears to my eyes. We will definitely be back every year.”

Just Show Up

Sister Kate further advises newbies to “Show up. Just show up. You will heal from the experience. You will be healed, you will be strengthened, you will leave a Viking Warrioress intent on claiming her own bliss. Just show up. That’s all you have to do. The energy bath is incredible and might remain with you the rest of your life.”

Toward that end, this year’s Women Grow Leadership Summit focused on transforming careers in the cannabis industry. At the end, attendees left with a plethora of meaningful connections and vital industry knowledge that should ignite much success.

Conclusion

While there were some significant changes in the command structure of Women Grow that were announced at the Summit (Dr. Chanda Macias, CEO of National Holistic Center, has been named as Women Grow’s new Chairwoman of the Board of Managers, and Garcia’s second-in-command, Director of Communications Gia Morón, will be assuming a new position as Executive Vice President), the organization’s mission remains the same – to empower women and others who want to make a difference in the world of legal cannabis. It’s a textbook example of how an impact investment approach can be a highly successful branding strategy while also doing good in the world.


Ben Weinberg, JD, MBA, the President of Ben Weinberg Consultants, has more than 30 years of experience in harnessing his creativity to tell your company’s story, including strategic and tactical marketing, sales, operational, and administrative consulting for small- and medium-size businesses across diverse industries such as law, medicine, wellness, leisure, and hospitality.

Wink-In-Weed: Cannabis Class Is In Session

By David Rheins 

Class is in session for participants in Washington’s legal cannabis trade.  Coming off of the collegial CCC show in Portland, Team MJBA is back in Western Washington this week continuing our quest to provide professional education and promote best business practices for our nascent industry.

Collaboration was the theme of CCC 2016

Collaboration was the theme of CCC 2016

On Tuesday, February 13th,  6-8:30 at the Factory Luxe  in Seattle, MJBA and NWMJ Law will present,“Managing Your 502 Business,” a 2-hour bootcamp designed to review essential business basics, tools and best practices that every I-502 licensed business should follow.  Attorney Anne Van Leynseele, NWMJ Law, will lead the this 2-hour interactive bootcamp, aided by a VIP Panel of cannabis business experts, including Norm Ives, Mosaic Insurance, CPA Dani Espinda, and business consultant Debbie Whitlock.

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Seating is limited, so reserve your place today!

Thursday, February 18 is the start of CannaCon,  a 3-day celebration of all things canna-business at Pier 91 on Seattle’s waterfront.  This year marks MJBA’s fourth CannaCon.   It has been truly amazing to witness as the show and the industry develop together. CannaCon founder Bob Smart was one of MJBA’s first business members, joining us back in the fall of 2013!

In preparation for the show, Bob, Dave Mesford and I paid a visit to KLAY 1180 AM last week, appearing on “The 411 on 420” talk show, hosted by Amy Ansel and Darrel Bowman.

The 411 on 420, hosted by Amy Ansel and Darrel Bowman

The 411 on 420, hosted by Amy Ansel and Darrel Bowman

Billed as “the world’s largest cannabis marketplace for products, services and ideas” the 2015 Seattle event claimed more than 11,000 attendees, over 200 exhibitors and 50 educational sessions, with over $6 million in business conducted on the floor.”  This year’s CannaCon promises to be even bigger, with a complete sell out of exhibitor booths, and an all-star lineup of speakers.  The event seminar schedule features three separate tracks: Cultivation, Technology and Business Development, and includes some of the industry’s top voices, including Ed RosenthalAh Warner, Megan Schwarting, Farmer Tom Lauerman, Aaron Pelley, Don Wirtshafter and Kyle Kushman

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I will have the honor of playing moderator for much of the Business Track sessions on Thursday and Friday.  We’ll cover a host of important topics. I’m particularly excited about our “Town Hall” session Thursday at 1PM with Washington’s top cannabis regulators: WSLCB Director Rick Garza, Washington Department of Agriculture’s Steve Fuller, and the Washington Department of Health’s Kristi Weeks.

MJBA’s Morgan will be moderating and participating on a Women in Cannabis Panel, along with Crystal Oliver, Danielle Rosellison, Sharon Whitson and Shawn DeNae.

Marijuana Channel One will be capturing all the excitement. Look for our live streaming and tweets, and our exclusive interviews with industry thought leaders here.

Women Leaders in Cannabis finds group to take Thanksgiving donations

OREGON:  A nonprofit trade organization based on philanthropy has reached out to help during the holiday – but had the offer turned down.

The group, “Women Leaders in Cannabis,” says it’s been denied several times.

The Eugene office of the Oregon Department of Human Services and two charities said “no” when the group wanted to donate turkey dinner baskets to clients in need.

But they finally found a group who said “yes”.

KindTree Autism Rocks is a volunteer group that celebrates people in the autism community.

When WLC said they wanted to donate food baskets, Autism Rocks was excited to receive them.

The group says they are not concerned about WLC’S association with cannabis.

“It’s more about, you know, let’s meet a need in this community and it’s an act of generous giving and passing forward,” said Vice President Molly Elliott of Autism Rocks.

 

Women At Work: No Old-Boys Network In New Field, Medical Marijuana Pioneers Say

ILLINOIS:  It’s an industry, they say, that’s too new to have a glass ceiling. And for many women, that’s a good reason to get into the booming legal marijuana business.

“There is no such thing as an old boys’ network in a new industry,” says Wendy Berger Shapiro, co-founder of a group called Illinois Women in Cannabis.

Berger Shapiro started the professional networking group with attorney Dina Rollman last August to “get women at the starting line at the same time as the men,” Rollman says. “So they’re not playing catchup, and they’re leading the industry, shoulder-to-shoulder with the men.”

With Illinois having legalized medical marijuana, seriously ill people who qualify could be able to obtain legal weed as soon as this fall, some predict.

Mother Jumps From Nagging to Bragging About Marijuana

Eight years ago, somewhere between scheduling play dates for my youngest and running our household I caught my 16-year old son smoking weed with a few friends. Upon discovering this scene, I became irate. What was he thinking? Hadn’t we talked about choosing not to use drugs? Was I being naive thinking my child would never… Whatever the case may be when it comes to teens and drugs, every mother fears for their child.

And my fears were further amplified since addiction ran in our family. Part of me felt my son was just being a typical teenager, experimenting. But the other part of me, my intuitive side, knew he was using this particular drug to escape his reality. You see both his father and step-father battled drug addiction and I feared the trickle-down effect.

My primal urge was to protect my child, thus I just couldn’t stand by and not punish my child for his choices. This began my campaign to complain and harp on how marijuana is a “gateway” drug, that is, a drug that increases the likelihood of using hard core drugs such as cocaine. Honestly, I believed the key to deterring marijuana use was to nag, nag, and nag some more.