Hosted by adam p. kolbach
THE HIGHER ENLIGHTENMENT CANNABIS PODCAST
The Higher Enlightenment Cannabis Podcast was created to discuss everything cannabis. Whether it be industry insider insights, tips for your cannabis business, cannabis news from around the world, or cannabis pop culture and lifestyle topics you can hear it on the podcast. Our end goal is to entertain as well as enlighten those interested in the new cannabis industry.
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In this episode of the Higher Enlightenment Podcast, our host interviews industry experts Kieryn Wang from Almost Consulting and Courtney Wu from Amnesia Media. They discuss the effect mass incarceration and the war on drugs have had on the cannabis industry. They also cover the lack of representation of BIPOC in the cannabis industry, how the industry can make an effort to employ more consciously, and what the industry is already doing to foster inclusion.
On this episode of the Higher Enlightenment Podcast we are discussing Emerging Cannabis States and Cannabis Markets with Stephanie Till, Founder and CEO, of Green Rush Indexed Data and also leads the MIRA Project. The M.I.R.A. Project is the collection effort to build M.I.R.A., the Marijuana Industry Research Archive. We also have Peter Privo, Senior Business Consultant of BridgeWest CPAs. We talk through the effects that COVID-19 has had on cannabis legalization and which states have decided to get cannabis on their ballots!
The Veteran's Day Podcast
The Veteran’s Day Podcast
For this episode of the Higher Enlightenment Podcast, we are discussing the Cannabis Industry Experience as a Veteran. We are speaking with our own HYC veterans Jesse Larson, Design Build Project Manager and Matt O’Neil, Hemp Specialist, with the special guest Joshua Littrell from Veterans For Cannabis. Each with amazing stories and insight this podcast on a veteran’s experience in the cannabis industry is one you soon won’t forget! Thank you for your service!
The Illinois Debacle
The Illinois Debacle
On this episode of the Higher Enlightenment Podcast, we are discussing the Illinois Licensing Debacle. The Illinois Licensing Debacle is a huge issue in regard to the application process for social equity applicants in IL that is ongoing with little coverage. We have brought our Higher Yields Consulting experts to speak on this and shed some light on the situation.
Cory Waggoner – Founder & CEO
Dionne Carroll – HYC Design and Build Team Engineer
Emily Seelman – Senior Technical Writer, Licensing and Legal
Mercedes Woods – Government Relations Coordinator
Marissa Cortes – Compliance Director
Listen in to hear what HYC is doing to help these applicants with our newest service, The Pivot Program!
Legalization Vs. Decriminalization
In this episode of Higher Enlightenment Podcast, our panel of industry experts such as Kris Teegardin, former mayor of Edgewater, Colorado, as well as Stephanie Till, cannabis industry researcher and historian, and Emily Seelman, the senior technical writer here at Higher Yields.. They are also joined by Cory Waggoner, CEO of Higher Yields Consulting, Jim Marty, CEO of Bridgewest CPA’s, and Peter Privo, a consultant for Bridgewest LLC. They touch on the technical differences between decriminalization and legalization, rescheduling vs de-scheduling for legalization, and debate the possible consequences of each on both the cannabis industry and the individual consumer. They also discuss other topics, such as which states they think are approaching the issue most effectively, and what could be done better.
Marketing & Branding From the BIPOC Perspective
In this episode of our Higher Enlightenment Podcast, our host Tess Yancey brings on Kieryn Wang of ALMOSTCONSULTING, a women-owned and oriented consulting firm, as well as Courtney Wu of AMNESIA media, an expert on compliance, AI, and marketing for cannabis and CBD based influencers. All three are social-equity-minded women of color, speaking on issues involving BIPOC and self-identifying womxn in today’s thriving cannabis industry.
Issues touched on include mindful marketing and branding for companies that target BIPOC in both employment and advertising, as well as how businesses can engage in spaces where inclusivity is lacking while working to increase inclusivity and diversity. Additionally, Courtney, Kieryn, and Tess cover the best ways for businesses and brands to diversify in ways that are original and authentic, matching intention with impact, and avoiding performative practices and righteous allyship (in both social and business engagements) for non-BIPOC business owners and members.
As well as ethical business practices in the realm of social equity, Kieryn and Courtney discuss cannabis businesses that are either already making strides in accountability, inclusivity, and representation, but also other BIPOC owned and operated businesses. For more information, check out ALMOSTCONSULTING and Cannaclusive’s database, InclusiveBase, a collaborative effort to highlight BIPOC owned cannabis/ ancillary businesses, as well as businesses that are keeping their business and their actions accountable.
Social Equity and Diversity in the Cannabis Industry
On this double-length episode we speak with Erik Range of Minorities for Medical Marijuana and HYC about social equity and diversity in the cannabis industry. The second half of our episode features a round table with other members of HYC.
Erik Range – Director of Social Equity HYC and Minorities for Medical Marijuana
John Valdez – HYC Vice President
Mercedes Woods – Compliance HYC
Keith Gigliotti – Director of Marketing and Design HYC
Minorities for Medical Marijuana:
International Cannabis Happy Hour
On this episode our CEO and founder, Cory Waggoner, speaks with some of our friends, partners, and clients across the globe.
Our guests include:
Rutger John Hayben (“RJ”) (Netherlands/European Union): RJ lives in the Netherlands and has been a leading member for the development of the “cannabis test program” that includes 10 LP licenses. He hopes that this program can create a scalable framework to be replicated across the European Union.
Hector Franco (Mexico): Hector has worked as a politician in Mexico and last year worked with the government to develop the regulations and standards for cannabis and hemp in Mexico. Hector has had a ton of success in Mexico and just last week opened his first store.
Carl Esprey (UK): CEO and Founder of Euro-Cann and Afri-Cann. Last year Carl began to develop a cannabis manufacturing operation spanning from Africa to Europe and is currently seeking other opportunities across the globe.
Randall Lee(Canada): Randall is located in Canada and has helped HYC with licensing applications.
Erik Range (USA – Florida): Erik is a board member and chapter leader of the Minorities for Medical Marijuana here in the USA and has been an advocate for social equity across the USA for the cannabis industry.
COVID-19 and Commercial Cannabis Real Estate
Our host, Adam speaks with our guests today about the commercial cannabis real estate market and how it’s been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Our guests include:
Kris Teegardin – HYC’s Director of Government Affairs
Shannon Bustos – Real Estate Team Manager & Executive Account Manager
John Valdez – HYC Vice President and Director of Real Estate
Mark Fisher – HYC Real Estate Partner
HOW CANNABIS CAN BOOST LOCAL ECONOMIES
On this episode of the podcast our host Adam P. Kolbach discusses the impact of legal cannabis on local economies with our team of experts. They discuss topics like job creation, tax revenue, how cannabis empowers non-cannabis businesses, and much more.
John Valdez – Vice President & Real Estate Director at HYC
Jim Marty – CEO & Founder of Bridge West CPAs
Kris Teegardin – Director of Government Relations at HYC and the Mayor of the 1st town to codify cannabis
Mark Fisher – Partner of HYC’s Real Estate Network
HOW HIGHER YIELDS CANNABIS IS ADJUSTING TO COVID-19
On this episode of the podcast our host, Adam, presents a round table discussion with the Higher Yields Cannabis Team. They discuss the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on both their personal and work lives. They also touch on what they are experiencing in the industry and how they keep sane.
Cory Waggoner – Founder and CEO
John Valdez – Vice President & Real Estate Director
Marissa Cortes – Compliance Director
Jay Fentress – Director of Business Development
Kris Teegardin – Director of Government Relations
Adam P. Kolbach – Podcast Host & Creative Design Team
Keith Gigliotti – Marketing & Creative Design Teams
Cannabis Business Security 101 with Derek Porter
Our host, Adam Kolbach, had a chance to sit down with Derek Porter recently to discuss the basics of Cannabis Business Security for beginners. Derek is a partner with Cannabis Security Experts (https://www.cannabissecurityexperts.com/) and also the owner of Dynamic Warriors (https://dynamicwarriors.com/).
Cannabis Licensing 101 - Part 2 of 2
On the second episode of the Higher Enlightenment Cannabis Podcast our host, Adam P. Kolbach, discusses Cannabis Licensing 101. Our guests are Emily Seelman, Higher Yields Lead Application Writer and Licensing Guru. Cory Waggoner, the Founder and CEO of HYC, will also be joining us to discuss some of the basic services that can help individuals seeking out a cannabis license.
Cannabis Licensing 101 - Part 1 of 2
On the first ever episode of the Higher Enlightenment Cannabis Podcast our host, Adam P. Kolbach, discusses Cannabis Licensing 101. Our guests are Emily Seelman, Higher Yields Lead Application Writer and Licensing Guru. Cory Waggoner, the Founder and CEO of HYC, will also be joining us to discuss some of the basic services that can help individuals seeking out a cannabis license.