The WeedBudz Radio team was on the road yesterday for a wonderful grand opening celebration for Curaleaf in South Portland. This retail location is the first adult-use store for Curaleaf in the State of Maine. Located right across from the Maine Mall, behind Panera Bread and Dunkin Donuts it is very easy to get to, ample parking, and if you’re hungry there is plenty of food establishments around. The Curaleaf team kicked off the celebration with a $2,500 donation to Black-Owned Maine, whose “goals include rebranding Maine as a warm, inviting home to black entrepreneurs, land and homeowners, tourists, and cultural influencers.” After everyone had time to connect, and enjoy some Holy Donuts (pomegranate is by far the best) we toured the beautiful new showroom, made our purchases, and said our goodbyes, until next time! For more information on this location, address, hours of operation, or questions, visit https://curaleaf.com/dispensary/maine/curaleaf-me-south-portland/info
This year on 420 (April 20th, 2021) we celebrated by delivering WeedBudz Awards Season 2 to their amazing recipients in the great state of Maine. We had an absolutely amazing time celebrating the Maine cannabis community and we documented our journey in the video above so you could be a part of the special day as well.
We started our day in Southern Maine at High North where we had the privilege of honoring their budtender Riko, with the WeedBudz Best across America Budztender of the Year! Congratulations Riko for your commitment to excellence and service within the Cannabis community here in Maine and for setting an example to those across the country!
We then ventured up the hill to Grass Monkey and across the street to Highly CannaCo. Our last stop in South Portland, Maine was to crash the Seaweed Companies segment on Channel 8 WMTW to celebrate their live resin cartridge.
We left South Portland and journeyed to Wellness Connection or Portland Maine and then of Gardiner where we awarded Matt with WeedBudz best of Maine budtender. After Matt left to go see a Red Sox game we took our talents to Woolwich where we had one of the most fun stops of the day. Unfortunately, we had just missed Sayra but we were lucky enough to share some laughs and celebrate with Fred (Sayras dad) along with a few other family members. This is such a beautiful family business if you find yourself in Woolwich, Maine, be sure to stop by Farleys Cannabis Farm.
In order to celebrate the best edible and beverage product in Maine, we needed to drive to Lewiston so we could meet Phil and the incredible kitchen team at Small Batch Maine. If you are looking for a delicious and refreshing beverage you absolutely must stop at Small Batch Maine. From Apple Cider to Lemonade their seasonal beverage assortment is out of this world!
Our final stop of the day was at Highly CannaCo where we got to celebrate one of the very best brands in Maine with our friend Jennifer. Jennifer also accepted the awards on behalf of Derek who is a cultivation mastermind for Highly CannaCo and produces some amazing products!
After an early morning and long fun day driving across the state, Ethan and I finally made it back to his home in Millinocket to unwind and enjoy the day, ourselves. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a day like this and to celebrate those individuals that do amazing work in order to best serve their community and showcase the very best this industry has to offer.
At last, I want to thank you all personally for the opportunity to be a part of your community and for allowing me to use this platform in order to best document the history this industry is making each and every single day. Sincerely, Ry Russell
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Maryland’s 2021 Cannabis Legalization Conference Draws National Attention
Conference to address cannabis policy reform priorities for the 2021 General Assembly.
ANNAPOLIS, MD 02/01/2021 – The Maryland state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (Maryland NORML) is hosting the second annual state-wide conference for advocates, legislators, regulators, industry professionals, and cannabis consumers to discuss marijuana law reform priorities. This year’s conference is free, virtual, and appealing to a national audience interested in understanding more about Maryland’s plans for a legal, regulated adult use cannabis market.
“The marijuana prohibition policy is overtly racist, and fifty-seven percent of drug related arrests in Maryland are for marijuana; there can be no police or racial justice reform without full marijuana legalization. The harmful legacy of this racist policy is too costly to extend into another year of disproportionate police discretion.”
– Luke Jones, Director Maryland NORML
According to Maryland’s 2019 Uniform Crime Report, our police record more than fifteen-thousand marijuana possession arrests and nearly two-thousand arrests for marijuana sale or distribution each year – almost two marijuana arrests every hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – even though possession of less than 10 grams of the popular plant was decriminalized in 2014.
“Arresting people for marijuana possession serves no public interest and imposes significant burdens on Maryland families, their communities, and state resources,” said Maryland NORML Director Luke Jones, the conference organizer. “As Maryland moves closer to launching a legal commercial market for adults who choose to use cannabis responsibly, the practice of arresting people for marijuana possession makes no sense – especially while lawmakers are trying to find ways to automatically expunge most of these arrest records.”
“Considering the racist origin, intent, and effect of our prohibition era laws, the time to legalize marijuana use and possession by adults is long overdue.” – Luke Jones, Director, Maryland NORML
The Maryland Cannabis Policy Conference is free, online, and features an impressive lineup of speakers, including Delegate Jazz Lewis (D, Prince George’s County) and Senator Brian Feldman (D, Montgomery County) who are leading Maryland’s cannabis policy reform efforts in Annapolis. According to NORML, the legislation introduced by Del. Lewis would establish the most social equity conscious cannabis program in the country. “I would like to acknowledge both Sen. Brian Feldman and Del. Jazz Lewis for leading efforts in the state legislature to adopt a responsible version of Marijuana legalization. I have reviewed the draft language for this proposal they are pushing and want to especially note the strong social equity provisions to ensure that those communities and individuals that were most impacted by marijuana prohibition will be assured an opportunity to participate in the legal market. I expect your social equity provisions may prove to be a model other states will wish to mimic.” – Keith Stroup, NORML founder and legal council
Organizers designed the Maryland Cannabis Policy Conference to help attendees prepare to be effective policy reform advocates during this year’s cannabis legalization lobby campaign, which takes place virtually on February 9, 10, and 11. As of publication, more than 150 voters from 40 of Maryland’s 47 senate districts are pre-registered to lobby their elected representatives to end marijuana prohibition in Maryland during the current legislative session.
Judy Pentz founded Maryland NORML in 2014 and achieved the coveted “chapter of the year” award from the national organization one year later. “Elected officials work for us, and the people are ready to see this policy change. Meeting our representatives on zoom this year can make a real difference – people need to make their voices heard in the Annapolis.” – Judy Pentz, former Director, Maryland NORML
In addition to Sen. Feldman and Del. Lewis, other speakers include some of the most impactful voices for marijuana policy reform in Maryland: Sen. President Bill Ferguson (D, Baltimore City), chair of the General Assembly’s powerful Finance Committee and Marijuana Legalization Work Group; Sen. Will Smith (D, Montgomery County), chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee; Rajani Gudlavalleti, Director of Mobilization, Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition; Martin Mitchell, President, Prince George’s County Young Democrats; and Eric E. Sterling, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation (retired).
The quality of Maryland’s proposal to end marijuana prohibition, legalize responsible cannabis commerce, and target cannabis tax revenue investments to communities most impacted by prohibition has gained national attention. In addition to NORML founder Keith Stroup, Maryland’s 2021 Cannabis Policy Conference features Steven Hawkins, Executive Director, Marijuana Policy Project, Adam Eidinger, Social Action Director, Dr. Bronner’s, and Steve DeAngelo, an international cannabis reform leader.
The full Maryland Cannabis Legalization Conference 2021 agenda is available on the Eventbrite conference registration page.
Marijuana is legal for adults to buy and use in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington. Marijuana is also decriminalized in the District of Columbia, but Congress has prevented the District from establishing a legal commercial market.
Our next guest, Tyler Dodd, has had an extraordinary journey from homelessness to entrepreneur. Once, finding himself on the streets fighting for survival, and now finding himself in the Cannabis Industry fighting for his piece of the pie. When the Cannabis Industry was knocking on Oklahomas’ door, Tyler knew this was his opportunity. Tyler decided to jump in and get himself a cultivation license and from there became invested in other businesses and brands like Cookies and Tyson Ranch. Join us!
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There are many disciplines of the Cannabis industry that requires much education to really be considered a master and we would consider growing to be one of those disciplines. When we think about growing Cannabis, to some, it could seem like you plant seeds, and eventually, you will grow some flower. However, most of us know this is knot the case. When our friend, Tess Woods, from Tess Woods PR, called and asked if we would be interested in meeting a Master Grower, of course, we jumped at the opportunity. We are super excited for this episode where we get to learn from the Master Grower of the flagship subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corp, Tweed Inc. Ryan Douglas, has spent much of his adult life studying plants and building businesses and you do knot want to miss our chat! Ryan published a book titled, From Seed to Success to help us budding cannapreneurs make sense of growing operations and also break things down in a very digestible way. In this book, Ryan provides many amazing resources for prospective growers and entrepreneurs looking for help building their Infrastructure and developing the overall strategy.
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Guest: Ryan Douglas
From Seed to Success by Ryan Douglas
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Back in July of 2020, we were first introduced to our friend, Peter Vogel, and his Leafwire platform. We learned how to utilize the platform for Cannabis Industry networking and have made a lot of new friends. We have also found some of our most favorite guests due to networking on the Leafwire platform. Now as we look to conclude 2020 and gear up for a crazy 2021 business climate we thought It would be a perfect time to follow up with Peter and see what is new with Leafwire and also breakdown some ways we Cannapreneurs can get ready for business in a new year!
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On this episode of WeedBudz Radio, we had the tremendous honor of meeting up with Joseph Sorbello PA-C, a Medial Marijuana Professional that not only helps individuals obtain a Medical Marijuana Card in the state of Maine but also does so in a refurbished ambulance. When our host, Ry, moved back to Maine, Ry had to trade in his Ohio Medical Program Card for a card in his home state of Maine. Having gone through a challenging process in Ohio, Ry was surprised how effective and efficient the process was not just in Maine, but with Joseph specifically. Ry explained how Joe makes everyone feel safe and comfortable, which is critical when working with patients, of course. Joe, also makes sure that you feel comfortable exploring products and safely consuming them. Ry could not say enough about how awesome Joe Sorbello is and how cool his mobile unit is and we were so grateful Joe joined us for this awesome episode of WeedBudz Radio, Join us!
Guest: Joseph Sorbello PA-C
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As the Cannabis industry continues to grow rapidly, we find more and more job openings looking for all-stars to fill in the gaps. Our host, Ry Russell, loves seeing people make the jump from “traditional” industries into the Cannabis sector. In this episode of WeedBudz Radio, Ry asked, Taurin to join the show and share his experiences making the shift from Luxury Retail to running a Cannabis dispensary. Taurin is a legend in retail and he made the brilliant pivot into Cannabis, and he is bringing those skills and Industry-leading customer service to this field. Ry along with dear friend and partner; Melissa Stapley of Pro 9 Ventures and MJ Hybrid Solutions had the pleasure of visiting Taurin, in his element at the beautiful Skokie, Illinois Greenhouse.
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Guest: Taurin Lyons
Host: Ry Russell
Taig Rehmel of Ashville Craft Cannabis joins WeedBudz Radio to talk about their growing business and their incredible line of products. From a young age, Taig knew that his journey in life probably was not going to be a “traditional” one. He is a man of the world and of this Earth. He started learning about agriculture from a young age and knew that he found his community. After finding his team, Taig set out to create beautiful products that are so much more than consumable, they are pieces of art. With the holidays coming up, we have the stress of flying and travel; along with the uncertainty of what to gift to those tricky members of our family and our friends. Luckily, Taig and the team at Ashville Craft Cannabis have the only flight you will need this holiday season, and if you use code WeedBudz at check out you can save yourself some coin.
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Guest: Taig Rahmel
Ashville Craft Cannabis
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Jason Cragholm of QualSCORE joins WeedBudz Radio and introduces us to the QualSCORE platform. QualSCORE is setting out to normalize the quality standards of the Cannabis industry. Measuring everything from product quality to customer service, Jason and QualSCORE make it very easy to measure “Happy Happy Customers” and identify problem areas within one’s business for a quick resolution. In addition to QualSCORE, Jason is also the Founder of the weekly podcast and Internet show the GOX-BOX, referring to the “Group of Experts”, which airs live every Friday, and each episode is uploaded to the archives of their LinkedIn group. If you are an expert be sure to join the group here!