Customer Engagement and Text Marketing with Respond Flow

Matt Morfopoulos of Respond Flow joins us on WeedBudz Radio to discuss the success of text message marketing for cannabis businesses. Whether your business is a dispensary, cultivator, or has customer-facing facets to the business there are significant upsides to introducing a text message marketing campaign. Text message marketing still has one of the highest conversion rates of all communication channels with customers. You can easily push promotions, surveys, and even have two-way conversations with clients and prospects. Tune In and hear how Matt and respond flow can help increase your text message marketing success today!

Guest: Matt Morfopoulos
Respond Flow 

Host: Ry Russell

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Your Ticket to MJBizCon with Pamela Moore

Many entrepreneurs and professionals of the Cannabis industry would tell you that Marijuana Business Daily’s MJ BIZ CON is the largest event of the year, and one, that most are eagerly waiting for. So often, entrepreneurs are In the middle of the grind that Industry expos like this are really excuses for us to get out, expand our network, and learn as much as we possibly can. Unfortunately, the physical aspect of BizCon this year has been so 2020’d, as we attempt to turn this year in time into a descriptive past tense word of the future. However, with the physical conference going away, our friends at Marijuana Business and Hemp Industry Daily have taken this world-class event entirely virtual, and you are Invited.

Our guest, Pamela Moore, VP of Marijuana Business Daily, joins the show to share some of the exciting opportunities coming up and as well as giving us a little gift to share with our community; be sure to use code “PR3BIZCON2020” to take a little off the top and help you join us for some incredibly exciting sessions and networking opportunities at this year virtual MJ BIZ CON. 

Guest: Pamela Moore, VP MJBizDaily

Host: Ry Russell

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Cannabis Marketing, Research, and Data with Lara Fordis

In this episode of WeedBudz Radio, we are going to learn about the importance of marketing research, analytics, and data. To help us understand how to properly execute a focus group and things to consider in order for us to learn the most about our business and prospects before a costly start-up launch; Lara Fordis will educate us on some important steps. Tune in to this amazing chat with Lara of Fordis Consulting.

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Host: Ry Russell

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CannaOne, keeping us together with CannaGrow Harvest Cultivation and CannaVest USA

With the successful conclusion of CannaCosmo’s health and beauty expo, CannaOne continues to strive for connectedness in this virtual world. CannaOne is a leader in the Cannabis event and networking space bringing people together from all over the world to learn and build relationships in order to grow their business. The resources and tools one can find when attending events like these are simply incredible. CannaCosmos’ early success has the entire team excited to bring it back again, early next year.

 In this episode of WeedBudz Radio, we are excited for Maya to return to us and share even more exciting news about all of the ways to stay connected and learn from our peers in the coming months.

Coming right up is an event that our growers and cultivation friends will not want to miss. October 29th and 30th all of us at WeedBudz Radio and CannaOne will be attending CannaGrow Harvest. Be sure to register here:

With our event schedule in October coming to a close, we are excited to look at November.

In November, CannaOne is bringing us to CANNAVEST USA, on the 17th and 18th. Whether you are a first-time cannabis Investor or a seasoned professional, this is the event for you. Registration for this event is live over at

Join us and do not miss out on all of the virtual action!

Guest: Maya Roffler

Host: Ry Russell

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The Green Renaissance with Julie Chiariello

Joining our host, Ry Russell on WeedBudz Radio we are excited to introduce Julie Chiariello.
As a woman in business leadership for the last 26 years, Julie has enjoyed bringing green, cutting edge products successfully to market and empowering others to succeed. Julie is a medical user, an herbalist, and believe in the use and protection of herbal medicines in all their forms. Julie is a champion of a new style of business that upholds the tenets of sustainability, empowered consumerism, philanthropy, and more intelligent use of our collective resources.

Julie has built many successful sales teams of various companies within the yoga, health, and wellness industries. Julie also successfully centered the Cannabis market in the vaporizer manufacturing segment 15 years ago, where she cultivated a global network of friends and activists. In her travels, Julie heard stories that have touched and enraged her and has moved her to action within her work as Co-owner and Editor-in-Chief at SKUNK Magazine. Julie and Skunk Magazine are empowering small businesses to succeed and giving a voice to the unseen and unheard that continue to suffer and be torn apart by this heinous public crime. Julie has devoted herself to what she calls the green renaissance.  Tune in and join us to learn more about Julie, Skunk Magazine, and become part of the Green Renaissance.

Guest: Julie Chiariello

Host: Ry Russell

Investing in People with Griff Conti

From the outside looking in on the Cannabis Community, it is easy to understand why it is the individual people that make up the heart and soul of any successful business. For someone like our next guest, Griff Conti, understanding people is all in a day’s work. Griff is a very successful recruiter for the Bradsby Group, entrepreneur, and Investor. Like any entrepreneurial-minded individual Griff is a big fan of keeping his mind busy with various projects. However, he doesn’t want to invest in just any project, he wants to invest in projects that celebrate people and put the community at the center of decision making. When Griff was looking for his next Investment it is easy to understand why he partnered with a team like Franny’s Farmacy to become an Owner and Operator of their new flagship retail store in the historic Bedford Square in downtown Westport, Connecticut. Join us!

Guest: Griff Conti
Franny’s Farmacy

Host: Ry Russell

Understanding Cannabis Consumption Lounges with The Highspitality Group

As the Cannabis Industry continues to expand and look for new ways to engage customers there is one venue type that is just beginning to emerge as regulators start to evaluate the social aspects of consumption. We Invited our friends from The Highspitality Group to Introduce this emerging business model to us and explain how they can help you navigate everything from licensing and training to business planning and store design. Join our Host with guests Sara Stewart and Nina Lewis and see if you are the next Cannabis Lounge Entrepreneur.

Visit to book an appointment with Sara and Nina today!

Host: Ry Russell

Presented by Knot Plastic™️

Alex Coccaro, Conscious Consumer, Entrepreneur and Design Kush Superstar

Our friends are Design Kush told us that due to our love for sustainability that we absolutely needed to meet Alex Coccaro. Wow, were they right! Alex explains to Ry how he was able to limit the amount of trash he was disposing of monthly to a single bag of trash. Join us and get some tips from Alex on things you can do to be a more conscious consumer and how a beer and beverage professional got into the budding cannabis Industry.

Guest: Alex Coccaro 

Host: Ry Russell

If you are interested in being contacted by a member of the Design Kush team please fill out this short form!

CannaCosmo Health + Beauty Virtual Expo. September 29-30, 2020.

In this episode of WeedBudz Radio we invited Maya from the Cannaone team to join us and share all of the amazing details about their upcoming CannaCosmo event brought to us by CannaOne. Maya has a rich history in the media space and knows that all of us are struggling to network and find some much needed social interaction. These virtual conferences are a great way to meet new people, learn a new skill, and live a happier and healthier lifestyle. Be sure to check out the details below in our notes and claim your FREE ticket, simply because you are a member of the WeedBudz Family. 


Attend the CannaCosmo Health + Beauty Virtual Expo. September 29-30, 2020. 

Shop products, learn the latest trends in CBD + HEMP, and chat with the Founders of these top brands.









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Guest: Maya RofflerCannaone / CannaCosmo

Host: Ry Russell, WeedBudz Radio / Knot Plastic 

Strategic Partnerships and Marketing with Ellyn Weitzman

Our next guest, Ellyn Weitzman is the Director of Marketing and Partnerships for the new Franny’s Farmacy franchise located in the heart of beautiful Westport, Connecticut. Ellyn has been around health, wellness, and media for quite some time and found a home at Franny’s Farmacy where all of her passions can work together. Opening a retail store on its own is challenging enough but opening a store during a global pandemic, is even more challenging. Ellyn and the team have utilized their connections and strategic relationships to quickly make a name for themselves within their local market. If you want to find out some creative ways your brick and mortar store can promote without breaking the bank, you will want to tune into this episode, Ellyn shares a lot of value about how to get your brand out into the community. 

Guest: Ellyn Weitzman of Franny’s Farmacy

Host: Ry RussellWeedBudz Radio / Knot Plastic 

Left to Right: Ellyn Weitzman, Michael Mejer, Ry Russell, Griff Conti