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CannaList Conversations with M. Patrick Doherty

CannaList Conversations with M. Patrick Doherty

By M. Patrick Doherty
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CannaList Conversations with Michael Schwamm, a Corporate Partner at Duane Morris LLP.
We recently sat down with Michael whose practice at Duane Morris has a concentration in cannabis law. As a former general counsel for a telecommunications service provider, he guides clients with a practical, business-centered perspective. What his clients appreciate most about him is my ability to understand their business goals and focus our time together on what matters most to them. He takes the time to get to know his clients, who rely on his knowledge of the financial services, consumer/retail, technology, entertainment, healthcare services, manufacturing, sports and telecom, and cannabis industries to help realize their objectives. #cannabis #cannabisindustry
July 03, 2022
CannaList Conversations with Omar Figueroa
We had a chance to sit down with attorney Omar Figueroa.   Lawyer, author, and corporate director with more than twenty-three years of experience practicing cannabis law in California and degrees from Stanford Law School and Yale University.   Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association and the California Cannabis Tourism Association who studied corporate governance at Wharton and regularly teaches Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses to lawyers. Chapter Leader of the Sonoma County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.   A volunteer member of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts Board of Directors. As a member of Ganjier Circle, Omar helped develop a curriculum for cannabis sommeliers and a Systematic Assessment Protocol for judging fine cannabis and concentrates.
June 25, 2022
CannaList Conversations - Firestarters with Steve Scheier
We recently sat down with Steve. He develops the leaders in cannabis that everyone wants and needs. Why? Because everyone is counting on leaders in cannabis to change the world, build their companies and achieve financial success. We help you do that by focusing on your leadership and organizational culture and helping you build a network of industry experts to catapult your business.  Steve Scheier is an author, leadership cultivator, and speaker.  His latest book "Power Up" offers insights to today’s cannabis and hemp operators so they can better understand power, improve their leadership, and achieve their goals. On his webcast series "Firestarters," Steve interviews the movers and shakers in the cannabis industry, discussing developments, achievements, leadership, power, and many cannabis-related topics.
June 23, 2022
CannaList Conversations with Jennifer Whetzel, Founder & Author, Women in Cannabis Study
We had the pleasure of chatting with Jennifer and her work with the Women in Cannabis Study.   The cannabis industry lacks recent, comprehensive data on diversity and inclusion. The WomenInCannabis.Study presents a unique opportunity to understand and document women’s roles and experiences in the emerging, male-dominated $10 Billion USD cannabis industry.
June 14, 2022
CannaList Conversations with Brian Ross of The Ross report
We recently sat down with Brian Ross.   Brian is an experienced attorney serving the cannabis industry. He is also the author of The Ross Report.   In The Ross Report, technology and cannabis law partner, Brian Ross recaps important cannabis and hemp stories – laws, news, and trends.  The goal is to help keep you up to speed in this fast-moving industry.    To subscribe, email Brian at
June 04, 2022
CannaList Conversations with Branding Bud
We sit down with David Paleschuck - author of Branding Bud. What makes a cannabis brand successful? What techniques do companies use to brand and market their products? What segments have been established? In Branding Bud: The Commercialization of Cannabis, David Paleschuck answers these questions, digging deep into this evolving industry to uncover what both small companies and large corporations are doing to introduce their products to the hearts and minds of cannabis consumers. The results of his exploration may surprise you. Branding Bud showcases the exciting range of products that cannabis consumers will be able to buy in a local dispensary once legalization comes to their state. The book offers a comprehensive overview and contextualization of this new segment, examining the multitude of emerging brands, their creative assets, the strategies behind them, and the political, legal, and cultural aspects of cannabis that inform the brand landscape of today. This book is a must-read for entrepreneurs, investors, marketers, designers, and anyone interested in the rapidly growing cannabis industry. Video at
May 31, 2022
CannaList Conversations – Robert Hoban & Sander Zagzebski
These gentlemen are lawyers that are leading some of the efforts in the cannabis industry. Bob has been around for a while, is well known in the cannabis circles as sort of a lead when it comes to cannabis and the law. He’s one of the first cannabis policy instructors at the University of Denver. He recently, his firm was acquired by a larger firm, and they can talk about that. Sander is in the LA office, and Bob is in Denver. Sander is an M&A guy – acquisitions, mergers, that type of activity.  Bob Hoban sits at the center of the world’s largest commercial cannabis industry network, a cannabis industry ecosystem that he has painstakingly cultivated since 2008. Since the cannabis industry became commercialized, he has been widely credited for creating the class of lawyers now known as “cannabis attorneys.” He is known for the tremendous value that he places in his relationships and is not satisfied unless he can help his business clients thrive in this burgeoning global industry, an industry he has played a significant role in establishing. In addition, Bob has earned a reputation as a cannabis industry dealmaker representing start-ups, entrepreneurs, and companies in all stages of development. Mr. Hoban has truly transcended the practice of law and is regularly involved in assembling and structuring large-scale cannabis industry M&A transactions. Above all else, Bob is a cannabis industry expert. Sander Zagzebski is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Cannabis Industry Group at Clark Hill LLP. he is a transactional corporate/securities lawyer and represents clients in capital raising transactions (private and public offerings of debt and equity, including venture capital investments and private equity investments); mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and other change-of-control transactions; joint ventures and strategic alliances; debt restructurings and workouts; and general corporate, partnership and LLC matters.
May 15, 2022
CannaList Conversations with Nick Richards
We sit down with Nick Rodgers. He is a Partner in the Tax practice group at Greenspoon Marder LLP. He represents individuals and businesses in tax audits & trials, M&A, in managing tax debt, and he advises cannabis companies, owners, and investors regarding tax and regulatory compliance matters. Mr. Richards has been a tax attorney for more than twenty years beginning his career with the IRS where he was a leading trial attorney, a Chief Counsel advisor, and a Special Assistant United States Attorney.
May 10, 2022
CannaList Conversations with Katy Young of Astra Law Group
We recently sat down with Katy Young to discuss the legal aspects facing the Cannabis Industry, the International Cannabis Association, Social Equity programs, and much more. Katy is the Managing Partner at Ad Astra Law Group, LLP – a fun and diverse group of lawyers focused on litigation matters in the areas of business, employment, real estate, and intellectual property. In addition, some of our attorneys handle select transactional issues, such as human resources advising, business advising, contract matters, trademark, and estate planning services. She is currently serving as the President of The International Cannabis Bar Association (formerly the National Cannabis Bar Association). Formed in 2015 by a group of lawyers who saw a need to educate and connect with other cannabis industry lawyers to provide excellent, ethical, and advanced legal assistance to this growing industry. The INCBA strives to improve the level of legal service available to the cannabis industry and to make the everyday practice of law for the attorneys serving this industry more efficient, more secure, and more accessible through educational events, an international network of the most experienced legal counsel in cannabis, and advocacy for the legal profession and those engaged therein. Katy offers us a primer of the legal landscape of the California Cannabis industry.
April 30, 2022
CannaList Conversations with Philip Wolf, CEO of Cultivating Spirits
We had a chance to sit down with Philip and discuss his Cannabis Pairing Dinners, The Cannabis Wedding Expos, and more.   Established in 2014, Cultivating Spirits is the first company in the United States to offer culinary cannabis experiences to the public. We specialize in crafting, hosting, and producing private cannabis pairing dinners—perfect for special events, bachelor or bachelorette parties, or company gatherings. These unparalleled celebrations are great for bringing friends, family, and colleagues closer together for a rarefied experience.
April 15, 2022
CannaList Conversations with Alan Brochstein, Founder of 420 Investor & New Cannabis Ventures
We chatted with Alan about the Cannabis industry in 2021 and look ahead to 2022.    Alan is the founder of 420 Investor, an online community featuring ideas, research, and conversation about stocks in the cannabis industry, and NCV Media, the company behind New Cannabis Ventures, a publicly facing curated content aggregation site focusing on the most promising companies and investors in the space.   He is focused on only the cannabis industry and helps investors find the most promising public and private companies in the space while helping legitimate companies boost their exposure with potential investors, strategic partners, B2B customers, and the media.
March 31, 2022
CannaList Conversations with Peter Homberg, Head of European Cannabis Sector Group at Dentons
We caught up with Peter Homberg, Head of the European Cannabis Sector Group at Dentons.   As Germany moves to adult-use, we speak with the man who has been at the center of Germany's cannabis movement.
March 15, 2022
Cannalist Conversations with Grace Blest-Hopley of Heroic Hearts UK
I had the chance to sit down with Dr. Grace Blest-Hopley of Heroic Hearts UK to talk about using psychedelics to help veterans with PTSD.    Heroic Hearts Project offers a proprietary program to veterans who are interested in pursuing psychedelic treatment options. We primarily work with ayahuasca retreat centers due to the powerful effect it has shown to have on healing PTSD. Our program has been designed to ensure veterans get the most out of this valuable opportunity and are set up for success when they return home. We also provide financial scholarships to veterans who are struggling financially. To date, we have provided more than $200,000 in support to veterans applicants.
February 28, 2022
CannaList Conversations with Lars Müller, CEO of SynBiotic SE
We chat with Lars about the legalization of adult-use in Germany and all the exciting things going on at SynBiotic.    The SynBiotic SE ecosystem continues to grow and thrive.  12 companies with fantastic founders and teams working day by day towards our collective vision - to unlock the power of cannabinoids to heal modern world diseases.
February 15, 2022
CannaList Conversations with Jeffrey Graham, CEO, Pistil Data
We sat down with Jeffrey to talk about their latest round of funding and what's in store for pistil going forward.    Pistil is a secret weapon for cannabis sales teams.  Pistil's platform makes it easy for cannabis brands of all sizes to get into new stores, expand their shelf space and get faster re-orders.  Pistil makes selling cannabis easier. The company gives clients new revenue opportunities and simplifies the complex cannabis market by providing information that helps the industry grow. Pistil analyzes billions of data points every day, giving brands the intelligence they need to get in new stores, expand shelf space, and get faster re-orders.
January 31, 2022
CannaList Conversations with Lauren Mundell, Chief Vision Officer at Hi-Curious
We sit down with Lauren to explore her transition from Madison Avenue to Cannabis-friendly colorado and the launch of Hi-Curious.   Hi-Curious helps wellness consumers who are curious about cannabis find advocates, experts, brands, and people like them to learn from without fear of stigma from their friends, family, and network. Hi-Curious is an interactive media network available on both App Stores. We provide influencers, dispensaries, brands, advocates, and entrepreneurs a platform to attract, engage and monetize their communities without fear of being censored or shut down.
December 02, 2021
CannaList Conversations with João Taborda da Gama, Founding Partner - Gama Glória
João  is a founding partner of Gama Glória and Senior Advisor at the Albright Stonebridge Group. Scholar, lawyer, and investor with a passion for regulatory challenges. Ex political advisor to the President and ex-Secretary of State for Local Government.  We talked about the current state of Cannabis in Portugal.
November 30, 2021
CannaList Conversations with Peter Dolving, CEO of Svenska Verde
Peter and I talk about the challenges facing the European cannabis ecosystem and the opportunities that lie ahead.   Svenska Verde AB is a Swedish pharmaceutical & MedTech development company specializing in cannabinoid APIs.
November 18, 2021
CannaList Conversations - Exploring Portugal with Steven Arthur George
Steven is an ex-pat living in Lisbon. After a stint with Tilray, he decided to go out on his own and start an advisory firm, Kaya Advisors, for Cannabis companies in Portugal looking to enter or expand in the EU marketplace.
November 11, 2021
CannaList Conversations with Dan Goldstein
Good morning; we are here today with Dan Goldstein of, which is quite a mouthful. Welcome, and we appreciate you spending some time with us. Can you tell us a bit of when you started the business and why you started it? I’ve been consulting in the privacy and data security area for many years and recently started cannabis privacy and security because we’ve seen a need in that industry, which I believe isn’t even recognized by many industry people. That need is the need to protect purchasers’ data, particularly cannabis products, and make sure that they’re informed of the use of their data and that they’re protecting the rights they have.
November 04, 2021
CannaList Conversations with Brett Puffenbarger, FOCUS - Foundation Of Cannabis Unified Standards
We recently had a chance to catch up with Brett to talk about his work at FOCUS.   Founded in 2014 as The Cannabis Health and Safety Organization, FOCUS addresses the many shortcomings in quality, safety, and consistency that became evident with the explosive growth of the global legal cannabis industry. FOCUS is an international, non-profit cannabis standards development & third-party certification organization dedicated to protecting public health, consumer safety, and safeguarding the environment.   FOCUS is not an advocacy organization nor an industry trade association. FOCUS does not accept membership dues or fees for standards development. This autonomy fosters a principled, objective environment that serves end-users, providing an impartial bridge between industry and regulatory.   FOCUS Standards provide current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) guidelines for all critical areas of the cannabis industry, including Cultivation, Retail, Extraction, Infused Products, Laboratory, Security, Sustainability, and Packaging & Labeling.   The FOCUS certification process is designed around proven processes for quality and safety. FOCUS certification is a partnership designed to help cannabis businesses achieve their goals and vision, improve efficiency, remain compliant, and minimize risks.   Learn more at
October 28, 2021
CannaList Conversations with Henning von Koss, CEO – PharmaCielo
We recently sat down with PharmaCielo‘s CEO, Henning von Koss, to discuss why they chose to grow in Colombia. With fertile soil, perfect equatorial sunlight, and natural water sources from the mountains around Rionegro, PharmaCielo has created one of the world’s best natural cannabis cultivation facilities producing the world’s purest cannabis.
July 07, 2021
CannaList Conversations with Oren Shuster, CEO at IMC
IMC is an MCO in the medical and adult-use recreational cannabis sector, headquartered in Israel and with operations In Israel, Germany, and Canada. Over the past decade, the Company believes that the IMC brand has become synonymous with quality and consistency in the Israeli medical cannabis market. The Company has also expanded its business to offer intellectual property-related services to the medical cannabis industry.  In Europe, IMC operates through Adjupharm, a German-based subsidiary, and EU GMP-certified medical cannabis processor and distributor. IMC’s European presence is augmented by strategic alliances with various pan-European EU-GMP cultivators and distributors to capitalize on the increased demand for medical cannabis products in Europe and bring the IMC brand and its product portfolio to European patients.
May 31, 2021
CannaList Conversations - HolyWorld is a leading producer of cannabis derived products in Switzerland and Europe.
We chatted with the folks at Holyworld about CBD and some of the challenges of expanding through Europe.  Holyworld SA. is a leading producer of cannabis-derived products in Switzerland and Europe. They are actively involved in helping modernize and innovate in the global cannabis industry.   Founded in January 2018 by dynamic entrepreneurs, Holyworld is now a subsidiary of one of the world’s biggest Cannabis conglomerates, MPXI Corporation. They are in search of excellence and opportunities made possible by an emerging global industry. Consumer experience is at the heart of everything they do to ensure MPXI brands reflect current enthusiasts' tastes and preferences and future customers.  All of their flowers are certified, 100% Swiss Made, tobacco, and additive-free.  Their plants are grown on the shores of Lake Geneva with facilities located between the lake the Alps.
April 13, 2021