Empire State of Cannabis is New York’s home for all things cannabis. We bring you the experts, activists, entrepreneurs, lawmakers, and trailblazers at the front of everything. The show dives deep into conversation around the challenges, successes, and stories that drive this industry forward. Learn about the science, business, social justice issues, law, history and more behind this ancient plant.
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Zach Sarkis is the founder of NYHempLab, an incubator for hemp businesses in Rochester, NY. You may know HempLab from their conferences and roundtables that bring leaders in academia and the industry together from across the state. Zach discusses the difficulty of transitioning their physical events to Zoom calls, barriers to entry for small and medium-sized businesses in cannabis, and the mission of HempLab.
Empire State of Cannabis is a weekly show where we dive into the stories behind New York's cannabis industry leaders.
Can the experience of being a diary farmer provide important insights for hemp producers?
This week we have Dylan Barber, a third generation dairy farmer who last summer planted two acres of hemp. We get an on-the-ground look at the crisis facing dairy farmers across the country, how the hemp markets have drawn some surprising parallels with an oversupply, and advice from Dylan for farmers looking to diversify with cannabis.
In this wide ranging conversation recorded in late February, New York State Assemblywomen Donna Lupardo describes the efforts to establish New York’s hemp research program and then five years later passing the landmark Hemp Extract Bill to protect the State’s industry from FDA influence and low quality products.
This week we interview Steven Phan, Co-Founder of Come Back Daily, one of the most well known CBD retail locations in NYC. We discuss how Steven's business has adapted to Covid-19 while being in the epicenter of the virus, how he came out to NYC from California and became involved in the legalization movement, and he gives some insight into his perspective of the supply chain issues in the CBD industry.
Brittany Carbone is the CEO and Founder of Tonic Vibes, a thriving cannabinoid wellness brand based in the Southern Tier. In this episode we talk about the work they’re doing to support workers on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19, her story of moving from Long Island to Upstate in growing the brand, the challenges of growing hemp for the first time, and the future for Tonic.
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