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Inside The Ecosystem

Inside The Ecosystem

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Learn from the movers and shakers as they share their journey, and explore the ecosystem and all the hills and valleys of blazing a trail in the cannabis industry - with your show host, Keisha J. Reed.
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Tracking Your Medical Cannabis Journey with Kathy Reeder

Inside The Ecosystem

SPECIAL: An Inside Look at the Cannabis Science Conference EAST
We're bringing you an exclusive look at the Cannabis Science Conference EAST hosted in Baltimore, Maryland.  We give a glimpse of the sessions, speakers, and some of the behind-the-scenes excitement of the event.  Learn more about the Cannabis Science Conference by visiting: Thank you again to the team at MJH Life Sciences® & the Cannabis Science Conference.
September 23, 2022
Fired? 3 Ways to get FIRED in Cannabis
Listen, we did the research so you didn't have to.  The cannabis industry is very similar to many other industries around the world, if you don't follow the rules you will get fired.  But not to worry we're here with a few tips to help you stay employed. Workforce Wednesday Signup:
September 21, 2022
The Case For Cannabis Science with Josh Crossney
Joshua Crossney is the CEO & Founder of CSC Events, LLC., which hosts and operates the world’s largest semi-annual Cannabis Science Conference (, including a Canna Boot Camp (a full-day, hands-on workshop that covers many aspects of cannabis science).
September 08, 2022
Being THE Example of Social Equity in Cannabis with Courtney Davis
Courtney Davis is Executive Director of Marijuana Matters, a social enterprise that works to identify and eliminate barriers to economic opportunity in regulated cannabis markets for those disadvantaged by marijuana’s criminalization. In this capacity, she serves as the spokesperson for Marijuana Matters and will steer the organization through its growth period. She recently served as the Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations where she led community and government outreach efforts to advance equitable and inclusive cannabis policies and regulations. -- Learn more about the movement via WEBSITE: Social Equity Toolkit:
August 29, 2022
3 Hacks Every Dispensary Employee Should Know
What budtenders and inventory managers and dispensary employees should know about working in the cannabis industry FULL POST:
August 03, 2022
Is a Career in Cannabis Right for You?
Whether you're curious about cannabis or want to be one of the first to capitalize on the changing tide of legalization, you may be wondering if the budding industry is right for your career. Tune in! HEY THERE! It's Workforce Wednesday!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Looking for a career in cannabis? ​​​​​​​​ Vist the Explore Maryland Cannabis Jobs Board with new jobs added weekly!​​​​​​​​ Link: -​​​​​​​​ Looking to list a role in your organization and/or company? Email us at​​​​​​​​
July 27, 2022
Tracking Your Medical Cannabis Journey with Kathy Reeder
About Our Guest: Kathy Reeder is a 2021 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy with a Masters of Science in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics. Kathy started CannaTracker to help patients navigate and track their medical cannabis journey through an ever changing cannabis landscape. Offering private cannabis consults and educational classes,  she helps people gain a better understanding of how to achieve their own health goals through cannabis. FOLLOW:  CannaTracker Instagram: CannaTracker offers private consults and educational classes by an UMD-MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics. 📚 🪴 💚🤩 @kbc_reeder
July 22, 2022
Tips For Landing a Job in the Cannabis Industry - Part 2
The Maryland cannabis industry is booming and there's no better time than now to get into it. Get yourself prepared, take charge of your career & get started on your path to working in cannabis today. EMC Resources:
July 13, 2022
Tips For Landing a Job in the Cannabis Industry
The Maryland cannabis industry is booming and there's no better time than now to get into it. Get yourself prepared, take charge of your career & get started on your path to working in cannabis today. EMC Resources:
July 13, 2022
Workforce Wednesday #5 - How To Interview for a Job in the Cannabis Industry
If you're looking to enter the cannabis industry, it's important to understand that there are many different types of jobs available. Some are well-paying and stable, while others are more risky or have less stability. Learn more about our Workforce initiative here!
June 09, 2022
The Power of Intention with Dave Tart (Part 2)
We are back with Part 2 of this amazing interview with Dave Tart! Here's the link to the first episode if you missed it: ----- What more can we say about this episode other than it's TOP 2 and it's not number 2. Dave Tart wears a number of hats - father, husband, cannabis professional but did you know he's got an amazing background in music? Currently, he's the Director of Wholesale Marketing - Northeast Region for Curaleaf/Select/Grassroots and still has time to sit down and talk about his path to cannabis. This is PART 2 of a TWO PART Series highlighting our movers and shakers in the region - we like to call it an "Inside Look". Tap in! Join the membership to see the FULL video:
June 02, 2022
Workforce Wednesday - Dr. Dhekney and the UMES Hemp Pilot Program
About Dr. Dhekney: Dr. Sadanand Dhekney is an Associate Professor of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.  He received a PhD in Horticultural Sciences from the University of Florida (UF), which was also followed by post-doctoral research at UF. Dr. Dhekney was Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming before joining UMES. Dr. Dhekney has worked on wine and table grape improvement using techniques in breeding and biotechnology for the past 15 years. Dr. Dhekney is also the coordinator for the UMES industrial hemp program. His research in this area is focused on screening hemp varieties to identify those that will perform well in Maryland, using plant tissue culture for eliminating hemp viruses, fungal and bacterial pathogens, and producing plants through tissue culture for distribution to Maryland farmers. Dr. Dhekney is also actively involved in teaching courses in plant biotechnology and horticulture, and training students in hemp production and processing. He hosts several undergraduate and graduate students in his research program each year. Dr. Dhekney has published more than 50 research publications and book chapters, and secured more than $ 2.0 million in research funding over the course of his career. He has received the 2013 Young Scientist Award from the Society for In Vitro Biology, the 2016 Early Career Research Achievement Award from the University of Wyoming and the 2017 Excellence in Research and Teaching award from the National Agricultural Honor Society, Gama Sigma Delta. Program Information: Program Video:
June 01, 2022
The Power of Intention with Dave Tart (Part 1)
What more can we say about this episode other than it's TOP 2 and it's not number 2. Dave Tart wears a number of hats - father, husband, cannabis professional but did you know he's got an amazing background in music? Currently, he's the Director of Wholesale Marketing - Northeast Region for Curaleaf/Select/Grassroots and still has time to sit down and talk about his path to cannabis.  This is PART 1 of a TWO PART Series highlighting our movers and shakers in the region - we like to call it an "Inside Look". Tap in! Join the membership to see the FULL video:
May 26, 2022
Workforce Wednesday #3 - Networking is HARD!
Today's episode is brought to you by the Explorers crew, Explore Maryland Cannabis is Premier membership program. If you're looking for ways to stay connected in the Cannabis ecosystem , access innovative event and workshops plus find your community to join the Explorers Crew.  Currently May is membership month and we are celebrating the POWER of membership.  Learn more by visiting We’ll see you in the crew!
May 11, 2022
LaWann Stribling - Building generational wealth through healing
LaWann Stribling, OhSo Strib'bles, a Wife, Mom to 5, Advocate, Philanthropist, Licensed Daycare Provider for over 10 years and the Founder of Strib'ble District, LLC. As a Licensed Provider she manages a group of over 900 members searching for affordable daycare options for their family.  April is kicks off the season of new beginnings and connections. ​​​​​​​​ This week on the @passporttomarylandpodcast, we hear from LaWann Stribling, OhSo Strib'bles, a Wife, Mom to 5, Advocate, Philanthropist, Licensed Daycare Provider for over 10 years and the Founder of Strib'ble District, LLC.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Holder of many titles such as:​​​​​​​​ Wife​​​​​​​​ Mom to 5​​​​​​​​ Advocate​​​​​​​​ Owner/Founder​​​​​​​​ Philanthropist​​​​​​​​ Licensed Daycare Provider...​​​​​​​​ and the list goes on!​​​​​​​​
April 07, 2022
Infusing Family Legacy with Lucy Escudero of Lucy's Natural Remedies
Women's History Month continues with combining plant medicine, family legacy and intention. Hear from Lucy Escudero, Owner of Lucy’s Natural Remedies based in our region on her journey to connecting the plant and transforming her lives and others. Over the years, Lucy began experimenting with other CBD products, but soon realized her true calling is to help others learn how to responsibly use plant-based remedies. Lucy has been in the cannabis space for over twenty years, but officially entered the space as a medical cannabis patient in 2015. Lucy loves to spend her free time sampling new strains and methods, checking out live music with friends, and spending time with her family. Tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all podcasts platforms you enjoy! Main Site: MyChronicles Journal:
March 24, 2022
WW #2 - Transferable Skills
We are back with another episode for Workforce Wednesday and today we're coming to you with transferable skills to get you to pivot into the cannabis industry. Learn how to use the skills that you already have to tap into this booming ecosystem - Tune in! Resources:
March 10, 2022
WW: Kristen Cousin, Corporate Trainer at gLeaf
Amazing conversation with Kristen Cousin, Corporate Trainer for Green Leaf Medical, LLC (gLeaf). We chatted about the journey to developing and training in cannabis, her journey to the industry and busts some myths about working in cannabis. You will love this one - Thank you Kristen and gLeaf you have a STAR on your hands. New Year, New You Resource:
March 02, 2022
Introducing Workforce Wednesdays!
Join us each week as we spotlight the leaders and movers and shakers of our Cannabis workforce ecosystem. We've gathered interviews from some of the top in our industry, tips and tricks to help you transition into Cannabis, and updates on Cannabis jobs and careers.  Learn more about our workforce efforts:
March 02, 2022
More Than Cooking with Cannabis with Chef Jazmine Moore
Jazmine “Chef Jazz” Moore trained Chef and Crohns survivor, attributes her success to keeping her Chrons in remission to cannabis and food. Founder of Green Panther Chef a full service cannabis catering company and Author of More Than A Cannabis Cookbook a comprehensive book to master the art and science of edible cooking for others to create their own cooking with cannabis story available for sale. Website: Mint Dinner Series: MINT SPRING MENU TASTING
February 24, 2022
Colin F (Upling Delivery App)
Upling is a cannabis delivery app, that is custom to the dispensary, with features catering to the consumers.  Learn more about Upling here:
February 17, 2022
Using Your Resources with Brandon D (Roll Up App)
Brandon, an electrical engineer at one of the big 5 tech companies, is determined to create entry points into and education on the cannabis industry for interested minorities. He developed his company Roll Up at the beginning of 2020. Roll Up aims to be the DMV and the east coast's premier go to delivery app servicing not only business to customer but business to business as well. Roll Up is currently licensed in Maryland and is looking to expand into DC and Virgina.  - Roll Up is currently searching to build out their team so if you would like to be involved in marketing/social media, business development, or a come on as driver please feel free to reach out. Since the completion of the first phase of Roll Up's software suite, they are currently accepting dispensaries and brands to be placed on their wait list. Please send all inquiries to - Personal Ig: Business Ig: Website:
January 27, 2022
The Winning Formula with Coach Ash
Ashley Hill, a Domestic & Global Extreme Execution Coach certified by the No 1 Speaker in the world, Dr. Eric Thomas (also known as E.T. the Hip-Hop Preacher). Coach Ash is a results-driven leader who seeks to empower others to increase self-awareness, create alignment, and execute at a high level. She has been considered by many in Leadership as a Coach’s Coach within the Extreme Execution Leadership. Visit her website: Instagram: Elevated Edible Experience @greenlightproject__
January 20, 2022
Barbie Cyr: Making an Impact
Welcome to Season 2 of the Passport to Maryland Cannabis  podcast, a 360° view of the cannabis ecosystem in Maryland. - In this episode, we spotlight Barbie Cyr: an award winning cannabis professional, community member and a proud member of the Taurus gang. Barbie and our host explore her journey to cannabis, her growth in the industry and what impact means to her. You can connect with Barbie ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️  Facebook: Instagram: Youtube: Tap in. 
January 06, 2022
Councilman Martin Mitchell talks 2022 & Beyond!
In this episode, we catch up with Councilman Martin Mitchell to talk about his historic win and what's his plan for Laurel in 2022!
December 30, 2021
Kristen Cox Tells Her Story
Meet Kristen Cox - 2021 Student Ambassador for the Medical Cannabis Science & Therapeutics program and is here to share her story into the cannabis ecosystem.  Tap. In. 
December 08, 2021
Adam Merkle x Let's Enjoy Cannabis
Let's Enjoy Cannabis mission is to provide innovative education and training for both cannabis consumers and people that want to work in the industry. Adam is the founder & CEO of Let's Enjoy Cannabis. Here's his story..
December 07, 2021
Episode 4: Testing and Labels
On this week's episode of the Passport to Maryland Cannabis show,  we are officially celebrating summer with new products that have hit the market, exploring the topic of testing & labels, and of course all the news you may have missed while enjoying your 4th of July this past weekend.    Be sure to share this episode with a friend – and you can learn more about what we are building at Explore Maryland Cannabis by going to     Links: Sign up for Maryland Cannabis Updates here:   News:
July 18, 2021
Episode 3 | Dad's and Cannabis
July 17, 2021
Episode 2 | Endocannabinoid Month | Maryland Cannabis Events
Passport to Maryland Cannabis SHOW: Links in this episode:  Here’s the top stories coming out of maryland cannabis this week.  Expungement: Joints for Jabs:  Event: AmVets HEAL Program    JOIN THE MEMBERSHIP:
July 17, 2021
Passport To Maryland Cannabis Show - Episode 1
Links Referenced:  Explore Maryland Cannabis Events: Healer's Sensitization Six Day Protocol Tetragram App THE UPLIFT CANNABIS DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM --- VIEW VIDEO HERE:
July 16, 2021
Our Podcast has expanded into video!
Our podcast has a new face - Tune in every Sunday at 4:20pm EST for what's happening in the Maryland Cannabis ecosystem.
July 16, 2021
Episode 020: Celebrating Women's History Month!
Honoring the Women in Maryland Cannabis Tracey Lancaster Miller Title: Executive vice president, Peake ReLeaf; president, Maryland Medical Dispensary Association. Ashley Wynn Grimes  Title: Cannabis Nursing Educator, Author Gina Dubbe and Leslie Apgar, MD Title: Dubbé and Dr. Apgar are the founders of Greenhouse Wellness, an award-winning dispensary in Maryland and Blissiva, a female-focused cannabis line
March 31, 2021
Episode 019: Community Conversations: The Case for Homegrow
THIS WEEK: COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS The Case For Homegrow: We are talking about the community, economic and therapeutic benefits of home cultivation for medical cannabis patients. Need a safe forum to talk about cannabis and the stigmas that surround it? Join us for our monthly Community Conversations, every 3rd Thursday of the month. - What's Community Conversations? A virtual community discussion led by Explore Maryland Cannabis team members and/or ambassadors - discussing topics that affect the cannabis ecosystem in Maryland.
February 20, 2021
Episode 018: You Gotta Build The Vision w/ CK Dunson
New Week, New Episode. We had the pleasure of interviewing CK Dunson of Bouqe Rolling Papers. We chat about how he started, the importance of a team and much more. Tap In!
January 19, 2021
Episode 017: Celebrating TWO YEARS of Explore Maryland Cannabis
In this episode, Explore Maryland Cannabis CEO talks about 2 years exploring the ecosystem and what's to come!
December 22, 2020
Episode 016: LIVE November 2020 Podcast
Starting in October 2020, we host LIVE monthly podcasts on YouTube.  Here's the audio from that episode - you can view the episode in its entirety here: Headlines: Explore Maryland Cannabis Awards: Register for the Virtual Ceremony here:
November 30, 2020
Episode 015: Health is Wealth with Paulette Smith
✈️  🄽🄴🅆 🄴🄿🄸🅂🄾🄳🄴 🄰🄻🄴🅁🅃 🌎 Ep: 015: Health is Wealth with Paulette Smith! (@simone.paulette) Paulette Smith, LCSW-C is a therapeutic professional with over a decade of experience in adolescent and family wellness. Paulette brings together a combination of holistic practice and trauma-informed care to the field of health and wellness. During her career she has built a reputation for centering client needs with precision problem solving. Additionally, her work in the creative arts as owner and operator of How I See It Productions, also reflects her capacity for capturing and cultivating peaceful environments promoting wellness and a strong family environment.  She's active in the Maryland Cannabis Ecosystem as a patient, consultant, industry professional and student in the UMD School of Pharmacy Masters in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics.  🆃🅰🅿 🅸🅽. -- Fresh off the press - let's clap it up! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 Episode is LIVE on all platforms that your ears lend towards🎙 #exploremarylandcannabis
November 04, 2020
Episode 013: Cannabis + Connections with Catrena Almonte
This week, we’ve got an interview with Catrena Almonte. Interview: Catrena Almonte Catrena is currently a graduate student in the University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy program in Cannabis Science and Therapeutics. This is the first accredited program in the country dedicated to the science of cannabis from a scientific, clinical and therapeutic perspective. Check out her interview here: (4:02 mark)
October 27, 2020
Episode 012: Get What You Need Ft. Otha Smith III
This week, we've got an interview with Maryland native: Otha Smith, III. Otha was born in Lothian, Md located in beautiful Southern Anne Arundel County. An entrepreneur at an early age, he started his first business, Aggressive Detailing LLC, while still in high school. Aggressive Detailing grew to provide on-site detailing services to residential and commercial customers and created long term contractual agreements with car dealerships and Marina’s throughout Maryland, DC and Virginia area. While growing this business, He graduated from Bowie State University with a degree in Business Marketing. Learn about his company, Tetragram ( and what they're building on Passport To Maryland Cannabis Podcast.
October 21, 2020
Episode 011: Picks and Shovels with Professor Shad Ewart
This week, we’ve got an interview with Professor Shad Ewart. Shad Ewart is chair of the Department of Business Management and professor at Anne Arundel Community College. In 2018, he proposed the subject,  Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Emerging Markets: Marijuana Legalization, a program with the goal of preparing students for entry-level jobs in the medical cannabis industry. Ewart also proposed a multidisciplinary 16-credit program, in which students would graduate with a certificate. Its formal name is the Medical Cannabis Specialist program. Hear more about his journey and more right now…
October 10, 2020
Episode 010: The PIVOT with Ashley Wynn-Grimes
This week - I’ve got an interview with Ashley Wynn-Grimes, trainer and registered nurse of over 12 years and creator of Cannabis Nursing Solutions, which provides strategies to patients seeking alternative and holistic solutions to manage chronic illness. Ashley is also the Chair of the Cannabis Patients Advocacy Association - The Cannabis Patient Advocacy Association is a patient-focused organization developing strategies and solutions to challenges in cannabis patient markets through actionable items in line with our mission of unity, collaboration and action. Hear more about her journey and more right now… Here are our headlines that you may have missed from last month - September was busy! Join the Explorers Crew, a community membership program that helps propel and prepare our members for success through education and access. Connect with like-minded cannabis industry professionals and entrepreneurs like yourself.  Learn more by visiting
October 05, 2020
Episode 009: Jobs in Maryland Cannabis
Are you looking to get into the industry? Why not use the skills you already have! Show Resources: Podcasts: Periodic Effects: The Roll Up The Cannabis Diversity Report Podcast Organizations: M4MM NCIA Americans for Safe Access
October 02, 2020
Episode 008: LIVE PODCAST | September 2020 Recap & October Preview
a LIVE podcast wrapping up September, News and Updates and a look at October. Join Us - YouTube: Explore Maryland Cannabis Membership:
September 25, 2020
Episode 007: Cannabis Heals (feat. Star Graves)
This week - we’ve got an interview with Star Graves, host of Star's Galactic Conversations. She's a patient, advocate, business owner and much more.   Learn more: about her journey to cannabis life as a patient in the Maryland Cannabis Market and the work she's doing with Healthy Honeys - As we welcome AUGUST and say GOODBYE to July - we run down highlights from the month prior. Tune in and let us know what you think!
August 05, 2020
Episode 006: The Ecosystem
Happy Friday! This week - We are breaking down the cannabis ecosystem in Maryland. Our ecosystem is a vital system in the cannabis community that we’ve broken down into 6 sections. Patients Professionals Providers Industry Government Business So why are these roles important? Where are you in the ecosystem? Tune in!
July 25, 2020
Episode 005: Follow Your Passion
This week - We've got an interview with Tahir Johnson (@tahdiddy). Tahir is the Business Development and Diversity Equity and Inclusion Manager at the National Cannabis Industry Association and he's  got a unique story on his path in cannabis. We talk about his journey to Maryland cannabis, his work on the national level and much more. So let’s listen in!
July 11, 2020
Episode 004: Solo Dolo - June 2020 Recap
Welcome to Solo Dolo Sundays on Passport to Maryland Cannabis.  This week, I'll recap MD industry headlines, patient stats and recap events that occurred in the month of June. Patient Stats: Uplift MD: LoneWolf District: Want more? Join the membership! Join the membership crew:
July 05, 2020
Episode 003: Own Your Voice
Community Leader, Spiritual Being and Evolutionary Blaire Caplan is the voice we are sharing this week.(@backwoodsblaire) We talk about her origin story, how the cannabis community saved her life and curating experiences in COVID-19 conditions. Nothing stands in the way of ♑🐐 🐺 = @lonewolfdistrict - We are on Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Spotify and RadioPublic. Be sure to subscribe and leave a review letting us know what you think. 🎙Introducing our NEW podcast "Passport to Maryland Cannabis”🎙 Powered by our community members, every week, we bring you the latest in news and updates from the Maryland Cannabis ecosystem - including interviews from movers and shakers across 23 counties and Baltimore City! - Passport to Maryland Cannabis takes a 360 view at the Maryland Cannabis Ecosystem through the voices of the community. Every episode, we will take a community approach as we highlight the journey of our ecosystem.
June 26, 2020
Episode 002: We Ain't Going Nowhere!
Today is #Juneteenth, a day of liberation recognized by the Black community in the United States. It marks the day 155 years ago when enslaved African-Americans across Texas learned they were free – months after the Civil War ended, and two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. - Proud to share Nekeidra’s (@keidyweedy) story this week on the show. We talk about her definition of community, her role as a caregiver in the Maryland cannabis ecosystem and much more.
June 20, 2020
Episode 001: Stand Up
Passport to Maryland Cannabis - a 360 degree overview of the Maryland cannabis ecosystem brought to you by The Maryland Cannabis Community Partnership! This is the inaugural episode with information on the Maryland Cannabis Community Partnership, the Maryland Cannabis community and more!
June 10, 2020