Marcia Pledger

Journalist and co-creator of Ohio Cannabis Health & Business Summit

Evolved Profits expense recovery firm offers ways to help cannabis companies

Marc Freedman is the co-founder and managing partner at Evolved Profits LLC. He is a certified expense reduction consultant and currently serves as the company’s chief cost evaluator. Freedman has worked as a business consultant for more than 40 years, but for the last decade, his company has focused on expense education and recovery. The …

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Retired NFL Player appreciates CBD for pain relief

Reggie Smith, is a Chicago-area businessman, speaker, and retired NFL player. He’s also a former national board member[ and Chicago chapter vice president of the National Football League Players Association. He’s a business development executive for Primus, Inc. who started looking into CBD as a possible business venture. Instead, what he found along the way …

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Cannabis reform supporters to participate in Ohio Lobby Day on 4/20

Pricilla Harris talks about the importance of advocating for marijuana legislative reform. She is the executive director of Sensible Movement Coalition and the lobbying director of NORML Appalachia Ohio. Both organizations are hosting “2022 Lobby Day” at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio on 4-20, a day known as the international cannabis smoking day. The goal …

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Australia-based Litt App sees opportunities in the cannabis industry in North America

LITT is a Fintech social and e-commerce platform that specializes in augmented reality advertising. Unlike other platforms that continually show ads, a LITT app member sees ads on their feed and opts in to view them. The Australian-based company was launched by co-founders Peter Salom and Brent Thompson in March 2020, and already the company …

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Harvest of Ohio is poised for growth

Ariane Kirkpatrick is the CEO of Harvest Grows, Harvest of Ohio, and Harvest Processing. She’s the only Black woman in Ohio that is vertically integrated in the industry, with licenses to grow, dispense and sell medical cannabis. Licenses for cannabis cultivation, dispensary and processing are for operations in Ironton, Beavercreek, Columbus, and Athens, Ohio. Harvest …

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Conference Dates Set: October 1 & 2 2022

Ohio Cannabis Health & Business Summit Announces October 1st & 2nd, 2022 Conference Dates OCHBS is proud to announce a unique conference aimed at educating the general public and business professionals involved in and around the medical cannabis industry. The two-day event will be held at the IX Center in Cleveland on October 1st & …

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Hemp is not the boost Ohio farmers expected – at least not so far

Julie Doran, founder of the Ohio Hemp Farmers Cooperative and the Hemp Farm Summit in Columbus, talks about harvesting her first 5-acre crop in the fall. Some regulation is necessary to ensure that farmers are growing legal hemp rather than illegal marijuana, but she says the present restrictions make it tough for farmers to survive. …

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Canlock disrupts cannabis packaging industry: Innovative smell proof glass jars

From cure to consumption, Canlock supplies growers and dispensaries with B2B packaging and also provides smoke shops and retailers with its airtight vacuum seal glass jars. The Canlock storage container has a patented built-in vacuum pump. Jars are available in various sizes for both enthusiasts and growers. We talked to Brandon Rea, partner and co-founder of …

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Beneleaves sets the bar in cannabis processing in Ohio

Beneleaves makes gummies, chews, cookies, cannabinoid-rich vape pens, lotions, capsules and tinctures. Partners at Beneleaves like to say that they went from Collards to Cannabis. Co-founders Peg and Jeff Hollenback, former chefs in Columbus, started the processing company in 2017.  Soon afterwards they partnered with Bill Williams Jr., CEO, adding his national sales and brand …

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Ohio Cannabis Insiders look ahead to 2021

As crazy as 2020 was – with COVID-19 upending lives all over the world in the worst ways – it was actually a banner year for the cannabis industry. As of now 36 states have approved medical marijuana and 15 allow adult-use consumption and/or retail sale of cannabis. No doubt, New Year’s feels a lot …

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