Marcia Pledger

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

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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Why Chef Berry began teaching others to cook with cannabis

Chef Linda Berry has spent a lot of time mentoring the next generation headed to the culinary field, while also becoming sous chef for a national traveling cannabis event:The High End Affair. As a culinary powerhouse, She’s established her influence through her work as a chef and educator by sharing her skills and expertise with …

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Where Ohio State Rep. Juanita Brent stands on Marijuana reform

State Rep. Juanita Brent is not just a life-long community advocate from Cleveland, Ohio, she’s a strong advocate for cannabis legalization and changes in law. In 2018, she was elected to her first term as State Representative to the 12th Ohio House District, and next month she’s up for re-election. In May she introduced a …

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CBD is everywhere: Why these millennial brothers decided to invest in Whole Plant

At 26, Alex Huska and his stepbrother, Josh Reminick, co-own Whole Plant™, a Cleveland-based hemp company that they launched less than two years ago. His belief in whole plant products is based on his own personal affliction with Crohn’s disease. Standard medicine failed. But he says alternative solutions gave him relief. Cannabidiol, also known as …

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From software entrepreneur to hemp farmer: Jerry Whiting continues to thrive during a pandemic

    Jerry Whiting is the co-founder & president of LeBlanc CNE, Inc., which  specializes in hemp genetics, product development, research & education.  He makes plant-based medicines including a hemp tincture and hemp topical oil among other things. He also writes a monthly hemp column  for Leaf Nation magazine, with plans to restart a podcast. …

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Why Grove bags is growing in the competitive custom packaging industry

Grove Bags, a cannabis packaging company with proprietary TerpLoc technology, launched in late 2016 with a goal of offering custom packaging that extends shelf life for fresh products. Founder & CEO Jack Grover said the goal to extend shelf life with no chemical additives is what led the Cleveland-based company to create its first packaging …

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Why Genius Pipe is in growth mode: Smoking discreetly and less harmfully is in demand

After coming up with the idea of creating a super smooth and clean way to smoke, Dyan Ferman, founder of Genius Pipe, spent nine years perfecting the product with his team. The Genius Pipe has been described as the smoothest pipe due to its unique ability to filter and cool smoke without water. The water-less …

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