Marcia Pledger

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

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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Strong Cannabis Branding: Why Jared Mirsky & Wick & Mortar thrive on crafting, creating and cultivating cannabis brands

Jared Mirsky is the founder and CEO of Wick & Mortar, a Seattle Washington-based award-winning cannabis focused branding & marketing agency. Since 2009 the company has been featured in more than 15 magazines including Entrepreneur Media, Forbes, Discovery Channel, Channel, Huffington Post, CNN Money, Geekwire, The Dieline, High Times, Dope Magazine, NW Leaf Magazine, Leafly, …

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Why Rose Sendejaz is among advocates for CBD as a treatment for autism: She’s a witness with changes in her non-verbal grandson

Rose Sendejaz is the caretaker of her 17-year-old grandson, Michael, who is nonverbal autistic. She’s also an advocate for Lazarus Naturals, a line of CBD products, and the owner of Cleaner Greener Ohio, which offers air purifiers and CBD products. Rose will be a vendor at the Ohio Cannabis Health & Business Summit at the …

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Why Andrew Rayburn, founder of Buckeye Relief is optimistic about Ohio’s medical marijuana industry

Andrew Rayburn is the founder and CEO of Buckeye Relief, Ohio’s first large-scale cultivation facility to have the first harvest after receiving the highest score in the state’s competitive licensing process. With 62 employees, the Eastlake-based company is finding ways to improve, from more efficient cultivation to smoother shipping methods. Since receiving its certification in …

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A Q&A with a passionate cannabis nurse herbalist: Arleen Crider, founder of Indyglo Therapeutics

Arleen Crider is a proud Cannabis Nurse Herbalist and expert on cannabinoid therapeutics. She is a compassionate and motivated nurse with over 13 years hands-on experience in multiple areas of the healthcare industry. In true millennial form, and a talent for quickly mastering technology, Arleen has excelled in the specialty of Nursing Informatics. She has …

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