The Hoban Minute
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Whether you’re a cannabis, hemp, or marijuana industry insider, a business owner, a farmer, a consumer, or just want to shift your perspective, tune into the Hoban Minute podcast for insights from global cannabusiness leader, the Hoban Law Group.
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Previous Episodes 1 – 10
The spread of COVID-19 has put the world on edge. Like everyone, those in the hemp and marijuana industries are facing much uncertainty. Bob and Eric discuss what topics you can look forward to in this special series on “Coronavirus & Cannabis.”
Bob and Eric sit down with Benzinga’s Senior VP of Corporate Partnerships, Patrick Lane to discuss opportunities for investors in a market downturn, whether or not this represents the burst of the cannabis bubble, and how investment in the global cannabis industry will be affected by the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Bob and Eric sit down with Founder and Owner of California-based 101 CBD, Justin Benton to discuss what small business owners need to be addressing in the wake of COVID-19 and what steps are necessary to ensure consumer safety and relations during a pandemic.
Bob and Eric sit down with Chihuahua, Mexico-based, Hoban Law Group International Attorney, Luis Armendáriz who shares his perspective on how Mexico has reacted to the spread of COVID-19 in the last few weeks. They discuss the recent progress made by the Mexican Congress in recent months on cannabis legalization, possible delays to government proceedings from coronavirus, and the opportunity this presents for the Mexican cannabis supply chain.
The Hoban Minute – 05 iCAN’s Saul Kaye | Could CBD Cure Coronavirus? The Do’s and Don’ts of Claims and Representations
Bob and Eric sit down with Founder and CEO of iCAN and Organizer of CannaTech, Saul Kaye who shares his perspective on how Israel has reacted to the spread of COVID-19 in the last few weeks. They discuss the cutting-edge research being conducted on cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes derived from industrial hemp and medical cannabis, and what can and cannot be claimed by companies selling products in the absence of global and federal regulatory frameworks.
The Hoban Minute – 06 NoCo’s Morris Beegle | The Uncertain Status of Cannabis Events Worldwide Pt. 1
Bob and Eric sit down with Co-Founder of We Are for Better Alternatives (WAFBA) and Organizer of the NoCo Hemp Expo to discuss the decision making process behind postponing the 7th Annual Noco Hemp Expo in Denver, CO to from March 2020 to August 2020, as well as the importance of staying positive when the world’s in panic.
The Hoban Minute – 07 GreenTech’s Mariska Dreschler | The Uncertain Status of Cannabis Events Worldwide Pt. 2
Bob and Eric sit down with the GreenTech’s Director Of Horticulture, Mariska Dreschler who shares her perspective on how the Netherlands has reacted to the spread of COVID-19 in the last few weeks.
They discuss the decision making process behind postponing the GreenTech Americas event that was scheduled for March 2020 in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico, and the GreenTech Amsterdam event that was scheduled for June 2020 in the Netherlands.
The Hoban Minute – 08 Journalists Kristen Nichols and Bart Schaneman | The Impact of Coronavirus on the Hemp and Marijuana Supply Chain
Bob and Eric sit down with Editor of the Hemp Industry Daily, Kristen Nichols, and Reporter for Marijuana Business Daily, Bart Schaneman to discuss how supply chain operators in the two sides of the cannabis industry – hemp and marijuana – will be presented with new challenges, but also with novel opportunities in these uncertain times.
Bob and Eric sit down with the Chief Scientific Officer of Functional Remedies and founding member of the U.S. Hemp Growers Association, Tim Gordon to discuss how the 2020 U.S. hemp growing season and domestic hemp production may be affected by coronavirus, the new frontier of American hemp farming given the 2019 release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Interim Final Rule, and how to stay afloat in the wake of the flood.
The Hoban Minute – 10 Reakiro’s Stuart McKenzie | Opportunities and Silver Linings for Cannabis Entrepreneurs in a Pandemic
Bob and Eric sit down with CEO of Reakiro, Stuart McKenzie who shares his perspective on how governments of European countries have reacted to the spread of COVID-19 in the last few weeks. They discuss opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship during a crisis. They also address what the designation of hemp and marijuana derivatives and foods as Novel Foods means in the European Union, and what we can expect to see in the E.U. in the months and years to come.
Previous Episodes 11 – 20
The Hoban Minute – 11 NCIA’s Morgan Fox | The Implications of Coronavirus on Government Regulations and Cannabis Policy Progress in D.C.
Bob and Eric sit down with Media Relations Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, Morgan Fox to discuss the progress being made in cannabis policy in D.C. and around the country, the uncertainty posed by an election year, shifting rhetoric from democratic candidates over the last few election cycles, and whether or not coronavirus will accelerate cannabis reform or put in on the backburner.
The Hoban Minute – 12 Hoban Law Group’s Garrett Graff | Am I Eligible for Government Financial Assistance?
Bob and Eric sit down with Managing Attorney of Hoban Law Group, Garrett Graff to discuss what cannabusiness owners need to be thinking about as it relates to legal considerations including contracts, force majeure clauses, liability, whether the COVID-19 pandemic qualifies as an “Act of God,” and much more.
Bob and Eric sit down with VP of Strategic Development for International Hemp Solutions, Tom Dermody to discuss the significance of cannabis businesses to be deemed as essential services in the States of Colorado, California, and Washington in the wake of shelter in place bans spurred by local, state, and federal government officials’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Bob and Eric sit down with CEO of Hemp Point, Hana Gabrielová who shares her perspective on how the Czech Republic has been impacted by COVID-19 in recent weeks. They discuss the global market for hemp seeds originating from European plant breeders, the difference between farming hemp for fiber and growing hemp for cannabinoids, and the shifting attitude toward hemp in American agriculture.
The Hoban Minute – 15 Hoban Law Group’s Steve Schain | The Status of Cannabis Banking and What the Future May Hold
Bob and Eric sit down with Hoban Law Group Senior Attorney, Steve Schain to discuss the obstacles standing in the way of banking for hemp and marijuana businesses, what the future holds for the SAFE Banking Act, and the motto of the Post-Coronavirus economy: “Cash is King.”
The Hoban Minute – 16 Last Prisoner Project’s Steve DeAngelo | Protecting Incarcerated Communities During A Pandemic
Bob and Eric sit down with Founder of the Last Prisoner Project, Steve DeAngelo to discuss the challenges facing the legal marijuana industry in California, shifting paradigms and global perspectives on cannabis, and the valuable work of the Last Prisoner Project, the need of which has been greatly accelerated by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Hoban Minute – 17 Prohibition Partners’ Alexandra Curley | How COVID-19 May Impact Consumer Behavior
Bob and Eric sit down with Prohibition Partners’ Head of Insights, Alexandra Curley who shares her perspective on how Ireland has been impacted by the spread of COVID-19. They discuss how consumers may drive increased sales for CBD products post-Coronavirus, the complexity, and patchwork of regulations across the European Union, and insights from the valuable global cannabis data and analytics work advanced by Prohibition Partners.
The Hoban Minute – 18 Fund Manager Brett Finkelstein | Opportunities for Cannabis Investment in a Down Market
Bob and Eric sit down with Former Managing Director of Phyto Partners, Brett Finkelstein to discuss whether or not this economic downturn will accelerate consolidation in the cannabis industry, the history of North American cannabis investment, and what investors look for in a cannabusinesses portfolio.
The Hoban Minute – 19 Global Health & Hygiene Solutions’ Dr. Uma | How to Stay Healthy During a Pandemic
Bob and Eric sit down with Founder and CEO of Global Health and Hygiene Solutions, Occupational and Environmental Medicine physician, Dr. Uma to discuss the critical importance of spreading education on the endocannabinoid system, the five things every person should know about their body, and how to take preventative health precautions to prepare for a future pandemic.
Bob and Eric sit down with Founder and CEO of 3C Consulting, Nic Easley to discuss the health of the cannabis industry before the recent market downturn, the difference between an industry being recession-proof and depression-proof, immediate actions business owners and companies need to be taking during this pandemic, and what 2020 may hold in store for hemp farmers.
Bob and Eric sit down with author, Forbes contributor, CEO of El Planteo, and Managing Director of Benzinga Cannabis, Javier Hasse who shares his perspective on how Argentina has been impacted by the spread of COVID-19. They discuss the recent performance of marijuana stocks and consumer behavior, the ineligibility of marijuana businesses for financial assistance through the CARES Act, the World Health Organization’s vote for cannabis rescheduling, and what’s on the horizon for the international cannabis market.
The Hoban Minute – 22 Green Market Report’s Debra Borchardt | Cannabusiness Law Firms: Setting the Bar
Bob and Eric sit down with Editor-In-Chief of the Green Market Report, Debra Borchardt to discuss how cannabusinesses have shifted marketing strategies, COVID-19 influenced trends across the industry, the Green Market Report’s recent “Top 11 Cannabis Law Firms” list, and the importance of legal representation at a time like this.
The Hoban Minute – 23 Hemp Baron’s Joy Beckerman | The Next CBD: What’s on the Horizon for Minor Cannabinoids, Terpenes, and Flavonoids
Bob and Eric sit down with the Principal Consultant of Hemp Ace International and host of Hemp Barons, the renowned Joy Beckerman to discuss the market potential for minor cannabinoids like cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabinol (CBN), the legal and regulatory nuances between synthetic-derived and plant-derived cannabinoids, and the future of hemp trade associations.
The Hoban Minute – 24 Hoban Law Group’s Ashley Simpson | Breaking Update on FDA Letters to CBD Companies Making COVID Claims
Bob and Eric sit down with Texas-based Hoban Law Group attorney, Ashley Simpson to discuss the March 31st letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s to NeuroXPF with respect to claims made that CBD could boost immunity to COVID-19, what is allowed and what is not when it comes to claims and representations, and excitement in Texas over the first year of legal hemp production.
On April 6th, the DEA announced that Epidiolex, the first Cannabis-formulated drug to be approved by the FDA in 2018, was being removed from the Controlled Substances List. Bob and Eric discuss the significance of this development, and whether it will spur more cannabinoid-based drugs to be developed by pharmaceutical companies. They also address which cannabusinesses are eligible and which are ineligible for financial assistance through the federal stimulus package.
The Hoban Minute – 26 Hoban Law Group’s Patrick Goggin | The Latest Cannabis News From the Great State of California
Bob and Eric sit down with San Francisco-based Hoban Law Group Senior Attorney, Patrick Goggin to discuss the work of the California Hemp Council, OEHHA’s listing of THC as a chemical known to cause reproductive toxicity, and the status of hemp-derived CBD regulation in California through recent amendments to the Food and Agricultural Code.
The Hoban Minute – 27 Hoban Law Group’s Larry Mishkin | Three Months Into Adult-Use Legalization: An Update on Illinois
Bob and Eric sit down with Illinois-based Hoban Law Group Attorney and Co-Host of the Deadhead Cannabis Show, Larry Mishkin to discuss the success and obstacles of Illinois’ adult-use, commercial marijuana industry, legislation-driven legalization, and how to get your Grateful Dead to fill in the absence of live music shows.
The Hoban Minute – 28 Hoban Law Group’s Dionne Kellier | Setting up your Cannabusiness from a Tax Perspective
Bob and Eric sit down with Florida-based Hoban Law Group Attorney, Dionne Kellier to discuss the state of Florida’s commercial marijuana industry, the different cannabusiness company structures, and the heightened importance of tax compliance for cannabis industry operators.
Bob and Eric sit down with Colombia-based Hoban Law Group International Attorney, Jose Abusaid who shares his perspective on how Colombia has been impacted by COVID-19. They discuss recent developments in Colombia’s cannabis industry, the status of the import and export market, and the history and bright future of cannabis in Colombia.
Bob and Eric discuss the everlasting legacy of worldwide hero, Charlotte Figi, whether the deeming of cannabusinesses as “essential” in the U.S. renders the distinction between medical and recreational/adult-use marijuana meaningless, why the cannabis industry is likely, not recession-proof, and they’d like to see from the United Nations cannabis rescheduling in 2020.
Bob and Eric sit down with Founder and of The Drone Farmer, Derrick Perkins to discuss how drones are advancing precision agriculture, the growing importance of hemp in American agriculture, and what questions farmers need to be asking right now to prepare for the upcoming growing season.
The Hoban Minute – 32 Hoban Law Group’s Cathleen Rocco | Securing Patent and Trademark Rights: Whether or Not you Can Patent Cannabis Varieties?
Bob and Eric sit down with California-based Hoban Law Group Attorney, Cathleen Rocco to discuss the options cannabis operators have to protect their intellectual property, the risks CBD manufacturers take on who don’t patent their formulations, and whether or not high-THC cannabis varieties are able to be patented through Plant Variety Protection (PVP)
Bob and Eric sit down with Hoban Law Group Associate Attorney, Darren Kaplan to discuss the cannabis industry’s access to the federal relief package, the myriad of issues that HLG clients have been confronted with in the wake of COVID-19, and how this represents a microcosm of the industry’s treatment in the United States at-large.
Bob and Eric sit down with the Chief Operating Officer of Gateway Proven Strategies, Ceci Zak to discuss the knowledge and insight she brings from the highly-regulated pharmaceutical sector to the cannabis industry, the value of strategic consulting, and recommendations for how both sides of the cannabis industry – hemp and marijuana – can legitimize themselves as this global commodity continues to take root.
Bob and Eric sit down with Hoban Law Group Partner, Donnie Emmi to discuss how cannabusiness can align with strategic partners, advice on how to rebuild business strategies, and the importance of taking advantage during the “COVID Pause” to enrich yourself and write your story.
The Hoban Minute – 36 Hoban Law Group’s David Bush | Everything You Need to Know About Transporting Hemp
Bob and Eric sit down with Hoban Law Group Senior Attorney, David Bush to discuss guidance from the federal government on interstate hemp transportation in the Interim Final Rule, why it’s necessary for states to develop a transportation compact and the important work of the Industrial Hemp Research Foundation.
The Hoban Minute – 37 Cannbisalud’s Lorena Beltran | Breaking Update: Cannabis Legalization in Mexico
Bob and Eric sit down with the CEO of Cannabisalud, Lorena Beltran to discuss the recent extension granted by Mexico’s Supreme Court on forthcoming cannabis legislation, the importance of regenerative agriculture, and crop diversification for Mexico’s farmers, and why domestic production matters across Latin America.
The Hoban Minute – 38 Cannabis Law Report’s Sean Hocking | The Rapidly Evolving Landscape of Cannabis Law
Bob and Eric sit down with Founder of the Cannabis Law Report’s Sean Hocking to discuss how cannabis law has changed over the last decade, big law’s foray into cannabis practice, and the potential impact of COVID-19 on the industry at-large.
The Hoban Minute – 39 | Cannabis Economy’s Seth Adler | COVID, Cybersecurity, and Cannabis: How It All Intersects
Bob and Eric sit down with host of the Cannabis Economy Podcast, Seth Adler to discuss cannabis anthropology, the impact of our world going digital overnight in the wake of COVID-19, and the beauty of the Cannabis Economy Podcast.
Bob and Eric discuss Colorado’s stay-at-home order expiring on April 26th, recent protests in Denver over how the State has handled the pandemic, NoCo’s virtual Earth Week event, the future of medical and adult-use marijuana in the Southern United States, and the whole plant approach to industrial hemp.
Bob and Eric sit down with founder and managing partner of Cannabis Security Experts, Derek Porter to discuss the importance and nuances of security in the cannabis industry, how security solutions differ around the country, and valuable work he does for veteran non-profit organizations including Sierra Delta and War Writers’ Campaign.
Bob and Eric discuss highlights from the week of April 27th, including a lawsuit filed in California against a Sheriff’s Office for the destruction of hemp plants that exceeded the 0.3 percent THC threshold, a lawsuit between an Oregon CBD company and Massachusetts extraction company over a shipment of hot hemp extract, and that it’s time get hemp seeds in the ground for 2020 production year.
Bob and Eric run through global cannabis headlines from the week of April 27th including Poland’s Minister of Agriculture calling for an increase of THC allowance for industrial hemp to 1%, the path for over-the-counter CBD products in Australia, and the big news from Lebanon, emerging as the first country in the Middle East to legalize low-THC cannabis.
Bob and Eric sit down with founder and CEO of CMTREX (Cannabis Mercantile Trading Exchange), Saul Singer to discuss how sustainable development is the key to the future of the industry, the progress being made toward globally-accepted cannabis impact metrics, and how hemp can help meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The Hoban Minute – 45 | Clover Leaf University’s Chloe Villano | The Pulse of the Global Cannabis Industry
Bob and Eric sit down with president and founder of Clover Leaf University, Chole Villano to discuss how higher education has been impacted by COVID-19, the market for cannabis in China beyond industrial hemp, and what cannabusiness owners need to be thinking about to get through these tough COVID times.
The Hoban Minute – 46 Extract Labs’ Craig Hendersen | What’s on the Horizon for Cannabinoid Extraction?
Bob and Eric sit down with the CEO of Extract Labs, Craig Hendersen to discuss his incredible personal story, which minor cannabinoids are on the rise, and his vision for Extract Labs which has led to fruitful success even in the midst of COVID-19.
The Hoban Minute – 47 Gateway Proven Strategies’ Ceci Zak | The Keys to Legitimizing the Cannabis Industry
Bob and Eric sit down with the Chief Operating Officer of Gateway Proven Strategies, Ceci Zak to discuss the key success factors for cannabusinesses, what it will take for institutional players to enter the cannabis industry, and the potential of hemp to meet Fortune 500 company’s sustainability goals.
The Hoban Minute – 48 University of Connecticut’s Matthew DeBacco | The Role of Higher Education Cannabis
Bob and Eric sit down with the University of Connecticut Professor, Matthew Debacco to discuss his first-in-the-country cannabis cultivation program at UConn, the agronomic challenges of growing cannabinoid-rich hemp, and the knowledge he’s spreading through his YouTube channel, DeBacco University.
Bob and Eric sit down with the president and founder and Viridian Capital Advisors, Scott Greiper to discuss the lucrative opportunities for investors, how the cannabis investment landscape has evolved over the last six years, and how Viridian tracks all 12 sectors of the industry.
The Hoban Minute – 50 Dope CFO’s Naomi Granger | Why You Need a Specialized Cannabusiness Accountant
Bob and Eric sit down with co-founder and owner of Dope CFO, Naomi Granger to discuss the importance of proper accounting for cannabis business, the recently released Treasury Inspector General tax guidance for the marijuana industry, and new developments on the SAFE Banking Act.
Bob and Eric sit down with Senior Associate at Mackrell Solicitors, Ricardo Geada to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the UK’s CBD industry, a recently commissioned study by Mackrell Solicitors on the perception of cannabis in England, and cannabis investment across the ponds.
The Hoban Minute – 52 Lady Jane Branding’s Jennifer Whetzel | Cannabis Consumer Archetypes and the Role of Women in the Cannabis Space
Bob and Eric sit down with the founder of Lady Jane Branding, Jennifer Whetzel to discuss the 16 cannabis archetypes she’s identified through market research, how to remove barriers for women and minorities in the cannabis industry, and the insights from her recent Women in Cannabis study.
The Hoban Minute – 53 Canalis Capital’s Raymond Harari | Tropicalizing Cannabis: Why It Isn’t Necessary to Reinvent the Wheel
Bob and Eric sit down with the founder of Canalis Capital, Raymond Harari to discuss the tropicalization of ideas in Panama, how the country has responded to COVID-19, overcoming the cannabis stigma in Latin America, and the difference between red ocean versus blue ocean markets.
Bob and Eric discuss the European Industrial Hemp Association’s (EIHA) challenge of the EU’s food safety approval process for hemp foods and extracts, licensing restrictions in the marijuana industry, and lawsuits in the hemp industry with respect to genetics.
Ceci and Eric sit down with the CEO of Cultivara Acquisition Group, Jonathan Danforth to discuss the role of Special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) in the cannabis space, the obstacles industrial hemp is facing on the road to legitimization, and the growing interest from Fortune 500s toward the sustainable byproducts of the plant, from genomics to bio-plastics and textiles.
The Hoban Minute – 56 | Attorney Lilly Lentz | Are We On the Verge of Federal Cannabis Legalization?
Bob and Eric sit down with Feldmann Nagel and Cantafio attorney, Lilly Lentz to discuss whether a candidate in the 2020 election may steal a move from FDR’s playbook by pushing federal legalization of cannabis similar to the repealing of alcohol prohibition during the great depression, and the constitutionality of recent stay at home orders across the U.S.
The Hoban Minute – 57 | Ross Rebagliati and Tony Germinario | The Old School Versus the New School Cannabis Industry
Bob and Eric sit down with filmmaker and Olympic gold medalist Ross Rebagliati and Tony Germinario to discuss “Chairlift,” an upcoming comedy film they’re producing imbued with marijuana-culture, how cannabis culture has evolved since the days of medical-only marijuana here in Colorado, and Ross’ experience winning Gold in 1998 and finding himself on the world stage embroiled in a global dialogue about cannabis.
Ceci and Eric discuss a recent New York Post article on COVID-related cannabis research, the work that’s being done on this front in Israel and Canada, and why this signifies a step toward cannabis industry legitimization.
Bob and Eric sit down with CEO of Panxchange, Julie Lerner to discuss the basics of how to define a commodity, the 7 stages of maturation, the import role a commodity exchange will play in the growth of the hemp industry, and what to be excited about as the industrial hemp industry continues to mature and become commoditized.
Bob and Eric sit down with Founder and CEO of CBD Global, Scott Holden to discuss how CoAs are only a small piece of the compliance puzzle, the move toward the chain of custody, and the potential and pitfalls of blockchain and cannabis.
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Bob and Eric sit down with Founder and CEO of Outcrowd Group, RJ Falcioni to discuss the state of cannabis in Spain, how the nuances of cultures around the world intersect with cannabis perspectives and legalization, and what’s on the horizon for Spannabis.
The Hoban Minute – 63 | Checking in with 101 CBD’s Justin Benton | Shout Out from Philadelphia Eagles Seth Joyner
Bob and Eric check in with The Hoban Minute OG, Justin Benton to discuss NoCo’s virtual Summer Solstice event, how industrial hemp is the green buffalo, a four-week Grateful Dead playlist and a special guest shout out.
The Hoban Minute – 64 | Arrows International & Hoban Law Group’s Vojtěch Sucharda | An Update from the Czech Republic
Bob and Eric sit down with Chairman of Arrows International and Of Counsel to the Hoban Law Group, Vojtěch Sucharda to discuss how the Czech Republic responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, what’s on the legal and regulatory horizon for cannabis in the Czech Republic, and how the country will fit into the European cannabis supply chain.
Bob and Eric sit down with Founder of Fordis Consulting, Lara Fordis to discuss how budtenders are the gatekeepers between customers and cannabis brands, the enormous need for quality market cannabis research, and what will ultimately compel major manufacturers and retailers to enter the space.
Bob and Eric sit down with Co-Founder and CEO of Canopy Boulder, Patrick Rea to discuss what’s happening in the world of cannabis investment, critical advice for entrepreneurs and investors entering the space, and why Fortune 500 companies are largely still on the sidelines.
The Hoban Minute – 67 | Monaco Natural Health’s Dr. Carlie Bell-Biggins | The Endocannabinoid System
Bob and Eric sit down with holistic practitioner, educator, and CEO of Monaco Natural Health, Dr. Carlie Bell-Biggins to discuss the medicinal value of cannabinoids, how cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system interact with PTSD, and how barriers to research are being broken down every day.