The Hoban Minute

Shift your perspective on cannabis with our brand new podcast, The Hoban Minute. You can listen below to our special series on “Coronavirus & Cannabis,” where hosts, Bob Hoban and Eric Singular sit down with industry leaders from around the world to explore in realtime how the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the international cannabis market. No matter where you fit into the global cannabis supply chain, we hope you’ll join us on the new and exciting venture, The Hoban Minute.

Panic is contagious, but so is leadership.

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The Hoban Minute Podcast - Hemp Marijuana and Cannabis
The Hoban Minute Podcast - Hemp Marijuana and Cannabis
The Hoban Minute Podcast - Hemp Marijuana and Cannabis

Previous Episodes 1 – 13

The Hoban Minute – 01 Bob Hoban & Eric Singular Introduction

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.”

The Hoban Minute – 02 Benzinga’s Patrick Lane | What Coronavirus Means for Cannabis Investment 

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.

The Hoban Minute – 03 101CBD’s Justin Benton | How Small Cannabusinesses Can Weather the Storm 

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.

The Hoban Minute – 04 HLG’s Luis Armendáriz | The Impact of Coronavirus on Mexico

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. 

The Hoban Minute – 09 Functional Remedies’ Tim Gordon | What About the Farmers?

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.

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 democrtatic 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. 

The Hoban Minute – 13 International Hemp Solutions’ Tom Dermody | Breaking News

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.

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The Hoban Minute – 14 Hemp Point’s Hana Gabrielová | The Future of Hemp Fiber in the U.S.

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.