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  1. On this episode of Let’s Be Blunt, Montel talks with Dashheda Dawson, the founder of The WeedHead & Company, author of the bestselling workbook, How to Succeed in the Cannabis Industry, 3rd Edition and co-host of the She Blaze podcast. She’s a corporate-to-cannabis crossover pioneer and world-renowned cannabis business strategist with experience as an industry educator, senior executive leader and strategy expert for multiple cannabis businesses, political & municipality leaders and media outlets across the country. Recently she was selected to oversee all regulatory, licensing, compliance, equity and educational initiatives for the City of Portland, Oregon’s legal cannabis industry, both medical and adult-use.
  2. On this episode of Let’s Be Blunt, Montel talks with actress, comedian, writer and producer, Chaunte Wayans. Chaunte shares her battle with alcohol and how cannabis has helped her maintain her sobriety. She is an advocate for LGBTQ rights, mental health and addiction. She grew up in New York surrounded by her talented uncles Keenan, Damon, Marlon & Shawn Wayans. She studied filmmaking at UCLA and got her start in entertainment behind the scenes before transitioning to a role in front of the camera. She is currently in production on a comedy series titled Unconventional, headlining her House Arrest National Comedy tour and is the co-host of the Menace II Sobreity podcast.
  3. Jim Belushi is back along with his friend Jeremy Corrao on this episode of Let’s Be Blunt with Montel. Jeremy turned his lifelong passion for growing cannabis, into a career in 2004 when he and his wife opened their first hydroponics retail store. Today he is the Vice President of GrowGeneration Management Corp, the nation’s largest chain of specialty hydroponic and organic garden centers. Jim & Jeremy share their tips on growing cannabis.
  4. Montel speaks with Earl Carruthers on this episode of Let’s be Blunt, In 2012, Earl was pulled over while carrying what he thought to be a legal amount of medical marijuana for himself and four other patients. Rather than count how much cannabis they contained — which was within the limits of the law — the prosecution counted the total weight of the brownies. “The jury perceived me as another black guy with marijuana, and I was found guilty and had to go to jail.” He was there for 33 days, then was sentenced to five years probation. Earl Carruthers is a business owner and the first POC dispensary owner in the state of Michigan.. He was party to two historic Michigan Supreme Court cases, one changing the legal definition of ‘edibles” in the enactment of Michigan HB 4210.
  5. Montel talks with National Cannabis Party co-founders, Redman and Sephida Artis-Mills on this episode of Let’s be Blunt. The NCP ’s goal is to develop programs to promote equity empowerment for the people. The purpose for these programs is to create tangible resources that provide real opportunities, addressing economic disparities and irreparable damage caused by the war on drugs and federal prohibition of cannabis. Sephida Artis-Mills is the President of the NCP. She is a proud CannaMom and caregiver to her three year old daughter, who is a heart transplant recipient that was born with Congenital Heart Disease. As a strong believer in the plant and all of its medicinal properties, she has used cannabis to treat her daughter and help improve her quality of life.
  6. Homeostasis, from the Greek words for "same" and "steady," refers to any process that living things use to actively maintain fairly stable conditions necessary for survival. Montel talks with Sarah Polansky on this epsiode of Let’s Be Blunt, who suffered from chronic health issues ranging from Lyme’s disease to severe digestive issues. After experiencing the benefits of cannabinoids and adaptogens separately, she found that their combined effects are not only synergistic, but excellent whole body support.
  7. On this epsiode of Let’s Be Blunt, Montel talks with Kevin Greene, founder of the Cleveland School of Cannabis. Kevin has been focused on the equitable development of community and business his entire professional career and continues to commit to having a social impact through economic growth and advancement of his communities. The Cleveland School of Cannabis offeres state approved certificate programs that provide education in 3 focused areas; Cannabis Horticulture, Cannabis Dispensary and Medical Application of Cannabis
  8. On this episode of Let’s Be Blunt, Dr Desta Meghooo joins Montel to talk about cannabis and social equity from a global perspective. Dr Meghoo is a cannabis activist, writer, author, community leader, and creative consultant. She has managed the careers of icons such as Augustus Pablo, Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt and served as the Managing Director of the Bob Marley Foundation. She earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida and currently serves in Addis Ababa as Liaison to the African Union for the Diaspora African Forum, the only African Diaspora organization in the world with diplomatic status.
  9. Jessica Golich is back on Let’s Be Blunt to talk to Montel about her new book, Opening the Cosmic Doors. They also discuss the current political climate and everything cannabis. Jessica is an Entrepreneur, Cannabis Influencer, TikToker, and Author and is one of the biggest Music Journalists and Photographers in the world.
  10. Today’s Let’s Be Blunt with Montel guest, Laura Bianchi, is one of the nation’s leading experts in cannabis and hemp law. She is a shareholder and partner at Bianchi and Brandt in Scottsdale, Arizona, and co-founder and President of Cannaboss Advisors, an international cannabis consulting firm. Her extensive knowledge and experience has awarded her “Top 100 Cannabis Attorneys In Arizona” along with a “Women Leaders In The Cannabis Industry” recognition. For the last 3 years, she was selected as a Super Lawyers Southwest Rising Star, an honor reserved for attorneys who demonstrate excellence in their practice. Laura talks with Montel about employment law and cannabis, the recent news of Amazon supporting cannabis legalization, the Olympic controversy over suspending Sha’Carri Richardson from competing in the 2021 Olympic Games and more.
  11. On this episode of Let’s be Blunt with Montel, Jesse shares with Montel his journey back from the brink of severe depression and anxiety through Ayahuasca therapy. Jesse Gould graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Economics. After graduating college, he worked briefly in investment banking before deciding to join the Army. He became an Army Ranger and served in 3 combat deployments. After his military service, professionally he went back into high finance, but personally struggled with severe anxiety and depression. He is the President and Founder of the Heroic Hearts Project, a non-profit dedicated to educating and connecting veterans to psychedelic treatment options.
  12. WE GROW WEED AT A PRISON TO HELP GET PEOPLE OUT OF PRISON FOR GROWING WEED On this episode of Let’s Be Blunt, Montel talks with music and entertainment industry veteran, Dan Dalton. Dan co-founded Ocean Grown Extracts along with his 2 siblings, which is housed in a very unique location in Coalinga, California... a former prison. The company is deeply committed to social justice. Their motto is “WE GROW WEED AT A PRISON TO HELP GET PEOPLE OUT OF PRISON FOR GROWING WEED”. They have recently launched their new cannabis brand, Evidence, which is packaged in evidence bags to highlight the irony of legal cannabis sales while over 40,000 prisoners are still serving time for cannabis convictions. $1 from every sale of Evidence is donated to The Last Prisoner Project.
  13. Montel chats with Julia Jacobson, CEO of Aster Farms, on this epsiode of Let’s Be Blunt. Julia suffered from chronic migraines and began using cannabis medicinally in 2016, particularly strains high in CBG, finding immediate relief. Cannabis allowed her to stop taking a cocktail of prescriptions and return to a normal life. Shortly thereafter, her and her husband founded Aster Farms in northern California based on their belief in cannabis as a medicine. Their focus as a company is to curate craft cannabis products, cultivated in an environmentally and community sustainable manner. https://youtube.com/watch?v=ky_rEZBWlyE
  14. Montel talks with Jesce Horton on this epsiode of Lets Be Blunt. Jesce is a visionary leader in the cannabis industry with a background in engineering, energy management and automation, and a passion for horticulture. In 2016, he was appointed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to the Task Force for Cannabis Environmental Best Practice and continues this work today through the Resource Innovation Institute, an organization building the central platform for creating energy efficiency solutions and standards for the global cannabis industry. He is also on the board of directors for the Oregon Cannabis Association and he’s an advisory board member at Marijuana Business Daily and Ben’s Best, the new venture by Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's fame aimed at funding Black-owned cannabis companies and further supporting the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition and Last Prisoner Project. He’s served on numerous federal, state and local cannabis regulatory advisory committees to help shape the legal cannabis markets in both Oregon and California. He is the CEO at LOUD, an award wining cannabis company in Oregon.
  15. On this episode of Let’s be Blunt, Montel speaks with MEGA Entrepreneur Smoke Wallin. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University and his MBA from Vanderbilt University. He serves on the board of the publicly traded cannabis investment firm, Vencanna, is Chairman of Taliera, a company he founded in 2006 to incubate and celebrate iconic brands, and is a Senior Advisor to STS Capital. He has founded and built multiple companies and brands, including National Wine & Spirits, which is now one of the largest distributors of beer, wine and spirits in the US with over $1 billion in beverage sales. He has overseen more than $1.7 billion in M&A, deals and financings, publicly and privately, for his companies and created $100s of millions in value for stakeholders. He is the the CEO of Vertical Wellness, a leading vertically integrated CBD brand company.
  16. Could cannabis be made legal in the US under President Biden? The signs are mixed. Most Americans want it, but the federal politics of cannabis remain unclear. In a surprise move, conservative Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas recently called into question the constitutionality of federal bans on cannabis. Montel gets the latest updates on state and federal legalization progress on this epsiode of Let’s Be Blunt from Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. She manages MPP’s grassroots and direct lobbying efforts in state legislatures, is responsible for updating MPP’s model legislation, which formed the basis for several laws. In 2011, she was appointed by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to serve on the state’s medical marijuana work group. She earned her J.D. from Loyola School of Law, New Orleans, where she received the Gillis Long Public Service award and the Crowe Scholar award. She is admitted to the Bar in the District of Columbia.
  17. On this epsiode of Let’s be Blunt, Montel chats with Margo Vesely about being a cannabis entrereneur. Margo is a passionate cannabis advocate, researcher, and entrepreneur with almost two decades of cannabis experience. She is the Executive Director of the IL Chapter of NORML and the Founder of Margo-juana, a blog and brand that provides digestible cannabis education. Through the blog she shares her wellness journey along with tips on how to build a self-empowering mindset and how to be an entrepreneur in the cannabis landscape.
  18. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Hemp is the health, wealth and security of this country”. During World War II, the U.S. Department of Agriculture had a “hemp for victory” campaign to encourage farmers to grow the plant. Yet illogical fears about the dangers of marijuana led to the passage of laws such as the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 and the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 that severely discouraged farmers from growing hemp. On this episode of Let’s Be Blunt, Montel talks with Matthew Harmon, the author of “Marijuana Hater’s Guide to Making a Billion Dollars From Hemp”. Matthew is a seasoned real estate executive with a sharp eye for viable commercial and retail business ventures. When California decriminalized cannabis, business opportunities increased as prospective tenants took advantage of its new status. Researching the new industry, he was shocked to learn that hemp was classified as a Schedule One controlled substance at that time, despite the fact that it contains minimal amounts of the psychotropic ingredient in cannabis and cannot be used to get high. He educated himself on industrial hemp’s historical significance, its thousands of commercial uses, and the plant’s potential to support or replace current diminishing resources, and concluded that hemp seemed a far more impactful and sustainable business investment than cannabis. That set him on a mission to expose why industrial hemp had been criminalized for decades, and to lift the illogical and arbitrary laws that left the United States with a $78 million hemp trade deficit.
  19. Sophie Ryan has been battling a low-grade, Optic Pathway Glioma brain tumor since she was 8 1/2 months old and she is now 8 1/2 years old. After years of chemotherapy and clinical trials, 3 major brain surgeries and one minor one brain surgery she is left with almost complete vision loss and is now disabled on her left side from a major brain surgery this past February. Unfortunately, her tumor and multiple cysts are growing AGAIN!!! The good news is that there is hope! Her treating hospital, CHLA, doesn't have any good therapies available for her that she's not either extremely allergic to or are experimental, and are not curative. BUT, after years of working with Dr. Anahid Jewett to find a cure for Soph, she has connected Sophie’s family with the Seraph Research Institute, a non-profit medical research institution for which she is a collaborator. The treatment protocol SRI has developed would greatly improve Sophie’s chances for survival. They have years of documented success with eliminating the deadliest brain tumors on the planet. Here comes the challenge! These human trials of ONE are not covered by insurance. This is an extremely complex trial and trials like this can cost over $250k out of pocket. We need your help to raise as much as possible so we can SAVE SOPHIE and provide her with the disease free life she desperately craves, and absolutely deserves. No amount is too small, or too large. Bless you all for your love and support!!! ABOUT THE TRIAL - Sophie will initially receive low dose and very low side effect inducing toxic therapies to lower the protective walls around her cancer cells, and stunt her T-cells. Either my husband or I will undergo a 4-hour process called Apheresis where they will remove our blood through one arm, take our Natural Killer Cells and other powerful immune cells from our blood, and then return the blood into the other arm. Depending on who's NK's are best for Sophie, those cells will be "activated" and given to her. These Natural Killer Cells will then reprogram her T-cells to attack and kill the cancer cells in her brain. They will also use her live brain tissue that we have provided to create an additional tumor vaccine. ABOUT SERAPH RESEARCH INSTITUTE - Seraph Research Institute seeks to uncover unseen or untouched basic science and translational aspects of disease mechanisms, in order to create novel and effective treatments. They are a non-profit research institution, registered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), that works to advance medical science in the areas of unmet need. Seraph Research Institute works in collaboration with the Seraph Medical team, along with other accomplished scientists and organizations, to eradicate chronic and terminal diseases. www.SeraphInstitute.org Recent Publication on Full Eradication of Glioblastoma, the deadliest brain tumor in existence. The patient is now 21 months disease free, with other patients being disease free for as long as 10 years.
  20. We’re all blind in some ways—blind to our biases, blind to our needs, blind to our habits. That’s what good journalism is for—not for reaffirming our beliefs, but for challenging us to consider new ones that are based on facts. That is the mission statement behind the magazine Double Blind. On this episode of Let’s Be Blunt, Montel talks with the Editor in Chief of DoubleBlind Magazine, Shelby Hartman.
  21. On this episode of Let’s be Blunt, Montel talks with the founder of the hardware brands Myster & Octave. Davis talks about his home and business being raiding for selling only CBD products and the legal threats that came with it when he was in his early 20’s. He has been a lifelong advocate for cannabis, and has been working to change the stigma that comes with being a cannabis enthusiast.
  22. Montel talks with Dr Leslie Apgar and Gina Dubbe on this episode of Let’s Be Blunt. They are the co-authors of the bestselling book, High Heals: How Two Women Found Their Footing in the Medical Cannabis Industry, which chronicles their personal, medical, and entrepreneurial journey from best friends and suburban moms to vocal advocates for shifting the narrative on medical cannabis. They are the owners of Greenhouse Wellness dispensary in Maryland.
  23. On this episode of Let’s be Blunt, Montel speaks with Dr. Jordan Tishler about the importance of patient safety not being lost in the process of adult use legalization. Dr Tishler graduated from both Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, trained at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is currently faculty at both the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He has spent many years working with the underserved, particularly providing care for veterans. Having treated countless patients harmed by alcohol and drugs, his observation that he had never seen a cannabis overdose led him to delve deeply into the science of cannabis safety and treatment. He is a frequent speaker and author on a variety of topics related to the medical applications of cannabis, and he is the President of the Association of Cannabis Specialists, which aims to educate clinicians, lawmakers, and the industry about best practices and necessary tools for proper patient care.
  24. Montel talks with Michael Thompson on this episode of Let’s Be Blunt. Michael never committed a violent crime, but yet he is the longest serving non-violent offender in Michigan State history. He was sentenced for 40 to 60 years and has spent the last 26 years in a Michigan prison for a cannabis-related charge even though recreational cannabis was legalized in Michigan in 2018. By the end of 2021 recreational weed is projected to be a $1.5 billion industry in Michigan. He has spent almost half of his life in prison for selling weed. It cost the state of Michigan over a million dollars to keep him there. And it was one of the single most egregious cases of injustice going on in the entire country. Fortunately, with the hard work of the Last Prisoner Project, The Grassroots Law Project, and the support of hundreds of thousands of people who signed petitions and helped raise awareness, he was granted clemency and released from prison on January 28, 2021.
  25. Montel chats with Jessica Kent on this episode of Let’s Be Blunt. Jessica is a prison reform, addiction and recovery advocate. She is a recovering addict who has been sober for over 9 years! She served time in New York and Arkansas penitentiaries and stepped out of prison for the last time in 2013. Jessica has become a full-time YouTuber with 445k subscribers, and she received her bachelor’s degree in correctional program support services. She uses her platform to help people better understand addiction and the US prison system. She recently revealed on her YouTube Channel that she uses medical marijuana to manage her insomnia, depression, anxiety, and PTSD and has received overwhelming support from her audience.
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