Interview with Scott Smith

Sam Goldman: It was important to legalize MMJ in Minnesota because ____

Scott Smith: Legislation passed during the 2014 Minnesota legislative session created a new process to permit seriously ill Minnesotans to use medical cannabis to treat certain medical conditions and for the state program to learn from our patients’ experiences with medical cannabis.

Sam: The Office of Medical Cannabis was formed in 2014. Can you please briefly describe their role in the program?

Scott: The Office of Medical Cannabis, located at the Minnesota Department of Health, was formed in 2014 to implement the new medical cannabis legislation. The office operates the patient registry system and oversees Minnesota’s medical cannabis program including regulating the state’s medical cannabis manufacturers to ensure patient safety.

Sam: The steps to join the MN MMJ program are?

Scott: Patients must be certified by a qualified clinician as having one of the qualifying medical conditions. They then must register and pay a registration fee that is established by the legislature.

Sam:  How many patients are enrolled in the MMJ program?

Scott: The most current information is at this website.

Sam: Why is the list of doctors willing to recommend MMJ private?

Scott: The Legislation did not direct MDH to create such a list and MDH does not maintain such a list. Lawmakers wrote the law so that medical cannabis use would occur within the context of an ongoing relationship with a clinician who is treating the patient’s underlying condition causing the need for the medication.  A list would be antithetical to this goal so the law did not give MDH the authority to create and maintain such a list.

There is nothing in the law that stops members of the public or physicians from creating such lists.

Sam: Only two companies are allowed to sell MMJ. Will other companies be added to the list? If not, why not?

Scott: The law currently limits the program to two manufacturers. There would need to be additional legislation to change the number of manufacturers.

Sam: Many Minnesotans are unable to afford MMJ. When will the prices resemble the prices of MMJ in other states?

Scott: The Office of Medical Cannabis does not have authority to regulate the price of medical cannabis in the state.

Sam: Currently joints, bongs, and editable are illegal. Will the program always impose these restrictions?

Scott: Such a change would require Legislative action.

Sam: Employed patients and job seekers have what legal rights?

Scott: The law includes some protections for registered patients and job seekers.

Sam: In 5 years the MN MMJ program will be?

Scott: Not our role to speculate.


Interview with Dana Wallace



Sam Goldman: The legal cannabis industry offers multiple opportunities. Why did you choose real-estate and what was required to begin selling it?

Dana Wallace: I have been a licensed real estate agent since 2002 and obtained my real estate broker’s license in 2014.  I have specialized in investor acquisitions throughout my career and so as I saw legalization of Cannabis coming our way here in California, I made a decision to align myself with the industry.  It was important to me as well, because I see this plant as a miracle.  There are so many holistic uses to heal various illnesses and conditions. This isn’t just about growing marijuana and people sitting around smoking.  This is progression in a positive direction, especially for the huge numbers of people who will now have other options besides addictive pharmaceutical pills.

Sam: Is your industry regulated enough?

Dana: This is a work in progress! We are in an all new world and many things are happening quickly, not only in local governments, but on the state level.  My experience is that each city counsel, each county counsel and the state itself, is working to outline the process for how things will proceed.  My license holds me to the highest standard and I believe in nothing but conducting myself in a transparent and forthright manner.  We approach each property or business deal with a mindset that it will take some time to do our due diligence and make sure that everything is compliant. It’s a case by case basis.

Sam: A first-time cannabis real-estate buyer needs to do what?

Dana: Know their numbers.  When looking at a property and it’s use, run numbers on what that property will yield and all of the costs associated with running the property or the business. For example, if the property is for cannabis cultivation.  First of all, is it zoned correctly? Can it be permitted or is it permitted and/or in the permitting process? What is the usable square footage? How many lights? How many plants per light?  How many pounds per plant? What can you sell your product for? Run the numbers on price per pound on a conservative figure.  That way you have a cushion built in for market fluctuations.

Sam: How do you vet potential clients?

Dana: I ask my clients to create a bio of themselves.  Who they are and what their experience is. This is especially important, if they are looking for an investor to participate in their transaction.  The investor wants to know if they are an experienced professional.

With investors looking to purchase properties or business, I request a proof of funds in some form, so that there is viable documentation that they can move forward on a deal if it makes sense.

Sam: Legal cannabis industry participants are still vilified. Do you have any horror stories?

Dana: I know of a few incidents, after the legalization rolled out in November, of raids happening. Product was destroyed and arrests by authorities, for what was stated as compliancy issues.  Each person participating in the Cannabis space, needs to be hyper aware of what the ordinances are and how to comply as closely as possible with these, so that this risk is minimal.

Sam: The cannabis real-estate law every client should know is?

Dana: Check the zoning of the property identified.  Check if this property is or can be approved to do Cannabis related businesses at that property.  What is the permit/licensing process? Or get proof of the documentation that the owner/seller is claiming they have, to allow Cannabis related businesses at that property.  Verify all information.

Sam: Do you currently have any properties available?

Dana: Yes, I do!

Sam: How much would the cannabis real-estate industry be worth if it was legal throughout the country?

Dana: That’s a number I can’t quite quote, but if we are to believe the articles and projections…billions.

Sam: The most rewarding part of your job is?

Working with people.  I have met so many down to earth people who are extremely proud of their work in the Cannabis space.  They have so much experience and are ready to share it with the world and they couldn’t do that before.  It’s rewarding to be able to help them come out of the shadows and create the businesses they always dreamed of.

Sam: How can people find 420 real-estate online?

Thank you for asking! My website is  You can also find me at @420estates4u on Twitter and 420estates4you on Instagram.  My Linkedin profile is

Interview with Michelle Mangione

Michelle Mangione

Sam Goldman: Can you please describe the moment you came up with High Heals Kitchen?

Michelle Mangione: Yes I had the same feeling as when you know when you met “The One”

Sam: The biggest challenge about legally delivering edible marijuana is?

Michelle: Making sure you are in compliance and all your paperwork is up to date, Safety and just making sure your product is the best a delivery has to offer.

Sam: What differentiates you from similar services?

Michelle: I like to say that we deliver with class. A higher standard and going the extra mile for our clients.

Sam: Who is eligible for your service?

Michelle: Patients with a Cannabis Rx from their Dr.

Sam: Do you have any memorable patient stories?

Michelle: Yes and its actually about a pet that was going to be put down. We gave her the cannabis oil and within minutes she started dancing and being energetic. She had so much life in her. Do you know how many animals we can help?

 Sam: How do you determine what goes on your menu?

Michelle: Taste and quality. The flower cant have toxic chemicals and I only use quality ingredients in my Edibles.

Sam: Is traditional food delivery a competitor?

Michelle: Any company can be a competitor, I deliver snacks too.

Sam: In five years High Heals Kitchen will be?

Michelle: LOL wow I want to be at the Top when it comes to Edibles, Flower and Pet Products. Perhaps with a animal rescue that benefits from this amazing plant. I am working on my Patent Pending Compliance and Standards Platform for the Cannabis Industry as we speak.

Sam: Where can people find you online?

Michelle: Direct at , Linkedin ,

Sam: You are very open about your Cushing syndrome diagnosis. How can people support Its Not Cupcakes Its Cushings, and how does MMJ affect Cushing syndrome?

Michelle: We are on so many prescriptions when we have Cushings. It’s a horrible disease that makes you obese gives you anxiety and depression, high blood pressure, Migraines, Pituitary Tumor and Adrenal Tumors. There are 100’s of symptoms but that is the short list. Not everybody who is obese is eating cupcakes all day. I am cured and plan on staying that way.

MMJ can help with the anxiety and pain this disease causes. I was diagnosed with only 3 months to live and knew I would have a miracle. Cannabis is that Miracle for so many diseases.

Interview with Dan from Hemp Foods Australia

Sam Goldman: What prompted your initial interest in graphic design?
Dan: My Dad bought me a Commodore 64 computer when I was in elementary school. I loved using it to make school projects look professional.

When I became interested in business there was always a need for something to be designed. I didn’t have enough money to hire a professional so I sacrificed a lot of sleep and recreation time to teach myself how to do it.

Sam: How has the graphic design industry changed since you started?
Dan: The internet has meant that people from all over the planet can get work doing graphic design online. At the same time the computer software and hardware has improved in leaps and bounds. As a result, the best in the industry are creating better designs than were possible 20 years ago.

Sam: Do you have a preferred operating system/ design software combo?
Dan: I started out using Windows and Corel Draw. When Apple brought out the Macbook Air I decided to get one and at the same time purchased a suite of Adobe products. I taught myself how to use the Adobe software using the video tutorials on That computer and software were so good I’m still using them 7 years later.

Sam: What is the most surprising request you have received from a client?
Dan: No surprises so far.

Sam: Is it easier or harder to make a theme that is also mobile friendly?
Dan: I think its easier. You’re a bit less constrained to fixed sizes for text and image so you get to be a bit more creative.

Sam: How many hours were spent designing the Sativa Skincare theme?
Dan: That depends on what you count as being part of the “theme” but at least 20 hours would be a good estimate.

Sam: The theme feels very earthy. Do the colors have a deeper meaning?
Dan: Yes, it turns out that the color that is most noticeable to human eyes is a green color that is exactly 555 nanometers. If there were a bunch of different colors painted on a wall, the green color is the one you would find yourself focussing on. Israeli scientists extracted the green pigments from Hemp leaves and found that the color was exactly 555 nanometres. So what better color to use for a Hemp cosmetics range – the one God wanted us to be interested in.

Sam: Your inclusion of a subtle newsletter sign up button is innovative. Why did you choose this unorthodox option?
Dan: Actually I saw it done on another website and thought it was a good idea.

Sam: Any plans to make the theme available as a template?
Dan: No plans.

Sam: Can you please list how people can find you online?
Dan: I’m not available for hire as a graphic designer, I only do design work for Hemp Foods Australia and Elixinol. I recommend anyone wanting to find a good designer to have a look on sites like or

Not Your Typical Lotion

Colorado is known for legal cannabis innovation. Multiple companies possessing this talent occupy the state. Some are more eye-catching than others. Elixinol isn’t run by Willy Wonka. But their products are very Wonka-like.


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CBD Rescue Balm isn’t your garden variety balm. Everything about it is very unique. It starts with its simplistic yet catchy packaging. A packaging that features a list of natural ingredients. Exploring the product further reveals something even more exciting. It competes in the American cannabis industry.

Millions of Americans are unaware that CBD affects them. You can’t tell that a product contains CBD. Since it isn’t psychoactive its users are also able to blend in. The ability to legally sell CBD products in the US is a game changer. Many American grocery stores sell at least one hemp product. A CBD lotion alternative takes it one step further.

Cannabis products are traditionally a better alternative. The CBD rescue balm product is no different. Don’t take my word for it. Compare its ingredients to the harmful ingredients that can be found in traditional lotions.The natural ingredients mentioned earlier give CBD Rescue Balm an edge. Traditional lotions biggest rival is also much healthier for your skin.

Lotion users experience benefits. The products do an excellent job of keeping your body moisturized. Dry skin is gross and it can become bloody. A beauty blog post mention, even more, benefits. Rescue Balm users enjoy the benefits of lotion and the benefits of CBD. In order to learn more about the brand behind this innovation please continue reading.

Chris Husong’s marketing skills have helped turn Elixinol into a global brand. The entrepreneur is also a co-founder of ClubM. Originally I was only going to interview Chris. When I found out the whole team was participating I was thrilled. Every member of the Elixinol team is extremely fascinating and talented. You can check out our interview below.

Sam Goldman: What is the origin of the name Elixinol?

The Elixinol team: The foundation of Elixinol is “Elixir” and “ol” being the common suffix used for chemical derivatives.

Sam: How many different Elixinol products have been created?

Elixinol: We’ve learned so much from our customers. Since 2013, we’ve created over 20 products, not all of which are available now or in every country, but our product research is a core part of our company, we want to product to be the best available and delivered in innovative ways that help our customers.

Sam: In 3 words can you please describe what Industrial Hemp means to you?

Elixinol: Healthy. Change. Possibilities.

Sam: Is CBD Jeff Sessions proof?

By all current legal standards, yes.

Sam: Which team members were involved in creating Rescue Balm?

Elixinol: Like all of our products, Rescue Balm, soon to be renamed Elixinol Hemp Balm, is a reflection of our team’s collective and deep understanding of hemp’s possibilities as well as the needs of our customers. Team members involved have a wide range of backgrounds that help inform our products.

Dan Schulz, Product Formulation Specialist: A published research scientist, Dan is always looking for ways to increase CBD absorption and delivery to the body.

Paul Benhaim, Founder, and CEO: Paul’s deep connections within the hemp industry help us deliver the highest quality hemp to our customers.

Gabriel Ettenson, CEO: As a former physical therapist who has long worked with natural products, Gabriel’s insight into how CBD affects customers is pivotal in creating product customers need.

Sam: Why is your traditional balm alternative better?

Elixinol: Elixinol’s Rescue Balm, soon to be renamed Elixinol Hemp Balm, has higher quality ingredients including hemp CBD and was formulated to include not just healthy ingredients for the body, but functional ingredients that improve the body’s ability to absorb those ingredients.

Sam: Will consumers ever see Rescue Balm on store shelves?

Elixinol: Customers can purchase Rescue Balm, soon to be renamed Elixinol Hemp Balm, through health stores in the US right now and through medical professionals including chiropractors, physical therapists, and doctors in addition to our website:

Sam: How has the CBD industry changed since you first became involved?

Elixinol: It’s an exciting to be in the CBD industry and we see growing demand, globally, and more acceptance and understanding of the power of the hemp plant and CBD’s qualities as a product.

Sam: When you promote Rescue Balm who is your target audience?

Elixinol: Rescue Balm, soon to be renamed Elixinol Hemp Balm, is a great product for anyone who wants the benefit of CBD absorbed through the skin. As importantly, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a great choice to support the nervous and muscular systems, joints and skin as well. Plus, Rescue Balm, soon to be renamed Elixinol Hemp Balm, has so many skin friendly ingredients like Virgin Ucuuba Butter, Andiroba Oil it also promotes a healthy, youthful skin appearance. Users of Rescue Balm, soon to be renamed Elixinol Hemp Balm, include everyone who appreciates the targeted application like athletes and joint and muscle pain sufferers. Some Rescue Balm, soon to be renamed Elixinol Hemp Balm, customers are simply CBD users who prefer the delivery benefits of a balm with skin benefits.

Where can people find Elixinol and Rescue Balm online/ social media?


Interview with Paul Benhaim


Sam Goldman: You’re a genius who has permanently revolutionized the hemp industry. Can you please describe your rise to prominence ?

Paul Benhaim: Just patience and focus. I love the hemp plant and all that it offers me personally, my family, friends, community, country and in fact the whole global society.

Sam: You have published hemp books and started hemp companies. Which one has been more rewarding and why ?

Paul: That depends on what you define as success; for me success is when you try something, learn and move forward – so all those projects, and more were successful in my eyes. Hemp Foods Australia and Elixinol are both production companies that exist today; and the 9 books I have written are also still available at

Sam: Not The Cooking Show demonstrated the importance of food education. This need still exists. Do you have any plans to revisit it ?

Paul: Not at this time – I am focusing on building larger production facilities to ensure higher quality hemp products reach more people. When I feel there is little I can do to help this process, then maybe I will revist the production of more educational videos. Though my preference for education these days is to create living actual models – so I have a biodynamic food production farm coming very soon…

Sam: How does the future of American hemp affect the global hemp industry ?

The future is unknown, so we will see. I am taking part in sharing the knowledge. I have acquired an American hemp company called Elixinol. The company is located in Boulder, Colorado.

Sam: Can you please describe a typical day on a hemp farm ?

Paul: My typical day is spent in an office, or a hotel room some place on this wonderful planet. I do visit hemp farms regularly of course – where most of the work is in planting, feeding or harvesting. The rest of the time you just watch it grow…

Sam: For those that don’t know what’s Marijuana’s relationship with hemp ?

Paul: They are one and the same plant – cannabis sativa is the true latin name – marijuana is usually just the name for the high THC (psychoactive ingredient) in cannabis; hemp is usually the term for industrial hemp or low THC

Sam: Why should people incorporate hemp into they’re everyday lives ?

Paul: There are so many reasons… for food, fuel, fiber, medicine, paper and much more. I recommend watching this presentation to learn more:

Sam: According to your Linkedin profile your the CEO of Exlional. Can you please tell more about Exlional.

Paul: We manufacture the highest whole plant extracts of industrial hemp into high CBD hemp oil raw materials and then produce various products from this.

Sam: In 10 years you will be ________ ?

Paul: Living on an organic hemp farm and production facility with fellow hempsters developing products in our laboratory whilst traveling the world sharing the benefits of hemp.

Sam: Where can people find you and your innovative products online ?

1) Presentation on Hemp

2) Presentation on CBD

3) Latest 2016 science presentation on CBD


Interview with the Marijuana Policy Project and Morgan Fox

Samuel Goldman: For those that don’t know can you please give me a brief history of the Marijuana Policy project ?

Marijuana Policy Project/ Morgan Fox:

Samuel Goldman: What sparked your initial interest in marijuana ?

MPP and Morgan: I witnessed the total failure of marijuana prohibition and the collateral consequences it had on otherwise law-abiding citizens.

Samuel Goldman: Your mission statement mentions regulating marijuana like alcohol. How do you envision medical marijuana being regulated ?

MPP and Morgan: Here is our model medical marijuana legislation –

Samuel Goldman: Why is rescheduling marijuana so important ?

MPP and Morgan: Rescheduling will have almost no impact on marijuana policy in practice. Removing marijuana from the CSA schedule and putting it under the purview of an agency like the ATF would dramatically increase state abilities to determine their own marijuana policies and help ensure safe access to recreational consumers and patients. You can read a detailed analysis of this issue by our executive director Rob Kampia here –

Samuel Goldman: Are you concerned that the next president will flick the switch on marijuana ?

MPP and Morgan: It is possible, but both candidates have consistently made statements in support of allowing states to determine their own policies and be laboratories of democracy.

Samuel Goldman: What 2016 marijuana policies are you currently involved in ?

MPP and Morgan: While some legislative sessions are already over, MPP is devoting significant resources to ending prohibition in 12 more states by 2019. We’re supporting ballot initiative campaigns to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol in 2016 in Arizona, California, Maine,  Massachusetts, and Nevada. MPP is also lobbying and building coalitions to regulate marijuana like alcohol in several states that do not have the option of voter initiatives: Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont. In the states where cannabis has not already been decriminalized — New Hampshire and Texas — we are working to achieve that reform first. MPP is also advocating for medical marijuana-related bills in several other states, including Georgia, Louisiana, NebraskaTexas, and West Virginia.

Samuel Goldman: How can people join your efforts ?

MPP and Morgan: Anyone looking to get involved can go to and contact their lawmakers, state and federal, and urge them to support ending marijuana prohibition.

You can also help our efforts by donating here:

Samuel Goldman: The Minnesota MMJ program is disgusting and unethical. How do you plan on cleaning up the mess ?

MPP and Morgan -I agree that there are problematic aspects of the program, and MPP is working hard to improve patient access and protections. 

Samuel Goldman: How will you prevent future states from implementing the same program ?

MPP and Morgan -You can’t really prevent states from passing such laws, but we consistently work with state lawmakers to ensure that medical marijuana programs are effective.

Where can people find your organization online ?

-See above.

Sam began blogging in 2012. You can follow him on twitter.

Interview with Cannabis Breeder/Grower Jamal Hackler


Samuel Goldman: What sparked your interest in growing legal marijuana ?

Jamal Hackler: My Career in Cannabis Started after my first seeds was given to me at 13 years old. A Farmer I grew Corn for in North Carolina knew I had seizures sometimes, he helped me understand that man has been using cannabis since the beginning of time.

Samuel: Indoor or outdoor ?

Jamal: The Outdoor Sun grown Cannabis is how I started but later I evolved into Greenhouse and then Indoor.

Samuel: Can you please describe the marijuana growing cycle ?

Jamal:The Cannabis Grow cycle is a very natural one that is very easy to understand, first the seed is a small universe all to itself, the seed is germinated in the soil for a short time ( placed in soil) then a tap root emerges from the seed husk. It takes hold in the soil to become the base or root of the plant. Second, the Tap root begins to elongate and forms a stem that is the backbone or spine of the plant. Third and finally the seed husk is shed off or slowly opens for life to emerge. The first petals of the plant are signs that the seed has become a plant. The cycle of the plant are described as Vegetation cycle (when the plant drives roots far and wide into the ground while producing vegetation of leafs and branches to support growth.

The flower cycle is the end of the sole purpose of the plants existence its fruit or flowers are produced

When the summer equinox ends into fall well call the 12/12 light cycle an even amount of days verse night hours usually nature will slide into this period around September and finish up around October to November depending on Variety.

Samuel: What is the easiest strain to grow and what is the hardest ?

Jamal: I think Blue Dream is easy to grow while the hardest is the Harlequin (CBD)

Samuel: For those that don’t know what is the “Perfect Plant” Genesis project ?

Jamal: The Perfect plant project called Genesis is to bring the Genetics of Hemp and Cannabis Back together as a perfect plant for all uses, many people have bred traits out of Cannabis I’m working on restoring the Cannabis Plant back to it’s original state. So Genesis is the combining of masterful cannabis and hemp to create the perfect plant for all uses. Bio Mass, Tissue , Medicine and products like ink, plastic, paper and more importantly protein for food.

Samuel: Why should people support their local legal growers ?

Jamal: People should support the local growers because its great to have that input from our patients and recreational patients about improvements and new trends they would like to see.

In reality, we have a community to support by growing in turn they support us by being ambassadors for us.

Samuel: Do you have any crazy growing stories ?

Jamal: Plenty but It was at a time when it was Illegal so ill have to get back to you on that

Samuel: The average civilian isn’t familiar with marijuana growing terms. Can you please define a few of the common ones in layman’s terms ?

Jamal: Veg( vegetation) Dope( weed) Blunt (cigar w/ weed) Oil

Samuel: Why should people begin growing legal marijuana and how can they get started ?

Jamal: The more growers the better it helps educate and move people to be more open, Really it’s a sacrament in many religions but now its common to use it here in the west. Also, read books on Growing Marijuana by Ed Rosenthal

Samuel: How can people find you and Sacred Strains LLC online and on Social Media ? for live updates and pictures. you can also find us on twitter.

Sam began blogging in 2012. You can follow him on twitter