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Let's be Blunt with Montel Williams

CHRONIC MIGRAINES | JULIA JACOBSON [medical cannabis]

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.

EVIDENCE | DAN DALTON [cannabis grow in former prison]

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.

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MY RECOVERY THROUGH PSYCHEDELICS | JESSE GOULD [Ayahuasca therapy]

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.

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EMPLOYMENT LAW & CANNABIS | LAURA BIANCHI [know your rights]

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.

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OPENING THE COSMIC DOORS | JESSICA GOLICH

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.

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Really enjoying all your posts lately @mclaughlin! Thanks for sharing all this info with us. I was very intrigued by your ptsd topic. I feel psilocybin is going to be so many peoples savior for mental health issues. Thank god laws are finally changing!

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MAMA DESTA | DR DESTA MEGHOO

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.

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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

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HOMEOSTASIS | SARAH POLANSKY [CBD and adaptogens]

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.

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NATIONAL CANNABIS PARTY | REDMAN

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.

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THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE | EARL CARRUTHERS (Michigan Cannabis)

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.

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HOME GROWING | JIM BELUSHI & JEREMY CORRAO

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.

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STAYING SOBER WITH CANNABIS | CHAUNTE WAYANS

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.

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THE WEEHEAD & CO | DASHEEDA DAWSON

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.

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INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE | DR MIKHAIL KOGAN

Montel talks with Dr Mikhail Kogan on this episode of Free Thinking, about his new book “Medical Marijuana: Dr. Kogan’s Evidence-Based Guide to the Health Benefits of Cannabis and CBD “. Dr Kogan is a geriatrician with the GW Medical Faculty Associates and an associate professor of Medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. His commitment to the importance of integrating different healing modalities with modern-day Western medicine has led him to become a founding board member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine and advisor to number of integrative and holistic medicine associations and companies. In 2012 he founded AIM Health Institute, the first 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that provides integrative medicine services to low-income and terminally ill patients regardless of their ability to pay.

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CANNABIS POWERHOUSE | GRETA BRANDT

Montel talks with Greta Brandt on this episode of Let’s Be Blunt. Greta is pioneering the cannabis industry with her brands and paving the way for women who want to be in the industry. She’s the President of The Flower Shop, Arizona, True North Organics, and Perfect Earth Apothecary of Utah. She serves as a board member and officer for two not-for-profit corporations, running a total of 5 dispensaries and 4 cultivation sites between Arizona and Utah. She is a corporate attorney licensed in both Arizona and California, an active community member of the Arizona Dispensary Association and serves as President of the Utah Cannabis Association.

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COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION THROUGH CANNABIS | WINSTON MCCAULEY

Montel talks with Winston McCauley on this episode of Let’s Be Blunt. Winston holds a Master’s in Business Administration from St. Xavier University with a concentration in Project Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Information Technology from Aurora University. He has served as an adjunct professor at City Colleges of Chicago. He is also a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC) and Co-chair of the Cannabis Business Association of Illinois (CBAI) Minority Access Committee (MAC). He is an entrepreneur and social justice advocate focused on facilitating opportunities and climate for underrepresented and historically marginalized communities and is the CEO of Winter Haze Cannabis in IL.

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CANNABIS PRISONER IN MI | RUDI GAMMO

In 2018 Michigan became the first state in the midwest to legalize the possession and sale of cannabis for adult use. 2018 also marked a historic injustice when a husband and father of three was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for his operation of a Detroit city-sanctioned medical cannabis dispensary. On this episode of Let’s Be Blunt, Montel speaks to Rudi Gammo by phone from the Michigan State prison, where he has now been incarcerated for 3 years and 8 months of his 5 1/2 year sentence for a victimless cannabis offense. Montel checks in with Sarah Gerston as well on Rudi’s case, General Counsel for The Last Prisoner Project.

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Montel Williams is one of the “ground Breakers” about use of marijuana because of his illness - He came out many years ago for support and sounds that he has not slowed down concerning legalization of __Thanks Montell !!

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VETERANS & SOCIAL EQUITY | PHILLIP SMITH & JENNY ROSEMAN

On this episode of Let’s Be Blunt, Montel talks with the Co-founders of Freshly Baked, Phillip Smith & Jenny Roseman. Phillip and Jenny are both disabled veterans suffering from service-related PTSD. Cannabis has been a lifesaver for them both in managing their PTSD, which in turn prompted them to focus their careers on sharing that gift with others whom it might help. They were awarded cannabis licenses in Massachusetts as part of the state’s inaugural social equity program and were also the first company awarded a license for home delivery service in MA.

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