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  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with you! Tom gives a 10 point summary of some of the important things that happened in 2020, when it comes to cannabis and CBD in Europe. He discusses what steps have been made towards the legalization of cannabis in Europe, as well as the general trends related to CBD. It is a pleasure to say that, even if a lot of us have struggled during these crazy corona times, cannabis actually had a pretty good year in 2020! Let’s keep our fingers crossed for an amazing 2021!

    Other topics discussed:

    Coffeeshops in the time of a pandemic Medical Cannabis Pilot Programs Recreational Cannabis Pilot Programs Impact of Covid-19 on CBD sales The race to be the first country to legalize EU Novel Food Regulation and its impact on the CBD business in 2021 United Nations and WHO rescheduling the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs

    Links:

    Smells Like Business Linkedin Page
    Intagram @smellslikebusiness
    Smells Like Business Website

  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with Brett Puffenbarger, the Director of Digital Marketing and Sales Integration at Vanguard Scientific.

    Brett has been in the professional world of cannabis for more than 5 years, and tells us his story of how he managed to transfer himself and his skills into this industry. He also shares great tips on how to prepare in the best way possible to enter the cannabis market, and explains why it is important to educate yourself, and others, on all things cannabis. Having seen the cannabis industry grow rapidly in the US, while at the same time having seen his own cannabis career grow in parallel, Brett is able to highlight the pros and cons of the industry, and shine some light on what it’s like to work in it.

    He also shares his insight on how the cannabis industry has grown and is still developing in the US, and what lessons Europe can learn from it.

    As Brett states himself, he is “Bridging the gap from Bong to Boardroom”. That sums him up pretty nicely.

    Other topics discussed:

    - How does advertising work in the cannabis industry?

    - What are the pros and cons when it comes to vertical integration vs horizontal integration?

    - Is extraction a science or an artform?

    - Is there more to the cannabis industry than just cultivation?

    - What is the Green Rush and has it benefited the industry?

    - What lessons can be learned from the gold rush and the dot-com bubble?

    - Is doing a cannabis course useful in helping you enter the industry?

    - How to use social media in your cannabis job search?

    - How has the Green Rush affected the cannabis industry?

    Links:

    - Brett Puffenbarger Website

    - Vanguard Scientific

    - Suncoast NORML

    - Brett's Instragram

    - Smells Like Business LinkedIn Page

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  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with Michael Henell, a Swedish hemp farmer with his own company and brand Magic Herb. On August 13th, 2020, Michael’s farm got raided by the police and all his beloved plants were taken away. His story is not that uncommon and is one that many fear. Even with all the correct paperwork and legal permissions, the stigma over cannabis and the lack of understanding on the side of the Swedish police resulted in an unjustified raid on Michael’s hemp farm.

    In this interview we learn what happened, how it happened, and what Michael is doing to fight the unjust actions taken against him. We also learn the things Michael believes he could have done better to protect himself from the raid, as well as some of the various legal proceedings that occur when such an event happens. If you are considering starting a hemp farm in Europe, this episode will tell you the price you might have to pay for being one of the pioneers in the industry.

    Other topics discussed:

    - How did Michael start Magic Herb?

    - Is there a hemp community in Sweden?

    - How common are raids like this?

    - What is the attitude of the Swedish police towards hemp farmers?

    - What impact do such situations have on family members?

    - Is hemp farming worth it?

    - What can you do to prepare yourself for a raid as a hemp farmer?

    Links:*

    - Magicherb Website

    - Magic Herbs Facebook Page

    - A Smells Like Business Episode with John Hedström from Hooly Hemp #16 - Life of a European Hemp Farmer

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  • On this episode Tom continues his chat with Jacek Kramarz from HemPoland. Jacek was a guest on episode 12, where he talked about the beginnings of HemPoland. Today, Jacek tells us the story behind one of the largest acquisitions to ever happen in the hemp industry, when The Green Organic Dutchman acquired HemPoland in 2018. Jacek, one of the HemPoland partners, tells us how it happened, why it happened, and what impact it had on the business. He also shares plenty of tips for those who are looking for an investor, as well as how the hemp and CBD industry should develop and move forward in Europe. This is an extraordinary peek into one of the largest acquisitions in the hemp industry to ever happen.

    Other topics discussed:

    - Why did HemPoland decide to look for a business partner?

    - How did HemPoland find their investor?

    - How to approach an acquisition process like a pro.

    - What did the negotiations between HemPoland and The Green Organic Dutchman look like?

    - Why did HemPoland agree for a 100% takeover?

    - How does an acquisition change the company and it’s priorities?

    - How to look for cannabis investors.

    - Does it pay off to be honest with investors?

    - What does Europe need to do to build a strong cannabis market?

    - What is the role of regulations for the hemp industry in Europe?

    Links:*

    HemPoland

    CannabiGold UK

    CannabiGold Poland

    The Green Organic Dutchman

    Our Previous Episode with Jacek Kramarz

    *If you can't open the links through your podcast app, visit our Smells Like Business website!

  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with Mike Wise who is a cannabis activist, a film-maker and the owner of OG Labs Genetics, where he sells seeds and his cannabis oil. Mike talks about how he got into cannabis activism and how high THC cannabis oil changed his life.

    Mike also tells us how he became friends with Rick Simpson as well as how he acquired the last autograph of the legendary Jack Herer. The episode finishes off discussing what the future of cannabis in Europe should look like, as well as the importance of cannabis activism, especially for those who really need it to live happy and healthy lives.

    Other topics discussed:

    - Crohn’s disease and cannabis.

    - How did “The Mike Wise Show” come to be?

    - The “Illegally Alive” Documentary documentary.

    - How did Mike learn how to make RSO or high THC cannabis oil?

    - What is high THC cannabis oil, also known as the Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)?

    - Why did Mike Wise leave the USA?

    - What are the most challenging things about being a cannabis activist?

    - What can you do to help legalize cannabis in Europe?

    - Lessons to learn from Colorado’s legalization process.

    - The impact of big pharma and politicians on the cannabis industry.

    The importance of activist organizations, such as Wolne Konopie in Poland, in the fight for legalization.

    Links:*

    OG Labs Genetics Website

    Mike Wise Show Facebook Page

    Instagram: @mikewiseshow

    "Illegally Alive" Movie

    A Smells Like Business Episode with Natalia Janusz from Wolne Konopie: #8 - A cannabis economist’s view on legalization in Europe

    *If you can't open the links through your podcast app, visit our Smells Like Business website!

  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with John Hedström, a hemp farmer from Sweden with his own brand called Hooly Hemp. John shares his story of moving away from corporate life to one where he is surrounded by nature. He talks about the ups and downs of growing hemp in Sweden and shares everything he has learnt from his own experience through trial and error, making it easier for you to start growing your own hemp.

    Other topics discussed:

    - How to start growing hemp in Sweden.

    - What does an everyday life of a hemp farmer look like?

    - Why did John decide to quit his job and set up a hemp farm?

    - How did John find the right land to grow hemp on?

    - What do you need to know before becoming a hemp farmer?

    - How to get the permits to grow hemp in Sweden.

    - How important is it to select the right strains to grow?

    - What role does the weather play in the life of a hemp farmer?

    - What can you produce from Hemp?

    - The importance of preparation

    Links:*

    Hooly Hemp

    Instagram: @hoolyhemp

    Facebook

    *If you can't open the links through your podcast app, visit our Smells Like Business website!

  • On this episode, Tom is having a chat with Thierry Florit, the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Green Times Brewing, the first CBD beer producer in the UK. Thierry started the company together with his friend Carl Boon. The company was founded in 2018 and they have since managed to create 3 different types of CBD infused beer that are both gluten-free and vegan, including an alcohol-free option. Thierry talks about the origin of their idea, their plans for the future, the importance of being environmentally conscious, and the ins-and-outs of running a business that is a part of two challenging markets - CBD and Alcohol.

    Other topics discussed:

    - How long did it take to get from an idea to a finished product?

    - Who are Green Times Brewing’s clients and customers?

    - Is it hard to market and advertise CBD beer?

    - What impact will the EU Novel Food Regulation have on CBD Beer?

    - How and where is their CBD beer made?

    - Why is Green Times Brewing using Broad-Spectrum CBD instead of CBD isolates?

    - How did they manage to collaborate with Northern Monk Brewery?

    - How has the company evolved since it's inception?

    - What were the biggest challenges they had to overcome?

    Links:*

    Green Times Brewing

    Instagram

    Discount code: SUPER CHILLED

    Eden Reforestation Projects

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  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with Joe Oliver, the Director and Co-founder of LDN CBD and a serial entrepreneur. Joe is a recurring guest who we spoke to on our first episode about cannabis sustainability. Joe tells us how he and his friend, Aaron Horn, opened the first CBD shop in London, the obstacles they faced along the way, and what lessons they have learned including Covid-19. He also gives very good advice for anyone who is thinking of opening a CBD store anywhere in Europe and how to succeed in what is now a very saturated CBD market.

    Other topics discussed:

    - Why did Joe and Aaron open the first high-street CBD shop?

    - Why did LDN CBD get so much media exposure?

    - Why did LDN CBD decide to make their own brand of CBD products?

    - Should I test my CBD products?

    - How difficult is it to start your own CBD brand?

    - Why did LDN CBD decide to sell Broad Spectrum CBD, instead of Full Spectrum CBD or CBD Isolates?

    - Is it legal to have THC in CBD in the UK?

    - Who are their customers?

    - What do I need to do to open a retail CBD store?

    - What impact does Covid-19 have on CBD retail?

    - What are the future plans for LDN CBD?

    - How has the CBD market in Europe changed over the years?

    - How will the new Novel Food Regulation impact the EU CBD industry?

    - How to find the right location for a CBD store?

    - Advice for CBD beginners

    Links:*

    LDN CBD

    Instagram

    Smells Like Business Episode #1 with Joe Oliver from FairCann - How to Build a More Sustainable and Fair Cannabis Industry

    Smells Like Business Episode #5 with Craig Henderson from Extract Labs - How Starting a Business with a Clear Mission Can Lead to Success

    *If you can't open the links through your podcast app, visit our Smells Like Business website!

  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with Niels Klintø, the CEO and one of the co-founders of Christiania Bryghus. Christiania Bryghus is a Danish brewery making tasty craft beer using hemp, and is based in Freetown Christiania, a magical place with an independent community in the heart of Copenhagen. Niels tells us how he, together with 3 other founders, came up with the idea to start a brewery, what it’s like to run a business inside Christiania, and how to incorporate hemp into beers. Niels shares an inspirational tale of Christiania Bryghus' challenging, but exciting beginnings. A great entrepreneurial story all together.

    Other topics discussed:

    - Where did the idea of starting a hemp beer brewery come from?

    - How do you start brewing beer?

    - How did the founders manage to get an approval from the Christiania community?

    - What is it like to run a business inside Christiania?

    - What is Christmas beer and why do Danes love it so much?

    - How does it feel to become a hot commodity overnight?

    - How to deal with high demand and low stock?

    - How to use hemp in beer brewing?

    - Is it a good idea to brew beer in a bunker?

    - Should small breweries outsource some of the processes?

    - Is CBD and beer a good mix?

    Links:*

    Christiania Bryghus

    Facebook

    Instagram

    “Brewing a Community in Christiania” Video

    *If you can't open the links through your podcast app, visit our Smells Like Business website!

  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with Jacek Kramarz, Partner and Director Of Business Development at HemPoland, the first privately owned Polish company to obtain a state license allowing it to grow and manufacture hemp in Poland. Jacek shares the story of why the company was formed, how they became pioneers and European leaders in the industry, and what lessons they learned along the way. He also dives into other topics such as the pros and cons to vertical integration, the importance of being organic and sustainable, and how fast R&D can put you ahead of the competition.

    Other topics discussed:

    - How did HemPoland manage to acquire growing licenses from local authorities in Poland?

    - Why did Maciej Kowalski decide to start HemPoland?

    - What was the thought process behind Jacek's decision to invest into HemPoland?

    - How did HemPoland create their dream team?

    - Why is HemPoland a vertically integrated company?

    - How important is it to test your products in-house?

    - Is it necessary for a CBD producer to grow their own hemp?

    - What is the role of farmers in the hemp industry?

    - Are there any elements of the hemp industry that are not sustainable?

    - How did CannabiGold manage to get through to multiple European markets?

    - How to achieve consistency in your products?

    Links:*

    HemPoland

    CannabiGold UK

    CannabiGold Poland

    *If you can't open the links through your podcast app, visit our Smells Like Business website!

  • On this episode Tom continues his chat with Gonzo, a weed dealer from Bristol. Gonzo shares his thoughts and reasoning behind re-entering the world of illegal weed dealing, and explains his day-to-day operations. We get a peek into who his clients are and where he gets his supplies from. Gonzo also discusses the impact Covid-19 has had on the black market and shares his views on cannabis legalization in the UK.

    To learn more about Gonzo’s past check out Part 1 of our “Confessions of a Weed Dealer” series.

    Important note:
    Smells Like Business® is not promoting or advocating any illegal activities. We strongly advise you to wait until cannabis cultivation becomes legal in your country.

  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with Gonzo, a weed dealer from Bristol. Gonzo tells us his story of how he entered the world of illegal weed dealing in the UK and why he is still doing it. We share his story because, as strong advocates of cannabis legalization, we believe it is important to understand the lives and views of people who are involved in the cannabis black market in Europe.

    On the next episode, Tom and Gonzo will discuss Gonzo’s customers as well as his views on legalizing cannabis in Europe. But first - enjoy the story of Gonzo. And please, do not try this at home!

    Books mentioned in the episode:

    “The Doors of Perception” by Aldous Huxley (the author of “Brave New World”) “Confessions of an English Opium-Eater” by Thomas De Quincey

    Important note:
    Smells Like Business® is not promoting or advocating any illegal activities. We strongly advise you to wait until cannabis cultivation becomes legal in your country.

  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with Dr. Jokubas Ziburkus, a neuroscientist and entrepreneur turned Chief Innovation Officer at MariMed. Dr. Žiburkus has been merging the world of science and cannabis for years, finding the best products and solutions for both recreational and medical cannabis users. Dr. Žiburkus’ views on how dispensaries of the future will (and should) look like, together with his top-notch advice on how to enter the cannabis industry, make this episode a must for anyone interested in starting a cannabis career.

    Other topics discussed:

    - How did Dr. Jokūbas move from science to entrepreneurship?

    - Why did Dr. Jokūbas decide to work with cannabis products and start Meditaurus?

    - What does it mean to be a Chief Innovation Officer at a company like MariMed?

    - What do cannabis dispensaries look like now?

    - What should the role of a budtender or a dispensary employee be?

    - Should we approach cannabis like we approach wine?

    - How hard is it to get a cannabis license?

    - How will dispensaries of the future look like?

    - How will cannabis be categorized and sold?

    - Is the “sativa and indica” system outdated?

    - Will regionality be a thing in the cannabis world?

    - Should Luxembourg introduce an upper THC limit when they fully legalise cannabis?

    - Do we need an age limit for cannabis consumption?

    - What is a social consumption lounge?

    - Should Europe import cannabis or grow it's own?

    - What lessons can we learn from the Covid-19 pandemic?

    - How will the dispensaries look like in Europe?

    - Is cannabis legal in Lithuania?

    - What do you have to do to become a cannapreneur?

    Links:*

    LinkedIn profile MariMed Florance Tedx Talk ICBC presentation Last Prisoner Project Electric Lettuce Dispensary Episode with Joe Oliver from Faircann Cannabis Control Commission
    Cannabis Social Clubs

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  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with Natalia Janusz, a cannabis economist and activist based in Poland. Natalia has been fighting for the legalization of cannabis for years through her work at Wolne Konopie, her political engagements and her research. Natalia shares her views on the current and future state of cannabis in Europe as well as the economic and social benefits of cannabis legalization.

    Other topics discusses:

    - How did Natalia end up becoming a cannabis economist?

    - What is Wolne Konopie?

    - What is happening in Europe right now in regards to cannabis legalization?

    - What countries are leading the cannabis reform?

    - What are the EU laws on the allowed amount of THC in hemp?

    - How will legalization of cannabis look like in Europe?

    - What are the positive and negative consequences of legalizing cannabis?

    - Is legalizing cannabis protecting or endangering children and teenagers?

    - What are the current cannabis market trends in Europe?

    - Is the cannabis market in Europe saturated?

    - How to enter the cannabis industry as a beginner?

    - Why is Europe taking this long to legalize?

    - What is the relationship between the coronavirus crisis and cannabis prohibition?

    Links:*

    Natalia’s website

    Wolne Konopie

    Instagram

    Facebook

    The Petition that Natlia mentions

    *If you can't open the links through your podcast app, visit our Smells Like Business website!

  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with João Melo, the CEO and Founder of Open Grow. João talks about his 6 year long journey into the entrepreneurial world and his passion for creating agricultural automation systems. João also tells us about the challenges a startup selling physical products faces, shares the lessons he has learned along the way and expresses his views on cannabis legalization in Portugal and Europe.

    Other topics discussed:

    - What is Open Grow?

    - What is GroLab™?

    - What are the benefits of having an automated growing system?

    - What was João’s first entrepreneurial project?

    - Why did João start his own company?

    - What is the biggest challenge when starting a business with a physical product?

    - Why is it important to customize a growth system to your specific needs?

    - What are the benefits of doing everything in-house instead of outsourcing?

    - How to make sure you are accessible to your customers?

    - What is Open Grow working on now?

    - How is the company different now from when it started?

    - How to find places to sell your product?

    - What is the role of events in the cannabis industry?

    - What is the current attitude towards cannabis in Portugal?

    - Why is it so important to decriminalize cannabis?

    Links:*

    Open Grow

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Cannabis events mentioned:

    Spannabis

    Cannafest

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  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with Hana Gabrielova, the CEO and Founder of Hempoint. Hana started her life-long hemp journey after reading “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer. It changed the way she looked at hemp and it’s potential to change the world. Hana created Hempoint with the purpose of producing the highest quality organic hemp and distributing organic hemp seeds to farmers around the world. Coming from a background of activism she is now involved in different initiatives advising multiple organizations and governments on how hemp can help us save the planet.

    Other topics discussed:

    - How did Hana’s hemp journey start?

    - What does Hempoint do?

    - Is Europe experiencing a hemp revival?

    - Does the hemp industry need EU standards and guidelines?

    - Why did the EU introduce Novel Food regulations for CBD?

    - Is the hemp industry responsible enough?

    - How should the hemp industry be regulated?

    - What should you do if you want to start growing hemp in Europe?

    - How to choose the right seeds for growing hemp?

    - Is Hemp the answer to the European Green Deal?

    - What is slowing down the hemp industry in Europe?

    - Does the EU free-trade agreement apply to hemp?

    - What countries in Europe are leading the hemp industry?

    - Where does Europe get its hemp seeds from?

    - What is the future of the hemp industry in Europe?

    - How can hemp help us create a better and more sustainable planet?

    Links:*

    Hempoint

    Facebook

    Hemp The Climate

    Hemp Today

    Czech Hemp

    *If you can't open the links through your podcast app, visit our Smells Like Business website!

  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with Craig Henderson, the CEO of Extract Labs. After getting fired from his full-time job, Craig decided to take his career into his own hands and opened a CBD extraction company in Colorado. Craig talks about the hardship of starting a company and how his need to help people helped him grow his business from a one-man show in his garage to a multi-million dollar company.

    Other topics discussed:

    - How did Craig end up working with cannabis?

    - What did Craig learn from working with various cbd start-ups?

    - How was it to transition from the military, to having a job, to being your own boss?

    - How did the business grow so fast?

    - Why does Extract Labs keep everything in-house?

    - What were the biggest challenges Craig faced when starting a business?

    - How important is it to have a mission when starting a company?

    - What is white labeling and is it a good way to enter the cannabis industry?

    - What is the difference between broad spectrum CBD, full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate?

    - Why did Extract Labs enter the European cannabis market?

    - Europe vs North America - what are the differences in the CBD market?

    - Does it pay off to start a cannabusiness during the risky times?

    Links:*

    Extract Labs

    Facebook

    Instagram

    YouTube

    LinkedIn

    Snapchat

    Twitter

    *If you can't open the links through your podcast app, visit our Smells Like Business website!

  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with Frenchy Cannoli, a master hashishin and a living legend. By sharing his life story and cannabis experiences Frenchy explains why hash has played such an important role in his life and gives tips on what you can do to stay relevant in the cannabis industry and have an upper hand over the cannabis industry giants.

    Other topics discussed:

    - What is the difference between hash-making in India and in the Middle East?

    - Why is the process of making hand-rubbed hash so magical

    - How did the Frenchy Cannoli Brand come to life?

    - How did Frenchy manage to gain access to the Emerald Triangle?

    - Why is the Emerald Triangle so special?

    - What is the purpose of Frenchy’s “Lost Art of the Hashishin” workshops?

    - How important is appellation in the cannabis world?

    - Can Northern California become the Bordeaux of cannabis?

    - How important is tradition in hash making?

    - How is science helping Frenchy?

    - What will the cannabis industry look like when Europe legalizes?

    - How can you make yourself relevant in the cannabis industry?

    Links:*

    - Frenchy Cannoli

    - Facebook

    - Instagram

    - Youtube

    - LinkedIn

    - Twitter

    *If you can't open the links through your podcast app, visit our Smells Like Business website!

  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with Kevin Rebelo Lopes, one of the Hempzon Co-Founders. Kevin updates us on the latest developments on cannabis legalization in Luxembourg, and shares an insight on what it takes to start and run a large cannabis expo in Europe.

    Other topics discussed:

    - How did Hempzon manage to convince their government to allow them to have a cannabis expo?

    - What is the current state of the CBD market in Luxembourg?

    -What are the challenges of working with exhibitors from various European countries?

    - What impact does the new novel food EU regulation have on CBD shops in Luxembourg?

    - How is Covid-19 impacting the cannabis expo industry?

    - What is the role of networking for new cannabis businesses?

    - Is Luxembourg really legalizing recreational cannabis?

    - What is the cannabis culture in Luxembourg?

    Links:*

    Hempzon

    Facebook

    Instagram

    *If you can't open the links through your podcast app, visit our Smells Like Business website!

  • On this episode Tom is having a chat with Barbara Novak and Katarina Simonic from Hemptouch. Barbara (Head of Research and Development) and Katarina (Regional Sales Manager) tell us about the beginnings of Hemptouch, incorporating the WHOLE hemp plant into skin care products, and share tips on how not to get fooled by misleading labels.

    Other topics discussed:

    - What is the history of Hemp in Slovenia?

    - What is an endocannabinoid system?

    - What skin issues can hemp help with?

    - Can you replace your steroid creams with CBD?

    - What is Hemp hydrosol (also known as hemp hydrolate)?

    - Are all hemp products equal?

    Links:*

    Hemptouch Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    *If you can't open the links through your podcast app, visit our Smells Like Business website!