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Why & how I joined the cannabis industry – by Executive Assistant Bree Hess

Most industries around the world are often dominated by men in what can only be described as a “boys club”. Thankfully for the growing cannabis industry, our female leaders have been stepping in and making a huge influence on our industry. In fact, most of our Therapy Tonics mentors & employees are women of cannabis and we couldn’t be more proud.

Last week we were invited to attend an event in San Diego titled “Executive Women in Cannabis : Exploring Emerging Opportunities”, like many localized events and panels we attend we often bring team members to help educate attendees on our Therapy Tonics products and offer up polite conversation about the culture and ethos of the Therapy brand. This week through our usual speaker CEO Chris Coggan was unable to join us as he was out sick. But fortunately, our very own Executive Assistant – Bree Hess was able to step in and offer up her story on how and why she got involved in the Cannabis Industry and how it has vastly improved her quality of life. In hindsight, Bree ended up representing this particular discussion from a female point of view much better than Chris ever could, and we are glad she was able to step up and knock it out of the park. We were able to capture her story here.

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Cannabis Wonderland 2018 Recap

Howdy Y’all Texas Taylor here from Therapy Tonics to give you a brief recap on this past week’s events in Las Vegas. Read along with me as I will be quickly going over my take on MJbizcon, Cannabis Wonderland afterparty and the future speculation of Therapy Tonics.

Regardless if you are somewhat new to the cannabis industry or you are an industry O.G., you would have probably recognized by now that Mjbizcon is the largest and most important annual cannabis business conference of the year. With a rapidly growing turnout year-over-year the MJ Business convention consists of a weeklong escapade of industry movers & shakers all coming together to share ideas and network on behalf of their respected trades. Personally, I was only able to attend the actual convention for a brief moment and was blown away with overall size and engagement I was seeing coming from the Las Vegas convention center. Even my Uber driver said it was busier than normal day for the convention crowd, which if you have ever been to Las Vegas for a convention you will know, that alone is quite a statement. A brief stroll through the convention floor could have you stopping for an in-depth chat with all sorts of industry services and brands ranging from cultivation, research, distribution, finance, legal, media, packaging, warehousing, banking, software etc.. etc.. There were seemingly hundreds of private events, parties, seminars, and showcases for an individual or group to RSVP and attend. In an incredibly busy 3 days for the Therapy Team, Bree Hess, a colleague of mine was able to break off from the demanding party coordination to attended The Women of Cannabis (WOC) conference and had this to say about the experience “It was a great opportunity to engage with women of the Cannabis Industry, and not only that but executive women who were motivated, driven and inspiring. It was a pleasure to come together with these amazing individuals to discuss the importance of furthering research for both medical and recreational use in the Cannabis Industry”. A musk of dank air arose over Las Vegas which produced a vibe one could only describe as “positivity” as almost every encounter I had from the event security to the business executive was left with positive aspirations of things to come for the cannabis industry. Even competitors seemingly co-existed and were able to come together to discuss ideas as well as share pleasantries. It was a feeling of community that I have personally never seen or felt before at a business convention. Which speaks volumes to the culture of this industry.

Aside from the convention, companies showcased their brands and services at what seemed to be a pick-and-choose of showcase after parties. I was lucky enough to be invited to attend a handful of high-profile events hosted at some of Las Vegas’ finest luxury establishments where I could casually shake hands and mingle with some of the biggest names in the cannabis industry over an adult beverage or the sharing of a smoke sesh. After parties provided a business casual environment to meet and mingle individuals from all aspects from industry. You can easily find yourself in a conversation with a CEO of a cannabis company, distribution executive, journalist, a freshly budding entrepreneur, or even a potential investor.

Of the handful of afterparties that I was personally able to attend, I can say with certainty and all bias aside that Cannabis Wonderland was by far the most impressive of all the afterparties. A must see event, Cannabis Wonderland is an interactive and highly engaging trip down the rabbit hole, where corporate sponsors, industry wigs, celebrities, investors, media journalists, bud-tenders and cannabis consumers all gathered for a celebration of the normalization of cannabis that can be described as anything but, well.. normal. Event Coordinators Deviant Apex put on an extravagant show of professional elegance and general weirdness that spoke volumes about the rapidly exploding state of the cannabis industry. I overheard Dan Schmink – CEO of Deviant Apex the coordinators of Cannabis Wonderland say that “We are honored to serve our over 4200 guests that experienced Wonderland with us this week and are looking forward to sharing 2019’s plans in the near future”.
Attendees that RSVP’d to the event were afforded a wealth of entertainment from mingling with Alice in Wonderland and cast, a trippy pool-side party experience complete with artistic water performance, several interactive sponsored presentations, a group smoke-sesh in one of three party tour buses, a fully packed club-like experience raging in the bar and lobby sections of the hotel, and for the select few, an interactive one-on-one VIP experience provided by event sponsors complete with medicated tastings. Needless to say, that if you missed out on the photo-op that was Cannabis Wonderland 2018, you need to make a point to mark the event on your calendar to make it out to Las Vegas next year; where I can only assume to expect an even more grandeur and extravagant themed party. Be on the lookout for more events by Deviant Apex, as I am sure they will have many more down the pipeline in the coming year.

In what was a huge week for the Therapy Tonics team, both internally and externally — we take home with us a feeling of accomplishment. Several years in the making to step out on a national scene and showcase the hard work, dedication, and perseverance that has persisted from all of our team members consisting of our manufacturing, sales, creative, and executive departments. Team members that were able to attend and work the event all had inspiring words as they look back on the struggles an accomplishments of a rapidly changing cannabis industry over the past few years, and move forward to what can only be envisioned as a promising future for this San Diego based Cannabis brand. Therapy Tonics looks to maintain momentum and finish the 2018 year out strong, CEO Chris Coggan had this to say about the event “(quote from Chris)”. Moving forward Therapy Tonics CEO & Team are forecasting a rapid growth in company size, sales, and possibly SKU’s with talk of potential new flavor offerings, an apparel brand, collaborations and an uptick in creative media in the next year to come. A big thanks to all the event sponsors, vendors, attendees and not to mention, the Artisan Hotel for helping to make this event a success. We are already stoked to see you next year

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Therapy Tonics & Provisions featured on KPBS News

Therapy Tonics is on a hot streak! Check out our latest mention on local San Diego area news outlet KPBS, where anchor Andrew Bowen popped into our licensed manufacturing facility and interviewed Vista Prime Distribution CEO, George Sadler to get an inside look on the manufacturing side of budding cannabis industry in San Diego.

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Therapy Tonics & Provisions CEO – Chris Coggan Talks California Cannabis Industry on wsRadio.com

Recorded on 9/14/18 on wsRadio.com – Listen in for an inside perspective into the California cannabis industry as radio host Drew Schlosberg interviews Chris Coggan, CEO of a popular San Diego-based recreational cannabis-infused beverage brand Therapy Tonics & Provisions.

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Listen to the PodCast

Talking points

  • The power of dosing in the hands of the consumer
  • Cannabis legalization in California
  • History of Therapy Tonics & Provisions, founded in 2015 specifically for medical marijuana patients
  • Educating the consumer – “everyone has a different relationship with THC”
  • Common myths surrounding the cannabis industry
  • Learning from other recreational “adult use” states, how the southern California market compares and differs
  • Directing policy in the industry and how it affects regulation
  • The underlying illicit cannabis market
  • Breaking down Therapy Tonics & Provisions products
  • Product development, inspirations & complications
  • Phase 2 testing, sourcing & CoA’s
  • Engaging cannabis with healthcare professionals
  • How cannabis is affected on a federal level
  • Looking to the future with Therapy Tonics & Provisions
  • How to support and engage Therapy Tonics & Provisions

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Permanent Regulations in California’s Cannabis Market are About to be Released

California’s licensed cannabis operators are readying themselves for the adoption of permanent regulations, which are expected to be revealed in the next few weeks. For legal operators, finding product in the current emergency regulatory environment has proven to be difficult. The pending release of regulations has culminated in a collective sigh of relief, peppered with a fair bit of trepidation, as the underpinnings of both statutory and regulatory rules evolve into a tangible foundation.

Tangible, however, does not necessarily qualify as practical or even readily achievable.

To qualify the challenges faced in this regulatory environment, a brief history will provide some context. In 1996, Proposition 215 passed, which made medical marijuana accessible to qualified residents of California, while simultaneously promoted California as the leader of state marijuana reform. Fast Forward to 2015. 2015 saw the passage of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA). This created a pathway to regulation, but it was not until a year later when Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act passed that the state engaged in the process and began to consider regulation.

Regulators now found themselves working under a tight deadline to regulate a $2B marketplace they did not understand, a market that had self-regulated for almost two decades.

It has been a race to permanent regulations ever since and many problems persist that have no means of a timely resolution. The expectation of permanent regulations is that they will closely mirror the existing emergency regulations, with a few small changes and/or clarifications throughout.

From a cannabis manufacturing perspective, one major change the state is expected to accommodate relates specifically to the way vape cartridges are tested. Currently, as a manufactured product, these cartridges are to be tested in their final packaging. The issue is, these small cartridges are not made to be opened, so pulling samples out of these is not only wasteful but dangerous to the lab technician trying to open the fragile metal and glass cylinders.

The new regulations will also reflect a reversal in original policy as it relates to delivery. This change, implemented at the beginning of June 2018, puts the interests of non-licensed technology companies into a powerful position in California’s cannabis delivery market. This highly contested change reveals the dynamics of an industry that is so large and consequential that the economic ramifications extend far beyond the industry itself. The political influence of ancillary market sectors, from insurers to technology providers, has proven powerful and potentially fractious.

Additionally, several definitions will be refined and perceived loopholes closed, but many of the larger problems that echo across the supply chain are statutory in nature. These issues, revolving around distribution, tax collection, child-resistant packaging and testing validation protocol, will prove the biggest challenges for operators in the near-term. Challenges related to these topics will continue to plague licensed operators and fuel the illicit marketplace which, by some estimates, has tripled in size since January 2018.

The good news, however, is that cannabis industry leaders are working closely with state legislators and regulators to address these challenges. The Bureau of Cannabis Control, the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Food Safety and Agriculture’s Calcannabis division are working tirelessly with organizations like the California Cannabis Industry Association to push forward towards a normalized market built on practical regulation.

It is an issue that impacts countless small business owners like myself who are eagerly awaiting a firm resolution. A permanent set of regulations will allow for the maturation of the cannabis industry in California, which is the ultimate goal.

Christopher Coggan is CEO of Therapy Tonics & Provisions, Inc. He is chairman of the California Cannabis Industry Association Manufacturing Committee and board member of both the San Diego Cannabis Delivery Alliance and San Diego Cannabis Industry Association. Christopher can be reached at chris@therapytonics.com or 858-864-8959. 

 

 

 

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