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NCIA 2019 Rewind With Adam Smith And Ari Cohen. Allowing exportation of cannabis out of Oregon with Adam Smith from Craft Cannabis Alliance. In a career spanning more than two decades, Adam has been sole or collaborative founder of a series of successful non-profits and public policy campaigns, has served on the boards of directors for statewide and national civic engagement organizations, led teams of nurses in collective bargaining negotiations across Oregon, lobbied members of Congress and state legislatures, advised non-profit and for-profit clients on a range of issues, and was a founding partner in a company bringing Pacific Northwest craft beer and artisan wine to Hawaii. Adam’s writing on drug policy and civic engagement has appeared in more than 40 print and online publications, including REASON Magazine, The Guardian UK, Mother Jones Online, Alternet, and The Razorwire. He has also produced chapters for the books Busted; Stone Cowboys, Narco-Lords, and America’s War on Drugs, Drug Trafficking and How To Get Stupid White Men Out of Office. Oregon is seeking the legislative process surrounding allowing exportation of cannabis out of Oregon, we speak about that process and much more.

The Future of Cannabis with Ari Cohen, Vice President of Operations with Dixie Brands. Dixie began as a smaller operation about ten years ago and has since then has expanded exponentially and is in almost every dispensary in Colorado. That means a lot of fast scaling up and hiring a lot of people. At Dixie, they believe that cannabis is powerful, that quality is important and that accurate dosing is everything. This is why, since 2010, they've been leading the industry through research, education, and advocacy. Dixie has also established ourselves as the trusted source for innovative, safe, effective and delicious cannabis products along the way. Dixie handcrafts every product with pure-extracted THC and a process they are proud of. They go far above and beyond the mandated batch testing and triple lab test every product they sell. Because when it comes to cannabis, consistency, and accuracy are highly important. Given Ari's experience in the restaurant industry prior to joining Dixie, where restaurants are launching and expanding and scaling up, we talk about how the skills gained in that sector have helped him at his position.

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