Northern Lights

Minnesota Cannabis College

Welcome to "Northern Lights," a captivating podcast that illuminates the vibrant world of Minnesota's cannabis industry. Join us as we uncover the latest updates, share intriguing perspectives, and dive into the stories that shape this thriving community. From engaging conversations with industry trailblazers to spotlighting local businesses and groundbreaking initiatives, "Northern Lights " is your guide to the remarkable journey of cannabis in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Stay informed, inspired, and connected as we explore the potential and progress within Minnesota's cannabis landscape.

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Episode 28 - April Showers Bring Cannabis Flowers (with Shawn Weber)
6d ago
Episode 28 - April Showers Bring Cannabis Flowers (with Shawn Weber)
As rainstorms wash away the last of the snow, they usher in a season of cannabis flowers in Minnesota, and John, Marcus, and Tanner are here to break it down. Expungements begin in May; Chippewa County says "no" to cannabis, while Wayzata says "Yes, please!"; and a dispensary two hours outside of Minnesota is offering to pay gas money to any Minnesotans making the trip. Then we crack into legislative updates while cracking open Gus Dean's NEW Royal Caramel Cold Brew, another home run!Next, Steve and Tanner sit down with Shawn Weber, owner/operator of Crested River and President of the Minnesota Cannabis Growers Cooperative and Industry Council. They dig into his past, exploring why he chooses to work to organize Minnesota's cannabis industry and discuss the next steps for Crested River as Minnesota moves into the next chapter of legalization.Finally, it's time for another segment of Cooking with Clem, a collaboration between Doctor Dabs and Northern Lights Podcast. Today Clem's whipping up some infused Maple Syrup Ice Cream! Doctor Dabs Healthy Highs makes a wide variety of THC-infused products, including infused Maple Syrup from Taylors Falls, MN. Learn how to use Infused Maple Syrup to make your own ice cream at home! Donate Today - mncannabiscollege.org/donateFilmed and Recorded at the Dabbler Depot Studio in St. PaulToday's episode of Northern Lights is presented by North Star Law Group, your trusted partner in Minnesota's burgeoning legal cannabis industry. Learn more at northstarlaw.comLinks from the Show:🪴 Curing Cannabis Correctly! (Mon, Apr 15) - https://mncannabiscollege.org/product/curing-cannabis-correctly/🧑‍⚖️ Cannabis Expungement Board Website - https://mn.gov/ceb/☕ Gus Dean Canna Coffee - https://www.gusdeancannacoffee.com/🍫 Crested River - https://criver.cc/👤 Shawn Weber - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawnwweber/🍨 Doctor Dabs Healthy Highs - https://www.doctordabshealthyhighs.com/🎓 2024 Spring Semester Course Roster - https://mncannabiscollege.org/growspring2024/Support the show
Episode 27 - The Body (High) Enters The Ring (w/ Brock Friesen & Lauren Bertrand)
Apr 1 2024
Episode 27 - The Body (High) Enters The Ring (w/ Brock Friesen & Lauren Bertrand)
Let's get ready to rumble!! In a one-two punch, Marcus and Tanner break down this week in cannabis news. First, we dig deep into Jesse Ventura Farms, the newest cannabis company in Minnesota that happens to be led by Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, and get an opportunity to try one of their unreleased products!! Jesse Ventura Farms by Retro Bakery's Governor's Select Lemon Pound Cake White Chocolate takes the competition to the mat, with taste! Then they discuss this week's Cannabis Advisory Council meeting, exploring Angela Dawson's election as Vice Chair, and break down the "Cannomnibus Bill" making its way through the Minnesota House. Next, Tanner and Steve sit down with Brock Friesen of Carpe Diem CBD and You Betcha! They talk about his background in sales, how he came to find the local cannabis industry, and a bit about the future of You Betcha! in 2024. Then, they try a full round of You Betcha! products, sampling:- Day Time Gummies: Strawberry-Kiwi & Pineapple-Habanero- Night Time Gummies: Sweet-Cherry & Sour-Pink-Lemonade- Betcha Bar: Coffee Crisp, Cranberry Hibiscus, & Lemon GingerFinally, Marcus and Steve sit down with Lauren Bertrand of WYNK (Wherehouse Beverage Co.) to hear more about her background in alcohol and how the transition to the cannabis industry helped her continue to grow relationships in Minnesota. Learn more about Lauren's advice for new entrepreneurs and where you can drink WYNK today. Donate Today - mncannabiscollege.org/donateFilmed and Recorded at the Dabbler Depot Studio in St. PaulToday's episode of Northern Lights is presented by North Star Law Group, your trusted partner in Minnesota's burgeoning legal cannabis industry. Learn more at northstarlaw.comLinks from the Show:🪴 Curing Cannabis Correctly! (Mon, Apr 15) - https://mncannabiscollege.org/product/curing-cannabis-correctly/👥 CannaConnect04 Tickets - https://cannaconnectmn.com/🎉 Pre-Order Jesse Ventura Edibles & 4/20 Party Details - https://retrobakery.net/pages/jesse-ventura-farms-by-retro-bakery🍫 You Betcha! - https://youbetchacannabis.com/👤 Brock Friesen - https://www.linkedin.com/in/brockfriesen🥤 WYNK - https://drinkwynk.com/👤 Lauren Bertrand - https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-bertrand/🎓 2024 Spring Semester Course Roster - https://mncannabiscollege.org/growspring2024/Support the show
Episode 26 - Big Dreams for Small Business (with Mike Kanowitz and Scott Swail)
Mar 25 2024
Episode 26 - Big Dreams for Small Business (with Mike Kanowitz and Scott Swail)
As the snow flutters down in a spring flurry, grab your coziest blanket and a steaming mug of hot dish to join us for an enlightening episode of "Northern Lights." This week, hosts Tanner and John welcome Jerry Collins, the visionary behind Big Dreams Organics in Albert Lea, MN. The conversation lights up with insights about Island Peži, the eagerly anticipated dispensary near Treasure Island Casino, alongside a thorough exploration of the Legal Marijuana Now Party's future ventures. The episode takes a deeper dive into Minnesota's inaugural cannabis hearings of the year, offering a preview of what's brewing in St. Paul for the coming days.In a flavorful segment, Marcus and Tanner link up with Will from Dabbler Depot to discuss their exclusive Generic Gummies. These treats are not only delicious with their unique [insert flavor here] taste but also perfect for enhancing [insert activity here], making them a must-try for everyone. Discover why Dabbler Depot is the go-to spot for these exclusive delights.Then, dive into the cannabis industry's inner workings with Steve, Tanner, and the dynamic duo from Boveda's Cannabis Sales team, Mike Kanowitz and Scott Swail. Learn about their unique journey into the cannabis sector, the challenges and triumphs of selling in a multi-faceted company, and their predictions for Minnesota's cannabis future.Wrapping up the episode, John and Tanner circle back with Jerry Collins for a close-up look at Big Dreams Organics. They explore the Albert Lea inspection process from a business owner's perspective, shedding light on Jerry's transition from seeking solace from sleepless nights to leading a trailblazing cannabis enterprise. Tune in to discover the stories, strategies, and insights that are shaping the cannabis landscape in Minnesota.Donate Today - mncannabiscollege.org/donateFilmed and Recorded at the Dabbler Depot Studio in St. PaulToday's episode of Northern Lights is presented by North Star Law Group, your trusted partner in Minnesota's burgeoning legal cannabis industry. Learn more at northstarlaw.comLinks from the Show:🪴 Curing Cannabis Correctly! (Mon, Apr 15) - https://mncannabiscollege.org/product/curing-cannabis-correctly/CannaConnect04 Tickets - https://cannaconnectmn.com/Big Dreams Organics - https://bigdreamorganics.com/Boveda - https://store.bovedainc.com/collections/boveda-for-cannabisScott Swail - https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-swail-72b359b7/Mike Kanowitz - https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-kanowitz-818180193/2024 Spring Semester Course Roster - https://mncannabiscollege.org/growspring2024/Support the show
What to Expect When You're Expecting (An Inspection) | March 21, 2023 Event Rebroadcast
Mar 22 2024
What to Expect When You're Expecting (An Inspection) | March 21, 2023 Event Rebroadcast
Join us for a comprehensive discussion designed to help businesses navigate the inspection process, understand compliance requirements, and streamline operations! Here’s a look back at the insights and highlights from the event!🎤 Insightful Presentation/Panel: An engaging hour-long discussion featuring Margaret Wiatrowski, Hemp-Derived Cannabinoid Product Unit Supervisor for the Office of Medical Cannabis, unveiled the intricacies of the inspection process and compliance strategies. The session wrapped up with an interactive Q&A, offering attendees personalized advice.🧭 Expert Guidance: Jen Reise offered an in-depth look into the legal intricacies of the cannabis industry, focusing on the importance of compliance, successfully launching a business, and navigating regulatory challenges. Her insights were tailored to empower business owners with the knowledge to safeguard their interests and thrive in a competitive landscape.📈 Business Owner Perspective: Insights from local business owner Jamie Croyle (House of Oilworx) shed light on practical strategies for collaborating with state and local officials, providing a real-world glimpse into navigating the cannabis business landscape.📚 MNCC Online Training Program: We introduced our attendees to the MNCC training program designed to equip teams for success in compliance, highlighting the resources and support available to ensure businesses thrive.The workshop served as a pivotal platform for sharing knowledge, strategies, and experiences, fostering a community of well-informed and compliant cannabis businesses. While the event might be over, don’t miss the chance to gain valuable insights from our panel!🌟 Sponsorship Gratitude: We extend our heartfelt gratitude to North Star Law Group for sponsoring the live stream of our workshop. Their generous support made it possible to share this invaluable event and its wealth of information with a wider audience, free of charge. It's through partnerships like these that we can continue to foster a well-informed and compliant cannabis business community.Support the show
Episode 25 - THC-A(in't Allowed) (with Jeff Brinkman)
Mar 18 2024
Episode 25 - THC-A(in't Allowed) (with Jeff Brinkman)
The crackdown on THC-A flower begins, and John, Marcus, and Tanner are here to break down what it means for you. They also discuss a recent letter sent to the President by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN5) and 35 other members of Congress; it demands more action on cannabis at the federal level. Finally, despite the lack of hearings, the hosts also dig into:- HF 4789/SF 4524 (Expanded Medical Access)- HF 4871/SF 4957 (Flavor / Advertising Limits)Then, John sits down with Kelly, Richard, and JP, the minds behind Ganja Skoden. Hear about how their unique backgrounds come together in a refreshing Sparkling Lime Margarita overflowing with love. Skoden and grab one at Dabbler Depot today!Next, the crew is joined by Jeff Brinkman of Superior Cannabis Company to talk about what small businesses need to succeed in Minnesota. Listen to how his experience as a wrestling coach led him to start a wellness-focused cannabis company that provides high-quality cannabis products from Austin to Duluth.Finally, Steve Eigenmann joins to discuss the upcoming CANNACONNECT04 Expo and the LIMITED FREE TICKETS still available at cannaconnectmn.com. Grab yours before they're gone! Donate Today - mncannabiscollege.org/donateFilmed and Recorded at the Dabbler Depot Studio in St. PaulToday's episode of Northern Lights is presented by North Star Law Group, your trusted partner in Minnesota's burgeoning legal cannabis industry. Learn more at northstarlaw.comLinks from the Show:💪 How to Grow Big Plants (Mar 18, 2024) - https://mncannabiscollege.org/growbig📢 Capital Cannabis Update (Mar 20, 2024) - https://mncannabiscollege.org/event/%f0%9f%93%a2-cannabis-capital-update/📋 What to Expect When You're Expecting (An Inspection) (Mar 21, 2024) - https://mncannabiscollege.org/inspectionSuperior Cannabis Company - https://www.superiorcannabiscompany.com/CannaConnect04 Tickets - https://cannaconnectmn.com/2024 Spring Semester Course Roster - https://mncannabiscollege.org/growspring2024/Support the show
Episode 23 - Craft Cannabis Uncapped (with Bob Galligan)
Mar 11 2024
Episode 23 - Craft Cannabis Uncapped (with Bob Galligan)
Things are growing in the right direction in the North Star State! Mille Lacs will soon be home to a 50,000-square-foot grow facility, Pope and Chisago County are considering a cannabis prohibition, and "THC-A" may soon face regulatory action. Also, while the Minnesota Legislature hasn't advanced any bills, we dig deep into: - HF 4757/SF 4782 (OCM Update Bill)- SF 4538 (Public Land Use Restrictions) - HF 4629 (Nonintoxicating Cannabinoid Hemp Program Update)- HF 4635/SF 3925 (Under-21 Criminalization). It's a lot of bill text to dig into, so we also try the new Harriet Grove Botanicals x Dabber Depot Tangerine Dream Live Rosin Gummies.Then Bob Galligan of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild joins to discuss his work in the legislature and the connections between craft brewing and craft cannabis. Hear more about what people might be able to expect in the legislature over the next few years, along with some of the work we can expect from the Guild. Finally, we answer listener questions! Send your questions to info@mncannabiscollege.org, and we might answer them on Northern Lights!Donate Today - mncannabiscollege.org/donateFilmed and Recorded at the Dabbler Depot Studio in St. PaulToday's episode of Northern Lights is presented by North Star Law Group, your trusted partner in Minnesota's burgeoning legal cannabis industry. Learn more at northstarlaw.comLinks from the Show:Friends of the MN Cannabis College - https://mncannabiscollege.org/friends💪 How to Grow Big Plants (Mar 18, 2024) - https://mncannabiscollege.org/growbig📋 What to Expect When You're Expecting (An Inspection) (Mar 21, 2024) - https://mncannabiscollege.org/inspectionBob Galligan on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/bob-galligan-70843186/2024 Spring Semester Course Roster - https://mncannabiscollege.org/growspring2024/Support the show
Episode 23 - The Doctor Is In (with Dr. Clemon Dabney III)
Mar 4 2024
Episode 23 - The Doctor Is In (with Dr. Clemon Dabney III)
It's March, and the Doctor is in! We're joined in the studio by a slew of guests, helping to update us on everything going on in the Minnesota cannabis industry. First, John, Steve, and Tanner break down the news around Minnesota's Cannabis Expungement Board and new cannabis legislation introduced in Minnesota. Then, we're joined by Adam Klosterman of MLLW, a MN-based company who aims to create flavorful, hemp derived, THC consumables that satisfy and delight consumers.Then, Doctor Clemon Dabney III (aka Doctor Dabs) joins us in the studio to talk about his background, what he studied to become a cannabis doctor, and how he grows really big plants. Hear more about the OCM Director interview process from the person who went through it, and hear his thoughts on what the state's been up to since last summer.Finally, we're joined by Kayla Fearing (Healing Fear Consulting) and Adam Wagner (Twin Cities THC) to talk about House File 3766, a measure that would authorize patients enrolled in the state's registry program to eithercultivate up to 16 cannabis plants, or designate a caregiver to cultivate cannabis on their behalf. Donate Today - mncannabiscollege.org/donateFilmed and Recorded at the Dabbler Depot Studio in St. PaulToday's episode of Northern Lights is presented by North Star Law Group, your trusted partner in Minnesota's burgeoning legal cannabis industry. Learn more at northstarlaw.comLinks from the Show:Friends of the MN Cannabis College - LINK💪 How to Grow Big Plants (Mar 18, 2024) - LINK📋 What to Expect When You're Expecting (An Inspection) (Mar 21, 2024) - LINKDoctor Dabs Healthy Highs on Instagram - LINKKayla Fearing on Instagram - LINKAdam Wagner on Instagram - LINK2024 Spring Semester Course Roster - LINKSupport the show
Episode 22 - Let's Be Best Buds (with Jaime Croyle and Veronika Alfaro)
Feb 26 2024
Episode 22 - Let's Be Best Buds (with Jaime Croyle and Veronika Alfaro)
Oh, we get by with a little help from our friends, and that includes you! This week, we're diving deep into the OCM's implementation meeting, exploring a newly updated retail training program in Minnesota, and talking about how you can become a Friend of the Minnesota Cannabis College!Then, we hear from business owner and longtime cannabis activist Jaime Croyle about her thoughts on the next chapter of legalization, exploring what it could look like for businesses outside of the metro area. Jaime's insight is critical as someone who has seen the waves of this industry since the CBD days.Finally, hear from Mi Sota Essence owner Veronika Alfaro about what motivates her to infuse traditional flavors with cannabis, and we get an opportunity to sample the new 1229: Tropical Haze THC Agua Fresca. Pick up your own four-pack and try it yourself!Donate Today - mncannabiscollege.org/donateFilmed and Recorded at the Dabbler Depot Studio in St. PaulToday's episode of Northern Lights is presented by North Star Law Group, your trusted partner in Minnesota's burgeoning legal cannabis industry. Learn more at northstarlaw.comLinks from the Show:Friends of the MN Cannabis College - LINKMN Cannabis Retail Training Program - LINK🥾 Grow at Home Boot Camp (Feb 29, 2024) - LINK💪 How to Grow Big Plants (Mar 18, 2024) - LINK@houseofoilworx on Instagram - LINK@misotaess on Instagram - LINK2024 Spring Semester Course Roster - LINKSupport the show
Episode 20 - 2024 MN Legislative Cannabis Preview (with Rep. Jess Hanson & Kurtis Hanna)
Feb 12 2024
Episode 20 - 2024 MN Legislative Cannabis Preview (with Rep. Jess Hanson & Kurtis Hanna)
In this Legislative Preview special episode of Northern Lights, we're diving deep into the start of the 2024 Minnesota Legislative Session with a focus on cannabis legislation and the political landscape surrounding it. We kick off the episode with a look at recent judicial efforts aimed at revoking the major party status of the Legal Marijuana Now party.Next, we have an enlightening conversation with Representative Jess Hanson (DFL - 55A), who sheds light on the proactive measures being considered by the Minnesota House this year to reform cannabis laws. Representative Hanson provides insider insights into the legislative process and the potential impact on Minnesotans.We then switch gears to a discussion with Kurtis Hanna from Blunt Strategies, who offers his expertise on how businesses can navigate the evolving cannabis laws. Whether you’re a cannabis enthusiast, a business owner, or simply curious about the legal changes unfolding in Minnesota, this episode of Northern Lights is packed with valuable information and expert opinions to keep you informed and engaged. Don’t miss it!Donate Today - mncannabiscollege.org/donateFilmed and Recorded at the Dabbler Depot Studio in St. PaulToday's episode of Northern Lights is presented by North Star Law Group, your trusted partner in Minnesota's burgeoning legal cannabis industry. Learn more at northstarlaw.comLinks from the Show:Minnesota Cannabis College on YouTube - Link to Page🧪 The Science of Super Soil (Feb 19, 2024) - Link to ClassRepresentative Jess Hanson - ContactKurtis Hanna (@CaptainKurtis) - Twitter PageNorthern Lights Beverage Release Party - Information2024 Spring Semester Course Roster - Info & RegistrationSupport the show
Episode 19 - Please Don't Vote for Me (with Brian Carlson & Bobby Melnick)
Feb 5 2024
Episode 19 - Please Don't Vote for Me (with Brian Carlson & Bobby Melnick)
A presidential candidate for the Legal Marijuana Now Party pleads, “Please don’t vote for me,” the Office of Cannabis Management shows their work from the last few months, and Red Lake Nation’s NativeCare dispensary ownership is in question after a Tribal Council vote earlier this week. John and Tanner help to break it all down in this week’s episode of Northern Lights!Then we talk to Brian and Doug (I mean, Bobby) about the treats and genetics that they bring to the Minnesota cannabis market. Hear as the duo share their introduction to cultivation through to their cultivation facility today. Catch them at the Bootcamp on February 29th!Finally, we try Northern Lights (the beverage!), a collaboration between the Minnesota Cannabis College and Modist Brewing using actual Northern Lights terpenes. Try it at the beverage release party on February 17th at Modist Brewing from 12 to 4 pm.Donate Today - mncannabiscollege.org/donateLinks from the Show:Minnesota Cannabis College on YouTube - Link to Page🧪 The Science of Super Soil (Feb 19, 2024) - Link to Class🥾 Grow at Home Boot Camp (Feb 29, 2024) - Link to ClassDoug’s Nugs - Link to SiteDoug’s Nugs Discord - Link to ServerNorthern Lights Beverage Release Party - Information2024 Spring Semester Course Roster - Info & RegistrationMNCC School Store - Shop TodayFilmed and Recorded at the Dabbler Depot Studio in St. PaulToday's episode of Northern Lights is presented by North Star Law Group, your trusted partner in Minnesota's burgeoning legal cannabis industry. Learn more at northstarlaw.comSupport the show
Episode 18 - Northern Lights: The Beverage (with Andy Herzog)
Jan 29 2024
Episode 18 - Northern Lights: The Beverage (with Andy Herzog)
Holy hemp, it’s been a busy week, and Marcus, Steve, and Tanner are here to break it down. Hear about the re-opening of the Minnesota Office of Cannabis Management Director position, recent action toward THC-A flower, and a pair of studies on cannabis in Minnesota.Then, listen as Andy Herzog of Modist Brewing Co. talks about the background of cannabis-infused beverages like Tilt and Melt. Hear about how collaborations, such as those with Granny's Edibles and Doctor Dab's Healthy Highs, came together around a packed bowl. Finally, hear about some amazing upcoming MNCC x Modist Brewing Events, Including: 🥤 Northern Lights Beverage Release Party - February 17th, 12-4 pm - *FREE*🧪 The Science of Super Soil - February 19th, 6-8 pm - mncannabiscollege.org/soil🥾 Cannabis Home Grow Boot Camp - February 29th, 6-8 pm - mncannabiscollege.org/bootcampFinally, you’re invited to our Northern Lights Beverage Release Party at Modist Brewing Co, on February 17th from 12:00 - 4:00 pm. Learn more at mncannabiscollege.org/NLBevDonate Today - mncannabiscollege.org/donateLinks from the Show:Minnesota Cannabis College on YouTube - Link to Page🧪 The Science of Super Soil (Feb 19, 2024) - Link to ClassModist Brewing Co - Link to SiteLet’s Grow Together Series with CannaJoyMN - Info & Registration2024 Spring Semester Course Roster - Info & RegistrationMNCC School Store - Shop TodayFilmed and Recorded at the Dabbler Depot Studio in St. PaulToday's episode of Northern Lights is presented by North Star Law Group, your trusted partner in Minnesota's burgeoning legal cannabis industry. Learn more at northstarlaw.comSupport the show