Let's be Blunt with Montel

Montel Williams

Awarded #1 Cannabis Podcast to Listen to in 2024 Welcome to "Let's Be Blunt with Montel," the space where cannabis meets conversation, science, and stories. Hosted by the legendary Montel Williams – a trailblazer in cannabis advocacy since long before it became mainstream – this podcast dives deep into the world of cannabis normalization and its therapeutic potential. Montel, whose voice has been pivotal in pushing past the stigma, brings to the table a stimulating mix of episodes exploring the scientific aspects of cannabis, its various business facets, inspiring patient narratives, and the passionate work of advocates. Whether you're a seasoned cannabis enthusiast or merely canna-curious, "Let's Be Blunt with Montel" is your weekly dose of educational discussions, groundbreaking insights, and heartfelt stories, all shedding light on the multifaceted cannabis industry. ✨ New shows drop every Thursday Night https://www.youtube.com/letsbebluntwithmontel read less
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A STROKE SURVIVORS JOURNEY WITH CANNABIS | ADAM BELTRAN
3d ago
A STROKE SURVIVORS JOURNEY WITH CANNABIS | ADAM BELTRAN
In this heartening episode of "Let's Be Blunt with Montel," we uncover the remarkable account of Adam Beltran, a stroke survivor whose path to recovery has been uniquely intertwined with cannabis therapy. After facing the harrowing trials post-stroke, Adam's quest for healing brought him to the burgeoning world of medicinal cannabis—a decision that not only facilitated his physical recuperation but also spurred a personal transformation. The conversation reaches deep into the societal misconceptions and medical possibilities surrounding cannabis use. From initial reluctance to passionate advocacy, Adam's transformation offers listeners an intimate look at the powerful impact of alternative therapies. With gratitude to Dustin Hoxworth and the team at Fat Nuts magazine for spotlighting this inspiring tale, we're set to explore the intersection of adversity and the pioneering spirit. Join us as we discuss Adam’s pivot from traditional recovery methods to cannabis, the reactions of friends and family to his unconventional choice, and the founding of Cannabis Intentions. We'll also hear about his firsthand experiences working as a budtender, where he gathered insights from consumers that shaped his understanding of cannabis's diverse therapeutic roles. Adam's advice for those considering cannabis for health reasons is a testament to the potential of open-mindedness in face of personal and collective health challenges. His story isn't just about personal perseverance; it's a dialogue on progress, understanding, and the evolving landscape of cannabis in modern wellness. Remember to subscribe to "Let's Be Blunt with Montel" for the latest episodes on cannabis culture, policy, and progress.
THE INTERSECTION OF RACE, POLICY & ACTIVISM IN CANNABIS | CAT PACKER
Apr 4 2024
THE INTERSECTION OF RACE, POLICY & ACTIVISM IN CANNABIS | CAT PACKER
Welcome to another no-holds-barred episode of "Let's Be Blunt with Montel". Today, we sit down with a trailblazing figure in the cannabis regulation and advocacy world — Cat Packer. Cat’s impressive body of work includes her role as the first person of color to lead a comprehensive cannabis regulatory agency in Los Angeles, as well as her current contributions to the national dialogue on drug policy and cannabis law reform.In this compelling episode, we'll unearth what's bubbling beneath the surface of cannabis legalization, discussing the complex layers of racial equity, legal frameworks, and the potential socio-economic impact. We’ll also explore Cat’s vision for the evolution of national cannabis policy, the role of technology in fostering ethical practices, and the necessary steps towards effective education and restorative justice for communities historically plagued by disproportionate drug laws.Cat brings immense wisdom and a dynamic perspective to this pressing issue, offering invaluable advice for those navigating or impacted by the world of cannabis. Join us as we untangle the complexities of legalization and what it means for future generations.Stay keen and enlightened by subscribing to "Let's Be Blunt with Montel". Hit that follow button for more enlightening conversations on all things cannabis, and remember — keep striving for clarity and fairness in the burgeoning age of cannabis acceptance.
PIONEERING CANNABIS RETAIL IN NJ | DANIELLE WILDSTEIN
Mar 21 2024
PIONEERING CANNABIS RETAIL IN NJ | DANIELLE WILDSTEIN
Today on "Let's Be Blunt with Montel," we peer behind the green curtain of the rapidly budding cannabis industry in New Jersey with a special focus on the innovative Blue Oak dispensary. Montel Williams, celebrated advocate and talk show host, is accompanied by Danielle Wildstein, the pioneering Owner of Blue Oak, to unfold a tale of transformation, community impact, and empowerment in the world of legal cannabis.In this episode, we explore:Danielle's Impressive Pivot: From consulting and pharma to leading a cannabis venture – unraveling the motivation behind her career evolution.Blue Oak's Grand Opening: A sneak peek into the objectives and expectations for their highly anticipated launch in Bloomfield."Naturally Refined" Philosophy: Delving into Blue Oak's unique approach and how it embodies its commitment to quality and natural processes.Regulation Navigation: Strategies on how Blue Oak steers through New Jersey's intricate regulatory landscape.Social Impact: Examining the ripple effect of cannabis legalization on local communities and Blue Oak's role in this context.Elevation through Education: Why spreading knowledge is a foundational tenet at Blue Oak and its significance for consumer empowerment.Female Leadership in Cannabis: Insight into Danielle’s unique perspectives as a female CEO in the traditionally male-dominated industry.Visions of Growth: Prospects and aspirations for Blue Oak and New Jersey's cannabis culture at large.Challenges on the Path: Reflecting on the hurdles encountered while bringing Blue Oak to life and strategies for overcoming them.Technology Integration: An inside look at how Blue Oak employs tech innovations to enhance customer journeys.Commitment to Sustainability: How environmental concerns are intricately woven into Blue Oak’s operations.Join us as Danielle provides an invaluable glimpse into New Jersey's greening landscape. Her expertise sheds light on how informed leadership and a steadfast commitment to quality and education are shaping a more sustainable future in cannabis retail.Don't miss this enlightening dialogue on the latest episode of "Let's Be Blunt with Montel". If you're interested in the intersection of entrepreneurship, cannabis culture, and societal growth, this conversation with Danielle Wildstein is a must-listen!Stream now and become part of the movement redefining wellness and business in New Jersey.Subscribe to "Let's Be Blunt with Montel" for more insightful discussions with industry trailblazers, advocates, and thought leaders.
420 FESTIVAL SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS | MARIE FONSECA & VALERIE ANGELL
Mar 15 2024
420 FESTIVAL SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS | MARIE FONSECA & VALERIE ANGELL
420 FESTIVAL SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS | MARIE FONSECA & VALERIE ANGELLJoin us in a special "Let's Be Blunt with Montel" episode as we light up the conversation around the inaugural Great Barrington Dispensary 420 Festival. 🌿✨ Held on April 20, 2024, from 1pm-6pm at 800 S Main St, Great Barrington, MA, this 21+ event is setting the bar high by fusing fun and philanthropy.This episode features the inspiring Marie Fonseca, whose leap from real estate to the cannabis industry has cultivated community in new, green ways. Her stories of transition and growth are not to be missed. We're also honored by the presence of Valerie Angell, the heart and soul behind the Great Barrington VFW, sharing the impact of the VFW and how this festival will further their mission. 🎤Expect an enlightening back-and-forth on what the festival has in store - including vendors, live music, food trucks, glass blowing, and adult treats. And don't forget, it's all for a great cause - supporting our veterans. Every ticket priced at $20 directly benefits the Great Barrington VFW, giving back to those who've given so much. 🇺🇸💚Listen in for exclusive insider info on how to grab your tickets, and learn how cannabis companies are getting involved in supporting the festival. And remember, this day is about raising spirits and funds alike.Don’t miss out on this high-vibe event full of community spirit and support. Mark your calendars, get your tickets linked in the description, and join us in making the first annual Great Barrington Dispensary 420 Festival one to be remembered. 💨❤️And yes, for those wondering how to be there or contribute, we've provided all the must-know info, from scoring tickets to making a difference with donations—as always, 100% of the proceeds go towards the noble cause of upholding the Great Barrington VFW.Don't miss out on the chance to elevate your 4/20 celebrations by supporting a noble cause. Check out the event details and tickets linked in our podcast description. Light up with purpose this year—join the 420 Festival at Great Barrington VFW.Remember to subscribe, so you never skip a beat on the blunt truths and lively discussions here on "Let's Be Blunt with Montel." eventbrite.com Join the community, spread the word, and remember, this 4/20, we're not just lighting it up—we're lighting up lives. 🌿💚 #420Festival #VeteransSupport #CannabisForACause #GreenWithGratitude #CommunityLove #SupportOurVets #BeBluntWithMontel #GreatBarringtonVFW #LightUpLives #CannabisCommunity
THE PATTON LEGACY & CANNABIS | BOB PATTON
Mar 14 2024
THE PATTON LEGACY & CANNABIS | BOB PATTON
In this enlightening episode of "Let's Be Blunt with Montel," host Montel Williams engages in a heartfelt conversation with Bob Patton, the visionary chairman of Green Meadows, a family-owned cannabis dispensary in Massachusetts. With his multifaceted experiences ranging from literature and journalism to leading a socially responsible cannabis business, Bob shares insights on how his storied family history intertwined with sustainable farming and community impact.Bob Patton comes from a long line of distinguished individuals who have left their mark on history. His great-grandfather was the legendary General George S. Patton, known for his strategic brilliance and leadership in World War II. Bob's father, General George Patton IV, continued the family legacy and served as a highly decorated military officer himself.We explore the poignant history of Green Meadows, as it transitioned from the famous Patton family horse farm established by General George S. Patton, to a trailblazer in eco-friendly cannabis production. Bob discusses the importance of community-oriented business practices and reveals his strategies for other dispensaries aiming to go green.The discussion spans topics such as family legacy and the role younger generations might play in the cannabis industry, the connection between organic practices, product quality, consumer wellbeing, and Bob's own work on "The Pattons: A Personal History of an American Family".An advocate for veterans, Bob shares the milestones of the Patton Veterans Project and Green Meadows' dedication to assisting those with PTSD. We also uncover the community enrichment fostered by Green Meadows through various events that emphasize the positive aspects of cannabis.Addressing misconceptions about cannabis, especially in the veteran community, poses unique challenges. Bob weighs in with his perspective on shifting attitudes and fostering understanding.Lastly, listeners are treated to a sneak peek into Bob Patton's upcoming book series, adding another layer to the illustrious Patton narrative.Join Montel as he dives deep into the rich tapestry of the Patton family's commitment to excellence, from military history to modern-day cannabis advocacy, on "Let's Be Blunt with Montel."
WAVES OF CHANGE: HOW CANNABIS IS SHAPING SOCIETAL SHIFTS | MONTEL WILLIAMS
Mar 8 2024
WAVES OF CHANGE: HOW CANNABIS IS SHAPING SOCIETAL SHIFTS | MONTEL WILLIAMS
In this watershed episode of "Let’s Be Blunt with Montel," we’re unraveling the complex threads of cannabis policy reform that are currently gripping the nation and shaking up systems from healthcare to criminal justice. No special guests – just straight talk and keen insight as we address the pivotal movements:Modern Day Prohibition: The Rescheduling RuckusIt's time to get candid about the controversy that could redefine our approach to cannabis. From senators' bold strokes to the DEA's staunch opposition, we explore the strenuous efforts to reschedule this contentious plant. Are we on the cusp of witnessing a historical policy shift?Military Mindset Makeover: A Changing TideDiscover how the armed services are recalibrating their stance towards cannabis use. With the Air Force issuing waivers and the Navy reconsidering its protocols, we examine the cultural shifts influencing military policy adaptation.The Global Green Wave: Deutschland Goes ‘Dübe’We go global, spotlighting Germany's groundbreaking move to legalize cannabis use for adults. But it's not all smooth sailing – what do the restrictions mean for German citizens and the worldwide crusade for legalization?Each pivot captures not just a potential evolution of regulatory landscapes, but also public sentiment’s shift toward a more accepting and realistic understanding of cannabis.Tune in as we dissect these hot topics, chew over the multi-dimensional impacts of rescheduling, and weigh the implications for a society in transition. Will these waves of change signal a new dawn for cannabis acceptance and availability? We’ve got a zesty discussion packed with all the data, debates, and developments you need to stay informed and engaged. Light up your knowledge – it's time to get consciously blunt.---Links and Resources:Senate Democrats' Letter to President Biden Rep. Andy Harris' Letter to DEA Administrator Anne MilgramJoin us for an unfiltered take on the furor to redefine cannabis in the modern era, only on “Let’s Be Blunt with Montel.”
FROM SEED TO LAW: THE FIGHT FOR CANNABIS LEGALIZATION IN DELAWARE | ZOE PATCHELL
Mar 1 2024
FROM SEED TO LAW: THE FIGHT FOR CANNABIS LEGALIZATION IN DELAWARE | ZOE PATCHELL
In this eye-opening episode of "Let's Be Blunt with Montel," enter the world of cannabis reform in Delaware, a state grappling with the complexities of legalization and regulation. Montel Williams is joined by Zoë Patchell, the President of the Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network a tireless advocate and a key player in cannabis policy reform across various states.Together, they unearth the progress and roadblocks faced by reformers in Delaware, providing a snapshot of the current legislative landscape. Zoë shares her personal activism journey, starting from her initial involvement to the challenges she has bravely navigated.Listeners will gain insight into:The status of cannabis legislation in Delaware.Major barriers thwarting cannabis policy progression.Achievements and victories scored by advocacy groups.How individuals and grassroots organizations can influence cannabis policies.Legislative hurdles and recent triumphs in Delaware's cannabis scene.Future prospects for state cannabis policies, including potential economic and social impacts.Strategies for surmounting resistance in states opposed to cannabis reform.The resilience required in advocacy work, with personal anecdotes from Zoë's experience.Steps for aspiring activists to kickstart their advocacy efforts.Economic trends observed in states where cannabis is legal and their lessons for Delaware.The transformative role of digital platforms in advocating for cannabis reforms.Montel and Zoë's conversation isn't just about cannabis—it's a rallying cry for activism, education, and the undying spirit to push for change. They highlight the essential need for spreading awareness about cannabis benefits and challenges as the nation moves toward a more comprehensive understanding and legalization of the plant.For extra resources and to engage further with the cause championed by Zoë Patchell, the Cannabis Bureau of Delaware, and NORML, check out the links in our episode description. Stay informed, advocate for change, and remain part of the conversation. Because when it comes to advocacy, every voice matters.
CAPITAL CANNABIS: THE GREEN SCENE IN WASHINGTON, DC | LISA SCOTT
Feb 23 2024
CAPITAL CANNABIS: THE GREEN SCENE IN WASHINGTON, DC | LISA SCOTT
On this compelling episode of "Let's Be Blunt with Montel", we take a deep dive into the vibrant and intricate cannabis landscape of our nation's capital. It's a story of progress, entrepreneurship, and advocacy—featuring the indomitable Lisa Scott. Since 2016, Lisa has been on the frontlines, shaping D.C.'s cannabis culture. And now, she joins Montel to shed light on the development and challenges within D.C.'s tumultuous marijuana milieu.Key topics we cover in this episode:Lisa's Roots: As a D.C. local, Lisa brings insider insights and personal narratives to the evolution of cannabis legislation in the capital.Legal Loops and Hoops: From Initiative 59 to the Barr Amendment blockade and the breakthrough of Initiative 71—learn how D.C. residents have navigated the complex path towards legal cannabis.Edible Endeavors: Discover the sweet and savory taste of revolution with Lisa's delectable cannabis edibles company, Bud Appetit.Screenwriting for Change: Lisa's creativity transcends to the screen, turning her seasoned cannabis experiences into captivating stories.House 51 and Accessibility: How accessible is legal cannabis in D.C. today and what does House 51 mean for the future?Cannabis Construct: An in-depth look into D.C.'s social equity program for entrepreneurs in the cannabis space.Community Voices: Explore the efforts of the D.C. Cannabis Business Association in fostering an inclusive industry environment.Lisa also spills the beans on her latest ventures and what the horizon holds for cannabis in Washington, D.C. Whether you're a cannabis enthusiast, advocate, entrepreneur, or simply curious about the intersectionality of policy and pot—this episode has something for everyone.Tune in to be enlightened, inspired, and a part of the conversation that’s shaping the face of legal cannabis in D.C. and beyond. It's time to get real, it's time to get informed, it's time to get blunt with Montel!
CULTIVATING THE FUTURE OF CANNABIS | JESSE CHANNON
Feb 2 2024
CULTIVATING THE FUTURE OF CANNABIS | JESSE CHANNON
Join us on Let's be Blunt with Montel as we spark up an enlightening conversation with Jesse Channon, the transformational leader at the forefront of the cannabis revolution. As President of Cannabist, formerly known as Columbia Care, Jesse brings to the table over a decade of experience in mastering digital marketing, consumer targeting, and innovative social media strategies. His remarkable journey has seen him work alongside powerhouse brands such as Microsoft, AT&T, and Starbucks, to shaping the narrative around one of the world's most dynamic and fast-evolving industries.In this episode, Jesse shares his personal expedition from impacting global brands to steering a cannabis empire. We'll dive into his expert perspective on the latest waves making a splash in the cannabis market, and discuss how Cannabist is setting new standards in marrying cannabis with wellness and lifestyle. Listen as Jesse reveals the ethos guiding the bold rebranding from Columbia Care to Cannabist, and the ambitions poised to redefine what it means to be a cannabis company today. Jesse also lends his voice to the crucial conversation on the future of cannabis entrepreneurship. He discusses the nuances of navigating an industry that is as much about innovation as it is about integrity and social responsibility. Whether you're a consumer, a creator, or just curious about the cannabis space, this episode promises to shed light on the plant that's sparking global movements and changing lives. Tune in, and get ready to elevate your understanding of the cannabis sector through the experience and insights of one of its leading champions. Fire up your favorite listening device for this can't-miss episode of Let's be Blunt with Montel!