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Investing in Private Cannabis Companies

The CannaBS Detector

Release Date: 06/17/2019

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The CannaBS Detector

Have you ever wondered how legit an associating business is, or the people within it? Are you investing into a business with someone you aren’t entirely sure of? Well, lucky for you, we’re speaking with Tanya Hoke, an due diligence investigator.

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The CannaBS Detector

You know the saying, “If you build it, they will come”? In the cannabis industry, more specifically indoor cultivation, if you build it poorly, all sorts of problems will come. That’s not a maybe, that’s a guarantee.

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The CannaBS Detector

From CHS to drug interactions to the compounds in your concentrates, why do stoners avoid these topics? No cannabis users want to talk badly about cannabis, especially with its historical stigma surrounding the plant. But whether you like it or not, there is more research needed on cannabis, and a good start is being honest about its risks and effects and how we discover them.

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What will regulations look like in the future, compared to the past? Will we learn from our mistakes to create a better system?

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Everybody seems to want legalization on a federal level. It’s a hot topic in the industry, especially with a new democratic president and the aftermath of COVID-19 slowly starting to show it’s face. But what are the impending consequences of legalization? Who will be the ones most drastically effected? Will it effect cannabis culture and the people within it?

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The CannaBS Detector

Every type of battle an industry can face has occurred in the cannabis industry. From insane taxes and regulations, to rampant corruption and shady business practices. However, NOTHING compares to the challenges Covid 19 poses.

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The CannaBS Detector

Jean Everson isn’t unique in her circumstances, but what makes her unique is twofold. First, she had the smarts to keep records of everything and took this company court - and WON. Secondly, despite winning the settlement and receiving nothing, she wants you to know her story so that you don’t find yourself in the same position. It truly seems like no one escapes this industry unscathed, but there is hope! Listen in to learn how to recognize the signs and how to CYA (cover your ass)!

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What started out as a booming industry where there seemed to be no ceiling to the amount of money being poured into, and spent by Canadian cannabis companies, ended with a swift dose of reality that "growth for the sake of growth" might not have been the best path forward! As the giants continue to eat the promises they made to their investors, Colby McFadden and I discuss the next phases these companies will be going through.

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Inclusion is about keeping everyone that got the industry to where it is now IN the industry, instead of being left behind by those with deep pockets and a focus on profit. This episode is a conversation about how the original cannabis advocates and drug war victims can not only remain relevant but also share in the spoils of this ever-growing, money-making industry.

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While many people think national legalization is the answer to the many issues our industry faces(lack of banking, restrictive taxation, cannabis incarceration, etc) there are a lot more factors to consider that aren’t being discussed in the media. On this episode, we discuss some of the negative impacts that legalization can have on cannabis companies and the industry as a whole in the US.

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Note: This episode was recorded earlier this year and some news has come out about several of the companies mentioned in this episode. We will be releasing a follow-up episode soon to address the updates. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss it!

Given my astute ability at sniffing out BS, people often reach out to me asking me for recommendations on which companies to invest in. I decided to call upon my favorite, and most trusted wealth advisor, Colby Mcfadden of Quiver Financial and Green Flower Media, to make a series about investing in the cannabis industry to better educate myself, and the masses alike. Let me know what you think!

List of Topics/subjects discussed

  • Private vs Public
  • Why do private companies go public?
  • What kind of Investor do you want to be?
  • Investment stages - where do you fit in?
  • Beware of the bankers telling private companies to go public - they have ulterior motives!
  • What are some of the ancillary sectors adjacent to the cannabis industry looking for investment?
  • Why you need to create a due diligence team to avoid the snakes and vipers in the private industry

3 Lessons Learned

  • Only invest in private deals where you can AFFORD the risk. If you’re not an accredited investor, you better do your homework!
  • If you’re going to invest your hard-earned money into a venture, spend the money on someone with expertise to vet it.
  • Always remember “As is the inside, so is the outside”

Guest Bio and Social Media Links:

Colby is a 22 year veteran of the financial services industry working with many of the largest institutional and private investors.  As CEO of Quiver Holdings LLC Colby has provided strategic guidance to private companies throughout their capital raising campaigns. Colby has been educating and managing investors and entrepreneurs on all subjects related to finance and investing.  Prior to Colby's focus on investment banking and corporate structure he was a top producing branch manager for some of the largest regional and independent broker-dealers with an emphasis on branch expansion and post-merger integration. Colby is also the Director of Partnerships for Green Flower Media the leader in trusted education in the cannabis industry.

Colby McFadden is the President of Quiver Financial and Director of Partnerships for Green Flower Media.  

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Quiver Financial

Green Flower Media


Audio Editing - Seth Cross - Frontal Lobe Productions

Intro/Outro - Jef Judin

Music - The Master by Flashing Lights

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