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E54: Mark Kazenic - Will You Win the Next Cannabis Cup?

Good Dudes Grow

Release Date: 12/27/2021

E74: The Mind/Body Connection with Carrie Schell show art E74: The Mind/Body Connection with Carrie Schell

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After a couple of decades as a midwife, Carrie Schell decided she wanted to keep growing in her practice as a primary care provider. She started researching the connection between mental wellness and physical activity. She became a personal trainer, got certified as a yoga instructor, and then took a position at a drug and alcohol treatment center. She had discovered that yoga, meditation, and physical activity were more useful in treating addiction than some traditional methods.    Carrie would later take on a role helping veterans who had experienced trauma. She made a surprising...

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Growing up with a strong family, at the top of his game in sports, Dylan Roos had a very big ego. That was until, at the age of 18, he didn’t make the draft into professional sports. Fast-forward a couple of years, and a bad breakup would take Dylan down a few more pegs. Trying to man up, Dylan pushed his feelings down and tried to move forward. Instead, he found himself drinking too much, not taking care of himself, and ultimately unable to get out of bed. Finally, Dylan admitted to himself that he didn’t have all the answers, and he went to see a psychologist.    Formally...

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E72: Genetics as They Relate to Cannabis with Len May show art E72: Genetics as They Relate to Cannabis with Len May

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E70: What It’s Like To Be A Firefighter show art E70: What It’s Like To Be A Firefighter

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E67: How Cannabis Can Enhance Physical Performance with Josiah Hesse show art E67: How Cannabis Can Enhance Physical Performance with Josiah Hesse

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E66: David Miller and Erich Maelzer- CBD & The Entourage Effect show art E66: David Miller and Erich Maelzer- CBD & The Entourage Effect

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E65: The Future of Seed Canary with Nick Showalter show art E65: The Future of Seed Canary with Nick Showalter

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Now that cannabis is legal in many states, the High Times Cannabis Cup competition is giving many brands an opportunity to gain feedback and support from America’s cannabis users–and a chance to win perks, free marketing, and an illustrious, renowned title. 

Mark Kazinec is the Director of Competitions for High Times magazine. He runs the Cannabis Cup and Hemp Cup with the goal of identifying and awarding cannabis brands in US states and beyond. He aims to provide a platform to spotlight brands, introduce their products to new customers, and gather real, honest feedback to help the participating companies succeed. Mark’s sales career began in New York City, and took off in LA, where he turned his attention to talent.  His work at talent agencies caught the attention of High Times, where he now runs all operations for the Cannabis Cups. When he’s not at work, you can catch Mark at the skatepark or in the kitchen making breakfast sandwiches.

On this episode of Good Dudes Grow, jam with Mark and Gary as they trace back Mark’s life journey, from working the mailroom, to jet-setting big names, to running the Cannabis Cup. Hear all about the process of the Cannabis Cup, the work that Mark is doing, and why it matters so much to him. Tune in today for a chill episode about giving visibility and support to small cannabis companies, and celebrate cannabis culture.

 

What You’ll Learn: 

  • How Mark went from talent agency work to running the prestigious Cannabis Cup for High Times magazine
  • How the Cannabis Cup competition changed during COVID-19
  • What all goes into the Cannabis Cup competition
  • And so much more!

 

Favorite Quote: 

“If you believe in your product, this is the place for it. We believe that this is the award that matters most. This is a way for you to reach out, be promoted–to be celebrated.”

  • Kaz

 

How to Get Involved: 

Find Mark on his personal Instagram or the Instagram account for High Times Magazine. You can also email him at [email protected] or visit the High Times website or the Cannabis Cup website.

 

Gary Roberts is the founder and CEO of Pure Body Zen, a company based around creating and selling high-quality CBD products that work to heal mind and body alike. Gary considers hemp-based medicine a calling, and his organization, along with the world-class team that runs it, reflects his passion.

You can learn more about Pure Body Zen on their site, on LinkedIn and on Instagram.

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