WHAT IS THE GOAL OF CANNABIS TALK 101 (CT101)?
Blue: As professionals, our goal is to provide positive, informative and factual education for listeners and the cannabis community in hopes of helping break the stigma.
Joe Grande: To spread compliant information to the best of our ability. Keeping people up to date on breaking news and educating them on what is right and wrong in the industry.
PBAL: Along with providing legal advice to help listeners, together, we utilize the platform to encourage others to come out of the green closet and show that cannabis consumers are not just stoners, lazy or losers – we come from all different professions, backgrounds and lifestyles.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE SHOW?
Blue: I really appreciate the way the four of us play off of each other. We have this unique bond that’s really special and fun and there is never a stale moment! We have the ability to pick up each other’s pieces and make a good team, a great comradery.
Joe Grande: It feels like we have been friends for 30+ years! We treat each other like brothers, were able to make fun of one another and not get all sensitive.
PBAL: We all respect each other and never step on toes. We knew right from the beginning we were creating a brotherhood.
WHAT’S THE TOUGHEST CHALLENGES YOU FEEL WE FACE IN THE INDUSTRY?
Blue: The stigma for sure. We have always been fighting to break through. People are always judging others who smoke or use cannabis like it’s a crime…it is not criminal! We must unite as an industry and have a voice in order to make a positive impact.
Joe Grande: Explaining the compliant way to process money and explaining the proper way to utilize banking, it is a business and needs to be treated as such. I deal with so many clients that feel afraid and that fear is unnecessary. WE CAN HELP!
PBAL: The regulations in Calif. Are a big hurdle and are creating problems for mom and pops, boutique, families, generations of growers and people who have been involved in the industry for decades and have been doing it properly. What is legalization exactly because it is not written clearly.
Blue: Inside and out of CT 101 we are realizing there is a learning curve and people all of the United States and beyond are just uneducated, uninformed and not understanding specifically what their rights and the laws really are.
PBAL: Not to mention, the media glamorizes legalization in California and people come here with false hopes and information on the laws, legalization and even usage around cities and counties.
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT LAWS IN CALIFORNIA?
– Recreational: Must be 21 years or older to possess up to one ounce of flower or eight grams of concentrate
– Physician Recommendation: Possess eight ounces of flower or eight ounces of concentrate. Or four ounces of flower and four ounces of concentrate for a combine total of eight ounces. Regardless,
the patient can only posses a combined total of eight ounces of cannabis.
– Can only smoke in private business, property or residence.
– It is illegal and against United States Federal Law to travel or possess any amount of cannabis on aircraft or in airports, no matter if you have a Physician Recommendation or not.
– Recreational: 21 years or older can grow up to six plants enclosed and not visible.
– Physician Recommendation: Can grow as much is medically needed, what can be medically proved. However, it is illegal to sale your medicine!
Five places you cannot smoke is only for cannabis patients with a recommendation (patients can smoke anywhere else but these five places)
1. No Smoking Zone
Recreational: 21 years and older can only smoke in a private residence or private business.
WHAT ARE THE TOUGHEST CHALLENGES YOU FACE WITHIN CANNABIS TALK 101?
Blue: Getting into bigger markets and stations, especially because most companies/radio stations won’t and/or don’t support the cannabis community. We overcame a huge hurdle in Orange County and are so appreciative of the love we have received.
Joe Grande: Not letting cannabis companies advertise like alcohol companies can do, this is for all media outlets radio & TV.
PBAL: We can’t sat F*** on FM radio.
WHAT SEPARATES CANNABIS TALK 101 FROM OTHER CANNABIS SHOWS?
Blue: I’ve formatted a free flow of information. Callers call in live and ask questions or provide their concerns and/or comments about the industry. It was important to create a platform that provided not only accurate education but that our show has made an impact and provides good results for everyone. Essentially, we are the pioneers of creating media for cannabis.
Joe Grande: Blue offers the Cannabis Talk Network an educational platform, The Pot Brothers at Law, Marc & Craig Wasserman offer legal advise and I offer compliant information regarding processing for the cannabis industries. We all do this separately and come together to bring you Cannabis Talk 101.
PBAL: Other shows do not have and/or offer the legal voices and presence.
PBAL: We have had the privilege to touch politicians, attorneys, doctors, Senators, rappers, children, parents, veterans, athletes, brands, professionals and amazing people from all walks of lives and have created a special alliance. We are blessed to able to share the same passion with everyone in and out of the cannabis industry and how the plant touches and affects everyone.
For more than a decade, Chris Wright aka Blue has been involved in all aspects of the Cannabis industry; from medical marijuana dispensaries and collectives to the controversial cannabis movement and its cultivation. Chris was also no stranger to the entertainment industry, with his experience dating back to his years as the lead vocalist in a rock/rap band called Imperial Stars, notoriously known for shutting down the 101 freeway in Los Angeles causing a major traffic jam with the intention of bringing awareness to child homelessness.
While music was more of a hobby for Chris, cannabis became a passion. He watched as the plant gave his father hope and quality of life during his fight with metastatic lung cancer. After seeing the effects marijuana had on his father, he decided he needed to take action for others who may be suffering yet unaware of its real medicinal powers. Knowing Chris was not afraid to push the envelope for causes in which he believes, before his father passed away, he asked Chris to help with legalizing cannabis. He knew first hand that cannabis could improve one’s quality of life even at the end stages. Keeping his promise to his dad, Chris created a movement with the primary purpose to educate the community about the plant’s benefits. In 2015, he established Cannabis Talk 101 radio before legalization in California became official and is one of the highest sought after speakers in the history of the cannabis movement.
Through Cannabis Talk 101, Chris had the platform to not only educate, but to also empower the cannabis community including consumers, vendors and the lucrative aspects of it, investors in cultivation. Considering the growing public interest in cannabis cultivation, Chris wanted to come up with a plan to provide guidance to those who needed it. He created the Cannabis Talk Network, a subsidiary of Cannabis Talk 101, which is an educational model and platform geared toward identifying and assisting entrepreneurs who want to pursue a legal business within the industry. Chris Wright’s commitment to his father and CTN’s commitment to the industry is apparent in its Mission Statement: to increase awareness about the positive benefits of marijuana, educate those who believe in it, and convince those who don’t.
Joe Grande was born and raised in San Jose, California. He has always been outgoing with a love for entertaining. Throughout his school years Joe played a variety of sports; he wrestled, played baseball, basketball, and rugby. In high school, Joe was one of two students to represent the United States at a psycho synthesis leadership convention in London, England. He was ASB President, and not only announced the school’s daily agenda and news but also announced the home basketball games. Once he graduated from high school Joe transferred to San Jose State University where he majored in Radio, Television and Film, and minored in Sociology. He continued playing football throughout his college years and went on to play semi pro football. Joe also tried his hands in boxing, and true to his commitment to excel in everything he does he won all 8 of his 8 fights. While playing sports was a hobby of Joe’s, his enthusiasm lied in radio. Joe Grande’s radio career started while he attended San Jose State University. It was then he began working in promotions at Hot 97.7 radio as an intern. After only nine months, Joe became a part of the morning show called the “Dog House”, and took on the name of “Big Joe”. After one year in San Jose, the Dog House was picked up by San Francisco Radio Station Wild 94.9 and became the most popular morning radio show in Bay area history.
In 1999, Joe took a chance and moved to Los Angeles to be a part of Big Boy’s Neighborhood on Power 106. Catering to the demographics as well as to his culture, Big Joe became Joe Grande. With Joe being a part of Power 106 Big Boy’s neighborhood, it became the #1 morning show in Los Angeles.
Joe Grande moved on to join Ryan Seacrest on 102.7 KIIS FM only for him to see the show also grow to number one. Proving to be an asset to any radio show, Joe transitioned to sports radio and began working for Fox Sports. For four football seasons he co-hosted the Oakland Raiders pre-game show with A. Martinez and Christian Okoye. During his time on Fox Sports he also teamed up with Vic “The Brick” Jacobs for an LA Lakers basketball show called “Balling with Vic and Joe.”
Wanting to work full time, Joe joined AM 570 KLAC to do sports talk radio. He co-hosted a variety of shows including the afternoon drive from 4-7 pm and the Joe McDonnell Experience, which aired from 7-11pm. In addition to co-hosting, Joe had his own show on the weekends called the Joe Grande Weekend BBQ with Isaac Lowenkron. Being on local radio was great experience for Joe, preparing him for the national spotlight. Joe Grande joined the NBC Sports brand and began doing the National Sports updates for the network, being heard on over 450 stations across the country.
Joe Grande is now a well-known Los Angeles Radio Personality, named by the LA Times as one of the “best radio sports personality in Los Angeles”, and has had the privilege of hosting the California Sports Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony several years.
Joe decided to put the TV portion of his degree to use and began his on screen career with the HBO hit series ENTOURAGE. He appeared as himself in the comedy ‘Party Animalz’ and has acted in three movies, ‘Food Stamps’, ‘Unwelcome Strangers’, and ‘Blaxican Brothers, which he helped to direct and produce’. In addition to producing a movie, Joe has also assisted in the production of several music videos.
Today, Joe is happily married with 3 children. When he is not working or spending time with his family, he enjoys hiking, spinning, boxing, and playing golf (currently his favorite past time). He also continues to be socially conscious. Not only is he the spokesperson for the OBAND Center, leaders in healthy weight loss solutions; he continues to speak out against child bullying.
Noticing new social trends gravitating toward the cannabis industry with the passing of Proposition 64 in California, Joe got involved. He is now the VP of Sales for Merchant Club of America, a credit and debit-processing tool for professionals in the industry. It was his venture with MCA that led him to cross paths with Christopher Wright aka Blue and Marc and Craig Wasserman aka The Pot Brothers at Law. Joe went on the show, Cannabis Talk 101, to advertise the processing system. When they began the show, it was evident that the team would benefit with the addition of Joe Grande. Now together, they educate and advocate for professionals in the cannabis industry while creating an inclusive and entertaining atmosphere.
Marc Wasserman is a renaissance man as evidenced by his extensive array of experiences and diverse influences on his style. He attended Whitney High School, one of the top ranking High Schools in the Country; the subject of the bestselling book School of Dreams. With his own dreams of becoming an actor and filmmaker, Marc founded and was the first president of his High School’s Drama Club. His focus throughout his high school years was on the arts; thriving in his acting workshops and performing in summer stock musicals and plays. Each high school experience collectively prepared him for his college career as a Theater Arts major at the University of California Irvine. While attending UC Irvine, Marc was faced with an unanticipated obstacle; he was diagnosed with the potentially fatal illness, Meningitis and was bed ridden for 5 months. Once he recovered, he decided to take a break and withdrew from college, leaving in good standing. From there he went to Hollywood to pursue his dreams. After years of hard work, landing roles in plays, films, television, musicals and PSA’s, Marc added writing to his resume. His first screenplay was titled Terminal which is based on his near death experience with meningitis. Marc also tried his hand in filmmaking, writing a script that he ultimately decided to produce himself; though it was halted due to financial issues. After some thought, in 1992 Marc returned to college.
Instead of returning to UC Irvine, he chose to attend 4 different community colleges, cramming 3 years of schooling into just 1 ½ years. Realizing his full potential, Marc’s focus shifted from The Arts to Law. He made the decision to take the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) and enrolled at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, CA. Marc had completed several college courses in the past, but his strength in academics was not apparent until Law School. It was the fear of failure that pushed him to excel, spending countless hours studying in the Law Library. Resulting from his commitment to succeed, he became an honor student, won an American Jurisprudence Award for legal writing, and completed Law School in just 2 ½ years. Marc’s next step was to take The California State Bar exam, which was more of a challenge; passing the test on his third attempt. His experience is documented in his semi autobiographical film, Triple Latte. Marc was sworn in June, 1996 and became an attorney; while that same year, Prop 215 passed in California.
Rather than work for a big law firm, Marc opened his own law office and began practicing criminal defense. Aligning his legal achievements with the passing of Prop 215, the majority of cases were related to those wrongly accused of marijuana crimes under the new law.
Over the next 20 years, Marc divided his time between his law practice, making movies, and starting a family. In 1996 he and his best friend David Cohen established Res Ipsa Production and produced his play ‘Terminal’ which Marc had written years earlier. It ran at the McCadden Theater in Hollywood for an entire month before premiering on the big screen at the Bare Bones International Film Festival in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Marc continued producing, writing, and acting for several projects; all of which are noted on his IMDB page: HYPERLINK “https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2252255/?ref_=nv_sr_1” \t “_blank”Marc Wasserman.
Today, Marc is one ½ of the business Pot Brothers at Law, which was co-founded with his brother Craig, and he is 1 of 4 that make up the Cannabis Talk 101 team. Marc is married and currently has 3 children. His background in the arts combined with his legal expertise has contributed to the successful development of various platforms utilized for advocacy and education regarding the laws surrounding cannabis. Through these platforms, Marc continues to help spread awareness while showing the public that you can be a professional and work in the cannabis industry.
Craig Wasserman, a native of Southern California grew up in Dairy Valley, which is now known as Cerritos, located in Orange County. Growing up he was a skateboarder who loved tennis and excelled at football, earning the nickname Nails for being as tough as nails.
He began his college career at Cerritos Junior College and transferred to UCLA where he graduated with a degree in Political Science. Once he graduated he made the decision to go to Law School and enrolled at Western State University in Fullerton, CA where he successfully passed the California State Bar Exam on his 1stattempt.
Over the next 5 years Craig worked at several different law firms practicing litigation. He worked long hours preparing successful cases for his bosses with little recognition in return. Fed up for not reaping the fruits of his labor, Craig decided to open his own Law Firm. He continued on to practice business litigation, workers compensation law, and personal injury cases. Through word of mouth he became very successful.
In the year 2000, Craig and his little brother Marc began to work in the same office but separately operated their own law firms. Craig, having more experience than his brother, mentored Marc for several years before they decided to join forces, becoming The Pot Brothers at Law. It was Craig’s son Jarrett who influenced him to concentrate on cannabis law. Jarrett wanted to start a business in the marijuana industry leaving Craig and his brother Marc determined to learn all they could to prepare him, ensuring he stayed compliant with the law.
When Craig is not working or spending time with his children, he and his wife, spend their free time with his motorcycle club, The Horsemen; riding, hanging out or giving back to the community through toy drives or donations to children organizations. Another hobby close to Craig’s heart is shooting his favorite gun, the 9mm Browning Semi Automatic, one of the safest guns available.
With over 30 years of legal experience and extensive knowledge regarding cannabis laws, Craig continues to utilize the platforms he’s helped develop to educate and advocate for others who wish to professionally and legally work in the cannabis industry.
Mark Karnes, also known as The Foul Owl, is more than a music video director and editor; he is also a content creator. In 2015 he dove head first into creating content on social media with a series called ‘Cholos Try’. For the premise, Mark placed unusual food in front of 4 Los Angeles cholos to try, solely for the purpose of recording their reactions; the result was hilarious. It was a viral hit racking up over 20 million views in their first 8 episodes. He further developed the idea and brought the cast outdoors to try activities they normally would not have; like golf, wine tasting, and skydiving. Shortly after the release of ‘Cholos Try’: Golf, the show got picked up by Watchable, the Comcast owned online and mobile streaming service which supports popular websites like VICE and Vox.
Since 2015 Mark has created several social media accounts on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, accumulating over 500,000 followers across all platforms. He is happily married with 1 kid and is currently the producer for Cannabis Talk101 radio. Mark books the guests and coordinates the contents of the show; he is the go-to guy. Anyone looking to be a guest on Cannabis Talk101 should reach out to Mark via email at email@example.com.
Jennifer Carrasco was born and raised in El Monte, California. Jennifer is the Digital media Manager who creates all Motion Graphics, Photoshop Design & Media Content for Cannabis Talk 101. In 2014, she graduated at Cal State University Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media and TV/Film Production. She won an International Accolade Award for her Public Service Announcement video on “Drunk Driving”. Soon after graduation she landed a job as a Camera Operator for CCN & The Filipino Channel before working with Cannabis Talk 101. Jennifer discovered Cannabis Talk 101 through The Pot Brothers at Law on instagram and Snapchat. They invited her to the studio for a job interview with Christopher Wright in December 2016 after their live show. All she needed was one chance to prove herself to the boys that she has the skills it takes to create Digital Media content for Cannabis Talk 101. Christopher Wright was blown away after she created a promo for them and hired her immediately. The Film, Radio & Cannabis industry has always been a passion in Jennifer’s life. That is why she loves and believes what Cannabis Talk 101 is doing. To spread awareness of Cannabis’s Medicinal values, keep the audience up to date with current cannabis laws and normalizing the plant one day at a time. When Jennifer is not working, she loves spending quality time with her three year old son Noah. She loves the outdoors, playing sports and hanging out with friends.
Marc and Craig Wasserman, also known as The Pot Brothers at Law have collectively been practicing law for more than 52 years. Natives of Southern California, they choose to keep their office local, yet they represent individuals and businesses throughout the state. While they practice criminal defense, as well as provide general business counsel and litigation, their main focus is on the laws surrounding the cannabis industry. They are now at the forefront of helping with Cannabis Permitting, Licensing (State and Local levels), and Compliance in the State of California.
The brothers began working together in 2004 when Craig’s son Jerett wanted to cultivate marijuana for patients who could benefit medicinally. Together Marc and Craig began extensive research on cannabis laws and regulations, properly preparing Jerett for his venture. Marc and Craig’s knowledge of cannabis laws would be tested in 2005 when Jarrett was arrested and charged with 3 felonies: illegal cultivation, possession, and possession with intent to sell. After a lengthy legal battle, the brothers saw to it that all of the charges were dismissed, ultimately because of their thorough preparation, but in 2010, Jerett was arrested again while operating a medicinal mobile delivery service after shutting down the storefront he had. Again he was charged with 3 felonies: transportation, possession, and possession with intent to sell, and again Marc and Craig were able to get the charges dismissed, this time based on unreasonable search and seizure. Furthermore they were able to provide evidence of having a properly set up Patient Cooperative, which convinced a Judge to Order return of all seized items.
It was because of these personal experiences; Marc and Craig decided to share their knowledge with the cannabis community in hopes of seeing similar results statewide. Due to the negative stigma attached to cannabis, the brothers remained anonymous and educated the community through an online platform. As they recognized the opportunities stemming from their online presence, they decided to come out of the “green closet” determined to change the way cannabis consumers are perceived. In doing so they exemplified the reality; professionals can consume cannabis and be tremendously successful. As the business grew, Marc and Craig began noticing a pattern. People were ruining their chances for a successful case before they were even arrested. Taking action, they created the Shut the Fuck Up movement or #STFU. In order to provide a safe and polite way for people to assert their rights when dealing with Law Enforcement, Marc and Craig created The Script; 25 words to use:
“Why did you pull me over?”
“I am not discussing my day.”
“Am I being detained or am I free to go?”
(If detained) “I invoke the 5th”
Then, you Shut the fuck up!
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