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2021 Impact Review

The Cannabis 50 2021 Impact Review honors the businesses, investors, advocates and organizations that made a positive impact on the cannabis and hemp industries in 2021.

Our 50 honorees are organized into five core areas:
Doing Well: Entrepreneurs and organizations expanding financial, operational, and environmental horizons.
Doing Good: Nonprofits, activists, and others undoing social harms, advocating through reform, supporting sustainability, and providing equitable opportunity.
Money Talks: Investors, lobbyists, and others opening the avenues of capital fueling an emerging industry.
Knowledge is Power: Researchers, educators, and others raising awareness and sharing the benefits of cannabis.
All the Lights: Athletes, entertainers, and influencers mainstreaming cannabis culture and giving back to the community.

See all our nominees in the Cannabis 50 2021 Impact Review…

Conversations with the Cannabis 50

The Cannabis 50 celebrates the organizations, individuals, and companies who are working to build a responsible, sustainable, and equitable future for the cannabis, hemp, and related industries. In addition to the 2021 Cannabis 50 Impact Review, we are also sharing interviews with our honorees to help spread their messages of positivity and growth.

Swipe to view all the conversations with our Cannabis 50.

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Conversations with the Cannabis 50

Q&A with Roz McCarthy: Founder and CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana

In a year that brought many changes to the industry, Orlando-based nonprofit Minorities for Medical Marijuana stayed steadfast in its mission to providing…

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Conversations with the Cannabis 50

Q&A with Debra Borchardt: Executive Editor and Co-Founder of Green Market Report

MGO sat down with co-founder Debra Borchardt, a financial journalist and former Wall Street executive, to learn more about what about the cannabis industry…

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Conversations with the Cannabis 50

Q&A with Hilary Yu: Founder of Our Academy presented by Our Dream

Our Academy was launched by Our Dream in Los Angeles with the sheer purpose of offering resources designed to uplift and empower underrepresented founders in…

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Conversations with the Cannabis 50

Q&A with Rosie Mattio: Founder and CEO of MATTIO Communications

MATTIO Communications strives to tell the cannabis story—and it does it successfully. The New York-based agency is the largest marketing and communications…

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Conversations with the Cannabis 50

Q&A with Kim Rivers: Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Trulieve

Headquartered in Florida, Trulieve Cannabis Corp. is the state’s first and leading medical cannabis company—and one of the largest multi-state operators in…

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Conversations with the Cannabis 50

Q+A with Troy Datcher: CEO of The Parent Company

The Parent Company is California’s largest vertically integrated omnichannel cannabis platform. Troy Datcher came onboard as CEO in August 2021 as the first…

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Conversations with the Cannabis 50

Q&A with Fab 5 Freddy: Visual Artist, Filmmaker, and Hip-Hop Pioneer

Fab 5 Freddy is one of the primary architects of the street art movement and wears many hats—visual artist, filmmaker, and hip-hop pioneer are just a few.

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Conversations with the Cannabis 50

Q&A with Berner: Co-founder and CEO of Cookies

We sat down with Berner to hear more about his passion for the industry, where he thinks the industry’s headed, and what Cookies will tackle next.

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Conversations with the Cannabis 50

Q&A with Charlie Bachtell: Founder and CEO of Cresco Labs

Publicly traded and based in Chicago, Cresco Labs Inc. is the leading wholesaler of branded cannabis products in the United States for 2021.

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Conversations with the Cannabis 50

Q&A with Joshua Horn: Partner and Cannabis Practice Co-Chair at Fox Rothschild LLP

An AmLaw100 law firm with more than 60 attorneys working from coast to coast to represent its cannabis practice, Fox Rothschild LLP is nationally ranked and…

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Conversations with the Cannabis 50

Q&A with Gary Santo: CEO of TILT Holdings

TILT Holdings is a combination of leading cannabis companies delivering products and services to businesses in 36 states and a variety of countries…

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Conversations with the Cannabis 50

Q&A with Jason Klarreich: Chief Financial Officer of JW Asset Management

JW Asset Management, a registered investment advisor, has $1.1 billion in assets—and roughly $700 million of that is deployed in the cannabis sector.

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Conversations with the Cannabis 50

Q&A with George Hodgin: Founder and CEO of Biopharmaceutical Research Company

Formed by a former Navy SEAL with the mission to uncover the benefits and potential risks of cannabis in medicine, Biopharmaceutical Research Company (BRC)…

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