Welcome to the Virtual Education Village library. Below, you will find a compendium of video resources created by MassCann and the local cannabis community. This collective effort reflects the amalgamated knowledge of over four years of discussion, research, and camaraderie. MassCann is honored to present this to the public in an accessible format.
Please join us for the 21st Virtual Education Village when Lorna McCafferty hosts a discussion of cannabinoids with John Nathan.
John is the Founder and President of Bay State Hemp Company, a Massachusetts based extraction and processing facility with a focus on the isolation and isomerization of minor cannabinoids from industrial hemp. John’s mission to increase the availability of hemp-derived cannabinoids and educate others on their benefits was inspired after finding a regiment of cannabinoids that greatly assisted with managing his own anxiety and insomnia. John is also an active advocate and works with the Massachusetts Hemp Council on hemp and cannabis related law reform.
MassCann’s Virtual Education Village, Panel #20; Demystifying the Complexity of the Cannabinoid.
Lorna McCafferty (Clerk, MassCann) hosts a discussion with Michael Goodenough from SweetHeal in a panel titled Demystifying the Complexity of the Cannabinoid. Michael will discuss CBG, CBM, CBC, hemp cultivation and delta 8 and this should prove edifying for all!
Michael Goodenough is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of D&G Agtek, an Agriculture and Technology Company for the past 5 years. D&G Agtek is a founding member of the North East Sustainable Hemp Association. Mike and his partners are passionate about scientific based research efforts in the Hemp processing industry and have partnered with local universities studying extraction techniques and efficiencies for several years.
Michael has been an advocate of the hemp agricultural industry in Connecticut. His company, D&G Agtek specializes in hemp and CBD from soil to oil. Through his love of technology and agriculture he has built a team and company around three integral parts of the emerging east coast hempire. First from the soil, Mike and his team have not only built the first USDA approved greenhouse dedicated to hemp in CT and control several grows across the state, but have also helped numerous farmers break into the hemp growing industry by providing certified seed, seedlings and consulting services. Next, with his extraction team he has led the way in capturing real time data that will benefit the CBD extraction community and the CT pilot program. By using food grade alcohol as the extraction solvent Mike and his team have eliminated the risk of potential toxic residues left behind by other solvents. By using cold extraction, rotary evaporation, and wiped film distillation techniques, they are able to separate terpenes from cannabinoids and CBD from THC to blend a full spectrum distillate of the highest quality. Rounding out his company’s three-pronged business model he has applied his extensive background in business to creating his company’s brand, Sweet Heal. Sweet Heal delivers premium quality CBD topical and edible products directly to consumers through the website sweetheal.com and appearances and sponsorships of multiple events across New England.
Michael’s commitment and dedication also extends to his philanthropic work. For more than 20 years, Michael has served on the board of directors for numerous local charities and small businesses. He has created several non-profit organizations, which helped thousands by supporting victims of HIV/AIDs, sheltering the homeless, supplying food pantries, providing assistance to veterans, support for abused women and children, and supporting several youth organizations. Michael is a decorated Marine Corps combat veteran, who brings the same pride and work ethic he displayed in the Armed Services to everything he does for his customers, company and community. Despite all his accomplishments, Michael is most proud of his family and wife of 18 years, with whom he enjoys spending his free time.
MassCann’s Virtual Education Village, Panel #19: Grant Smith Ellis Hosts a Discussion with Robert “Bobby Nuggz” DiVincenzo.
MassCann’s Virtual Education Village, Panel #18: Bill Downing Interviews John Leonard.
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2nd Franklin Approved 69%
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Pearson Kennedy-Crosby, Development Director of the Alaska Veteran Foundation, interviews David Bass, Texas Veterans for Medical Marijuana.
Pearson Kennedy-Crosby, USMC Combat Veteran and MassCann member, hosts a discussion with Joseph A. Vitriol, PhD, Harvard University and Stony Brook University. Join them as they discuss human conditioning with regards to compliance.
MassCann’s Virtual Education Village, Panel #15: Ellen Brown Hosts a Discussion with Rick Campanella
Ellen Brown from Sinsemilla Seminars hosts a discussion with Rick Campanella from Brothers Grimm Seeds! Learn about Brothers Grimm, cannabis breeding and female seeds!
Bill Downing hosts a discussion with Maddy Webster, one of the original co-founders of MassCann. Their in-depth discussion covered over 30 years of MassCann history and those interested in learning more about the organization will no doubt benefit from taking the time to listen through the full interview.
Grant Smith-Ellis hosts a discussion with Jana Martin, Saxon Hill and J. Max Piergallini regarding how cannabis alleviates their medical conditions.
Ellen Brown Hosts a discussion with veterans, Kathleen McKinnon, Alternative Wellness Center, and Paul Rifkin, Food4Vets.
Bill Downing, Former MassCann President and cannabis business owner, hosts a discussion with Dick Evans, Retired Cannabis Attorney and NORML Director.
Pearson R Kennedy-Crosby hosts a discussion with “Lefty” Grimes, NJ Cannabis Activist.
MassCann’s Virtual Education Village Panel #8: Excluding the Heroes – Part 1: NJ Weedman. “An individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
MassCann’s Virtual Education Village Panel #7: Women and Cannabis Virtual Round Table.
What it has been like being a woman in cannabis, the struggles, what we have learned as it progresses from illicit to regulated, moments that inspired everyone to keep going, and things we would like to see happen.
MassCann Virtual Education Village, Panel #6; Grant Smith-Ellis Hosts a Discussion with Bill Downing and Bill Flynn of MassCann. Join us for our 6th panel discussion featuring host, Grant Smith-Ellis, interviewing the current MassCann President, Bill Flynn, alongside former President, Bill Downing. The discussion provides an in-depth retrospective on the history of MassCann, how the two Bills found their way into the world of cannabis activism and what comes next for grassroots cannabis policy going forward.
Virtual Education Village Panel 5:
Pearson Kennedy-Crosby Hosts a Discussion with Ben Farleigh and Payton McCann from Best Budz Radio. Home grows, igloos and polar bears; the state of cannabis in Alaska with host, Pearson Kennedy-Crosby featuring guests Ben Farleigh and Payton McCann from Best Budz Radio. Tune in for tips for the home grower, how to make the most of your igloo home grow/igloo cultivations, and 3-phase electric for stoners.
Ellen Brown hosts the first of a recurring Veterans’ Panel, April 22nd at noon on Facebook Live and every 22nd of the month hereafter.
Participating are Michael Goodenough, Nique Pichette, Stephen Mandile with Dennis Peron of blessed memory, and Pearson R. Kennedy-Crosby.
Virtual Education Village Panel #3: Alchemy League’s 420 FourTwenty20 Livestream Featuring MassCann’s Education Village
Hosted by Julie Ann Mejia
With Bill Flynn, Bill Downing, and Kathryn Rifkin
The Education Village is talk therapy – gently taking someone through the pictures, learning about the racist and vindictive foundation for Prohibition as compared to how revered cannabis was through out time and around the world as food, fiber, and medicine.
Virtual Education Village Panel #2: An Afternoon with Rick Naya, The Great-Grandfather of Hybrid Cannabis
Moderated by Grant Smith-Ellis
This unique one-on-one panel features an in-depth discussion with the legendary Rick Naya. From Rick’s early life in Florida to his time on the ground in New Hampshire fighting for cannabis rights, Rick’s extraordinary story comes through in every moment of his passionate presentation. Viewers will also get to learn about Rick’s storied growing techniques and strains, including the famous Gainsville Green.
Virtual Education Village Panel #1: Challenges Facing Small Cannabis Businesses in the Time of COVID-19
Moderated by Grant Smith-Ellis
Participants are Ed Desousa (River Run Gardens), Mike Brais (Deep Roots), Peter Bernard (MassSense), Andrew Mutty (BeanTown GreenTown), and Ellen Brown (Sinsemilla Seminars).
This panel focused on a discussion surrounding the impact of the current coronavirus pandemic on local cannabis businesses in Massachusetts. Three business owners along side local activists and advocates provide their perspective and proposals to assist the industry going forward.