Rick is a dynamic leader in the cannabis business, providing interior millwork and cabinetry for over 55 dispensaries in 11 states. In addition, he has provided security programs and construction for several MSO’s and independent operators throughout the country. Smokin Dispensaries started as a millwork company eight years ago and has organically grown into a consultancy serving clients in all stages of canna-business. Rick serves on several boards including Real Brands RLBD (OTC)
Do you think there is a stigma around working in the cannabis industry and if so how do you work to overcome it?
The solution to overcoming the stigma is explaining the many benefits of cannabis including reduced anxiety and mild depression, along with treatment for sleep disorders, social anxiety disorder, anger management and a host of other improvements not limited to personality disorders.
How can the cannabis industry work with health care and academic professionals to educate consumers about the benefits and risks of cannabis use?
Having recently guest lectured at Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, and having been involved in research projects on CBD, CBG, and Psilocybin, we’ve created relationships with universities and medical doctors in a variety of positive ways.
Where do you see the cannabis industry in New York 10 years from now?
The New York cannabis industry will eventually reduce the black market sales to legitimate unique and effective cannabis products creating specialty stores in the various genres of the cannabis industry.