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Josh will sift through the propaganda, fear and greed encompassing medical marijuana. Recently featured on CNN, Josh and his brothers developed a non-psychotropic strain of marijuana which is drastically reducing seizures for many pediatric epilepsy patients in Colorado. With millions facing life-threatening illnesses, Josh outlines the hurdles needed to effect social change and maps a path toward helping those who desperately need revolutionary medicine.

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Visionary Seneca Entrepreneur Ross John Signs Joint Venture Agreement To Develop First Cannabis Industry On Sovereign Seneca Indian Land

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) May 19, 2015

Visionary Seneca leader Ross John, Sr., announces today the formation of a joint venture agreement to research and develop complete and appropriate cannabis economic business models ideal for Native peoples and their territories. The joint venture is designed to use Native sovereign status as a unique development asset that can help streamline and nurture cannabis related projects and programs. “Sovereignty is an asset,” said Ross John Sr.

Longtime Seneca businessman and community leader Ross John is a Councillor for the Seneca Nation and is the former Chairman of the Seneca Economic Development Commission. John was appointed by past President Snyder and accepted by the Seneca Nation’s Council as the Commission’s first chairman. The Seneca Nation’s Economic Development Commission is seen by many as an important step in building a better economic relationship and building diversity.

“We want people to understand we’re Indian Country’s best chance for economic development,” John states. “Seneca sovereignty should be viewed as an asset for the entire region, and our job is to be out there and be active and available for a conversation with anybody and everybody on the topic of medical marijuana.”

It doesn’t end there. Also targeted are projects with ties to area universities and colleges and those with industry-specific backgrounds such as tourism, hospitality, medicine and technology. The focus will be on projects on sovereign lands in Salamanca, Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

“It’s about diversification. There’s a lot more to the Seneca Nation than casinos and cheap gas and cigarettes,” John said.

The commission’s roots go back to Seneca Nation past President Barry Snyder Sr., who said, “The Seneca Nation’s economy has grown significantly in the past several decades into a successful engine for regional economic growth.”

The focus of the joint venture is to use the Ross John’s private sector business experience and individual Seneca sovereign status to help evaluate and fast-track targeted business ventures in the cannabis space. All ventures will be vetted by the team including, Ross John, Lisa Sundberg and Cheryl Shuman. “We’re not your enemy,” Ross John said. “We’re here to be an asset. There’s nothing better than seeing Western New York benefit from our sovereign status.”

He said he could envision the joint venture using Native sovereign status to participate in the existing and emerging legal cannabis industry and help with medical tourism-based initiatives or developing companies to play off the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

“We couldn’t have had this conversation a year ago,” John said. “With our on-going push to our assert sovereignty and the gains made in the shifts of federal policy, we can now exercise our sovereignty and lead Indian Country to create the ideal business models for cannabis economic development on our own lands. The Cole Memo issued by the Federal Government on December 11, 2014 provides guidelines for Indian Country to develop their own regulation business model. The direction points to a strategy employing the top cannabis policy experts lead by Lisa Sundberg and Cheryl Shuman to meet with both the U.S. District Attorney and Seneca leadership to implement best standards and practices from successful business models like Colorado’s Amendment 64. “With a coordinated and organized effort, we are 100% confident that we can develop a successful strategy for all Indian Nations for cannabis policy,” states Ross John.

Lisa Sundberg is Yurok and a member of the Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria, located in Humboldt County along the Pacific Ocean. She comes from a medicine family and is active in her local native ceremonies, is a visionary, entrepreneur and advocate in her community, and serves on the legislative committee for her tribe and advocates for economic development and self-sustaining communities.

Her company helps companies that want to do business with Native people in North American. Having served as a former appointee to the Secretary of Interior under the Hoopa-Yurok Settlement Act, mandated to study and investigate tribes across the country, and being the daughter of one of the longest seated female Indian leaders in the country, she has amassed a network spanning over 30 years in her field. She keeps her ear to the ground for new waves of opportunity that can benefit Indian Country.

Cheryl and Lisa have signed a letter of Intent with Ross John, an individual member of the Seneca Nation, whose goal is to lead the way for his people and the country and to provide products and services his surrounding communities are begging for.

“Working with Cheryl and Lisa is historic and exciting, “ said John. “We are taking the lead to make sure that the hurdles that must be crossed be done in the proper way, and bringing the top industry leaders to provide best practices, so we can help the people in our communities.”

Ross John, is from the Seneca Nation and he makes it very clear that his territory is surrounded by the state of New York and NOT “in” the state of New York. Ross is an elected official and founder of the Seneca Economic Development Commission. A visionary in his own nation, he is no “front man” to any project. He is an active business person leading the way in innovation technologies, energy, hydroponics, and green energy etc.

Ross believes Seneca’s have a unique status as a sovereign nation and pushes the state and federal governments to stop fighting them and get behind them. “People don’t have to look to foreign county to find a sovereign nation, we are a nation and a neighbor with many of the distinct regulatory and other advantages sought after in outsourcing to foreign countries. We want to provide a place where true testing and research can be provided without having to go to a foreign country to do it.” As with any other things Senecas do, they can get things done a lot easier as things don’t get boxed up with outside party politics or special interest groups. The cannabis industry can have the necessary research it truly needs to help people instead of the Federal Government wanting oversight without humanity.

Cheryl Shuman brings her 25 years skills of public relations, media, product branding, and business development to the budding organization. Shuman was recently featured on the cover of Adweek as Pot’s First Marketer, in Elle Magazine as The Most Powerful Women in the Pot Industry, named The Cannabis Queen of Beverly Hills by The New York Times Sunday Magazine as well as gracing The Cannabis Queen of Beverly Hills in The London Times Magazine.

Ross John said, “Cheryl has accomplished so much extraordinary progress in Cannabis reform, reaching millions of families through the utilization of mainstream media. Cheryl is leading the entire cannabis movement making history in the media as well as developing successful cannabis businesses.”

Shuman said, “Working with Ross John and Lisa Sundberg, I have always been inspired by their vision and dedication to Indian Country. It’s an honor to lead such a dynamic and ambitious organization, with such a clear and focused mission—improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable, women and children. Our partnership creates a wonderful opportunity for Native Nations around the world to follow in the visionary footsteps of Pauline Sabin from the 1930’s who led a group of dedicated women to overturn alcohol prohibition. Today, we are making history working towards the end of cannabis prohibition.”

Cheryl Shuman states, “Women are the secret to creating the ideal business model for cannabis legalization. We are the family decision makers and influencers in society. After all, women buy 85% of all household and consumer products, according to Adweek. Now we can use that influence to change laws, save lives, families and introduce parents to new possible careers in the green rush. As an entrepreneur, it’s exciting to be on the ground floor of the cutting edge of making news and witnessing the convergence of Seneca and cannabis development.”

“The right leadership team is everything. Working with Lisa Sundberg and Ross John, it was evident immediately that it was a perfect fit in terms of values, integrity and personality. The leadership executed with Ross John, Lisa Sundberg and our team elevates Seneca leadership stature in the cannabis industry, adding prestige and thus creating a positive ‘halo’ around the organization. The value of our combined teamwork’s ability to provide global celebrity and media exposure for our organization are priceless,” said Cheryl Shuman.

The possibilities are limitless from Cannabis Friendly resorts, medical clinics, clinical trials as well as laboratories. The cannabis industry is estimated to generate over $ 32 Billion in revenue by 2020 making it more valuable than the NFL, according to the Washington Post and GreenWave Advisors Research ( “We plan on making certain that Indian Country can benefit from these revenues and are fully committed to making it happen,” exclaims Cheryl Shuman. Stay tuned for further announcements, event schedule and media tour.

About Ross John:

Ross L. John, Sr. is Seneca. Mr. John was born and raised on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation, where he continues to reside with his family and operate his businesses.

In 1983 Ross L. John, Sr., together with his family and community, began to establish a group of interrelated companies, now collectively referred to as Ross John Enterprises (“RJE”). RJE is 100% owned and operated by Mr. John, who serves as President and manages all aspects of its day-to-day operations. Today, RJE essentially serves as a holding company for more than 16 interrelated businesses: Each of which is majority owned and operated by Mr. John, who serves as President and manages all aspects of those companies’ day-to-day operations.

About Cheryl Shuman Inc. :

Cheryl Shuman’s TV reality started by age seventeen, she had made several television appearances and was offered to appear regularly on The Bob Braun Show on WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, which led to a national recurring segment on PM Magazine. At age twenty-three, Cheryl relocated to Los Angeles to become know as the “Optician to the Stars” and created a new business, Starry Eyes. As CEO of Starry Eyes, Cheryl worked on some of the biggest films, TV, and music properties generating multi-million dollar revenues. This success led to her own show on the QVC network and a mutually rewarding seven-year relationship that included product placement, production and branded entertainment divisions.

After years of following failed allopathic medicine treatments, she opted for medical cannabis in the form of raw juice and oils as an alternative. Her success using medical cannabis led her to found the Beverly Hills Cannabis Club. Today, Cheryl is the most visible and recognizable woman in the medical marijuana reform movement, recently receiving the 2013 Activist of the Year Award at Seattle Hempfest. Cheryl Shuman, Inc. has generated over $ 1 Billion worth of earned media worldwide while appearing on such mainstream shows as CNN’s Piers Morgan Live, The Katie Couric Show, The View, ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, Fox Business News and many other media outlets. Cheryl Shuman is represented by the prestigious William Morris Endeavor Agency in Beverly Hills. For more information, please visit and Reports on Nine Cannabis Related Factors Startups Need to Take Into Consideration

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 21, 2015

It can be difficult to start a business of any nature. Venturing into the legal marijuana industry, however, will most certainly lead to numerous challenges not encountered by traditional businesses. Green Rush Review, a marijuana business news website, identifies nine cannabis-specific factors that startups need to take into consideration.


When starting a cannabis related business, one not only has to consider whether marijuana is legal in a particular state, but also has to check for any restrictions on cultivating or setting up shop. In Oregon, for instance, dispensaries may not be located within 1,000 feet of a primary or secondary school. Building landlords may also have opposing views on starting a legal cannabis business on their property.

Physical Requirements

State laws outline numerous requisites needed for a cannabis company to operate. According to a Mashable article, such investments in Colorado include a digital seed-to-sale tracking program, 24-hour video surveillance of facilities, as well as a quarantine section for edibles.


Marketing cannabis businesses can be tricky, as they do not have the same advertising options that traditional businesses enjoy. According to Marijuana Business Daily, cannabis companies are restricted from advertising in TV, radio, print, billboards, Internet videos, radio shows, pop-ups, and flyers or leaflets among others. One therefore needs to be both careful and creative when marketing a cannabis-related company.

Storing Money and Paying Bills

As marijuana is still deemed federally illegal, marijuana businesses cannot typically avail of bank services. Cannabis entrepreneurs are thus left with limited options, and are generally left to transact in cash. Unfortunately, storing money in cash can be both a security and accountability risk. According to The New York Times, pot businesses are left to store their cash in safes, carry them in brown paper bags, and ferry them around by armed guards and armored vehicles.

Tax Implications

While the federal government may see pot as illegal, the people selling it are still left to pay their taxes. A CNBC article reports that the IRS does not allow the usual business deductions under section 280E. While the federal tax code allows deductions for the cost of growing recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado, it does not allow deductions for the cost of selling it.


The marijuana industry is growing fast, and Esquire reports that jobs in the industry are everywhere. The challenge, however, is meeting special personnel requirements and finding employees who fit in with the company culture.


A marijuana business may benefit greatly from supporting or joining associations, organizations, federations, and clubs that promote an interest in the marijuana industry. There are numerous groups to choose from, including the National Cannabis Industry Association, NORML, and High Times.


There is always the risk of federal prosecution, even if marijuana is legal in a particular state. Although federal prohibition is not enforced on a state level, this may change at any point in time. A contingency plan must be developed in order to protect a business from a change in circumstances.


According to The Milbank Quarterly, tobacco companies have expressed interest in marijuana and marijuana legalization since the 1970s, and are modifying corporate planning strategies to prepare for consumer demand in the future. At present, big drugstore chains, cigarette companies, and other large businesses are forbidden from entering the still-developing marijuana market. At some point, however, this may change when the market normalizes and they wipe out small marijuana businesses. strives to be a convenient and reliable online resource for all marijuana consumers, entrepreneurs, and investors. The website aims to provide the general public with extensive coverage on news, opinions, and events on the multi-billion marijuana industry and culture in North America, including industry stocks, prices, implications, trend developments, investment news and legislation. sifts through the abundance of material on the cannabis industry only publishing high-quality information that is significant to its readers. is part of a portfolio of cannabis industry sites which includes (top medical marijuana company news) & (cannabis small cap stock news).

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Naturally Splendid Rides Booming Heath & Wellness Wave With Plant-based Superfood Product Line

Burnaby, BC (PRWEB) December 17, 2013

From his office in Vancouver, BC, Craig Goodwin looks south to the world’s largest market for omega-3 health food supplements; it’s an alluring prospect.

The phenomenon is certainly worldwide. In 2012 the global market for omega-3 products was valued at US$ 33 billion and was the third fastest-growing supplement globally between 2007 and 2012 with a 12% annual growth rate. In Canada alone, there has been a 1,766 per cent growth in consumption of omega-3 natural health products since 2005, according to Ipsos-Reid.

Booming interest in omega-3 supplements stems mainly from heart, brain, and vision benefits and the industry shows no sign of slowing down as consumers are constantly becoming more astute and aware of the food they eat.

Goodwin and his long-time friend and business partner Bryan Carson were among the first to spot “this massive opportunity” more than six years ago. They formed a publically traded company, Naturally Splendid Enterprises (TSX-V: NSP), to market a line of plant based omega-3 rich superfoods now called NATERA™. ( (

Currently, the most common source of omega-3 is derived from fish and it’s now common knowledge that the World’s oceans and rivers are becoming increasingly contaminated with toxic pollutants which can build up in fatty fish tissue. The pollutants can cancel out the beneficial effects of the omega-3s they contain and can be harmful to children, adults and unborn babies. Farmed fish unfortunately do not offer an answer; they contain less omega-3s than their wild counterparts and even more toxins.

The good news is you don’t have to eat fish or the neurotoxins and carcinogens they contain to get your omega-3s; there are perfectly pure plant sources, enter Naturally Splendid.

Recent studies show that omega-3s from plants can offer all of the benefits of fish based omega-3 without exposing you to harmful toxins. Plant-based omega-3s provide better protection from heart disease and many other degenerative conditions. A 2013 report published by Amadee & Company Inc. states, “Plant based omega 3 production value is expected to grow twice as fast as marine during the next five years. As a result, by 2018, plant based omega-3s will account for 52% of production value compared to 48% for marine. Plant based omega-3s will benefit from consumers’ desire to get away from animal based products.”

This benefits the environment as well; plant-based sources of omega-3s are sustainable, fish are not. The environmental argument for switching to plant-based omega-3s cannot be ignored. Commercial fishing is devastating the world’s oceans and fish stocks are plummeting. Flax, Hemp, Chia and other plant-based sources of omega-3s are sustainable sources of this important fatty acid as well as being the healthier option. The many arguments supporting the move towards plant-based omega-3s away from fish oils are indisputable.

Naturally Splendid’s current transition from regional retailer to a potential global player in the health supplement industry has been made possible through an exclusive agreement with a company called Boreal Technologies Inc; a private company engaged in scientific research of plant based omega fatty acids, whose laboratories are on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Goodwin explains, “Boreal has developed the science that allows plant-based omegas to be mixed into most dry goods or liquids. The omega enriched product possibilities are almost limitless; with applications in most anything you bake or drink.”

Naturally Splendid was introduced to Boreal early in 2012. Goodwin states “within five minutes of our meeting we realized that what Boreal was developing was a breakthrough application for plant-based omega oils. We have since learned that the science Boreal is developing far surpasses our first impression, and the science is transferable to a wide range of plant-based omega products.”

Boreal, a company at the forefront of research into industrial hemp has developed a range of revolutionary plant-based omega products, in powdered and aqueous forms, using micro-encapsulation and liposomal technology. In plain terms, the technology enables plant-based omegas to be used in a huge range of food products, with an extended shelf life. The “delivery system” developed by Boreal also allows for the optimum absorption by the human body of the essential fatty acids (EFAs) in omega products.

Boreal was looking for someone to market its patent-pending products, and Naturally Splendid was a natural fit. A relationship built up over eighteen months resulted, at first, in an agreement giving Naturally Splendid marketing rights in Canada. Then, in November 2013, the company won exclusive rights to market and distribute the full range of Boreal’s plant-based omega products right across North America.

The initial products developed by Boreal; HempOmega™ and H2Omega™ are based on hemp oil. Boreal has taken the technology developed for hemp products and adapted it to also produce FlaxOmega™, CanolaOmega™ and ChiaOmega™ — created respectively from flax, canola and chia incorporating the same micro-encapsulation and liposomal technologies.

Boreal’s agreement with Naturally Splendid has already borne fruit. The company’s shares jumped after Naturally Splendid signed a non-disclosure agreement with North American food ingredient supplier Caldic in early November. Ontario-based Caldic has been a global player in the ingredient supply business since 1985. Under the deal, Caldic is testing the suitability of Naturally Splendid’s line of omega products as potential offerings to its global clients as a premix for a wide variety of consumer foods.  In September, Naturally Splendid had signed a similar agreement with another independent ingredient supplier, Calico Food Ingredients, of Kingston Ont. “This is the first step to commercialization of these proprietary products, with the potential to generate large volume sales,” ” says Goodwin.

Even as Naturally Splendid looks to capitalize on the global potential of these omega products, the company is aggressively growing domestic sales of its existing NATERA™ retail line. The company’s hemp-based products are currently available in stores Canada-wide and are taking new orders on almost a weekly basis.

Newly rebranded under the name NATERA™, the products includes shelled hemp seeds and four flavors of hemp protein powder. NATERA™ is also the first brand to market single serve flavored shelled hemp seeds. “We’ve spent four years doing market research, developing and refining our products and becoming experts in the superfoods industry,” says Goodwin.

The attention to detail has paid off. “The interest shown by national distributors of natural products in Canada has been impressive,” says the CEO. “We are in negotiations with several national distributors who want to take our product and market it coast to coast.”

The NATERA™ line is expected to produce a positive cash flow by the first quarter of 2014 and has the potential for gross sales of $ 5 million for the 2014 fiscal year. Goodwin admits: “The retail line may not sound as exciting as the omega technology side of our business, but it will allow us to run the company efficiently, without having to go repeatedly to the market to raise operating capital”.

Goodwin says that after a lifetime in sales and marketing, he expected initial skepticism when presenting the plant based omega superfood line. But “we knew we had something special on our hands when literally 100-per-cent of the people we contacted with these plant-based omega products, wanted samples for testing.”

Naturally Splendid has a balanced strategy that drives revenue from a growing retail product line and incorporates the exciting upside potential of a technology-driven company in a booming market. Goodwin summarizes, “We are offering the best of both worlds — a successful retail line in an explosive market category, and a technology-driven company utilizing ground-breaking science with the potential for global reach. Naturally Splendid delivers on both counts.”

Naturally Splendid currently trades on the TSX Venture under the symbol “NSP”.

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