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Blunt Talks: Cannabis Industry Conversations

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Make in LA

9410 Owensmouth Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 91311

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You're invited to an evening of “Ted” style presentations by cannabis professionals, networking, and fun!

Blunt Talks are “Ted” style presentations given by innovators of the cannabis industry who want to share their knowledge so we can grow together!

With the passage of Proposition 64 (legalization of recreational marijuana use), the California cannabis industry is experiencing a period of rapid growth! There are more businesses, brands, products, and services than ever before, and now is your chance to learn from a few that are really changing the game!

Whether you’re a professional looking to transition careers into the cannabis industry, a canna-professional looking to keep up to date with whats going on, or a business owner that is looking to add talent to your team, or you're just looking to network and eat some good food, this installment of Blunt Talk is for you!

Recent events: Boulder CO, Hollywood CA, San Francisco CA

We suggest taking lyft or uber, but there is plenty of parking if you decide to drive.


  1. Eat. Drink. Check out our sponsors. Make friends and professional connections.

  2. Hear short, TED-style talks from cannabis professionals.

  3. Ask some questions.

  4. Make more Friends and professional connections.


Courtney Dorne, President of Vertical Companies

A Southern California girl at heart, Courtney's first career in sales, marketing, and management for the tanning industry took her all the way to New York. She later ended up splitting time between Los Angeles and Las Vegas while building and running her company, Fresh and Ready Foods.

A company that began on her living room floor, Fresh and Ready became a fresh food manufacturer and distributor with more than 1,100 customers across the western US. With 120,000 sq ft of FDA and USDA regulated kitchens and 70 daily truck routes, the company grew to nearly 500 employees by servicing airlines, hospitals, universities, the US Military, hotels, convention centers, convenience stores and many others. In fact, if you've been west of the Missouri river and have eaten something you didn't cook yourself, there's a good chance Courtney had something to do with it.

After selling the food company, Courtney left in June of 2016 to take some time off and relax with her family. In July of 2016, she joined Vertical Brands in Agoura Hills as the President of Brand Development. One of the largest Cannabis Management Companies in the US, with roughly 1.5m sq ft of cultivation and manufacturing facilities, Vertical manages large scale licensing, development, manufacturing, and distribution operations in the industry along with, retail and consumer brands. Under Courtney's leadership, the company is launching multiple unique brands across the US.

Her leadership continues as a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) Global One chapter. She began in 2010 in the Las Vegas Chapter and has held multiple leadership roles including being the current Chair of WYN (Women's Network) and is on her chapter's leadership ladder as well.

Mskindness B. Ramirez, Founder & CEO of Club Kindness & Elixirs by Kindness

With both the given name and a calling, Mskindness B. has remained committed to her work in education and philanthropy throughout her life. Following an extensive career in large-scale fundraising, she went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Education to become a HS Math Teacher. Though life had other plans for the new educator; after a slip and fall during her second pregnancy left her riddled with chronic pain and unable to continue her career in traditional education. Her academic lens and desire to find a holistic approach to her healing, led this bold mom to enter the cannabis space, and, well, the rest is history! Armed with a wealth of new knowledge and a thirst for more, in 2015, Mskindness created Club Kindne!, a nonprofit organization that supports patients, brands, and dispensaries with holistic cannabis education and outreach program development.

In 2016 the inspired entrepreneur created Elixirs by Kindne!, a boutique line of cannabidiol-infused remedies for the
mature consumer. She is the host of Sneaking in Silence, a podcast about conscious Cannabis consumption, Co-owner of the luxury CBD Store, E.C.S., and the author of an upcoming children’s book, Our Very Special Garden, written to spark the canna-conversation between kids and their parents.

Mskindness is an educator, a mother, and an all around hard-working lady. She’s currently collaborating on projects
with: the Cannabis Women’s Empowerment Society, All Black Cannabis Party, and other organizations seeking to
empower others through education. A multi-passionate businesswoman to say the least, she remains gracefully
balanced through her daily meditation and mindfulness practice.

Christopher Malcolm, CEO/ Managing Member of 3C Companies + Executive Board Member of UCBA

Chris is a seasoned commercial real estate professional that ventured into the MJ space in 2013. He is a founding member and sits on the executive board of the UCBA, a leading cannabis trade association in Los Angeles. His group purchased their first MJ property in November, 2013 and opened their first pre-ICO dispensary, Coast to Coast Collective (3C Medical, LP) in May, 2014. Coast to Coast Collective is one of the top shops in Los Angeles/Southern California (per tax records and Leafly Lists). This facility has an on-site cultivation of approximately 150 lights that generates approximately 40 pounds of flower a week. They bought a second pre-ICO dispensary in November, 2015. Both facilities have on-site cultivation that produces a combined +/- 250 pounds/month.

Chris has sold over 10,000 apartment units, representing in excess of $1.5 Billion in multifamily properties during a career that spanned more than two decades. Success for Chris came from working closely with clients by formulating a customized marketing plan for the asset, and contemplating various factors and market conditions that impact the strategy he chooses to deploy. Chris was committed to providing expertise, research, and superior execution toward the fulfillment of objectives required by his clients.

As a result of his experience with lenders and brokerage, he developed into one of the leading multifamily investment property advisors in Southern California. Chris has proven to be a top producer in each employing firm by applying his competitive drive to product knowledge, aggressive underwriting and pricing strategies, success in matching buyers and sellers, and being committed to the client's investment objectives. Chris has unrivaled knowledge in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas. By applying his knowledge of the areas, lenders requirements, and focusing on client objectives Chris strategically built relationships with key owners in the market thru direct communication. He retired from brokerage in 2016 as a Senior Director at Berkadia to focus full time on cannabis projects.

Over 20 years of experience in brokerage and exposure to various types of commercial transactions, has enabled Chris to become an effective advisor for clients facing the multiple facets of the multifamily market. Chris was a member of the initial REOMAC Commercial Committee, The Apartment Owners Association, and the NAR/CAR Broker Alliance. Chris also has experience in real estate development and property management. He has owned and managed over 100 units and is still the manager of numerous real estate ventures.

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Hosted by Sam Zartoshty

Special thanks to Make in LA for hosting us!

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