Social Equity in Cannabis: Kevin Ahaesy @ ECO Cannabis (Canna Cribs Podcast E9)
We take a deep dive with, Kevin Ahaesy CEO & founder of ‘ECO Cannabis’ in Episode 9 of the Canna Cribs Podcast, where we document history with the pioneers of the global cannabis industry. In this interview, you will get an inside look at ‘ECO Cannabis’ which is a vertically integrated company based in Oakland, California.
ECO Cannabis is a welcoming, diverse, vertically-integrated cannabis company that oversees product development from “seed to sale!” They strive to streamline the purchasing process by offering their customers multiple avenues through which they can complete their transactions. ECO Cannabis hires 100% Oakland residents, 50% of whom are formerly incarcerated. They are committed to lifting up those in their community who have been disproportionately affected by the “war on drugs.” They strive for the normalization of cannabis as an industry by working to educate and promote visibility as well as reputability in their community.
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Table of Contents
1:15 Getting Grow Rooms Right by Quest
2:14 Kevin Ahaesy Background
9:20 ECO Cannabis Business Model
22:23 Quest Dehumidification Philosophies
23:48 Social Equity Mission & Program
32:58 Companies & Mentorship
41:18 ECO Cannabis Hiring Process
47:30 Quest IQ Series
48:14 Advice from Kevin Ahaesy
Questions and Topics in this interview:
– Tell us about your background and what led you to the cannabis space?
-Tell us about your company, ECO, and your role over there?
-You were a captain of the University of CA Berkeley water polo team, do you still play for fun?
-Do you think athletic governing boards (college and pro) should penalize athletes for cannabis use?
-ECO is a vertically integrated company, where you incubate eight (8) social equity businesses at your Oakland, CA cannabis campus. How involved are you in the day to day for each business?
-What makes ECO so special?
-I’d like to know a little more about your mission as a “social equity” company. Can you explain what that is?
-Tell us more about mentorship at ECO Cannabis?
-I love your name and the play on “ecosystem,” because that’s exactly what you’ve created in the city of Oakland, right? Can you tell us how that works?
-What inspired your mission?
-What percentage of your workforce are people with prior convictions?
-What are the biggest hurdles you faced in developing a business model that puts a premium on social equity?
-Is there a downside to the model? Costs related to working with Oakland companies versus dealing with professionals outside the city?
-A lot of our listeners are growers or other people who’d like to get involved in cannabis professionally, what’s your advice?
-What’s next for you and ECO?
-Anything you’d like to say to our audience before we go?
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