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LEAF LIFE – SHOW #14 – LAS VEGAS
THE CANNABITION MUSEUM
Leaf Life ventures to the world’s first museum for Cannabis in Las Vegas where founder JJ Walker has taken an education project and turned it into an immersive artistic experience. This rare spectacle of all things cannabis is designed as an interactive tour that takes visitors through the journey of an actual plant in an educational and visually stunning layout. Giant art displays and fun scenes lead around the museum which including the world’s largest bong, Bongzilla, as well as giant, huggable Cannabis buds. We joined the journey from seed to bong and then took a trip above to Walker’s penthouse, where he gave us the scoop on why he sold a chain of successful dispensaries to initiate this classic endeavor, and how he intends for it to become a Cannabis consumption venue and international destination.
JJ Walker is the founder and creative force behind Cannabition Cannabis Museum, which opened in fall of 2017. Prior to his education project, Walker co-founded a medical Cannabis dispensary in Colorado in 2009, at a time when recreational Cannabis was still illegal. After selling his shares in the company in 2012, he went on to found My 420 Tours, one of the first tourism companies that catered to the growing Cannabis industry in Colorado. Today Walker lives above his museum, and has set his sights on turning the interactive and immersive educational experience into a consumption lounge and event space for Cannabis enthusiast from around the world.
GREG THE GUINEA PIG:
Owner of Passpot Education Guide,
Ryan Vincent is the creator of the Passpot, a Cannabis passport themed educational tool and journal. Vincent is a passionate medical Cannabis patient who began his career in Cannabis with JJ Walker, helping found a dispensary chain in 2009. After battling a medical condition that has left him blind at several times, Vincent found that Cannabis was able to save his eyesight and allow him to live a normal life. To date he has built numerous Cannabis brands and companies, and launched the Passpot as a tool to normalize Cannabis and educate consumers.
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MIKE RICKER - Host
After finishing at the top of his graduating class and earning a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism at San Diego State University, Mike embarked on a career that included syndication, spanning seven markets in twenty years, culminating in a national Billboard Award for Rock Radio Personality of the Year in Seattle in 2008. During that time, Mike enjoyed success as a commercial voice actor (Sprite, Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team) and hosted a television lifestyle show called Flux in Tampa, Florida that aired on the ABC affiliate. Mike left terrestrial radio 2011 to write four books over the next five years before accepting a partnership with WAM OIL in 2016, Washington’s Original Co2 Hash Oil company, and taking the reins of Sales/Marketing Director. In 2017, WAM OIL won the prestigious Dope Industry Award for Concentrate Company of the Year.
WES ABNEY - Co Host
Wes Abney is the founder of the Leaf Nation family of brands that began in 2010 with Northwest Leaf magazine. Recognized as the first Cannabis magazine in the region, Northwest Leaf defined and developed the medical and recreational Cannabis communities in Washington state with free publications focused on quality content and truthful journalism. The success of the magazines led to Oregon Leaf in 2014, Alaska Leaf in 2016, and most recently Maryland Leaf magazine in January 2019.
Wes’s writing and publishing background began with his college newspaper, The Ebbtide, which included a love for multimedia and creating content on many platforms. The nickname “Bearded Lorax” came after years of publishing millions of free magazines, using his voice to speak for a plant and those that benefit from it. Wes is an activist not only for Cannabis, but for ending the drug war and freeing prisoners who have been wrongfully incarcerated for non-violent crimes.
His passion for reaching people with written and spoken words led to the concept of Leaf Life with Mike Ricker, which began development in 2018 and launched in January 2019. With the combined passions of Cannabis and a love for broadcasting, the partnership on Leaf Life was a natural progression for Leaf Nation as it spreads roots across the United States.
In addition to magazines and content creation Leaf Nation also includes brands like Leaf Chews, Higher Than A Space Shuttle, Tannins and Terpenes, The Concentrate Cup, Stoner Owner, and more coming as the family of brands continues to grow. Look for Leaf Nation products, events and media wherever you enjoy Cannabis!
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