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The Startup Junkies Podcast

The Startup Junkies podcast is hosted by Jeff Amerine and the team at Startup Junkie. We’ll cover topics ranging from getting started, planning, growing your business, proving your concept, leadership, marketing, exit strategies and so much more. We’ll interview business owners, entrepreneurs, experts and people we think will bring value to our audience. Subscribe, and together we'll take your business to the next level.
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This is the Startup Junkies Podcast. These are the stories of the people that are afflicted with creating the next great products and services that are going to change lives - not just in America, but worldwide. We're going to tell the stories of the next great beer producer, products and apparel makers, and the stories of people that don't accept the status quo and that want to make things better. 

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Nov 2, 2020

Hey everyone! We are glad to have you here for another episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast! This week, Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Matthew Ward talk with Jeff Starling, an owner of The Source. The Source is a one-stop-shop for the highest-grade medical marijuana in the state. Their pledge is to create a high-end, seamless experience that enhances the patient's journey to healing and leaves them feeling cared for. In this episode you will get to hear about changing attitudes around medical marijuana, thoughts around full legalization, the impact COVID has had on the weed supply chain, and innovation in the weed industry. We are happy to have you here with us!

 

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(1:12) Introducing The Source and Jeff Starling 

(3:03) Opening a business in a highly regulated industry

(4:56) Marijuana as medicine

(7:16) Changing the stigmas about medical marijuana

(10:57) A surprising client base

(12:25) Preparing for the full legalization of recreational marijuana

(14:26) Staying above board in the medical marijuana industry

(18:09) What’s next for The Source

(20:07) Marijuana quality in Arkansas compared to other states

(25:53) How Issue 3 can affect the future of legalized marijuana

(29:50) Jeff gives advice to his younger self

(31:39) Wrapping up



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“There was some resistance to us opening our location in Bentonville, cause everybody thinks it’s going to bring crime and, you know, this counter-culture attitude, and it’s just going to be a sore-spot… To be honest, it was already here.  People can just be more open about it, and everybody’s paying taxes on it now.  So the attitudes are definitely shifting.”  (7:20)

 

The powers that be in Arkansas did not want this, they didn’t.  They made every hurdle and bit of red tape to go through in order for anybody to get approved here.  But, the people voted.  The people spoke.  This is what they wanted.  This is how our government is supposed to be set up. That we, as the people, have the right to put things on the ballot that we want to see voted on.” (26:07)

 

“I think that when you start to see these small towns get this industry moving in and all the sudden there’s tax revenue and jobs, and again, the economics become way more important. You’re going to start to see people’s eyes are opening up.”  (27:41)