Matt Mernagh to Interview CEO of Medical Marijuana Retailer Tweed

CANNABIS CULTURE – Chuck Rifici, CEO of Tweed, one of six current Health Canada-licensed medical marihuana producers, has agreed to a sit down interview with The Mernahuana Zone today.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about what the company has to offer potential customers.

Rifici will be on immediately after the opening session, at approximately 7:30PM ET. Incredibly, he has agreed to do the interview live from Vapor Central. Total props to him for coming out because it can be a challenging environment.

The company made news earlier this year when they acquired a considerable amount of square footage (168,000 square feet) in a retired Hershey chocolate factory. Co-host Tamara Smash, who visited the chocolate factory during grade school, will ask Rifici if they kept the overhead walkway. Mernahuana wants to know if there is any truth to the rumors the Oompa Loompas did not get their security clearance.

In seriousness, we’ll be conducting an interview similar to our recent talk with The Peace Naturals Group. The success of this interview has assured us an opportunity to interview more retailers.

Tweed has revealed plans to seek a Toronto Stock Exchange listing and has a board of directors who are not blowing smoke. The listing, which is taking over an already existing new venture ticker space on the TSX, will happen as soon the TSX regulatory process is complete.

Health Canada estimates the industry will be valued at about a billion and half dollars over a ten year period. However, competition from the underground marketplace, disabled customers’ lack of income, and doctors’ refusing to participate were not included in the agency’s financial estimates.

Competition could be demanding too. Over three hundred and eighty companies are currently seeking Health Canada’s approval to produce legal marihuana. Health Canada has approved six companies to date and half have agreed to interviews. There is no cap on the number of company’s competing in the new marketplace.

We want to know what makes Tweed different than the other players. I’m sure their CEO will explain exactly what makes them different and why they want your business.

Note, an interview with Bedrocan is scheduled to take place in the first week in March via Skype.

Canna Farms turned down our request because they are “focused on growing Triple A BC Bud” and Mettrum cited “security and confidentiality” concerns.

TMZ interview policy is to only interview companies approved to retail medical marihuana. We seek interviews with every company listed on Health Canada’s licensed producer page when they become available, to avoid confusion among medical marihuana patients.

We have been approached by several stage-two companies who would like to chat about their plans, but we feel this could confuse viewers. Therefore interviews will take place only after a retailer is listed on Health Canada’s website. We welcome all interviews and wonder why someone would not want to chat with us.

This important interview will be archived and available on demand via YouTube, iTunes and SoundCloud.

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  1. Anonymous on

    And an interview with Cannabco, big pharma?!

  2. Anonymous on

    ask them to stop irradiating their plants, and to grow them organically, and to grow them with natural sunlight instead of artificial light?