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Hidden Gems: Meet Lenny Berry of Ohio Cannabis Health and Business Summit

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lenny Berry.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started my music career at Virgin Records. Over the past 30 years I have worked with iconic labels and artist such as Def Jam, Sony, Universal, Deathrow, Interscope, Warner Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Smashing Pumpkins, Shaggy, Janet Jackson, Tupac, Jay Z, Biggie, Mary J. Blige and Beyonce to name a few.

It was during my time at Virgin that I met Fred Williams and Kevin Chillious. They were my mentors and showed me a lot about the entertainment industry. Fred was also a DJ on WZAK in Cleveland and I interned with him on his show. When Fred became president of urban promotions at EMI, I took over his radio show. I was on WZAK for 10 years and WENZ for about 3 years.

The music industry prepared me for cannabis. Cannabis and the entertainment industry has a lot of synergy. I was able to utilizing my entertainment network when I opened up 2 medical clinics in Ohio.  The clinics helped qualified patients receive medical recommendations to purchase cannabis from licensed dispensaries. I really enjoyed meeting with patients and learning about them. Many patients would keep me updated on their progress with using cannabis to treat their condition. This journey was the main reason I started educating people about cannabis in Ohio through my OCHBS conferences.

On the hemp side, I’m a business partner in Organic Plus Brands, a CBD/Hemp manufacturing facility in Ohio. We white label and private label for other brands and produce our in house brands, Wholeplant and Plant Puff.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has been a struggle since the start. Trying to get into cannabis without funding and resources is always a challenge. I met some great people along the way that gave me some good advice and support.

It takes a lot of faith, patience, and determination to be in this business. You have to be ready to prove your vision sometimes before anyone wants to be involved or help financially.

Building a network of knowledgeable,  positive, resourceful people can help you succeed and get you going in the right direction.

As you know, we’re big fans of Ohio Cannabis Health and Business Summit. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
The Ohio Cannabis Health & Business Summit is designed to be a resource hub for the rapidly expanding medical cannabis and hemp industries.

The OCHBS conference started out focusing on patients, advocates, and educators. Now the event is also aimed at businesses, entrepreneurs, and investors.

The two-day summit offers educational workshops, keynote speeches from industry titans, special guest appearances, breakout sessions for those seeking intimate discussions with cannabis pioneers, and a packed exhibitor hall with businesses from all over.

Attendees can expect this state event to be a place to consider investment opportunities, grow partnerships and connect with job seekers and employers.

I look forward to introducing you to some of the brightest minds in the industry. Please plan on attending October 1-2 from 10 am-6 pm at the I-X Center in Cleveland Ohio.

For more information on purchasing tickets or vendor opportunities visit OCHBS.COM

What makes you happy?
I enjoy speaking to people about the business of cannabis. I love talking about the various cannabinoids, product development and how cannabis medicine affects our endocannabinoid system. We are happy knowing that our efforts at OCHBS is making a positive impact for cannabis culture and pushing cannabis and hemp into the mainstream.


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