Medical cannabis industry thought leader Rhys Cohen has joined Cannabiz as editor-at-large.

Respected voice: Rhys Cohen joins Cannabiz with a brief to delve behind the headlines and analyse what the big stories mean for the industry.

Cohen will analyse the big stories in the Australian cannabis industry and how they impact Cannabiz members, starting with a deep dive into The National Drug Strategy Household Survey and the 97% of medicinal cannabis users still sourcing their medicine from the black market.

Cohen is the director of Cannabis Consulting Australia and sits on the advisory board of FreshLeaf Analytics.

As well as presenting at numerous events, he has delivered consulting projects to most of Australia’s leading cannabis companies and has worked extensively with the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney.

Cannabiz co-founder and chief growth officer Martin Lane said: “When talking to industry leaders about their current information sources, the name that crops up as the most respected voice in Australia – unprompted and without fail – is Rhys Cohen.

“His writing fits perfectly with the Cannabiz editorial ethos, which is not simply to tell our audience something has happened, but to help them think through what it means for their business. I couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the team.”

Cohen said: “I’m excited to be working with Cannabiz as editor-at-large. Cannabiz is new on the scene, but Martin and the team have already shown their capability for high-quality, in-depth industry journalism, which is exactly what this sector needs.”

Emma Castle: joins Cannabiz to head up newsletter production and content.

Also joining Cannabiz as digital content producer is Emma Castle, bringing the team’s editorial number to five. Formerly editor of events industry bible Spice News and deputy editor of hospitality title Hotel Management, Castle will be responsible for content production, ensuring timely and relevant news is reaching members via our weekly newsletter.

Lane added: “I’m delighted to welcome Emma and Rhys to the Cannabiz team. We are investing heavily in our content to make sure we bring our audience the best writing in the Australian cannabis sector.”

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