Jay Rosenthal

Jay Rosenthal

Co-Founder & President, Business of Cannabis

Jay Rosenthal has a 20-year career at the intersection of media, business, politics, and policy — especially as it relates to heavily regulated industries. The Co-Founder and President of Business of Cannabis, Canada’s authoritative source for news and analysis of the cannabis industry, Rosenthal provides context and insight into the dynamic and ever-changing landscape of the Canadian cannabis sector.

In his information-packed talks, Rosenthal explains key differentiators between how Canada and the United States are regulating cannabis; the promise of medicinal cannabis; and what the future has in store for Canada as a world leader in the cannabis industry. He also looks at the impact that cannabis may have on workplaces, and the burgeoning cannabis market as it pertains to entrepreneurs, technology, finance, and trade.

A sought-after media commentator on cannabis-related issues, Rosenthal has appeared in The Globe and Mail, and on CBC Radio, BNN and Breakfast Television. He is also a contributor to The Huffington Post and Civilized Life.

With a background in government, Rosenthal launched several successful consultancies and startups before launching Business of Cannabis. He began his career in the US Capitol, working for United States Senator Barbara Boxer. Moving to the Bay Area in the late 90s, he deepened his interest in the intersection of politics and technology, serving in the administration of the Mayor of San Jose, the 10th largest City in the US and the heart of Silicon Valley.

Rosenthal also founded a strategic communications firm that worked with Fortune 500 companies, and launched and sold an online publication which focused on California politics. From 2013 to 2017, Rosenthal directed special projects at Public Inc., a social impact marketing agency, where he led two separate Public Health Agency of Canada-funded projects focused on workplace health and wellness.

In 2019, Business of Cannabis was awarded Best News Source at the O’Cannabiz Industry Awards.

Canadian Cannabis 101

As the emerging cannabis sector continues to gain momentum, it’s important to know how Canada will be affected.

Jay Rosenthal takes you through Cannabis 101 as Canada navigates the promise of medicinal cannabis. He’ll tell you everything you need to know, including key differentiators between Canada and the United States, and what the future has in store for Canada as a world leader in the sector.

Cannabis in the Workplace

As Canada continues to talk about legalization, employers and employees are asking questions about the implications of cannabis in the workplace. What are the responsibilities for employers to accommodate patients? What are everyone’s rights? Jay Rosenthal examines concerns and questions about how cannabis will impact the workplace.

Entrepreneurship and Cannabis

The Canadian cannabis sector is full of risk takers, innovators and global thought leaders. This discussion runs through the technology, finance, research, law and trade that guide the Canadian sector—which, in turn, leads the world.