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Why Do We Need Recreational Cannabis When We Have Medical with Rita Tsalyuk

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In this episode of The Hemp Revolution Podcast, we have another lady boss in the cannabis industry. Rita Tsalyuk is a seasoned entrepreneur with many years of experience in and operating businesses in different fields, including: 

  • 15 years in civil and software engineering
  • 27 years in real estate
  • 20 years in home-health and medical supply business
  • 5 years managing cannabis enterprises

Rita is the Owner/CEO of Yuma Way LLC, a company that has extensive cannabis business expertise and know-how. Yuma Way LLC opened its first dispensary in 2016 and grew exponentially over the next three years by opening three additional stores, two cultivation facilities, and a licensed cannabis social consumption establishment.

Rita is also the proud spokeswoman and owner for The Coffee Joint, a licensed center for marijuana consumption and education since February of 2018. 

Tune in to this episode as she shares her incredible story and how she is literally pioneering what will be known as the next wave in cannabis consumption.

There are I think nine medical conditions that allow you to prescribe cannabis in Colorado, but there are so many more that don’t, and the biggest one is probably anxiety. Cannabis is good for anxiety, just like alcohol, and people at the end of the week need to switch off; otherwise, they will go crazy. – Rita Tsalyuk

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Some Topics We Discussed Include

4:28 – Learn about Rita’s background
5:37 – About their amicable cannabis lounge
7:06 – Getting a license in Denver Colorado
9:30 – How her experience and skills apply to this new industry
10:41 – Partnerships
11:26 – What to expect from their cannabis lounge
12:45 – Foreseeing the number of lounges that will be popping up in 2020 and how this impacts their business
15:41 – Medical versus recreational cannabis
25:13 – Key pieces of advice
26:48 – Why is the real estate such a big asset in cannabis
35:17 – Nonprofit initiatives
37:32 – Where to find them

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Sonia Gomez: What’s up, guys? Welcome to another episode of The Hemp Revolution Podcast. I’m your host Sonia Gomez, and I am so excited to be here with you guys on another fine almost winter’s day. As you know, it is our mission and passion to share with you the stories behind the products and businesses that we love; the stories of the people, the entrepreneurs, the cannapreneurs, the canna queens who are pushing this incredible industry forward, and all of the different trials and tribulations that we face along the way. 

It is also our mission to share with you the truth about cannabis and hemp so that you can make educated, empowered decisions about how you want to care for yourself, the people that you love, and the conditions that you may be suffering from or otherwise improve an already healthy life. 

If you want recommendations on where you can find the best products to deliver the results that you’re looking for, check us out on, and if you are a budding entrepreneur or somebody who is already running a business in this space. You need some added support, tools, tips, tricks, resources or mentorship, check us out on for all of the things that you could need to get on the other side of the glass ceilings or bottlenecks you’re experiencing in your business right now. 

Today’s guest is another lady boss in this incredible movement. Miss Rita Tsalyuk who is the owner and CEO of Yuma Way LLC and The Coffee Joint, is a seasoned entrepreneur with many years of experience in and operating businesses in a variety of fields including 15 years in civil and software engineering, 27 years in real estate, 20 years in the home health and medical supply business and another five years managing cannabis enterprises. 

Yuma Way LLC, through its founders, processes robust and possesses robust experience and knowledge in the cannabis industry. It is owned and managed by co-owners who we will hear about throughout the interview today. Yuma Way opened its first dispensary in 2016 grew exponentially over the next three years by opening three additional stores, two cultivation facilities, and a licensed cannabis social consumption establishment. 

Currently, Yuma away LLC employs over 60 people absolutely incredible, and Rita is also the proud spokeswoman and owner for The Coffee Joint, a licensed center for marijuana consumption and education since February of 2018. She is literally pioneering what will be known as the next wave in cannabis consumption. And I’m super excited to share with you the story of this incredible lady boss, Miss Rita. Tsalyuk. Hi Rita. How’s it going?

Rita Tsalyuk: Pretty good. How are you? 

Sonia Gomez: I’m doing well. Thank you so much for being with us today. 

Rita Tsalyuk: Appreciate it. My pleasure. 

Sonia Gomez: I’m so excited to interview you. First of all, I’ve heard all about your coffee shop. We’ll get to the cannabis businesses in a second but the fact that you are running one of the first–

Rita Tsalyuk: the first

Sonia Gomez: No, it is the first–

Rita Tsalyuk: the first in the nation and in the world actually licensed. The key is the license. There were other unlicensed. We’re the first get license. 

Sonia Gomez: Yes. 

Rita Tsalyuk: [unintelligible 00:04:13]

Sonia Gomez: Oh my gosh, this is so exciting. Okay, so before we dive into how all of that even happened, why don’t you just give us a little bit of background where you from? How did you get into this industry? And what are you up to right now?

About Rita Tsalyuk

Rita Tsalyuk: Sure. So, I am from Ukraine. I came here in 1990. A civil engineer from Ukraine worked there as a software developer and worked in real estate for 27 years, done by [unintelligible] investments on health company, and just about five years ago, with my partner getting into the cannabis industry. We open the small dispensary in Denver, and we were looking to expand, and at that time, the Social Consumption Legislation came out. And we were just noticing next door’s availability, and we opened the space, and we didn’t think of much. 

But as soon as we got the license even before that, we got bombarded by all the news channels, and everybody, the only [unintelligible 00:05:18] are the first ones and the only one in Colorado right now because there was another one that open and closed and open and closed. And I think we’re the only one at this moment today.

Sonia Gomez: I think you are the only one right now. Are you currently welcoming guests to come in and consume on-site?

The Amicable Cannabis Lounge

Rita Tsalyuk: Oh, yes. It’s like the lounge, cannabis lounge, with emphasis on education and research, and collaboration, and responsible and respectable consumption. So that’s what they are. And it’s a very friendly space. People are coming to us. Some of them don’t even consume. They are just coming in, going on Wi-Fi, and chatting with others who consume. And you can see CEOs of the companies running conference calls from our space. And some people are playing ping pong and some people playing music, and it’s just cool and friendly establishment.

Sonia Gomez: I love it. First of all, if you would have asked me five years ago if consumption lounges were even going to be a thing, I would have said, yes, absolutely right in line with cannabis tourism, but I would have never expected. Being a woman in this business, I’ve come against my own challenges. I would have never expected a woman to be the owner of the first-ever consumption lounge in the world, let alone in Colorado, which has quickly risen to the top as the cannabis Mecca. Why don’t you tell me a little bit about your journey to becoming the owner of this establishment? What were some of the challenges that you faced in trying to kick this business off?

Getting a License in Denver Colorado

Rita Tsalyuk: Sure. I would never think that I would own a cannabis license of any kind. I’m from Ukraine, and any kind of drugs, the taboo there at that time now I think they got you can get a new president that will reconsider the whole thing too just as everybody else. But from where I came from, it was a big deal. And now my kids laughing and say, look at mom. I wouldn’t expect that. But in 2016, they applied for the little dispensary and little license in the city of Denver. 

At that time, the city of Denver was very concerned about more and more licenses opening and over-saturation. And they did decide to send us a denial letter. So we waited for four whole years. There were a lot of people who are in the same boat as ours who lost a lot of money. But later on, somebody challenged them in court, and they sent us a withdraw of denial. We open the small medical store, changed it to recreational later and another license in Glendale and another license of one and a competitive application process in Longmont and another one in Adams County, and opening one more in Como city right now. 

And also have a grow facility in Denver and actually a couple grow facilities in Denver. So we’re growing right now we’re looking to different states. It’s very exciting. It’s probably the most exciting it’s ever been for me, and I’ve been doing business and different ventures all my life here in America, but this is probably the most challenging and the most exciting.

Sonia Gomez: You hardly look old enough to be in any industry longer than fifth like, I literally Like 10 years, you look so young, and you are totally beautiful. It’s hard to believe that you have almost 60 years of professional experience 20 years in this, 20 years in that–

Rita Tsalyuk: Well, it’s in parallel; it’s in parallel. I’m not 200.

Sonia Gomez: I was just gonna say your experience would suggest that you’re 200 years old, but you’re not. So you’ve been doing all of these things layered on top of the other. 

Rita Tsalyuk: Yes.

Sonia Gomez: Do those skill sets apply to this new industry?

How Her Experience and Skills Apply to This New Industry 

Rita Tsalyuk: Very much so. Just because I’m a real estate broker, we were able to get some of the good locations in the real estate part of the industry. It’s a big chunk of it. My partner is also a real estate broker. So two of us [unintelligible] together that helps. Civil engineering help, too, because we developed in some of it. So use civil engineering that I would never think I would use software development. Perfectly helps because we use in software everywhere and just working for corporate America for over 20 years, it’s easier. Right now, to set up processes, to set up files, documentations, compliance, this industry maturing it’s good to have this experience behind. It’s good.

Sonia Gomez: Yes, absolutely. Tell me about your partners. They are running and managing a different part of the business than you are. Did you guys all start the business together? Or did they come in later or talk to me a little bit about how that all started?


Rita Tsalyuk: So, we actually have only one partner because my husband and our partner own Yuma Way and I’m the CEO of Yuma Way. 

Sonia Gomez: Okay. 

Rita Tsalyuk: And me and the same partner own The Coffee Joint. So it’s actually the same guy, and he also has over 15 years. I believe experience in real estate. And he has a master’s degree in computer science. 

Sonia Gomez: Nice.

Rita Tsalyuk: Full house. 

Sonia Gomez: Yes, so some smart folks at the helm of Yuma way. I mean this is, this is really remarkable. So tell me about the lounge, what can I expect as an experience? I was noticing on your website that you can consume almost anything except for smokeable flowers. Is that right? 

What to Expect From Their Cannabis Lounge 

Rita Tsalyuk: Right. Because the smoking is prohibited by the indoor clean act, quote on the indoor clean act, and right now there is another legislation actually coming along that they will allow it because there was an exemption visit to Colorado the indoor clean act, but you just have to have– my computer decided to die, but I think we’ll be fine. So there is the exemption, and you can have a ventilation system. And you can even smoke right now, but The Coffee Joint doesn’t have that so you cannot smoke, but you can vape, and you can eat edibles and you can to consume anything just no smoking.

Sonia Gomez: And we were just talking about just all of the different things that the lounge offers, which is really exciting. You can pretty much consume anything except for smokeable flowers right now. Social environments, work environments, educational environments all lined up there, and being the first it’s kind of the cookie. You guys are setting the bar high. This is a very, very cool concept and very major coming up in 2020. What do you anticipate will happen with the lounges? I mean, I’m sure you have a pulse on the industry right now. How many new lounges do you think are going to be popping up? And do you believe that it’ll affect your business? 

Medical Versus Recreational Cannabis 

Rita Tsalyuk: Yes, we think there’s going to be a big change in 2020 in Colorado specifically because in Colorado, there’s hospitality bill just got approved and moving through the state legislation actually already approved in-state, but on January 1, two local municipalities will start approving them here and there in Colorado. And I think Denver decided to opt-in already, they will confirm it at the beginning of the year. And if that will happen, people will start opening some. We’ll see how it’s gonna go. Nobody knows. 

The reason we are the only one is because it’s not a profitable model at this point. So that’s the reason people don’t open in it. We still happily open for two weeks. One of them is right next to our dispensary. So it’s sort of as a place for our patrons to come and relax and try. Would they just purchase and play games and collaborate with other people is everything else. 

And the second reason we wanted to, since we became the first ones in the industry, we wanted to speak for whatever is important to us. We wanted to make sure that we move in this industry to a different level, and That’s where we start talking about treating cannabis-using cannabis for opioid addictions. And now everybody talks about it but a year and a half ago, believe it or not, it was a novelty. Now several states added it. So maybe they heard us too. And it feels really good to be the voice of the industry. 

It feels really good to be a voice of the industry. - Rita Tsalyuk Click To Tweet

But [unintelligible] comes in the agent, few additional provisions, that will allow smoking and they will allow, there’s a license but as you can sell cannabis we just right now we just bring your own, but after January 1 People will be able to sell cannabis products and become more profitable. More and more people will be interested in opening their establishment.

Sonia Gomez: So interesting. Sometimes I can’t believe that the provisions and regulations are set the way that they are. I mean, I was just saying this in another video. You have to have just a hair of crazy to get into this industry knowing that the regulations are, the way that they are, you can’t advertise the restrictions for banking or any one of these things that feel totally normal as a business owner like you should be able to promote your business, you should be able to market effectively, you should be able to have banking. 

You have to have just a hair of crazy to get into this industry knowing that the regulations are the way they are. - Sonia Gomez Click To Tweet

There are just simple things that feel totally normal, and yet they’re part of the biggest restrictions and challenges that any one of the industry, whether you’re THC, yours or not, we’re facing similar industries. So in my opinion, you have to have just a hair of crazy to think–

Rita Tsalyuk: I think it’s more than the hair. You have to be crazy. [inaudible] joint, we have a sign, “Relax, we’re all crazy here there’s no competition.” 

Sonia Gomez: Yes.

Rita Tsalyuk: We have to let [unintelligible] crazy there, which is actually answers a lot of our questions that Coffee Joint is also, I wouldn’t say trying to answer may be trying to ask, what is a cannabis place in the world? Why do we need it? What’s happening? Why do we need to recreate it? A lot of states, like listening to New Jersey’s meeting the people government held in New Jersey and asking why do we need to recreational when we have medical? And we were trying to answer those questions. 

The way we answered that there were eight or nine, I think it’s nine right now medical conditions that allow you to prescribe cannabis in Colorado, but there are so many more that don’t, and the biggest one is probably anxiety. Cannabis is good for anxiety, just like alcohol, and people at the end of the week need to switch off. Otherwise, they will go crazy. 

Recently, Mental Health became such a big question and a big problem, people looking at it and figuring out that we need to do something about it. And we were thinking that people, the called crazy we want to lock them up. And we recently ended up in the stands of about 90% of all of us having mental issues, if not all hundred, we’re all crazy in some way. And if we need to check out at the end of the week, and cannabis help that, gosh, that’s a big reason to be around. 

There’s a big difference between medical and recreational, except there are just no prescriptions. A doctor is not telling you that you need it but might know yourself you need it.

Doctor is not telling you that you need it but you might know yourself you need it. - Rita Tsalyuk Click To Tweet

Sonia Gomez: I have to be honest with you and say that I’ve never honestly thought about it like that. I have been in this industry for a long time. I was not an advocate for recreation. I thought that that was too much, too fast. There was still such a significant gap in the industry around education and the consumer, even understanding what to use and how to use it and when to use it and all of these different things. 

I was concerned that we were going to do a disservice to the industry by allowing for recreational use, and still have been a huge advocate saying that if states are going to open for recreational use that they should, in fact, have an education program that comes along with it, which nobody has yet people are self-educating, which is both good and bad, right? At least they’re pursuing the information, but not all information is created equal. 

But the way that you just framed it right now made so much sense to me. I think you’ve just changed my mind. No, that is a really, really, really good point. And I think about just my own– Like let me just think about my own life here for a second. I’m a mother of four, I have a husband who is kind of like my fifth child, and we’re constantly running this household, this giant following on social media, multiple businesses, all of this stuff and at times it’s very, very difficult to turn my mind off or redirect my energy. I will get anxiety, and I will get physical exhaustion and all of these different things, and the first thing I go towards is smoke a little joint or smoke a bowl or something of that nature. 

For me, I thought about it as medicine, but the way that you just positioned it was like, there’s no difference between recreation and medicine except for the education or mentality that you approach it with. Either way, it’s to aid in some sort of alleviation, right?

Rita Tsalyuk: Yes. 

Sonia Gomez: [inaudible] prescription

Rita Tsalyuk: The stigma is very difficult to overcome. Initially, when we opened the social consumption establishment, I was worried to death. I was thinking that it’s going to be, I’m going to have a Hawaiian of homeless people who will try to just get there because it’s pretty much free and they can just sit down, and they’ll never leave, and it’s going to be dirty. And oh my god, it’s much different. We have professionals coming there; it’s a happy place. So it takes a little bit to get used to even understand that we were brainwashed about drugs all this time, not just people in America, people in the whole world. 

And we just know trying to wake up and give it another thought. And maybe, just, everything needs to be researched and needs to bring it to have an education, and we need to come So responsibly. Of course, if you’re going to try to eat two buckets of carrots, you might not feel good. Don’t need to over-consume cannabis. But coffee, if you drink two gallons of coffee, you’re probably not gonna feel good either. And that’s why we know not to drink two gallons of coffee. 

But we just don’t know about cannabis. How much is too much? And then I had another podcast with somebody a while ago when the Canadian company asked about cannabis etiquette. And they were asking, what do you think, does it make sense if people come into lunch, and they share cannabis at lunch? What would you think? How it’s supposed to be, is that okay or not? 

And I was impressed that you’re just sure people sharing the glass of wine, but you have to know your ideas. If you come into a professional meeting with the school district, you probably don’t want to light up a joint. If you have a few aunties around you and you decide how to do psychedelic arts, then maybe cannabis would be a really good fit. But you do have to have a good feel for it. And this industry is just starting. That’s why everybody looked at us, in the beginning, they said this first one isn’t gonna mess up, they will mess up for everybody. And if they’re gonna do well, then it could be the continuation. So I’m really happy that [unintelligible] introducing now, hospitality bill, that means we didn’t mess up for everybody. We’re doing okay.

Sonia Gomez: Yes, we’re doing great. I’m from California originally so I can judge my state in saying that California really messed it up in a lot of ways. They had a huge opportunity to do things in a really unique, special way. And they didn’t they kept quite a bit of negativity and fed this stigma and made it the sort of weird dark thing. Colorado came in, made a ton of improvements. Las Vegas took it to the next level. I mean, every state is just improving upon the next thing, but Colorado has been really steadfast in consistently being a hub for improvement and innovation in this industry. I think it’s so cool.

Rita Tsalyuk: Yes. I actually want to give talking about appreciation to all of our MED and city governments. They are putting a lot of thought into it. Really good and we are part of the discussions in a lot of ways, we are part of the workgroups, and I’m really, really happy about it.

Sonia Gomez: Yes, they’re just they’re such incredible folks over there, and they’ve been working like you said, very thoughtfully, but they’ve been extremely hard working and just trying to understand from the folks who’ve been in this for a long time, they’re just trying to understand, get a grip, and they’re very committed to excellence here, which I really appreciate. Because I think they recognize, obviously the benefit of having the industry around, but how much notoriety they’re getting across the country for the foundation that they’re setting here is just fantastic—so big shout out to you guys over the MED and the Department of Revenue. You guys have done some really great work. Thanks for that. Tell me a little bit, Rita. Obviously, many folks are looking to you now as an example of what to do and how to do it. What are some key pieces of advice that you could offer them while folks are considering getting into this industry, maybe where they’re getting ready to make that corporate to cannabis jump, and they’re trying to decide what their best way to come into this space is, what would be some key pieces of advice that you could offer them that might help shortcut their transition? 

Key Pieces of Advice

Rita Tsalyuk: Sure. Do not jump until you read all the regulations, and you understand them thoroughly. Get good attorneys and then read again yourself. Then, everybody’s confused. And it’s a very difficult industry to figure your way. Don’t underestimate the real estate part of it. And make sure that you either understand it or you have somebody else to navigate you through that. Think of this industry is pretty mature at this point. And don’t cut corners.

Sonia Gomez: Those are really good. Those are really, really, really good perspectives. I want to ask you about the real estate right now. There were a couple of major acquisitions that have happened and that want to happen, and I can’t talk about them fully, but I want to talk about them. 

So one of the largest cannabis companies in the country right now we’re under acquisition, and there’s a huge challenge the operators and the real estate owners, right? They’re two different people, two different partners. And in order to make the sale, they have to come to an agreement. Well, the real estate guy wants to hang on to all of the assets, where the operators want to just cut and run. They want to make the sale happen without harmony. They can’t make it happen. But the asset like McDonald’s, the asset is in the real estate. 

Tell me a little bit about why. I mean, I think I know why. But I want to hear from your perspective. Why is the real estate such a commodity? Why is that the big asset and the cannabis companies right now?

Why Is the Real Estate Such a Big Asset in Cannabis 

Rita Tsalyuk: Primarily, because licenses granted for the locations or license granted– only so many lives. Licenses available for jurisdiction. So you either have some of the licenses based on jurisdiction. There is a saying that real estate is a local thing, the same thing happening in cannabis. Real estate is a very local thing. It’s in one jurisdiction. Real estate wouldn’t be that much matter. 

Just for example, if you have a license in jurisdictions that only three allowed for the whole city, and they allow you to move it anywhere, then for your state, not be part of it. But if you come into another jurisdiction, where, for example, you can get as many licenses as you like, in the jurisdiction, but nothing available. Every single ready either purchased, taken out as another license or just not available, people not ready to lease to cannabis or distance restrictions that in some places are really crazy, distance restrictions. 

Then you should be very thankful to your landlord for being a good and try to be a really good partner of your landlord or try to purchase real estate equity yourself. Otherwise, you don’t have control over it.

Sonia Gomez: For those of you guys who are listening and don’t understand what she just said it this is like pure golden nuggets, okay? You could literally fill your entire bank account with the gold she just dropped right now. Having control over the real estate, this is what happens so much, and I’ll share my own personal story with you as to why having control over your real estate or being in good partnership with your landlord is so important. 

We came into our cultivation center and had to build the whole thing out to suit, right? And that was like a half a million-dollar investment for us. We came in there we expanded, 5000 square feet, put in state of the art everything, all of the things that you could ever want or need, all the bells and whistles and when we were planting our first harvest, literally, like moments after planting, we got a 90-day notice that they were had just sold the entire building and that we would have to forfeit our investment. 

And it was probably one of the things that shook us to our core in the whole ownership of real estate or the whole ownership of the cannabis businesses because our retail store was doing fantastic, but at the time, we were still required to be vertically integrated. And that’s where the best margins were. And I mean, it was devastating for our company to have to go through those growing pains. 

Now on the flip side, now that we’re re-cultivating and re-resurrecting our licenses and coming back online, we own the real estate, we own the facilities, we’re building out all of the infrastructures, we’re doing a hybrid system so its greenhouse, in line all those things, and we’re really building it out the way that we want it to be. But this time, we own the real estate. So no one can kick us off. 

I think there’s a lot of misconception that the cannabis industry is rich, so we can just afford half a million-dollar losses like that. But you really can’t when your time is money, right? So when you put all this time and energy into building out real estate that somebody else owns, they’re really the ones winning because they don’t take on any of the liability. Regardless of whether you’re growing or not, you have to pay your rent on the first, right? And it’s an incredible asset whether or not you have a license, would you agree?

Rita Tsalyuk: Yes, and there’s a flip side too. Just imagine, and I wouldn’t tell the CD name, but they know one of the CDs right now in us who unknowns that they’re going to take competitive applications right in April. So people sign leases. They’re non-refundable deposits. And then they said, maybe June, and then they say, maybe February, maybe November, and maybe next year. So somebody already paying for a year of leases, without even knowing that they’re going to actually get the license or not. 

And I can tell you another story. And maybe a little different on a different subject, because knowing your laws in parallel to making sure that everything about real estate. We have a business here who was hoping to open the social consumption establishment on point before the law came in. So they got a really nice building, and they paid tons of money. And then the law came in. It was not possible to have it in that specific buildings that nobody could have thought it would be. So people put in money in without actually, waiting for the regulation to come is also very risky. So when you are in between those things, it’s quite challenging.

Sonia Gomez: Yes, it’s I mean, it’s difficult to navigate because unless you have space, you can’t apply for the license, you have to have all of the electrical engineer dry. I mean, you have to have all of these drawings and everything to be able to submit to the state for licensing. So you’re paying for space that you can’t be selling out of. It’s very capital intensive. And I think right now like you said, it’s a mature market. In the beginning, it was an immature market. I’ve been in the space since 2009, here in Colorado, so back then there were. I mean, it’s always been very capital intensive, but we were also in mature business owners. Now. There’s a very mature business owner. A lot of professional experience coming in here. So the challenges don’t seem to be the same, but the folks who are coming in are now looking to acquire brands that are already in existence rather than building one from scratch. For you, what is your guys’– Do you guys see yourselves in this space for the long haul? Or do you have a plan for an exit? What is your long term goal with your company?

Rita Tsalyuk: I don’t know if they have a long term goal. This industry changes rapidly and we just waking up in the morning can see what it’s going to take us and taking the first door that’s open and not try to open closed doors, just open the ones that open and try to see what we’re going to get with it. But everything is exciting right now. And just whatever is happening in Colorado, it was happening in other states. 

Sonia Gomez: Where are you guys going to be open? You said you were looking at opening in new states. Where are we going to be able to find you?

Where to Find Them

Rita Tsalyuk: We applied. It doesn’t mean– we haven’t gotten any licenses outside of Colorado quite yet. But we applied in New Jersey, we applied in Missouri, we’re applying in a few states, so hopefully, something will come up.

Sonia Gomez: Yes, so exciting. Well, I’m really excited to watch and follow your journey. While you guys are growing and expanding, I’d love to come and do a live broadcast from the consumption lounge from the coffee. 

Rita Tsalyuk: Sure.

Sonia Gomez: So much fun. 

Rita Tsalyuk: Yes, absolutely.

Sonia Gomez: And the dispensary too. I’d love to see how the two work in relationship with one another. 

Rita Tsalyuk: There is a door between two, and it’s absolutely legal. The door is legal as long as you have two different licenses, two different addresses.

Sonia Gomez: Yes, awesome. Well, I’m definitely going to come and check it out. What are some final words that you can share with our community? Any final words that you want to share? Final thought. Oh, wait, before we do anything, you are doing some incredible philanthropic work and social contributions. I’d love for you to share with us. I was looking through your sites and just through your bio and stuff, and you are doing a lot with your nonprofit initiatives. Will you explain a little bit more about like the research that you’re contributing to and stuff?

Nonprofit Initiatives

Rita Tsalyuk: Sure, sure. So we have a nonprofit initiative through The Coffee Joint, primarily in the cannabis area. And that’s what we spend a lot of time and money on education and educational materials research. We’re collaborating with the University in Fort Collins in other places. That’s what we do. And then that’s what The Coffee Joint is for. And we’re going to try to continue with that. And then we just have some other fun tropical initiatives just helping communities and just the regular donations that communities need.

Sonia Gomez: I love that is there something in particular that around the holidays, people in our community could contribute to through your contributions or participate in through your contributions? Like, are you doing a food drive or anything of that nature?

Rita Tsalyuk: We haven’t thought about it for the holidays, but it’s good that you mentioned, so we will definitely get back with you on that. 

Sonia Gomez: Okay, sounds good. Well, I’m super excited to follow your journey. I’m definitely gonna come and check out what you guys have going on over there. I’m local to you guys. So it’ll be easy for me to pop over. And congratulations on all your incredible success and really pioneering you’re doing incredible work for us ladies and cannabis. Thank you for that.

Rita Tsalyuk: Thank you. I’m looking forward to meet you in person. 

Sonia Gomez: Yes, me too. Thanks so much. Hey, guys, for those of you who are tuning in today, today’s episode is just one more proof in the pudding that anything is possible. No matter where you are coming from in the world, there is a place for you to participate in this incredibly fast-moving, somewhat challenging but extremely exciting industry. If you are a budding entrepreneur or existing business owner, check us out at For key relationships, resources or mentoring that you can use to get on the other side of your bottlenecks and glass ceilings and if you are a person looking for products that you can trust to deliver the results that you’re looking for, check us out on Rita, where can they find you if they want to see you on the internet or in person?

Rita Tsalyuk: and 1130 Yuma Court? We are happy to talk to anybody. Just drop us a line and the email. Let us know that you want to see us, we’ll arrange it, we’ll collaborate. We’ll help each other.

Sonia Gomez: All right, sounds good guys, all of the social media handlings and websites for today’s interview will be listed inside of the blog, along with show notes and highlights from our show. I’m your hostess with the mostess Sonia Gomez, and this is The Hemp Revolution. We’ll see you on our next show, guys. 

Rita Tsalyuk: Thank you, Sonia.

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