In this series we will be highlighting burgeoning entrepreneurs in the modern era. These are folks who have taken the risk of quitting or working double to quit their conventional jobs in pursuit of their passions. This is a difficult road that many never find the courage to venture upon, but the rewards are so worth it, and as you know, no risk, no reward, know risk, know reward.

This episode highlights Kamani Jefferson, who took it from the lobbies of Brooklyn apartments to being the premier lobbyist for the Massachusetts legalized cannabis industry. Taking your passions, and rolling them up into goals large enough to challenge you grow is how we find ourselves in rarified air. Read on to learn how Kamani has taken America's favorite taboo plant, and ensuring that a burgeoning new industry remains clean, ethical, and open so that people from all walks of life can toke in it's business.

Tell Me A Little More About What You Do And How You Got Into It

I'm a registered lobbyist and community educator in the cannabis industry.

Do you Remember Your First Day? What Were You Feeling?

I knew once legalization of Marijuana happened last November in MA, I need to form a group of consumers to advocate. I was hyped. Ready to work in the field of my dreams.

What Were You Doing Before? Why Made You Want To Try Something New?

I was helping my first nonprofit Cannabis Cultural Assoication get it's feet wet. I was hungry for specifically get more involved with pot politics and helping others chase their marijuana dreams in Massachusetts.

How Do You Balance Your Time?

I read, smoke pot (lol), bike and run.

Tell Me About Your Business?

Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council, or MRCC, seeks to ensure the safety of recreational marijuana consumers by bridging the gaps between communities, local legislators, and Massachusetts businesses.

How Much Time Per Week Would You Say You Dedicate To Your Work?

At least 30 Hours. But, I'm pretty much always working or atleast thinking about the legal weed industry.

What Else Do You Like To Do With Your Free Time?

I read. Reading case in point and just finish rereading "Founders at Work." I also read articles on the Cannabis industry everyday.

What's Next For You?

Fund MRCC and make sure Cannabis Cultural Association is ready to take over NYC (hometown) while I'm in MA.

Any Advice For People Wanting To Follow A Similar Path?

Follow us on IG @maconsumers or check out massreccouncil.com

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I thought I had a pretty good handle on my finances out of school. I worked several jobs while attending university and had little to no problem managing my income. However, once I graduated, I realized how much more complicated personal accounting could really be.

There were so many variables I needed to keep track of. Biweekly bills, monthly charges, and general necessities amounted to a heap of confusing numbers that were often impossible to decipher. The funniest part was that I was actually trying to do this by hand (I don't know what I was trying to prove to myself, either).

After messing up for the 17th time, I decided to give Microsoft Excel a shot. I used Excel a bit in school and I knew all the big-wig finance people used it, so what could I possibly have to lose? The answer is about six hours of my precious time. Excel isn't much of an improvement over handwriting and it's still dependent on the user to manually input all of the information. It's like doing everything by hand with the slightest help, meaning that it still required a tremendous amount of time and concentration. Well that was all for nothing, I guess.

It's sort of funny. I was certain that I could manage my personal finances with ease, when it's practically a full-time job. I was already stressed out enough with my first job and I knew I didn't have enough time to give my finances the attention it deserved.

That's why I decided to try out a budgeting app. My best friend told me that he uses an app called Truebill to manage his finances. "What does it even mean to manage your finances?" I asked him. He told me that Truebill was the personal financial assistant I wished I could have. It could aggregate all of my account information into one place and give me specific insights and actions.

I loved the idea of having full control over my finances, especially during a time of financial uncertainty, and I realized that Truebill would be the easiest way to accomplish this. The user interface is incredibly simple and intuitive, so it doesn't even feel like a finance app! Truebill offers a multitude of features, with their most popular being the ability to cancel subscriptions with the press of a button.

Okay, I had no idea how many subscriptions I was still subscribed to. In fact, I wasn't even using a quarter of the subscription services I was signed up for. Subscription boxes, streaming services, my old gym, and even an old subscription to my favorite magazine--it was all there and I was livid. How could I let myself waste all of this money and how did I never catch this? Thank goodness for Truebill.

Truebill also offers bill negotiations. There is a 40% fee based on how much you save and Truebill even claims that there is an 85% chance that they'll be able to lower your bill once a negotiation is requested. Why wouldn't I take them up on this? There was zero risk and I would only have to pay once my bill was lowered (which means that I would be saving money regardless).

More standard features of Truebill include the ability to generate a credit report on-demand and even request a pay advance. I only used the pay advance feature once when I wanted to buy a gift for my mom, but didn't have enough cash in hand and Truebill automatically reimbursed itself when I got my next paycheck.

The credit report is another fantastic feature and practically taught me what good credit meant. Truebill's credit report basically shows you which financial decisions have the most significant impact on your credit score and ways that you can improve your credit month-over-month. I've never had such control over my credit and it feels good.

I'll be the first to admit that I was extremely naive coming out of school. I figured that as long as I was attentive, I could manage my finances with ease. We manage money to some extent throughout our entire lives, but once you're thrown out on your own, it's a completely different story. With Truebill, I've finally been able to take control over my finances and stay on top of all of my responsibilities.

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