In the ever-evolving realm of cannabis entrepreneurship, few have left as indelible a mark as Berner, known to many as Gilbert Anthony Milam, Jr. His journey through this dynamic industry, marked by innovation and success, is nonetheless marred by a series of controversies that have raised profound questions about the ethical underpinnings of this rapidly transforming sector.
David Daxsen: Berner, thank you for joining us today to discuss the recent controversies surrounding your cannabis empire, Cookies, and the broader issues of ethics in the cannabis industry. Can you provide some insight into the nature of the lawsuits filed against Cookies and how they impact the industry?
Berner: I appreciate the opportunity to address these concerns. The lawsuits against Cookies allege that coercive tactics were employed to compel stakeholders into providing benefits and kickbacks to our company's executives. This has, understandably, cast a cloud over not only our company but the entire industry. It's vital for us to address these allegations head-on and reaffirm our commitment to ethical conduct.
David Daxsen: We've seen your passionate response on social media, particularly Instagram, in defense of Cookies. Can you elaborate on your stance regarding these accusations?