Author Archive | Shea Gunther

Episode 331 – The Momentum Builds

A dark-toned photograph shows a mature cannabis plant just starting to show a flowered-top. The photo appears to be taken at night with the plant lit by overhead illumination- the background of the photo is cast in darkness.

Taylor West and first-time guest Anne Donohoe joins host Ben Larson to talk about the growing momentum behind progressive cannabis reform, as marijuana-related ballot measures swept the recent elections; the recent robust earners reports from various legal marijuana MSOs; and a check-in on the year 2020 with an eye on 2021. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:

New Jersey Senate And Assembly Committee Pass Marijuana Sales Bills Despite Pushback From Equity Advocates | (Marijuana Moment)

Longtime California cannabis czar Lori Ajax is stepping down | (Marijuana Business Daily)

Cannabis taxes save 350 jobs in Chicago | (Leafly)

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Episode 330 – Thorns and Roses

A clear short round glass jar sits on a blurred tabletop with two marijuana buds sticking out the top- one taller than the other. The jar's top is seen even more blurred set farther back on the table.

Kris Krane joins host Heather Sullivan to parse the good and bad, or the thorn and rose, of the recent 2020 U.S. elections, where marijuana legalization ballot measures won in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, Mississippi, and South Dakota. Produced by Shea Gunther.

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No news- back next week with headlines.

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Episode 329 – Drugs Just Won the War on Drugs

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Taylor West, Betty Aldworth, Andrew Livingston, and Mike Liszewski join host Kris Krane to talk about the recent election results, including how marijuana and drug policy reform rippled out across the nation, with a look at legalization ballot measures in South Dakota, Oregon, New Jersey, Montana, Arizona, and Mississippi. Produced by Shea Gunther.

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Episode 328 – On Elections’ Eve

A small circular sticker is seen on a grey shirt reading 'I voted today'. The text is blue set on top of a red, white, and blue flag graphic.

First time guests Alex Halperin and Donnell Alexander of WeedWeek join host Ben Larson to talk about this week’s elections, including a dive into national races as well as state-by-state coverage and predictions for New Jersey, Montana, Arizona, and South Dakota. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:

No news- back in a couple of weeks with headlines.

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Episode 327 – Maine’s Overdue Flip to Adult Use

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Mike Liszewski and Ben Larson join host Heather Sullivan to talk about the newly launched adult use program in Maine, the evolution of legal cannabis brands and products, and a shift in how a historically-conservative medical association views medical cannabis. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Montana high court tosses challenge to adult-use marijuana measure | Marijuana Business Daily

Canadian cannabis sales grow to nearly CA$245 million in August | Marijuana Business Daily

New York Will Legalize Marijuana ‘Soon’ To Aid Economic Recovery From COVID, Governor Cuomo Says | Marijuana Moment

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Episode 326 – The Supreme Court Says Nah

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Returning guest Sam Chapman and first-timer Jeremy Berke join host Ben Larson to talk about the recent Supreme Court decision to not hear a medical marijuana rescheduling case; the latest developments for Measure 109, a psilocybin mushroom ballot measure in Oregon; and the current state of marijuana industry investing and some of the mechanisms used to start and fund cannabis companies. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Long lines as Missouri medical marijuana dispensaries open | CT Post (AP)

Schwazze scraps deal to purchase Colorado marijuana edibles maker | Marijuana Business Daily

Another New Jersey Poll Shows Marijuana Legalization Passing By A Huge Margin | Marijuana Moment

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Episode 325 – The Science of Legal Marijuana

A cluster of 12 test tubes is seen against a blurred softly-lit background. The tubes appear almost as if they are baby birds- with a glass pipette poised above as if to offer food. The pipette has the barest hint of a clear liquid in its tip.

Jahan Marcu and first-time guest Maha Haq join host Heather Sullivan to talk about the Science of Legal Marijuana, including details on peer review, testing protocols, and cannabis as a possible treatment for the coronavirus. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Michigan Governor Signs Marijuana Expungements Bill As Part Of Criminal Justice Package | Marijuana Moment

Retail marijuana sales begin in Maine | Leafly

Illinois and Massachusetts Cannabis Markets Hit New Highs in August | New Cannabis Ventures

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Episode 324 – Surveying the National Scene

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Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Schwazze backs out of deal to acquire marijuana R&D firm MedPharm | Marijuana Business Daily

Maryland picks more companies to grow, process medical cannabis | Baltimore Sun

Virginia Lawmakers Send New Marijuana Bills To Governor’s Desk | Marijuana Moment

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Episode 323 – The Passage of Ruth Bader Ginsberg

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen backed by a bright sun and a blue sky with wisps of white clouds. The flag flies at half mast to honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A group of people sits to pay tribute amongst a large collection of signs and flowers left behind by mourners and well-wishers. The masks that people wear help mark the day. It's subtle and easy to miss, but one of the women standing to honor RGB has a cute dog in a front dog-carrier that she is wearing. The dog appears to be looking at the camera.

Betty Aldworth and first-time guest Diane Russell join host Heather Sullivan to talk about the recent passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the ongoing wildfires out west and their impacts on this year’s cannabis harvest, as well as National Expungement Week. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Vermont finally OKs retail cannabis stores, years after legalizing | Leafly

Massachusetts marijuana regulators close in on cannabis home delivery plan | Mass Live

Croptober is going up in smoke amid U.S. wildfires | BNN Bloomberg

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Episode 322 – No More MORE Act

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Kris Krane and first-time guests AJ Herrington and Jimmy Levy join host Ben Larson to talk about the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the just-announced delay of a vote on the MORE Act in the U.S. House, and the impacts of the ongoing wildfires burning up the west. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Vermont Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales One Step Away From Governor’s Desk After House Vote | Marijuana Moment

Marijuana vape firms say one year after vaping crisis, customers turning to legal suppliers over illicit market | Marijuana Business Daily

Illinois recreational marijuana sales hit nearly $64 million in August, marking a new record | Chicago Tribune

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