Author Archive | Shea Gunther

Episode 322 – No More MORE Act

The sun peaks out from behind the skyline as it sets. It casts a warm yellow light over the landscape below- which looks to be a dry mountainous desert. The center of the image has a bush breaking up the light of the sun into distinct rays.

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

Photo: Christian Rufli/Flickr

Episode 321 – Taking Up The MORE Act

The U.S. Capitol building is seen just after sunset when the sky is all blue with not a touch of warm light to be seen. The view is from the side of the Capitol with a statue and reflection pool which shows a soft blurred image of the world above it. A handfull of people can be seen in small detail showing the scale of the full image.

Betty Aldworth and Ben Larson joins host Heather Sullivan to talk about the historic announcement of an upcoming House vote on the MORE Act, the vote this November out west on a number of cannabis issues, and the dip in the number of marijuana arrests in Texas following the federal legalization of industrial hemp. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Medical Marijuana Measure Removed From Nebraska’s November Ballot By State Supreme Court | Marijuana Moment

Early freeze in Colorado could cost marijuana, hemp growers millions in losses | Marijuana Business Daily

Lawmakers call on Pritzker to clarify IL marijuana dispensary lottery process after 21 companies chosen to compete for 75 licenses | ABC 7 Chicago

Photo: Thomas Hawk/Flickr

Episode 320 – A Return to Fire Season

A firefighting airplane releases its rusty-red load of fire retardant chemicals on an unseen fire below. The smoke is reaching up towards the plane which is set against a backdrop of tall green pine trees fringing a light blue-sky with just the barest hint of a cloud.

Troy Dayton and first-time guest Kieran Ringgenberg joins host Ben Larson to talk about the wildfires ravaging California, the current unrest around civil rights issues, and the recent Republican National Convention. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
House To Vote On Historic Marijuana Legalization Bill Next Month, Leadership Announces | Marijuana Moment

Nebraska Medical Marijuana Initiative Heads To Ballot After Secretary Of State Rejects Challenge | Marijuana Moment

Pennsylvania governor calls for marijuana legalization to boost economic recovery | Leafly

Photo: Dirk Davidson/Flickr

Episode 319 – One Last Marijuana Primary for 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden stands on stage holding a microphone speaking in front of muted-toned American flag. Biden is wearing a blue suit and is squinting with both the bright light and an earnest fire.

Heather Sullivan joins host Kris Krane to talk about the 2020 Democratic Party Marijuana Primary, the recent interest shown by traditional investors in the legal cannabis industry, as well as the soon-to-launch adult use sales program in Maine. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Chart: Adult-use cannabis sales remain steady even as unemployment bonus ends | Marijuana Business Daily

Inventory growth of Canadian cannabis edibles/beverages far outpaces sales | Marijuana Business Daily

California wildfires claim several marijuana farms, threatening growers with financial losses | Marijuana Business Daily

Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Episode 318 – Kamala!

Presumed Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris waves off camera as she appears to walk on stage to speak in front of a screen. She is smiling broadly.

Kris Krane and Shanita Penny join first-time host Ben Larson to talk about the pick of Kamala Harris as presumed Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, the qualification of Arizona’s adult use ballot measure, and the (huge) losses seen by licensed Canadian marijuana companies. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
iAnthus Reports Staggering Net Loss of $237 Million | Green Market Report

Maine Marijuana Sales Can Finally Begin, Officials Announce Four Years After Voters Legalized It | Marijuana Business Daily

Montana Will Vote On Two Marijuana Legalization Measures In November, State Confirms | Marijuana Moment

Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Episode 317 – More Research Required

A silver stethoscope with a black hose is seen facing down into a featureless white surface.

Taylor West and Jahan Marcu join host Heather Sullivan to talk about the recent scientific statement issued by the American Heart Association over cannabis use and cardiovascular health, Pennsylvania’s unique program trading cannabis licenses for research, as well as the latest updates on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the legal marijuana industry. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Black residents made up 97% of marijuana arrests in New York state capital | Leafly

MI may allow stand-alone adult-use cannabis licenses earlier than expected | Marijuana Business Daily

Psychedelics Decriminalization Initiative Officially Qualifies For D.C. Ballot | Marijuana Moment

Photo: Rosmarie Voegtli/Flickr

Episode 316 – The DNC Rejects the Legal Marijuana Plank

A series of wooden boards- each painted a different bright color- is stacked up side by side running vertically across the frame. Some boards are shorter than others, so some columns feature boards of two colors. Eight colors in all are used- with repeats.

Kris Krane and first time guest Ben Larson joins first-time host Heather Sullivan to talk about the recent rejection by the Democratic National Committee of the addition of marijuana legalization to the party platform, the latest take on how cannabis business is being affected by the coronavirus, and the challenges of rebranding a legal marijuana business. Produced by Shea Gunther.

Photo: Chris Richmond/Flickr

Episode 315 – Marijuana’s Really Big Deal

A close-up photo of a very mature marijuana bud is seen. The hairs are a bright yellow gold and are covered with resin crystals. The leaves are narrow and dark green.

Troy Dayton and Jahan Marcu join host Shanita Penny to talk about the coronavirus relief package in the works in Washington, DC and the marijuana provisions it should include, the recently closed deal between Curaleaf (our sponsor) and Grassroots, and the troubles that social equity programs have faced in getting up and running all over the nation. Produced by Shea Gunther.

Photo: Conor Lawless/Flickr

Episode 314 – All Things Betty Aldworth!

A well-lit portrait of Betty Aldworth shows her set against a blue background while smiling and and waving hello to the camera.

Betty Aldworth and Mike Liszewski join host Kris Krane to talk about the latest evolution of Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s drug reform policy and to then dive into the seven years Betty spent as executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Produced by Shea Gunther.

Links:
SSDP’s Intersectionality Committee
SSDP Events
SSDP Hiring & Compensation Policy

Photo: Betty Aldworth

Episode 313 – The Green Rush talks to former NFL player Eben Britton

We’re featuring an episode of the Green Rush podcasting with former NFL player Eben Britton of Athletes for Care this week. We’ll be back in the swing of production next week. Produced by Shea Gunther.