Author Archive | Shea Gunther

Episode 317 – More Research Required

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

Episode 312 – The Weed Wonks speaks with Rep. James Coleman of Colorado

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Enjoy this episode of the ‘Weed Wonks’ with Colorado Rep. James Coleman, as he speaks with host Jordan Wellington from the floor of the Colorado legislature in the final stage of passing his groundbreaking social equity legislation. Produced by Shea Gunther.

Photo: Jimmy Emerson, DVM/Flickr

Episode 311 – How Biden Could Handle Marijuana Legalization

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Andrew Livingston joins host Kris Krane to talk about how presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden could handle cannabis legalization if elected president as well as an update on how some of the nation’s larger multistate cannabis operators are doing . Produced by Shea Gunther.

Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Episode 310 – A Nation Embroiled in Racism

A young black man protesting stands across from a line of faceless police officers hiding behind helmets and face shields on a clear city sidewalk.

Kris Krane and Heather Sullivan join host Shanita Penny to talk about the ongoing protests over racial injustice, the response to those protests and to racism in general by legal marijuana, and the language behind the idea of ‘defunding the police’. Produced by Shea Gunther.

Chart: Medical marijuana sales in Oklahoma near $300 million in first five months of 2020 | Marijuana Business Daily

If cannabis is legal, why is Michael Thompson serving 40 years in prison?| Leafly

| Colorado Cops Are Still Overwhelming Persecuting Black Cannabis Users

Photo: Quinn Norton/Flickr

Episode 309 – The Cannabis Industry Cannot Be Silent

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First time guests Amber Littlejohn and Gail Rand join host Shanita Penny to talk about the relaxation of rules in Washington State around cannabis industry workers bringing their children to work during pandemic shutdowns, the historic and ongoing silence by the cannabis industry on the issue of race and racism, and the new initiative ‘Inside Insight‘, which helps connect women entrepreneurs with more experienced women working within the industry who offer help and coaching. Produced by Shea Gunther.

Photo: Aaron Fulkerson/Flickr

Episode 308 – Seriously, Fuck This Timeline

A large group of protestors faces off against a line of black suited riot police during a sunny day during a protest against the police murder of George Floyd and general systemic racism and oppression.

Betty Aldworth and first time guests Heather Sullivan and Ian Larson joins host Shea Gunther to talk about how the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is affecting legal marijuana business and activism as well as the protests surrounding the recent police murder of George Floyd. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Nevada reviewing alleged campaign illegalities by marijuana MSO MedMen | Marijuana Business Daily

States With Medical Marijuana Laws Saw 20% Drop In Some Opioid Prescriptions | Marijuana Moment

Montana medical marijuana patients will soon be “untethered” from providers | KRTV News

Photo: Geoff Livingston/Flickr