Author Archive | Shea Gunther

Episode 307 – This Year’s Chances for Cannabis Legislative Reform

A bright green cluster of marijuana plants fills the frame- no buds are seen yet on the plants.

Kris Krane joins host Lewis Goldberg to talk about the possibilities of passing cannabis legislation this year, the growing competition between Canadian cannabis companies and U.S. firms, and the very slow evolution of Joe Biden’s cannabis policy. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Virginia Governor Officially Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bills Into Law | Portland Press Herald

Trulieve Beats on Revenue, Earnings Estimates For First Quarter | Green Market Report

Maine’s largest city OKs adult-use cannabis, caps store licenses at 20 | Marijuana Business Daily

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Episode 306 – Making Legal Marijuana Banking SAFE

The U.S. Capitol building is seen in bright daylight under a blue cloudless sky hidden behind a barrier of both chainlink and paneled fencing.

Betty Aldworth and Mike Liszewski join host Kris Krane to talk about the inclusion of cannabis banking provisions within the latest proposed coronavirus aid package in Congress, the use of the Paycheck Protection Program by certain marijuana firms, and how marijuana activist groups around the country are responding to pandemic shutdowns. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Michigan’s adult-use marijuana industry made $91 million in sales so far | Portland Press Herald

California governor delays proposed cannabis regulatory changes | Marijuana Business Daily

Most People In Recreational Marijuana States Believe Legalization Is A Success, Poll Finds | Marijuana Moment

Photo: Mike Mahaffie/Flickr

Episode 305 – A Market Disrupted

A young bright green marijuana plant with white and purple buds grows towards the camera against a blurred background of its pot.

First time guests Jeannette Horton and Amber Senter join host Shanita Penny to talk about the access to home grow by patients and consumers during the coronavirus pandemic, the disruptions seen in the domestic and international illicit drug trade by the global shutdown, and some of the licensing delays we’re seeing in states like Illinois. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Nebraska Medical Marijuana Campaign’s New Signature Strategy Involves Masks And Disposable Pens | Marijuana Moment

MedMen temporarily closes most Florida stores | Florida Politics

Constellation Brands Injects C$245 Million Into Canopy Growth by Exercising Expiring Warrants | New Cannabis Ventures

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Episode 304 – Marijuana’s Evolution in the World of Sport

A close up photo shows a well-used leather football emblazoned with the NFL logo on it sitting laces up on an equally used green grassy field- sitting just shy of a white painted line marker.

First time guests Alan Brochstein and Josh Altman join host Lewis Goldberg to talk about the ever-evolving relationship between professional sports and cannabis as well as calls from federal lawmakers to legalize marijuana during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to generate tax revenue. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
MedMen temporarily closes most Florida stores | Florida Politics

Constellation Brands Injects C$245 Million Into Canopy Growth by Exercising Expiring Warrants | New Cannabis Ventures

Nebraska Medical Marijuana Campaign’s New Signature Strategy Involves Masks And Disposable Pens | Marijuana Moment

Photo: Parker Anderson/Flickr

Episode 303 – Looking for Silver Linings for Legal Marijuana

The Washington Monument fills the frame's center flanked on either side by a green lawn bordered by twin stretches of trees thick and green. Crowds of tourists surround the reflecting pool.

Troy Dayton joins host Shanita Penny to talk about the possibility that Congress includes legal marijuana businesses in coronavirus pandemic financial support, as well as how the industry’s annual 4/20 holiday just went and the latest developments for legalization in Lebanon. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Point-of-Sale Data Indicates Plummeting North American Marijuana Sales on 4/20 ‘Holiday’ | Marijuana Business Daily

California offers marijuana firms tax-related help to cope with COVID-19 fallout | Marijuana Business Daily

Top New York Lawmaker Wants To Pass Marijuana Legalization This Year Despite Coronavirus | Marijuana Moment

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Episode 302 – No Relief for Legal Cannabis

A rough concrete wall is seen close up with a metal address circle sign plate set in with an engraved '42'. The number has been crudely drawn over with black marker and a '0' has been added to create '420'.

Andrew Livingston and first-time guest Sarah Gersten of the Last Prisoner Project join host Kris Krane to talk about the exclusion of legal marijuana businesses- even ancillary companies- from receiving federal relief from the coronavirus pandemic, as well a check-in on the Marijuana Primary, with Democratic candidate Joe Biden now lined up to battle Trump in November. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Judge upholds Massachusetts ban on recreational cannabis sales | Leafly

FDA Shifts Its Covid-19 Stance on Vaping, Smoking Impact | BNN Bloomberg

Canopy Growth exits cannabis cultivation on three continents in major international pullback | Marijuana Business Daily

Photo: Daniel Canfield/Flickr

Episode 301 – Bonds. Cannabis Bonds.

A man's hand holds a golden plastic vial of legal medical marijuana. Against the background is a blurry book that appears to be a guidebook for the state of Colorado.

Betty Aldworth and first-time guests Adam Orens and Matt Hawkins join host Lewis Goldberg to talk about the potential for a type of municipal bond driven by legal marijuana revenue as well as the current and future health of multi-state cannabis operators. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Charlotte Figi, CBD pioneer and ‘Charlotte’s Web’ namesake, dies from COVID-19 | Leafly

Maine’s adult-use marijuana launch delayed until further notice | Marijuana Business Daily

Virginia Governor Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | Marijuana Moment

Photo: Daniel Canfield/Flickr

Episode 300 – Cannabis and the Coronavirus

A large bright piece of graffiti covers a gritty concrete wall with the word 'CORONAVIRUS'.

First-time guests Debra Borchardt and Kim Kovacs join first-time host Lewis Goldberg to talk about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its effects on legal marijuana sales, as well as the move by Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker to close adult use shops in his state and the recent proclamations by former NFL player Kyler Turley that CBD can cure coronavirus (it definitely can’t). Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Ontario cannabis stores to close after removal from ‘essential’ list | Marijuana Business Daily

Weed Prices in France Nearly Double as Supplies Dry Up Due to COVID-19 | Merry Jane

Illinois Stores Sold Nearly $36 Million Worth Of Recreational Marijuana In March, Despite Coronavirus | Marijuana Moment

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Episode 299 – The Green Rush Speaks with Kris Krane

A portrait of a smiling Kris Krane is seen with him wearing a blue shirt and glasses shot against a blurry background.

We check in with an episode of the Green Rush in which our very own Kris Krane speaks with hosts Anne Donahoe and Lewis Goldberg, also a regular here on Marijuana Today. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:

No news this week. Stay the fuck home.

Photo: Kris Krane/4Front

Episode 298 – Down With Disease

A computer graphic shows a Covid-19 virus up close as it floats in a space with other viruses behind it. The virus's many prongs stick out from its round body like so many alien antenna.

Andrew Livingston, Dr. Jahan Marcu, and Lewis Goldberg join host Kris Krane to talk about how the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is affecting the world and the legal marijuana industry. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:

No news this week. Stay the fuck home if you can.

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