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

The golden-domed capitol building of Colorado is seen from ground-level looking up with the building- fronted by a flagpole with both the U.S. and state flags - set against a cloud-less blue sky.

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.

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Episode 311 – How Biden Could Handle Marijuana Legalization

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden stands alone on stage holding a microphone against a perfectly-blurred background of an American flag. Biden wears a dark blue suit and is well lit by the stage lights as he speaks.

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

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Episode 309 – The Cannabis Industry Cannot Be Silent

A hand-hand sign is held aloft during a protest reading the names of black people recently killed by police. 20 names are listed with each followed by the word 'couldn't'.

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

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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

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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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