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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

// Check out the Cannabis Based Municipal Bonds from MPG Consulting.

Photo: Duncan C/Flickr

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.

Photo: Yuri/Flickr

Episode 297 – Stay The F@*$ Home

A round empty retail display case fills the frame centered in a grocery store as a shopper is seen on both sides during the coronavirus pandemic. Bright fluorescent lights illuminate the scene of panicked scarcity.

Adam Smith, Taylor West, and Jimi Devine join host Dan Goldman to talk about the Democratic presidential primary, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the latest developments in marijuana policy for NFL players. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:

No news this week. #StayTheFuckHome.

Photo: Studio Incedo/Flickr

Episode 296 – An Interview with Jeff the 420 Chef

Jeff the 420 Chef holds a marijuana bud up to the camera in sharp focus while his face and black jacket are blurred in the back. He stands, smiling slightly, against a dark blue background.

Instead of a regular episode of ‘Marijuana Today’, this week we have a show with the ‘Green Rush‘ and ‘Eat Well, Travel Often‘ podcasts, both which we produce here at MJToday Media. Hosts Lewis and Melissa Goldberg speak with Jeff the 420 Chef, a top provider of marijuana edibles expertise and author of the cookbook “The 420 Gourmet”. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:

No news this week- back with headlines next week!




Photo: Jeff the 420 Chef

Episode 295 – Return of the SAFE Banking Act?

The U.S. Capitol Building is seen lit up during early evening as grew clouds swirl above. The frame is set back to show the reflecting pool at the bottom half of the image with bright and dark green trees blending the transition into the sky. The Capitol dome is bathed in golden yellow.

Adam Smith and Mike Liszewski join host Kris Krane to talk about the possible resurrection of the SAFE Banking Act while also checking in on the latest Marijuana Primary with an update on the latest Democratic Presidential Candidate Debates. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Vermont House Approves Selling Weed — But Not Advertising It | Seven Days VT

USDA Announces Two Temporary Changes To Restrictive Hemp Rules | Marijuana Moment

MedMen Reports Revenue Of $44 Million, But A Net Loss Of $96 Million | Green Market Report

Photo: Brook Ward/Flickr

Episode 294 – Looking Forward to A Very Super Tuesday

Dr. Jahan Marcu and David Bienenstock join host Dan Goldman to talk about the marijuana positions held by the remaining Democratic presidential candidates as well as recent studies showing that cannabinoids might be helpful in treating symptoms from the common cold. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Licensing appeals overwhelm Missouri’s medical marijuana program, point to widespread MJ industry concern about scoring fairness | Marijuana Business Daily

New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill | Marijuana Moment

Colorado Sold $1.75 Billion in Weed Last Year, Exceeding All Expectations | Merry Jane

Photo: Marketeering Group/Flickr

Episode 293 – The Green Rush speaks with Shea Gunther

A black and white photo shows activist Shea Gunther from the back standing on a trash cash giving a speech to a rowdy crowd of college students on a campus. A sign language interpreter holds his hands up mid-sign as a fellow college student is seen to the left holding a large speaker on his head pointed toward the crowd.

We make a visit to our sister podcast the Green Rush for an interview with Marijuana Today producer Shea Gunther, who also produced this episode.

In the photo above, Shea Gunther, then a 19-year-old drug reform activist, is seen speaking to a boisterous crowd of students at the Rochester Institute of Technology in protest over how the school was treating the Rochester Cannabis Coalition, a marijuana legalization group which Shea started and that later became the first chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.