Tag Archives | 2020

Episode 331 – The Momentum Builds

A dark-toned photograph shows a mature cannabis plant just starting to show a flowered-top. The photo appears to be taken at night with the plant lit by overhead illumination- the background of the photo is cast in darkness.

Taylor West and first-time guest Anne Donohoe joins host Ben Larson to talk about the growing momentum behind progressive cannabis reform, as marijuana-related ballot measures swept the recent elections; the recent robust earners reports from various legal marijuana MSOs; and a check-in on the year 2020 with an eye on 2021. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:

New Jersey Senate And Assembly Committee Pass Marijuana Sales Bills Despite Pushback From Equity Advocates | (Marijuana Moment)

Longtime California cannabis czar Lori Ajax is stepping down | (Marijuana Business Daily)

Cannabis taxes save 350 jobs in Chicago | (Leafly)

Photo: Elsa Olofsson/Flickr

Episode 330 – Thorns and Roses

A clear short round glass jar sits on a blurred tabletop with two marijuana buds sticking out the top- one taller than the other. The jar's top is seen even more blurred set farther back on the table.

Kris Krane joins host Heather Sullivan to parse the good and bad, or the thorn and rose, of the recent 2020 U.S. elections, where marijuana legalization ballot measures won in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, Mississippi, and South Dakota. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:

No news- back next week with headlines.

Photo: Elsa Olofsson/Flickr

Episode 329 – Drugs Just Won the War on Drugs

A white sign with a blue and red American flag graphic and the words VOTE is duct-taped to a metal utility pole. There is a large blue arrow on the sign above the text pointing to the right.

Taylor West, Betty Aldworth, Andrew Livingston, and Mike Liszewski join host Kris Krane to talk about the recent election results, including how marijuana and drug policy reform rippled out across the nation, with a look at legalization ballot measures in South Dakota, Oregon, New Jersey, Montana, Arizona, and Mississippi. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:

No news- back next week with headlines.

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Episode 328 – On Elections’ Eve

A small circular sticker is seen on a grey shirt reading 'I voted today'. The text is blue set on top of a red, white, and blue flag graphic.

First time guests Alex Halperin and Donnell Alexander of WeedWeek join host Ben Larson to talk about this week’s elections, including a dive into national races as well as state-by-state coverage and predictions for New Jersey, Montana, Arizona, and South Dakota. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:

No news- back in a couple of weeks with headlines.

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Episode 324 – Surveying the National Scene

The Washington Monument is seen in dark silhouette against a muted sunset sky. The clouds frame the sunrise colors and perfectly fringe the treeline with both mirrored- along with the Monument- by the reflection pool at the base.

Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Schwazze backs out of deal to acquire marijuana R&D firm MedPharm | Marijuana Business Daily

Maryland picks more companies to grow, process medical cannabis | Baltimore Sun

Virginia Lawmakers Send New Marijuana Bills To Governor’s Desk | Marijuana Moment

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 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.

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SSDP Hiring & Compensation Policy

Photo: Evan Semon

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.

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No news this week. Stay the fuck home.

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