Tag Archives | legalization

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.

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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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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.

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Episode 303 – Looking for Silver Linings for Legal Marijuana

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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 293 – The Green Rush speaks with Shea Gunther

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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.

Episode 291 – The Struggles of Raising Marijuana Capital

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Jane West and first time guest Hope Wiseman join host Shanita Penny to talk about how things are going for newly legal adult use sales in Illinois, the struggles of raising capital in the legal marijuana industry, and the proposed bill in Massachusetts to regulate agreements between marijuana companies and the towns they hope to locate within. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Aurora announces CEO Booth’s departure, layoffs and up to CA$1 billion in writedowns | Marijuana Business Daily

Another Vermont House Committee OKs Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales | Marijuana Moment

Nearly $40 Million Of Marijuana Sold During Illinois’s First Month Of Legal Sales | Marijuana Moment

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Episode 290 – California and Missouri Face Off

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Mike Liszewski and Jahan Marcu join host Shanita Penny to talk about the latest cannabis developments in California, Missouri, and the northeast as well as about a new discovery of a more potent form of THC. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
MedMen CEO Adam Bierman Is Out | Green Market Report

Vermont Committee Unanimously Approves Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales | Marijuana Moment

After hearing, THC concentrates bill stalls in Washington legislature | Leafly

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Episode 287 – Cleveland Browns Fandom as a Qualifying Condition?

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Taylor West and Alex Kreit join host Dan Goldman to talk about the progress in Washington, DC of the MORE Act, which would legalize marijuana, as well as the trouble legal hemp is introducing in some states and a tongue-in-cheek request in Ohio to make being a fan of certain NFL teams a medical marijuana qualifying condition. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
California Governor Proposes Changes To Marijuana Regulations And Taxes | Marijuana Moment • New York Governor Renews Call For Marijuana Legalization In State Of The State Address | Marijuana Moment • Cannabis captures beer market share in first year of Canadian legalization | Marijuana Business Daily

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Photo: Nathan Rupert/Flickr

Episode 282 – Our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

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Jane West and first time guest Jimi Devine join host Dan Goldman to talk about all the latest and greatest holiday gifts for the cannabis fans in your life. We’ll be back with a regular episode of Marijuana Today next week! Produced by Shea Gunther.

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No news this week on account of the holiday.

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Episode 281 – Marijuana’s Big Day in DC

The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC is seen in a closely cropped shot in early dusk as yellow lights start to glow within. It looks to be summer, with green grass and people walking around on the lawn outside.

Adam Smith joins host Kris Lotlikar to talk about the recent passage of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, just voted out of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, marking the first time Congress has passed legalization at the committee level; as well as recent comments made by former Vice President Joe Biden on marijuana’s status as a gateway drug.Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Michigan pauses sales on marijuana vaping products for increased testing | Michigan Advance

Chart: Oklahoma medical marijuana sales far exceed expectations | Marijuana Business Daily

New Jersey Voters Will Decide On Marijuana Legalization Next Year, Senate Leaders Say | Marijuana Moment

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