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Episode 321 – Taking Up The MORE Act

The U.S. Capitol building is seen just after sunset when the sky is all blue with not a touch of warm light to be seen. The view is from the side of the Capitol with a statue and reflection pool which shows a soft blurred image of the world above it. A handfull of people can be seen in small detail showing the scale of the full image.

Betty Aldworth and Ben Larson joins host Heather Sullivan to talk about the historic announcement of an upcoming House vote on the MORE Act, the vote this November out west on a number of cannabis issues, and the dip in the number of marijuana arrests in Texas following the federal legalization of industrial hemp. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Medical Marijuana Measure Removed From Nebraska’s November Ballot By State Supreme Court | Marijuana Moment

Early freeze in Colorado could cost marijuana, hemp growers millions in losses | Marijuana Business Daily

Lawmakers call on Pritzker to clarify IL marijuana dispensary lottery process after 21 companies chosen to compete for 75 licenses | ABC 7 Chicago

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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.

Photo: Jimmy Emerson, DVM/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

Photo: Mike Mahaffie/Flickr

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

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Episode 292 – The Governors’ Push for Marijuana Reform

Adam Smith and Mike Liszewski join host Dan Goldman to talk about how marijuana legalization reform is going at the state level as a number of U.S. governors have used their State of the State addresses to talk about cannabis policy. Produced by Shea Gunther..

News & Links:
Department Of Transportation Says Safety-Sensitive Workers Won’t Be Tested For CBD | Marijuana Moment

Los Angeles County expunges 66,000 marijuana convictions in a day | Leafly

Aurora Cannabis reports steep loss, production drop and higher costs | Marijuana Business Daily

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Episode 291 – The Struggles of Raising Marijuana Capital

An old and weathered ornate stone building is seen focused close up on the wording 'Dispensary' set inline with the stone above a half-round white trimmed wooden window.

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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