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Episode 327 – Maine’s Overdue Flip to Adult Use

A busy shot shows a compressed view of Portland, Maine at night- with a trail of car lights below the city's lights. The car lights are blurred and appear as if they are a river.

Mike Liszewski and Ben Larson join host Heather Sullivan to talk about the newly launched adult use program in Maine, the evolution of legal cannabis brands and products, and a shift in how a historically-conservative medical association views medical cannabis. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Montana high court tosses challenge to adult-use marijuana measure | Marijuana Business Daily

Canadian cannabis sales grow to nearly CA$245 million in August | Marijuana Business Daily

New York Will Legalize Marijuana ‘Soon’ To Aid Economic Recovery From COVID, Governor Cuomo Says | Marijuana Moment

Photo: Paul VanDerWerf/Flickr

Episode 326 – The Supreme Court Says Nah

A cluster of 12 test tubes is seen against a blurred softly-lit background. The tubes appear almost as if they are baby birds- with a glass pipette poised above as if to offer food. The pipette has the barest hint of a clear liquid in its tip.

Returning guest Sam Chapman and first-timer Jeremy Berke join host Ben Larson to talk about the recent Supreme Court decision to not hear a medical marijuana rescheduling case; the latest developments for Measure 109, a psilocybin mushroom ballot measure in Oregon; and the current state of marijuana industry investing and some of the mechanisms used to start and fund cannabis companies. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Long lines as Missouri medical marijuana dispensaries open | CT Post (AP)

Schwazze scraps deal to purchase Colorado marijuana edibles maker | Marijuana Business Daily

Another New Jersey Poll Shows Marijuana Legalization Passing By A Huge Margin | Marijuana Moment

Photo: Geoff Livingston/Flickr

Episode 325 – The Science of Legal Marijuana

A cluster of 12 test tubes is seen against a blurred softly-lit background. The tubes appear almost as if they are baby birds- with a glass pipette poised above as if to offer food. The pipette has the barest hint of a clear liquid in its tip.

Jahan Marcu and first-time guest Maha Haq join host Heather Sullivan to talk about the Science of Legal Marijuana, including details on peer review, testing protocols, and cannabis as a possible treatment for the coronavirus. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Michigan Governor Signs Marijuana Expungements Bill As Part Of Criminal Justice Package | Marijuana Moment

Retail marijuana sales begin in Maine | Leafly

Illinois and Massachusetts Cannabis Markets Hit New Highs in August | New Cannabis Ventures

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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 323 – The Passage of Ruth Bader Ginsberg

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen backed by a bright sun and a blue sky with wisps of white clouds. The flag flies at half mast to honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A group of people sits to pay tribute amongst a large collection of signs and flowers left behind by mourners and well-wishers. The masks that people wear help mark the day. It's subtle and easy to miss, but one of the women standing to honor RGB has a cute dog in a front dog-carrier that she is wearing. The dog appears to be looking at the camera.

Betty Aldworth and first-time guest Diane Russell join host Heather Sullivan to talk about the recent passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the ongoing wildfires out west and their impacts on this year’s cannabis harvest, as well as National Expungement Week. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Vermont finally OKs retail cannabis stores, years after legalizing | Leafly

Massachusetts marijuana regulators close in on cannabis home delivery plan | Mass Live

Croptober is going up in smoke amid U.S. wildfires | BNN Bloomberg

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Episode 322 – No More MORE Act

The sun peaks out from behind the skyline as it sets. It casts a warm yellow light over the landscape below- which looks to be a dry mountainous desert. The center of the image has a bush breaking up the light of the sun into distinct rays.

Kris Krane and first-time guests AJ Herrington and Jimmy Levy join host Ben Larson to talk about the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the just-announced delay of a vote on the MORE Act in the U.S. House, and the impacts of the ongoing wildfires burning up the west. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Vermont Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales One Step Away From Governor’s Desk After House Vote | Marijuana Moment

Marijuana vape firms say one year after vaping crisis, customers turning to legal suppliers over illicit market | Marijuana Business Daily

Illinois recreational marijuana sales hit nearly $64 million in August, marking a new record | Chicago Tribune

Photo: Christian Rufli/Flickr

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

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