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Episode 193 – Trump’s Cannabis Flip

Adam Smith, Scott Cecil, and Jane West join host Dan Goldman to talk about the history and significance of 420 and 4/20 rallies and events, as well as the assurances President Trump gave protecting state legal marijuana. Produced by Shea Gunther.

 

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Schumer introduces measure to decriminalize marijuana

House GOP Blocks Another Marijuana Amendment

Happy 4/20? How marijuana legalization is ruining the unofficial stoner holiday.

 

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Episode 192 – The Industry Gets Boehned

Alex Kreit and Aaron Houston joins host Dan Goldman to talk about the recent support announced for legalizing medical marijuana by former Republican Speaker of The House John Boehner, as well as the Trump administration’s call for input on international drug control treaties. Produced by Shea Gunther.

 

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Mitch McConnell Introduces Bill to Legalize Industrial Hemp

Maine Senate joins House in passing recreational marijuana bill by veto-proof majority

While Weedmaps battles state, its executives seek cannabis distribution license in California

 

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Episode 191 – An Obvious Solution to the Opioid Crisis

Betty Aldworth joins host Kris Lotlikar to talk about the start of Massachusetts’ legal adult use marijuana program as well as the potential for medical marijuana in reducing some of the harms associated with opioid abuse. Produced by Shea Gunther.
News & Links:

California Cannabis Licenses Now Represent 34.5% of All U.S. Licenses Issued | New Cannabis Ventures

Not all Ohio medical marijuana growers, dispensaries will open by September deadline to be ‘fully operational,’ state says | Clevland.com

California testing labs expect marijuana ‘bottleneck’ in July | Marijuana Business Daily

 

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Episode 190 – New Jersey’s New Medicine

Aaron Houston and Scott Cecil join host Kris Krane to talk about the latest changes to New Jersey’s medical marijuana program, a new hemp legalization bill in the U.S. Senate, and the launch of the Massachusetts legal adult use market. Produced by Shea Gunther.

 

News & Links:

Trump ousts Veterans Affairs chief David Shulkin in administration’s latest shake-up | Cannabist

California’s marijuana edibles makers are going extinct | Green State

With Growers in the Shadows, California Faces Cannabis Shortage | Leafly

 

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Episode 189 – Medical Marijuana Gets Another Six Months

Dan Goldman, Andrew Livingston, and Aaron Houston join host Kris Lotlikar to talk about the passage of the federal Omnibus spending bill, which extends by six months protections for state legal medical marijuana, as well as the new packaging guidelines just released by Health Canada. Produced by Shea Gunther.

 

News & Links:

Liberals’ plan to legalize marijuana by midsummer passes first hurdle in the Senate | Toronto Star

‘This is an industry in crisis.’ High taxes, black market threaten pot businesses | Sacramento Bee

MedMen, Cronos Group Create Powerhouse In Joint Venture | Green Market Report

 

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Episode 188 – Worse Than Sessions!?!

Taylor West and Scott Cecil join host Kris Lotlikar to talk about the rumors around the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well as President Trump’s renewed call for executing drug dealers. Produced by Shea Gunther.

 

News & Links:

Arkansas judge blocks state from licensing medical marijuana growers | Cannabist

Any Condition Is Now a Qualifying Condition in Virginia | Leafly

Snoop Dogg’s venture firm just closed its debut fund with $45 million | TechCrunch

 

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Episode 187 – Strongly Worded Letters

Adam Smith and Aaron Houston join host Dan Goldman to talk about the latest comments made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions about federal marijuana law as well as criticism from the United Nations over international marijuana legalization. Produced by Shea Gunther.

 

News & Links:
In another step towards opening retail marijuana shops, Massachusetts regulators sign off on rules for pot industry | Mass Live

Lawmakers support sweeping changes to Maine’s medical marijuana rules | Portland Press Herald

Legislature slashing Health Dep’t pay because of medical marijuana delays | Florida Politics


 

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Episode 186 – Trump’s Murder Fantasies

Hosts Kris Lotlikar, Kris Krane, and Dan Goldman combine for an all-host episode diving into the impact made by 20 years of activism by Students for Sensible Drug Policy as well as the recent support expressed by President Donald Trump for the idea of executing drug dealers. Produced by Shea Gunther.

 

News & Links:
Recreational Marijuana: City Taking in More Revenue Than Expected, Triples Pot Regulation Staff | Los Feliz Ledger

Denver approves first social marijuana license, allowing vaping and edibles in Lincoln Park coffee shop | Denver Post

Growing pains for Pa. marijuana program: Dispensaries run out of meds | Philadelphia Inquirer


 

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Episode 185 – Philly Cuts Cannabis A Little Slack

Dan Goldman and Adam Smith join host Kris Lotlikar to talk about the new world of marijuana harm reduction education as well as about changes to how Philadelphia is handling simple marijuana charges. Produced by Shea Gunther.

 

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Maine’s pot legalization committee reaches agreement on rewrite of voter-approved law | Portland Press Herald

Medical Cannabis Laws Don’t Increase Teen Marijuana Use, Another Study Finds | Marijuana Moment

Report: 99% of California Cannabis Growers Are Still Unlicensed | Leafly


 

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Episode 184 – The New Drug Czar Inherits an Empty Suit

Betty Aldworth and Aaron Houston join host Kris Krane to talk about Trump’s proposed budget cuts for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the appointment of a drug czar to lead the new reduced agency as well as the brief hold on Department of Justice nominees placed by Republican Senator Cory Gardner over the rescinding of the Cole Memo. Produced by Shea Gunther.

 

News & Links:
Senate deal to vote on pot bill on June 7 means no actual sales before August | CTV News

Canadian Health Insurer Announces Groundbreaking Medical Cannabis Plan | Leafly

LA’s Cannabis Office Is Woefully Understaffed, Chief Says | Leafly


 

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