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Episode 293 – The Green Rush speaks with Shea Gunther

A black and white photo shows activist Shea Gunther from the back standing on a trash cash giving a speech to a rowdy crowd of college students on a campus. A sign language interpreter holds his hands up mid-sign as a fellow college student is seen to the left holding a large speaker on his head pointed toward the crowd.

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 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

Photo: Marketeering Group/Flickr

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

Photo: WordRidden/Flickr

Episode 290 – California and Missouri Face Off

A close-up shot shows a rather superb owl looking to the right of the screen- it's large orange eyes are seen with complex swirls of color.

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

Photo: Ian Lloyd/Flickr

Episode 289 – The Emergence of Psychedelic Medicines

A handful of psychadelic mushrooms grows up at a right-leaning angle cast in a subdued red-orange light coming from off screen to the right.

Dan Goldman, Adam Smith, and Taylor West joins host Kris Lotlikar to talk about the new push for legalizing the medical use of psychedelics and what that could mean for consumers, as well as a peak at the Marijuana Primary just a week ahead of the first votes in Iowa. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
MedMen Responds To Vendor Payment Crisis | Green Market Report

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Arizona climate blamed for ‘off the charts’ THC failure in first hemp crops | Hemp Industry Daily

Photo: Johanna/Flickr

Episode 288 – The End of MedMen?


A large red MedMen billboard is seen from street level showing a grandmother wearing cool red glasses along with the word 'stoner' crossed out and replaced with the word 'grandmother'.

Troy Dayton joins host Kris Krane to talk about the possibility that cannabis giant MedMen could be on the verge of going under, as well as the most recent Congressional hearings on marijuana research and a check in with the latest policy developments in the states. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
40% of Arizona’s Hemp Crops Must Be Destroyed Due to Too Much THC | AZ Marijuana

Joe Biden Again Says No To Marijuana Legalization Without More Studies | Marijuana Moment

Marijuana Sales in 2019 Break a Record… With a Month to Go | Denver Westword

Photo: Johanna/Flickr

Episode 287 – Cleveland Browns Fandom as a Qualifying Condition?

The back of a Cincinnati Bengals football player is seen close up as the player looks away from the camera with a blurry green grassy background.

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

Photo: Nathan Rupert/Flickr

Photo: Nathan Rupert/Flickr

Episode 286 – Adult Use Goes Legal in Illinois!

A conical mature marijuana bud sits against a blurry background of other marijuana plants ready for harvest. The buds are brightly lit and have thick yellow hairs tinged with resin crystals.

Kris Krane joins host Dan Goldman to talk about how the rollout of legal adult use marijuana sales in Illinois has been going since the January 1st ending of marijuana prohibition in that state. Produced by Shea Gunther.

Photo: Don Goofy/Flickr

Episode 285 – The Patenting of Cannabis

A scientist's blue-rubber-glove-clad hand holds a plastic test tube being fed a clear liquid by a pipette held in the other hand.

Jahan Marcu, Jimi Devine, and first time guest David Bienenstock join host Dan Goldman to talk about the patenting of marijuana genes and strains and what it could portend for the legal cannabis industry. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:

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Episode 284 – Back in Vegas! Marijuana Today Goes All In

The classic sign reading 'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada's sign is seen at night brightly lit up with the 'O' in 'Welcome' burned out.

Adam Smith, Kris Krane, Betty Aldworth, Andrew Livingston, Troy Dayton, Shanita Penny, Jordan Wellington, Anne Donohoe, and Lewis Goldberg join host Dan Goldman for a very special live episode from the big 2019 marijuana business conference in Las Vegas, where they talk about the year in cannabis and what 2020 could hold for the industry. Produced by Shea Gunther.

Photo: Mathieu Lebreton/Flickr