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Episode 349 – Serious About Social Equity

A maturing marijuana plant grows and reaches up to the upper right corner of frame. The green buds are a lighter yellow and shade of green than the darker leaves and there is a blurry background of other plants seen behind.

Kieran Ringgenberg, Amber Senter, and first-timer Emily Paxhia join host Ben Larson to talk about how various marijuana social equity programs are working, the general lack of investment for Black entrepreneurs, and what is being done (and not done) by celebrities and political leaders to change things for the better. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News:
Mexico’s Chamber Of Deputies Approves Revised Marijuana Legalization Bill, Sending It Back To Senate | Marijuana Moment

Virginia Governor Considers Speeding Up Legal Marijuana Timeline | Marijuana Moment

Noem’s medical marijuana plan scuttled by Senate | Sioux City Journal




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Episode 346 – Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

Two women are seen in a marijuana dispensary- one of them working there while another is a shopper. The shopper is looking up at a wall full of packaged products while the store worker is looking back at the rack.

Andrew Livingston and first-time guest Ngiste Abebe join host Heather Sullivan to talk about the growth in legal marijuana jobs and the pressing need to address social equity disparities within the entrepreneurial community. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
New York Governor Reveals Amendments To Marijuana Legalization Plan Weeks Before Budget Deadline | Marijuana Moment

New Jersey Lawmakers Send Marijuana Compromise Bill To Governor’s Desk, Setting Stage For Legal Sales | Marijuana Moment

Oregon marijuana firms enjoy booming market fueled by pandemic, consumers shunning illicit suppliers | Marijuana Business Daily




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Episode 340 – The Drive for Equity in Legal Marijuana

The Martin Luther King, Jr, Memorial is seen from a low angle such that you just see the eye and brow of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. looking up to the right of frame. The photo is devoid of color and the sky that can be seen is partially cloudy.




Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project and Raheem Uqdah, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at Curaleaf, join host Heather Sullivan to talk about racial and social equity efforts within the legal marijuana industry, what we’re doing right, what we’re doing wrong, and what’s left to do. Produced by Shea Gunther.




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Episode 301 – Bonds. Cannabis Bonds.

A man's hand holds a golden plastic vial of legal medical marijuana. Against the background is a blurry book that appears to be a guidebook for the state of Colorado.

Betty Aldworth and first-time guests Adam Orens and Matt Hawkins join host Lewis Goldberg to talk about the potential for a type of municipal bond driven by legal marijuana revenue as well as the current and future health of multi-state cannabis operators. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Charlotte Figi, CBD pioneer and ‘Charlotte’s Web’ namesake, dies from COVID-19 | Leafly

Maine’s adult-use marijuana launch delayed until further notice | Marijuana Business Daily

Virginia Governor Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill | Marijuana Moment

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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 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 267 – Bad Vape

Alex Kreit and Mike Liszewski join host Dan Goldman to talk about the recent phenomenon of people seeking medical attention for lung injuries sustained from consuming contaminated vaporizers, the view on marijuana reform among older Democratic politicians, as well as the recent move by Weedmaps to stop listing illicit businesses. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Vape Pen Lung Disease Has Insiders Eyeing Misuse of New Additives | Leafly

About 160,000 People in New York to See Their Marijuana Convictions Disappear| New York Times

Chart: California marijuana market experiences license contraction in 2019 | Marijuana Business Daily

Photo: Lindsay Fox/Flickr

Episode 266 – Pot Stocks Take a Dive

Andrew Livingston and first-time guest Lewis Goldberg join host Kris Krane to talk about the ups and downs of the legal cannabis stock market as well as the new ballot initiative push for legal adult use marijuana in Florida. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Credit Unions Can Bank Hemp Businesses, Federal Agency Announces | Marijuana Moment

Weedmaps will stop advertising unlicensed cannabis retailers ‘later this year’ | Marijuana Business Daily

Nearly every single person arrested for weed in NYC this year was black or Latinx | Queens Eagle

Photo: Marco Verch/Flickr

Episode 265 – Setting The (American) Bar on State Legal Marijuana

Taylor West joins host Dan Goldman to talk about the recent call by the American Bar Association for states to be free to experiment with legal cannabis, a recent study suggesting a link for teens between vaping nicotine and cannabis, as well as the possibility of Anthony Scaramucci getting involved in the industry. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
‘I feel lucky, for real’: How legalizing hemp accidentally helped marijuana suspects | NBC News

Illegal pot still a source for 4 in 10 cannabis users, Stats Can survey shows | CTV News

Your marijuana delivery is here – now smile for the body cam | Boston Globe

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