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Episode 353 – As Prohibition Just Crumbles Away

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Kris Krane, Mike Liszewski, and Jahan Marcu join host Ben Larson to talk about the legalization of adult use marijuana in New York, the new cannabis coalition formed by Snoop Dogg and billionaire Charles Koch, as well as the rise of Delta-8 THC products. Produced by Shea Gunther.

This episode was brought to you by the generous support of our sponsors Curaleaf, Agilent, Cova, Atlantics Farms, and Dip Devices. Thank you!

News:
Mexico Cannabis Legalization Hits Unexpected Snag in Senate | Bloomberg

Virginia moves cannabis legalization to July 1, 2021 | Leafly

New Mexico Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Bill, Making State Third To Enact Reform Within Days | Marijuana Moment


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Episode 350 – Marijuana Women

A single marijuana leaf fan sits all alone on a white featureless surface. The leaf's stem is pointed toward the camera and multiple shadows underneath speak of multiple points of light.

Betty Aldworth and Anne Donohoe join host Heather Sullivan to talk about the recent re-introduction of the SAFE Banking Act, the firing of five White House staffers for marijuana use, and some of the issues women face in the legal marijuana industry. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News:
New Mexico Governor Plans Special Session On Marijuana As Legalization Bill Stalls On Final Stretch | Marijuana Moment

Same old Joe: Rebuffing staff who smoked pot fits Biden’s MO | MSN (Politico)

Marijuana Banking Reform Will Advance In The House Before Legalization, Congressman Says | Marijuana Moment




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Episode 347 – Women in Cannabis

A bright dark-green mature marijuana leaf fills the frame against a blurred background that appears to be outdoors. The single fan leaf sits backed by a few fellow leaves and is white with centered veins.

First-time guests Rosie Mattio and Andrea Brooks join host Ben Larson to talk about the recent comments made by the IRS on cannabis banking and how marijuana businesses pay their taxes, the growth of women in cannabis, and what it takes to build a great brand in legal marijuana. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Virginia Lawmakers Send Marijuana Legalization Bill To Governor’s Desk Just Hours Before Deadline | Marijuana Moment

New Mexico Lawmakers Will Work To Unify Conflicting Marijuana Proposals This Week Following House Passage | Marijuana Moment

Washington Supreme Court Strikes Down Criminalization Of Drug Possession | Marijuana Moment




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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 344 – As Goes the Senate

A dark green marijuana plant grows under white lights against a dark blurred backdrop. The plant is just beginning to bud and has golden yellow hairs clustered tightly.

Andrew Livingston, Ben Adlin, and first-time guest Paul Rosen join host Ben Larson to talk about the the latest develops on the state level for marijuana policy reform and the embrace of legalization by the Democratic party and its leader in the House and Senate. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman enters Pennsylvania’s 2022 Senate race | CNN

Virginia Legislature Approves Marijuana Legalization Bills On Key Mid-Session Deadline | Marijuana Moment

New Jersey Governor Signs Psilocybin Bill To Immediately Reduce Penalties For Possession | Marijuana Moment


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Episode 343 – Kris Krane and Former DEA Agent Bob Stutman Talk Cannabis

In this special episode, host Kris Krane speaks with retired DEA Agent Bob Stutman, who recently wrote in Forbes of his new-found support for marijuana descheduling. Kris and Bob last spoke back in 2006 in a series of debates held in Florida while Kris was working as Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and catch up to talk about Bob’s pivot into a more progressive stance on medical cannabis. Produced by Shea Gunther.

Episode 340 – The Drive for Equity in Legal Marijuana

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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 339 – Georgia On Our Minds

National hero Stacey Abrams speaks on stage during the 2018 TEDWomen conference. She is wearing a red dress and jacket and gesturing with both hands held wide while speaking under a bright light seen in the upper right of frame.

Kris Krane and Heather Sullivan join host Ben Larson to talk about the incredible and historic wins in Georgia’s special Senate runoff elections, as well as some of the big changes- both good and bad- that we’re likely to see in the weeks and months ahead. Produced by Shea Gunther.

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Episode 334 – Biden Our Time

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News & Links:
Colorado retail cannabis sales already eclipsing record-setting 2019 | Marijuana Business Daily

Exclusive: Cannabis Review Site Weedmaps Nears $1.5 Billion Deal to Go Public – Sources | U.S. News & World Report

Canopy Growth shuttering facilities across Canada, abandons outdoor marijuana cultivation | Marijuana Business Daily

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