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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 352 – How Goes Maine and Nevada

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First-time guests Amanda Connor and Hannah E. King join host Heather Sullivan to talk about the current state of affairs in Maine and Nevada’s legal cannabis markets as well as the journey they both took to becoming lawyers active in the legal marijuana industry. Produced by Shea Gunther.

Check out Connor & Connor of Las Vegas, Nevada and Hannah King over at DrummondWoodsum of Portland, Maine.

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

News:
New Mexico Takes First Step On Marijuana Implementation Before Governor Even Signs Legalization Bill | Marijuana Moment

Illinois breaks monthly recreational cannabis sales mark at $109 million | Marijuana Business Daily

NYPD officers can no longer search a vehicle due to the smell of marijuana alone, new memo says | CNN

Episode 351 – New York, New York!

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Mike Liszewski and Andrea Brooks join host Kris Krane to talk about the legalization of adult use marijuana in New York state and the recent firing of five staffers for marijuana use by the Biden Administration. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News:
New Mexico GOP Senator Circulates Draft Marijuana Bill Ahead Of This Week’s Special Session | Marijuana Moment

North Dakota lawmakers sink recreational marijuana legalization bill | MSN (Politico)

New York’s Comprehensive Cannabis Legislation Released | Marijuana Moment




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Episode 350 – Marijuana Women

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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 349 – Serious About Social Equity

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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 348 – The Fear of Homegrow

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Jeremy Berke and first-time-guest Natalie Fertig join host Ben Larson to talk about the Biden Administration’s approach to marijuana policy reform, the difficulties in building quality social equity programs, and the apparent aversion by state lawmakers to allowing for homegrow. Produced by Shea Gunther.

Back with news next week!




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Episode 342 – Federal Moves Towards Legal Marijuana

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Mike Liszewski and Jahan Marcu join host Heather Sullivan to talk about the most recent advances at the federal level for the legalization of marijuana, the science and business of Delta 8 THC, and the fight to legalize homegrow in Washington State. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Massachusetts city drops onerous ‘impact fee’ on cannabis businesses |

Chuck Schumer Lists Marijuana As A Priority In First Post-Election Cannabis Comments |

Arizona medical cannabis firms qualify for second grow permit, regulators say |




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Episode 333 – The MORE Act Takes The House!

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Jermey Berke and Kieran Ringgenberg join host Ben Larson to talk about the rescheduling of marijuana by the United Nations and the passage of the MORE Act by the U.S. House of Representatives. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:
Murphy, NJ Lawmakers Say They Reached Deal on Marijuana Bill | NBC Philadelphia

Green Wednesday Cannabis Sales Blow Away Black Friday | Green Market Report

California cannabis companies will have to pivot, again, under new stay-at-home order | Marijuana Business Daily

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Episode 316 – The DNC Rejects the Legal Marijuana Plank

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Kris Krane and first time guest Ben Larson joins first-time host Heather Sullivan to talk about the recent rejection by the Democratic National Committee of the addition of marijuana legalization to the party platform, the latest take on how cannabis business is being affected by the coronavirus, and the challenges of rebranding a legal marijuana business. Produced by Shea Gunther.

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Episode 314 – All Things Betty Aldworth!

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Betty Aldworth and Mike Liszewski join host Kris Krane to talk about the latest evolution of Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s drug reform policy and to then dive into the seven years Betty spent as executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Produced by Shea Gunther.

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