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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.

Photo: TED Conference/Flickr

Episode 336 – Ben and Shea Wrap Up the Year

A close-up rendering of the Mandelbrot Set reveals a dancing outburst of yellow structures- not unlike spiraled seahorses- set against a misty blue-green background. There is a black Mandelbrot bubble in the middle with a smaller one farther up the picture- both hugged by an infection of red.

Producer Shea Gunther joins host Ben Larson to discuss the work that goes into producing Marijuana Today; his history in media, technology, and the industry; and that one twirly frisbee video he once filmed out on a lake in Maine. Produced by Shea Gunther.

Photo: Master Phillip/Flickr

Episode 334 – Biden Our Time

The White House in Washington, DC is seen close up- with the front of the building- lit during either early dawn or late dusk- filling the frame. The water fountain in front has a plume of conical water shooting up and a rippling American flag waves from a pole in the center of the building. the sky behind is a light purple blue.

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

Photo: Tom Lohdan/Flickr

Episode 333 – The MORE Act Takes The House!

A man's arm is seen in dark silhouette holding up an unlit marijuana joint. The sky behind is either early morning or late dusk with the sun unseen below the horizon even as it casts warm red tons on the few clouds hugging the interface between sky and black earth.

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

Photo: Marketeering Group/Flickr

Episode 332 – Thanksgiving Crossover with Green Rush- Investing in Psychedelics

A dark-toned photograph shows a mature cannabis plant just starting to show a flowered-top. The photo appears to be taken at night with the plant lit by overhead illumination- the background of the photo is cast in darkness.

We’re taking this week off because of the holiday, so we’re running an episode of the Green Rush featuring a discussion about the business of therapeutic psychedelics with Lindsay Hoover and Simeon Schnapper, Managing Partners of JLS Fund. Produced by Shea Gunther.

Photo: Talakay Pakay/Flickr

Episode 331 – The Momentum Builds

A dark-toned photograph shows a mature cannabis plant just starting to show a flowered-top. The photo appears to be taken at night with the plant lit by overhead illumination- the background of the photo is cast in darkness.

Taylor West and first-time guest Anne Donohoe joins host Ben Larson to talk about the growing momentum behind progressive cannabis reform, as marijuana-related ballot measures swept the recent elections; the recent robust earners reports from various legal marijuana MSOs; and a check-in on the year 2020 with an eye on 2021. Produced by Shea Gunther.

News & Links:

New Jersey Senate And Assembly Committee Pass Marijuana Sales Bills Despite Pushback From Equity Advocates | (Marijuana Moment)

Longtime California cannabis czar Lori Ajax is stepping down | (Marijuana Business Daily)

Cannabis taxes save 350 jobs in Chicago | (Leafly)

Photo: Elsa Olofsson/Flickr

Episode 330 – Thorns and Roses

A clear short round glass jar sits on a blurred tabletop with two marijuana buds sticking out the top- one taller than the other. The jar's top is seen even more blurred set farther back on the table.

Kris Krane joins host Heather Sullivan to parse the good and bad, or the thorn and rose, of the recent 2020 U.S. elections, where marijuana legalization ballot measures won in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, Mississippi, and South Dakota. Produced by Shea Gunther.

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Photo: Elsa Olofsson/Flickr

Episode 329 – Drugs Just Won the War on Drugs

A white sign with a blue and red American flag graphic and the words VOTE is duct-taped to a metal utility pole. There is a large blue arrow on the sign above the text pointing to the right.

Taylor West, Betty Aldworth, Andrew Livingston, and Mike Liszewski join host Kris Krane to talk about the recent election results, including how marijuana and drug policy reform rippled out across the nation, with a look at legalization ballot measures in South Dakota, Oregon, New Jersey, Montana, Arizona, and Mississippi. Produced by Shea Gunther.

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Episode 328 – On Elections’ Eve

A small circular sticker is seen on a grey shirt reading 'I voted today'. The text is blue set on top of a red, white, and blue flag graphic.

First time guests Alex Halperin and Donnell Alexander of WeedWeek join host Ben Larson to talk about this week’s elections, including a dive into national races as well as state-by-state coverage and predictions for New Jersey, Montana, Arizona, and South Dakota. Produced by Shea Gunther.

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