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Episode 353 – As Prohibition Just Crumbles Away

New York City is seen from a high vantage point in a building. The Empire State Building is off to the left and lit up brightly with green light. The sky is giving over to dusk and the slivered moon is small above the horizon. The one visible city street is streaked with white and red time-lapsed car lights.




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 351 – New York, New York!

The Statue Liberty is seen with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background in a black-and-white photo. The Statue fills the center of the image and is looking off to the left of frame facing the camera.

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 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 348 – The Fear of Homegrow

A mature- but unbudding- marijuana plant is seen against a soft blurred background of similar plants. The very inside of the plants is a brighter green than the darker older growth.

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 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 341 – Marijuana’s Big Moment

The U.S. Capitol Building is seen in the middle of the frame- small- with the Washington Monument rising up above it and setting the proper scale. The Lincoln Memorial building is seen in front of the base of the Monument and shows the compression in-frame created by the use of a long camera lens. The overall tone of the photo is rather muted, but the Capitol building is brightly lit up with a partially-cloud golden sky behind it. The image feels like there is hope in the darkness.




Anne Donohoe and first-time-guest Tauhid Chappell join host Ben Larson to talk about the latest developments at the federal level for progressive cannabis policy reform, the expanding need for proper social equity programs, and the ever-marching normalization of cannabis in contemporary media. Produced by Shea Gunther.


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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 315 – Marijuana’s Really Big Deal

A close-up photo of a very mature marijuana bud is seen. The hairs are a bright yellow gold and are covered with resin crystals. The leaves are narrow and dark green.

Troy Dayton and Jahan Marcu join host Shanita Penny to talk about the coronavirus relief package in the works in Washington, DC and the marijuana provisions it should include, the recently closed deal between Curaleaf (our sponsor) and Grassroots, and the troubles that social equity programs have faced in getting up and running all over the nation. Produced by Shea Gunther.

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Episode 312 – The Weed Wonks speaks with Rep. James Coleman of Colorado

The golden-domed capitol building of Colorado is seen from ground-level looking up with the building- fronted by a flagpole with both the U.S. and state flags - set against a cloud-less blue sky.

Enjoy this episode of the ‘Weed Wonks’ with Colorado Rep. James Coleman, as he speaks with host Jordan Wellington from the floor of the Colorado legislature in the final stage of passing his groundbreaking social equity legislation. Produced by Shea Gunther.

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