Jesse Staniforth, Editor of WeedWeek Canada, updates Alex and Donnell on breaking Canadian stories. There is no lack of scandal: Cannabis giant Canopy Growth fired founder and CEO Bruce Linton and CannTrust, a major licensed producer, is estimated to lose C$350 Million for ignoring the law. New regulations limiting THC in edibles exacerbate the over-packaging crisis. The country continues to battle the illicit market which is now also available online and is known by the cool name "MOMS" (mail order marijuana sites). Plus, Alex and Donnell discuss Jay-Z's partnership with Caliva.
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Portland's 2017 Budtender of the Year, Tiara Darnell, tells Alex and Donnell how budtending prepared her for cannabis advocacy, from studying strains and fielding medical inquiries to witnessing the ugly truth behind "inclusive" brand marketing. Darnell says she has not lost hope in cannabis equity programs and she introduces us to her forthcoming podcast, High, Good People, which explores the relationship between people of color and cannabis in the new age of legalization. Also, an interview with Acreage CEO Kevin Murphy drops today on WeedWeek.net and Italians are smoking "cannabis light."
Double Blind editors Shelby Hartman and Madison Margolin stopped by the studio to update Alex and Donnell on the change lapping at the shore of the psychedelic realm and explain why starting a magazine in 2019 "just felt right." Forthcoming policy around decriminalization, the psilocybin trials underway, and hallucinogens potential for improving mental health all contribute to that righteousness.
Alex and Donnell sit down with Ophelia Chong, founder of Stock Pot Images and Asian Americans for Cannabis Education(AACE). We talk with her about the importance of inclusive representation in stock photography, battling hate groups with education, her struggle with alcoholism, getting sober, and how she approaches using cannabis as a former addict.
@donnyshell comes to us from Camp Navarro in Mendocino County, where canna-tech company Meadow created a “weed camp” called Meadowlands. @donnyshell spoke with Meadow's CEO David Hua about the vision behind cannabis camp, the journey to creating one of the most popular dispensary POS systems, and how he stays positive in a sometimes brutal industry. Follow David Hua on Twitter at twitter.com/hua and check out Meadow at getmeadow.com. For more information about Meadowlands getmeadow.com/meadowlands
This week @donnyshell and @alexhalperin sit down with comedian Glenn Bolton to talk about smoking weed and growing up in Kansas City and how he uses cannabis to write jokes. We also discuss retired NFL players coming out in support of marijuana, and everyone shares their favorite stoner comedies!
This week @alexhalperin and @donnyshell call up writer and journalist Barbara Ehrenreich. We talk with her about discovering the allure of weed in Jamaica, exploring drugs in college, the capitalization of weed and the privilege of “wellness.”
This week @alexhalperin and @donnyshell sit down with Christian leader and founder of xxxchurch.com, Craig Gross, about his new mission: getting Christians to embrace cannabis. The edibles enthusiast founded christiancannabis.com after having a life-changing experience with cannabis and now he wants Christians to feel free to try weed for themselves. Also, the Oregon senate passes an interstate commerce bill.
This week we bring you an episode recorded live at WeedWeek's Recharge event. Alex and Donnell interview Nicole Elliott, senior advisor on cannabis to Governor Newsom, in the office of business and economic development. She talks with us about her experience ushering in legal cannabis in San Francisco, the challenges of California regulation, social equity and Governor Newsom's vision for the future of cannabis in California.
This week Alex and Donnell sit down with interior designer Danny Gonzales to discuss emerging trends in dispensary branding, the future of canna-lounges, and the unique challenges of designing for dispensaries. Plus, is cannabis addictive?
This week Alex and Donnell talk with hemp expert and consultant Joy Beckerman about discovering her passion for hemp at a Grateful Dead concert in 1990, the environmental and economic benefits of the plant and the complicated legality of hemp.
This week we bring you an interview with Portland-based artist DJ Verbz. Donnell sat down with him in March to discuss his transition into working in cannabis and the terpene extraction lab he runs, as well as how weed changed West Coast rap, and Verbz' monthly live hip hop show, The Thesis. Plus, we talk about oversupply in Oregon and an intellectual property dispute over the term "Women of Weed."
This week Alex and Donnell talk about weed and literature. We also speak with critically acclaimed author Gary Phillips about his new graphic novel BeBop Barbarians, how weed affected the music of late 20th-century South Central Los Angeles, Phillips' anthology The Obama Inheritance, and his new steps into Hollywood.
This week Alex and Donnell sit down with LGBTQ activist and cannabis entrepreneur Buck Angel to talk about the queer community's role in cannabis legalization, Buck's experience being the first trans man in LA to have hormone replacement therapy, and how he made his way from porn star to public figure. Plus, CBD is on the rise.
This week Alex and Donnell speak with Steve DeAngelo about his long history as a cannabis activist turned entrepreneur, and the integral role he played in merging big business and cannabis. Plus, Donny remembers Nipsey Hussle.
This week Alex and Donnell sit down with Cannabis Wire reporter Julia Barajas to talk about the illicit market, CA cities banning home grows, reporting weed stories from Latin America, and how she doesn’t tell her grandma she's a weed reporter. Plus, more and more aging Americans are using weed!
This week Alex and Donnell sit down with educator and activist Tamara Pettigrew, a.k.a. @thecannabiscutie. We talk with Pettigrew about her work as a market leader for WomenGrow, being a cannabis educator and a mom in the traditionally Republican Orange County, and the potential role of cannabis in the NFL.
New York-based reporter Jeremy Berke joins Alex and Donnell to discuss how Wall Street banks are wading into the green rush. Plus, a few words on data firm Headset’s partnership with mainstream data juggernaut Nielsen and the accounting giant Deloitte.
This week Donnell talks with Gregorio Gomez, the mayor of Farmersville, CA, about how he introduced recreational cannabis to an agricultural town of 11,000 people, why the mayor views marijuana like any other industry, and the road bumps to implementation. Plus, Alex and Donnell highlight some of the new weed bills introduced in Congress.
This week Alex and Donnell sit down with Sherbinski, a.k.a. Mr. Sherbinksi, an underground pot legend and creator of the Gelato strain. We talk with him about getting his start in San Fransisco in the early 2000's, the origin of Gelato, and how he marketed his weed organically through Bay Area hip hop. Plus, Alex discusses his story about cannabis impresario Dooma Wendschuh, who co- founded Ebbu and is now CEO of Province Brands.
At the end of 2018 Donnell spoke with dispensary owner and cannabis advocate Kimberly Cargile about how Sacramento found success in the wake of legalization, her unique business model with A Therapeutic Alternative, and her activism work over the past 15 years. Plus, cannabis makes it's way to the Oscars.
This week Alex and Donnell speak with Alex Berenson about his controversial book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence. Donnell and Alex (Halperin) push back on Alex Berenson's premise that marijuana use is linked to mental illness and an epidemic of violence.
For our Valentine's Day episode, we sit down with Molly Peckler, founder of Highly Devoted, a cannabis-friendly matchmaking service. We discuss finding someone to share life (and a joint) with, dating around the stigma of weed, and how cannabis can help you find love. Plus, legalization is creating well-paying jobs.
This week we talk with former world heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson, about his second career: pot entrepreneur. He tells us about being too famous for his own good, how weed has impacted his life for the better, and all about his upcoming cannabis-friendly music festival. Also, vape pens are failing safety tests in California.
This week we bring you an interview with former Fresno councilman Clint Olivier. Donnell sat down with Olivier at the end of 2018, days before he left office. Olivier talks us through his strategy for legalizing medical in a conservative city that was very anti-marijuana.
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This week Alex and Donnell talk with Cat Packer, the head regulator for Los Angeles (the world's largest cannabis market) on creating a cannabis department from scratch, the origin of her interest in drug policy, her comprehensive perspective on cannabis equity and what she sees for the future of cannabis regulation.
This week Alex and Donnell speak with cannabis journalist Amanda Chicago Lewis about her work on cannabis patents, social equity programs and predictions for the industry in 2019. Plus, Donny and Alex discuss the testing facility fiasco in Sacramento and what it means for the industry.
This week Alex and Donnell speak with Dr. Sherry Yafai, an emergency room physician and consultant for High Sobriety, an organization that uses marijuana to help people get sober. Plus, rapper Smokepurpp has a new THC product to help people kick lean (a codeine-based syrup) addiction.
Alex and Donnell spend the episode recapping 2018, a landmark year for marijuana. We bring you the big moments from this past year: 280E, the debut of social equity, the still thriving illegal market, rec legalization, and more!
This week Alex and Donnell sit down with Cannabics Pharmaceuticals co-founder Eyal Barad. Barad tells us about their latest research using cannabinoids to combat certain kinds of cancer. Plus, Canadians are mixing curling and cannabis.
This week we bring you an interview that we taped last month at MJBizCon. Alex and Donnell talk with Jesse Staniforth, editor of WeedWeek Canada, to find out how Canada is doing one month into legalization. Plus, we bring you a story with a new twist on this time-tested pairing: getting stoned and playing video games.
This week Alex and Donnell talk with Allison Margolin, a cannabis lawyer known as "LA's Dopest Attorney." Margolin tells us about the latest developments in cannabis law in CA, the legacy of activism that she inherited from her father, and about her forthcoming book about the drug war. Plus, we bring you harvest themed cannabis news to kick off the holiday season.
This week Alex and Donnell talk with Keegan Peterson, founder and CEO of Würk, about reinventing HR in the cannabis space. Also, we recap MJBizCon in La Vegas and WeedWeek has a party.
This week Alex and Donnell talk with Jeffrey Hank, Executive Director of Michigan Legalize, on Michigan's progressive cannabis law that just passed on Nov 6th. Plus, we take a deep dive into the most significant election results and how they will shape the future of the industry. Keep up to date with Michigan Legalize's work by visiting www.milegalize.com Utah Voters Approve Medical Marijuana Legalization Ahead Of Compromise Deal: www.marijuanamoment.net/utah-voters-a…promise-deal/
This week Alex and Donnell talk to Bryant Mitchell, founder of Blaqstar Farms, on his history as a consultant and how that lead him into the cannabis world. Plus, we discuss a lawsuit brought against a Colorado dispensary, and is Paul Ryan looking for a job? You can buy Blaqstar product at California Cannabis dispensary on Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles. Visit their website at www.blaqstarfarms.com or follow them on Instagram @blaqstarfarms coloradosun.com/2018/10/31/colora…-lawsuit-verdict/
This week Alex and Donnell come to you from the cannabis tech conference, New West Summit. We talk with two big players in the business of cannabis data: Giadha De Carcer, founder and CEO of New Frontier Data, and Elizabeth Stahura, president and co-founder of BDS Analytics. We also discuss the effect of the Marriott strike on the conference and the industry as a whole. Find out more about New Frontier Data at newfrontierdata.com. You can follow Giadha De Carcer on Twitter at twitter.com/GiadhaDeCarcer or twitter.com/NewFrontierData
We’re back! And we have a new co-host, Donnell Alexander! This week Alex and Donnell talk with Bonita “Bo” Money. She is the founder of Women Abuv Ground and NDICA, two organizations dedicated to paving a way for people of color in the cannabis industry. You can follow Bonita Money on Instagram at bomoney27 (www.instagram.com/bomoney27/?hl=en) Find out more about Women Abuv Ground at www.womenabuvground.com and NDICA at www.thendica.org or in Instagram at thendica18 (www.instagram.com/thendica18/?hl=en) The Diversity and Inclusion Social Equity Expo is October 27th at LA Trade Tech: www.eventbrite.com/e/national-expu…ets-51126975159 Read Shaleen Title's open letter to the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition: digboston.com/guest-opinion-thanks-but-no-thanks/