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44. Does Weed Cause Violence? A Debate with Alex Berenson

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.

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43. Love in the Time of Legalization with Highly Devoted's Molly Peckler

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.

42. Mike Tyson: Cannabis Entrepreneur

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.

41. The Republican Case for Legalization with Clint Olivier

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.

40. Of Coke and Contras, with "Freeway" Rick Ross

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39. Opening the World’s Biggest Market, with Cat Packer

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.

38. Talking Shop with Pot Journalist Amanda Chicago Lewis

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.

37. Cannabis for Sobriety with Dr. Sherry Yafai

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.

36. WeedYear

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!

35. Can Weed Cure Cancer? With Cannabics Pharmaceutical Co-Founder Eyal Barad

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.

34. Canada Legalization Update With WeedWeek Canada's Jesse Staniforth

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.

33. The Drug War Past and Present with Attorney Allison Margolin

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.

32. Würk Wants Cannabis to be a Normal Industry with Keegan Peterson

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.

31. Michigan's Grassroots Victory with Jeffrey Hank of MI Legalize

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 Utah Voters Approve Medical Marijuana Legalization Ahead Of Compromise Deal:…promise-deal/

30. The Small Grower's Dilemma with Bryant Mitchell

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 or follow them on Instagram @blaqstarfarms…-lawsuit-verdict/

29. Big Green Data with Giadha De Carcer and Elizabeth Stahura

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 You can follow Giadha De Carcer on Twitter at or

28. The Business of Race in Cannabis with Bonita Money

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 ( Find out more about Women Abuv Ground at and NDICA at or in Instagram at thendica18 ( The Diversity and Inclusion Social Equity Expo is October 27th at LA Trade Tech:…ets-51126975159 Read Shaleen Title's open letter to the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition: