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Ep. 471: Jeff Rhoades, Oregon Governor’s Office

Jeff Rhoades, Senior Policy Advisor of the Oregon Governor’s Office, joins us to discuss the future of regulations in Oregon. Rhoades hopes that the cannabis industry will eventually be set up like the wine industry, and also anticipates that we will see a relaxing of federal regulations in the near future. Rhoades also touches upon […]

Wasted Tax Dollars: Part 2

After outlining the culprit of the United States’ wasted tax dollars in Part I, it’s time to start thinking about solutions. The first step is to learn from lessons of the past. We now understand how costly the prohibition and the criminal justice system is. We’ve come to terms with their failed attempts at managing […]

Post-1090

It’s a party with Julie Berliner! Listen as she shares the successes and shortfalls of Colorado’s cannabis industry. As well, she discusses how HB-1090 will help the cause.   Recently, Sweet Grass Kitchen celebrated 10 years in the legal cannabis industry. Lately, they have been thriving in Colorado’s established cannabis marketplace. However, the landscape has […]

Ep. 470: US Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

As the chairwoman of the Small Business Committee, U.S. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez is unsurprisingly passionate about cannabis business rights, such as safe banking. Because public opinion of cannabis is progressing, it is important to help businesses grow in order to positively impact local communities and local economies. In particular, Velazquez emphasizes that those who have […]

Ep. 468: US Congresswoman Deb Haaland

Ep. 467: Neill Franklin, LEAP

Neill Franklin, of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), talks with us about policy and policing. Franklin believes that the criminal justice system is largely based on “creating evil so then we can have all these good guys to go fight it”, which needs to change. Franklin walks us through the nine Peelian Principles – […]

2010s

Here are 8 key take-aways from this interview with Debby Goldsberry on the 2010s:   2010 was a rough year for the already-established cannabis industry. Legalization meant pushing the small players off of the field. Big business began to dominate, since it became safe to do so. Goldsberry’s goal is to make the planet a […]

Ep. 465: Steve Hawkins, MPP

Steve Hawkins, Executive Director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), discusses his hopes and predictions for upcoming cannabis policy in the United States. In particular, Hawkins believes that states should have the right to legalize cannabis in their own way without federal intrusion, as much more is possible at the state level. As well, Hawkins […]

Ep. 464: Grover Norquist

Grover Norquist, Founder and President of Americans for Tax Reform, describes the inconsistencies of taxes imposed by the federal government. For Norquist, this is more than just a cannabis issue; this is an issue of federalism and states’ rights: “You wouldn’t want the federal government to go in and use federal tax policy to interfere […]

’19 2nd 1/2

2019 has already proved itself a big year for cannabis, but not without its fair share of hiccups. Once the 2018 Farm Bill passed, the industry believed it would make things easier. They figured banking would open. Federally, hemp was defined as all parts of the plant under 0.3% THC, which means all cannabinoids from […]