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Chatting With Congressman Earl Blumenauer

Welcome back to the Green Rush!  This week we are celebrating our 50TH Episode and wanted to send a quick message of thanks to all of our listeners who have supported our show since our launch nearly one year ago. As a special treat for all of our dedicated listeners, we have a very special guest for this episode, Oregon Congressman, Earl Blumenauer!

A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) has devoted his entire career to public service and has been a staunch advocate for cannabis legalization throughout his time in Congress. Within the conversation, Lewis and Anne discuss the potential for an October cannabis surprise from President Trump, the Congressman’s road map for Democrats to use in the new Congress to move forward on cannabis legalization and a lively debate as to whether the Democrats are in danger of letting the Republicans take the lead on cannabis policy.

In addition to the conversation with the Congressman, we also have a new opening for the show that will have some of the top journalists and analysts discussing some of the biggest news stories facing the cannabis industry. This week, we have friend of the show and the 420 Investor Alan Brochstein breaking down what he thinks were the overlooked stories from last week. And if you haven’t already, sign up for the 420 Investor newsletter Alan publishes to stay up to date on all the latest news on the public cannabis market. Link to the newsletter can be found in the show notes.

Enjoy!


A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) has devoted his entire career to public service. While still a student at Lewis and Clark College, he spearheaded the effort to lower the voting age both in Oregon and at the national level. He was elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1972, where he served three terms and Chaired the House Education and Revenue Committee in 1977-78. In 1978, he was elected to the Multnomah County Commission, where he served for eight years before being elected to the Portland City Council in 1986. There, his 10-year tenure as the Commissioner of Public Works demonstrated his leadership on the innovative accomplishments in transportation, planning, environmental programs and public participation that have helped Portland earn an international reputation as one of America’s most livable cities.

Elected to the US House of Representatives in 1996, Mr. Blumenauer has created a unique role as Congress’ chief spokesperson for Livable Communities: places where people are safe, healthy and economically secure.  From 1996 to 2007, he served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he was a strong advocate for federal policies that address transportation alternatives, provide housing choices, support sustainable economies and improve the environment. He was a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee from 2001 to 2007, and vice-chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming from 2007 to 2010.  He is currently a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the subcommittees on Health, Oversight, and Tax Policy. Congressman Blumenauer’s academic training includes undergraduate and law degrees from Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

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This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg and Anne Donohoe of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Producer Nick Opich and Program Director Shea Gunther at Marijuana Today

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Covering the Latest CannaNews with Alex Halperin

Welcome back to the Green Rush, this week’s episode features our old friend Nick Opich subbing in alongside Anne while Lewis was out at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo in Los Angeles. For this week’s conversation, the Green Rush crew sits down with one of the first reporters to truly “own” the cannabis beat in Alex Halperin of WeedWeek. Alex has been chasing the green rush for over four years and is one of the most accomplished and well respected reporters covering the space. If you have any kind of interest in cannabis and have not yet signed up for the WeedWeek newsletter – do so now!

In this week’s conversation, Anne and Nick chat with Alex about the growing acceptance of larger media companies to covering the cannabis industry, what Alex is seeing and anticipating ahead of the upcoming November elections, what Alex believes in one of the most underreported stories in the space and the latest news out of WeedWeek and Recharge 2019.

Enjoy!


Alex Halperin is a freelance business reporter where he has been covering the green rush for almost four years. Alex founded WeedWeek (WeedWeek.net) and writes the High Time column for the Guardian. In addition, his work as appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Fast Company and many other publications.

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Nick Opich.

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther at Marijuana Today

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

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Delving Deep Into Pot Policy

Welcome to another episode of the Green Rush! Anne is back in town and joining Lewis to chat with Adam Orens, the Founding Partner of the Marijuana Policy Group, one of the most respected economic and policy consulting firms, nationally recognized for its role in shaping regulated medical and recreational cannabis markets. Adam and our hosts have a fascinating discussion around some of the recent research coming out of the MPG, including a study on the size of the Canadian market, sponsored by Health Canada (hint: it’s big), and how Colorado is essentially erasing the black market (and what other states can do to take note). Adam also let’s us in on some clients that have surprised him and why.

 

Adam Orens is a founding partner of the Marijuana Policy Group His areas of expertise include market analysis, public finance, and regional economic analysis. He also has experience in statistical analysis and consumer market research. Adam has completed numerous studies that analyze the relationships between markets, demographics and government policy. Adam received his undergraduate degree in economics from Rutgers University and has a master’s degree in agricultural and resource economics from Colorado State University.

Adam’s demographic and economic research related to the emerging cannabis market has been cited by the New York Times, 60 Minutes, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post. His recent studies in Colorado, Alaska, Illinois, Maryland, and Vermont have examined many facets of medical and recreational cannabis markets, including providing estimates of cannabis market size; annual cannabis consumption by residents, tourists and patients; cannabis tax revenue projections; and market supply channels. Adam was a lead author of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division 2014 Market Size and Demand report and continues to provide consulting services to the MED and private interests nationwide.

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www.mjpolicygroup.com

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Lewis Goldberg and Anne Donohoe

Special thanks to our Program Director Shea Gunther at Marijuana Today

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

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