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Now fueled by Leafly.com, The Hash is a weekly podcast delivering a concentrated mix of cannabis news and culture.

Look out for our new season, launching January 8th, 2019, on Leafly.com!

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Now fueled by Leafly.com, The Hash is a weekly podcast delivering a concentrated mix of cannabis news and culture.

Look out for our new season, launching January 8th, 2019, on Leafly.com!

    Episode 20: Puffco CEO Roger Volodarsky

    Episode 20: Puffco CEO Roger Volodarsky

    In our season finale, David meets up with the enigmatic founder and CEO of Puffco, Roger Volodarsky, for an intimate conversation about the role psychedelics have played in shaping his iconic vaporizers, as well as his outlook on life.

    • 9 min
    Episode 19: Author Virgie Tovar Talks Weight Discrimination and Cannabis

    Episode 19: Author Virgie Tovar Talks Weight Discrimination and Cannabis

    No matter where you live in America, the marginalization of people - based on their appearance, age, beliefs - persists, and distorts the way we treat one another. Virgie Tovar, the author of “You Have the Right to Remain Fat,” is seeking to change that. Virgie travels all over the country speaking about body image and the effects of weight based discrimination, as well as providing online and in-person mentoring.

    Virgie also happens to be a fan of what she calls “Ye Oldie cannabis.”

    In this episode we’re going to learn about how the history of fat activism curiously parallels the cannabis industry, hear some of Virgie’s wild experiences with cannabis and discover how it influences both her work and her identity.

    “What weed does is it allows me to kind of like settle into my body and as a fat person who has been taught to feel disembodied, it's a powerful experience," she says.

    For more information about Virgie’s work, including her online course Lose Hate Not Weight Babecamp, her Camp Thunder Thighs retreat and her upcoming book Flawless: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color, check out https://www.virgietovar.com/

    • 11 min
    Episode 18: Debunking Cannabis Myths with David Downs

    Episode 18: Debunking Cannabis Myths with David Downs

    Last week, Leafly's David Downs and Bruce Barcott released a groundbreaking research paper that looks at the data around three huge myths about cannabis legalization: that it contributes to more crime and more teen use, and that it kills property values.

    But is that what the data actually says?

    Listen in as David and Max chat about the process behind their research paper, the details of the team's findings and what we can all do to enact change in counties that have banned legalization.

    • 14 min
    Episode 17: WNYC's Yasmeen Khan Explains how Pot is Used to Separate NYC Families

    Episode 17: WNYC's Yasmeen Khan Explains how Pot is Used to Separate NYC Families

    Few people realize that the war on marijuana involves more than just arrests and jail time. Often, it breaks up families.

    Coming on the heels of Mothers Day, this episode of the Hash looks at situations in which moms aren’t free to use cannabis. Both in New York City and throughout the US, pregnant moms often get tested for cannabis without their permission; young mothers can lose their newborns to agencies like NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services, or in divorce courts over safe use of marijuana.

    We caught up with WNYC public radio reporter Yasmeen Khan, who has been investigating the staggering rates at which children are separated from their parents in NYC because of cannabis use and other circumstances, to hear more about the women affected by this draconian policy.

    • 10 min
    Episode 16: CA’s Top Pot Regulator, Lori Ajax, Stands Up for Legal Deliveries

    Episode 16: CA’s Top Pot Regulator, Lori Ajax, Stands Up for Legal Deliveries

    We’re 18 months into legal weed sales in California and sales are popping!
    More than 600 licensed stores, 150 delivery services, and 1,500 farms are in operation; the state made $600M in tax revenue last year, and is on the way to raking in a cool billion dollars a year in taxes. And we’ve just got started.

    But things are also turbulent. The market is shuddering. Heavy, heavy regulations and taxes bear down on cannabis for the first time. It’s causing anguish among suppliers. Nowadays, the farm license paperwork alone runs 44 pages, with fees that top out at $44,000 per year.

    So we sat down with California’s number one regulator, Lori Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Cannabis Control to chat about what consumers and industry can expect this year.

    Ajax, and BCC spokesperson, Alex Traverso, dished to me on-stage at the International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco this January. Listen along for the latest on Golden State cannabis testing, child-proofing, legal delivery, and new stores.

    - David Downs

    • 10 min
    Episode 15: Congressman Barney Frank is an OG Cannabis Reformer

    Episode 15: Congressman Barney Frank is an OG Cannabis Reformer

    Although cannabis legislation is now being proposed across the country at a steady clip, it can be easy to forget that the first calls for legalization from elected officials came nearly half a century ago, from Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts.

    Frank proposed the country’s first legalization bill in 1972, and is among the true godfathers of cannabis reform. Frank left office in 2013; earlier this year, he entered the cannabis industry himself, through a partnership with a Massachusetts wholesale company called Greentown Beantown.

    Recently I had the pleasure of chatting with Frank in New York City to learn more about his long history with cannabis reform, the parallels he sees between marriage equality and cannabis, the current state of national political affairs and much more.

    • 13 min

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