A podcast for cannabis lovers, presented by Broccoli Magazine. Tune in every two weeks for casual chats with your new weed BFFs, Lauren Yoshiko and Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey.
Cannabis Incarceration's Math Problem
In a rapidly legalizing country, releasing folks incarcerated for nonviolent cannabis offenses sounds like an easy social justice win—so why can’t we make it happen? In this episode, Broccoli science editor Zoe Sigman explains that despite the numbers thrown around by the media, we don’t actually know how many people are serving time for cannabis, an essential detail for any wide-ranging reform. Fixing this data-based challenge so that folks can be free is igniting the next phase of Zoe’s advocacy career. She shares thoughts on possible fixes, as well as stories about her activist work, from nearly being arrested by the FBI during Occupy to trimming weed and starting a meditation program for inmates.
Surfing the Weed Wide Web
In the age of social media, what does it mean to be a weed person online? In this episode, Mennlay and Lauren discuss how they express their relationships to cannabis in digital spaces, both personally and professionally. Overcoming the stigma of cannabis use is often the first hurdle: even if you’re comfortable being associated with weed, and even if cannabis is legal where you live, platforms like Instagram and Tik Tok are waging their own war on drugs through their opaque, and often random, content moderation policies. Log on with us as we try to unpack the relationship between stigma, legality and creative expression in cyber weed.
Cannabis and the Desi Diaspora
Cannabis has deep roots in India across social, spiritual, and geographical spheres. In this episode, Mennlay speaks with Yogi Maharaj, founder of Luv Kush Co, dedicated to creating a community platform for Desi weed lovers. Yogi shares the origin story of how Hindu deities created bhang—the original cannabis edible—and teaches us about early weed cultivation in India and how the past connects to our present in fascinating, crucial ways.
In this conversation, Yogi Maharaj, founder of Luv Kush Co, takes Mennlay deep into the history of cannabis in India, from the divine origin story of bhang to how the impacts of regulations imposed by British occupiers echo through the farmer protests happening right now. She shares personal anecdotes and a fun face mask recipe, too.
Creative Weed Business Chats
This episode is all about The Broccoli Report, a twice-weekly newsletter offering cannabis industry insight and analysis, written by our own co-host Lauren Yoshiko! Mennlay chats with Lauren about how the project got started, why creative cannabis entrepreneurs deserve their own outlet for news, and how The Broccoli Report can help empower business owners and weed enthusiasts alike.
2020's Greatest Hits
This year was a rough one, so aside from weed, how did we get through it? In this episode, Lauren and Mennlay share some of their favorite cultural and media moments from the year that spoke to them, with an emphasis on film, television, music and podcasts. Tune in to our last episode of the year for some impactful and fun recommendations.
Making Buying Weed Fun with Drummond Munro
Legalization brings the act of buying cannabis out into the open—this means no more secret meetings in your dealer’s basement. In legal markets, there’s a big opportunity to make the retail experience special for everyone, regardless of whether you’re a first-timer or a long term weed lover. In this episode, Lauren chats with Drummond Munro, cofounder of Superette, about how their stores pull inspiration from classic neighborhood establishments to make buying weed comfortable and fun. This episode is presented in partnership with Superette, your neighborhood high variety shop.