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A podcast exploring the cannabis industry in New Mexico. Hosted by Andy Lyman, reporter at New Mexico Political Report, and Megan Kamerick, correspondent at New Mexico PBS, on-air host at KUNM radio and former business reporter.

Growing Forward: Cannabis and New Mexico NMPBS & NM Political Report

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A podcast exploring the cannabis industry in New Mexico. Hosted by Andy Lyman, reporter at New Mexico Political Report, and Megan Kamerick, correspondent at New Mexico PBS, on-air host at KUNM radio and former business reporter.

    From The Ground Up: Cannabis Business Opportunities | 10.12.21

    From The Ground Up: Cannabis Business Opportunities | 10.12.21

    This time on Growing Forward, we look at how the start of a recreational cannabis market in New Mexico is affecting local home and garden stores. Co-hosts Andy Lyman and Megan Kamerick visit AHL Garden Center in Albuquerque. They learn all about the equipment involved in the different kind of grows, from indoor to outdoor, and all the way to hydroponic set-ups. Store Manager Travis Chapman also discusses just how much the business has changed in just the last decade. Plus, listen in for a surprise cameo from KRQE investigative reporter Larry Barker!

    Episode Music:

    Christian Bjoerklund - "Hallon"

    Poddington Bear - "Good Times"

    Blue Dot Sessions - "Greylock"

    Blue Dot Sessions - "Gusty Hollow"

    Growing Forward Logo Created By:

    Katherine Conley 

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    "Growing Forward" is a collaboration between New Mexico Political Report and New Mexico PBS.

    • 42 min
    Get Your Grow On! | 9.28.21

    Get Your Grow On! | 9.28.21

    Did you know that in some circles, we're closing in on the season known as 'Croptober'? Seems like the perfect time to really dive into the ins and outs of growing cannabis. This week, we kick things off with advice and insights from a man who knows a thing or two about growing crops. Dave Dewitt is a food historian, novelist and the self-proclaimed "Pope of Peppers." Many in New Mexico also remember him as the man behind the Fiery Foods Show. He joins New Mexico in Focus Correspondent Gwyneth Doland about why part of his green thumb also extends to growing medical cannabis, something he's been doing for quite a while now. 

    The growing will have to wait a while longer for some folks aiming to get a production license under the new Cannabis Control Act. We caught up with one business that is still trying to get their license from the Cannabis Control Division, but as you will hear, it's anything but simple. Those would-be producers have to secure that license before they can begin growing, which means the clock is ticking if they're going to have merchandise available when the legal market kicks off on April 1st, 2022. 

    Episode Music:

    Christian Bjoerklund - "Hallon"

    Poddington Bear - "Good Times"

    Blue Dot Sessions - "Sylvester"

    Blue Dot Sessions - "Roundpine"

    Blue Dot Sessions - "Gusty Hollow"

    Amaksi - "Soft Mirror of Water"



    Growing Forward Logo Created By:

    Katherine Conley 

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    "Growing Forward" is a collaboration between New Mexico Political Report and New Mexico PBS.

    • 31 min
    Meet the Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee | 9.14.21

    Meet the Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee | 9.14.21

    Part of the Cannabis Control Act, passed by the New Mexico Legislature during a 2021 Special Session, included the creation of a Regulatory Advisory Committee. The group is a cross section of people with expertise or interest in this new industry, but none of the members can have direct financial interests in that industry. The 17-person panel has now been named, and already conducted its first meeting. The group will be meeting again later this month, as they offer insight and suggestions for the Regulation and Licensing Department, which is tasked with overseeing the industry. This week, we meet three members of the Committee and learn more about their specific roles and responsibility, including the equity goals set out in the Cannabis Control Act. 

    Episode Music:

    Christian Bjoerklund - "Hallon"

    Poddington Bear - "Good Times"

    Blue Dot Sessions - "Building the Sled"

    Growing Forward Logo Created By:

    Katherine Conley 

    *******

    "Growing Forward" is a collaboration between New Mexico Political Report and New Mexico PBS.

    • 27 min
    Education & Training | 8.28.21

    Education & Training | 8.28.21

    The New Mexico Cannabis Control Division has officially started accepting cannabis cultivation license applications, after finalizing the industry rules for that segment of the industry. Already more than 400 applications have been filed. Learn more about that in co-host Andy Lyman's latest report for New Mexico Political Report. Now, the attention turns to some of the other aspects of creating a cannabis industry, including the education and training requirements. In this episode, we sit down with Shannon Jaramillo of SeedCrest LLC. Shannon has joined us before, as she continues to work of creating curriculums for colleges and universities across New Mexico. Shannon discusses what she rules she would like to see for training in the cannabis realm, as well as what kind of students she is attracting into her classrooms. 

    Episode Music:

    Christian Bjoerklund - "Hallon"

    Poddington Bear - "Good Times"

    Blue Dot Sessions - "Building the Sled"



    Growing Forward Logo Created By:

    Katherine Conley 

    *******

    "Growing Forward" is a collaboration between New Mexico Political Report and New Mexico PBS.

    • 34 min
    Testing Lab Field Trip | 8.17.21

    Testing Lab Field Trip | 8.17.21

    Testing will be an integral part of the new recreational cannabis industry in New Mexico. But, it hasn't received a lot of attention so far. In fact, the state is largely in limbo right now when it comes to testing standards. The last attempt at updating cannabis testing rules promulgated by the state Department of Health, for medical cannabis, was essentially shot down by a state court judge. There are still old testing standards from the Department of Health, but the Regulation and Licensing Department has yet to issue rules for non-medical cannabis testing. Co-hosts Megan Kamerick and Andy Lyman visit a testing lab in Albuquerque, to find out more about the process, why those testing standards are so important, and why no one seems sure right now just how many testing labs the state will need moving forward. 

    Episode Music:

    Christian Bjoerklund - "Hallon"

    Poddington Bear - "Good Times"

    Blue Dot Sessions - "Sylvestor"

    Growing Forward Logo Created By:

    Katherine Conley 

    *******

    "Growing Forward" is a collaboration between New Mexico Political Report and New Mexico PBS.

    • 28 min
    Cannabis Industry Starts to Come Together | Special Facebook Live with Regulation and Licensing Superintendent Linda Trujillo

    Cannabis Industry Starts to Come Together | Special Facebook Live with Regulation and Licensing Superintendent Linda Trujillo

    The wheels are moving fast in the process of setting up a legal cannabis industry in New Mexico. Recently, the Department of Regulation and Licensing announced the membership of the Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee, which will weigh in on the most up to date rules for producers, which are nearing finalization. Those rules will pave the way for the processing of license applications for cannabis producers, cannabis producer microbusinesses and properly licensed medical cannabis producers. Co-hosts Andy Lyman of the New Mexico Political Report and Megan Kamerick, News Director at KUNM, held a special Facebook live on August 9th to get an update on the process with Regulation and Licensing Superintendent Linda Trujillo. Trujillo also answered questions from viewers. For those who still have questions, you can still submit them to the Cannabis Control Division at the following email:

    RLD.CannabisControl@state.nm.us

    You can also leave a voicemail at (505) 476-4995.

    Episode Music:

    Christian Bjoerklund - "Hallon"

    Poddington Bear - "Good Times"

    Blue Dot Sessions - "Building the Sled"

    Growing Forward Logo Created By:

    Katherine Conley 

    *******

    "Growing Forward" is a collaboration between New Mexico Political Report and New Mexico PBS.

    • 38 min

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