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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 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.

    Holiday Leftovers | 12.1.20

    Holiday Leftovers | 12.1.20

    This week, we conclude Season 1 with a good 'ole batch of holiday leftovers. We covered a lot in this first season, but there are still plenty of issues left to discuss when it comes to New Mexico's existing medical cannabis program and the potential for a recreational-use market if lawmakers approve legalization in 2021. Hosts Andy Lyman and Megan Kamerick discuss everything from revenue projections, to banking challenges for cannabis-related businesses and much more!

    Episode Music:

    Blue Dot Sessions - "Lupi"

    Blue Dot Sessions - "Pastel De Nata" 

    Chad Couch - "Wilsons Snipe" 

    Christian Bjoerklund - "Hallon"

    Poddington Bear - "Good Times"

    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, and is funded through a grant from The New Mexico Local News Fund.

    • 28 min
    Field Trip | 11.24.20

    Field Trip | 11.24.20

    Going into a cannabis dispensary can be confusing. Not only do patients juggle the many strangely-named strains of the plant, but they also have to figure out how to ingest it. Do they smoke the bud? Use a topical cream? A wax concentrate? Well, this week on “Growing Forward,” our crew grabbed their mics (and masks) for a field trip to a local Albuquerque dispensary & manufacturing facility to answer some of these questions. Listen, as we talk to the brains behind the cannabis products that patients all around the state rely on! 

    Episode Music: 

    Christian Bjoerklund - "Hallon" 

    Poddington Bear - "Good Times" 

    Blue Dot Sessions – "Detailing" 



    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, and is funded through a grant from The New Mexico Local News Fund.

    • 29 min
    Cannabis and Indigenous Communities | 11.17.20

    Cannabis and Indigenous Communities | 11.17.20

    A missing piece of most cannabis conversations in New Mexico, whether it has to do with medical or the potential for legalization of recreational- use, is how Indigenous Communities are impacted. It's a complicated scenario, especially when you consider the 23 Tribes in our state are all sovereign nations. This week on "Growing Forward" we dive into those sovereignty issues, and how Indigenous communities perceive the future of cannabis in their communities. 

    Additional Reading - We talk a lot in this episode about a hemp-growing operation in Northwest New Mexico. As the episode points our, there are a lot of concerns about how that operation is being handled and operated. A lot has happened in this story since we taped out interview with Navajo Times Reporter Arlyssa Becenti, but here are some of her most recent updates and related reporting from other news outlets:

    Coalition of Officers Raids Benally's Hemp Farms - Navajo Times

    Redfeather-Benally Replaces Dineh Benally on Farm Board - Navajo Times

    Police Agencies Still Investigating Hemp Farms on Navajo Nation - Farmington Daily Times

    Uprooted: A Police Raid Near Shiprock Has All But Ended an Illicit Cannabis-Growing Operation - Searchlight New Mexico 



    Episode Music:

    Christian Bjoerklund - " Hallon"

    Poddington Bear - "Good Times"

    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, and is funded through a grant from The New Mexico Local News Fund.

    • 26 min
    Testing and Regulations | 11.10.20

    Testing and Regulations | 11.10.20

    The clock is officially ticking, if New Mexico wants to legalize recreational-use cannabis. That's because voters in Arizona approved a measure last week, legalizing the drug in another neighboring state. Lawmakers and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham will no doubt make it a top priority for the 2021 session, but there are many questions still to be answered as the legislation is drafted. One of those questions as to do with testing and regulations. This week on Growing Forward, hosts Megan Kamerick and Andy Lyman dive into this issue as it relates to the state's medical program. As with most things, it turns out New Mexico is different than other states in how they handle testing and regulation, in a lot of different ways. 

    (Note: Interviews for Growing Forward were all conducted via Zoom as a part of our COVID-safe practices. Originally our plan was to do interviews in person, but in order to maintain social distancing and to keep everyone involved safe and healthy, we decided to use the technology available to us.)

    Episode Music:
    Blue Dot Sessions - "Greylock"

    Blue Dot Sessions - " Two in the Back"

    Blue Dot Sessions - " Distill"

    Christian Bjoerklund - " Hallon"

    Poddington Bear - "Good Times"

    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, and is funded through a grant from The New Mexico Local News Fund.

    • 20 min
    Arizona Legalizes Recreational Cannabis | Special

    Arizona Legalizes Recreational Cannabis | Special

    This week, Arizona voters approved an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in that state. Hosts Andy Lyman and Megan Kamerick talk to Arizona Republic reporter Andrew Oxford about what that initiative entailed and what impacts it may have on New Mexico's push to also legalize recreational cannabis in the upcoming 60-day session.  

    • 35 min
    Cannabis Education | 10.27.20

    Cannabis Education | 10.27.20

    This week, we go back to school on cannabis education. And, we're not just talking about understanding how to get your medical card and how the plant can help alleviate pain and discomfort or even, potentially, help a person kick an addiction to opiates. It also has to do with how much cannabis dispensary employees should know about medical conditions and advising patients on the proper strains and doses to take. We'll walk you through the process from beginning to end and find out what kind of training requirements the experts say there should be in this burgeoning industry. 

    (Note: Interviews for Growing Forward were all conducted via Zoom as a part of our COVID-safe practices. Originally our plan was to do interviews in person, but in order to maintain social distancing and to keep everyone involved safe and healthy, we decided to use the technology available to us.)

    Episode Music:

    Podington Bear - "Good Times"

    Blue Dot Sessions - "Neon Drip"

    Blue Dot Sessions - "Building the Sled"

    Blue Dot Sessions - "Svela Tal"

    Christian Bjoerklund - "Hallon"

    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, and is funded through a grant from The New Mexico Local News Fund.

    • 23 min

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