Join host Eli Harrington and ELEVATE THE STATE - Released twice each month, the Vermontijuana podcast provides listeners with regular updates about cannabis politics, hemp, medical marijuana, and the cannabis industry and the businesses growing within, and outside of it.


Episode 5 Host Eli Harrington speaks with Dr. Joe McSherry Ph.D, MD, a neurologist and associate professor at the University of Vermont Medical Center and UVM College of Medicine. The discussion includes Dr. McSherry's personal and academic background as a physician who openly advocates for legalization and expanded medical research, as well as insight into how the medical community understands--and misunderstands--marijuana. 
Finally, they discuss the existing medical program in Vermont, and some tips and strategies for VT residents who need to speak with a medical professional to have their forms signed in order to join the medical marijuana registry.

Episode 4For nearly 20 years, David Zuckerman has been a champion of cannabis reform efforts in Vermont as a State Rep, Chittenden County Senator and is currently running for the Democratic nomination for the Lieutenant Governor.
He's been endorsed by Bernie Sanders 11 times (he's the ONLY candidate Bernie endorsed in a statewide Vermont race), is an organic farmer and a cornerstone of progressive politics in Vermont. Listen as Host Eli Harrington and David Zuckerman discuss grassroots political movements, supporting Bernie before it was cool, and cannabis conversations he's had during his statewide campaign. ELEVATE THE STATE.


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Episode 3 - In Episode Three, Host Eli Harrington speaks with two longtime VT medical marijuana patients, one of whom is a trained nurse (and soon to be Ph.D. in Ethno-Botany) and treated her cancer with cannabis concentrates. The other, Fran Janik, is an outspoken member of Vermont Home Grow and a longtime patient and cannabis breeder who has been involved with the Vermont Medical program since the beginning. 
These patients discuss the challenges in supply and demand facing VT medical patients, many of whom are unable to purchase medical-grade cannabis oils at dispensaries due to cost and availability. Join as we discuss the current medical marijuana program, and their suggestions for how some VT patients could benefit from legal reforms in the VT medical program.

Episode 2 - With good reason, the Massachusetts-based startup, CannaKorp, has been gaining a TON of national attention in the press lately (Read: TechInsider "The 'Keurig' for Marijuana is Finally Coming - and It Looks Amazing") for their innovative approach towards vaporization. It's easy to over-simplify the idea of a 'weed in a k-cup', but as you learn, the solution is closer to the plant and was inspired by the personal experience of it's inventor as he became a cannabis convert later in life.

Michael Bourque, a brilliant, self-taught inventor in Massachusetts recounts meeting legendary Harvard Psychiatrist, author, and researcher, Dr. Lester Grinspoon and asks him to be his advisor and supporter.  For Bourque, the philosophy behind CannaKorp is to allow easier and simpler access to vaporization, using only high-quality ground cannabis that's dosed and packaged right at the grow. And yes, Bourque did learn how to grow in his lab from plant to pod through a rigorous testing process...

This episode sponsored by Heady Vermont and Little Bay Cabins

Episode 1 - Two weeks after the end of the legislative session, Host Eli Harrington discusses Vermont's path forward, speaks with Lt. Governor Candidate Kesha Ram about her cannabis position, and features three interviews from NECANN, including founder Marc Shepard, Operation Green Zone, and Tim & Tommy from Open Market Collective.  We also debuted the segment, "ask random people questions about weed" aka man on the street interviews and asked people about if/how cannabis reform would impact their lives and how Vermont should move forward.  Send feedback via email to and follow on twitter @Vermontijuana.

This episode sponsored by Heady Vermont and Little Bay Cabins

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Eli Harrington, Founder

Eli is a Vermonter by heritage and describes himself on his LinkedIn as, "a connector of people and ideas".  He specializes in communication and digital media with experience in international exchanges, nonprofit management, and writing.  He loves to travel and is currently also working with Little Bay Cabins, a 420-friendly property near Negril, Jamaica.

He hopes to help "Elevate the State" by contributing to a new cannabis paradigm in Vermont.  He believes profits should help subsidize patients until insurance does, and believes that open exchanges of information and a level playing field with healthy competition will create the most vibrant and sustainable cannabis culture in Vermont and elsewhere.