The VERMONTIJUANA PODCAST
Join host Eli Harrington and ELEVATE THE STATE - Released weekly, the Vermontijuana podcast is a New Englander's perspective on the growing and evolving cannabis culture and community and features original interviews with advocates, entrepreneurs, OGs, and other leaders involved in politics, hemp, medical marijuana, and the blossoming cannabis industry.
THE PIPE CLASSIC 12 BY BERN, “THE GREY AREA”, AND CO-HOST SCREENING w. UNCLE DREW - Oct. 2017
The Pipe Classic isn’t just the All-Star Game of Glassblowing Competitions, it’s the Dunk Contest.
In this episode, host Eli Harrington spotlights the nationally-renown and prestigious glass-blowing competition, the Pipe Classic 12, and speaks with Tito Bern, the founder and organizer of the Pipe Classic and the Bern Gallery. We also speak to @bowlpusher and @slumgold – big up and congratulations to the winners, @crunklestein, @tammyballer, and @puntington.
Witness the world premiere of “The Grey Market”, our newest segment which focuses on the northeast from the perspective of fellow New England ganjapreneurs who are shaping the laws, culture, and industry.
We wrap it up with a preliminary psych evaluation on Uncle Drew, a friend, creative dude, neighbor, #vapedad, and new contributor…
This episode is sponsored by The Cannabiz Pitch Competition, presented by Heady Vermont, KIND Consulting, Merritt & Merritt, and Main Street Landing. This event takes place on NOVEMBER 14 and will feature aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs competing in a Shark Tank-style pitch contest where one will win a $1000 cash prize. LEARN MORE & APPLY FOR FREE HERE
One Hitter - Knalysis Technologies at CWCBExpo - september 1, 2017
In September, the Vermontijuana Podcast comes back with an updated format, fresh interviews, and much more...in the meantime, host Eli Harrington knocks the dust off with a special unreleased interview from this past June at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo (before they got involved with Roger Stone) in New York City.
In this quick-hitter, Knalysis Technologies talks about how they're using software technology and feedback from medical cannabis patients to turn data into research and boosting the cannabis industry into the future.
This episode sponsored by the Vermont Hemp Festival, Saturday September 9, 2017 at Burke Mountain, presented by Heady Vermont. Discounted tickets available for veterans, students, NEK residents, and Heady Vermont Members at www.headyvermont.com
VERMONT Passes Medical Marijuana Updates FT. 'From Opiates to MMJ' PATIENT INTERVIEW
All is not lost for cannabis reform in Vermont in 2017 as major medical marijuana reforms have officially been signed into law by Governor Phil Scott on Thursday, June 8 via the bill known as S.16.
The law will make it considerably easier to become a patient with a new specialist referral program, add more qualifying conditions - including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - will increase the number of medical marijuana dispensary licenses, allow those license-holders to each open up an additional location and run those dispensaries as for-profit businesses with fewer restrictions.
Finally, we interview Kevin, a former Vermont resident who's since left the state to work in the cannabis industry in another New England state. After a severe back injury and years of failed pharmaceutical treatments, Kevin was able to successfully replace opiate and narcotic painkillers with medical marijuana and marijuana infused products.
TALKING CANNABIS AT THE BURLINGTON FARMERS' MARKET FT. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DAVID ZUCKERMAN
In the latest installment, host and documented joint-roller Eli Harrington visits the Burlington Farmer's Market on UVM Graduation weekend for a 'man on the street' style interview asking Vermonters (and the tourists who pay the bills) what they think Governor Phil Scott should do with the bill on his desk and if they could ever envision cannabis at the Burlington Farmer's Market.
While at the Farmer's Market, we ran into a longtime friend and Burlington business maven, Cynthia Hausman of Cynthia's Spa, an entrepreneur currently researching how she might revitalize and preserve her family's organic farm land with a hemp crop AND who's spa currently offers hemp/cbd treatment options!
Finally, we speak to longtime farmer's market vendor and organic farmer (and Lt. Governor) David Zuckerman for a brief discussion of what he's hearing for feedback from constituents and if he could imagine cannabis at a farmer's market in the future.
VOTE, VOTE, PASS? WHAT WILL GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT DO WITH VERMONT’S HISTORIC CANNABIS BILL?
May 13, 2017
On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Vermont made history by becoming the first state to successfully pass a legalization bill via the state legislature (instead of a referendum, as with other states). The bill, S.22, would create a commission to propose a regulation bill for 2018 and by July 1, 2018, eliminate all criminal and civil penalties for possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and home cultivation of up to two immature and four immature plants.
HOWEVER, none of this matters if Governor Phil Scott decides to veto the bill, which he may do. In this episode of the Vermontijuana podcast, host Eli Harrington dissects the Governor’s latest responses to the cannabis question of “will he or won’t he sign or veto the bill?”, his philosophical stance on cannabis, and his priority issues for future cannabis regulation.
NECANN BOSTON 2017 - New England Cannabis Convention
Host Eli Harrington shares a recap of the New England Cannabis Convention (NECANN) 2017 at their third annual Boston show, this year held April 22-23 at the Hynes Convention Center in the heart of Boston. Listen to Marc Shepard, NECANN President & Co-Founder discuss how he's built New England's largest cannabis trade show and gathering, why and how NECANN is growing exponentially and evolving as an event, and how legal changes in Massachusetts and Maine are shaping the future of New England.
Also hear interviews with convention participants themselves, including a chemist who talks about cannabis brain drain into legal states and the University of Vermont's pharmacology course offerings. Also hear from Corey Kupiec, the Vermont representative from the New England Veterans' Alliance (NEVA), who talked about what their organization is doing and the impact of events like NECANN for helping to create regional partnerships.
Colorado Cannabis Pro Returns to Vermont
April 18, 2017
At the Heady Vermont Cannabis Advocacy Day in Montpelier, host Eli Harrington had the chance to interview Clay, a successful medical marijuana dispensary owner and operator who recently left his established business in Colorado to return to his home state of Vermont to start and raise his family.
In the interview, Clay shares his personal cannabis experiences, how he took a calculated risk in Colorado to pursue his passion, why he left, and what he hopes to accomplish back in his home state of Vermont.
This episode of the Vermontijuana Podcast is presented by the Vermont Cannabis Week and the Heady Vermont First Anniversary 4/20 Party
WTF is Actually going on with legalization politics in Vermont?
April 5, 2017
Host Eli Harrington takes a look at the last month of legislative maneuvering, where the Vermont legalization bill (170) is at presently, how it might still happen in 2017, and challenges supporters to join Heady Vermont in Montpelier for a lobbying day next week. Includes interviews from Matt Simon of the Marijuana Policy Project and audio testimony from legalization opponent Dr. Jill Rineheart, who told a committee that 'secondhand smoke is definitely a problem' and that 'big marijuana' is somehow behind a bill that would not allow any sales of cannabis.
"TMD2017 Special" - March 12, 2017
On Town Meeting Day 2017, Eli Harrington visited two Mad River Valley towns in Central Vermont, Waterbury Center and Moretown, to ask real Vermonters at polling stations engaging in direct democracy what they thought about the legalization discussion overall and asked if they thought their towns might be receptive to a future legal cannabis business.
VERMONTIJUANA EP. 08 - VERMONT POT POLITICS: SPARKING THE 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
Episode 8 is the kick off party for the 2017 political sesh where medical reforms, legalization (including homegrow), tax/regulate, and drugged driving are all issues that will be passed around the state house as the post-inauguration dust settles and the 2017 session really gets underway.
At 16:00, listen to the full audio from the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana press conference, held at the Vermont State House on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. The press conference included Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, Representative Sam Young, Representative Barbara Rachelson Staff Attorney Jay Diaz of the ACLU of Vermont, and former Representative Suzi Wizowaty on behalf of Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, as well as additional members of the Coalition.
At 26:45, hear the introduction to the ACLU interview with Staff Attorney Jay Diaz and their opposition to bills like H.24 that would open the door to saliva testing and in their opinion, infringe upon the rights of Vermonters.
Finally, at 33:40, we speak to Matthew Tolley, Grassroots Coordinator at the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana. We discussed the power of dank memes, the most common cannabis conversations with Vermonters, and how to get involved with the coalition (more at www.regulatevermont.org)
VERMONTIJUANA EP. 07 - MILLENNIALS, MIGRANT LABOR, AND MARIJUANA FT. ELI ATTICUS JAGER (PT. 2/2)
In Episode 7, host Eli Harrington starts with a brief update on the national and regional cannabis scene, including Montreal dispensary raids, a national CBD scare, Massachusetts post-Prohibition, Maine's election recount and the news in Vermont, including some insight into the new Secretary of Commerce.
Our feature interview with Eli Atticus Jager is one of the best ones yet--so good that we had to split it into two parts to prevent cranial explosion and inspiration overload.
In part two, Eli talks about the surprising reactions to the presidential election at the trim scene, sketchy stories he heard from fellow trimmers, and his plans for a future in the world of cannabis.
EPISODE 6: MARIJUANA, MIGRANT LABOR, AND MILLENNIALS FT. ELI ATTICUS JAGER (PT. 1 OF 2)
After a brief holiday hiatus, Vermontijuana podcast is back and better than ever. In this episode, host Eli Harrington starts with a brief update on the national and regional cannabis scene post-election and looks ahead to Vermont's upcoming legislative session.
Our feature interview with Eli Atticus Jager is one of the best ones yet--so good that we had to split it into two parts to prevent cranial explosion and inspiration overload. We originally connected with Eli to talk about his experience as a 'Trimmigrant' who recently spent a few weeks at an unlicensed farm somewhere in northern California working long days trimming buds. He'll be sharing more of his experiences as a contributor to Heady Vermont (www.headyvermont.com) in the near future, but in this episode, we start part one of our interview by introducing Eli Atticus Jager and talking about his life as an artisan in Seattle, why Millennials leave (and maybe return) to Vermont, and his initial impressions of the Trimmigrant lifestyle.
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 4 - For 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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and follow on twitter @Vermontijuana.
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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.