Season 1

March 27, 2023

Rep. La Shawn K. Ford - Illinois' new cannabis working group

Cannabis has been recreationally legal in Illinois for three years and medically legal for nearly a decade. Regardless of any flaws in Illinois' Cannabis Act , the state has sold billions of dollars worth of cannabis products...

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March 21, 2023

43 - Metro Blac

An amazing thing about the legal cannabis industry is the people in it, there are fantastic new events and opportunities popping up all the time. One such jamboree is happening on the South Side of Chicago this week. The Metr...

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March 17, 2023

42 - Miranda May

Have you ever communed with the dead? This week's guest says anyone can be a medium, they just need to be taught the skill. Miranda May lost someone very close to her and like many others, she relied heavily on …

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March 9, 2023

41 - Robert Lund, Studio TBD

Is legal cannabis trending in an unsafe direction? In light of recent studies underscoring the potential dangers of products with high rates of THC, it's a fair question to ask. More evidence is showing that CBD can protect o...

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Feb. 22, 2023

40 - Aaron Edelheit

Question or Comment Cannabis may already be a 100 billion dollar-a-year industry, even with the patchwork state-by-state legalization in the U.S. right now. The "green rush" is on, people want to claim their fortunes and lega...

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Feb. 15, 2023

Episode 40 - Matt Ross and Ethan Stockton, Deep Space Creations

Question or Comment Cannabis may grow like a weed, but it doesn't mean that weed is worth smoking. There is a wide spectrum between shwag headache dust and the glory of the stickiest icky. How does one grow great cannabis? …

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Jan. 20, 2023

Episode 38 - Viktor Karpenko

We live in a browser-based generation. When people want to know something, they ask a search engine. As the cannabis industry expands and refines, people are creating new products and businesses looking for ways to stand out ...

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Jan. 13, 2023

Episode 37 - Yesenia Roman

Anyone who uses cannabis and has been on a first date knows how awkward it can be to broach the topic. The lingering stigma of reefer madness can ruin a potential relationship in a heartbeat. Yesenia Roman knew this firsthand...

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Jan. 4, 2023

Episode 36 - Olive Harvey College President Dr. Kimberly Hollingswort…

What better way to start the new year than exploring an exciting opportunity to learn much more about cannabis? Something unique is growing at Olive Harvey College on Chicago's southeast side. OHC President Dr. Kimberly Holli...

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Dec. 28, 2022

Episode 35 - Fred Sanders

In the final episode of 2022, Fred Sanders shares with Don his journey to create a business within a business. Working in The Apple House in Terre Haute, Indiana, right on the border with Illinois where cannabis had just beco...

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Dec. 19, 2022

Episode 34 - Stoner Nataly

Stoner Nat knew cannabis was powerful and positive before taking a break from it to serve in the U.S. Navy. Upon her separation in California she reconnected with the plant and set out for Chicago. Eventually she was inspired...

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Dec. 2, 2022

Episode 33 - President Biden signs Cannabis Research Bill

An episode to mark an historic day in the United States as President Joe Biden signs the first ever standalone piece of federal cannabis reform legislation ! It has do with cannabis research and will clear many roadblocks and...

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Nov. 25, 2022

Episode 32 - Anna Rose and Vi Herring

There has been much ballyhooing and celebrating of the social equity component of Illinois' legal cannabis market. How equitable has it really been, though? Anna Rose and Vi Herring of True Social Equity in Cannabis and Weed ...

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Nov. 17, 2022

Episode 31 - Cory Getz "The CBD Surfer"

What does a brain stem stroke feel like? Cory Getz, aka The CBD Surfer , tells Don exactly what it felt like on this week's episode. Cory shares his experience of waking up with half of his body paralyzed along …

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Nov. 10, 2022

Episode 30 - Kala Sanmartin

Like many people around the world, Kala Sanmartin struggled to get to sleep. She was prescribed sleeping pills which helped but also hurt in different ways. She decided to seek a more sustainable solution and found that canna...

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Nov. 3, 2022

Episode 29 - Katarina Francesca and Rozzi Gonzalez of Bedford Grow

Strap in for double the action as Don interviews two guests at once on this week's episode! Katarina Francesca and Rozzi Gonzalez both work at Bedford Grow , an Illinois company making high quality cannabis products on a cons...

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Oct. 26, 2022

Episode 28 - Irene Donohue

When arthritic aches and body pain made it so Irene Donohue needed 15 minutes just to get out of bed, she started seeking a solution. After finding cannabis made a world of difference in quality of life for her and …

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Oct. 19, 2022

Episode 27 - Nicholas Thomas

Things could have gone a very different way for Nicholas Thomas. On this week's episode Nick tells Don his story of growing up in a small Illinois town and how discovering cannabis turned his life upside down. After a journey...

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Oct. 12, 2022

Episode 26 - Joe Mazza

What if the best medicine for you has been the cannabis plant all along? That's the question that led Joe Mazza to explore cannabis personally and eventually to create Compassionate Clinics of America , a health and wellness ...

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Oct. 5, 2022

Episode 25 - Derek "Kronic" Larose

Twice the host for the price of one, as Derek "Kronic" LaRose joins Don on this week's episode! Kronic hosts the Grow Weed at Home with Homegrown Cannabis Co. podcast and shares his story of growing up on a variety …

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Sept. 28, 2022

Episode 24 - George Breiwa

Cannabis connoisseurs gather round to hear from George Breiwa, creator of DynaVap vaporizers! He talks about his introduction to cannabis and his realization that combustion ruined it for him. Vaporizers changed his ability t...

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Sept. 21, 2022

Episode 23 - Dr. Jose Leme

Considering a career in cannabis? Southern Illinois University is offering some unique certificates to start your journey. Plus they have the Cannabis Science Center which Dr. Jose Leme discusses on this episode! He talks abo...

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Sept. 14, 2022

Episode 22 - Brendaly Beltran

Dubstep on over to your favorite tree and embrace it! Then listen to this episode in which Don speaks with Founder and CEO of Tree Huggers, Brendaly Beltran. She talks about what led her to creating a holistic healing network...

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Sept. 7, 2022

Episode 21 - Kimberly Hooks

A Hashish dream in the waking hours on this episode! Cannabis activist Kimberly Hooks joins the show to talk about her late husband, renowned hash-maker and teacher Frenchy Cannoli, and how she and the Frenchy Cannoli Foundat...

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Aug. 31, 2022

Episode 20 - THC Inflation Shorty

Don tries something new and rolls up a shorty this week! On the Illinois News Joint Wrap some free beginner grow classes are being offered at Aroma Grow, free tickets to Cannabis Camp and highlighting the Lounge and Smokeasy ...

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Aug. 24, 2022

Episode 19 - Miss Mary Puffins

A spoon full of Maple Syrup helps the medicine go down says Miss Mary Puffins! She tells Don about her journey to become a cannabis entrepreneur which took her from LA to the Emerald Triangle to the Midwest. Her pre-rolled, …

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Aug. 17, 2022

Episode 18 - Professor Steve Fix

Class is in session with Professor Steve Fix! He tells Don about the Cannabis Certificate programs at Oakton Community College including the exciting new Oakton PharmaCann Cannabis Cultivation Laboratory! Plus 93 Boyz launche...

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Aug. 10, 2022

Episode 17 - Jason Knight

This week Don is joined by Jason Knight, Founder of Jane and Mary's Cannabis Infused Ice Cream! Jason shares how he became educated about the plant, his passion for sweets and how cannabis developments helped make his infused...

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Aug. 3, 2022

Episode 16 - Is Public Consumption Legal?

Lollapalooza showed how confusing cannabis consumption laws are in adult use states, so New York changed theirs. Plus the Illinois News Joint Wrap and a new study compared risks of moderate use of cannabis, tobacco and alcoho...

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July 27, 2022

Episode 15 - Matt Wall

Don is joined by Matt Wall who just authored a study examining the effects of THC and CBD on the human brain. Does higher THC mean more addictions? Can CBD protect the brain's functions from boosted THC? Find out! Plus …

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July 20, 2022

Episode 14 - CAOA Bunga!

Don shares cannabis headlines from around the U.S. including which states will have cannabis initiatives on the ballots in November, the very exciting Cannabis Administration Opportunity Act and a Colombian smoke-out. Plus t...

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July 13, 2022

Episode 13 - Michael Ejbeh

This week Don is joined by Michael Ejbeh who co-founded the cannabis packaging company Packagewea! Plus the debut of the News Joint Wrap showcasing cannabis news and events around Illinois, and Don answers some of your questi...

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June 29, 2022

Episode 12 - CannaBits and a Marijuanalogue

The cheese stands alone this week as Don discusses some recent cannabis news from around the world, including the U.S. drug czar's comments on rethinking cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance, Cannabis Cup categories and what we...

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June 22, 2022

Episode 11 - Daniel Carcillo

Two-time Stanley Cup winner and Founder of Wesana Health, Daniel Carcillo shares his amazing story of recovering from a traumatic brain injury brought on by his pro hockey career, the discovery that saved his life and how he'...

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June 15, 2022

Episode 10 - Brent Addleman

Don is joined by Brent Addleman of The Center Square ( who explains how cannabis is creating lots of new cash in New England. Germany wants to make recreational cannabis use legal and is consi...

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June 8, 2022

Episode 9 - Dr. Ari Greis

Can medical cannabis help solve the opioid crisis in America? That is one of many questions that Don asks Dr. Ari Greis, Director of Medical Cannabis at the Rothman Orthopedic Institute and Pain Management Physician for the P...

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June 1, 2022

Episode 8 - Jason Brown

This week Don is joined by Jason Brown, Founder/Publisher of Illinois News Joint ( who talks about his own journey of cannabis discovery, caretaker laws, medical cannabis in Illinois and more! R...

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May 25, 2022

Episode 7 - Reese Xavier - HT23 Growers

Don is joined by Reese Xavier of HT23 Growers who talks about his own journey as a grower, Illinois' medical cannabis laws & how to start your own home grow! Rate, Review and Share! Episode Sponsor:

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May 18, 2022

Episode 6 - Kristen Thomson

Don chats with Kristen Thomson, Director of New Mexico's Cannabis Control Division about the new market, the first month's sales, licensing, desert growing and more! Sponsored Treehouse Discount link:

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May 11, 2022

Episode 5 - IL Rep. Bob Morgan

Don speaks with Illinois 58th District Representative Bob Morgan! Rep. Morgan has a bill heading to the state Senate which would protect Illinois employees from punitive action if they test positive for cannabis. Plus check h...

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May 4, 2022

Episode 4 - Dr. LaTrice Montgomery

Episode 4 is out on May the Fourth! This week Don is joined by University of Cincinnati Professor Dr. LaTrice Montgomery who talks about her research on cannabis, why combining cannabis and tobacco is so problematic, and her ...

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April 27, 2022

Episode 3 - Mike Fourcher

Don speaks with Mike Fourcher, Editor and Co-Founder of the GrownIn newsletter. The conversation moves from names to licensing, comparing states' cannabis markets and how far will federal cannabis legislation go? Plus a pizza...

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April 20, 2022

Episode 2 - CBAI Executive Director Pam Althoff

A 4/20 miracle, episode 2 is out now! Don tries to find out when exactly 420 became affiliated with cannabis. Executive Director of the Cannabis Business Association of Illinois Pam Althoff stops by to talk about licensing in...

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April 20, 2022

Episode 1 - Matt Ross

Chicago broadcast journalist Don Kleppin takes a look at all things cannabis in his new podcast, Cannabis Man! In the inaugural episode, Don is joined by Deep Space Creations Founder Matt Ross who created the beloved Chem de ...

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Feb. 4, 2022

Cannabis Man Trailer

A trailer for an upcoming podcast exploring the history of cannabis, the legalization debate and new products and businesses rising up in states that have given weed the green light. Coming soon!

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