The Cannabist Show is a weekly series hosted by Denver Post marijuana editor Ricardo Baca. Each week, the show will focus on the top headlines — both important and strange — in the world of pot, chats with guests and a Pot Quiz.
This week in cannabis news, Baca and Producer Vince Chandler talk about the world premiere of marijuana-journalism documentary “Rolling Papers” at Austin’s South by Southwest Film Festival. The documentary sold to a distributor right after its first screening, so it will be opening theatrically in the U.S. at some point. Baca says, “Watching the film actually sell was fascinating. It felt like we were inside an episode of ‘Entourage.’”
Also in pot news, a Democrat state senator in Nevada sponsored a measure that would allow animal owners to get pot for their … pets? It’s true. If a vet certifies that the animal has an illness that might be alleviated by the drug, they could get a prescription. One of the senators who sponsored the bill said he’s concerned that animals might have adverse reactions, but, he said, “You don’t know until you try.”
Our first guest this week is Ean Seeb, co-owner of one of Denver’s oldest medical marijuana shops, Denver Relief, and its attached cannabis business consulting agency. Seeb tells us about how people have the perception that all the money is in selling pot, but then he admits that his consulting business will soon out-gross his pot shop. Seeb also talks about the surprise environmental inspections happening around the state this week — and he tells us how his went.
Our next guest has a better title than “marijuana editor.” Andrew Freedman is the director of marijuana coordination for the state of Colorado. He tells us about working for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, and he gives a report card to he and his colleagues at the state on how they handled things in the first year of recreational sales. Freedman also elaborates on something he said in a recent New York Times video about the safety issues surrounding the state’s lack of banking — about how these large stashes of cash, in the absence of bank accounts, could turn into a very gruesome and violent situation.
In this week’s Pot Quiz, what western European country is considering legalizing it? Play along!