Our guests this week on The Cannabist Show: Neos vape pen co-founder Guy Rocourt and Starbuds owner Brian Ruden.
Top marijuana news: First, I was on “Doug Loves Movies” this week — and I won! (Listen to the episode with comedians Julian McCullough and Geoff Tate here.) More importantly, Colorado released its sales and tax numbers for March 2015, and it was a very big month for legal cannabis in the state. For the fourth consecutive month, recreational marijuana sales in Colorado reached record highs in March when they sold more than $42.7 million in retail cannabis. That topped the previous record for a single month, set in February, by more than $3.5 million. Medical pot sales totaled another $31.9 million in March, and more than $2.5 million was raised for school construction capital in March via the excise tax on wholesale marijuana transfers – another record high for the state’s cannabis experiment.
In other news, Texas’ state legislature is currently debating a number of cannabis bills, but activists on both sides of the issue aren’t sure about the bills’ chances. We sent our writer Neal Pollack out to the state capitol in Austin to talk with the lawmakers and the activists, and his report on The Cannabist is a must-read for anyone following weed reform in the Lone Star State.
This week’s guests: Guy Rocourt is the co-founder of one of Colorado’s largest vape pen companies, Neos. Brian Ruden owns a number of pot shops in Colorado, and he was also one of the pot barons profiled on the MSNBC show called, yes, “Pot Barons.”
Play along with our Pot Quiz: Let’s talk about what U.S. state has the cheapest marijuana, what actor wants to snort weed and what actress recently opened up about her edibles-fueled Mexico vacation.