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High Minded podcast by The Cannabist | S01E03

Welcome to High Minded by The Cannabist, our podcast diving into the stories, news and voices shaping a new billion-dollar industry.

High Minded is a podcast in three acts, hosted by The Cannabist’s staff.

Act I features serial news storytelling from our team of award-winning journalists. Season one is hosted by Alicia Wallace. In Act II, Cannabist editor Alex Pasquariello leads “The Conversation” with marijuana’s movers and shakers in government, law and business. For Act III, we turn over the microphone to leaders on all sides of the legalization movement in a segment we call “Closing Arguments.”

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High Minded by The Cannabist
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Act I

CBD, TBD with Alicia Wallace
CBD research is going to the dogs in quest to help pets

High Minded continues its Season 1 serial series “CBD, TBD” in Fort Collins, Colorado, with Riley. The 135-pound Newfoundland lumbers her way into a laboratory at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital and is greeted by scientists with hefty, loving nudges and sloshes of slobber.

Riley is a favorite at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where she’s among a few dozen pooches participating in one of the first scientific clinical trials assessing the efficacy of cannabidiol in treating certain canine ailments.

The non-psychoactive cannabis compound isn’t just hailed for its potential medicinal benefits in humans — the anecdotal evidence emerging from legal marijuana states has some pet owners wondering if CBD could be a life-improving medicine for man’s best friend. In Colorado, CBD-rich whole plant hemp extracts already are available for purchase online or at the neighborhood pet shop down the street.

Act II

The Conversation, hosted by Alex Pasquariello

High Minded’s Season 1 Conversation is framed by a months-long correspondence The Cannabist has dubbed “The Sessions Letters.”

Since April 2017, the U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions has sent missives to officials in the first four states to legalize adult-use marijuana: Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. In the letters, Sessions has raised serious questions about their respective regulatory and enforcement regimes.

High Minded convened a panel of Colorado’s top government officials to discuss their state’s response to Sessions.

In this episode, the topic is youth use and prevention.

The Conversation unpacks how Colorado is keeping its residents safe with:


Closing Arguments

The Closing Arguments are made in this episode by Nick Johnson, an historian based in Colorado and author of “Grass Roots: A History of Cannabis in the American West.” He wrote an op-ed, originally published on The Cannabist, in response to the Colorado Springs Gazette’s Editorial Board declaring on November 10, 2017, “Colorado legalization anniversary nothing to celebrate.”