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National Marijuana News: Will You Tune In?
Now that medical marijuana is legal in 19 states and recreational marijuana use is legal in Colorado and Washington, pot culture is slowly seeping its way into the mainstream. A group of ganja-preneurs is hoping to take advantage of that with a new Internet radio show solely devoted to the changing marijuana landscape.
The National Marijuana News is set to launch on June 9 and has radio legend Bruce Kelly signed on to host. The hour-long program will also feature commentary and editorial input from actor and noted pot activist Tommy Chong, as well as former America’s Next Top Model winner Adrienne Curry.
Producers for the show have reached out to Whoopi Goldberg and Snoop Dogg, but they have yet to formally sign on. The National Marijuana News will be available for free and syndicated over several online platforms including “Live365” Internet radio and USTREAM.
The show’s Facebook page gives an indication of the type of topics expected to be addressed on the show, including legalization violations in Colorado and Washington, politicians and public figures who support legal marijuana, and new laws and advocacy movements across the country. The National Marijuana News will also feature occasional live performances from musicians including Junior Marvin, the lead guitarist of Bob Marley and the Wailers. Although the show will address health, education and addiction issues related to marijuana use, it’s expected that the discussions will have a pro-pot leaning.
Because no companies have officially signed on to the program yet in the form of sponsorship or advertising, it can be assumed that funding is coming from private investors. But while The National Marijuana News will be the first regular program devoted to the subject, it’s not the first podcast or stream focused on pot news. A Michigan-based marijuana radio show called Planet Green Trees reached its 200th episode earlier this year, while the National Cannabis Coalition also has their own radio program.
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