By Maureen Meehan, via Benzinga
A scroll through Spotify and Apple iTunes platforms reveals over 2,000 cannabis-related podcasts. Our friends at Benzinga decided to weed through them and pull out the top three that look at cannabis from an educational point of view, a social equity lens, and one that shares valuable insights for those looking to make a living in the cannabis industry.
From Pot to Popular: A Podcast Featuring Cannabis Industry Leaders
Let's start with From Pot to Popular, hosted by Rosie Mattio, founder of MATTIO Communications, whose podcast takes an inside look into how leading entrepreneurs, executives, and journalists are bringing cannabis into the mainstream. Mattio's guests have included Kim Rivers, CEO of Trulieve and keynote speaker at Benzinga's Cannabis Capital Conference (CCC), Troy Datcher, CEO of The Parent Company, and Graham Farrar, president of Glass House Brands.
“As a publicist and podcaster, my desire is to share the stories of innovators that are shaping the future of cannabis," Mattio says. "I get to hear the backstories and visions from my seat as the CEO of Mattio, but through the Pot to Popular podcast, I have the opportunity to share these visionaries and their perspectives to the masses."
High Rise: Data-Based Cannabis Podcast
High Rise, for those looking to get more of a data-backed market analysis of the industry, the podcast is hosted by Emily Paxhia–managing partner of Poseidon– and Cy Scott–co-founder and CEO of Headset and Leafly. New episodes air several times a week and feature notable industry leaders such as Brett Heyman, CEO of Edie Parker, and Joe Bayern, former CEO of Curaleaf.
High Priority: What Are The Impacts Of Cannabis Prohibition?
And then there is the all-important High Priority, a podcast that examines the lasting impact of cannabis prohibition by highlighting individuals and companies fighting to make the industry more equitable, particularly for those impacted by the War on Drugs.
Co-hosted by Alexis Dionne and Chelsea, two PR professionals and women of color in the cannabis space, High Priority guests include Vladimir Bautista, co-founder of Happy Munkey, Tremaine Wright, chair of the New York State Cannabis Control Board, and Tahir Johnson, Director of Social Equity and Inclusion at the Marijuana Policy Project and CEO of Simply Pure, who will also be at the Benzinga CCC.
"Chelsea and I started High Priority because we saw an opportunity to bring social equity to the forefront in our own way. There are so many people of color doing amazing work in the cannabis space and we wanted to make sure they were being acknowledged," Dionne says. "And as two women of color, ourselves, we're proud of all the inspirational guests that we've brought on and look forward to expanding our reach internationally."
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Maureen Meehan is a reporter with years of writing and radio experience abroad, including Latin America, Middle East, Spain and currently NYC where she has been writing for Weedmaps News, High Times, Cannabis Now and other cannabis-related publications. She is a Cannabis Editor for Benzinga.
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Rosie Mattio, founder and CEO of Mattio Communications, hosts the FROM POT TO POPULAR podcast, a standout cannabis podcast featuring industry leaders. (C) Mattio Communications