The founder of Cannabis Talk 101, Chris Wright, aka Blue, and the Pot Brothers at Law, Marc and Craig Wasserman shared something special: a passion for educating, advocating and defending members of the cannabis community. With Chris providing the platform, through radio, they would discuss the benefits of marijuana as well as the laws engulfing it. It wasn’t until early on in 2018 that their team became complete with the spontaneous addition of entrepreneur and radio entertainment personality, Joe Grande. Together they have embarked on a mission to spread the truth about cannabis while guiding and connecting industry professionals along the way.
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF CANNABIS TALK 101 (CT101)?
Blue: As professionals, our goal is to provide positive, informative and factual education for listeners and the cannabis community in hopes of helping break the stigma.
Joe Grande: To spread compliant information to the best of our ability. Keeping people up to date on breaking news and educating them on what is right and wrong in the industry.
PBAL: Along with providing legal advice to help listeners, together, we utilize the platform to encourage others to come out of the green closet and show that cannabis consumers are not just stoners, lazy or losers – we come from all different professions, backgrounds and lifestyles.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE SHOW?
Blue: I really appreciate the way the four of us play off of each other. We have this unique bond that’s really special and fun and there is never a stale moment! We have the ability to pick up each other’s pieces and make a good team, a great comradery.
Joe Grande: It feels like we have been friends for 30+ years! We treat each other like brothers, were able to make fun of one another and not get all sensitive.
PBAL: We all respect each other and never step on toes. We knew right from the beginning we were creating a brotherhood.
WHAT’S are TOUGHEST CHALLENGES THE INDUSTRY Faces?
Blue: The stigma for sure. We have always been fighting to break through. People are always judging others who smoke or use cannabis like it’s a crime…it is not criminal! We must unite as an industry and have a voice in order to make a positive impact.
Joe Grande: Explaining the compliant way to process money and explaining the proper way to utilize banking, it is a business and needs to be treated as such. I deal with so many clients that feel afraid and that fear is unnecessary. WE CAN HELP!
PBAL: The regulations in Calif. Are a big hurdle and are creating problems for mom and pops, boutique, families, generations of growers and people who have been involved in the industry for decades and have been doing it properly. What is legalization exactly because it is not written clearly.
Blue: Inside and out of CT 101 we are realizing there is a learning curve and people all of the United States and beyond are just uneducated, uninformed and not understanding specifically what their rights and the laws really are.
PBAL: Not to mention, the media glamorizes legalization in California and people come here with false hopes and information on the laws, legalization and even usage around cities and counties.
WHAT ARE THE TOUGHEST CHALLENGES WITH CT101?
Blue: Getting into bigger markets and stations, especially because most companies/radio stations won’t and/or don’t support the cannabis community. We overcame a huge hurdle in Orange County and are so appreciative of the love we have received.
Joe Grande: Not letting cannabis companies advertise like alcohol companies can do, this is for all media outlets radio & TV.
PBAL: We can’t sat F*** on FM radio.
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT LAWS IN CALIFORNIA?
– Recreational: Must be 21 years or older to possess up to one ounce of flower or eight grams of concentrate
– Physician Recommendation: Possess eight ounces of flower or eight ounces of concentrate. Or four ounces of flower and four ounces of concentrate for a combine total of eight ounces. Regardless,
the patient can only posses a combined total of eight ounces of cannabis.
– Can only smoke in private business, property or residence.
– It is illegal and against United States Federal Law to travel or possess any amount of cannabis on aircraft or in airports, no matter if you have a Physician Recommendation or not.
– Recreational: 21 years or older can grow up to six plants enclosed and not visible.
– Physician Recommendation: Can grow as much is medically needed, what can be medically proved. However, it is illegal to sale your medicine!
Five places you cannot smoke is only for cannabis patients with a recommendation (patients can smoke anywhere else but these five places)
1. No Smoking Zone
- Within 1,000 feet from school or youth facility
- While operating motor vehicle – that includes driver and passenger(s)
- Driver of a boat
- On a school bus
Recreational: 21 years and older can only smoke in a private residence or private business.
WHAT SEPARATES CT101 FROM OTHER CANNABIS SHOWS?
Blue: I’ve formatted a free flow of information. Callers call in live and ask questions or provide their concerns and/or comments about the industry. It was important to create a platform that provided not only accurate education but that our show has made an impact and provides good results for everyone. Essentially, we are the pioneers of creating media for cannabis.
Joe Grande: Blue offers the Cannabis Talk Network an educational platform, The Pot Brothers at Law, Marc & Craig Wasserman offer legal advise and I offer compliant information regarding processing for the cannabis industries. We all do this separately and come together to bring you Cannabis Talk 101.
PBAL: Other shows do not have and/or offer the legal voices and presence.
PBAL: We have had the privilege to touch politicians, attorneys, doctors, Senators, rappers, children, parents, veterans, athletes, brands, professionals and amazing people from all walks of lives and have created a special alliance. We are blessed to able to share the same passion with everyone in and out of the cannabis industry and how the plant touches and affects everyone.