Stoner
A podcast where creative, interesting people interviewed about their experiences with marijuana.

Stoner

A podcast where creative people talk about their experiences with marijuana.

Episode 26: Cannabis Bar Association co-founders Amanda Conley and Shabnam Malek

Amanda Conley and Shabnam Malek are Bay Area lawyers who co-founded the National Cannabis Bar Association. They also maintain their own practice, Brand & Branch LLP, which provides intellectual property services to cannabis businesses.

We talked about the importance of attorneys sharing notes across state lines, California's confusing legal history around medical and recreational legalization, and why first-hand experience can be important for lawyers who want to work within the industry.

Aaron Lammer
Episode 23: Tao Lin, novelist and poet

Tao Lin is is the author of the novel Taipei and a forthcoming book Beyond Existentialism about Terence McKenna and psychedelics. 

We talked about:

šŸŒ± why Tao documents both his own thoughts and his caffeine and cannabis consumption in a giant .RTF document

šŸŒ± having empathy for your parents

šŸŒ±  how pesticides block endocannabinoid receptors and steal humanity's natural stonedness

Aaron Lammer
Episode 19: Matt Haughey, founder of Metafilter, editorial at Slack

Matt Haughey never touched weed as a teen, despite being a competitive BMX rider in Southern California. He didn't smoke any weed in his 20s either, busy founding Metafilter one of the internet's first collections of "cool shit people find on the internet." By the time he was in 30s, Matt was curious to try marijuana but didn't know anyone who had any. Finally, a decade later, legalization came to the West Coast and he set off for Washington State to acquire some weed so he could smoke his first joint, age 42.

We talked about the lack of beginner's weed-smoking information on the internet, touring elementary schools and churches performing in a D.A.R.E. BMX show, and why he gave Metafilter away after 16 years.

Aaron Lammer
Episode 18: Samantha Miller, Chief Science Officer at HMBLDT

Samantha Miller does research that informs the formulation of the special vape pens that hmbldt makes branded not by strain but effect: sleep, bliss, calm, relief. Prior to becoming HMBLDT's in-house scientist, Miller founded Pure Analytics, one of the first cannabis testing labs in the country.

We talked about the value of anecdotal evidence in testing, getting feedback from a seniors group, and why she grew well before it became her job. 

Aaron Lammer
Episode 17: Cards Against Humanity co-founder Max Temkin and writers Joanna Feldman & Julia Weiss

Max Temkin is a co-founder of Cards Against Humanity, a "party game for horrible people," and Chicago comedians Joanna Feldman and Julia Weiss are its head writers. After a successful Kickstarter in 2011, Cards Against Humanity was released independently, reaching #1 in Amazon's Games section and spawning numerous expansion packs and copycats.

We discuss flying while stoned, what makes a card work in the Cards Against Humanity writers' room, and why Max was dreading coming on the show. 

Aaron Lammer
Episode 15: Benny Blanco, producer and songwriter

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Benny Blanco has produced twenty-six #1 hits and his records have sold over 100 million copies (or so Wikipedia tells me.) His writing credits include Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream,' Rihanna's 'Diamonds,' Justin Bieber's 'Love Yourself,' and Maroon 5's 'Moves Like Jagger.' He was nominated for the 2017 Producer of the Year Grammy.

Benny is only 29 and keeps a relatively low profile. We talked about growing up music-obsessed in suburban VA, why the secret sauce to the '90s hip-hop sound may have been "dogshit weed," and recording Ed Sheeran on a transcontinental cruise ship.

Aaron Lammer