Meet Our Crew

MJToday Media is a small Maine-based company specializing in producing media for the legal marijuana industry. We started producing our first show, the flagship Marijuana Today, back in the summer of 2014, just as legal marijuana was really getting started. We now also produce the weekly shows Green Rush and Weed Wonks and cover the legal cannabis industry like no one else around. Our crew, now located all over the United States and Canada, are counted among the most accomplished and respected in the business. They make all the difference.

Shea Gunther

Founder, Producer, & Host

Shea founded Students for Sensible Drug Policy in 1997 while attending the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He’s an experienced publisher, designer, entrepreneur, and activist who hosted the popular daily podcast Marijuana Today Daily from 2016-2021. Shea lives in Portland, Maine.

Kris Krane

Founding Host, Marijuana Today

Kris started working in cannabis as an activist as associate director of NORML from 2000-2005 and then as executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy from 2006-2009. Now focused on the business side of the industry as President of 4Front Ventures, Kris is one of the more sought-after and respected voices in legal marijuana.

Ben Larson

Host, Marijuana Today

Ben is CEO of Vertosa, a cannabis and hemp infusion technology company that creates industry-leading active ingredients for infushed product makers. Ben is a serial entrepreneur, and co-founded the Gateway Incubator, a business accelerator and co-working space focused on legal marijuana. Ben is an active investor, adviser, and board member with companies inside and outside legal cannabis and was named one of San Francisco Business Times 40 Under 40.

Heather Sullivan

Host, Marijuana Today

Heather joined the cannabis world in 2015, playing a key role in the successful legalization campaign in Maine. She works in licensing, compliance, and regulatory affairs with Curaleaf. Heather has a passion for drug policy advocacy and building responsible, transparent, and beneficial industries that contribute positively to local communities.

Taylor West

Founding Regular, Marijuana Today

Taylor is a strategic communications and business development consultant with more than two decades of experience in political campaigns, marketing and public relations, and marijuana business and policy. She is a board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association and founding partner of Heart + Mind Media.

Andrew Livingson

Founding Regular on Marijuana Today, Host of Weed Wonks

Andrew is a partner at Denver-based VS Strategies while also serving as director of economics and research at Vicente Sederberg LLP. He has spent his career researching and analyzing cannabis markets and policy and got started in legal marijuana as a student activist with Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

Betty Aldworth

Founding Regular, Marijuana Today

Betty is the Director of Communications & Events with MAPS- the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, having previously served as Executive Director for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. She was an instrumental part of the successful 2012 push to legalize adult use marijuana in Colorado as the campaign’s spokesperson and advocacy director.

Mike Liszewski

Regular, Marijuana Today

Mike is an experienced lobbyist and activist, serving as the Policy Director for Americans for Safe Access, where he works with patients, advocates, and elected officials at the state, local, and national level to create new laws and improve existing ones that allow patients to have safe access to medical cannabis therapy.

Jahan Marcu, Ph.D.

Regular, Marijuana Today

Jahan has over 15 years of experience in academic research, industry, and government relations and serves as Chief Operations Officer, Director of Experimental Pharmacology and Behavioral Research at International Research Center on Cannabis and Health. He is the former Chief Science Officer at Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and published the first direct measurements of THC and CBD synergy.

Anne Donohoe

Host of Green Rush, Regular on Marijuana Today

Anne is a Managing Director of Public Relations for KCSA Strategic Communications and has worked for more than a decade with companies in industries like financial services, technology, media & advertising, professional services, consumer products, and cannabis. Anne is co-host of the Green Rush podcast and lives in California where she runs the KCSA LA office.

Kieran Ringgenberg

Regular, Marijuana Today

Kieran is an experienced lawyer living in California with more than 15 years in practice. His firm, Ringgenberg Law, works with many of the top marijuana operators in the state and offers a full suite of legal services.

Nick Opich

Host, Green Rush

Nick is co-host of the Green Rush podcast and an Account Director in the Public Relations department at KSCA Strategic Communications, where he works with clients in all aspects of the cannabis industry.

Andrea Brooks

Regular, Marijuana Today

Andrea Brooks is a cannabis advocate, public speaker, and founder and CEO of Sava, a highly curated cannabis e-commerce company delivering to the larger Bay Area. Prior to starting Sava, she served as a Principle at Brooks Consulting and has consulted with NGO’s around the world including Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Tanzania, Nigeria, and San Francisco.

Jordan Wellington

Host, Weed Wonks

Jordan Wellington is host of the Weed Wonks podcast and is a partner at VS Strategies and of counsel at Vicente Sederberg LLP, where he plays a key role in drafting cannabis legislation and regulations in Colorado and other states. He is a sought after advisor on cannabis regulatory issues and previously co-founded the cannabis regulator compliance software company Simplifya.

Natalie Fertig

Regular, Marijuana Today

Natalie is a journalist based in Washington, DC., serving as Politico’s Federal Cannabis Policy Reporter since 2019. Previous to Politico, she worked for outlets such as WNYC Radio, Miami Herald, McClatchy Video, and the Village Voice.

Jeremy Berke

Regular, Marijuana Today

Jeremy is a senior reporter at Business Insider where he covers the legal cannabis industry, having first pitched the vertical to his editors as a founding writer. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 2014 and now lives in New York City.

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