The Green Fund's CannaCast – Episode 6: Lauren Yoshiko

From Broccoli Magazine to Forbes, Lauren Yoshiko has covered cannabis from its legal inception to its overwhelming popularity in Oregon, U.S.

Welcome to the sixth episode of The Green Fund's CannaCast! The CannaCast features prominent figures within the cannabis space, whether it be entrepreneurs, doctors, chefs, or CEO's of cannabis companies, we will be speaking to the people that have made waves in the cannabis industry. And today, we're bringing you our sixth guest, cannabis writer Lauren Yoshiko.

Lauren is a cannabis writer based in Oregon, U.S., who has written about weed for publications such as Forbes, Rolling Stone and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Willamette Week. Lauren now writes for Broccoli Magazine, a woman lead artistic publication that focuses on the innovative and creative sides of cannabis. Lauren is also the Cannabis Editor at Thrillist.

Oregon voted to legalize marijuana, and writing about a controversial, confusing new industry became my most employable skill. Lauren Yoshiko, Cannabis Writer for Broccoli Magazine

Seasoned in the Cannabis industry, Lauren ignited her career when marijuana was legalised in Oregon – going from working a desk job in corporate to writing all about weed and managing a local dispensary. Lauren is passionate about the power of the cannabis industry, and its impact on the economy.  A columnist and writer at the forefront of her industry, this episode with Lauren gives us insight into the future of cannabis – and its relationships with psychedelics – as well as the interactive affiliation weed and creative industry have.

During the interview, it became clear that Lauren believes weed is a first step towards opening people minds to alternative treatments for conditions such as depression, anxiety or pain relief. Oregon is making great strides towards legalizing psilocybin for therapeutic purposes, a notion we discuss in the interview. Lauren also exerts effort in her professional life to draw together information and news directly from industry leaders to ensure knowledge about the cannabis industry is accessible and accurate. This news is represented in Lauren's 'Broccoli Report', which most recently detailed the effects the Oregonian fires had on the Cannabis Industry.

Finally, Lauren and I discuss her recommendations for weed products in the U.S. that she turned to in a slump of boredom in the cannabis world. For her recommendations, a discussion on psychedelics and legalization, and the place of women in the marijuana industry, listen to this episode of Cannacast.

You can find Lauren's Linkedin here, and Broccoli Magazine here. If you would like to hear more from Lauren, you can also check out her podcast, Broccoli Talk, on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

This episode was produced by Casey Peternell, the introduction theme music was created by Reni Mathason and the CannaCast image was created by Niccole Lim. You can find the episode on our Spotify here.

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Mikayla Chadwick
Mikayla Chadwick

Mikayla Chadwick is a Melbourne-based writer, focused on human and legal rights, global affairs and popular culture. Mikayla holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and is currently completing a research degree in sex work policy reform.

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