What Are You Smoking, episode 80: Viola CEO, Al Harrington
What Are You Smoking? is hosted by a rotating cast of Leafly’s cannabis experts—Will Hyde, Bailey Rahn, Emily Resling, and Dante Jordan. Tune in every Wednesday to hear activists, entrepreneurs, farmers, processors, and figures from from all corners of the cannabis world weigh in on the latest developments in the industry, what’s coming next, and of course, what new strains and products they’re enjoying these days.
What Are You Smoking, episode 80: Al Harrington
Retired NBA star turned cannabis entrepreneur Al Harrington joins the show to talk about Viola—both the brand he leads and grandma that inspired him to start it.
On this episode, you’ll hear about how a series of surgeries changed Harrington’s attitude towards cannabis and how he expects cannabis—especially CBD—to factor into upcoming NBA labor negotiations.
You’ll also learn about what cultural changes Harrington thinks it will take to get more minority representation in the cannabis industry, why cannabis investment should be a natural second act for athletes, and why Viola is making it a priority hold the door open for people of color looking to get into the cannabis space.
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Meet your show hosts
Will Hyde is a subject matter expert, strain specialist, and digital producer at Leafly. He spends his free time traveling and exploring creative outlets as a DJ, digital artist, and film producer.
Dante Jordan is a Content Associate for Leafly. He’s sorry for not seeing your email and will do better in the future.