.Susan Cohen

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Aug 31, 2017

The Green Light Special

In early 2016, Oakland lost its only Walmart, and 400 people lost their jobs. The Edgewater Drive location was one of 150...
Aug 23, 2017

Bud in the ‘Burbs

In the East Bay, not all marijuana policy is created equal. While purchasing cannabis is easy in Oakland and Berkeley, it's...
Aug 18, 2017

First They Came for Our Soda. Now, They’ve Come for Our Blunt Wraps.

First they came for our soda. Now, they’ve come for our blunt wraps. In the last few years, local corner stores have become political...
Aug 10, 2017

How Oakland Levels the Playing Field When it Comes to Marijuana Equity

In 2013, Express contributor Ali Winston reported on the cruel reality of cannabis in Oakland: Though Blacks and Latinos make up only around a...
Jul 14, 2017

What Will be the Fate of Underground and Black Market Pot Farmers in California?

Last week, I wrote about mandatory-minimum sentencing for federal drug crimes. Attorney General Jeff Sessions considers the practice a critical and unavoidable tool in...
Jul 7, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Plan to Bring Back Mandatory-Minimums is an Assault on Americans-of-Color

Mandatory minimums require that people convicted of certain federal crimes serve a sentence of a given length. In the case of murder or rape...
Jun 28, 2017

California to Require All Marijuana to be Lab Tested. What Will Happen to Weed...

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the state’s proposals for the required lab testing of cannabis. If passed as written, all marijuana products...
Jun 16, 2017

Are California’s New Marijuana Lab-Testing Rules Too Onerous, Expensive?

While it may seem as if there’s a random art to determining the strength of various cannabis products, there’s not. Growers, dispensaries, and even...
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