Cannabis

Up in Smoke: Is the legal-cannabis industry on the...

When legalization proponents sold voters on Prop. 64 in 2016, one of their chief...

Pot and Cops: Expecting a protest after the Rittenhouse...

Since legal-weed sales in California began in 2018, cannabis operations across the Bay Area...

Ah, Free Enterprise: Does legal weed mean ‘Big Weed?’

It appears increasingly unlikely that federal legalization of cannabis will happen next year. Most...

Beasts of Burden: An already-challenged legal cannabis market bears...

Even as California’s cannabis industry and its allies in government continue to fight to...

The Kids Are Alright: Despite claims from prohibitionists, teen...

Advocates of cannabis legalization insist that legal pot does not increase pot use among...

Hash Crop: Cannabis is well on its way to...

One of the many persistent myths about cannabis—right up there with “George and Martha...

Trick in Treats?: Every year, the myth of people...

Halloween is over, and so far, there are no reports of lunatics throwing cannabis...

CBD vs. FDA: Until there’s regulation, Californians should obtain...

CBD is known to have some curative properties, such as relieving certain kinds of seizures. That’s really its only fully proven medicinal use, but there are strong indications it can relieve a number of other ailments, such as pain, insomnia and anxiety. Researchers are finally delving into CBD, now that it’s fully legal to do so, but it will be some years before we know the full range of its benefits and—perhaps—its dangers. Until then, it’s the Wild West.

Crappy Vape Pens: The vape market is a particularly...

More than 2,700 people were hospitalized in the United States, and 60 people died from an illness dubbed EVALI—E-cigarette or Vaping Use-Associated Lung Injury—by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The precise cause hasn’t been confirmed, but the outbreak was almost certainly caused by shoddy production, most likely due at least in part to the use of vitamin E acetate in the oil.

Notorious CBD: With Governor Newsom’s signature, the CBD market...

CBD stands for “cannabidiol,” a component of the cannabis plant that doesn’t cause a high, but is sold as a curative for a range of maladies. THC is the part of the cannabis plant that causes a high, but there is very little of it in hemp: Since adult-use cannabis was legalized in California in 2016, sales of legal, THC-laden weed have taken off, while, oddly, sales of hemp-derived CBD have remained technically illegal. Until now, the only fully legal way to obtain CBD was through a licensed dispensary that sold CBD derived from plants containing THC, not from hemp.

Puff Puff Pass: Democrats eye the SAFE Banking Act...

“All the pain that’s been suffered by so many people for so long will not be alleviated because banks can now do some funding of the growing and processing of marijuana,” Schumer added. “If you let just the banking provisions pass, it’ll make it much harder to get more Republicans and more conservatives on the bill.”

Gray Market Ganja: Some fully permitted cannabis growers continue...

The “black market” is actually a few different markets. As was the case before adult-use legalization, it includes not only straight-up criminals, but also small-time operators who, assessed individually, are relatively harmless—though as a group, they are certainly part of the problem. The burner-license people fall into the “straight-up criminals” category.

Shroom Boom: Moves to decriminalize some hallucinogens have spurred...

The tide seems to be turning, largely, as it did with cannabis, but it’s not just “conservatism” that makes policymakers hesitant. Many are concerned about the powerful psychoactive effects of psychedelics, which can go far beyond those of cannabis. Use too much cannabis, and you might be in for an unpleasant few hours. Use psychedelics unwisely and you might end up in the psych ward.

High and Dry: Cannabis had its best quarter yet,...

"Since the beginning of 2018, when pot sales began, state taxes on cannabis sales have generated $2.8 billion in revenue for the state, on total taxable sales of $11.7 billion. In the second quarter of this year (June through August) $333 million in tax revenue flowed from $1.4 billion in taxable sales. That marks the industry’s best quarter yet."
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