Weed Between the Lines: Marijuana in the 2020 Election

The orgy of partisan chaos that is the 2020 US election is still raging, but at this point, many results are clear. Among them is the legalization of recreational cannabis in four new states: Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota. South Dakota also approved a medical cannabis system, and so did Mississippi, although recreationalContinue reading “Weed Between the Lines: Marijuana in the 2020 Election”

Mandated LED lights – necessary regulation or bureaucratic overreach?

The state of California yesterday announced a proposal that, if enacted, would force all legal cannabis growers to switch to LED lighting by 2023. The proposal, now under consideration by the state’s public utility commission, comes on the heels of several new studies that more thoroughly document the excessive electricity use of indoor growing. AContinue reading “Mandated LED lights – necessary regulation or bureaucratic overreach?”

That Time Twitter Spat Out the Ultimate Cannabis Reading List

Credit: Forbes Twitter is mostly there to manipulate our emotions, harvest our data, and sabotage our politics. But the other day it actually did something pretty cool: it produced one of the best reading lists on cannabis I’ve seen in a while. Forbes writer Katie Shapiro got things started by Tweeting a link to her own listContinue reading “That Time Twitter Spat Out the Ultimate Cannabis Reading List”

Hemp for Victory: A Brief History – Part 2

In early 1944, while his countrymen still fought the Axis powers abroad, Senator Guy Gillette (D-IA) prepared for a political battle on the home front. Its first rumblings came from his constituents in the Heartland, but Gillette’s fight would be in the halls of Congress, and it would be over the government’s wartime hemp program.Continue reading “Hemp for Victory: A Brief History – Part 2”

Weed All About It: A Survey of Cannabis Media at Decade’s End

As the end of the 2010s approaches, we can’t be certain whether the recent wave of cannabis legalization will continue into the next decade. But we can certainly say that the 2010s was the best decade for the plant and those who consume it in modern history: after the unprecedented expansion of medical marijuana lawsContinue reading “Weed All About It: A Survey of Cannabis Media at Decade’s End”

Mapping Hemp for Victory, 1942-45

In early 1942, with foreign fiber supplies cut off by the Axis powers, the US Department of Agriculture and War Production Board launched a domestic hemp program to supply hemp fiber for military use. Thousands of Midwestern farmers signed up to grow hemp and enjoyed high prices for the crop thanks to government demand andContinue reading “Mapping Hemp for Victory, 1942-45”

Hemp for Victory: A Brief History – Part 1

Despite being one of the most important wartime projects in national history, the US government’s World War II hemp program (1942-45), often referred to as “Hemp for Victory,” is still not well understood. Few professional historians have paid much attention to it, leaving cannabis activists and other non-professionals to fill the void. This activist literatureContinue reading “Hemp for Victory: A Brief History – Part 1”

Podcast

Welcome to Hempirical Discussions! In this podcast segment of the blog, I\’ll share my conversations with important and influential people in the cannabis world. My guests and I will talk about all things cannabis, including history, prohibition and social justice, the environment, legal and political debates, weed culture, science, medicine, and more!EPISODES 01 – AdamContinue reading “Podcast”

Hempirical Discussions, Ep. 3: Joy Smith, Joy Organics

On today\’s episode of the podcast I\’m talking with Joy Smith, founder of Joy Organics, a seller of cannabidiol products in Fort Collins, Colorado. Cannabidiol, most commonly referred to as CBD, is one of dozens of unique compounds in cannabis plants. Plenty of anecdotal evidence and recent research suggests that CBD is one of theContinue reading “Hempirical Discussions, Ep. 3: Joy Smith, Joy Organics”

"Big Marijuana" may not be such a big deal after all

\”Big Marijuana\” is a concept that sprouts over and over again in current discussions about legal weed. The idea that several large marijuana producers will soon dominate America\’s newest and most profitable industry, leaving a trail of bankrupt mom-and-pop outfits in their wake, is continuously alluded to by cannabis advocates, opponents, and third-party analysts alike.Continue reading “"Big Marijuana" may not be such a big deal after all”