Hempirical Discussions, Ep 2: Jacob Levine & the Cannabis Discourse

Every day there are hundreds of new articles and blog posts about cannabis. Some claim it is a medical panacea, others claim it is a dangerous scourge, and still others claim it might have elements of both. The history of sensationalist cannabis headlines runs deep, both in the United States and around the globe. InContinue reading “Hempirical Discussions, Ep 2: Jacob Levine & the Cannabis Discourse”

Hempirical Discussions, Ep 1: Adam Vine, Cage-Free Cannabis

You\’ve heard of cage-free eggs, but what about cage-free cannabis? Welcome to Hempirical Discussions! In this brand new 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, legalContinue reading “Hempirical Discussions, Ep 1: Adam Vine, Cage-Free Cannabis”

Landscape in Transition: Jackson County, Post-Legalization

Oregon\’s legal marijuana market is bringing change to Southern Oregon\’s picturesque Applegate Valley, a longstanding epicenter of cannabis cultivation in the US. When I visited southwest Oregon in August 2015, the region’s rolling hills and lush valleys were home to dozens of illegal marijuana grows. Back then, medical marijuana was legal and a recreational marijuana measureContinue reading “Landscape in Transition: Jackson County, Post-Legalization”

Marijuana and the Homeless: A Brief History

As many astute readers of this blog may know, weed makes people feel good. Also, being homeless makes people feel pretty bad. Thus it is no surprise that one of the main groups of marijuana users in the country are those who do not have a place to hang their hats. And yet, newspaper afterContinue reading “Marijuana and the Homeless: A Brief History”

Podcast Appearance and/or Shameless Plug: Edge Effects

A couple weeks ago I had a fun conversation with Humboldt State University ecologist Tim Bean for Edge Effects, an online magazine produced by grad students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The home of the Badgers is also the home of one of my favorite historians, Bill Cronon, so I jumped at the chance to be affiliatedContinue reading “Podcast Appearance and/or Shameless Plug: Edge Effects”

Greener Mountain State: Vermont makes history as legal cannabis sweeps Northeast

Vermont lawmakers sent a marijuana legalization bill to their governor yesterday, making them the first state legislature to pass such a bill in the history of the United States. And unlike its New England neighbors New Hampshire and Maine, Vermont has a supportive governor who intends to sign the bill. If you\’re keeping score atContinue reading “Greener Mountain State: Vermont makes history as legal cannabis sweeps Northeast”

BOOK REVIEW: Leonard Leinow & Juliana Birnbaum, "CBD: A Patient\'s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis" (2017)

Over the past five years, I\’ve spent a lot of time talking to people about pot. Seems that no matter where I go, who I\’m speaking to, or how the subject is brought up, the conversation inevitably turns to the healing power of the cannabis plant. This past Saturday was no different. I was inContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Leonard Leinow & Juliana Birnbaum, "CBD: A Patient\'s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis" (2017)”

Modern Day Reefer Madness: On Halloween, Edibles are Coming for Your Children

Edibles sure put the \”trick\” in Trick-Or-Treat! Seems like every October, we in the rational corner of society (an increasingly smaller and smaller space) have to endure the breathless warnings of police departments all over the country about malevolent stoners doling out marijuana edibles to innocent children on Halloween. Local news stations are the primary mouthpieces forContinue reading “Modern Day Reefer Madness: On Halloween, Edibles are Coming for Your Children”

Hempiricist Kicks Off Fall Book Talk Tour

Thanks to everyone who came out to my first book talk at Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins! Tons of great questions and an enjoyable discussion. More Colorado talks to come: Credit: Historiann 11/1 – Barnes & Noble, Boulder, 7 pm11/11 – The Bookman,Colorado Springs, 5:30 pm11/12 – Tattered Cover, Denver, 2 pm12/6 – ExploreContinue reading “Hempiricist Kicks Off Fall Book Talk Tour”