To improve the legal weed industry, look to the past (op-ed in Denver Post’s The Cannabist)

My first op-ed hit the internet this morning over at the Cannabist, the all-marijuana section of The Denver Post: As I’ve mentioned previously on this site, the Cannabist does great work, and I\’m honored to be a part of the nation’s premier site for all things cannabis!

New essay: "Marijuana on Public Lands: A Short History"

Credit: Gretel Daugherty, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel This morning Colorado State University\’s Public Lands History Center published my essay, \”Marijuana on Public Lands: A Short History,\” on its blog. The PLHC is a research institution that uses history to help tackle current problems affecting America\’s public lands. Read my post, and while you\’re there, check out whatContinue reading “New essay: "Marijuana on Public Lands: A Short History"”

Missouri cops not the first officers to think hemp was MJ

A few weeks ago, a group of Missouri police officers were so proud of the marijuana motherlode they found that they posed for a quick Facebook pic: \”What a great team effort today,\” a statement from the Jasper Police Department read, \”It was hot and humid and not easy getting those plants.\” \”Yessir WE GAVEContinue reading “Missouri cops not the first officers to think hemp was MJ”

Feud between Oregon pot farmer, neighbors shows (more) growing pains of legalization

The New York Times has an excellent feature story about a pot grower in Oregon who tried to realize his dream of a country ganja farm but was stymied by skeptical neighbors. Last year, 33-year-old Richard Wagner and his parents bought 6.7 acres of land in the Willamette Valley town of McMinnville. McMinnville is inContinue reading “Feud between Oregon pot farmer, neighbors shows (more) growing pains of legalization”

Wild West of Weed: The "Green Rush" and Western American History

The \”Rush\” is a common theme in Western American lore: gold seekers rush to places of new discovery; settlers rush west to set up farms and \”civilize\” the landscape; railroads rush west to connect the country and bring riches of the frontier back to eastern markets; and today, those wishing to cash in on marijuanaContinue reading “Wild West of Weed: The "Green Rush" and Western American History”

“What about the black market?”

One of the main criticisms of states that have legalized marijuana is that they aren’t doing enough to stamp out the black market. The feds have made the argument, as have anti-pot organizations, as have finger-wagging “policy experts” who make other bizarre, baseless arguments such as “we would all be better off if marijuana didContinue reading ““What about the black market?””

Massachusetts sets sights on green weed

He doesn\’t grow pot, but Sam Milton wants Massachusetts weed to be the greenest. With recreational marijuana markets set to open in the Bay State next year, Milton\’s recent startup, Climate Resources Group (CRG), is one of the only local consulting firms to count  sustainable cannabis cultivation among its list of green targets. Environmental policy expertSam MiltonContinue reading “Massachusetts sets sights on green weed”

Update: Data on MJ-related traffic deaths in Colorado

Yesterday I wrote this piece condemning the Department of Justice for citing the skewed reporting of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in its attempt to de-legitimize legal marijuana programs in several states. Among the conclusions presented in the HIDTA report was that legal marijuana directly led to an increase in marijuana-related trafficContinue reading “Update: Data on MJ-related traffic deaths in Colorado”

"Alternative Facts" nothing new in the cannabis policy arena

It is no secret that the Trump Administration has made a habit of lowering the standard for basically everything the national discourse. This began back in January with Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway\’s now-famous remark that the president was simply presenting \”alternative facts\” to defend his gleefully incorrect boasting about the size of his inauguration crowd. TheContinue reading “"Alternative Facts" nothing new in the cannabis policy arena”

Feds Issue $3.8 Million for Medical Marijuana Study – Wait, Really?

As I\’ve said before on this blog, good news is rare these days – and it\’s even rarer after the violent, hate-filled weekend that we\’re all struggling to recover from – so I\’m quick to jump on a good story when I see it. Today\’s good news: The federal National Institutes of Health (NIH) approvedContinue reading “Feds Issue $3.8 Million for Medical Marijuana Study – Wait, Really?”