Despite negative impacts of prohibition, Hickenlooper keeps telling other states to "wait" on MJ legalization

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has always been a cautionary voice when it comes to weed legalization, but five years into his state\’s foray into legal cannabis, the time has come for him to lead more forcefully. A few days ago, in a Facebook live interview with Politico\’s Playbook Exchange, Hickenlooper trotted out his usual, squeaky-cleanContinue reading “Despite negative impacts of prohibition, Hickenlooper keeps telling other states to "wait" on MJ legalization”

Legal cannabis is getting greener, but illegal weed is still a problem

Good news is hard to come by these days, so when I find it, especially within my own little area of expertise, it really is worth savoring – even though it comes from what is basically a report about a report. Ahem. Per Forbes, a recent report by the decidedly pro-cannabis media firms Salar MediaContinue reading “Legal cannabis is getting greener, but illegal weed is still a problem”

BOOK REVIEW: John Hudak, Marijuana: A Short History (2016)

As the many past and present books about it attest, marijuana is a subject rich in social, environmental, and political history. That\’s why it is strange – and perhaps a testament to the entrenched taboos of prohibition – that the history of marijuana has remained nearly untouched by professional historians. Journalists, botanists, legal scholars, andContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: John Hudak, Marijuana: A Short History (2016)”

Modern-Day Reefer Madness: MJ "Dangerous Gateway Drug," Will Get You Deported, Homeland Security Says

John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security and part of President Donald Trump\’s dusty old fossil cabinet, has a message for all Americans straight outta 1956 …  or 1972 … or 1984: \”Let me be clear about marijuana. It is a potentially dangerous gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs.\” Kelly, whoContinue reading “Modern-Day Reefer Madness: MJ "Dangerous Gateway Drug," Will Get You Deported, Homeland Security Says”

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Marijuana legalization is unfolding across the American West, but cultivation of the cannabis plant is anything but green. Unregulated outdoor grows are polluting ecosystems, high-powered indoor grows are churning out an excessive carbon footprint, and the controversial crop is becoming an agricultural boon just as the region faces an unprecedented water crisis.  Understanding how weContinue reading “Pre-Order the Hempiricist\'s Book and Get 30% Off!”

Report Finds Dozens of Women Abused at No. Cal. Marijuana Farms

Today I stumbled across this awful, yet not-so-surprising investigative report that details how dozens of women, and likely more, are sexually abused on pot farms in the Emerald Triangle: “Women believe they are getting hired for trimming work, and then they’re drugged and raped,” said Maryann Hayes Mariani, a coordinator for the North Coast RapeContinue reading “Report Finds Dozens of Women Abused at No. Cal. Marijuana Farms”

Sessions confirmed as AG – Should Legal Weed be Worried?

It is official: Jeff Sessions, the man with a proven record of opposition to black people voting, is the new US Attorney General. The ascension of a classic, George Wallace-type Southern racist to the nation\’s highest law enforcement position does not bode well for American civil rights in general, but his harsh positions on race,Continue reading “Sessions confirmed as AG – Should Legal Weed be Worried?”

CA Winemakers Fear Competition From Legal Pot

The wine industry in California is worried that legal marijuana is stealing its labor and its kicks, according to a report on Fortune\’s website. Writer John Kell explains how the wine industry is actually \”crushing it\” thanks to \”the coveted millenial generation,\” but it is worried about higher wages in the marijuana industry pulling awayContinue reading “CA Winemakers Fear Competition From Legal Pot”

Forbes: "Five Ways that Trump May or May Not Affect Legal Cannabis, Maybe"

The news media is normally speculative, but lately it seems like the whirlwind of what-ifs and might-bes associated with the newly inaugurated Trump administration has every reporter\’s head spinning. This confusion is, of course, a by-product of covering Trump himself, as he routinely backtracks and makes contradictory statements. But there\’s also the fact that allContinue reading “Forbes: "Five Ways that Trump May or May Not Affect Legal Cannabis, Maybe"”

Jeff Sessions: The Man Who Liked the KKK, Until He Found Out Some of Them Smoked Pot

Jeff Sessions, next Attorney General of the Confederacy United States President-elect Donald Trump has picked Jeff Sessions, an old racist US senator from Alabama, to be the nation\’s next Attorney General. Sessions defended Trump\’s call to ban Muslims from entering the US and has been a hardliner on illegal immigration for his entire career. HisContinue reading “Jeff Sessions: The Man Who Liked the KKK, Until He Found Out Some of Them Smoked Pot”