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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”

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