The “Cannabis During COVID-19” Chronicles

I last wrote about the virus on March 9, 2020. Six days later, the newspapers carrying my column lost 90% of their revenue, and I lost 100% of my syndicated column. At that time, Governor Kate Brown declared a statewide State of Emergency the night before, and the scope of

Cannabis Now Employs Nearly 250,000

Leafly has released their fourth annual Cannabis Jobs Report, and despite the troubling news of hundreds of recent industry layoffs, cannabis remains a fast track growth industry. The numbers and industry expansion are impressive, but are still just a fraction of what would be possible when cannabis is eventually made legal.

Cannabis Superior to OTC Sleep Aids

There's a reason sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture, because after just a few nights of enduring it, many will gladly give up state secrets. About 70 million people in the United States struggle with sleep disorders, the most common being insomnia. (“Can’t insomnia simply be cured by

Women Executives In Cannabis Outpaces Other Industries

Where do women stand in the labor force, aside from underpaid? According to the US Department of Labor, "Of the 123 million women age 16 years and over in the U.S., 72 million, or 58.6 percent, were labor force participants—working or looking for work. Women comprised 47 percent of the total

Checking Out Colorado’s Cannabis Scene

I just returned from Colorado, where I explored a (very small) portion of the Denver cannabis scene. My schedule and budget didn't permit extensive sampling, so in no way should this serve as a comprehensive picture of what's available in the Mile High City, but I thought the differences between Colorado's and

Cannabis News Catch Up

Here’s some news you may have missed while you were doing your “pot weed.” New Jersey Tokers Are Paying Way Too Much On March 7, authorities at a Philadelphia shipping port discovered 614 pounds of cannabis hidden in a shipping container originating from Puerto Rico and bound for New Jersey. While it was

Cannabis News: What Happened While You Were Getting High

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    YOU CAN NOW FLY WITH POT FROM PDX As I've written in a previous column, you can fly with up to a pound and a half if you have your Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) card (I have several times). But if you don't have a card, you can still fly with

Did Cannabis Candies Kill 12 at Coachella? D.A.R.E Got Played And Said So

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So, I know a guy who smoked a joint this one time, and it gave him an erection that lasted, like, 26 hours, and then his penis exploded, and then he died. It's true! I also knew this girl who ate a pot cookie, and it made her pregnant, and then she tried

Two Days At The Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference

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Early on a Sunday morning is hardly the time you want to be standing on a street corner in heavy rain waiting for a BoltBus, but that's where I found myself two weekends ago. I was heading to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference in Eugene, and my aforementioned status should

Reefer Roundup: This Week In Cannabis News

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It's time for a "Reefer Roundup" of cannabis news you may have missed, or simply got high, and forgotten you'd seen. It happens. (Most) Drugs Are Bad, Mmmmkay? Scientific Reports, a subsidiary of Nature, has published findings that rank the "risk of death associated with the use of a variety of commonly

Working in Weed: Cannabis Careers Are Coming

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MAYBE YOU'VE always wanted a job in the weed industry. Not slinging dime bags to polo-shirted broheims, or hawking hand-blown glass on a dirty blanket in the parking lot of a Dave Matthews concert—but an actual, honest-to-Jah, living-wage job with benefits, paid holidays, and even business cards. Is that even a thing? The