The dangers of running a multimillion-dollar money industry

The dangers of running a multimillion-dollar money industry

Cannabis businesses struggle to obtain and maintain banking while facing the dangers of having major cash on hand. Due to cannabis’ status as an illicit substance in the United States, many banks don’t want to run the risk of accepting weed dollars and facing extreme penalties or even closure. And while some companies eventually find…

Tribal cannabis store coming to CT’s Foxwoods On line casino, and possibly North Carolina too

Tribal cannabis store coming to CT’s Foxwoods On line casino, and possibly North Carolina too

One of the nation’s largest tribal-owned marijuana stores is coming to—or at least near—Connecticut’s famous Foxwoods Resort Casino, and another is being planned near Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina. Connecticut legalized adult-use cannabis earlier this year. On July 1, 2021, it became legal for all adults 21 and older to possess up to…

How must we react when a prohibitionist wins a marijuana license?

How must we react when a prohibitionist wins a marijuana license?

The Haymaker is Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott’s opinion column about cannabis politics and culture. The news that Tom Price, a lifelong prohibitionist, won the cannabis license lottery threw me into a philosophical conundrum last week. Price is a Georgia Republican who briefly served as Donald Trump’s first health secretary. He lasted just seven months…

Why is Contemporary Jersey reviving the feeble ‘marijuana’ stigma?

Why is Contemporary Jersey reviving the feeble ‘marijuana’ stigma?

‘The Haymaker’ is Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott’s opinion column on cannabis politics and culture. Words have always been frontline weapons in the American war on cannabis. Back in the 1930s, Harry Anslinger and the Hearst newspapers jump-started prohibition by reframing cannabis, then a common analgesic, into marijuana, a menacing drug that supposedly transformed men…

Sha’Carri Richardson doesn’t absorb to apologize for smoking weed

Sha’Carri Richardson doesn’t absorb to apologize for smoking weed

The United States Anti-Doping Agency has announced that Olympic hopeful Sha’Carri Richardson will serve a one-month suspension after she has tested positive for marijuana. The suspension could prevent Richardson from moving on to the Olympic Games. Richardson came forward this morning to apologize to her fans for consuming cannabis. Now, fans of the track star…

Mexico + Clarence Thomas = Weed legalization? Don’t wager on it

Mexico + Clarence Thomas = Weed legalization? Don’t wager on it

‘The Haymaker’ is Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott’s opinion column on cannabis politics and culture. In the space of a few hours on Monday, the supreme courts of both Mexico and the United States issued rulings that could have a profound effect on cannabis legalization in both countries. But don’t spark up those celebratory joints…

New ‘Seeds of Exchange’ file charges states on cannabis equity, finds most lacking

New ‘Seeds of Exchange’ file charges states on cannabis equity, finds most lacking

A new report published today—Seeds of Change: Strategies to create an equitable cannabis industry—finds a majority of legal adult-use states lack the laws and policies needed to create a fair and equitable cannabis industry. Seeds of Change is a multifaceted exploration of the cannabis industry and social justice. The report introduces the Leafly Equity Score,…