It’s time to originate cannabis prisoners—cherish today time

Inmates and staff at several different prisons have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting at least four states to begin the process of releasing certain prisoners early based on age, length of remaining sentence, or underlying health conditions that would make them more susceptible to the virus. Now a coalition of cannabis activists and advocates is…

Declaring cannabis ‘very necessary’ marks a watershed 2d in ancient previous

Bruce Barcott and David DownsMarch 26, 2020 A Terrapin Care Station employee in Colorado conducts curbside pickup as an essential business during COVID-19 outbreak. (Courtesy Terrapin Care Station) The COVID-19 pandemic has forced government officials to make life-or-death decisions about which goods and services are essential, and which are not. Essential businesses stay open; those…

Episode 133:  continue to exist an outbreak

Episode 133: continue to exist an outbreak

Leafly Podcast The Roll-Up features co-hosts Bruce Barcott, Alyssa Yeoman, and Ashley Schwellenbach in a Friday morning roundtable about the week’s top cannabis news. Episode 133: How to survive a pandemic This week: Welcome to the new normal: The Roll-Up crew adjusts to the social distancing lifestyle. Stoner movies are a big part of it. WTF…

Washington notify legislators ultimately earn a cannabis equity program

Washington notify legislators ultimately earn a cannabis equity program

Ashley SchwellenbachMarch 13, 2020 Nearly eight years after recreational cannabis became legal in Washington, legislators passed a bill to help encourage social equity in the industry. (Iarygin Andrii/AdobeStock) Despite Washington’s status as a legalization pioneer, the state’s industry has long been lagging when it comes to diversity. According to the Washington State Commission on African…

Oglala Sioux Tribe approves clinical, recreational marijuana

The Associated PressMarch 11, 2020 In this Oct. 16, 2015 file photo, marijuana plants grow in the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s growing facility in Flandreau, S.D. Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe voted this week to legalize medical and recreational marijuana on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation in an initiative that many hope will bring…

Illinois sells $1 million in supreme cannabis—per day

David DownsMarch 10, 2020 Bean countin’: Gov. JB Pritzker reports $39 million in cannabis sales in January. (AdobeStock) Just two months into adult-use legalization and Illinois dispensaries are selling more than a million dollars of legal cannabis—per day. That number is based off revenue from steep taxes on legal sales. The state reported $10 million…

The CDC’s coronavirus failure was once predicted by its VAPI response

Bruce BarcottMarch 10, 2020 Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), speaks to the media about COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, inside the CDC’s Emergency Operations Center, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis) ‘The Haymaker’ is Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott’s opinion column on…

South Dakota tribe place to vote on legalizing cannabis

The Associated PressMarch 9, 2020 In this Oct. 16, 2015 file photo, marijuana plants grow in the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s growing facility in Flandreau, S.D. Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe will vote this week on legalizing medical and recreational marijuana on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation in an initiative that many hope will…

Capitol Confidential: COVID-19 would possibly well derail Contemporary York cannabis legalization

Ben AdlinMarch 8, 2020 Ben Adlin scours the nation’s statehouses for the bills that may change the way you enjoy cannabis. (uschools, Amanda Goehlert/iStock) Capitol Confidential is a pop-up column tracking dozens of cannabis bills and initiatives across the nation. We’ll continue to offer a weekly roundup of political action through the end of the…

Boston’s first cannabis store location to originate Monday

Max Savage LevensonMarch 8, 2020 Kobie Evans, left, and Kevin Hart own Pure Oasis, the first cannabis store to open within the city limits of Boston. Says Evans: “We wanted to be the next generation of trailblazers to provide an example to the residents of the neighborhood, to the young people, to the budding entrepreneurs:…