Oh, Cannabis! Canada Legalizes Marijuana

Remember this day, friends! For today Canada becomes the second nation and the first G7 country to fully legalize cannabis for adult use. The move comes years after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to clean up the illicit market, curb…

The Highs and Lows of Being a Black Canna Dad

As low as I get thinking about prohibition and its effects on black and brown people, I get high knowing we are on the precipice of a new country as cannabis legalization spreads.   Being a father has been the…

Hey White People: Talk to Your Kids about the Racist Drug War

Why cannabis consumers have a responsibility to tell their children the truth about prohibition and the war on drugs, and how this conversation can help white parents talk to their children about race   For me, being a parent is…

Sessions Rescinds Cole Memo & Nobody’s Happy

Three days after some of the biggest headlines in marijuana history – California legalizes cannabis! – Attorney General Jeff Sessions stole back the limelight with his move to rescind the Cole Memo. This 2013 Justice Department document outlined law enforcement…

Attorney General Sued for “Unconstitutional” Cannabis Law

Last week started badly for Jeff Sessions and only got worse. First it was his boss, the president, calling him names and publicly questioning his ability to do his job. And then, as if we were watching his drug policy…

Massachusetts Wavers on Commitment to Equity and Inclusivity

Actually, cannabis is a white man’s game. I know better than most. I’m a white man. If I’m walking down the street, smelling of weed, it’s likely someone will ask me for a business card, rather than shoot me on…

Vermont Veto & a Possible Path to Legislative Legalization

Vermont has had the opportunity, two years in a row, to become the first state to end cannabis prohibition through legislation rather than through ballot initiative. Both years the legalization effort faced opposition from key players in the process. While…

Parents Want Social Consumption, Support SB 307

This week I had the opportunity to testify in favor of Senate Bill 307 at a public hearing of the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Marijuana Legalization. SB 307 concerns the social consumption of cannabis in licensed, regulated lounges with adjacent outdoor…

Splimming with Cannabis Cultural Association: Activism in the Big Apple

If you’ve been around the East Coast cannabis scene lately, it’s highly likely you’ve run into the crew from the Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA). From Boston down to D.C., the CCA has been hard at work spreading their message of…

Sensible Social Consumption: Oregon Senate Bill 307

No smoking FIRE FIRE FIRE!   It’s urgent, high pitched and irritated, this alarm, and it can’t be shut off. But there is no fire.   FIRE FIRE FIRE!   They toss the wet towel in the tub – obviously…