The Environmental Toll of Growing Cannabis, Both Legally and Illegally

Last week, a big multi-agency “reclamation” effort on national forest lands in California’s Emerald Triangle brought attention again to the serious environmental impacts of outlaw cannabis cultivation. But while environmental regulators condemn these illicit growers, they often overlook the obvious reality that legal crops also take an ecological toll. After years of breakneck well-drilling, much…

Lompoc, California: The ‘Free Market’ Cannabis Plan to Reshape a Small Town’s Economy

In 2007, when the economic collapse arrived hand-in-hand with the start of the marijuana Green Rush in America, a narrative about cannabis legalization emerged: Cannabis can reshape and revive economies. This narrative is true, but it’s also worth considering how cannabis can reshape a local economy. For the most part, as legalization has spread, it’s been followed…

YouTube Cracks Down on Cannabis Channels

In the midst of their most controversial year yet, YouTube has taken down the channels of numerous cannabis-themed content creators, leaving those remaining puzzled as to what standards are actually being enforced. The recent wave of channel shut-downs was preceded by warnings from YouTube, often to channels that had no problems for years. One of…

California’s Marijuana Distribution Regulations Force Applicants to Report Themselves To Feds

For those anxiously eyeing the uneven progress of California’s adult use regulatory rollout, the sinking feeling that the legal supply chain isn’t linking up quite right isn’t a new sensation. When Bureau of Cannabis Control chief, Lori Ajax, publicly acknowledged that “at some point, we’re going to see the supply depleted,” the prevailing public perception…