Legalization and Vaccination

(March 18, 2021) Is it legal yet? I mean, we're 50-something days into a new Democratic administration with Democrats in control of both houses, so what's the holdup? For years, the lack of...

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Puff, Puff, Don't Pass

(March 18, 2020) Whatever you do, you cannot pass the dutchie to the left hand side. People love to get high. And people love to to do it socially. Those are just...

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Cognalyzers and the Greening of the Bible Belt

(March 12, 2020) Roadside sobriety tests may one day include a brain scan. The Government of Ontario recently awarded a $1 million grant to Zentrela, a tech company that claims it has created...

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Taxes and Terroir

(March 5, 2020) The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors overstepped when it modified the cannabis tax approved by voters in 2016, a judge recently ruled. Passed with 66 percent of the vote, Measure...

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Payouts in the Park

(February 27, 2020) As the Journal went to press Feb. 25, the city of Rohnert Park was set to approve nearly $1.5 million in payments to settle multiple lawsuits alleging its police force...

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The Pot that Poked the Bear

(February 20, 2020) One of California's most powerful cannabis trade groups began backtracking this week after poking one of state politics' biggest bears: organized labor. The fallout started when the California Cannabis Industry...

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Pete's Pot Flop

(February 13, 2020) For a brief, contentious moment, cannabis took center stage at the Feb. 7 Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire when mayor-turned-maybe-kind-sorta frontrunner Pete Buttigieg was pressed about disproportionate drug arrest...

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Bern One Down

(February 6, 2020) Just days before the Iowa caucus, Sen. Bernie Sanders doubled down on his promise to legalize cannabis if elected president. "On my first day in office, through executive order, we...

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Lung Roulette

(January 30, 2020) In the umpteenth sign that vaping illicit THC concentrates is a terrible idea, state officials announced Jan. 28 that tests conducted on a random sample of the more than 10,000...

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Davos Won't Save Us

(January 23, 2020) The global elite jumped on their Gulfstreams this week to descend on Davos, a small town of about 11,000 residents in the Swiss Alps, for the 50th annual World Economic...

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The Need to Study Weed

(January 16, 2020) The head of the federal government's medical research agency told C-SPAN recently that cannabis' status as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act prevents scientists from researching its...

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'A Very Groundbreaking Thing'

(January 9, 2020) Want to invest in a cannabis farm? Well, all you have to do is buy some stock. Santa Cruz-based Goldenseed has become the first cannabis farm in the nation to...

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New Laws and Greening the Senate

(January 2, 2020) If you spent New Year's Eve rolling around town smoking joints in the back of a party bus, you may have had a rude awakening after the clock struck...

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State Agency Recommends Cannabis Tax Overhaul

(December 26, 2019) When it comes to California's cannabis tax system, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office just sent a crystal clear message to the state Legislature: You're doing it all wrong. In a...

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