Road Trip Planner: California’s Craft Cannabis Stores

Over 7,500 different varieties of apples currently exist on the planet, but less than 100 of those varieties are commercially available in the United States, and just five varieties—Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Granny Smith, and Red Delicious—account for more than 75% of the overall apple market by volume. So will cannabis go the same way—until there’s […]

Want to Grow Your Own Cannabis? Get Ready to Fight ‘Big Marijuana’

Illinois is about to make history as the first state to legalize recreational cannabis and allow commercial sales through the state legislature instead of via a voter initiative, pending the governor’s signature. But this historic piece of legislation almost died along the way over the increasingly contentious issue of homegrow. Eventually, lawmakers compromised by allowing […]

True OGs: Sunshine Johnston on Humboldt Cannabis Nostalgia

In True OGs, veteran cannabis journalist David Bienenstock tracks down legendary old-school growers and breeders of the outlaw era as they transition from life underground to being part of the new legal cannabis economy. Sunshine Johnston was a free-spirited child raised by back-to-the-lander parents in the golden days of underground Humboldt County cannabis growing—just before […]

How Cannabis Legalization Sparked Beto O’Rourke’s Presidential Bid

When Beto O’Rourke first publicly called for “the repeal of ineffective marijuana laws,” a large majority of Americans still disapproved of legalization. Colorado and Washington were three years away from becoming the first states to actually pass such a law. And most politicians living in deep red states still considered the issue a classic “third […]

Is Legal Hemp About to Ruin America’s Outdoor Cannabis Crops?

Concern that pollen from industrial hemp farms could end up ruining nearby cannabis crops is hardly new. In a 2003 paper titled “A Preliminary Study of Pollen Dispersal in Cannabis Sativa,” researchers with Agri-Food in Canada (where commercial hemp farming has been federally licensed since 1998) examined the risk. Published in the Journal of Industrial […]

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