So you’ve legalised: Now what? Why many marijuana-based businesses are very concerned about the ramifications of legalisation.
The City of Oakland is attempting to balance out some of the effects of the drug war by requiring equity permits for marijuana-related businesses, but not everyone is on board.
One consequence of covering marijuana now and then and of being pretty outspoken in my support of legalisation is that many people assume I am a smoker. Or that I consume marijuana in some other way, for surely, only stoners deeply care about legalisation or are interested in covering drug issues for the media; why […]
I dislike tourism as a general way of making a profit, but I also acknowledge that it can be one method for a community to support itself. People have to travel for work reasons, other people enjoy traveling on holiday and for other reasons, and the end result is that people are moving from place […]
Medical marijuana dispensaries occupy a strange legal limbo. They are, in the most technical sense, illegal under federal law. Yet, local regulations may legalise and even welcome them. They offer a glimpse into a model of what legalisation could look like in the United States, and what might happen if people had ready, safe, legal, […]
California, the ‘green state,’ is sometimes treated as a cultural touchstone when it comes to marijuana in the United States. It’s the most progressive, forward-thinking state, the one where it’s safe to grow, sell, and smoke. It’s the state advocates in other regions point at as an example of a leader in the field, the […]
Over the summer, a multi-agency law enforcement crackdown swept into Northern California to tackle the growing practice of marijuana cultivation in state forests. Hundreds of thousands of plants were netted, over 100 arrests were made, and the crews also uncovered substantial amounts of garbage and polluting material. Pesticides. Herbicides. Fertilizer. Straight up garbage; food wrappers, […]
The successive waves of foreclosures rippling through the economy are more acute in some markets than others, and some markets have some extra special problems that come along with their foreclosures. Banks are not just taking possession of homes in these regions, they are taking possession of environmental disasters that need to be cleaned up. […]
For some reason, people tend to get very squirrely when I bring up the connection between marijuana cultivation and violence. I am informed that I am ‘stereotyping growers’ by pointing out that some outdoor growers engage in acts of violence, or giving marijuana cultivation a bad name by talking about issues like environmental pollution, home […]