Category Archives: Industry

She has to wait 5 years to work in weed. Why, exactly?

When she’s talking about cannabis, Anya Nicola’s voice is electric. The Renfrew, Ont. mom of four has a long history with the plant, first as an herbal adjunct remedy, something her family practiced frequently growing up in Jamaica. As a teenager, she used cannabis for recreational purposes. And later, it became even more meaningful—it was […]

White Boy Rick comes out swinging for cannabis and ‘The 8th’ Amendment

At the age of 14, Richard Wershe Jr., aka “White Boy Rick,” became the youngest FBI informant in American history. With his help, the feds took down some of Detroit’s biggest drug gangs. But in 1987, police received a tip that Rick had stashed 18 pounds of cocaine in his neighbor’s yard. The 17-year-old was […]

Q&A with Jesce Horton: CEO, cultivator, innovator

When it comes to weed in Oregon, LOWD is putting out some of the best flower out there. LOWD’s CEO, Jesce Horton, has worked hard to make that the case. Recently, I hopped on the phone with Jesce to discuss the company’s journey into cannabis, what they’ve been able to accomplish, and the future they hope […]

Where is growing weed most environmentally sound?

On The Game’s track “California Vacation,” Snoop Dogg proclaims, “We grow the best weed on the West Coast,” and, while I may be biased, I absolutely agree. Still, there’s more to cannabis than quality. Researchers investigating the impact of indoor growing upon the environment side with Snoop, the most sustainable place to grow indoor cannabis […]

Discover career opportunities in the booming legal cannabis industry with a Dispensary Technician Certification

There’s an accessible way to get the education you need to succeed in the thriving legal cannabis industry. There’s no two ways about it—legal cannabis is the fastest-growing American industry. As we published in our Leafly Jobs Report 2021, the legal industry now supports more than 321,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs. That’s more than electrical […]

Tipster reports biggest smuggling scheme of California legalization

Cannabis prohibition might be ending. But the era of cannabis bootlegging seems to have just begun. According to an official with the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC), on Sept. 7 state investigators surprise-inspected the office of Blue Tree LLC, a licensed cannabis distribution company in Oakland, CA. The action came after an anonymous tip […]

Once illegal brands are taking over the legal cannabis market

Before legalization, cannabis enthusiasts perfected their products with the hopes of participating in the legal market. The legacy market, a term used largely to describe these prohibition pros, offers years of expertise that can ultimately lead to better products. Licensed producers are seeing this value, offering many of these players partnership deals to bring their […]

Massachusetts adult-use cannabis: By the numbers

Hey, prohibitionists—do you like apples? Because Massachusetts has done $2 billion in legal cannabis sales in the last three years. How do you like them apples? But seriously—shout-out to how far Massachusetts has come. From a lackluster start to legalization on Nov. 8, 2016, to today’s all-singing, all-dancing beacon in the northeast. Here’s Massachusetts legal […]

Delta-8 pirates are scamming consumers and legit brands—and the feds don’t care

In June, Leafly published an article on delta-8 THC products purchased at a smoke shop in Oxnard, CA. Two of the three products turned out to be brandless packages of supposed delta-8 products, with no indication of where they came from. The featured image included a bag of copycat Flamin’ Hot Cheetos infused with delta-8 […]

California is growing more legal cannabis than it can sell

There’s a lot of affordable, tested cannabis flower to smoke at low prices in California this summer. What a change from last summer, when a cannabis drought brought on by COVID demand and a seasonal shortage of the legal supply sent prices soaring at dispensaries. Pot shop owners are selling 2020’s fall outdoor ounces at […]