Category Archives: Politics

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 […]

Free Rudi Gammo: Michiganders demand Gov. Whitmer pardon medical marijuana prisoner

In some legal states, the government requires the entire cannabis industry to be vertically integrated. That means stores can only sell cannabis that they grow themselves and handle entirely in-house from “seed to sale.” Vertical integration is meant to make it easier for regulators, including law enforcement, to keep tabs on the industry. But in […]

The dangers of running a multimillion-dollar cash business

Cannabis businesses struggle to obtain and maintain banking while facing the dangers of having major cash on hand. Due to cannabis’ status as an illicit substance in the United States, many banks don’t want to run the risk of accepting weed dollars and facing extreme penalties or even closure. And while some companies eventually find […]

Tribal cannabis store coming to CT’s Foxwoods Casino, and maybe North Carolina too

One of the nation’s largest tribal-owned marijuana stores is coming to—or at least near—Connecticut’s famous Foxwoods Resort Casino, and another is being planned near Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina. Connecticut legalized adult-use cannabis earlier this year. On July 1, 2021, it became legal for all adults 21 and older to possess up to […]

How should we react when a prohibitionist wins a marijuana license?

The Haymaker is Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott’s opinion column about cannabis politics and culture. The news that Tom Price, a lifelong prohibitionist, won the cannabis license lottery threw me into a philosophical conundrum last week. Price is a Georgia Republican who briefly served as Donald Trump’s first health secretary. He lasted just seven months […]

Here’s where New York’s next governor stands on marijuana legalization

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this morning that he would resign, days after the release of a damning report found that he had sexually harassed multiple women and may face criminal charges. Cuomo said his resignation would take effect on Aug. 24. With Cuomo’s departure, New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will step into […]

Why is New Jersey reviving the old ‘marijuana’ stigma?

‘The Haymaker’ is Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott’s opinion column on cannabis politics and culture. Words have always been frontline weapons in the American war on cannabis. Back in the 1930s, Harry Anslinger and the Hearst newspapers jump-started prohibition by reframing cannabis, then a common analgesic, into marijuana, a menacing drug that supposedly transformed men […]

Sha’Carri Richardson doesn’t need to apologize for smoking weed

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The United States Anti-Doping Agency has announced that Olympic hopeful Sha’Carri Richardson will serve a one-month suspension after she has tested positive for marijuana. The suspension could prevent Richardson from moving on to the Olympic Games. Richardson came forward this morning to apologize to her fans for consuming cannabis. Now, fans of the track star […]

Connecticut legalizes marijuana, becoming 19th state to regulate adult use

Connecticut is scheduled to become the 19th state to legalize the adult use of cannabis, as the state Legislature passed a bill earlier this morning. Gov. Ned Lamont is widely expected to sign it into law as soon as today. Starting July 1, it’s legal to possess up to 1.5 ounces. Look for retail sales […]

Connecticut just legalized marijuana. Here’s what happens next

Congratulations, Connecticut! The state Legislature approved a sweeping 300-page cannabis legalization and regulation bill on June 17, 2021. With Gov. Ned Lamont’s signature, the bill will become law and take effect on July 1, 2021. The full text of the new law is available here. Here’s what happens next. Is recreational cannabis legal right now? […]