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Past articles by Chris:

Marijuana Taxes Far Exceed Alcohol Taxes—And That Could Kill Legalization

Across the country, cannabis tax revenue is far outpacing revenue from alcohol taxes—which analysts and industry advocates agree is a sign that legal marijuana is taxed too much. → Read More

No, Smoking Marijuana Does Not Protect You From Covid-19

Nobody ever said that smoking cannabis protects humans from contracting Covid-19. Yet that's been one misinterpretation of a study published this week. → Read More

Study: Sure Looks Like “Marijuana Breathalyzers” Don’t Work—And May Never Work

How do you tell if someone is high or not—but, more to the point, how do you tell if they’re too high to drive? A marijuana breathalyzer sounds nice, but the technology simply may not work, a recent study suggests. → Read More

Congress Fumbles Marijuana Reform Again—But That Might Be Good

By not sneaking federal marijuana banking reform into the annual defense spending bill, Congress may make it easier to pass more ambitious marijuana legalization proposals, some advocates believe. → Read More

Taliban Trolls World With Afghan Marijuana Factory ‘News’

Western media jumped all over an announcement from the Taliban that it's building a cannabis factory. And it appears they've fallen for a joke. → Read More

Is Your Marijuana Vaporizer Leaching Toxic Heavy Metals? It’s Possible, Study Claims.

Components found in cannabis vaporizer hardware appear in the aerosols that users end up breathing, a new study found. → Read More

Study: Mixing CBD With Ketamine Might Be Great For Depression

The sometimes-nasty side effects of ketamine appear to be limited or blocked when mixed with CBD, according to a new study. → Read More

Marijuana Banking Reform Advances, But Senate Unlikely To Pass—Here’s Why

The SAFE Banking Act passed the House of Representatives for a fifth time on Thursday, but the Senate is unlikely to pass marijuana banking reform in this way. → Read More

Why The Feds Love Marijuana Legalization: It’s Great For Political Corruption

Unless major changes are made, the way cannabis businesses are permitted encourages political corruption—and there are few prizes more coveted for a federal law enforcement agent than a corrupt elected official. → Read More

The Feds Are Coming For Delta-8 THC

Delta-8 THC, the hemp-derived cannabinoid currently legal under federal law that still gets you high, is finally being targeted by federal authorities. → Read More

Survey: U.S. College Students Drank Less, Used More Marijuana And Psychedelics During Covid-19

College students drank less alcohol and used more marijuana and psychedelic drugs during Covid-19, a survey found. → Read More

“It’s Gonna Be A Bloodbath”: Epic Marijuana Oversupply Is Flooding California, Jeopardizing Legalization

California may produce more than three times as much legal cannabis as it can consume, according to industry insiders. → Read More

How Much Legal Cannabis Is In California? It’s A State Secret.

The state keeps track-and-track data kept on its legal marijuana industry secret, frustrating industry participants and observers. → Read More

Newsom Recall Cancels California’s Plans To Legalize Psychedelics

The potential recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom is one reason why plans to legalize psychedelics in the nation's most populous state are on hold. → Read More

He Didn’t Like Cannabis, But Andrew Cuomo Was Big Marijuana’s Best Friend

Big, publicly traded marijuana companies have a big head start in New York's marijuana industry, thanks in large part to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo. → Read More

This California City Rejected Marijuana. Now Cannabis Is An Official Tourism Draw.

Cannabis earns Modesto, California more tax money than tourism. So now Modesto is trying to use its cannabis dispensaries as a tourism draw. → Read More

Study: Marijuana’s Impact On Driving Is Strain-Specific

According to a new study, drivers who use cannabis might not be as “impaired” as someone else who used the same amount, but a different strain. → Read More

Amazon Is Pushing For Legalization, But It Probably Won’t Deliver Cannabis

Even after federal marijuana legalization, Amazon seems unlikely to start selling and delivering cannabis products. → Read More

You Can Smoke Marijuana Outside In New York. But Should You?

Where can you smoke marijuana in New York, now that cannabis is legal? Almost anywhere you can smoke a cigarette, and with the same kind of decorum. → Read More

Happy 4/20: Congress Passes Marijuana Banking Reform, But Cannabis Is Still Cash Only—For Now

Marijuana banking reform passed the US House of Representatives yet again on Monday, but legal cannabis will remain cash-only until the Senate takes action. → Read More