Throughout my career as a cannabis journalist, I’ve kept silent about my sobriety. Finding freelance gigs is hard enough without the added burden of having to be that guy. Besides, if I learned anything from active addiction, it was how to lie at my job.
Dr. Shover, a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University worked with fellow researchers Corey Davis, Sanford Gordon, and Keith Humphreys to buck a cannabis industry pearl of conventional wisdom; the oft-cited, often-sloganeered study by Marcus Bachhuber that found a positive correlation between medical cannabis states and a decrease in opioid overdose deaths from 1999-2010.
“We cannot let a lack of ethics, we cannot allow crooks [to] get involved in this industry,” he continued. “It costs too much time and too much work to open the industry to legalize it, so we have to make sure that this is a long-lasting industry and economic sector, and not a gold rush.”
Cannabis advocates have a science problem, or, perhaps, an anti-science one; a cognitive dissonance on par with climate-change deniers, anti-vaxxers, flat-earthers, and the folks who think Jesus rode on dinosaurs.
“I got into the [cannabis] industry because I was trying to grow plants to save my life,” Mike […]
According to an alert put out last week by Duane Morris LLP, one of the largest law firms serving the Cannabis industry, “The Bokaie case is part of a growing trend of RICO lawsuits filed in legalized states that seek to exploit the tension between state law and the federal Controlled Substances Act.”
“As you know there’s always been a disparity in regards to incarceration, in regards to the War on Drugs for people of color,” Roz McCarthy, Founder and CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana told PotNetwork News recently at the Cannabis World Congress and Exposition.
Positive T.A. Nelson, a former seven-term senator and the current Commissioner of Agriculture of the U.S. Virgin Islands tried several times to pass legislation legalizing medical cannabis before he was ultimately successful this past January. After a long-fought battle, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. finally signed into law the Virgin Islands Medicinal Cannabis Care Act.
Carbajal is the Executive Director of The Social Impact Center, a 501(c)(3) out of Los Angeles that, in her own words is a hub for organizers and serves as a bridge between government, grassroots, industry, and people. The group empowers underserved communities by developing leaders through education, storytelling, and community building.
Corporate culture is dominating the cannabis space these days, and of the many down-level effects that shift is placing on the industry, none can be felt more than the decline of women. As Marijuana Business Daily reported a few years back, in just two short years, from 2015 to 2017 the number of women in the industry fell from 36 percent to 27 percent.