Category Archives: Politics

The U.S. election could change the cannabis industry. Is Canada ready?

As Americans cast their ballots in one of the most acrimonious U.S. elections in history, Canada’s cannabis industry is salivating on the sidelines. In a historical vote that’s stoking worries of post-election violence, easing restrictions around marijuana has surprisingly broad bipartisan support. Polls show U.S. public opinion has turned around on the issue of legalization, with a majority of adults now saying cannabis should be […]

Indicted Ukrainians sought Nevada cannabis licenses in all the wrong ways

Two Ukrainian associates of Rudy Giuliani were arrested on Wednesday night and charged with funneling foreign money into US elections, an illegal activity. The headlines have been dominated by the pair’s alleged donations to a pro-Trump super PAC last year, but there’s another charge hidden in the indictment that has left some in the cannabis […]

In Thailand, Opinion on Cannabis Is Changing. How Far Will It Go?

Modern Asia’s first medical cannabis clinic blends into a concrete hospital complex in Prachinburi, a languid town 100 km east of Bangkok. Dotted with fish farms and shaded by tamarind trees, the muddy Bang Pakong River flows by out front. Somewhere out back, cannabis is growing. The sublingual cannabis oils at Chao Phya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital […]

Cannabis Legalization: Will Mexico Beat the US?

Cannabis regulation in Mexico is a key topic this week. The US, Canadian, and Mexican economies are more closely intertwined than other countries. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, about 14 million US jobs relate to trade with Mexico and Canada. Therefore, these countries might take cues on regulating an industry from each other. Cannabis legalization […]

In California’s Cannabis War, Civil Is the New Criminal

A new crackdown has begun in California’s cannabis growing heartland of Humboldt County. For unlicensed farmers, a summer of reckoning has arrived. Now that local and state authorities have provisionally licensed about 1,500 legal cannabis farms statewide, they’re stepping up enforcement actions against farmers growing without a permit. County officials are doing it not with SWAT […]

‘We’re Pretty Proud of It’: BC’s First Indigenous-Owned Legal Pot Shop Opens

Owners Carrie and Adam Mussell say the hard work was worth it. Carrie and Adam Mussell celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day by opening B.C.’s first Indigenous-owned licensed cannabis retail store. As co-owners of the Kure Cannabis Society, Carrie and Adam spent months preparing for the June 21 re-opening of their former store, located on the Skwah […]

Andrea Leadsom admits smoking cannabis after Tory rival Michael Gove says he used to take cocaine

Conservative leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom has revealed she smoked cannabis while at university. The former leader of the Commons was responding to questions about her past drug use, following the revelation that leadership rival Michael Gove had taken cocaine. Ms Leadsom, 56, said she had never taken cocaine or any other class drug and had never smoked cannabis – which she referred […]

Joe Biden’s Drug War Record Is So Much Worse Than You Think

Former Vice President Joe Biden has begun tip-toeing towards throwing his hat in the ring as a candidate in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary. Few politicians have done more harm in America’s war on drugs than the former senator from Delaware. Political watchers are expecting him to formally announce any day now. But Biden, who […]

Time to Admit It: Trump Opposes Cannabis Legalization

‘The Haymaker’ is Leafly Deputy Editor Bruce Barcott’s opinion column on cannabis politics and culture. At a cannabis conference last week, I overheard someone say, “we still don’t know where Trump is on legalization.” This is a long-held belief in the cannabis industry. Leafly said as much about then-candidate Trump in 2016. ‘We don’t know where Trump stands’? […]

Ford government committed to lifting cap on pot shops in Ontario

The Ford government is introducing changes to how cannabis is sold across the province as part of the budget, including $40-million over two years to help implement the costs of recreational pot. The Progressive Conservative are proposing to lift the cap of 25 retail store authorizations across the province, which were permitted to begin opening […]