Government has lost its credibility to talk pot

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in The Hill on September 2nd, 2018. It’s been a long time since the public has been willing to Just Say No, but that doesn’t mean the government is done saying it. The long history of United States drug policy has been to pursue political agendas and ideology rather than promote sound public policy. The public has questioned the motives behind the government’s drug policies well before Reagan’s War on Drugs. At this point, it is doubtful that a pollster could find an issue where the federal government has less credibility than marijuana reform. The worst part of the leaked memo that the White House has created a Marijuana Policy Coordination Committ

Colorado's Cannabis Laws Need To Allow More Investment Dollars

Editors Note: This article was originally published in Forbes on August 13th, 2018. In the waning days of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s last legislative session, he vetoed three cannabis bills in two days. One would have allowed cannabis to be consumed onsite at dispensaries. Another would have allowed autism to be a qualifying condition for medical cannabis. Those two vetoes dominated the next news cycle. The less sexy or emotional veto was for legislation that would have allowed publicly traded companies to participate in the cannabis industry as licensees. It would have been the most significant legislation for the industry since legalization itself. The need for capital is a grow

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