Articles By Isaac Fornarola

PART II: The Cannabis Industry Learns to Play Politics

Cannabis companies are increasingly lobbying and handing out campaign contributions on both sides of the aisle.

PART I: Cannabis Courts the Grand Old Party

The cannabis debate in Congress is being reshaped along GOP-friendly lines.

The Curious Backstory of Missouri’s Three Medical Cannabis Measures

Here's what voters should know about the dark money and wealthy backers behind two of them—and the promises of all three.

An Anti-Cannabis Crusader Ramps Up for the Midterms—and Beyond

The leading anti-cannabis organization, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, is raising unprecedented money. Here’s where it’s throwing its weight.

New York’s Cannabis Legalization Workgroup Comes to Manhattan

As state officials craft a legalization bill, a question recurs among advocates: when the cannabis industry blooms, who gets a slice of the pie?

Cannabis in the NY Governor’s Race: Big Donations and a Big Debate

Last month, Cannabis Wire reported that Governor Andrew Cuomo accepted nearly $100,000 from two of the largest cannabis companies in the country. But Cuomo received more money from the industry than his campaign finance disclosures showed.

MedMen Requests Refund from Conservative Immigration PAC but Donation Still Draws Criticism

After Cannabis Wire revealed that MedMen and other leading cannabis businesses donated to a PAC called What A Country!, MedMen requested a refund, saying it had been unaware that the PAC supported anti-immigration candidates

Cynthia Nixon’s “No Corporate Donations” Position Includes Big Cannabis Money Gov. Cuomo Welcomes

Unlike Cynthia Nixon, NY Gov. Cuomo has not voiced support for legalization, but he has accepted nearly $100,000 from big cannabis industry players

The Short Sweet Life of a Cannabis-Industry PAC

Before it was quickly terminated, a Republican PAC called the Federalist Freedom Fund took in $187,000—all from the cannabis industry