Articles By Sophie Putka

Research

Q&A: Cannabis, Public Health, and the Role of Harm Reduction

A survey of Hash Bash attendees demonstrates that even enthusiasts have a lot of misconceptions about cannabis and health.

Arkansas

Arkansas’ 2020 Cannabis Legalization Push Is Over

COVID-19 stopped the petitioning process in its tracks, and the campaign was only able to collect half of the required signatures by this week’s deadline.

Nebraska

Nebraska Medical Cannabis Campaign Submits Signatures for November Ballot

If it qualifies, Nebraska will join two other states, South Dakota and Mississippi, where voters will decide on medical cannabis this year.

Arizona

Arizona: An Adult-Use Cannabis Ballot Measure Nears the Finish Line

The state tried and failed in 2016. But with favorable polling and little opposition, the measure—which includes a high excise tax on cannabis that would, in part, fund law enforcement—seems to have a clear path.

Michigan

Michigan: New Report Sets Baseline for Tracking Cannabis Legalization Impacts

The baseline report will allow for stakeholders to “best understand the health, social and economic impacts associated with the legalization of recreational cannabis.”

New Zealand

New Zealand Officially Launches its Medicinal Cannabis Program

New rules take effect April 1, including fewer barriers for doctors prescribing products, and available licenses for cultivators and manufacturers.

Maine

Maine: Adult Use Cannabis Sales Are Finally In Sight

Three years plus after a successful legalization referendum, Maine is issuing its first conditional licenses and working out the final details.

Washington

What’s That Smell? Washington State May Get a Cannabis Odor Task Force

One of the first states to legalize adult-use cannabis reckons with the olfactory issue.

Hemp

Should Farm Animals Be Eating Hemp?

An industry holds its breath as it works with regulators to approve hemp in animal feed.