Could Cannabis Help the American West Solve Its Thorniest Environmental Issues?

A Growing Industry, and an Entire Region, Wrestle with Questions Around Water, Land Use, and Conservation

The study of cannabis is a personal one for me. Outdoor cannabis production in the rural Western U.S. has its roots in back-to-the-land movements of the 1960s. That’s when counterculture groups began growing cannabis surreptitiously as a source of income, a political statement, and a spiritual practice. I grew up in rural Southern Oregon, the child of hippies from that era. The communities where we lived were, at least in part, founded on and funded by cannabis.

In 2015, the year Oregon legalized recreational cannabis, I was home applying to graduate …

The Failings of Green Rush | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

California’s Cannabis ‘Green Rush’ Has Been a Slow Slog

Cities Like Los Angeles Face Steep Challenges When It Comes to Regulating the Cannabis Market

California has found that it’s far easier to declare cannabis legal than it is to create a well-regulated cannabis market, said panelists at a Zócalo/UCLA Downtown event titled “Will California …

Why California Is Stuck in the ‘Gray Zone’ | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Why California Is Stuck in the ‘Gray Zone’

Unwilling to Pay for Its Lofty Ambitions, the State Settles for Much Less

California is stuck in the gray zone.

“Gray zone” is a term the military uses to describe the space between peace and war, a time and place that provides opportunities …

Could the “Edge City” of Santa Rosa Become a Center of California?

A Budding Cannabis Industry, New Housing, and Better Transportation Are Expanding Its Clout

Adjust your California maps: The little dot marking Santa Rosa needs to be a lot bigger.

Dramatic changes in housing, aging, transportation, and criminal justice are altering the Golden State’s …

Marijuana Needs Middlemen to Reach the Mainstream Market

A Cannabis Entrepreneur Wants to Turn an Illicit Ecosystem into an Economic Juggernaut

California’s marijuana industry will soon begin its transition from an illicit ecosystem fraught with guns, cash, and cartels into a regulated economic juggernaut.

The stakes of getting it right are …

California Stoners Are Stressing Me Out

In Transition From Prohibition to Legalization, Are We Putting Too Many Expectations on Weed?

California tokers, why are you trippin’ so hard?

You keep saying that marijuana is supposed to help manage anxiety. But those of you who work in or partake of the …