.Dan Mitchell

February 7, 2024

Democrats vs. Republicans on Cannabis Reform

Navigating the partisan politics of cannabis can be challenging because there are Republicans and Democrats on both sides of most reform initiatives. That makes cannabis politics almost unique...
the illicit cannabis industry, including the unlicensed grow shown here, ‘undercuts the regulated cannabis market.
January 23, 2024

Cannabis Enforcement

From one angle, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s United Cannabis Enforcement Task Force has been effective. Last week it announced that in the task force’s first...
January 10, 2024

Concerns Raised About Government Surveillance Program

Just over 10 years ago, reporting by The New York Times and ABC News revealed that the U.S.  Drug Enforcement Administration had for several years been collecting billions of American phone records. The government was paying AT&T to do the work.
December 27, 2023

No American Cannabis Industry

alifornia’s cannabis industry is in rough shape for a variety of reasons: high taxes and the refusal of many local governments to issue licenses being the top two. So it seemed a little weird to see a headline...
December 13, 2023

Biden Asked to Reschedule Cannabis

Last week the governors of six states sent a letter to President Biden asking him to reschedule cannabis to Schedule III by the end of the year, meaning...
November 15, 2023

The Beatles and Pot, the Inspiration Behind Some Popular Songs

The release last week of the Beatles’ last song, “Now and Then,” inspired the lifestyle platform The Fresh Toast, which covers pot culture, to...
November 1, 2023

Trick or Treat?

Happy Halloween, your yearly reminder that no matter how normal cannabis becomes as legalization and popular acceptance grows across the land, there will always...
October 18, 2023

Turning Weed Into Beer

There are many criteria for assessing how challenging the still-new legal cannabis business is: mounting losses or declining profits, businesses going belly-up, layoffs. But there’s at least one more: the increasing trend of cannabis companies expanding into non-cannabis industries.