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Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act: WM Policy Analysis

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the highly anticipated Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA)— a bill that would put an end to over 50 years of federal cannabis prohibition.  A discussion draft of the CAOA was first released in 2021, and more than a year and 1,800 comments later, the official bill language is finally here. At a high level, the CAOA would remove cannabis from the Controlled...

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Embracing Cannabis in the AAPI Community

After the Vietnam War, nearly 2 million Vietnamese “boat people” – including my parents – risked their lives to flee from political persecution and oppression with dreams of finding freedom in a foreign land. Unsure of what was ahead, they relied on stories of hope,...

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The Conservative Case for Cannabis

Around the same time I joined Weedmaps in November of 2021, Pew Research Group published survey data on attitudes towards cannabis within partisan coalitions. The top line: Democrats are more likely to support cannabis legalization than Republicans.   As a lifelong...

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A World of Difference

I will admit, it’s “been a minute” as my kids would say, since I got excited about a cannabis conference. Don’t get me wrong. These gatherings are important, useful, impactful and worthwhile. I am not saying otherwise. Perhaps I’m suffering from “conference fatigue.”...

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Cannabis or Marijuana…

Starting a new job is never easy -- trying to remember everyone’s name, completing endless tax and insurance forms (beneficiaries???? ) . . . not to mention mastering the corporate jargon. The roadblock I hit: “Cannabis” versus “Marijuana”-- What is the correct word...

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