Your unbiased source for in-depth coverage of cannajobs, cannatax, and cannabiz. We feel heavily consticted state-by-state amendments represent grovelization, not legalization. Sorry, one ounce limits and opt-out provisions don't float our boat. Toppling federal prohibition is the resolution we care about. Keep an eye out for our epic report, Cannajobs 2014.

Greetings From Manitou Springs

Greetings From Manitou Springs

In today's uplifting episode, the tide turns as the first RMJ dispensary in a 90-mile corrider between Denver and Pueblo opens in tiny Manitou Springs, Colorado — the very week the mighty New York Times unleashed a devastating assault on federal marijuana prohibition! Are these events connected? ...
Rec Weed Reality

Rec Weed Reality

Conventional media keeps gushing over rec weed like it's the greatest thing since sliced gluten-free bread. So how come I live right outside Denver, Colorado, and I still had to drive 90 minutes to score some?
Poteconomics and Human Emotions: A Heart-to-Heart Communiqué

Poteconomics and Human Emotions: A Heart-to-Heart Communiqué

Can we talk? I haven't been doing much of that lately. Here, that is. Why not? Well, for starters, what most people accept as legalization I'd call grovelization. That cuts to the heart of the matter.
2013 Jon Gettman Interviews

2013 Jon Gettman Interviews

The inimitable Jon Gettman sounds off live from "Old Virginny" at The Air & Space Museum Annex in Chantilly and at the hallowed site of George Washington's former hemp fields in Mount Vernon. A 45-minute virtual interview recorded via Skype completes the poteconomics spectacular.
Poteconomics Takes Off!

Poteconomics Takes Off!

One guy yakking about how how many cannajobs could be created, how much cannatax could be collected, and how much cannabiz could be conducted is a lone voice howling in the wilderness; when another wolf joins in, all of a sudden you've got yourselves a movement.
DC Flashback

DC Flashback

When you're a 17-year-old sophomore at American University and it's the Fall of 1969, you figure a series of antiwar rallies that attract crowds of 500,000 fellow students, "peaceniks," and "outside agitators" to DC is all just part of college life. How would you know any better?
Postcards From Paradise Found

Postcards From Paradise Found

What happens when Adam's in prison for the crime of possessing a few grams? Eves tend the garden while he's away. They make the best of things in the worst of times. Come join them in their cannabis paradise!
Shots of Life After Prohibition

Shots of Life After Prohibition

The words “pot,” “cannabis,” and “marijuana” bring to mind images of problems, problems, and more problems. Cannabis, the little weed that could, is embroiled in controversy in just about every country on earth. But not every country.
A New York State of Weed

A New York State of Weed

The curious case of the Empire State and its progressive-or-regressive-depending-on-who-you-talk-to governor Andrew Cuomo. MMJ "activists" vilify him for his failure to anoint the sick and dying as a privileged, weed-worthy group ... yet Governor Cuomo may be more passionate about preventing racially-profiled arrests than anyone.
"Marijuana Is No Cash Cow:" Deconstructing Poteconomics Coverage

“Marijuana Is No Cash Cow:” Deconstructing Poteconomics Coverage

Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, certain "esteemed economists" have made careers out of furnishing false information like, "Marijuana is no cash cow" — and mainstream media compliantly chews the cud.
(Preview) Cannajobs 2013: Pot-ential 324,440 Positions in the USA

(Preview) Cannajobs 2013: Pot-ential 324,440 Positions in the USA

Unassailable data from the Colorado Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division which registers support workers and the US Census suggests there are 324,440 pot-ential cannajobs possible in the US without factoring in demand for recreational or industrial pot! Did that get your attention?
What Is a Poteconomist and Why Are the World's "Esteemed Economists" Mum on Pot?

What Is a Poteconomist and Why Are the World’s “Esteemed Economists” Mum on Pot?

Cannabis’ multifaceted nature cries out for a new breed of specialist, a cross between an economist and a botanist, self-trained to evaluate the economic firepower of a magical herb.
What is Herbal Rights?

What is Herbal Rights?

Anyone who's poked around Cannabis Commerce knows we're convinced that pursuing patient rights state-by-state is in a league of one as the single dumbest mistake committed in the long and storied history of American activism. If we're dead-set against patient rights, then what exactly are we for?
The Joy of Pot

The Joy of Pot

MMJ causes a lot of collateral damage— the LA City Council's recent decision to obliterate every last dispensary in Tinseltown is Exhibit A. We called that in the Ball and Chain series. For now, enough is enough. To balance things out, we rhapsodize about the joy of pot.
Resident Poteconomist Reflects on Three Years of Partial Legality: an Interview with Lory Kohn

Resident Poteconomist Reflects on Three Years of Partial Legality: an Interview with Lory Kohn

Three years plus into pot's tempestuous tenancy on Main Street, Denver can rightfully stake a claim as Planet Earth's premier cannabiz incubator. Our man in the Mile High City watched the drama unfold.
Vital Articles
Back From the Cannabyss!

Back From the Cannabyss!

The cannabis gods tested our will to endure tsuris that would have shaken Winston “one damned thing after another” Churchill to the core. Did we ace these tests? Well, we got the answers right, only we exceeded the time limit — by six months. Whoops!

DVD Review: What If Cannabis Cured Cancer

DVD Review: What If Cannabis Cured Cancer

Approached as a groundbreaking documentary which proves that cannabis cures cancer — the word “if” appears in the title, not the content — What If Cannabis Cured Cancer falls short of the mark. That said, the DVD presents the science behind THC’s potential to treat “modern diseases” in convincing fashion.

Cannatax Demystified

Cannatax Demystified

In a nation crying for new industry, with budget shortfalls impacting every level of government, cannabis commerce is a shining star hovering on the economic horizon. Cannatax generated from cannabis commerce could provide a lifeline for embattled governments desperate to maintain vital services in the face of rising costs. Problem is, people think only PhDs can grok it. Think again.

KushCon2 Cannabis Convention Through the Fisheye

KushCon2 Cannabis Convention Through the Fisheye

KushCon2 offered those active in the legal global marijuana industries a place to meet, collaborate, learn, and grow their new-economy enterprises. In one convention hall, in one weekend, mingled 10,000s of cannabis entrepreneurs and their stakeholders — nurturing $ billions in new GREEN, taxable economic opportunity for America — and their truly Green Revolution is just taking off.

Preview: The Case for a Uniform Dose

Preview: The Case for a Uniform Dose

Besides deploying an army of lobbyists to sabotage any and all efforts to reschedule cannabis as a Schedule One drug, Big Pharma also excels at a practice the medical marijuana industry might actually want to adopt — it dispenses its often lethal and always popular concoctions in uniform doses. But the townsfolk of remote Craig, Colorado have another idea what they want their uniform doses of.

The Case for a Uniform Dose: Bruce Vanaman Interview(s)

The Case for a Uniform Dose: Bruce Vanaman Interview(s)

Say what you will about the FDA, but no prescription has ever left a pharmacy with the dosage information “take as much of this as you want, any time you feel like taking it.” But that’s exactly how most cannatherapy takes place. The products mentioned in this series have created a buzz in the community for good reason: they represent the industry’s first attempts at providing cannatherapy in uniform doses, replicating one practice Big Pharma gets right.

Ten Reasons Why MMJ Is Cannabis Commerce's Ball and Chain: [Bonus] Reason 11 — It Keeps 45,000 Marijuana "Offenders" Imprisoned

Ten Reasons Why MMJ Is Cannabis Commerce’s Ball and Chain: [Bonus] Reason 11 — It Keeps 45,000 Marijuana “Offenders” Imprisoned

One particular aftereffect of fixating on MMJ was just too toxic to suppress.

Ten Reasons Why MMJ Is Cannabis Commerce’s Ball and Chain: [Bonus] Reason 12 — It Keeps the DEA in Business

Ten Reasons Why MMJ Is Cannabis Commerce’s Ball and Chain: [Bonus] Reason 12 — It Keeps the DEA in Business

Americans for Safe Access actually expects DEA special agents to stand down. Right. Like those rough-and-ready dudes are going to get into the spirit of cooperation with ASA, playing ping-pong, working on Sudoku puzzles, and painting Tibetan sand mandalas instead of seizing and eradicating?

Deconstructing The Ohio Medical Cannabis Act of 2012

Deconstructing The Ohio Medical Cannabis Act of 2012

Wouldn’t you know it, when I’d finally freed up time to deconstruct The Ohio Medical Cannabis Act of 2012 [OMCA2012], Grohio Attorney General Mike DeWine had beat me to it. Above and beyond the litany of “content flaws” DeWine found before summarily rejecting the petition, its language was clumsy, amateurish, and written in a self-congratulatory tone. That contributed mightily to its demise.

Dear Readers

Dear Readers

You may have noticed that this site has been experiencing various “irregularities.” Think “open the pod bay door, HAL.” Our computer systems have displayed signs of … confusion. I know that it’s been hard to contact us, post comments, or search for articles you could easily find a few months ago. Some browsers have even displayed virus warnings. What is going on?

DVD Review: How Weed Won The West

DVD Review: How Weed Won The West

Whatever valid points Kevin Booth’s pot doc makes about the ongoing persecution of our most maligned weed are buried under easily the most disjointed direction and editing I’ve seen in a commercial DVD. The entire video seems to suffer from ADHD. Drenched in fundamentalist intensity, you won’t hear much from prohibition proponents. That bias make it difficult to accept the conspiracy theories How Weed Won The West passes off as the unassailable truth.

Hiatus Over

Hiatus Over

Two short months ago, I was really rolling, brainpower set on ten, cranking out Ten Reasons Why Medical Marijuana is Cannabis Commerce’s Ball and Chain. I was in the flow, relishing my freshly-minted persona as medical marijuana’s most vocal critic. I even began adding bonus reasons, the collateral damage was that great. Then “real life” intervened.