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50 States: Delaware

By Jon Young
Medical: Yes Recreational: No Decriminalized: Yes Early last year, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law House Bill 34. The new law decriminalized the possession of small amounts of cannabis (less than an ounce) for personal use, making it a civil infraction with a $100 fine.
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PRØHBTD Hits the Streets of Hamburg for G20

By Jon Young
For three days, Hamburg was a city on lockdown. Closed roads, water cannons, barricades and 20,000 police marching from street to street in an effort to contain groups of violent demonstrators. Each movement was followed by a mocking “hup! hup! hup!” of black-clad protesters who’ve been...
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Good Guy Boris on Making and Documenting Graffiti in Europe

By Jon Young
Good Guy Boris is an optimist. And at 29 years old, the Parisian-based filmmaker and visual artist—best known for producing the Grifters Code series of graffiti documentaries—is only getting started. After a four-month stint in Europe’s largest prison, Fleury-Mérogis in France, Boris...
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From Portland to Portugal: A Shocking Look at How One Country Ended its War on Drugs

By Jon Young
The man’s hat is pulled low over his face as he walks along the cobblestone streets of Lisbon. His furtive step pinballing between passerby, a question, a shake of the head: No. As I near, I see him set his sights on me. “Marijuana?” he asks out of the side of his mouth.
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50 States: Colorado

By Jon Young
Medical: Yes Recreational: Yes Decriminalized: Yes With the passage of Amendment 64 in 2012, Colorado became the first state (along with Washington state) to legalize recreational cannabis in the United States. Residents are now allowed to grow up to six plants (three of which can be...

This Country Is the Cannabis Pizza Capital of the World

By Jon Young
“Why won’t it end?” I said with a nervous laugh. “Because brother,” Sam said, suddenly the realist. “We split a large Super-Happy Cheese Pizza.” His voice sounding much too loud for the quiet bar on the outskirts of Siem Reap, Cambodia. We ate...
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Concerts & Cannabis: 5 Tips to Avoid Getting Bounced

By Jon Young
Bouncers have been the barrier to you and good times since that episode in your early youth when they took your fake ID and threw you out of the drinking section of a Modest Mouse concert, but that doesn't mean they are the bad guy. They're just doing their job, hoping the second band has an...
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Germans Troll Trump at Karneval

By Jon Young
Karneval-goers in brightly dressed costumes stood momentarily aghast on the unseasonably warm Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) in Düsseldorf. Then a mixture of cheers, boos and laughter rose up to meet one of the most controversial of the German festival's long history of politically charged...
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Hamburg Hotel to Trump: No Room for You at G20

By Jon Young
As Hamburg prepares for the meeting of the world’s most powerful nations at the G20 Summit in July, reports circulated that there may be no room at the inn(s) for the world’s most powerful leader. Originally reported by the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper (yes, that's really its name), the...
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Journey Inside the Kingdom of Hash

By Jon Young
A middle-aged man is standing by the street corner in the dusty, fading light. His hands are tucked into the pockets of his jeans, eyes scanning back and forth for customers under his watch cap. “Hashish? Kif?” he whispers as we near. Our only offer so far was in the raucous,...
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50 States: Oklahoma

By Jon Young
Medical: Yes Recreational: No Decriminalized: No July 18, 2018: Julie Ezell, the general counsel for the Oklahoma State Health Department, has resigned from the position and faces criminal charges for falsely reporting a crime. In an apparent attempt to paint the pro-legalization...
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50 States: Wisconsin

By Jon Young
Medical: CBD oil only Recreational: No Decriminalized: No August 31, 2018: A Marquette Law School Poll released last week found that 61 percent of Wisconsin voters want the state to legalize recreational cannabis (up two points from 2016), while only 36 percent support the ongoing...
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Can Cannabis Cure Cancer? We Asked a Doctor

By Jon Young
There has been a groundswell in recent years of new research finding certain combinations of cannabis derivatives as efficacious in reducing and killing the growth of cancer cells. So much so, that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a U.S. government agency, has admitted the...
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50 States: New Jersey

By Jon Young
Medical: Yes Recreational: No Decriminalized: No March 12, 2019: Governor Phil Murphy made cannabis legalization a part of his campaign platform, and after more than a year of negotiations, he's close to fulfilling his campaign pledge. Per media reports, he came to an agreement with top...
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Elevate your Wedding: Swap your Bartender for a Budtender

By Jon Young
As cannabis continues its inevitable journey into the mainstream of American culture, a new word has entered the lexicon: the “Cannabar.” Popular for decades in Amsterdam at the ubiquitous joint-offering coffee shops, those looking for a place to smoke cannabis socially in the United...
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50 States: Indiana

By Jon Young
Medical: No Recreational: No Decriminalized: No The majority of the Hoosier State’s citizens are being left unheard. So far. As a conservative-leaning state, Indiana’s legislature is dominated by Republicans who have so far failed to pass any measure concerning the lessening of...
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50 States: Louisiana

By Jon Young
Medical: Yes (limited) Recreational: No Decriminalized: No Louisiana may not be the first state one thinks of when thinking of legal cannabis, but as the national narrative on cannabis use continues to change with the ebb tide of the failing “War on Drugs,” Governor Bobby Jindal...
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George Clinton Has a Joint (and I Probably Shouldn’t Have Handed It to Him)

By Jon Young
A few minutes before this realization, I’m standing behind the barricades watching a thousand cheering fans dance on the ball-bearing floors that bounce in time with the funk that fills the century-old Crystal Ballroom. The pit seems narrow tonight, heaving as the fans lean toward the...
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50 States: Pennsylvania

By Jon Young
Medical: Yes Recreational: No Decriminalized: No “Marijuana is medicine,” said Democratic Senator Daylin Leach, Senate Bill 3’s co-sponsor. “And it’s coming to Pennsylvania.” The twenty-fourth state to legalize medical marijuana (MMJ) did so just in time for the annual...
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Will Medical Cannabis Escape the Carnage of Philippines President Duterte's Drug War?

By Jon Young
The Philippine House of Representatives—against the backdrop of a nation enmeshed in a deadly war on drugs led by President Rodrigo Duterte—endorsed the use of medical marijuana (MMJ) just a day after the reinstatement of the death penalty for drug-related crimes. If passed, House...
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FCK NZS: A Short and Violent History of the Black Bloc

By Jon Young
In the age of Trump, nationalist and neo-Nazi sentiment is finding its voice again in rallies across America. But they’re not alone. An increasing army of counter-protesters are tracking their movements and meeting them face-to-face at rallies across the country. Specifically those clad in...
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50 States: North Carolina

By Jon Young
Medical: CBD-oil only Recreational: No Decriminalized: Yes (limited) What happens when a white cop gets arrested for growing cannabis with a fire hydrant in North Carolina? You might be surprised. The case of Thomas Daniel Gaskins, a former deputy sheriff, is just one example of...
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50 States: Texas

By Jon Young
Medical: CBD only Recreational: No Decriminalized: In certain counties June 27, 2018: A new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll found that a majority of Texans now support legalizing recreational cannabis. While 31 percent limited their support to medical cannabis, 30 percent...
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50 States: Utah

By Jon Young
Medical: CBD oil only Recreational: No Decriminalized: No August 16, 2018: The Latter-Day Saints-backed campaign to keep medical cannabis off the ballot this November has filed another lawsuit. Per the Salt Lake Tribune, the latest complaint compares the passage of the MMJ...
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50 States: Alaska Becomes First State to Legalize On-Site Consumption

By Jon Young
Medical: Yes Recreational: Yes Decriminalized: Yes March 13, 2019: Some dispensaries in certain cities (e.g., Denver, West Hollywood) allow for on-site consumption in accordance with local law, but Alaska became the first state to legalize it across the board. Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer...
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50 States: The Virgin Islands Legalize Medical Cannabis

By Jon Young
Medical: Yes Recreational: No Decriminalized: Yes January 18, 2019: Governor Albert Bryan Jt. signed the Virgin Islands Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act into law this week, making medical cannabis legal in another U.S. territory. Following a 2014 ballot referendum in which 57...
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50 States: Minnesota

By Jon Young
Medical: Yes Recreational: No Decriminalized: No Minnesota called to order its 90th legislative session in January 2017, and a month later, Rep. Jon Applebaum of Minnetonka introduced a bill to legalize recreational cannabis. Per a news release, the Democratic legislator said,...
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50 States: Montana

By Jon Young
Medical: Yes Recreational: No Decriminalized: No As other states voted to legalize medical cannabis, Montana was the lone state looking to restore its voter-approved (62 percent) MMJ law instituted in 2004 and later nearly repealed by House Bill 161. This bill, passed by both houses in...
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50 States: Connecticut

By Jon Young
Medical: Yes Recreational: No Decriminalized: Yes (for small amounts) Connecticut’s path to full cannabis legalization is being paved by the passage of a decriminalization measure in 2011, and the legalization of medical marijuana a year later. In 2015, two more bills were...
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Reshape the Dispensary Experience with the Baker App

By Jon Young
At a dispensary in northeast Portland, the lines flow quickly making brisk business of the dwindling supply of cannabis products. A dry-erase board lists the many types of cannabis, like Cannatonic, Cinex and Medi-Haze, that are out of stock. The options slowly dwindle as the man in the line...
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An Interview with 420 Games Founder Jim McAlpine

By Jon Young
Jim McAlpine is a husband and father of two, an active long-distance swimmer, athlete and successful entrepreneur. He's also a fan of cannabis. "I'm a lifetime cannabis enthusiast and user," says McAlpine. "We're not lazy, we’re not stupid and the word ‘stoner’ does not classify who...
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An Un-American Guide to Drinking Like a European

By Jon Young
“Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares; if you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars.” - Ernest Hemingway As America struggles with the pain of becoming great again, our need to take the edge off increases daily. It’s hard work sharing...
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Lily Cato Talks Parlour Tricks, Spirituality and Men's Underwear

By Jon Young
It can be nearly impossible to crawl out from the mire of the New York City music scene where the number of talented bands is rivaled only by the number of today’s genres. Nevertheless, singer-songwriter Lily Cato did just that with Parlour Tricks, an indie-pop-rock-alternative-retro-soul...
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50 States: Virginia

By Jon Young
Medical: CBD oil only Recreational: No Decriminalized: No Virginia took an important step toward more sensible cannabis policy in the November 2017 election. Lt. Governor Ralph Northam won the gubernatorial race, and as governor, he pledged to decriminalize cannabis and increase medical...
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50 States: South Dakota

By Jon Young
Medical: No Recreational: No Decriminalized: No The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s dream of an “adult playground” was put on hold last year as pressure from South Dakota’s Attorney General Marty Jackley and well-founded fears of a federal raid caused the tribe to put millions of...