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Ben Adlin

Ben Adlin is a Seattle-based writer and editor who specializes in cannabis politics and law. He was a news editor for Leafly from 2015-2019. Follow him on Twitter: @badlin

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Cannabis Smell Isn’t Probable Cause, Maryland Court Rules

If you’re lighting up in Maryland, you can forget the Febreze. The state’s Court of Appeals has ruled that smelling cannabis isn't grounds for police to search and arrest a person.

Ben Adlin - August 19, 2019

Federal Bill Would Expand Insurance Coverage to Cannabis Industry

Wildfire season is coming. A newly introduced bill in Congress aims to limit cost of fires and other disasters by expanding insurance coverage to the cannabis industry.

Ben Adlin - July 23, 2019

Why Hacktivists Say You Should Invest in Zig-Zags

The financially minded faction of the hacker group Anonymous, which has a history of upending major companies, has turned its attention to the cannabis industry.

Ben Adlin - July 10, 2019

Can Washington fix its broken cannabis lab testing system?

Pesticides aren't caught and loopholes are huge. Things are so bad that the state just punted oversight to a different agency.

Ben Adlin - June 17, 2019

Eaze Hit With Lawsuit Over Credit Card Payments

New lawsuit claims Eaze sidestepped restrictions on credit card transactions for cannabis purchases in order to gain an unfair advantage over competitors.

Ben Adlin - June 5, 2019

This 2020 Presidential Hopeful Actually Has a Legalization Plan

Amid a crowded field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, nearly all of whom have said they support ending federal cannabis prohibition, few have laid out a plan to do it.

Ben Adlin - June 5, 2019

Ben & Jerry’s ‘Can’t Wait’ to Make CBD-Infused Ice Cream

“We are committed to bringing CBD-infused ice cream to your freezer,” the company said Thursday. But don't head for the freezer aisle just yet.

Ben Adlin - May 30, 2019

CBD Can Help Curb Heroin Cravings, New Study Finds

The findings suggest a role for CBD “in helping to break the cycle of addiction,” researchers at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital said.

Ben Adlin - May 21, 2019

Buyer beware: Is it legal to pick up cannabis for a friend?

It might seem silly to be paranoid about a mundane errand in states where cannabis is legal, but in most states, the practice still rests on shaky legal ground.

Ben Adlin - May 8, 2019

329 Groups Call on UN to Adopt Harm-Reduction Drug Policy

In an open letter ahead of an international policy summit, the 329 organizations also question the UN drug office’s ability to change its own outdated perspective.

Ben Adlin - May 1, 2019