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Bruce Barcott

Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott oversees news, investigations, and feature projects. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and author of Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America.

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New DEA Rule Says CBD Oil Is Really, Truly, No-Joke Illegal

The agency released a notice this morning clarifying the rules around CBD oil. It's still a federally illegal Schedule I substance, even if it comes from hemp. But is the new rule legal?

Bruce Barcott - December 14, 2016

Here’s what a gram of cannabis costs in cities around the world

There are bargains to be found in Montevideo. Value shoppers, stay away from Tokyo.

Bruce Barcott - January 30, 2018

Cannabis withdrawal syndrome: How to ease the symptoms

If you're on a tolerance break, you may experience insomnia and other issues. Here's how to combat them.

Bruce Barcott - August 8, 2017

In Rebuke to Sessions, Senate Committee OKs Medical Marijuana Protections

The Attorney General asked Congress to reject the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment. Senators said: Nope.

Bruce Barcott - July 27, 2017

Cannabis Science 101: The Complex Chemistry of the Bong

What is the science behind the water pipe? Are those bubbles actually making your toke any healthier? It’s complicated.

Bruce Barcott - February 11, 2016

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Arizona, Florida dispensaries remain open during summer COVID-19 spikes

Arizona shut down bars, gyms, and movie theaters on Monday, but medical marijuana remains essential.

Bruce Barcott - June 30, 2020

Seattle repeals drug loitering law that led to racist harassment and arrests

Drug loitering laws are modern-day 'vagrancy' laws, giving cops unchecked power to arrest anyone without cause.

Bruce Barcott - June 24, 2020

US Attorney General falsely targeted 10 cannabis companies, whistleblower says

DOJ staffer says William Barr ordered antitrust investigations of cannabis mergers, just because Barr hates legalization.

Bruce Barcott - June 23, 2020

Fed report urges doctors to treat cannabis users as drug addicts

A new guidance for physicians assumes any cannabis use is drug abuse. That's nonsense, and it harms patient health.

Bruce Barcott - June 18, 2020

Illinois offering $31 million in cannabis tax revenue to repair drug war damage

Your marijuana tax dollars at work: Local groups can now apply for grants to improve neighborhoods hardest hit by prohibition.

Bruce Barcott - June 4, 2020

Cannabis and America’s uprising: It’s time to answer the knock at the door

Why does the cannabis industry have a special duty? Because cannabis has a special history.

Bruce Barcott - June 2, 2020

Why do humans use drugs? A conversation with ‘High’ author Ingrid Walker

The author of 'High: Drugs, Desire, and a Nation of Users' discusses pleasure, ritual, and altered consciousness.

Bruce Barcott - May 22, 2020

Years after legalizing marijuana, voters see it as a huge success

A new survey finds that most residents in adult-use states applaud the end of prohibition.

Bruce Barcott - May 20, 2020

Cannabis banking reform included in latest Congressional COVID relief bill

The SAFE Banking Act has been folded into the latest coronavirus relief measure. That's huge.

Bruce Barcott - May 12, 2020

Congress could save 10,000+ cannabis jobs with access to stimulus funds

Leafly/NCR survey finds 85% of companies could save jobs if they weren't denied access to COVID-19 funds.

Bruce Barcott - May 12, 2020