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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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Study Finds ‘Recreational’ Cannabis Consumers Using It Medically

Customers at adult use stores often use 'recreational' cannabis for pain and insomnia, researchers discover.

Bruce Barcott - July 2, 2019

Maine’s Cannabis Stores Will (Finally!) Open in 2020

After years of delay, the state adopted rules this week that will allow stores to open, finally. Here's what you need to know.

Bruce Barcott - June 21, 2019

Pro Tip: Stop Mailing Cannabis to China

Beijing calls legalization a 'threat to China,' says visiting Chinese students are using express mail to send souvenirs home.

Bruce Barcott - June 17, 2019

2,500-Year-Old Bong Suggests Ancient Chinese Got High at Funerals

Cannabis was burned in a wooden brazier to comfort the bereaved at an ancient burial site in China's Eastern Pamir region.

Bruce Barcott - June 12, 2019

Hell’s Getting Chilly: Alabama & Mississippi Take Up Cannabis Reform

Two of America's most cannaphobic states make first-step improvements, thanks to dedicated activists.

Bruce Barcott - June 11, 2019

When It Comes to Cannabis, Trump Doesn’t Matter. Governors Do

Trump is hopeless on legalization. Meanwhile, local leaders are changing laws. Welcome to the Jared Polis Experience.

Bruce Barcott - June 7, 2019

JAMA: Most Doctors Know Nothing About Cannabis

His med school refused to acknowledge the legality of medical marijuana. So a young doctor must learn from his patients.

Bruce Barcott - June 3, 2019

Big Democrats Join Big Wall Street Cannabis Firm

Northern Swan brings on ex-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, perhaps to knock down a few pesky cannabis export laws.

Bruce Barcott - May 22, 2019

Racial Arrest Disparities Got Worse After Legalization, Study Finds

Overall arrests plummeted. But black people in Washington are now five times more likely to face arrest than white people, mostly for illegal sales.

Bruce Barcott - May 21, 2019

Biden Pledges Tepid Support for Cannabis Half-Measure

The career-long drug warrior dips his toe into decriminalization while the rest of America dives into full legalization. Catch up, Joe.

Bruce Barcott - May 17, 2019