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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.

Articles contributed to Leafly

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

Hey, officer! Stop arresting grandma for her CBD oil

Yes, CBD laws are confusing. No, police aren't bound by law to arrest grandma at Disney World. It's time we demanded some common sense from the cops.

Bruce Barcott - May 15, 2019

Mexican president reveals plan to decriminalize all drugs

In a dramatic policy shift, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador admits that 'prohibition is unsustainable.' He thinks ending it will better protect public health.

Bruce Barcott - May 8, 2019

THC-Blood Levels Can’t Be Determined Postmortem, Research Finds

New research questions the accuracy of THC levels of individuals involved in fatal car accidents.

Bruce Barcott - May 8, 2019

Time to Admit It: Trump Opposes Cannabis Legalization

By cruelly denying military veterans access to medical cannabis, President Trump reveals himself as an old-school drug warrior.

Bruce Barcott - May 2, 2019

Wisconsin Legalization Would Save Lives, Bring $1.1B Benefit, Study Says

Medical legalization would prevent 49 overdose deaths every year, save policing costs, and halt thousands of arrests.

Bruce Barcott - April 22, 2019

Homeland Security Says Cannabis Users Lack ‘Good Moral Character’

More than half of all Americans have tried cannabis. But if you admit to consuming it, ever, the Trump Administration will reject your citizenship application.

Bruce Barcott - April 19, 2019