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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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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

Doctors Have a Cannabis Problem, and It’s Harming Patients

When doctors refuse to learn or talk about cannabis, they put their patients at risk. A new study proves it. And it's got to stop.

Bruce Barcott - April 16, 2019

Gross! Researchers Find Illicit Spanish Cannabis Is, Literally, Shit

If you're smoking street hash in Madrid, you're probably inhaling E. coli and other nasty stuff.

Bruce Barcott - April 12, 2019

How the Cannabis Industry Defeated Legalization in New York

Why did legalization fail in New York? Many factors. But chief among them: The cannabis industry ignoring social equity. That's got to stop.

Bruce Barcott - April 4, 2019

Enough Talk! Congress Takes Action on Key Cannabis Legislation

Congress made progress on two of the most prominent cannabis reform bills this week, setting up key votes that could greenlight cannabis banking and OK state-level legalization.

Bruce Barcott - March 28, 2019

CVS Ignores DEA, Says It’s Already Selling CBD Products

The nation's largest drugstore chain is selling CBD products in 8 states. Meanwhile, independent CBD stores are being raided by police in Texas.

Bruce Barcott - March 22, 2019

This Is What White Weed Privilege Looks Like

This week's college cheating scandal is all about wealthy white people gaming the system. They do it with cannabis all the time too.

Bruce Barcott - March 14, 2019

Here’s What Medical Cannabis Looks Like in Texas

The Lone Star State is so strict that only epilepsy patients can obtain CBD oil. But some companies are investing for the long haul.

Bruce Barcott - March 13, 2019