Chris Roberts
Based in San Francisco, Chris Roberts has been writing about cannabis since spending a few months in Humboldt County in 2009. His work has been published in SF Weekly, Cannabis Now, The Guardian, High Times, and San Francisco Magazine, among others.
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UK Parliament Members Blame Own Party for Blocking Medical Cannabis Vote

“To my shame, my party … voted to sabotage this bill today,” MP Paul Flynn, who introduced a medical marijuana measure, told reporters.

California City Cuts Cannabis Taxes, Others Expected to Follow

Berkeley was the first California city to cut its effective tax rate on marijuana businesses, just six weeks into the age of commercial marijuana sales. Experts predict more will follow.

England, a Holdout in Western Europe, to Consider Medical Cannabis Bill

Parliament on Friday will consider a bill to legalize medical cannabis. It's the furthest the UK legalization movement has come in years, but it's still a long shot.

Report: 99% of California Cannabis Growers Are Still Unlicensed

California Growers Association says the high cost of licensing, along with county bans, are forcing growers into the illicit market.

DEA’s Ban on CBD Challenged in Federal Court

Is cannabis 'marijuana'? The words used to describe hemp and marijuana are at the crux of a lawsuit challenging the DEA’s ban on CBD.

California Farmers Group Files Lawsuit to Block Mega-Grows

A loophole in the temporary state regs allows growers to "stack" small-farm licenses. The lawsuit challenges that rule.

The Next Federal Crackdown Could Look a Lot Like the Last One

Although they failed to permanently hobble the cannabis industry, enforcement actions from 2011 to 2013 offer examples of what a future federal crackdown might look like.

San Francisco Goes Legal: Live Updates

The city that cradled the medical marijuana movement finally goes adult-use legal. Leafly's Chris Roberts hits the new shops.

California’s Limit on Big Growers Just Vanished. Here’s Why

The abrupt shift comes on the heels of costly, intensive lobbying on behalf of some of the state’s most powerful cannabis businesses.

California’s New Edibles Limits Will Ban Popular Products

Restrictions on the amount of THC in cannabis-infused edibles kick in next year and will outlaw some of the state's most popular products.

Don’t Blame Wildfires for Rising California Cannabis Prices

The North Bay wildfires devastated California cannabis country—but other factors are far more responsible for recent swings in price.

San Francisco Almost Certainly Won’t Be Selling Cannabis on Jan. 1

Amid infighting and delays, the Board of Supervisors pushed back a key vote. Now a bigger battle is brewing.

Crowdfunding Site Cancels Aid to California Wildfire Victims—Because Cannabis

Rejection by third-party payment processors is a familiar story in cannabis, but abruptly ending an aid effort during a dire emergency somehow feels different.

California Is Still Arresting Too Many People of Color for Cannabis

2016 arrest data reveals the persistence of racial bias, even though the law is changing.

The Great Cannabis Clash of Calaveras County

California’s Gold Country is dying. The marijuana industry has arrived, offering tax revenue and job opportunities. So why are locals rejecting it?

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