Peter Hecht
Peter Hecht, former political writer and Los Angeles bureau chief for the Sacramento Bee, has been reporting on cannabis since 2009. His coverage has been honored for explanatory reporting in the "Best of the West" journalism awards and earned an Excellence in Journalism prize from the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Hecht is the author of the book “Weed Land: Inside America’s Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit.”
Most Popular Articles

How a Cannabis Ban Turned One California County Into ‘Ground Zero for Chaos’

Hungry for tax revenue, Calaveras County licensed hundreds of commercial cannabis farms in recent years. Now it wants them gone, leaving growers in the lurch.

Devastating Photos Show Wildfire’s Toll on a California Cannabis Farm

Incredible photos show the aftermath of the wildfire that tore through a SPARC farm in Northern California.

The Kid Won’t Quit the Company: Inside the Epic Battle for MassRoots

In 2016 MassRoots was "The Biggest Hit in the Marijuana Business." Then it lost millions and fired CEO Isaac Dietrich. Now it's hard to know who's in charge.

California’s Cannabis Priestess Arrested on Felony Charge

Heidi Grossman-Lepp wanted to protect cannabis growers under the legal shield of religious freedom. Then a shooting drew the attention of the police.

Last Call: California’s High-Potency Edible Makers Crank Out Final Batches

Korova's 1,000-mg bars aren't allowed after Dec. 31, so the Oakland edible maker is turning out 60,000 before the clock strikes midnight.

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Here’s Where California’s Next Governor Stands on Cannabis

California votes on June 5. So far it's Gavin Newsom vs. five contenders. Will they help or hurt the state's fastest-growing industry?

Meet at El Presidente’s House: Vicente Fox to Host Cannabis Conference

The former Mexican president, an outspoken advocate for legalization, welcomes the industry to 'Centro Fox' later this month.

Strange Tactics Emerge in Utah’s Medical Marijuana Legalization Fight

Prohibitionists are already resorting to distortion and confusion—and it's only May.

Interstate Smuggling? How the Vireo Incident Is Testing State Cannabis Laws

One company, two states, felony charges: How a simple inventory problem blew up when cannabis oil—allegedly—crossed state lines.

California Senate Bill Would Allow Cannabis Delivery to ‘Dry Towns’

Senate Bill 1302 seeks to allow cannabis delivery to private residences for adult use and medical cannabis consumers—even to those in communities with strict bans on cannabis businesses.

Eaze’s Delivery Dominance Draws Scrutiny From California Regulators

Critics ask: If other delivery services have to obtain cannabis licenses, why doesn't Eaze?

Feds Raid Illegal California Grow Houses Run by Chinese Mob

The tightly organized network of grows, hidden in dozens of Sacramento houses, moved cannabis to out-of-state markets.

With Growers in the Shadows, California Faces Cannabis Shortage

With many growers avoiding the legal market due to high costs and fees, where will California's legal cannabis come from?

Dana Rohrabacher’s Last Stand: California Conservative’s Fate Could Hinge on Cannabis Vote

Caught up in the Trump-Russia affair, the congressman struggles to retain his seat as bipartisan cannabis allies rally behind him.

How Liberal Marin County Turned NIMBY on Cannabis

California's dreamiest county, home of fine wine and redwood tubs, loves its cannabis. But stores are apparently too gauche to bear.

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