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.”
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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.

When California Needs Cannabis Laws, it Calls This Highway Patrolman

Rep. Tom Lackey once arrested drivers for cannabis possession. Now he creates the rules that protect it—and halt out-of-state diversion.

In California, This Candidate Hopes a Cannabis Tax Plan Boosts His Profile

John Chiang is the state treasurer, and he wants to be governor. But will his well-crafted tax plan be enough to overcome Gavin Newsom's charisma?

Calaveras County Pivots, Will Consider Large-Acreage Grow Model

Rather than an all-out ban, some in the California county are now pushing for regulations that could decimate the area's cannabis cultivators.

California Senior Citizens Teach Garden-Wrecking Cops a Lesson

How the 'Lake County Ten' fought back (and won) after county deputies ransacked their backyard cannabis gardens.

California’s Calaveras County On Verge of Banning Cannabis Farms

The county is in an uproar over a proposal to boot cannabis growers--after welcoming them just last year.

In California, Feinstein Challenger De León Seen as a Cannabis Progressive

He's not a leader on the issue, but his voting record is in line with California voters when it comes to legalization.

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.

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.

The Dianne Feinstein Mystery: Why Is She California’s Last Prohibitionist?

She announced her re-election bid this morning. But will her drug warrior ways hurt her chances for another term?