Stephen Paulsen
Stephen Paulsen is a freelance journalist based in Houston. He writes about crime, food, drugs, subcultures, and urban planning.
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Atlanta Buyers Club: Inside the CBD Underground in the American South

"CBD-only" laws were meant to give patients access to life-changing medicine. Stephen Paulsen tapped into the CBD underground to see how it actually worked out.

Texas Has a Medical Cannabis ‘Prescription’ Problem

The state will start taking license applications later this week. But the program may be doomed by a single word.

Why Cannabis Reform Crashed in Texas

Last week two bills were sailing through the Texas House. Both were dead by Saturday. What happened?

ICE Uses a Cannabis Misdemeanor To Arrest, Deport

Under Trump's stepped-up border rules, a small, old cannabis conviction is enough to get you deported—and fast.

This Texas Cop Is Risking His Career for Cannabis Reform

Nick Novello is a Dallas police officer, outspoken citizen, and cannabis reformer. The brass doesn't like that last part.

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This Texas Cop Is Risking His Career for Cannabis Reform

Nick Novello is a Dallas police officer, outspoken citizen, and cannabis reformer. The brass doesn't like that last part.

Researchers Are One Step Closer to a THC Breathalyzer

Measuring cannabis-related impairment is extremely difficult. Researchers at a Colorado lab may have found an answer in the gas pressure of THC vapor.

Why Cannabis Reform Crashed in Texas

Last week two bills were sailing through the Texas House. Both were dead by Saturday. What happened?

In Texas, It’s Do or Die Time for Cannabis Decriminalization

Marijuana reform is gaining momentum as the legislature votes on House Bill 81, which decriminalizes personal cannabis possession.

ICE Uses a Cannabis Misdemeanor To Arrest, Deport

Under Trump's stepped-up border rules, a small, old cannabis conviction is enough to get you deported—and fast.

Investor Rush Follows California Town’s Cannabis Vote

When the San Diego suburb of La Mesa reversed its dispensary ban, a flood of money hit town.

Texas Has a Medical Cannabis ‘Prescription’ Problem

The state will start taking license applications later this week. But the program may be doomed by a single word.

Atlanta Buyers Club: Inside the CBD Underground in the American South

"CBD-only" laws were meant to give patients access to life-changing medicine. Stephen Paulsen tapped into the CBD underground to see how it actually worked out.