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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.

Stephen Paulsen - January 24, 2017

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.

Stephen Paulsen - February 21, 2017

Why Cannabis Reform Crashed in Texas

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

Stephen Paulsen - May 17, 2017

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.

Stephen Paulsen - March 28, 2017

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.

Stephen Paulsen - January 30, 2018

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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.

Stephen Paulsen - January 30, 2018

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.

Stephen Paulsen - July 25, 2017

Why Cannabis Reform Crashed in Texas

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

Stephen Paulsen - May 17, 2017

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.

Stephen Paulsen - May 10, 2017

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.

Stephen Paulsen - March 28, 2017

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.

Stephen Paulsen - March 15, 2017

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.

Stephen Paulsen - February 21, 2017

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.

Stephen Paulsen - January 24, 2017