Steve Monas

September 26, 2019

8 Things to Know Before You Eat at America’s 1st Cannabis Cafe

The first cannabis cafe in the U.S. is finally opening and it’s a big deal. To the team behind the cafe, this is considered a major win for cannabis legalization and the normalization of weed as it’s the first legal consumption lounge in the United […]
September 26, 2019

House Approves Bill to Allow Cannabis Industry to Access Banks

The House of Representatives passed a standalone marijuana reform bill for the first time in history on Sept. 25, 2019. The chamber advanced the legislation — which would protect banks that service the cannabis industry from being penalized by federal regulators in a vote of […]
September 25, 2019

Massachusetts OKs Marijuana Deliveries; Equity Businesses Get Head Start

Massachusetts regulators have approved a tightly-regulated home delivery system for adult-use marijuana. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission voted 4-1 Sept. 24, 2019, to grant final approval for the system. Legal deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2020. For two years, the commission will only give […]
September 25, 2019

National Expungement Week Aims to Erase Past Convictions

Usually when we talk about cannabis legalization, we look forward. We ask how long before a state goes legal or how big the industry might become. But for millions of Americans, the most impactful consequences of US drug policy have already happened: They’ve been arrested […]
September 25, 2019

Governor of Pennsylvania Asks Legislators To Consider Legalizing Recreational Cannabis

Tom Wolf, the Governor of Pennsylvania, now numbers himself among Pennsylvanians who stand in favor of legalizing recreational cannabis. It took some time for Gov. Wolf to come around to this position, and the efforts of his Lt. Governor, John Fetterman, are largely to thank […]
September 24, 2019

National Expungement Week Seeks to Help Ex-Pot Prisoners Get Fresh Start

Working at the intersection of the cannabis industry, racial equity, and reparative justice, activities around National Expungement Week (N.E.W.), from Sept. 21–29, 2019, seek to right some of the wrongs and social injustices stemming from the war on drugs. Now in its second year, N.E.W.’s […]
September 24, 2019

Marijuana Delivery Service And Consumption Cafes Coming To Massachusetts

Massachusetts regulators voted on Tuesday to allow marijuana home delivery services and onsite consumption cafes to operate in the state. The decision by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission was made with a vote of 4-1 by the commissioners at a meeting on Tuesday morning. Before […]
September 24, 2019

Journey of a Tainted Vape Cartridge: From China’s Labs to Your Lungs

Jon Doneson started feeling ill on a Friday morning in June, after he arrived home in New York on a red-eye flight from the West Coast. He’d traveled to China, then to California, as part of his job managing the back office of his wife […]
September 23, 2019

Pittsburgh Man Charged For Causing Mass Overdose At Afterparty

A Pittsburgh man has been charged with causing a mass overdose at an early Sunday morning afterparty that led to the deaths of three people. Four others who also overdosed were transported to the hospital following the incident that occurred at an apartment on the […]
September 23, 2019

Endometriosis Is Painful as Hell. At Least There’s Cannabis

One night in 2014, intense menstrual cramping had driven me home from a dinner out with a friend, leading to full-on sobbing by the time I got back to my apartment. It wasn’t the first time I’d experienced severe endometriosis symptoms, I’d been diagnosed long […]