Bankruptcy Promised Me a Fresh Start. Predatory Lenders Are Trying to Ruin It.

For millions of families, debt forgiveness isn’t enough. Without a sustainable income or other necessities such as adequate health care, a bankruptcy discharge can perpetuate the cycle of debt, opening the door to unique yet systemic forms of predatory lending.

Drug Deaths in Black Communities and Our Collective Denial

"While white addicts receive treatment, drug counseling, and a lenient criminal justice system, there are Black people still behind bars because of mandatory minimums, three-strikes laws, and disparate drug sentencing."

In Recovery, on Suboxone, and in the Weed Business

Throughout my career as a cannabis journalist, I've kept silent about my sobriety. Finding freelance gigs is hard enough without the added burden of having to be that guy. Besides, if I learned anything from active addiction, it was how to lie at my job.

Video exclusive: Vicente Fox on Khiron Life Sciences, ethical leadership, and the rise of the Mexican cannabis industry

“We cannot let a lack of ethics, we cannot allow crooks [to] get involved in this industry,” he continued. “It costs too much time and too much work to open the industry to legalize it, so we have to make sure that this is a long-lasting industry and economic sector, and not a gold rush.”

How ‘Gentleman Farmer’ Mike West Became The Cannabis Industry’s First Man Of Science

"I got into the [cannabis] industry because I was trying to grow plants to save my life," Mike West told me over the phone recently. A farmer, researcher, and entrepreneur, West has an encyclopedic knowledge of cannabis that's matched only by his passion for helping people. "Nothing that the government's going to do is going … Continue reading How ‘Gentleman Farmer’ Mike West Became The Cannabis Industry’s First Man Of Science

How RICO became the new tool of anti-marijuana crusaders: An exclusive conversation with Seth Goldberg and David McTaggart of the Duane Morris cannabis practice

According to an alert put out last week by Duane Morris LLP, one of the largest law firms serving the Cannabis industry, “The Bokaie case is part of a growing trend of RICO lawsuits filed in legalized states that seek to exploit the tension between state law and the federal Controlled Substances Act."

Minorities for Medical Marijuana’s CEO and Founder Roz McCarthy spoke to the skepticism people of color have towards the cannabis industry at the CWCBExpo in New York City

“As you know there’s always been a disparity in regards to incarceration, in regards to the War on Drugs for people of color,” Roz McCarthy, Founder and CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana told PotNetwork News recently at the Cannabis World Congress and Exposition.

Positive Nelson brought medical cannabis to the U.S. Virgin Islands. At CANNAVAL this summer, he’ll bring education and empowerment too.

Positive T.A. Nelson, a former seven-term senator and the current Commissioner of Agriculture of the U.S. Virgin Islands tried several times to pass legislation legalizing medical cannabis before he was ultimately successful this past January. After a long-fought battle, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. finally signed into law the Virgin Islands Medicinal Cannabis Care Act.

Prohibitionists have become drug war profiteers. Equity First Alliance is here to hold them to account.

Carbajal is the Executive Director of The Social Impact Center, a 501(c)(3) out of Los Angeles that, in her own words is a hub for organizers and serves as a bridge between government, grassroots, industry, and people. The group empowers underserved communities by developing leaders through education, storytelling, and community building.