Alex Pasquariello

Alex Pasquariello

Alex joined The Cannabist as Editor in April 2017. He started his journalism career in Colorado as a reporter at community newspapers and national ski magazines before heading to New York to work as an editor at Condé Nast Traveler and digital travel startup Jetsetter.

Recent posts by Alex Pasquariello

“A day to celebrate.” Rep. Jared Polis lauds Colorado marijuana industry during 4/20 grow op tour

“It wasn’t that long ago that this day marked protest. Today it’s a day to celebrate success, a thriving industry supporting thousands of good jobs drug dealers out of business.”

Texas voters support legal marijuana: new Quinnipiac poll

Lone Star State voters support legal marijuana almost 2-1, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll.

Trump says he’ll support protections for legal marijuana. Here’s what politicians and cannabis insiders are saying.

Politicians and cannabis industry insiders, alike, were surprised Monday morning by Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner’s announcement that he has struck a deal with President Donald J. Trump that would protect states’ marijuana laws from federal interference.

Recreational marijuana sales brisk, problems few in San Diego 3 months into legalization

“There’s been a change in the culture,” said Will Senn, who operates two Urbn Leaf marijuana stores in San Diego

“I’m a healer now”: Former football star Ricky Williams launches his own cannabis brand

Real Wellness by Ricky Williams launches in California with six products designed to be incorporated into daily routines made with formulations combining cannabidiol and THC with herbal extracts.

Op-ed: Welcome to California, Mr. President. We’ve got a few things to show you

Los Angeles Times Editorial Board: The president could learn a lot by doing more than a border wall photo op and a private fundraiser. But he’d first have to take a real interest in the people and experiences that have made California a deeply blue state — and made America what it is today.

Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division unveils universal symbol for medical and retail cannabis

Learn it. Know it. Live it.

Colorado Republican congressman wants to reschedule marijuana to allow medical research

“If nothing else, I would like to see the ability for researchers to study the medical effects of marijuana to see if the benefits are really there,” Rep. Doug Lamborn told CPR News.

Op-ed: Fired baseball coach is right there’s a drug problem — but he’s off-base on marijuana

“While we bicker over whether Grandpa should be able to buy pot brownies to relieve his sciatica, legions of Americans know how to obtain illegal and unregulated drugs with the ease of buying a candy bar.”

Mistrial declared for Denver cannabis church leaders charged with open and public marijuana consumption

During jury selection, potential jurors openly questioned prosecutor’s legal theory that the defendants were complicit in fostering the open and public consumption of marijuana at the church’s 2017 4/20 celebration.

Lawsuit challenging Sessions and DEA on marijuana’s Schedule I status dismissed by federal judge

The plaintiffs, including an Iraq War veteran, a child with a seizure disorder and an ex-NFL player, claimed that the CSA’s classification of cannabis as a Schedule I substance is so “irrational” that it violates the U.S. Constitution.

Munchies, meet Thin Mints: Girl Scouts will now allow cookie sales outside Colorado pot shops

Girl Scouts of Colorado now treats marijuana dispensaries like any other business in considering cookie sales sites, a spokesperson says.

Feds working on new marijuana banking guidance, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin tells Congress

“I can tell you that it’s at the top of the list and we’re working on it as we speak,” Mnuchin told Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer.

Senators: Add protections for state marijuana laws to legislation funding federal government

Precise language in the fiscal year 2018 appropriations can “alleviate the turbulence” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threw into the legal cannabis industry when he rescinded the so-called Cole Memo, 18 senators said in a letter sent to Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran.

With marijuana banking legislation stalled, cannabusinesses awash with cash, vulnerable to violent crime

Stung by robberies in California, Colorado, Washington and other states, the cannabis industry is pressing Congress to change federal banking laws so that its retailers no longer have to carry and process large amounts of cash.

Cops seized $22 million in marijuana cash from a Miami hydroponics shop owner. He won’t lose it all

Hydroponics shop owner Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez agreed to let the U.S. government take $18 million of the cash. He’ll get to keep about $4 million, plus his house, his business and five Rolex watches.

One month after Sessions marijuana memo, where do U.S. attorneys stand on legal weed?

Here’s what we know about the top federal prosecutors stationed in the nine states that have legalized recreational marijuana.

Colorado considering dismissing non-violent marijuana convictions: Gov. Hickenlooper

“It’s roughly 40 cases (in Colorado) where we can be absolutely sure there was no violence involved in sentencing,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said in an interview with Cheddar.

Senators to U.S. Treasury: Preserve marijuana banking access

A bipartisan group of 15 senators Thursday joined the chorus of Congress members calling on the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s to keep intact marijuana banking guidance.

Colorado congressmen butt heads on spending bill amendment to protect state-legal marijuana

Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. attempted to push the provision known as the McClintock-Polis Amendment in an emergency meeting of the House Rules committee late Wednesday night.

Rep. Barbara Lee introduces companion House bill to Marijuana Justice Act

The House version of the Marijuana Justice Act marks the first time that companion legislation has been introduced in both chambers of Congress to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.

19 state attorneys general back Colo. Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s marijuana banking bill

The recent rescission of prior Obama-era guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) for banks doing business with marijuana firms has made the need for Congressional action more urgent, the attorneys general said.

Nearly 70 Congress members push spending bill amendment to protect state-legal marijuana

“In the last week there’s been a groundswell of support to include this amendment in appropriations legislation,” Rep. Jared Polis said.

High Minded podcast by The Cannabist | S01E04

In episode 4 we examine CBD on the world stage and unpack how Colorado’s marijuana seed-to-sale system works with the director of the state’s department of revenue.

Trump signs stopgap spending bill extending federal medical marijuana protections a few more weeks

“Patients around the country who rely on medical marijuana for treatment–and the businesses that serve them–now have some measure of certainty,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer. “Our fight, however, continues to maintain these important protections in the next funding bill passed by Congress.”

13 Sweet Leaf budtenders swept up in Denver police raids

The criminal activities alleged include sales of cannabis in violation of Colorado law, which stipulates that adults over the age of 21 can buy and possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana at a time, according to Denver police.

Federal marijuana protections safe for now with stopgap spending bill

“While we are pleased that these critical protections will continue, two weeks is not enough certainty for the millions of Americans who rely on medical marijuana,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer.

Sessions, in unearthed video, mocks intern who questions his stance on marijuana

ABC News obtained video of the June 2017 intern lecture series event featuring Sessions through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Sessions says DOJ just talked “at some length” about marijuana enforcement

The attorney general made the remarks during a press conference Wednesday announcing efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

Pro-legalization group Marijuana Policy Project overhauls leadership

MPP’s Rob Kampia: “I’m honored to have served as executive director, I’m excited the board chose the person I nominated to serve as interim executive director, and I’m energized to help identify a new executive director to finish the job of ending marijuana prohibition in the U.S.”

With Denver’s ban on 4/20 rally organizer upheld, lawyer vows to fight any similar marijuana event

“We invented the 420 rally,” Miguel Lopez’s lawyer said. “It’s us or nobody.”

GOP backer of 2012 Colorado marijuana legalization vote: “Experiment in liberty is working”

Former congressman Tom Tancredo, who recently entered 2018 race for Colorado governor, speaks about his support in 2012 for marijuana legalization ballot initiative Amendment 64.

Florida congressman slams Gov. Chris Christie for “outrageous” medical marijuana position

“The federal government has lied to the American people for a generation about cannabis in asserting that it has no medical value,” Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz said.

Cannabis ads have landed at a busy California airport

Organa Brands, which makes vaporizers, edibles and other cannabis products, has invested in marijuana advertising at TSA checkpoints at California’s Ontario International Airport.

There’s a battle brewing for control of Denver 4/20 rally

A Colorado cannabis entrepreneur is making a play for control of the Denver 4/20 rally after its controversial aftermath this past April.

Prohibitionist Post: 125 years covering Colorado’s love-hate affair with alcohol and cannabis

By the turn of the 20th century, the city’s unruly reputation thrust the nascent state of Colorado into a love-hate relationship with prohibition that is still being realized to this day.

Rep. Blumenauer to Congress: Let medical marijuana research help solve opioid crisis

The Oregon Democrat and longtime champion of medical marijuana made the remarks in testimony before a U.S. House Subcommittee on Health hearing on proposals for ending the opioid crisis.

Legalization opponent Kevin Sabet takes on Colorado at anti-marijuana event

Marijuana has become a religion led by the false prophet money, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) president Kevin Sabet told a symposium at Colorado Christian University.

Alaska and Washington govs push back on Sessions’ marijuana enforcement letters

The governors of Alaska and Washington are questioning the data cited by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in recent letters he sent to their states regarding the efficacy of their respective marijuana regulatory regimes

Federal lawsuit against Sessions and DEA says marijuana’s Schedule I status unconstitutional

A diverse group of cannabis advocates filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of marijuana as Schedule I in the Controlled Substances Act.

Colorado students given $420,000 in marijuana tax-funded scholarships

Marijuana taxes paid the lion’s share of the new Pueblo County Scholarship Fund that on Tuesday awarded 210 students $2,000 each for the 2017-18 academic year.

Listen: Country music has a new cannabis anthem

Singer-songwriter Greta Gaines’ new album “Tumbleweed” includes bonus track “Light it Up” benefiting marijuana advocacy non-profit groups.

Cannabis industry org forms to “be ready” for national legalization

Cannabis is joining the ranks of the financial, advertising, and alcohol industries with the formation of its first self-regulatory organization.

Exclusive: Sam Elliott and Nick Offerman toke up in dank drama “The Hero”

Sneak peek: Sam Elliott plays an aging Western icon with a golden voice – and a penchant for high-grade marijuana – in “The Hero,” Brett Haley’s latest indie film. FULL STORY