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Story and Photos by Cameron Rexroat and Nick Abell from Just Another Jay


2020 was a bad year. Except for cannabis. (Part one of 2)

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By Bridget Hennessey, Vice President, Government Relations, Weedmaps

It’s over. Thank goodness.

TIME Magazine dubbed 2020 the “worst year ever.” Some say that’s an understatement. Others cite the Depression years, or anytime between 1969 and 1980 as better examples of worst. Were the seventies really that bad?

2020 was marked by nationwide protests taking to task systemic racial injustice, as well as a hurricane season and West Coast wildfires that never seemed to quit. Plus: murder hornets, Twitter hacks and a stock market crash. Minus: Ruth (RIP RBG), Alex, Kobe, Helen, Eddie and our nation’s “good trouble” maker. As the…


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By Nick Holt, Director of Brand Creative at Weedmaps

Building and maintaining a brand is tough, but building and maintaining a brand in cannabis is even tougher. From the outside, the cannabis industry may look like a shiny new rocket bound for public offerings, nationwide adult-use legalization, and smoking from a solid gold bong with Snoop Dogg and Seth Rogen. However, it most certainly is not. Having spent a couple years observing and learning the industry, here’s what I’ve come to understand.

I should preface this by saying the cannabis industry is in its infancy and only just beginning to…


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by Bridget Hennessey, Vice President for Government Relations at Weedmaps

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (the MORE Act) by a vote of 228–164, largely along party lines. But six Democrats voted against it; and five Republicans voted for it — along with the sole Libertarian in the House.

Passage of the bill in the House has been heralded as “historic” — as it was the first cannabis legalization bill to make it to the floor of Congress.

But history is written by the winners. And the MORE Act hasn’t won…


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By Bridget Hennessey, Vice President, Government Relations, Weedmaps

Today is World AIDS Day — a good opportunity to look at the important role cannabis has played in the tumultuous history of the AIDS pandemic. I will give you the “take-away” from this essay upfront, because it cannot be stressed enough: Cannabis is medicine.

Americans were introduced to AIDS in July, 1981. The New York Times reported a “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals.” This story is often cited as the first media report on what would eventually be called AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).


The leaders of 24 California cities are out of touch with their constituents . . . and everybody else.

by Bridget Hennessey, Vice President for Government Relations at Weedmaps

Cannabis’ winning streak continues in the Golden State. About three-dozen pro-cannabis local ballot measures won soundly throughout California on Election Day. But the latest win, made public last week, occurred in a court of law.

Fresno County Superior Court Judge Rosemary McGuire dismissed a lawsuit by 24 California cities wanting to nullify state regulations allowing cannabis home delivery in jurisdictions that banned cannabis retail. Judge McGuire noted that there is nothing in California law preventing cities from enforcing local ordinances restricting home delivery. …


by Whitney Adrian

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Photos by Whitney Adiran

I fell in love with weed in high school and have had a close relationship with the plant ever since, but definitely never thought I’d end up working in the cannabis industry. I got into the cannabis space 4 years ago, pretty shortly after moving to Colorado. I quickly discovered my passion for cannabis content creation, brand building, and education around the plant. My #1 goal with my work has always been to help destigmatize cannabis to make it more accessible to everyone!

WM: What’s your favorite dispensary on Weedmaps?

One of my favorite shops in Denver…


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Casting a Ballot is Prelude. The Drama Starts When the Returns Roll In

by Carl Fillichio, Vice President, Weedmaps

The e-invitations, text messages, and phone calls started about a month ago: election night watch-the-returns events (mostly virtual, some in-person — with social distancing restrictions); themed Facebook “live” parties; R&R (Returns & Results) “activations” hosted by local candidates and organizations; friends, family, and colleagues asking: “What are you doing Tuesday night? And can I call you if it gets bad?”

Election Night is New Year's Eve for social study nerds like me.

It was in grade school when I first fell for staying up way past bedtime to watch the presidential election returns on…


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Photo by Gina Coleman

By: Bridget Hennessey, Vice President Government Relations, Weedmaps

Californians want more and better access to cannabis, as well as the revenue that comes from its legal sale.

Voters thought they were getting that when Proposition 64’s passage in 2016 ushered in a legal and regulated adult-use cannabis market throughout the state. So it’s surprising that today, about 75% of California cities and counties still ban the sale of cannabis.

That’s because Proposition 64 set up a dual licensing structure, whereby cannabis may be legal in the state, but local governments can still prohibit its sale. As a result, California’s geography…


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Photo By Gina Coleman

To Change Hearts and Minds, the LGBTQ and Legal Cannabis Movements have a Simple but Powerful Tool: COME OUT

By Joni Fay Hill

I don’t have a particularly special coming out story.

I grew up with a loving mom, great siblings and lots of friends. I was a nerd, welcomed and comfortable among the cliques. In high school, I was editor of the yearbook and passionate about being on the track team. I experienced flirtations, roller coaster emotions, crushes, heartbreaks and first loves just like everyone else. …

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