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Ben Adlin

Ben Adlin is a Seattle-based writer and editor who specializes in cannabis politics and law. He was a news editor for Leafly from 2015-2019. Follow him on Twitter: @badlin

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What Is Shake?

Is it a bad thing? We talked to budtenders, dispensary managers, and cannabis connoisseurs to find out.

Ben Adlin - March 8, 2016

What’s in a Pre-Roll?

A joint is cheap, discreet, disposable, and easily shared among friends. Pre-rolled cannabis joints, on the other hand, sometimes get a bad rap, but they don't always deserve it.

Ben Adlin - March 3, 2016

The Shake: British Liberals Back Legalization and the High-Tech Future of Cannabis

In today's cannabis news: Oregon cops eye impaired driving, Israel explores exports, and a grandma tries her first dab.

Ben Adlin - March 8, 2016

Consider the Spliff

What's the appeal of a spliff? Why take ground cannabis and mix it with tobacco, a known carcinogen, especially if you're not a cigarette smoker?

Ben Adlin - March 24, 2016

We Made Dabs With a $299 Walmart Rosin Press

A few weeks ago, one of our writers noticed something odd: Walmart.com was selling a rosin press. We bought one and gave it a whirl.

Ben Adlin - August 24, 2017

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Capitol Confidential: COVID-19 suspends legislative sessions across USA

New York works on its budget, which is unlikely to include legalization. Other legislatures are shuttering for the interim.

Ben Adlin - March 22, 2020

Capitol Confidential: Rivals join forces on Arizona legalization measure

Also: California considers a cannabis tax holiday, New York's legalization effort withers, and Virginia adopts a decrim measure.

Ben Adlin - March 16, 2020

Capitol Confidential: COVID-19 could derail New York cannabis legalization

All of a sudden Gov. Andrew Cuomo has higher priorities and travel limitations.

Ben Adlin - March 8, 2020

Bernie Sanders says he’d legalize cannabis by executive order. Can he do that?

It's a great stump speech crowd-pleaser. But can a president actually make it happen? It's complicated.

Ben Adlin - March 4, 2020

Capitol Confidential: California dustup over cannabis unions

More rumors about THC potency bills, and Vermont nears an agreement to allow retail stores.

Ben Adlin - March 1, 2020

Capitol Confidential: THC bill would kill Arizona’s medical marijuana system

A 2% THC cap would force the state's 200,000 patients to turn to the illegal market for effective products.

Ben Adlin - February 24, 2020

Capitol Confidential: Colorado moves to protect jobs of legal consumers

Stop firing people for relaxing on their own time, Colorado Boss. Also: Kentucky makes progress on medical legalization, and Virginia may decriminalize.

Ben Adlin - February 17, 2020

Why is Trump targeting medical marijuana in an election year?

Medical marijuana has a 92% favorable rating. Trump's budget would let federal prosecutors target state-legal patients. What gives?

Ben Adlin - February 11, 2020

Capitol Confidential: How cannabis laws are changing in your state this week

Florida judges roast a legalization measure, Oregon wants to ban vaping, and Connecticut just might legalize it.

Ben Adlin - February 10, 2020

Colorado tests program that recycles CO2 from beer breweries for cannabis grows

Turns out beer and weed really do go together—Colorado is conducting a pilot program that recycles excess CO2 from beer breweries for cannabis grows.

Ben Adlin - February 5, 2020