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Chris Roberts

Based in New York City, Chris Roberts has been writing about cannabis since spending a few months in Humboldt County in 2009. His work has been published in SF Weekly, Cannabis Now, The Guardian, High Times, and San Francisco Magazine, among others.

Most popular articles

Leafly Investigation: California Has a Dirty Cannabis Problem

Pesticides, molds, and other pathogens are turning up in medical cannabis across California. Rules are coming, but until then it's "buyer beware."

Chris Roberts - February 15, 2017

Under Trump, Legal Cannabis Is a Deportable Offense 

More and more, those who admit to having ever used cannabis are being refused entry into the United States—or deported if they’re already here.

Chris Roberts - March 27, 2017

California’s New Edibles Limits Will Ban Popular Products

Restrictions on the amount of THC in cannabis-infused edibles kick in next year and will outlaw some of the state's most popular products.

Chris Roberts - November 27, 2017

Crowdfunding Site Cancels Aid to California Wildfire Victims—Because Cannabis

Rejection by third-party payment processors is a familiar story in cannabis, but abruptly ending an aid effort during a dire emergency somehow feels different.

Chris Roberts - October 17, 2017

The Great Cannabis Clash of Calaveras County

California’s Gold Country is dying. The marijuana industry has arrived, offering tax revenue and job opportunities. So why are locals rejecting it?

Chris Roberts - August 1, 2017

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Putin, hackers, and cannabis: The bizarre story of an Israeli-American jailed in Russia

Cannabis, initially given as the sole reason for 26-year-old Naama Issachar's detention, appears to have been merely a convenient excuse.

Chris Roberts - October 23, 2019

This is the first hemp strain to be awarded a US patent

Famous for the iconic Charlotte’s Web strain and fresh from a big IPO, Colorado’s Stanley brothers have secured the first US patent for a hemp plant.

Chris Roberts - September 13, 2019

Church of England Sees Green, Explores Investing in Medical Cannabis

Britain's largest religious organization announced this week that it will lift a longstanding prohibition on medical cannabis in order to explore investing in the fast-growing industry.

Chris Roberts - June 13, 2019

‘Come and Get Us,’ UK Cannabis Growers Tell Police in Protest

As part of a nationwide protest, UK patients who grow their own medical cannabis are identifying themselves to authorities in an effort to force policy reform.

Chris Roberts - May 13, 2019

The US Surgeon General Just Tweeted WHAT About Cannabis?

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams recently used his official Twitter account to make a startling claim about cannabis. It wasn't the first time.

Chris Roberts - March 1, 2019

Is a Tobacco Giant Trying to Take Over the Vape Pen Market?

In a move that could shake up the vape pen market, the parent company of Philip Morris has quietly patented dozens of devices that could be used to consume cannabis.

Chris Roberts - December 11, 2018

UK Cannabis Patient #1: Accessing the Most Expensive Medical Marijuana in the World

Carly Barton, 32, is officially the United Kingdom’s first medical marijuana patient. But access comes at a steep cost—and remains entirely theoretical.

Chris Roberts - December 10, 2018

MedMen’s ‘Cannabis’ Trademark Try: PR Stunt or Genius Move?

If the booming company can TM cannabis on a t-shirt, what word can't be claimed?

Chris Roberts - October 30, 2018

From Stalemate to Stampede: Inside the UK’s About-Face on Medical Marijuana

Patients may still have to wait awhile for access, but it appears medical cannabis is finally coming to the UK.

Chris Roberts - October 14, 2018