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Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts writes about business, technology, and natural resources. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The (UK) Guardian, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Harper’s, and other national publications. His latest book, "The Impulse Society," was published in 2014. He lives in Washington state.

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Bud Farming Backlash: Rural America’s Uneasy Embrace of Cannabis Farming

Legalization brought jobs and profitable farming to the country. Now some small towns are bristling at the fences, the floodlights, and the smell. Are the concerns legit or just a new form of prohibitionism?

Paul Roberts - September 13, 2016

California Farmers: Grow Big or Go Home?

In this exclusive four-part series, Paul Roberts looks at the options California growers face as the state enters the legal era.

Paul Roberts - June 19, 2017

Will Online Sales Kill the Cannabis Dispensary?

A new VolteFace report envisions a thriving legal online cannabis marketplace in the US, UK, Canada, and Europe. Eventually.

Paul Roberts - April 24, 2017

Do Farmers Have a Legal Right to Grow Cannabis?

Fed up with cannabis cultivation bans, growers are fighting back by using laws meant to defend farmers. Because...they are farmers.

Paul Roberts - December 22, 2016

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Cole Memo Wakeup: Cannabis Industry Must Rejoin the Federal Fight

News Analysis: The Cole memo let the cannabis industry focus on business challenges and state-level politics. That era is over, says Paul Roberts.

Paul Roberts - January 9, 2018

Hostile Takeovers and Poison Pills: Canadian Cannabis Gets Combative

Aurora Cannabis’s hostile takeover bid for rival CanniMed signals a new, more brutal phase in Canada’s burgeoning legal sector.

Paul Roberts - December 11, 2017

California’s High Cannabis Tax Could Doom Legalization. Here’s a Fix

Prop 64 promised to kill the illicit market. But with tax markups as high as 45%, legal shops may have a hard time competing.

Paul Roberts - November 29, 2017

Toronto Stock Exchange Issues Warning to Cannabis-Related Companies

The Toronto Stock Exchange has announced that any cannabis-related companies violating US federal cannabis laws—by, for example, selling or growing cannabis in the United States—might be “delisted” from the exchange.

Paul Roberts - October 31, 2017

Price Theory: Can Canada’s Cannabis Law Defeat the Law of Supply and Demand?

From the start, Canadian policymakers envisioned using cannabis taxes to help determine the price consumers pay, with the idea that said price would influence the behavior of cannabis consumers and producers. But is such a plan feasible?

Paul Roberts - October 13, 2017

In California, Many Growers Will Stay Underground

There are upwards of 10,000 growers in California's Emerald Triangle. What happens to those who don't get licensed?

Paul Roberts - June 22, 2017

Emerald Triangle Growers Scale Up Together in Co-Ops

For legacy farmers who want to continue as legal and independent, co-ops offer a way to thrive, together.

Paul Roberts - June 21, 2017

California Growers: How to Thrive at Craft Scale

In the second in our California Growers series, we look at small farmers who've built boutique brands.

Paul Roberts - June 20, 2017

California Farmers: Grow Big or Go Home?

In this exclusive four-part series, Paul Roberts looks at the options California growers face as the state enters the legal era.

Paul Roberts - June 19, 2017

Will Online Sales Kill the Cannabis Dispensary?

A new VolteFace report envisions a thriving legal online cannabis marketplace in the US, UK, Canada, and Europe. Eventually.

Paul Roberts - April 24, 2017