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Sara Brittany Somerset

New York-based reporter and photographer Sara Brittany Somerset has covered cannabis culture for 15 years. She has been the U.N. Bureau Chief for High Times, and occasionally works from remote places like Timbuktu.

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Is Cannabis Legal in New York City? Well…It’s Complicated

It's also confusing. Cannabis flower is illegal for patients, but nearly legal for all others. With extracts, it's the opposite.

Sara Brittany Somerset - March 7, 2018

Medical Cannabis Clearly Saves Lives, Federal Judge Declares

But he may be unable to invalidate the Schedule I status of cannabis. A landmark lawsuit got its first hearing in a New York courtroom today.

Sara Brittany Somerset - February 14, 2018

Meet the Lawyer Suing Jeff Sessions to End Cannabis Prohibition

A blockbuster lawsuit in New York could end cannabis prohibition nationwide. Leafly sat down with David Holland, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

Sara Brittany Somerset - February 20, 2018

United Nations Report Scolds Countries for Cannabis Legalization

The board that monitors the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs doesn't like it when nations ignore the treaty.

Sara Brittany Somerset - March 12, 2018

Judge Dismisses Case to Overturn Schedule I Status of Cannabis

The lawsuit, known as Washington v. Sessions, was brought by five medical cannabis patients. The federal judge sympathized, but had to follow procedural law.

Sara Brittany Somerset - February 26, 2018

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With Legalization Stalled, Can New Jersey Salvage MMJ Reforms?

Patient advocates hope to pass a bill to reform the state's terrible medical marijuana system, with or without adult-use legalization.

Sara Brittany Somerset - May 6, 2019

New York Mayor Comes Out Strong for Legalization With Equity

Some expected Bill de Blasio to give tepid support, but he came out fiery in favor of ending prohibition and righting past wrongs.

Sara Brittany Somerset - December 20, 2018

New Yorkers Declare: No Legalization Without Social Equity

A two-day conference in Albany set the tone for 2019: Equity must be baked into the law.

Sara Brittany Somerset - December 14, 2018

UN Drug Committee Finds Cannabis an Effective, ‘Relatively Safe Drug’

As the UN prepares to reconsider its cannabis controls, a World Health Organization study group lays down the facts.

Sara Brittany Somerset - June 11, 2018

Now the IRS Is Denying Nonprofit Status to Cannabis Industry Groups

The tax agency already hampers state-legal companies with Rule 280E. Now it's hitting industry associations, too.

Sara Brittany Somerset - March 29, 2018

United Nations Report Scolds Countries for Cannabis Legalization

The board that monitors the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs doesn't like it when nations ignore the treaty.

Sara Brittany Somerset - March 12, 2018

5 Ways New York City Can Reform Its Outrageous Cannabis Policy

Stop arresting people for cannabis is a basic first step. Also, in general, leave people alone.

Sara Brittany Somerset - March 9, 2018

Is Cannabis Legal in New York City? Well…It’s Complicated

It's also confusing. Cannabis flower is illegal for patients, but nearly legal for all others. With extracts, it's the opposite.

Sara Brittany Somerset - March 7, 2018

Racial Disparities in NYC Cannabis Arrests Are Getting Worse

As many cities decriminalize and other states legalize, New York City keeps arresting more people of color for cannabis. What gives?

Sara Brittany Somerset - March 6, 2018