Millions of Americans have used FDA-regulated nicotine vapor products for more than a decade without incident. Shouldn’t it be pretty obvious that these products are not responsible for the recent spate of severe lung injuries? Read more

Opinion 8 Comments

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection was charged with testing hemp fields to ensure the crop didn’t contain too much THC. The agency had 18 inspectors to collect and test thousands of samples within a matter of weeks. Read more

News 11 Comments


Ashley Morris

A new group in Madison supports women’s role in the cannabis industry. Its next meeting is coming up Oct. 13. Read more


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Carolyn Fath Ashby

Alan Robinson is a notable contrast to the stereotypical gray-haired, white hippies with ponytails who are typically associated with marijuana activism. He’s taking NORML Wisconsin into the Capitol, trying to shift the conversation. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories


Molly Stentz

The CBD industry is booming, with shops sprouting up all over Madison. An ounce of the oil can fetch as much as $200. But in an industry will little regulatory oversight, it’s buyer beware. Read more



Nick Larson

Doug Benson, America’s highest comedian and podcaster, visits Comedy on State to record an episode of “Doug Loves Movies.” Read more



Annie Dean

The Lion of Judah, House of Rastafari Church used the Mifflin Street block party as an opportunity to grow its flock by selling marijuana joints and edibles. It was a smashing success, even though Madison officials say it was illegal. Read more

News 6 Comments


Kattia Jimenez

Wisconsin was once a leader in hemp production. Now that growing hemp is legal again, many farmers are trying to relearn what their grandparents knew well. The learning curve is steep. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

Fatal opioid overdoses are on the rise in Dane County. It’s time to legalize cannabis and opioid use and treat drug abuse as the public health problem it is. Read more

Opinion 1 Comments


Carolyn Fath

Rep. David Bowen will introduce a bill that would block employers from urine testing for THC or disqualifying people for most jobs based on testing positive for cannabis. Read more

News 10 Comments


David Michael Miller

Before legalizing pot for recreational use, let’s see how it plays out in other states. Impaired driving is the top concern. Read more

Citizen Dave 4 Comments

The Republican-controlled Legislature shows little interest in allowing medical marijuana. But that hasn’t stopped advocates from pushing for reform. Read more


In honor of 4/20, here’s a handy travel guide for the serious toker of places to travel, near and far, to enjoy some legal marijuana. Read more

Democracy in Crisis

Around 1991, a different type of weed — wildly pungent, not just when burnt, but fresh — arrived on the scene. The buds were damp and sticky and delicious. All we knew about it was that it was called “indica” and it was expensive. But we loved it. Read more

Democracy in Crisis


Carolyn Fath

​While the push to legalize marijuana is gaining traction across America, Wisconsin legislators are not climbing on the bandwagon. The Madison-based American Cannabis Society, a pioneer in the battle, isn’t giving up, by pushing new proposals. Read more

News 1 Comments

Although people at all income levels use marijuana, poor people suffer disproportionately from the high fines levied for possession. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is urging municipalities to lower the fines. Read more

News 1 Comments


Mary Bergin

Between the four short blocks that separate Colorado's only basilica from the State Capitol, I find Good Chemistry. Behind the frosted glass door is an immediate whiff of "green travel," Denver-style. Read more

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Andrew Averill

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) announced at a news conference he was introducing legislation that would, if passed, make Wisconsin the 17th state to legalize the cultivation and possession of medicinal marijuana. Read more


At a Wednesday press conference with representatives from area law enforcement and drug treatment agencies -- many in colored name tags meant to correspond to their roles in the initiative -- Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Madison Mayor Paul So Read more


It's a testament to how strong the marijuana movement is in Madison that its annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival is now in its 41st year. Despite reaching that milestone, this year's harvest is notable for a sadder reason. It marks the fi Read more