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What’s kratom, and why is it in trouble?

Kratom has become popular among users who say it boosts their mood and reduces pain. But it’s not always safe.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 26, 2023

Canada’s drug experiment

Criminalizing drugs is expensive. British Columbia is going to try decriminalizing them.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 31, 2023

Budweiser’s dry World Cup saga

Budweiser employed smart marketing moves to stay relevant at an alcohol-free World Cup.

Mark Dent • December 13, 2022

The rise and fall of Juul

How the e-cig of the future became a relic of the past.

Rob Litterst • August 1, 2022

Tequila and mezcal are taking over the bar

Tequila and mezcal’s versatility and broad appeal are boosting the spirits’ popularity.

Rob Litterst • June 13, 2022

Weed rolls into the metaverse

Brands have high hopes for the space.

Jacob Cohen • June 6, 2022

The evolution of gummy bears

In 100 years, we’ve gone from gummy bears to gummy everything.

Rob Litterst • April 28, 2022

Why rich people are panic-buying panic rooms

A whiff of danger — real or perceived — can lead to big-time safety spending.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • March 30, 2022

Pronghorn helps Black entrepreneurs break into the spirits industry

Pronghorn will develop a talent pipeline and accelerator for Black entrepreneurs in the spirits industry.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • February 23, 2022

Why are tobacco stocks performing so well?

Philip Morris and Altria are performing well as investors look for dividends in an inflationary environment.

Trung T. Phan • February 14, 2022
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Digits: Osama bin Laden’s bro’s house, ugly shoes, and liquor sales

Plus: Underwater internet cables and an island in Connecticut.

Jacob Cohen • February 7, 2022

Why Amazon says weed could solve its driver shortage.

Amazon is asking delivery partners not to screen for marijuana in hopes that it will increase driver applications.

Jacob Cohen • September 8, 2021

Inflation is driving up booze costs, which may trickle down to consumers

The alcohol industry is currently experiencing higher aluminum, transportation, and cardboard costs. It may soon pass the price on to consumers.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 2, 2021

Candymakers want weed companies to stop mimicking them

Candymakers (Mars, Hershey, Mondelez) are filing complaints and lawsuits against cannabis makers. Why? Branding edibles as “candy” is a public hazard for children.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 26, 2021

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