Jacob Grier, a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, is the author of The Rediscovery of Tobacco (Kindle Direct), Raising the Bar (Chronicle, with Brett Adams), Cocktails on Tap (Stewart, Tabori and Chang), and The New Prohibition: The Dangerous Politics of Tobacco Control.
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And now the state thinks it needs to crack down even more.
You can smoke all the pot you want, but flavored tobacco or nicotine is soon to be illegal.
After 18 months of dealing with the FDA, some distillers are regretting making hand sanitizers at all.
It’s likely to happen any day now.
Distillers have been granted emergency regulatory relief—for now.
Breweries and wineries can still do it, though.
Instead of trusting the science, the FDA will treat adults like children.
In an Unprecedented Heat Wave, Portland's Lingering COVID Restrictions Hurt Bars and Restaurants Again
The state, one of the last to fully reopen, lifted some capacity limits early. But the service sector was hamstrung during a heat crisis in which it could have helped.
If public health scolds get their way, they will worsen the nation’s overcriminalization problem.
Thanks to coverage at Reason and pushback from the industry, the federal government voided $14,000 fees on do-gooder craft distillers just in time for the new year.
When There Wasn't Enough Hand Sanitizer, Distilleries Stepped Up. Now They're Facing $14,060 FDA Fees.
Distilleries just learned that to cap off a brutal year, the FDA is charging them a fee normally reserved for drug manufacturing facilities.
Anti-smoking advocacy groups have a long history of exploiting shoddy science for political gain.
The Food and Drug Administration can't ban cigarettes outright. But the agency appears to be planning a workaround.
Corporations, free speech, and why "Donald eres un pendejo."
The market for cigars is about to become a lot less diverse and a lot more boring.
A misguided proposal from the Mexican government threatens the future of agave spirits.
Don't stop hoarding those Cuban cigars just yet.
Tobacco Control Act? More like Marlboro Monopoly Act.