MISSION: The News Station aims at providing cannabis-focused information and current events with a unique perspective.
WHO TNS SERVES: A resource to cannabis industry stakeholders, journalists, elected officials, policymakers, community and nonprofit groups, and the general public at large.
TNS DOES NOT: Speak for the cannabis industry. There are plenty of well-informed trade groups for that. The News Station instead offers cannabis-related current events with an accompanying perspective to highlight the significance of the happening.
SECTIONS: We wanted to start with four categories for the website: Politics, Opioid Crisis, Industry and Fake News:
Politics: Anyone who starts a company in the cannabis industry quickly learns of the intersection between politics and business. The cannabis industry is the most regulated industry in America, and so it takes a lot of politics and policymaking to keep the integrity of the regulatory system strong. Elected officials from both sides of the aisle have been coming out to back the cannabis industry, while others have continued to stand on the wrong side of history. The News Station tracks the politics around cannabis and explains what it all means.
Opioid Crisis: The cannabis industry has a chance to act as a leader in driving awareness to safer alternatives to opioids. President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, highlighting a drug epidemic that claimed more than 59,000 lives in 2016. A recent forecast concluded that as many as 650,000 people will die over the next 10 years from opioid overdoses, with Americans consuming more opioids than any other country. But cannabis appears to help. Early studies show that medical marijuana can serve as an alternative to opioids in treating conditions such as chronic pain. The start of legal marijuana sales may have also reversed a rising trend of prescription opioid overdose deaths in legal marijuana states. Nearly one fewer person per month died of an opioid overdose in Colorado after the start of legal cannabis sales. States are beginning to take action, including adding opiate dependency to medical marijuana programs. But the federal response has been underwhelming, despite the president’s emergency declaration. The News Station tracks news around the opioid crisis in an effort to drive a more informed response.
Industry: The cannabis industry is evolving quickly; sometimes it can be difficult to keep track of what’s going on. Whether it’s a new technology, or a change in the regulatory structure, if you blink, you might miss something important to the industry. The News Station will take a look at what’s happening inside the cannabis industry, or sometimes what’s not happening, and suggest how it could have an impact on you.
Fake News: Let’s face it, sometimes news really is “fake news.” That’s right, it’s not always an excuse to get out of an accusation. When it comes to the cannabis industry, there can be a lot of fake news circulating. Being such a new industry, still with too many stigmas attached to it, some make claims that just aren’t true when it comes to the industry and legalization efforts. The News Station will take a look at some of this fake news going around, usually spread by the cannabis industry’s opponents, and we will break it down to find the truth.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Just a little bit about me, Peter Marcus, the editor of this initiative. I’m a recovering political and government reporter who worked for several newspapers in Colorado before joining The News Station as its communications director.
I spent 14 years in journalism, ending my career as the statehouse and political reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette and ColoradoPolitics.com. ColoradoPolitics.com is a project of the Gazette that I helped start. I went from breaking news about politicians and government to working as a flack in the cannabis industry. I love it!
My goal is to apply the same journalistic standards to The News Station that I applied when I was “working press,” as they call it. Fact-checking, a review of comments and background, copyediting, a two-source standard, integrity and balance is all part of The News Station’s mission.
Editor, The News Station