The Haymaker is Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott’s opinion column on cannabis politics and culture.

Two months ago, Dr. Anthony Fauci declared the United States “out of the pandemic phase” with regard to the Covid-19 virus. The federal government’s airline mask mandate ended that same week. Other pandemic’s-end signals are popping up all around us. Summer concerts and music festivals are happening for the first time since 2019. Graduation ceremonies are going on live and in person.

Now comes another sign that the pandemic era is waning: Cannabis consumers are buying less weed.

Data from three of America’s most mature legal cannabis states—Colorado, Oregon, and California—indicate that after nearly two years of increased…

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