The Unexpected Cost of a Pistachio Nut

A small city in California is dealing with a big dilemma. Ridgecrest is the home of thriving pistachio farmers. The city also depends on a nearby U.S. Navy base for most of its tax revenue. They both need a lot…

Why We Should Care About Curbside Cardboard Crime

The recycling revenue that municipalities were receiving was shrinking and now, with some mystery surrounding cardboard, it’s getting worse.

Where to Find an Electric Vehicle’s Emissions

If you care about the emissions created by an electric vehicle, the next step is to think of your zip code and the grid mix in your state.

Why Plastic Bag Bans Could Backfire

While the wisdom of plastic bag bans have always been debatable, now with the coronavirus pandemic, there is another reason to reverse them.

How Much We Care About Gasoline Prices

Since one state’s gasoline prices could be double what people pay in another state, we can ask if the price affects how much we purchase.

The Lid on the Pot Industry

While states find it’s tough to predict marijuana tax revenue, they can assume that higher rates will nudge consumers toward black markets.

Why Avocados Have Become a Luxury Item

To understand why avocado prices are soaring, we start with California and Mexico and then end up with Chipotle and the Chinese Middle class.

The Best Reasons For Later School Start Times

In addition to teens’ mental health, we can support later school start times with cost benefit analysis that focuses on the economy.

Imagining a Marijuana Starbucks

With eight states having legalized recreational marijuana, new businesses are multiplying. One ad person even asked if there could be “a Starbucks equivalent in the world of weed.” So today, let’s see the possibilities. A Starbucks Equivalent Surface Magazine shared five…

How to Plant Marijuana Markets

The issues are surprisingly similar for a tiny island like Nantucket and a huge state like California. Both are figuring out how to create the marijuana markets that they legalized. Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Last November, Massachusetts and California voted to…