Articles by Don Jergler

Takeaways from Our Conversation About Next Steps for Insuring Cannabis

Some more capacity has finally arrived with increasing interest in insuring cannabis, and cannabis insurance is well on its way to going national. Those are among the take aways from the 50th Insuring Cannabis Podcast. We spoke with Michael Hall, …

Insurers Increasingly Concerned for Western U.S. Wildfire Season

As Western wildfires force evacuations in Arizona and California – on the heels of an early and severe wildfire season in New Mexico – insurers are increasingly eyeing the growing risks. “Insurers are very much concerned about the wildfire situation,” …

Another Analysis Calls out Potential for Severe Wildfire Season in U.S. West

As the U.S. West heads into the hot, dry summer months, a growing number of indications point to a potentially bad wildfire season. In the past two months, two analyses have emerged from fire weather experts using words like “intense,” …

Concerned Scientists: Climate Ties U.S. Wildfires and Water Together in Many Ways

A provider of predictive data and analytics for climate risk and resilience is partnering with global environmental organization The Nature Conservancy to protect sensitive natural areas and provide estimates of future heat and water stresses associated with climate change in …

Takeaways from Our Conversation on Cannabis Testing Labs

If one were to put their finger on just where the biggest risk may lie in cannabis, it could be from product liability and recalls. The industry took a hit from an outbreak of vape injuries a few years back, …

Washington High Court Declines to Shift Duty to Inform of Drug Risks to Makers

A prescription drug maker has done its legal duty by warning prescribing physicians of a drug’s risks in accordance with Washington law even when the drugs are advertised directly to consumers, the state’s Supreme Court ruled. The ruling may have …

Study Finds Climate Change Could Hit U.S. Corn Belt Hard

Climate change could hit the U.S. Corn Belt especially hard, a study from Emory University finds. Without “major technological advances in agricultural practices,” the U.S. Corn Belt will be unsuitable for cultivating corn by 2100, moderate projections show. The study …

Takeaways from Our Conversation on Cannabis Lounges

Anytime a cannabis lounge opens in some U.S. city it tends to garner a lot of media attention, and the headlines have been buzzing lately with lounge news. In California, Woody Harrelson recently opened a lounge in West Hollywood, and …

Workers’ Comp Claims from 10 Years of Legal Cannabis in Colorado Reveal a Boring Trend

Data on injured workers from the nation’s most mature adult-use cannabis market is pretty boring. No excessive claims resulting from injuries suffered by stoned forklift drivers, high cultivators, or even dispensary workers who were hurt during a robbery. How about …

Report Forecasts ‘Above-Normal’ U.S. Wildfire Season, Worse in Drought-Plagued West

The U.S. has in store an “above-normal” wildfire season if a prediction from fire weather experts holds true — “intense” may be a better word for the expectations in the Western region. Early predictions for the 2022 fire season point …