Behind RRNY, a campaign to legalize marijuana in New York

A once-in-20-year chance to put the issue before voters

Marijuana could be legalized in New York through a constitutional convention. But some are questioning whether the man behind the campaign is the right person to lead the charge.

Guterres urges U.N. to follow Portugal’s lead on drugs

Secretary general was Portuguese prime minister when the country decriminalized all illicit substances

House GOP leaders block medical marijuana protections

Jeff Sessions previously asked Congressional leadership to oppose the amendment

Flesh Barbie: Exploring noise through grime and distortion

This week's playlist takes its name from Julie Rousse’s ‘Flesh Barbie Techno Fuck,’ a Paris-based artist whose work goes beyond sound.

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino nominated for drug czar

Trump's 'disastrous choice' for top drug policy official voted against medical marijuana for veterans

Marijuana lounges could be coming to Denver and Alaska as Nevada lags behind

Despite legalization measures, there are no licensed cannabis consumption lounges in any state with legal weed


  • Cory Booker on why weed legalization is his signature issue

    The New Jersey senator on the 'massive injustice' of prohibition, a look at drug czar candidates, and more in today's newsletter.

    October 19, 2017

    Booker talks about why his leading on the issue of marijuana legalization. A former drug dealer tells the story of the corrupt cops who sold him drugs that they had seized in raids. Plus, the hemp lobby is trying to get Congress to legalize industrial hemp.

  • Sessions says he supports more federal research marijuana growers

    The AG says more competition would be healthy, DOJ lawyers say they erred in prosecuting state-legal medical marijuana growers, and more in today's newsletter.

    October 18, 2017

    Sessions says he is open to more federal research marijuana growers, but the DOJ has yet to allow applications to move forward. A broad coalition will push the Trump administration on criminal justice reforms. DOJ lawyers admitted they were wrong to prosecute a group of medical marijuana growers who followed state laws.

  • Trump drug czar pick Marino withdraws from consideration

    The anti-pot lawmaker faces controversy over damaging report, cannabis industry raises $1.8 billion this year, and more in today's newsletter.

    October 17, 2017

    Congressman Tom Marino withdrew from drug czar consideration after a damaging report on his role helping pharmaceutical companies. Research suggests recreational marijuana legalization could help address the opioid crisis. A former executive at the cannabis consulting firm Electrum Partners calls out her former colleagues for not supporting her fight against breast cancer.

  • Pot farms go up in smoke, but industry will probably be fine

    Congress cozies up to pharma companies, the latest from NorCal's wild fires, and more in today's newsletter.

    October 16, 2017

    Congress cozies up to the pharmaceutical industry amid evidence that cannabis could help the opioid crisis. Some pot farmers have lost everything to the California wild fires, but the industry at large will probably be just fine. Joe Arpaio's infamous Tent City jail is being turned into a substance abuse treatment center.

  • Cannabis firm fires woman for having cancer, alleges lawsuit

    Employee was fired after breast cancer diagnosis, government workers are partaking in legal weed, and more in today's newsletter.

    October 13, 2017

    A cannabis consulting firm fired its SVP after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, says a new lawsuit. Many government employees are enjoying D.C.'s legal weed, according to a survey. At least 20 cannabis farms have been destroyed in the Northern California wild fires.