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  • June 23, 2017

    Congressional Black Caucus declines Trump meeting, citing drug war

    The caucus chair decried racial disparities, the son of a reggae icon got beat into a coma while serving time for pot possession, and more in today's newsletter.

    CBC says no to Trump meeting. “[The Trump] administration has taken actions that cause legitimate alarm among members of this caucus and the millions of Americans we represent,” wrote rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Richmond cited attorney general Jeff Sessions’ return to harsher drug-war policies “that will continue to wreck the Black community”

  • High Road: The eclectic sounds of indie pop

    This week, we feature the playful pop sounds of artists such as Santigold, Róisín Murphy, and Grimes.

    Our latest playlist High Road features various pop sounds, from the eclectic St. Vincent to the ever-eccentric Róisín Murphy. The former has recently announced a new tour, sparking speculations over a fifth album to follow 2015’s eponymous St. Vincent.

    Also included: The catchy,

  • June 22, 2017

    Rhode Island medical marijuana patient wins in court

    A judge ruled that off-duty medical marijuana use shouldn't matter.

    On May 23, a Rhode Island court ruled in favor of medical-marijuana patient Christine Callaghan, arguing that a company discriminated against her for off-duty medical cannabis use.

    The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of Callaghan in 2014 after the University of Rhode Island graduate student was denied a summer internship at Darlington Fabrics in Westerly,

  • The global black market for drugs is booming says UN report

    The failures of global drug policy, legalization in Vermont is dead for the year, and more in today's newsletter.

    The black market is booming. A new report from the UN’s office on drugs and crime found that the global market for illicit drugs is on the upswing: “Drug trafficking seems to have increased slightly in 2015 and some drug markets, particularly the cocaine and synthetic drugs markets,

  • June 21, 2017

    Officer who killed Castile said marijuana smell made him a threat

    Acquitted officer cited cannabis in shooting death, national advocacy group loses bank accounts, and more in today's newsletter.

    Officer who shot black motorist blames marijuana. The dashcam video of the shooting of Philando Castile has been released, but doesn’t show what happened in the car. Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted last week, and he testified that Castile ignored his commands. Now, a newly released transcript reveals that Yanez told investigators that the smell of cannabis was part of the reason why he considered Castile a threat.

  • June 20, 2017

    Innocent lives are lost when DEA missions go wrong, but no one is held accountable

    A DEA mission gone wrong, data disputes Sessions, and more in today's newsletter.

    Who holds the DEA accountable? No one, really. A recent story dove into a massacre of a border town sparked by a DEA operation. But when confronted with the evidence of its role in the tragedy, the agency insisted that “this is not a story where the DEA has blood on its hands.”

  • June 19, 2017

    Sessions says harsher drug sentencing will help protect minority communities

    Sessions defends mandatory minimums, how prohibition increases violence, and more in today's newsletter.

    Jeff Sessions on drug policy. The attorney general penned an op-ed defending his reversal of an Obama-era Justice Department policy that moved away from harsh mandatory minimums. He cited a recent uptick in violent crime and the opioid crisis as reasons to pursue harsh sentences for drug offenses.

  • June 16, 2017

    Jazz Cabbage: How marijuana followed music’s migration

    Marijuana and jazz music share the same roots and migratory paths. Enjoy our latest playlist with some Thelonious Skunk.

    In the early 1900s, a new type of music called jazz was blossoming in the bordellos of New Orleans. Jazz musicians were known to be avid cannabis smokers — “moota,” as it was called, became a popular substance in the red-light district. The genre accompanied the Great Migration of African-Americans to the Midwest and Northeast in the ’20s and ’30s,

  • June 15, 2017

    Lawmakers reintroduce medical marijuana legislation in Congress

    The CARERS Act gets another chance, science proves Sessions wrong, and more in today's newsletter.

    Reintroducing the CARERS Act. A bipartisan group of senators are reintroducing the CARERS Act — legislation that aims to protect state-legal medical marijuana. The bill would offer a more permanent solution for protecting state medical cannabis laws that currently rely on the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment (which must be renewed every year).

  • June 14, 2017

    Legal weed may have led to decreases in violent crime

    The study suggests Jeff Sessions' claims about crime and cannabis are wrong. His deputy hints at changes to marijuana enforcement. This and more in today's newsletter.

    Sessions against cannabis. Attorney general Jeff Sessions cited the case of marijuana trafficking out of Colorado in his request to Congress to crack down on state medical marijuana programs. “[Traffickers] often find a place for themselves within state regulatory systems,” wrote Sessions. Such cases will potentially fuel “anti-cannabis moves by industry opponents.”