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  • May 26, 2017

    ‘There’s been too much legalization talk,’ says Sessions

    The attorney general doubles down on drugs-violence link, the DEA chief says 'marijuana is not medicine,' and more in today's newsletter.

    ‘Drugs and crime go together.’ Attorney general Jeff Sessions continues to argue that drugs and crime are closely linked. In a speech he gave in Memphis, Tenn. he argued that a recent “surge” in violent crime was tied to a decrease in drug prosecutions by the Obama administration.

  • Keep That Same Old Feeling: Funky tunes for toking

    This week’s playlist is filled with the rhythms of funk, featuring Parliament, Tower of Power, and Chaka Khan.

    Opening this week’s playlist is a classic tune from The Crusaders, off of the 1976 album Those Southern Knights. Keep That Same Old Feeling features a range of funky artists, including British ensemble Cymande, Queen of Funk Chaka Khan, and the uncut spirit of Parliament.

    The father of P-Funk himself is,

  • May 25, 2017

    Pharma company hopes to capitalize on cannabis compound for epilepsy

    Promising results for CBD as an epilepsy treatment, the story of a Texas teen who lost his life in the war on drugs, and more in today's newsletter.

    Study indicates CBD’s effectiveness. The first “rigorous test” of a plant-derived CBD drug on epilepsy was a success for GW Pharmaceuticals — the manufacturers of the drug called Epidiolex. A study published Wednesday found that CBD reduced the number of seizures in epileptic children. The Associated Press The trial involved 120 patients.

  • May 24, 2017

    Trump commends Duterte for doing “unbelievable job on the drug problem”

    The Philippine president's anti-drug campaign has cost more than 7,000 lives and drawn international condemntation

    President Donald Trump called Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte in April to congratulate him on his anti-drug campaign. In a transcript of the call obtained by The Intercept, Trump says: “I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job [you are doing] on the drug problem.

  • Vermont passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana

    But governor Phil Scott vetoed the historic legislation

    On Wednesday, Vermont could’ve become the first state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana through the legislature. But Republican governor Phil Scott vetoed the legislation, which was the first of its kind to be passed by a state legislature. While that version of the bill is dead, Scott suggested changes

  • Vermont governor vetoes marijuana legalization bill

    Phil Scott said no to a historic piece of legislation, Trump commends Duterte's "unbelievable job" in the drug war, and more in today's newsletter.

    Vermont governor vetoes legalization bill. The state could’ve become the first in the nation to legalize cannabis through the legislature. But Republican governor Phil Scott vetoed a historic marijuana legalization bill. Scott said he was not “philosophically opposed” to adult-use legalization but was concerned about highway and child safety.

  • May 23, 2017

    Trump’s proposed budget keeps ONDCP, lacks MMJ protections

    A look at president Trump's budget, a Sessions memo from the '80s is worrisome for criminal justice reforms, and more in today's newsletter.

    White House will keep the ONDCP. The Trump administration was considering a 95 percent budget cut for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. After backlash from members of Congress, the White House will propose small cuts to the drug-free communities program (a $3 million cut) and high-intensity drug trafficking program (a $6 million cut).

  • May 22, 2017

    Veterans group appeals to Trump to reclassify marijuana

    American Legion requested a meeting with Kushner, prosecutors and state AGs push back against Sessions, and more in today's newsletter.

    Veterans appeal to Trump for medical marijuana. The American Legion, a conservative veterans’ group, is appealing to the Trump administration to reclassify cannabis to open up research on the drug. It has requested a meeting with Jared Kushner to “seek support from the president” on the issue. The national director for veterans affairs for the organization said,

  • May 19, 2017

    Former prosecutor says drug-war tactics are ‘a total failure’

    US states pursue reforms as Trump administration does the opposite. This and more in today's newsletter.

    States continue with criminal justice reforms. While attorney general Jeff Sessions pursues a policy to incarcerate more people for longer sentences, states are moving ahead with the opposite strategy. More than 30 states have taken steps to reduce incarceration rates, like investing in drug treatment programs. The New York Times Louisiana is poised to pass a historic criminal justice overhaul in an effort to reduce its incarceration rate —

  • Eight Miles High: A trip through psychedelic rock

    This week's playlist features essential tunes from artists that need no introduction, including Jimi Hendrix and Cream.

    This week’s playlist — Eight Miles High — goes on a trip through the ’60s psychedelic rock. Opening with a jam from Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper entitled ‘His Holy Modal Majesty,’ it also features tunes from The Byrds, Big Brother & The Holding Company, and Small Faces, among others.