• October 20, 2017

    Sail Beyond the Sunset: Psych-jams with Elephant 6

    This week, we bring you the sounds of American millenium-era collective The Elephant 6 Recording Company.

    Few songs manage to capture the feeling of a drowsy head-high properly; the sensation of your brain lifting away from your body and taking you someplace else is hard to express. But Neutral Milk Hotel’s ‘Engine’ pulls it off through meandering lyrics drifting atop an otherworldly theremin.

    ‘Engine’ kicks off this week’s playlist,

  • October 19, 2017

    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.

    Earlier this week, I wrote about a lawsuit against the cannabis consulting firm Electrum Partners. The complaint alleges that the company fired Pamela Johnston, formerly a senior vice president, for her breast cancer diagnosis. The piece quoted from a draft of a GoFundMe campaign her clients and colleagues in the travel industry were working on.

  • October 18, 2017

    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.

    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.

  • October 17, 2017

    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.

    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.

  • October 16, 2017

    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.

    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.

  • October 13, 2017

    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.

    Friday | 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.

  • Soul Bearings: Explorations in contemporary jazz

    This week, we focus on jazz emerging in the past decade, including a range of experimental and traditional approaches.

    Opening Toking Tunes this week is Esperanza Spalding’s ‘I Know You Know,’ from her eponymous 2008 release Esperanza. It’s followed by a tune by Soweto Kinch, a British saxophonist and rapper, from his 2016 release Nonagram.

    Also included are tunes from Kamasi Washington’s 2017 follow up to the incredible 2016 release The Epic,

  • October 12, 2017

    We must legalize cannabis, says former surgeon general

    Joycelyn Elders on pot policy, Earl Blumenauer testifies that MMJ could help the opioid crisis, and more in today's newsletter.

    Rep. Earl Blumenauer educated his colleagues on the benefits of medical marijuana, former surgeon general Dr. Joycelyn Elders says decriminalization isn’t enough, and the federal landscape of pot policy is stranger than ever without administrators for the DEA and HHS. Also: A Phoenix man is suing the city, alleging that cops forced him to eat weed during a traffic stop.

  • October 11, 2017

    Jeff Sessions has a ‘marijuana obsession’ says former AG

    Eric Holder talks pot policy, a 12-year-old medical marijuana patient speaks out, and more in today's newsletter.

    A former attorney general talks about Jeff Sessions’ “obsession with marijuana,” how a 12-year-old girl is fighting to end prohibition, and the danger of bad marijuana headlines from cannabis publications. Also: Twitter users loved a weed dealer’s out-of-office message, praising him for his customer service. 🌳

    Jeff Sessions’

  • October 10, 2017

    The only federal law protecting medical marijuana is under threat

    Wild fires in NorCal are bad news for cannabis farmers, Rohrabacher-Farr is on shaky ground, and more in today's newsletter.

    NorCal fires threaten cannabis crops, three law enforcement officers were indicted for a school drug-sweep, and the DEA seized more than half a million dollars from passengers at one airport in Arizona. (Besides a small amount of marijuana, they didn’t find any drugs.) Also: The director general for the Philippines’