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  • April 18, 2017

    Citations for stoned driving dropped more than 33% in Colorado

    Promising data for legalization advocates, Homeland Security secretary clarifies cannabis comments, and more in today's newsletter.

    Promising data on cannabis from Colorado. The number of citations issued for driving under the influence of marijuana have dropped more than 33 percent in the first quarter of this year (compared to last year).”Are the citations going down? Yeah,” said a spokesperson for the state patrol. “But is the number of people using marijuana and then driving going down?

  • April 17, 2017

    Trump drug czar pick got more money from Big Pharma than any other sector

    Tom Marino's pharmaceutical industry ties, drug warriors face bipartisan opposition, and more in today's newsletter.

    Prospective drug czar’s ties to Big Pharma. House rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) is widely reported to be the Trump administration’s pick for drug czar. During his political career, Marino has received more money from the pharmaceutical industry than any other sector. His “signature legislative accomplishment is a bill that shielded prescription opioid distributors from law enforcement scrutiny,”

  • April 14, 2017

    ‘This will become legal and my son would have died for nothing’

    More cannabis news out of Canada, questions raised about Trump's drug czar pick, and more in today's newsletter.

    More on Canada’s legalization bill. Legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in the country still needs to the passed by Parliament. But its chances look good thanks to prime minster Justin Trudeau’s Liberal majority there. The Washington Post The legislation runs afoul of international drug treaties.

  • L’isle joyeuse: Late Romantic compositions

    This week’s playlist features Western classical composers from the mid- and late-Romantic era, inspired by the Colorado Symphony's 'Classically Cannabis' events.

    Opening this week’s playlist is a taste of the impressionist sounds of Claude Debussy, in the colorful ‘L’isle joyeuse,’ or ‘The Joyful Island.’ The vivid compositional style of Debussy seems well suited to toking — as evidenced by his inclusion (along with Giacomo Puccini) into the programs for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s “Classically Cannabis”

  • April 13, 2017

    Canada introduces bill to legalize weed

    Everything you need to know about Canada's new legalization bill, Colorado is afraid of a federal crackdown on cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    Canada to legalize weed! It’s official. The Canadian government has introduced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. It has two bills: one concerning the regulation of the industry, and another that addresses impaired driving. Those over 18-years-old can possess 30 grams of cannabis (just over one ounce) and can grow up to four plants at home.

  • April 12, 2017

    Reefer Madness still alive and well in the local news

    Coverage of a bus crash focuses on marijuana, despite the driver's consumption of various pharmaceuticals.

    While cannabis policy reform gains steam around the country, local news outlets still have some work to do. Reefer Madness headlines continue to top stories, like this one published Tuesday by the San Antonio Express-News: Pot found in truck that hit church bus near Leakey, DPS says.

  • Trump’s reported drug czar pick is no friend to legal weed

    Pennsylvania House rep. Tom Marino has consistently voted against even the most modest cannabis policy reforms. This and more in today's newsletter.

    The next U.S. drug czar. Various outlets report that House rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) is being tapped by the Trump administration to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Marino has previously introduced two bills on drug control — one of them increased collaboration between the DEA and prescription drug distributors.

  • April 11, 2017

    Canada could make $675 million a year from legal weed

    44 members of Congress voice support for medical marijuana, impending legislation in Canada is a boon to the cannabiz, and more in today's newsletter.

    44 members of Congress voice support for medical cannabis. Dozens of House representatives from both sides of the aisle signed an open letter advocating against federal intervention into state medical marijuana laws. The letter was spearheaded by California rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who asked the Commerce, Justice and Science committee to bar the use of federal funds to enforce drug laws in states that have legalized medical cannabis.

  • April 10, 2017

    How Sessions wants to bring back the war on drugs

    Jeff Sessions and his inner circle want to bring back strategies from the peak of the drug war. This and more in today's newsletter.

    Personnel is policy. Attorney general Jeff Sessions has not yet announced any policy changes regarding how the Justice Department treats cannabis. But he has brought Steven H. Cook into his inner circle: Cook has been a vocal advocate against criminal justice reforms and his “new perch speaks volumes about where the Justice Department is headed.”

  • April 9, 2017

    Man who blamed pot for shooting sentenced to 30 years

    Richard Kirk pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, but blamed an edible for the shooting death of his wife

    Richard Kirk was sentenced to 30 years in prison in the shooting death of his wife on Friday. The 50-year-old father of three pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in an agreement with prosecutors. He had initially been charged with first-degree murder.

    In April 2014, Kristine Kirk called 911 and reportedly said her husband was hallucinating