• October 6, 2017

    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.

    This week’s playlist opens with ‘3’ by Pita — a beautifully noisy and distorted track from 1999’s Get Out — and closes with ‘Hail to Thee, Everlasting Pain’ by The Body. The tracks offer distinctly different takes on noise, though they’re both thoroughly consuming. Much has been written on the relationship between cannabis and aural perception,

  • October 5, 2017

    Sessions quashed drug sentencing reform. Can Kushner save it?

    Senators seek criminal justice reforms, Canadian pot tax plan boosts marijuana stocks, and more in today's newsletter.

    Criminal justice reformers look to Kushner’s influence in the White House, Colorado is not such a fan of DARE, and a settlement is reached between Gorilla Glue (the adhesives company) and GG Strains (the cannabis company). Also: how a Japanese man concocted his own ayahuasca recipe by “smoking all the random grass seeds [he] found on the street.”

  • October 4, 2017

    DEA Head Chuck Rosenberg Steps Down and Robert Patterson Takes Over

    Rosenberg found himself clashing with the Trump administration on law enforcement issues and medical marijuana research.

    Chuck Rosenberg, acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, resigned on Oct. 1. “I will continue to root for you now from the sidelines,” he told his staff.

    Both The Washington Post and The New York Times reported that Rosenberg had turned down serving as the DEA’s permanent head.

  • Drug courts send people to rehabs that are more like ‘slave camps’

    Drug treatment programs are anything but, the FDA may crack down on marijuana health claims, and more in today's newsletter.

    The FDA considers cannabis health claims, how the VA is stymieing marijuana research, and Alaska voters rejected local bans on recreational marijuana. Also: you know those treatment centers that drug courts divert non-violent offenders to? They’re more like slave camps, according to a new investigation.

    FDA hints at cannabis crackdown.

  • October 3, 2017

    Growers against the ‘Walmart of Weed’ are hoping to shape regs

    Cannabis and criminal justice at the Supreme Court, small growers against Big Marijuana, and more in today's newsletter.

    Tuesday | October 3, 2017. A look at policing cases on the Supreme Court docket, the fight against the ‘Walmart of Weed,’ and Atlanta’s city council unanimously approves marijuana decriminalization. Also: an update on the case of Jessica McElfresh, the California cannabis attorney facing felony charges.

    Criminal justice at the Supreme Court.

  • A doctor on the misery chronic pain and treating it with medical marijuana

    'As a physician I have treated chronic pain patients for decades, and as a patient I have been humbled and devastated by the shingles virus'

    Maybe you or someone close to you is suffering with the misery — the pure agony — of relentless, severe pain. As you well know, such pain can completely overwhelm your life, to the point where relief from it becomes an all-consuming, single-minded focus. When chronic pain flares and becomes acute,

  • October 2, 2017

    Sessions says feds will continue to enforce prohibition

    Out-of-state trafficking draws ire from the feds, cannabis-related jobs are on the rise, and more in today's newsletter.

    Sessions reiterates his stance on federal enforcement, the cannabis industry is creating both private- and public-sector jobs, and an obscure FAA rule seems to unwittingly create an exemption for state-legal marijuana. Meanwhile, the SEC details an insider-trading scheme that involved a 10-pound marijuana kickback in a complaint filed in federal court.

  • September 29, 2017

    ACLU sues police after bogus stoned driving arrests

    The folly of drug recognition "experts," medical marijuana supplier faces felony drug charges, and more in today's newsletter.

    A drug recognition “expert” wrongly arrested three for stoned driving, alleges a new federal lawsuit. The man who supplied cannabis oil to a Colorado boy who inspired a new MMJ law is facing felony drug charges. Target pulled CBD products off of its shelves after media reports. Also: Snoop Dogg’s VC firm is investing in a seed-to-sale tracking software company in Canada.

  • A Rainbow in Curved Air: Hues of minimalism

    This week we bring you a playlist of minimalist sounds, mostly from the 20th century, but with a few contemporary excursions into the tradition

    Breaking from the tone of the past few playlists, this week we offer one of calming of minimalist music. From precursors such as Erik Satie’s now-iconic Gymnopedies to recent ventures such as Claire M Singer’s ‘The Molendinar’ and Laraaji’s ‘Zither Dance,’ the playlist stretches from 1888 to 2016.

  • September 28, 2017

    House GOP leaders block medical marijuana protections

    Jeff Sessions previously asked Congressional leadership to oppose the amendment

    For a few days in early September, marijuana policy reformers fitfully watched as Republican leaders in the House blocked a vote on the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment. The legislation, which is co-sponsored by Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), has been passed in some form since 2014 and protects state-legal medical-marijuana programs from federal interference.