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  • August 4, 2017

    Highly Flammable: ‘Someone roll them blunts’

    This week’s playlist features high-energy, bassy sounds from East London.

    We bring you heavy sounds originating from East London in this week’s playlist. It features a host of Grime pioneers and essentials, from Skepta’s iconic ‘That’s Not Me’ to ‘I Luv U’ from Dizzee Rascal’s seminal Boy in Da Corner.

    Stefflon Don’s infectious, reggaeton-tinged ’16 Shots’

  • August 3, 2017

    57% of Americans think legalization would make society better

    Polls continue finding support for marijuana, how a cannabis racial equity program is working out, and more in today's newsletter.

    Another poll finds most Americans support legalization. The results just keep coming. The latest Harvard-Harris poll found that 86 percent of Americans support some form of cannabis legalization. Only 14 percent of respondents said that cannabis should remain illegal. And 57 percent thought that legalizing weed would make society better.

  • August 2, 2017

    Legalization bill is a ‘conversation that Congress has to have’

    More on Booker's legislation, DEA chief slams Trump, and more in today's newsletter.

    Booker’s bill is a ‘conversation that Congress has to have.’ While senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) recognizes that his new cannabis descheduling bill has slim chances in Congress, the legislation is notable for targeting the racist and classist enforcement of drug laws in the U.S. Newsweek Some lawmakers representing states that have legalized recreational marijuana expressed reservations about the legislation,

  • August 1, 2017

    White House ignores evidence that marijuana could help the opioid crisis

    The commission received thousands of comments to investigate cannabis, Booker introduces racial justice-minded legalization bill, and more in today's newsletter.

    White House ignores science on marijuana and opioids. On Monday, the White House’s commission on addiction and the opioid crisis issued an interim report, recommending that president Trump “declare a national emergency.” The report also recommended expanding drug treatment under Medicaid, increasing the use of medication-assisted treatment, mandating law enforcement officers to carry naxalone,

  • July 31, 2017

    A councilman voted to ban pot but then applied for a license to grow it

    Purely a 'business decision,' new cannabis legislation in Congress, and more in today's newsletter.

    Cannabis in Congress. U.S. rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) reintroduced legislation to protect state cannabis laws from federal enforcement on Friday. Known as the SMART Enforcement Act, the bill would give states with legal cannabis programs a waiver from the Controlled Substances Act. “People in these states should not live in fear of the unpredictable actions of the attorney general and Department of Justice,”

  • July 28, 2017

    A look behind the Feds’ secret marijuana meeting

    The federal government's war on weed, Mnuchin talks cannabis banking problems, and more in today's newsletter.

    The federal government’s war on weed. So far, there’s no news out of the Justice Department’s review of marijuana policy. Some advocates fear that a crackdown could be coming, but attorney general Jeff Sessions said he would “continue to review all of the task force’s recommendations and look forward to taking additional steps.”

  • I Wanna Be Down: Smooth sounds of rhythm and blues

    Toking Tunes returns with a mellow playlist, featuring R&B sounds from the 90s to today.

    After our brief hiatus, we return with a soulful, R&B-tinged playlist. Opening with ‘I Wanna Be Down’ from Brandy’s 1994 eponymous album, the playlist traverses ’90s essentials, as well as more recent ventures.

    The playlist also features tunes from contemporary artists like Alexandria and Childish Gambino and the classic title tune from Aaliyah’s 1994 Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number.

  • July 27, 2017

    Senate committee, Kushner push back against Sessions

    Jared Kushner, the criminal justice reformer, a Senate committee approves medical marijuana protections, and more in today's newsletter.

    Jared Kushner, chief ally of drug sentencing reformers? The son-in-law and adviser to president Trump includes criminal justice reform among his many responsibilities. He’s been in talks with lawmakers and criminal justice organizations about the issue, including moving away from mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenders. Such a change would put him at odds with attorney general Jeff Sessions who is promoting the policy as part of his tough-on-crime agenda.

  • July 26, 2017

    Congressmen introduce new cannabis research bill

    A bipartisan group promote marijuana research, House Republicans block cannabis votes, and more in today's newsletter.

    Congressmen introduce marijuana research bill. A bipartisan group of congressmen have introduced a new bill that would make it easier for researchers to study cannabis by removing some of the bureaucratic red tape surrounding the process. It would also allow for private companies to grow research marijuana, which is now currently monopolized by NIDA and the University of Mississippi.

  • July 25, 2017

    Advocates sue Sessions and the DEA, challenging the CSA

    Lawsuit claims marijuana in the CSA is unconstitutional, Congress to consider a variety of cannabis amendments, and more in today's newsletter.

    Suing Sessions and the DEA. Five plaintiffs have filed a federal lawsuit against attorney general Jeff Sessions and the DEA, claiming that marijuana’s Schedule I status is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs include retired NFL player-turned cannabis entrepreneur Marvin Washington, three medical marijuana patients (including two children and one veteran),