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  • How a Georgia Republican operates an underground MMJ network

    Allen Peake is helping hundreds of patients in the conservative state, Congress gets a new cannabis banking bill, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 28, 2017

    New cannabis banking bill. House rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) introduced the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE Banking Act) on Thursday. The legislation would allow financial institutions to serve the cannabis industry without fearing federal regulators. Currently, cannabis companies have difficulties accessing financial services and conduct their business in cash.

  • Colorado governor talked to Sessions about legal weed

    John Hickenlooper said the attorney general 'feels strongly' against marijuana use, USPS blocks a dispensary from paying taxes, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 27, 2017

    Colorado governor talks pot with Sessions. Governor John Hickenlooper had a meeting with Jeff Sessions, and said the attorney general is “very concerned” about drug consumption and “feels strongly” that increased marijuana use is unhealthy for the country. Hickenlooper said Sessions didn’t give him “any reason to think that he’s going to come down and suddenly try to put everyone out of business.”

  • Prosecutors suggest Trump administration ignore local pot laws

    A D.A. group says prohibition should be enforced consistently, an MMJ CEO wises up to institutional racism, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 26, 2017

    National prosecutors against weed. The National District Attorneys Association has released a paper detailing its position on marijuana policy: it suggests that the federal government enforce prohibition consistently across the country, despite local pot laws. It also asserts that marijuana legalization “increases youth access,” despite state-level data that show no increase in youth consumption.

  • Trudeau evasive about pardoning those with pot convictions

    The Canadian prime minister evaded questions about pot pardons, activists in D.C. get arrested again, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 25, 2017

    Trudeau talks legal weed. Takeaways from the Canadian prime minister’s town hall event include: no plans to decriminalize other drugs, Canada’s medical marijuana program will stay the same, and the recreational market will likely be dominated by larger corporations. Trudeau evaded questions about pardoning people for pot charges.

  • Police drop charges against D.C. marijuana activists

    Two other arrestees are being charged under local laws, a teen who was denied a transplant due to cannabis use dies, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 24, 2017

    Police drop charges for D.C. activists. Of the eight activists arrested in a D.C. joint giveaway, all but two had their charges dropped. Advocates thought they were being charged under federal law. Instead, they are being charged for violating D.C. law, which prohibits possession of more than two ounces of marijuana.

  • Jeff Sessions has already hurt cannabis reform with his words alone

    Lawmakers pull back from legislation after 'threatening language' from the attorney general, pot activists say their arrests were politically motivated, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 23, 2017

    Word on the Tree was out West last week for the High Times Cannabis Cup (among other festivities). In lieu of our typical Friday dispatch, here’s a special weekend edition to catch you up on the 4/20 media frenzy.

    Jeff Sessions hasn’t made any marijuana policy changes yet.

  • A not-so-happy 4/20 for activists arrested on federal drug charges

    Amid a myriad of cannabis celebrations, pot advocates get arrested despite following local laws. This and more in today's newsletter.

    April 20, 2017

    It’s 4/20! The weed holiday is here. While the day will surely be filled with celebrations, some advocates hope that the pro-cannabis festivities will spur activism in the age of Trump. “Should they view the pot-smoker’s holiday as a chance to show strength? Or should they lie relatively low in the hopes of not attracting unwanted attention that could spur a crackdown?”

  • Most Americans think marijuana is safer than opioids

    A recent survey found two-thirds of Americans see cannabis as a safer alternative to pain pills. This and more in today's newsletter.

    April 19, 2017

    Survey: Americans think cannabis is safer than opioids. Two-thirds of respondents to a recent survey said that prescription pain pills are “riskier” to use than marijuana. About one in five saw cannabis as more dangerous than drugs like Vicodin or OxyContin. The Associated Press Cannabis has potential to help fight the opioid epidemic.

  • 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.

    April 18, 2017

    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?

  • 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.

    April 17, 2017

    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,”