Word on the Tree

  • 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.

    October 4, 2017

    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.

  • 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.

    October 3, 2017

    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.

  • 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.

    October 2, 2017

    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.

  • 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.

    September 29, 2017

    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.

  • Melania Trump ‘listens and learns’ about drug addiction

    The First Lady hosts discussion on addiction, disabled MMJ patients face eviction, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 28, 2017

    Thursday | September 28, 2017. Melania Trump hosted a discussion on addiction, disabled medical marijuana patients in Maine are facing eviction, and Target is now selling Charlotte’s Web CBD products. Plus: the magazine industry’s declining ad revenues may force them to accept advertising from marijuana businesses.

    First lady will host discussion on addiction.

  • Head of DEA to resign over Trump

    Chuck Rosenberg is stepping down, a look at why farmers are fighting against neighboring cannabis grows, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 27, 2017

    Head of the DEA to resign. Chuck Rosenberg will step down from his post as the acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration by the end of the week. “He had become convinced that president Trump had little respect for the law.” Earlier this year, Trump told law enforcement officers not to be “too nice”

  • Why a San Francisco Democrat still opposes marijuana reforms

    Dianne Feinstein is still against pot, science examines dabbing temps, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 26, 2017

    A Democrat from San Francisco is still somehow anti-weed, study says low-temp dabs are healthier, and why teens are opting for cannabis over alcohol. Plus: a women’s cannabis magazine is coming to Portland.

    Why does a senator from California still oppose weed? One would expect senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.),

  • Marijuana arrests are rising, even as more states legalize

    Cannabis arrests grew in 2016, the cruelty of mandatory minimums, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 25, 2017

    Marijuana arrests went up in 2016, 86 percent of California cannabis clones are contaminated with pesticides, and a sheriff from a legal-weed state met with Jeff Sessions. Also: sorry, but you probably won’t get rich from the green rush.

    Marijuana arrests are rising. According to FBI drug arrest data,

  • Why ending the war on drugs is the only way to win it

    A closer look at Portugal's drug policy, a veterans group calls on the VA to help with a marijuana study, and more

    September 22, 2017

    Friday | September 22, 2017. A prominent veterans group pushes the VA to help with a cannabis clinical trial, why drugs should be decriminalized, and a closer look at the data on stoned driving. Rapper Chief Keef pleaded not guilty to marijuana charges in South Dakota, setting up a showdown unless a deal is reached before the trial.

  • A look inside secretive bank accounts hiding forfeiture money

    Where seized money goes, more seniors are using medical marijuana, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 21, 2017

    A look inside the secret bank accounts hiding asset forfeiture money, seniors are increasingly turning to medical cannabis, and Dr. Oz has started a petition urging the U.S. government to fund more marijuana research. Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte said if his son is found to have trafficked drugs, he would order police to kill him “so people will not have anything to say.”