August 1, 2017
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
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
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.”
July 27, 2017
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 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
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),
July 24, 2017
Fears that DOJ will crack down on cannabis. Attorney general Jeff Sessions’ Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety is expected to release a review next week on the Justice Department’s marijuana policies. Given Sessions’ rhetoric linking cannabis to violent crime, some advocates are worried that harsher policies are to come.
July 7, 2017
We’re going on vacation. This editor is taking a two-week break from this newsletter and the maddening pace of news on the internet. We’ll be back with our regular dispatches on July 24! 🌳
Cannabinoid receptors are actually quite malleable. Scientists have long thought that cannabinoid receptors worked like a lock and key with cannabinoids.
July 6, 2017
Inside the fight for Jawara McIntosh. The son of the late reggae icon Peter Tosh is in a coma after sustaining a traumatic brain injury from a jail beating. McIntosh was serving a one-year sentence after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. “Jawara would have preferred to fight against what he saw as the unjust criminalization of cannabis in an open court,”
July 5, 2017
Recreational pot sales start in Nevada. The state rolled out an early start to its adult-use cannabis program when medical marijuana dispensaries started selling recreational pot on Saturday. Both tourists and locals took advantage of the newly legal weed for sale, waiting in long lines at dispensaries. The demand exceeded cannabis businesses’