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Not only is there no correlation between medical marijuana laws and violent crime, crime rates in California actually decreased by 20 percent after legalization.
Congress is talking about marijuana reform, but could it actually happen? As local officials crack down on CBD, senators urge the USDA to hurry up with hemp regulations. Doctors and researchers discredit Alex Berenson in an open letter. Also: A Colorado school fired a substitute teacher for talking about cannabis science on YouTube (while receiving funding from marijuana tax revenue).
William Barr was sworn in as attorney general. Marijuana company board member Bill Weld considers challenging Trump for the GOP presidential nomination. More than a dozen people in Chicago got their drug convictions tossed due to police misconduct. Also: Teens in states with legal medical marijuana are less likely to smoke weed.
A House hearing on cannabis banking delves into issues of legalization. A federal judge ruled in favor of a Walmart employee who got fired for using medical marijuana. New York lawmakers raise concerns about Cuomo's plan to legalize marijuana. Also: A review found an association between teen cannabis use and adulthood depression.
The new Congress takes its first crack at cannabis reform. Colorado cannabis sales surpassed $6 billion. Researchers found promising evidence that marijuana compounds could stop the growth of colon cancer cells. Also: Besieged by controversy, the CEO of MedMen claims that it is "probably one of the most diverse companies in the world."
Kamala Harris smoked pot in college but still refused to support legalization for most of her career. Big Alcohol is mounting a lobbying blitz on cannabis. A lawsuit alleges that MedMen execs routinely made racist and sexist comments. Also: A jury found El Chapo guilty on all counts.