Actors Luana Anders and Peter Fonda smoking a joint in a scene from the 1969 film ‘Easy Rider,’ a countercultural movie that influenced drug use by baby boomers in the 1960s.

Decades after the ‘Summer of Love,’ Canada will finally legalize weed

Young people who tried to persuade the government of the benefits of cannabis in the late '60s finally get to see a government wake up to the harms of prohibition.

In 1969, the Royal Commission on the Non-Medical Use of Drugs visited coffee shops and universities to talk to young people about marijuana use. One student told them marijuana reveals “a greater sense of the universe.”

A still from the cult classic Reefer Madness.

The devastating costs of criminalizing cannabis

How Harry Anslinger's Reefer Madness continues to influence our harmful drug policies.

How one doctor’s personal journey with cannabis helped her overcome the fear of stigma

How one doctor’s personal journey with cannabis helped her overcome the fear of stigma

Dr. Junella Chin has integrated medical marijuana into her family practice after the drug helped her finally find pain relief.

Infatuation: Saccharine sounds to keep you hooked

Infatuation: Saccharine sounds to keep you hooked

We've resisted the temptation to fill this week's playlist with Charli XCX.

The link between drugs and music, explained by science

The link between drugs and music, explained by science

As every toker knows, listening to music while high can make it sound better.

Why ‘recreational’ drug use isn’t a bad thing

Why ‘recreational’ drug use isn’t a bad thing

Our culture views getting high as a moral wrong. Here's why it could actually be good for society.

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  • How Republicans are changing their views on cannabis

    How Republicans evolved to embrace marijuana, new bill in Congress would seal marijuana records, and more in today's newsletter.

    How Republicans are changing their views on cannabis
    August 17, 2018

    How Republicans are changing their views on cannabis. A new House bill would seal records of marijuana offenses. The DEA is going to increase the amount of research marijuana produced by the feds. Also: This newsletter is taking a hiatus for the rest of August. We'll see you back in your inboxes in September!

  • Pissed and Passed Out: Sonic adventures through trippy films

    To subvert the typical stoner film, we've compiled a playlist full of tunes from under-appreciated works best seen with a joint.

    Pissed and Passed Out: Sonic adventures through trippy films
    August 17, 2018

    Film recommendations make up this week's playlist, which is full of tunes from underrated works like The Doom Generation and Pink Flamingos.

  • How one drug offender became a professor and is helping others do the same

    The importance of educational opportunities, pro-marijuana candidates win in Democratic primaries, and more in today's newsletter.

    Inside the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, a prison that closed in the 60s.
    August 16, 2018

    How one man went from prison to becoming a doctor and is helping others do the same. Democratic voters approved pro-marijuana candidates in gubernatorial primaries. Washington is dealing with a big cannabis waste problem. Also: Cannabis regulators in Alaska are revisiting the possibility of marijuana lounges.

  • Employers can drug test medical marijuana patients, rules federal court

    A judge ruled against a patient's discrimination claim, alcohol giant pours another $4 billion into the cannabis industry, and more in today's newsletter.

    Employers can drug test medical marijuana patients, rules federal court
    August 15, 2018

    A federal court ruled that employers have a right to drug test medical marijuana patients. A Pennsylvania dispensary finds a way around state regulations against medical marijuana discounts. The parent company of Corona is pouring another $4 billion into the cannabis industry. Also: VeggieTales will not be welcoming a new character called 'Cannabis Carl.'

  • The easy way to become a medical marijuana patient in New York

    The state's medical cannabis program is notoriously restrictive, but new tech platforms offer a solution for prospective patients.

    The easy way to become a medical marijuana patient in New York
    August 15, 2018
    By Chloe Schneider

    Once New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed the the state’s medical marijuana bill, 10-year-old Amanda Houser’s mother thought that there would finally be a solution to her daughter’s suffering. Little did they know, the licensing of medical marijuana companies would take 18 months.