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  • Amid CBD crackdown, senators urge federal regulators to hurry up on hemp legalization

    NYC will start fining businesses for selling certain CBD products, doctors discredit Berenson's claims, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 18, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    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. A group of 75 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).

  • Bill Barr sworn in as attorney general

    Marijuana advocates cautiously optimistic about Barr, drug convictions tossed due to officer misconduct, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 15, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    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.

  • Judge rules against Walmart for firing MMJ patient

    A federal judge ruled in favor of an employee who failed a drug test, the US House held its first hearing on cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 14, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    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.

  • Colorado has sold more than $6 billion in cannabis

    The state reaches another marijuana milestone, Congress takes its first crack at cannabis reform, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 13, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    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 refused to support legalization for most of her career

    The presidential hopeful is late to the issue, Big Alcohol is hoping to influence cannabis legislation, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 12, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    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. 🌳

    Harris smoked pot in college,

  • The FDA won’t say whether it’s behind the CBD crackdown

    The agency has 'ongoing communication' about CBD with local authorities, Barney's is getting into the cannabis business, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 11, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    The FDA won’t say whether it’s behind a recent crackdown on CBD. The drivers of a hemp shipment are out of jail, but still facing drug charges in Oklahoma. Luxury retailer Barney’s is opening up a fancy head shop. Also: A new study suggests MDMA users have higher levels of empathy.

  • John Boehner will chair a new cannabis lobbying group

    The former House speaker announces the launch of an industry-funded group, Okla. prosecutors insist hemp is marijuana, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 8, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    John Boehner announces the launch of a new industry-funded cannabis lobbying group. Prosecutors in Oklahoma insist that a hemp shipment was actually marijuana. An Arizona prosecutor compared cannabis extracts to illegal explosives. Also: Rates of marijuana use in Canada appear unchanged since legalization. 🌳

    John Boehner to chair national cannabis lobbying group.

  • Colorado company sues to get its hemp back

    Idaho police said the hemp was marijuana, a proposed marijuana facility sparks conflict between rich and poor, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 7, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    A Colorado company is suing to get its hemp back (police said it was marijuana). A bid to open a cannabis cultivation facility in California pits rich and poor communities against each other. A medical marijuana patient in Canada passed an impairment test, but still had her license suspended and car impounded.

  • Harvard researchers surprised by their own findings on marijuana

    A study found that men who consume cannabis have higher sperm counts, another Arizona MMJ patient gets busted for extracts, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 6, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    New marijuana research surprises scientists. Another Arizona medical marijuana patient gets busted for extracts he purchased from a licensed dispensary. Utah’s Supreme Court will hear arguments challenging the legislature’s marijuana law, surprising advocates. Also: Maine’s governor is working with lawmakers on a bill to allow edible CBD products. 🌳

    Surprising results from cannabis research.

  • Licensed cannabis businesses struggle to compete with black market

    Unlicensed sellers have a stubborn hold in Mass. and Calif., authorities are cracking down on hemp-derived CBD, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 5, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    The cannabis black market has a stubborn hold on Massachusetts and California. State and local authorities are cracking down on hemp-derived CBD. Most medical marijuana patients are using the drug “for reasons where the science is the strongest,” according to a new study. Also, job openings in the cannabis industry rose 76 percent last year (and its workers get paid more).