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  • Former NFL players team up with Harvard to research marijuana for CTE

    NFL players turned cannabis business partners are funding cannabis research, Texas and the DEA are working on a marijuana-hemp test, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 16, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    Former NFL players team up with Harvard to research medical marijuana for CTE. Texas marijuana advocates call out the state for investing in a cannabis company. NIDA wants to go beyond researching the harms of marijuana. Also: 40 percent of Canadian cannabis consumers are buying from the underground market.

  • Vaping lands dozens in the hospital, baffling doctors

    Officials are trying to figure out how vaping led to hospitalizations, FDA is unlikely to create an exception for CBD, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 15, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    FDA official tells hemp producers not to expect an exception for CBD. Doctors are baffled by dozens of young people hospitalized after vaping marijuana or nicotine. How a law-and-order Republican lawmaker became a key marijuana lobbyist. Also: Mexico’s top court told lawmakers to hurry up with medical marijuana regulations.

  • Massachusetts couple evicted over medical marijuana

    The Agawam couple is fighting their eviction in court, Ohio AG says marijuana is definitely still illegal, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 14, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    A Massachusetts couple is fighting their eviction over medical marijuana smoking. Ohio’s AG said the state will pay for lab testing to help distinguish marijuana from hemp for local prosecutors. Nearly half of Canadian employers still have zero-tolerance policies for marijuana. Also: A Portland commissioner questions parents complaining about a planned dispensary near a kindergarten.

  • The smell of weed doesn’t justify a search, judges rule in two states

    Courts in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania say marijuana odor isn't probable cause, dubious CBD claims are undermining the cannabis cause, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 13, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    Courts in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania say the smell of weed can’t be used to justify a search. Medical marijuana is giving patients hope despite a lack of scientific evidence. Dubious CBD products could undermine the mainstreaming of cannabis. Also: Why a California cannabis company bought 🌳

    Smell and search.

  • Lobbying firms are cashing in on cannabis

    The cannabis industry is growing its political influence, hemp continues to cause confusion for prosecutors, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 12, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    Lobbying firms are increasingly cashing in on cannabis. Hemp legalization sows confusion for prosecutors all over the country. A cannabis business owner was appointed to Colorado’s tourism board. Also: American farmers are planting hemp in an effort to offset losses from the US-China trade war. 🌳

    Lobbying firms cash in on cannabis.

  • Curaleaf hit with record $250,000 fine in Massachusetts

    The fine will allow the company to keep its licenses, New Mexico and D.C. get medical marijuana reciprocity, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 9, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    Massachusetts regulators fined multi-state operator Curaleaf a whopping $250,000. Medical marijuana reciprocity comes to New Mexico and Washington D.C. Prosecutors in Oklahoma dropped drug charges against two hemp transporters. Also: The U.S. Navy and NASA warn employees against using hemp and CBD products. 🌳

    Court rules in favor of Ohio in marijuana ballot case.

  • Bernie wants to legalize marijuana by executive order

    The presidential candidate talks about cannabis reform, New Jersey legalization effort isn't dead after all, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 8, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    Bernie said he would legalize weed by executive order if he were president. New Jersey’s Senate president says the legislative effort to legalize marijuana still has hope. Critics say a study on marijuana use in pregnant women is unnecessary and dangerous. Also: Josh Kushner’s VC firm invests in the cannabis industry.

  • Credit union ends cannabis program after insurer pulls out

    A credit union says it can't serve the cannabis industry without insurance, medical marijuana arrives in the Deep South, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 7, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    A credit union is ending its cannabis pilot program thanks to its insurance broker. Medical marijuana arrives in the Deep South as Louisiana patients finally access the drug. ‘Political heavyweights’ are teaming up to lobby on marijuana issues in California. Also: The producer of Arizona Tea is getting into the cannabis industry.

  • Hospital urges MMJ patient to seek drug treatment

    Stigma against marijuana runs deep in the medical establishment, how cannabis consumption trends are changing, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 6, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    Cannabis consumption trends are changing in the U.S. A Florida hospital diagnosed a medical marijuana patient with drug abuse and urged him to seek substance abuse treatment. An Oklahoma cannabis clinic is suing to keep patient data from law enforcement. Also: How Joe Biden’s cannabis plan could decimate the industry.

  • HHS says Utah doesn’t risk losing federal grants for its medical marijuana program

    The feds tell Utah that it won't pull funds over cannabis, tens of thousands have been deported over marijuana possession, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 5, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    A federal agency told Utah that it doesn’t risk losing funding due to its medical cannabis program. Tens of thousands have been deported from the U.S. for marijuana possession since 2003. Medical marijuana companies and execs spent $630,000 on political giving in Illinois since 2017. Also: The cannabis industry is embracing facial recognition,