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  • How selling cannabis could be classified as a “violent” offense

    Why criminal justice reforms should consider "violent" offenders too, a look at cannabis policy discussions in Congress, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 24, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    A cannabis trade group pushes for social equity at the Capitol. How a marijuana conviction could be classified as “violent.” Maine finally has a plan for commercial cannabis sales. Also: A wheelchair-bound medical marijuana patient in Canada was forced into homelessness when his apartment evicted him over cannabis. 🌳

    Industry pushes for social equity at the Capitol.

  • Funding for social equity takes a hit in Massachusetts and Los Angeles

    Social equity applicants aren't getting funded, NJ Senate president rejects decriminalization, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 23, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    Funding falls short for social equity in both Massachusetts and L.A. New Jersey’s Senate president rejects a decriminalization proposal. A look behind the controversy that led the Open Cannabis Project to shut down. Also: Idaho lawmakers team up to advocate for hemp transporters being charged with drug trafficking. 🌳

    Social equity funding takes a hit.

  • A look inside the first-ever marijuana forum at the Capitol

    Cannabis policy gains legitimacy in Congress, racial disparities in marijuana arrests worsened after legalization, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 22, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    Cannabis policy reform gains legitimacy at the Capitol. Racial disparities in marijuana arrests got worse in Washington after legalization. Massachusetts considers a fund to help equity applicants start their businesses. Also: After three months of deliberations, Facebook decides against changing its policy for marijuana companies. 🌳

    Cannabis at the Capitol.

  • Former head of the FDA talks CBD regulation

    A look at the issues facing the federal agency, Colorado court rules against marijuana-sniffing police dogs, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 21, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    The former FDA chief talks about how the agency can get around CBD regulatory issues. Colorado’s highest court rules that marijuana-sniffing police dogs can’t be used to justify a search. The NFL and the players’ union agreed to look into medical cannabis. Also: A new study found that CBD could help those struggling with heroin use disorder.

  • How Democrats across the country are failing at marijuana reform

    A look at state-level legalization efforts, the feds struggle with CBD regulations, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 20, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    Criminal justice and social equity are complicating legalization efforts among Democrats. Washington wrestles with CBD regulations as the industry struggles amid regulatory confusion. After legalization efforts stalled, New Jersey considers decriminalization and record expungement. Also: Two more former U.S. lawmakers get into the business of cannabis. 🌳

    How Democrats are failing at marijuana reform.

  • Biden says he supports marijuana decriminalization

    The former vice president is evolving on the issue, MA approves cannabis cafes, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 17, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    Biden says he supports marijuana decriminalization. Regulators in Massachusetts approved cannabis cafes. Lawmakers in Delaware introduced a recreational marijuana legalization bill. Also: New research sheds light on the origins of the cannabis plant. 🌳

    Biden signals support for marijuana decriminalization.

    Former vice president Joe Biden said he supports decriminalizing marijuana,

  • How federal prohibition leads to misinformation about cannabis and pesticides

    State regulators are left without guidance on pesticides, a new bill would help foreigners in the cannabis industry, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 16, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    How federal prohibition leads to “gross misinformation” about cannabis and pesticides. New legislation in Congress would help foreigners who use cannabis or work in the industry. How the war on drugs kept black men out of college. Also: Veterinarians are lobbying the Canadian government to allow medical cannabis for animals.

  • Legalization in New Jersey is likely heading to the ballot, says Senate president

    An effort to legalize marijuana in the legislature fails in the Garden State, New York gets a new legalization bill, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 15, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    The effort to legalize marijuana through the New Jersey legislature has failed and the issue will likely go to voters, said the Senate president. Lawmakers in New York introduced a new legalization bill. A look at the science behind questionable claims about CBD. Also: Should psychedelic researchers consume the same drugs they study?

  • Colorado dispensaries hit another record: $142.4 million in marijuana sales

    Colorado's cannabis market hit a new high for monthly sales, U.S. reps. team up on marijuana legislation for veterans, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 14, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    Congressmen hope to increase medical marijuana access for veterans (and other drug policy reforms). Mitch McConnell is pushing for crop insurance for hemp farmers. Colorado cannabis sales hit a new high. Also: A research review found how dispensaries can benefit local communities. 🌳

    U.S. reps. reintroduce medical marijuana bill.

  • Federal court rejects marijuana expungements despite legalization

    Undocumented immigrants can still be deported for expunged pot offenses, Detroit to settle lawsuit over marijuana raid, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 13, 2019
    By Mona Zhang

    Undocumented immigrants with marijuana convictions aren’t protected from deportation if their charges are expunged, ruled a federal court. Detroit will pay $60,000 to settle a lawsuit over police who killed three dogs during a marijuana raid. Institutional investors are increasingly warming up to the cannabis industry. Also: Big box retailers are considering CBD.