• 83% of US voters don’t support pot prohibition

    Liberalizing cannabis laws is one thing Americans can agree on, a look at how Sessions could crack down on cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    January 19, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    A prohibitionist group shows that 83 percent of Americans actually oppose prohibition. Members of Congress push their colleagues to support protections for state-legal cannabis. A new bill in Congress would restrict funds for the DEA’s marijuana eradication program. Also: A Florida lawyer gets disbarred for telling his clients it was OK to grow weed.

  • House Democrats introduce a new marijuana legalization bill

    A new bill before Congress would deschedule cannabis, an amendment to protect state-legal weed suffers a setback, and more in today's newsletter.

    January 18, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    House Dems introduced a marijuana legalization bill that includes strong social justice measures. House rep. Jared Polis didn’t have enough votes for his amendment to protect state marijuana programs from the feds. The Treasury Department is reviewing its previous FinCEN guidance on marijuana and banking. Also: A Northern California county is backtracking on cannabis,

  • The devastating costs of criminalizing cannabis

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

    By Mona Zhang

    In the 1930s, parents across the U.S. were panicked. A new documentary, Reefer Madness, suggested that evil marijuana dealers lurked in public schools, waiting to entice their children into a life of crime and degeneracy.

    The documentary captured the essence of the anti-marijuana campaign started by Harry Anslinger,

  • The VA says no to studying marijuana for vets

    VA secretary Shulkin doesn't seem to understand federal law, Trump once insisted that he supports states' rights to legalize cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    January 17, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    A new video shows Trump talking about his commitment to states’ rights when it comes to cannabis. The VA says it won’t research medical marijuana for veterans. State attorneys general push for a marijuana banking fix. Also: Maine delays cannabis clubs until 2023. 🌳

    VA says no to studying medical marijuana.

  • Sorry Sessions, legalization actually reduces crime

    Legalizing MMJ resulted in fewer violent crimes, the struggles of a black cannabis entrepreneur in California, and more in today's newsletter

    January 16, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Contrary to Jeff Sessions’ assertions, legal weed actually *reduces* violent crime. Congress is pushing back against the attorney general, with 69 of its members advocating for a marijuana-protecting amendment. A look at the stark contrast between a black cannabis entrepreneur and a (mostly white) cannabis startup that has raised more than $50 million.

  • What actual racial justice in cannabis legalization would look like

    Daring to imagine a socially just legalization bill, legal cannabis could create 1 million jobs, and more in today's newsletter.

    January 12, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    What social equity in marijuana legalization really looks like. Why local law enforcement agencies are incentivized to help the feds crack down on cannabis. The U.S. could create 1 million jobs by legalizing weed. Also: Vermont’s governor confirms that he’s going to sign the legalization bill. 🌳

    What does marijuana justice actually look like?

  • Trump loses supporters over Sessions’ anti-weed move

    Pro-cannabis Trump voters aren't so supportive right now, DOJ blindsided banking officials will Cole memo rescission, and more in today's newsletter.

    January 11, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Trump loses supporters thanks to Sessions’ anti-weed stance. Banking officials were blindsided by Sessions’ new marijuana memo. Senator Kamala Harris talks about cannabis and criminal justice reform, but her actions on those issues are questionable. Also: Sister Mary Joseph, believed to be the first cannabis cultivator in New Zealand,

  • Vermont Senate passes marijuana legalization bill

    First state in the nation to legalize marijuana through the legislature, Sessions anti-weed move is backfiring, and more in today's newsletter.

    January 10, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Vermont makes history as the Senate passes a recreational legalization bill. “No breakthrough” on pot policy after Colorado Republican meets with Sessions. Cannabis dispensaries in California are struggling to keep up with adult-use demand. Also: How a TV host pushed Nixon to ramp up his War on Drugs by arguing that people smoke marijuana “to get high”

  • Kansas lawmaker quits posts after racist remarks about marijuana

    The state rep. resigned from his leadership roles, N.H. House (kind of) passes marijuana legalization, and more in today's newsletter.

    January 9, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    The Republican state rep who spouted reefer madness straight out of the ’30s has resigned from his leadership roles in the Kansas House. Iowa taxpayers are footing the bill after the state tried to censor marijuana t-shirts. New Hampshire’s House (kind of) approved a legalization bill. Also: The harrowing tale of a small California cannabis farmer trying to do the right thing.

  • Cannabis industry not worried about Sessions

    Sessions' ill-informed decision could end up backfiring, why the cannabis industry is not worried, and more in today's newsletter.

    January 8, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Well, we missed quite some intense marijuana news days while on our holiday hiatus. Happy to be back in your inboxes! The good news is that after the initial shock of Sessions’ decision to rescind the Cole memo, most people in the cannabis industry are somewhat optimistic (or at least not freaking out).