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  • First legal weed sold in Massachusetts

    The first state-legal cannabis sales started in the Bay State, prominent prohibitionist changes his mind on marijuana, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 20, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Legal weed makes its official debut in Massachusetts. A prominent Democratic lawmaker changes his mind on marijuana legalization. A judge says the Florida House should sue the feds if it has an issue with federal prohibition. Also: a former sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to prison for drug trafficking. 🌳

    Massachusetts sells its first legal cannabis.

  • Hemp legalization under fire for banning those with drug felony convictions

    Congress wrestling with Farm Bill provision, body cam footage raises questions about marijuana arrests, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 19, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Congress is wrestling with a provision that would ban those with drug felonies from the legal hemp industry. Body cam footage raises questions about New York marijuana arrests. A Los Angeles woman was briefly detained in Canada for bringing her medical marijuana into the country. Also: Greece issued its first medical cannabis licenses today.

  • Feds to study medical marijuana’s potential to combat opioid crisis

    NIDA to look into the benefits of marijuana, a look at the loopholes under New York's 'decriminalization' policy, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 16, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    The federal government is studying whether medical marijuana can combat opioid crisis. How people continued to get charged for cannabis offenses, despite decriminalization in New York. A medical marijuana patient is suing the federal government for the right to own a gun. Also: Patients are struggling to get their medicine after recreational legalization in Canada.

  • How the cannabis industry cares more about profits than patients and prisoners

    Marijuana companies form alliances with GOP, the IRS struggles to handle all-cash tax payments from cannabis companies, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 15, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    The cannabis industry is prioritizing profits over patients and criminal justice reforms. A look at the past and future of marijuana advocacy. The IRS is paying a company $1.7 million to hand the problem of cash tax payments from pot companies. Also: Canadian police say they have not seen an increase in impaired driving after legalization.

  • A new breed of cannabis lobbyist doesn’t care to work with advocates

    A look at the changing makeup of cannabis lobbyists in Washington, new bill in Congress focuses on marijuana for vets, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 14, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    A new breed of cannabis lobbyist is not keen on working with advocates. Congressmen introduce trio of bills to increase access to medical marijuana for veterans. A look at whether craft cannabis can survive in the age of Big Marijuana. Also: Newly released CIA documents reveal “Project Medication” —

  • The cannabis industry is focused on funding Republicans

    Donating to Republicans to support business interests, federal criminal justice reform moves forward, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 13, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    The cannabis industry donated twice as much money to Republicans than to Democrats. A bipartisan group of lawmakers strike deal on criminal justice reform. The story of a drug cop who changed his mind about locking up users. Also: Plummeting pot prices in Oregon have caused cannabis companies to owe millions in back taxes.

  • VA says no to medical pot without federal legalization

    Vets face lack of MMJ access despite widespread support, new chair of House committee says it's 'common sense,' and more in today's newsletter.

    November 12, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    The VA won’t consider medical cannabis for vets until federal legalization. New chair of House Rules Committee won’t block marijuana amendments. Mitch McConnell promises that hemp legalization will end up in the Farm Bill. Also: El Chapo is on trial in Brooklyn while business booms for the Sinaloa cartel.

  • Marijuana legalization bill submitted to Mexico’s Congress

    Incoming Mexican government says legalization will reduce violence, Christie joins list of potential AG noms, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 9, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    What Jeff Sessions’ firing means for marijuana policy. Cannabis arrests have plummeted in New York, but racial disparities remain. A German medical cannabis distributor is taking Canadian cannabis companies to court for failing to deliver on orders. Also: How a millionaire couple is setting themselves up to monopolize psilocybin.

  • Cannabis advocates shouldn’t rejoice Sessions’ ouster just yet

    Trump could still nominate a prohibitionist, Michigan's new governor vows to expunge cannabis convictions, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 8, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Marijuana advocates rejoice at Sessions’ ouster, but Trump could still choose an anti-cannabis nominee to fill his spot. Michigan’s governor-elect vows to expunge cannabis convictions. A bank in California threatened to close a criminal defense attorney’s accounts because he represents those charged with marijuana crimes. Also: The personal information of 4,500 Canadian cannabis consumers was hacked.

  • Republicans on both sides of the marijuana debate lose at the polls

    Sessions and Rohrabacher are out, legal weed in Michigan is in, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 7, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Republicans on both sides of the marijuana debate lose their races. Legal weed is coming to Michigan (but not North Dakota). Prohibition is to blame for the hype surrounding marijuana’s health benefits. Also: A pharma company that spent $500,000 opposing cannabis legalization now wants to become… a cannabis company.