• Arizona Supreme Court rules in favor of a medical marijuana patient

    Cannabis is allowed on campus, one big reason for the racial sentencing disparity, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 24, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    The Arizona Supreme Court ruled that medical marijuana is allowed on college campuses. Republican judges give longer sentences to black defendants compared to their Democratic counterparts. A CBD producer said it signed a deal with 7-Eleven, but 7-Eleven says the announcement is false. Also: There will be no newsletter tomorrow.

  • A House-approved prison reform bill may fail in the Senate

    Deep divides on the legislation question its chances, House approves 'Right to Try' bill, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 23, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    There’s much dispute among lawmakers and advocacy groups about a White House-backed prison reform bill. The House approved a ‘Right to Try’ bill, which could include marijuana, MDMA, and psilocybin. Veterans and other advocates in Michigan are pushing back on the state’s attempt to regulate CBD products like medical marijuana.

  • Legalizing hemp is all up to Mitch McConnell

    Other lawmakers' attempts are being thwarted, NYC police want to continue arresting people for smoking weed, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 22, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Federal hemp legalization is all up to Mitch McConnell. The ranks of anti-marijuana Republicans are falling. Some NYC police are not happy with the mayor’s proposal to stop arresting weed smokers. Also: Zimbabwe puts its cannabis cultivation plans on hold after backlash from some community and religious leaders. 🌳

    Hemp reform is in Mitch McConnell’s hands.

  • Federal prosecutor outlines marijuana enforcement priorities

    It's the first guidance from the U.S. attorney since the Sessions' memo, de Blasio tells police to stop arresting people for smoking weed, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 21, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    A federal prosecutor outlined marijuana enforcement priorities for the first time since Sessions rescinded the Cole memo. NYC’s mayor asks the police to stop arresting people for smoking weed. A rancher who violated EPA regulations got one of two North Dakota medical marijuana licenses. Also: Medical marijuana opponents in Utah are suing the lieutenant governor in an effort to stop a ballot initiative.

  • A House committee approves medical marijuana protections in an historic vote

    The amendment prevents the DOJ from cracking down, drug arrest death ruled a homicide, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 18, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    In an historic move, a House committee approved protections for state-legal medical marijuana activities. Massachusetts’ equity program won’t solve systemic racism, but regulators are up for the challenge of including disenfranchised communities. A man’s death during a drug arrest was ruled a homicide by a Louisiana coroner. Also: Some Pennsylvania medical marijuana companies are trying to stop the state’s research program,

  • Equity applicants in Massachusetts struggle with local approval

    When the state cares but the cities don't, another successful study for GW Pharma's Epidiolex, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 17, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Despite receiving state licenses, equity applicants in Massachusetts are struggling to get local approval. California adds a new type of cannabis license aimed at helping small businesses. A new study found that a marijuana-derived CBD drug was helpful in reducing epileptic seizures. Also: the beer industry in Canada is scared of cannabis and is lobbying the government for higher marijuana taxes.

  • San Francisco finds a technical solution for expunging past pot offenses

    The program could be replicated across California, NYC could make more than $330 million a year from legal weed, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 16, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    How a prosecutor teamed up with a coding non-profit to expunge past pot offenses. Manhattan’s D.A. says he will stop prosecuting low-level marijuana offenses starting in August. Trump hopes his approach to marijuana will help him get re-elected. Also: Tupac once showed up to SNL with a big bag of weed to help out his fellow rapper Snoop Dogg.

  • NYC district attorneys consider not prosecuting marijuana offenses

    NYPD acknowledges that marijuana arrests don't help reduce crime, advocates defend Nixon's 'reparations' comment, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 15, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Prominent NYC district attorneys are considering a plan to stop prosecuting low-level marijuana offenses. Advocates and others defend Cynthia Nixon’s proposal for drug-war reparations in the form of priority licenses in the cannabis industry. A $2.2 billion cannabis acquisition deal is the largest ever in the sector. Also: How a reluctant psychonaut came to try tripping.

  • The NYPD tries (and fails) to explain racially disparate marijuana arrests

    Blacks 15x more likely to be arrested for pot in Manhattan, diverging opinions on drug war reparations, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 14, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Black people are 15 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana in Manhattan. An overview of racial equity in the cannabis industry. The U.K.’s drug minister opposes cannabis reform while married to a man who owns a cannabis farm. Also: Marijuana cultivators in Oregon are turning to hemp amid plummeting pot prices.

  • Marijuana ’causes a lot of mental illness’ says Aussie PM while drinking beer

    Malcolm Turnbull loves beer but thinks weed is a 'dangerous drug,' Congressional Black Caucus introduces marijuana reforms, and more in today's newsletter.

    May 11, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Malcolm Turnbull sure loves beer, but thinks weed is dangerous and causes mental illness. The Congressional Black Caucus introduced legislation to remove marijuana from the CSA. Los Angeles officials are trying to warn teens about weed through rap videos. Also: Xzibit gets sued for allegedly promoting pesticide-laden cannabis vape cartridges.