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  • The Northern Marianas legalizes marijuana

    The US territory makes history, California cannabis distributor wants to sue the feds, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 21, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    The Northern Marianas makes history by becoming the first US territory to legalize and regulate cannabis. A California cannabis distributor is gearing up to sue the feds. Lawmakers in New Jersey are calling on a sheriff to resign after he made racist comments about black people and marijuana. Also: A Toronto marketing company is “slightly panicking”

  • Marijuana millionaires vs. marijuana lifers

    The absurdity of marijuana millionaires, advocates fear 'War on Drugs redux' in Congress, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 20, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Marijuana millionaires vs. marijuana lifers. Advocates are worried about a “War on Drugs redux” in Congress. What’s a condo board to do with medical marijuana patients and a resident who has a deadly marijuana allergy? Also: Tilray’s crazy stock-price ride draws comparisons to the dot-com bubble. 🌳

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  • Legalizing medical marijuana shows no effect on crime rates in US states

    Contrary to what prohibitionists claim, marijuana reform does not lead to an increase in crime.

    September 19, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Those who oppose medical marijuana legislation often cite the strong association between marijuana use and criminal activity. This includes the U.S. federal government, which continues to classify marijuana as a schedule one drug.

    We analyzed city-level data from states across the U.S.

  • Trump signals hardline approach to international drug policy

    His administration is collaborating with countries that execute drug offenders, the tragic story of a confidential informant, and more in today's newsletter.

    By Mona Zhang

    The Trump administration is calling for a tough approach to international drug policy ahead of the UN General Assembly. The tragic story of a confidential informant and his family’s fight for justice. A look at the details of New Jersey’s marijuana legalization legislation. Also, Manhattan’s district attorney assured cannabis entrepreneurs that he wants them to “be successful.”

  • South Africa court legalizes personal marijuana use and cultivation

    It's a binding ruling from the country's highest court, the U.S. approves importing research marijuana from Canada, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 18, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    South Africa’s highest court ruled that personal marijuana use and cultivation is legal. The U.S. federal government approved a plan to import research marijuana from Canada. An Oregon dispensary owner was given a prison sentence for federal tax crimes. Also: Two members of Congress expect marijuana legislation to pass during the next session,

  • Even anti-pot politicians support expanding marijuana research

    The only opponent is the pharma industry, how a drug conviction harms crime victims' families, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 17, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Even anti-pot politicians can get behind this cannabis research bill. How a decades-old drug conviction can hurt a crime victim’s family. Public defenders are worried about New York City’s new cannabis arrest policy, arguing that it’ll make racial disparities even worse. Also: Coca-Cola is in talks with a Canadian cannabis producer to make CBD beverages.

  • Seized marijuana is an attempt to discredit Botham Jean, says family lawyer

    Questioning a police decision to execute a search warrant, a new court ruling could help a dispensary owner fight charges, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 14, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Seized marijuana from Botham Jean’s apartment is an attempt to smear a man fatally shot by a cop, says family’s lawyer. A federal court’s ruling breathes new life into the case of a medical marijuana dispensary owner’s drug charges. A U.S. official said that cannabis investors could be barred from entering the country,

  • Lawmakers from the far left and right can agree on helping those with marijuana convictions

    How marijuana policy makes strange bedfellows in Congress, a House committee advanced cannabis legislation for the second time ever, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 13, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    How members of the Congressional Black Caucus teamed up with lawmakers in the Freedom Caucus to help those with marijuana convictions. The House Judiciary Committee advanced a medical cannabis research bill. Manhattan’s D.A. dismissed more than 3,000 marijuana cases. Also: Neil deGrasse Tyson tells everyone to let Elon Musk “get high if he wants to get high.”

  • Massachusetts marijuana growers want to sue state regulators

    The battle over community host agreements, why seed-to-sale software sucks, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 12, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    Massachusetts’ marijuana growers consider suing state regulators. Actually, CBD *is* psychoactive (if the dictionary is to be believed). How terrible seed-to-sale software drove a dispensary worker to quit his job in a mere six weeks. Also: An Obama staffer’s new book reveals the former president considered decriminalizing marijuana, but then Trump won.

  • A man serving life for marijuana has his hopes on Trump and the Supreme Court

    Life without parole for a non-violent, marijuana offense, a medical marijuana patient wins a lawsuit against an employer, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 11, 2018
    By Mona Zhang

    A man serving life for a marijuana offense hopes that Trump or the Supreme Court will help his case. A federal court ruled in favor of a medical marijuana patient who lost a job offer. Patients with debilitating conditions are being forced to choose between medical marijuana and housing assistance.