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Mona Zhang

Mona Zhang is the founder and editor of Word on the Tree. Her work has appeared in High Times, Vice, Freedom Leaf, Adweek, and more.

  • Marijuana consumption clubs could be coming to the US soon

    Denver and Massachusetts look towards social-use, teen cannabis use is falling in legal-marijuana states, and more in today's newsletter.

    December 12, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    Youth marijuana use is falling in states that have legalized weed. Marijuana clubs could be coming to the U.S. soon. San Diego’s D.A. returned seized money (with interest!) to a medical marijuana business owner. Also: Colorado dispensaries sold $136 million in cannabis during October. 🌳

    Teen marijuana use down in legal states.

  • Canadian senators threaten to hold up legalization

    Conservatives in the Senate want to take their time with the marijuana bill, several U.S. states are ripe for legalization, and more in today's newsletter.

    December 11, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    Canadian senators threaten to hold up cannabis legalization. New Jersey, Michigan, and Vermont are looking ripe for state-legal weed. Uruguay’s legal cannabis program is working out pretty well. Also: Amsterdam is sick of tourists who want to get ‘stoned out of their minds.’ 🌳

    Canadian conservatives might hold up legalization.

  • Sessions mocks intern for suggesting marijuana is safer than guns

    The attorney general called the DOJ intern 'Dr. Whatever Your Name Is,' federal MMJ protections extended for two weeks, and more in today's newsletter.

    December 8, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    Attorney general Jeff Sessions dismissed a intern’s belief that marijuana is safer than guns, calling her “Dr. Whatever Your Name Is.” Federal medical marijuana protections have been extended for two weeks, but their future is uncertain. Southern California wildfires cause concern for the cannabis industry. Also: Vermont’s House is set to vote on recreational marijuana legalization in January,

  • Oregon cannabis business owner accused of ties to Neo-Nazis

    The owner of a state-licensed testing lab is stepping down after Neo-Nazi allegations, Los Angeles approves marijuana regulations, and more in today's newsletter.

    December 7, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    The Los Angeles city council unanimously approved pot regulations, setting up an “aggressive” social equity program. The owner of OG Analytical, a state-licensed marijuana testing lab, is stepping down after allegedly engaging in Neo-Nazi activities. Scientists call on the U.S. government to allow research into pot for pets. Also: Massachusetts’

  • A rare case of federal intervention in a legal-marijuana state

    The DEA looks into an Oregon pot operation, lawmakers take on Big Marijuana in California, and more

    December 6, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    The feds are getting involved in Oregon after local prosecutors decline to go after an unlicensed pot grow. Ohio hired a convicted drug felon to score medical marijuana applications. California lawmakers urge state regulators to protect small cannabis farmers. Also: a psychologist made a Spotify playlist for your psychedelic trip.

  • US Supreme Court hears case that could affect cannabis

    SCOTUS considers a gambling case that could affect marijuana laws, how a government shutdown could lead to a cannabis crackdown, and more in today's newsletter.

    December 5, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    The Supreme Court hears a case that could have implications on marijuana policy. Why a government shutdown could be bad news for state-legal cannabis. According to lawsuit, cops beat up and used stun guns on a man after finding a bit of weed. Also: Michigan’s governor signed emergency medical marijuana regulations.

  • Legal access to weed may decrease alcohol use

    Access to cannabis may decrease alcohol consumption, the Surgeon General says he's open to MMJ research, and more in today's newsletter.

    December 4, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    A study found that legal medical marijuana is linked to a drop in alcohol sales. The U.S. Surgeon General supports further cannabis research. No marijuana tax breaks made it into the GOP tax bill. Also: Alaska raked in $1 million in cannabis tax revenue in October. 🌳

    Access to legal weed may decrease alcohol consumption.

  • LAPD captain under investigation for role in illegal marijuana grow

    A police captain may have had a role in an illicit cannabis operation, the Canadian Senate begins its marijuana debate, and more in today's newsletter.

    December 1, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    An LAPD captain is being investigated for his role in an illicit cannabis grow. Former RNC chairman tells Sessions to bring on the marijuana raids, arguing that it could hasten the end of prohibition. The Canadian Senate began its legalization debate. Also: Why psychedelics hold potential in helping people lead a more content life.

  • GOP tax plan could give a break to the cannabis industry

    A Colorado Republican advocates for his state's marijuana businesses, 66 members of Congress push for MMJ protections, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 30, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    One Colorado Republican hopes to give cannabis businesses a tax break through the GOP tax plan. More than 60 members of Congress are urging leadership to preserve medical marijuana protections. Kellyanne Conway, the new White House ‘opioid czar,’ thinks drug policy is a matter of abstinence and will. And in some breaking news: Massachusetts will dismiss more than 6,000 drug cases tied to a drug lab scandal.

  • Sessions hints at potential crackdown on legal cannabis

    AG says federal law 'subject to being enforced,' inside the struggle for accurate marijuana labeling, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 29, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    Jeff Sessions is considering cracking down on cannabis. It’s really difficult to know where your weed comes from (even in legal markets). Some Democrats are standing in the way of other party members’ efforts to pass marijuana reform. Also: The governor of Indiana gave retailers 60 days to pull CBD products off the shelves.