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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.

  • Canada’s cannabis regulations allow drug offenders to enter the industry

    Proposed regulations released by Health Canada, synthetic THC gets Schedule II status, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 22, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    Canada releases its proposed marijuana regulations, a look at the pitfalls of developing an equity program, and the DEA gives a synthetic THC product Schedule II status. Sexual harassment allegations against MPP’s executive director have resurfaced in the wake of a leadership shuffle. 🌳

    Canada proposes cannabis regulations.

  • Most legal-weed states continue to punish people for cannabis crimes

    Expunging marijuana crimes after legalization, women in weed face a 'grass ceiling' and more in today's newsletter.

    November 21, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    Expunging marijuana-related convictions seems like a no-brainer after legalization, but most states don’t offer any sort of recourse. Contrary to numerous “women in weed” headlines, the industry is not proving friendly to them. MassRoots is suing its former CEO, who initiated a proxy battle to overthrow the company’s leadership.

  • Lawmakers, lobbyists are not hopeful about marijuana reform

    Defending the gains of the marijuana movement, the truth behind those 'marijuana overdose' headlines, and more in today's newsletter.

    By Mona Zhang

    Pro-marijuana interests are just trying to defend their gains in Congress under the Trump administration. The authors of a report that spawned a bunch of “marijuana overdose” headlines are pushing back. New California cannabis regulations favor large growers with lots of money. Also: How marijuana became the Congo’s new cash crop.

  • Former anti-weed cops launching marijuana company in Canada

    Two former cops are starting a medical marijuana business together, Sessions' cannabis comments 'better than expected,' and more in today's newsletter.

    November 15, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    Sessions defends past marijuana comments. Attorney general Jeff Sessions defended his past comments on cannabis at a House committee hearing. “Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” he once said. House rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) listed a whole bunch of prominent Republicans who had admitted to consuming cannabis, asking “which of those are not good people?”

  • Sessions admits that weed isn’t as dangerous as heroin

    The AG talked cannabis at a Congressional hearing, scientists call out Christie's misguided marijuana claims, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 14, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    Sessions talked cannabis at a House committee hearing, experts say Christie’s marijuana claims are not accurate, and states are struggling to develop standards for the cannabis industry. Also: A long-time gardener heads to a marijuana-growing class to find out it’s much more difficult that growing tomatoes. 🌳

    Jeff Sessions says cannabis isn’t as dangerous as heroin.

  • Canada proposes $1 per gram tax on marijuana

    Provinces and patients are too happy with the tax plan, Marino blames 'bad cop' for losing out to drug czar job, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 13, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    The Canadian government announced its marijuana tax plan, and provinces and patients aren’t happy about it. Marino blames a former DEA official for not getting the drug czar job. States wrestle with allowing former convicts to use medical marijuana. Also: New York’s governor signed a bill to add PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis.

  • Bipartisan group of senators push back against Sessions

    Against asset forfeiture, veterans for medical marijuana, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 10, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    Senators are pushing back on Jeff Sessions’ asset forfeiture revival. A look at veterans advocating for medical marijuana. California’s legal marijuana program is a “shitshow.” Also: medical marijuana businesses in Massachusetts are opposing proposals to increase diversity in the industry. 🌳

    Senators push back on Sessions.

  • Maine governor vetoes marijuana regulations

    'I feel like we legalized gasoline, but not gas stations'

    By Mona Zhang

    On Nov. 3, Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would’ve set up regulations for legal sales and cultivation of marijuana under the Marijuana Legalization Act, the ballot initiative state voters approved in 2016. The state House sustained the veto three days later when it voted 74-62 to override LePage’s veto,

  • Actually, the FDA has been pretty good to marijuana researchers

    The VA is stonewalling cannabis research, social-use is a problem in states with legal weed, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 9, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    A look at the challenges facing the first federally approved cannabis clinical trial. State lawmakers wrestle with social-use in states that have legalized marijuana. An alliance of 17 Canadian cannabis companies came up with advertising and branding guidelines. And a Pennsylvania city’s mayor-elect has decades-old drug convictions that are coming back to haunt him.

  • Marijuana and criminal justice reform make gains on election day

    State and local elections look good for the marijuana movement, DEA staffer says he would break the law to treat his kid, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 8, 2017
    By Mona Zhang

    Marijuana legalization and criminal justice reform make waves on election day. A DEA spokesperson says CBD is definitely illegal, but he would treat his kid with it if he had to. Researchers lab-tested a bunch of CBD products and found that most of them were incorrectly labeled. Also: Leafly lays off 13 percent of its workforce.