Word on the Tree

  • How Republicans are changing their views on cannabis

    How Republicans evolved to embrace marijuana, new bill in Congress would seal marijuana records, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 17, 2018

    How Republicans are changing their views on cannabis. A new House bill would seal records of marijuana offenses. The DEA is going to increase the amount of research marijuana produced by the feds. Also: This newsletter is taking a hiatus for the rest of August. We’ll see you back in your inboxes in September!

  • How one drug offender became a professor and is helping others do the same

    The importance of educational opportunities, pro-marijuana candidates win in Democratic primaries, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 16, 2018

    How one man went from prison to becoming a doctor and is helping others do the same. Democratic voters approved pro-marijuana candidates in gubernatorial primaries. Washington is dealing with a big cannabis waste problem. Also: Cannabis regulators in Alaska are revisiting the possibility of marijuana lounges. 🌳

    From prison to professor.

  • Employers can drug test medical marijuana patients, rules federal court

    A judge ruled against a patient's discrimination claim, alcohol giant pours another $4 billion into the cannabis industry, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 15, 2018

    A federal court ruled that employers have a right to drug test medical marijuana patients. A Pennsylvania dispensary finds a way around state regulations against medical marijuana discounts. The parent company of Corona is pouring another $4 billion into the cannabis industry. Also: VeggieTales will not be welcoming a new character called “Cannabis Carl.”

  • North Dakota will vote on weed legalization in November

    N.D. could lead the way for other conservative states, UN will consider reclassifying marijuana, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 14, 2018

    Tuesday | August 14, 2018. North Dakota could pave the way for conservative states to legalize adult-use cannabis. A UN review of marijuana’s classification could trigger a review in the U.S. A doctor by the name of Sanjay Gupta signed a deal with a CBD company, causing many to mistake him for the CNN correspondent.

  • Opposition to marijuana reform still limits Congress, but its an increasingly untenable position

    Anti-cannabis politicians don't reflect their constituents, more marijuana money is finding its way to politics, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 13, 2018

    A look at the forces holding back marijuana reform in Congress. The cannabis industry is increasingly donating to political campaigns and PACs. How prison telecom companies plan to make millions by giving away “free” tablets to inmates. Also: A Denver nonprofit hopes to help other cannabis nonprofits, which face unique hurdles thanks to federal prohibition.

  • How a growing cannabis industry is pushing lawmakers to support the issue

    Industry projected to reach $30 billion by 2025, the challenges facing veterans seeking medical cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 10, 2018

    The growing cannabis industry is pushing lawmakers on the issue. Denver saw a 20 percent increase in marijuana tax revenue over one year. Global warming is making things hard for Lebanese farmers, but they see hope in cannabis crops. Also: Behind an effort to create a marijuana theme park in Las Vegas.

  • The FDA-approved CBD drug will cost $32,500 a year for epilepsy patients

    A look at Epidiolex's hefty price tag, a case in North Dakota will test CBD's legality, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 9, 2018

    The FDA-approved CBD drug for epilepsy is going to cost $32,500 a year. A CBD case in North Dakota is going to test the DEA’s interpretation of the law. A new bill in Congress hopes to protect federal employees from losing their jobs for using medical marijuana. Also: A new mother had her child kept away from her for five days because she tested positive for opiates due to eating a poppy seed bagel.

  • Charged with a felony for a sample of CBD oil

    Wyoming police say no to CBD, Wisconsin wins case against seller of synthetic cannabinoids, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 8, 2018

    How a woman ended up getting charged with a felony for having a sample of some CBD oil. A look at how the Trump administration has been good for private prisons. Once it’s legal, the hemp industry will still have many hurdles to overcome. Also: Some U.K. police are cool with cannabis clubs,

  • When racial disparities in marijuana arrests continue after legalization

    Marijuana arrests are increasing in D.C., Philly will stop prosecuting marijuana possession cases, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 7, 2018

    When racial disparities in drug enforcement continue after legalization. Philadelphia’s D.A. will stop prosecuting marijuana possession cases. Many states already have bans on drug felons in the hemp industry. Also: Oklahoma’s governor signed new medical marijuana rules. 🌳

    Why racial disparities persist after non-commercial legalization.

  • Trump backs sentencing reform for non-violent drug offenders

    The president proposes a compromise for criminal justice reform, a look at hemp legalization efforts in Congress, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 6, 2018

    Trump backs sentencing reforms for non-violent drug offenders. Even some Republicans are against McConnell’s ban on drug felons from the hemp industry. After police arrested, handcuffed, and jailed an 80-year-old woman for possessing marijuana, prosecutors dropped the charges after she renewed her medical marijuana card. Also: Doctors are suing Colorado,