Word on the Tree

  • The inmates serving life-without-parole for drugs and the lawyer trying to get them out

    An attorney launches the Buried Alive Project, a Republican congresswomen criticizes Sessions, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 23, 2018

    A Texas attorney is launching a new initiative to get rid of life-without-parole sentences for non-violent drug offenses. How some officials in California are trying to make cannabis expungement easier. A look at a drug test that marijuana advocates actually support. Also: medical marijuana is moving forward in Greece and Thailand.

  • Rick Steves’ dream European trip with Jeff Sessions (complete with cannabis)

    The travel host has dreamed up the perfect itinerary for the AG, a double standard in security clearances hits occasional pot smokers, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 22, 2018

    Rick Steves would like to take Jeff Sessions to a cannabis coffeeshop in the Netherlands. Government employees can lose their jobs for occasional pot use, but continue working amid allegations of spousal abuse. Another California D.A. will dismiss past cannabis convictions. Also: A look inside the trademark fight between Hershey’s and Harborside.

  • Congressman claims that cannabis leads to opioid addiction

    Pete Sessions spouts some reefer madness, a Canadian police officer manages to one-up him, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 21, 2018

    A U.S. congressman (falsely) claims cannabis leads to opioid addiction. A Canadian police officer (falsely) claims that consuming cannabis makes guys grow ‘boobies.’ Doctors who try to educate their peers about medical marijuana face stigma and disbelief from their colleagues. Also: New Jersey officials met to discuss legalization. 🌳

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  • The NBA is open to cannabis, but scared by Sessions

    Head of players union supports cannabis use, Philly will drop marijuana possession cases, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 20, 2018

    Philadelphia will drop all marijuana possession cases going forward. The NBA’s players union wants to allow cannabis, but it’s afraid of Jeff Sessions. Good scientists can smoke weed, confirms Bill Nye the Science Guy. Also: The Girl Scouts of Colorado now allows cookie sales outside cannabis dispensaries, empowering “Scouts to be the best cookie entrepreneurs they can be.”

  • Some good news for marijuana legalization in the USA

    A federal judge recognized the medical benefits of cannabis, a marijuana legalization bill got a prominent co-sponsor, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 15, 2018

    A federal judge recognized that marijuana should not be a Schedule I substance, but sent mixed messages on whether he would allow a lawsuit to continue. New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand is co-sponsoring a comprehensive bill to legalize cannabis. Sessions opposes Grassley’s criminal justice reform bill, and the Republican senator is “incensed.”

  • How jurors in Arizona rebelled against drug laws with jury nullification

    Grand jurors declined to indict people on drug charges, two key cannabis cases get heard this week, and more

    February 14, 2018

    Two key marijuana cases are being heard this week. Republican senator Cory Gardner is leading the fight to protect state cannabis laws. Grand jurors in Arizona rebelled against prohibition, declining to indict people on drug charges (much to prosecutors’ dismay). Also, comedian Chelsea Handler is the latest celebrity to get into the cannabis industry with her own line of weed.

  • A judge is prioritizing a case that challenges Sessions on cannabis

    A case will challenge federal prohibition in court, Republican criminal justice reformers try to get Trump on board, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 13, 2018

    The judge in a case challenging marijuana prohibition says he’s giving the matter his “prioritized attention.” A Republican senator hopes to use his political clout to get Trump to change his mind on a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill. Two Baltimore cops were convicted in federal court of stealing money and drugs from dealers.

  • Colorado cannabis sales topped $1.5 billion last year

    The state's marijuana industry hits an all-time high, Jeff Sessions slams Republican lawmaker for defending legal cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 12, 2018

    Colorado’s cannabis industry hit an all-time high of $1.5 billion last year. Sessions calls out a Republican senator for standing up for his state’s legal marijuana market. Trump nominates his deputy chief of staff to head up the ONDCP and proposes gutting its budget by 90 percent. Also: Cops in Washington D.C.

  • Man who served 8 years for 2 joints finally gets parole

    Bernard Noble got sentenced to 13 years for possessing a bit of weed, a big tobacco company is getting into the cannabis industry, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 9, 2018

    A man who was sentenced to 13 years in prison for possessing two joints was granted parole. A North Carolina tobacco company makes a big bet on marijuana. Federal medical marijuana protections are extended till March in a budget deal. Also: Washington state officials say an “intruder” was able to gain access to its marijuana traceability system thanks to a “computer vulnerability.”

  • Seattle is vacating marijuana crimes it prosecuted before legalization

    Expungement is becoming a trend in states that have legalized weed, Israel's PM blocks medical marijuana exports, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 8, 2018

    Seattle is the latest city to expunge marijuana convictions. Israel’s prime minister is blocking medical marijuana exports, reportedly due to pressure from Trump. The story of the Anna, who says she was raped by two NYPD narcotics detectives after they found a bit of weed in the car she was riding in.