December 14, 2018
As Congress legalizes hemp, two men are facing felony charges for transporting hemp. Marijuana legalization in New Jersey suffers a setback. Frustrated by intransigence in the legislature, Nebraska lawmakers look to the ballot to legalize medical marijuana. Also: new medical marijuana rules take effect in Maine. 🌳
As US moves to legalize hemp,
December 13, 2018
Hemp legalization is (almost) official but the industry shouldn’t get too excited yet. A YMCA branch in Massachusetts is apologizing after threatening to call the authorities on parents who smell like cannabis. Michigan Republicans aren’t happy about the successful marijuana ballot initiative so now they’re trying to make ballot petitions more difficult.
December 12, 2018
The Senate passes the Farm Bill with hemp legalization. The elderly medical marijuana patient who was evicted has now lost his access to doctors and transportation thanks to federal prohibition. Colorado’s highest court will consider the plight of pot-sniffing pups. Also: A fight over foreigners and medical cannabis patents threatens to derail medical marijuana legalization efforts in Thailand.
December 11, 2018
New Zealand passed legislation to expand medical marijuana access. The Farm Bill compromise will legalize hemp. McConnell agrees to hold a vote on criminal justice legislation before the end of the year. Also: A company that evicted an elderly man for medical marijuana use said he could return to the building (but wouldn’t say whether he would be allowed to continue using medical marijuana).
December 10, 2018
The World Health Organization delayed recommendations on cannabis scheduling. A 78-year-old man was evicted from federally subsidized housing due to his medical marijuana use. Why a family foundation is funding medical marijuana research at Harvard. Also: A Canadian lawmaker on why pardoning past cannabis crimes doesn’t go far enough. 🌳
A non-announcement from WHO.
December 7, 2018
Trump picks former AG William Barr to replace Sessions. The U.S. Surgeon General advocates for reforming the federal drug scheduling system. Marlboro maker Altria made a $1.8 billion investment in a Canadian cannabis company. Also: Former employees are suing marijuana retailer MedMen for wage theft.
Trump picks Barr to replace Sessions.
December 6, 2018
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December 5, 2018
Denver finally moves to clear past cannabis convictions. NYC councilmen push NYPD on marijuana arrest loophole. Advocates gear up to sue Utah’s governor over medical marijuana compromise bill. Also: A California cannabis testing lab admitted to falsifying hundreds of results. 🌳
Denver finally moves towards clearing marijuana convictions.
December 4, 2018
The maker of Marlboro cigarettes is considering getting into the cannabis industry. Utah passed a medical marijuana compromise bill that replaces the voter-passed legalization initiative. How legalization in California unwittingly strengthened the black market. Also: Minnesota will add Alzheimer’s to the medical marijuana program. 🌳
Marlboro maker looks to cannabis.
December 3, 2018
The first medical cannabis dispensary opened its doors in Iowa. A U.S. Tax Court ruled against a cannabis business for taking normal business deductions. Boulder, Colo. moves to vacate and seal past cannabis convictions. Also: The president of the Philippines made a joke about using marijuana and people are not amused.