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  • Large cannabis companies skirt state rules to amass more licenses

    The Globe investigates the complex corporate structures used to get around state laws, experts weigh in on marijuana-psychosis study, and more in today's newsletter.

    March 22, 2019

    The Boston Globe investigates how large cannabis companies are skirting state rules to become ‘quiet titans’ of the industry. Experts weigh in on study linking cannabis use with psychosis. More than half of all Illinois House reps. have co-sponsored a marijuana legalization bill. Also: a 145-year-old tobacco company is getting into the CBD space.

  • Federal CBD regulations could take years

    The outgoing FDA chief says rule-making will take a while, Clark County puts marijuana revenues towards homelessness programs, and more in today's newsletter.

    March 21, 2019

    The FDA’s outgoing chief says CBD regulations could take years. Clark County is directing marijuana revenue to address homelessness. Los Angeles explores using technology for automatic expungements. Also: CVS is the latest major retailer to start stocking CBD products. 🌳

    CBD regulations could take several years.

  • UN postpones vote on cannabis scheduling

    The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs has indefinitely postponed the vote, support for marijuana legalization in the US keeps climbing, and more in today's newsletter.

    March 20, 2019

    The UN postponed a vote on cannabis rescheduling. Support for marijuana legalization in the US keeps climbing. Law enforcement groups in Nevada support a bill to seal cannabis convictions. Also: Researchers found that DMT could hold promise for treating depression and anxiety. 🌳

    UN postpones vote on cannabis rescheduling.

  • SCOTUS rules against immigrants convicted of minor crimes like marijuana possession

    The Supreme Court voted along idealogical lines, Pennsylvania lawmakers unveil marijuana legalization bill, and more in today's newsletter.

    March 19, 2019

    Supreme Court justices ruled against immigrants convicted of minor crimes like pot possession. Minorities are left out of medical marijuana reform efforts in the South. Pennsylvania senators unveiled their marijuana legalization bill. Also: Residents of Woodenbong, Australia aren’t so excited about an artist’s proposal to build a giant wooden bong.

  • Boehner has no regrets about opposing legalization while serving in the House

    The former House speaker said criminal justice never crossed his mind, family sues police over pot suspect's death, and more in today's newsletter.

    March 18, 2019

    Former House Speaker John Boehner says he as “no regrets” about opposing marijuana legalization during his 24 years in office. The family of a man who was killed during a police chase filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over his death. The White House refuses to release marijuana memos,

  • Federal marijuana RICO case settled out of court

    Similar legal challenges are advancing in other states, Connecticut introduces marijuana legalization bills, and more in today's newsletter.

    March 15, 2019

    A racketeering case against a medical marijuana dispensary was settled out of court. A new bill in Congress would shield federal workers from getting fired for using marijuana in states where it’s legal. Connecticut lawmakers introduced a trio of marijuana legalization bills. Also: The North American cannabis industry has raised $3.3 billion so far this year.

  • How legalization proposals side with the cannabis industry

    Federal legalization bills don't consider other models of legalization, the USDA hears testimony on hemp regulations, and more in today's newsletter.

    March 14, 2019

    The USDA listened to suggestions about how to regulate the hemp industry. How proposals to legalize cannabis by Democratic candidates benefit the industry. Florida repeals its ban on smokable medical marijuana. Also: Food, beverage, and Wall Street execs get in on the marijuana business. 🌳

    The USDA considers hemp regulations.

  • Alaska becomes first state to allow on-site marijuana consumption

    Consumers will be able to partake at dispensaries, a UN board calls for decriminalization drugs, and more in today's newsletter.

    March 13, 2019

    Alaska will start allowing people to consume cannabis in dispensaries. A high-level UN board calls for drug decriminalization. A look at the rise of cannabis churches. Also: One writer tries out a service that recommends cannabis strains based on DNA testing. 🌳

    Alaska will allow on-site marijuana consumption.

  • NY lawmakers seek to block legalization without equity

    Some lawmakers demand equity in marijuana legalization legislation, Georgia city sued over mass arrest for marijuana, and more in today's newsletter.

    March 12, 2019

    New York lawmakers demand equity in marijuana legalization legislation. Party guests are suing a Georgia city and police over a mass arrest for less than one ounce of pot. Harvest acquires Verano in an $850 million deal — the largest ever for the U.S. cannabis industry. Also: The governor of South Dakota vetoed a hemp legalization bill.

  • A judge rules in favor of a hemp farm in a federal lawsuit

    Judge tells DOJ it can't go after hemp businesses, some Democrats still oppose federal legalization, and more in today's newsletter.

    March 8, 2019

    Some Democratic presidential hopefuls aren’t so keen on marijuana legalization. A judge dismissed a federal lawsuit against a hemp farm. New Mexico’s House passes a marijuana legalization bill. Also: How the NHL is leading marijuana policy. 🌳

    Presidential candidates against cannabis reform. Former Colorado governor and presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper may have stood up for his state’s decision to legalize marijuana,