Word on the Tree

  • Booker is angry about privileged people getting into the marijuana business

    The double standard of selling weed, marijuana arrests are actually increasing in many states, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 23, 2018

    Cory Booker is angry that privileged people are making money off weed while others are still suffering for doing the same thing. Despite gains in cannabis reform, there are increasing rates of marijuana arrests in at least 21 states. A lot of professional athletes smoke weed — sometimes even before playing games.

  • On this 4/20, let’s not forget those serving life in prison for marijuana

    Remembering those who are still suffering from the drug war, senator Schumer introduces marijuana bill, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 20, 2018

    On this 4/20, let’s not forget those serving life in prison for non-violent marijuana offenses. Senator Schumer is introducing legislation to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. It’s also time to celebrate the discovery of LSD, which Albert Hoffman ingested for the first time at 4:20 on April 19.

  • FDA panel unanimously votes in favor of marijuana-derived drug

    Epidiolex is one step closer to FDA approval, the dubious profits of an anti-marijuana advocate, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 19, 2018

    A 13-member FDA panel unanimously voted in favor of approving a marijuana-derived drug. A top anti-marijuana advocate has many financial entanglements with opioid addiction firms. High Times‘ 4/20 Cannabis Cup may end up having no cannabis. Also: Thievery Corporation jumps into the weed industry with a vaporizer and cannabis oil.

  • Marijuana-derived drug works, says FDA report

    A federal agency recognizes the medical potential of marijuana, researchers find no long-term cognitive effects in teens who smoke weed, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 18, 2018

    A FDA report recognized the medical value of a marijuana-derived drug. A new study found that there are no long-term cognitive effects in young people due to smoking weed. Trump may have softened his stance on marijuana, but GOP leadership in the House sure hasn’t. Also: The stoner kids who created 420 are now khaki-wearing,

  • Should 4/20 be a day of celebration or activism?

    How businesses and activists take differing views of the stoner holiday, Congress considers making the VA study cannabis for vets, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 17, 2018

    How cannabis businesses and activists have differing views on the stoner holiday. A New Jersey man’s lawsuit against cops over a humiliating roadside search may get tossed before it even begins. Bipartisan lawmakers push for medical marijuana research for veterans. Also: how marijuana legalization made it more difficult for people to smoke at home in Massachusetts.

  • Trump’s promise on legal weed would make it more difficult for Sessions to crack down

    A closer look at the president promise, a Maraschino mogul's secret life, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 16, 2018

    Trump’s promise to Gardner makes it more difficult for Sessions to crack down on cannabis. A look behind the Brooklyn cherry factory’s massive marijuana grow. Canada’s ruling party considers decriminalization of all drugs. Also, Maine’s governor Paul LePage vows to veto marijuana regulations. 🌳

    Trump’s so-called “deal”

  • Senators are calling out Sessions for blocking marijuana research

    Bipartisan senators are concerned about efforts to expand marijuana research, Maine finally passed a recreational marijuana bill, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 13, 2018

    A bipartisan duo of senators is calling on Jeff Sessions to stop blocking marijuana research efforts. After many delays, Maine’s legislature finally passed a recreational marijuana bill with a veto-proof majority. Two investors are suing a Colorado-based CBD company for fraud. Also: A cannabis entrepreneur has raised $100,000 to challenge Denver’s mayor.

  • Man who got 13 years for 2 joints gets out of prison on parole

    Bernard Noble served seven years behind bars, McConnell introduced his hemp legalization bill, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 12, 2018

    Bernard Noble, who got sentenced to 13 years for possessing two joints, was released on parole after spending seven years behind bars. Senator Mitch McConnell introduced his hemp legalization bill today. Computer giant HP is getting into the cannabis industry. Also: Eight police officers in Argentina were fired after claiming that rats ate half a ton of missing marijuana.

  • John Boehner, of all people, just joined a cannabis company

    Boehner says he's changed his mind on marijuana, the Feds' marijuana busts are harming the environment, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 11, 2018

    John Boehner, of all people, joined the advisory board of a plant-touching cannabis company. The feds like to cut down marijuana plants but leave harmful chemicals behind. Canada’s cannabis stocks hit their lowest point so far this year. Also: Maine’s legislature finally advances adult-use marijuana regulations. 🌳

    John Boehner joins marijuana company.

  • Colorado governor explains Sessions’ strategy to combat legal weed

    The attorney general is trying to create more uncertainty, why Trump's border wall won't stop 'the drug flow' and more in today's newsletter.

    April 10, 2018

    Colorado governor John Hickenlooper explains Jeff Sessions’ strategy to fight legal weed. Despite Sessions’ anti-cannabis actions, the industry is creating lots of new jobs. High Times is looking like an increasingly bad investment. Also: Pot icon Tommy Chong is being sued for fraud in a marketing deal for his marijuana brand.