Word on the Tree

  • A bipartisan marijuana bill lacks support in Congress

    Unlike Trump, members of Congress aren't keen on the STATES Act, a federal agency pulled funding over a marijuana webinar, and more in today's newsletter.

    June 22, 2018

    A bipartisan marijuana reform bill lacks support on Congress, even from the Senate’s top Democrat. A federal agency pulled funding for a medical group that planned a one-hour webinar on marijuana for pain. Schools in Colorado fear the same will happen to them if they allow school nurses to administer medical cannabis to students.

  • New York City will keep arresting some for smoking weed

    The Big Apple's new marijuana enforcement policy carves out a lot of exceptions, the U.K. will reconsider medical cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    June 19, 2018

    NYC announced a new marijuana enforcement policy, but it leaves much to be desired for criminal justice reformers. Parents of epileptic children are worried that FDA approval for CBD will hurt medical marijuana programs. Canada’s House of Commons approved marijuana legislation, sending it back to the Senate. Also: High Times announced a crowdfunding campaign for its IPO amid dire financial troubles.

  • New York study will recommend recreational legalization

    Cuomo's study says to just legalize it, British authorities released cannabis oil to an epileptic boy, and more in today's newsletter.

    June 18, 2018

    Cuomo’s marijuana study will recommend that New York should legalize weed. The British government releases a 20-day supply of cannabis oil after an epileptic boy was put in the hospital. Sessions said Trump didn’t tell him that he would be supporting federal marijuana reform. Also: How two Hawaii cannabis farmers are staying put to tend to their plants,

  • A new resolution in Congress aims for a more equitable cannabis industry

    On Barbara Lee's RESPECT resolution, Alice Marie Johnson is advocating for others like her, and more in today's newsletter.

    June 15, 2018

    A congresswoman introduced a resolution aimed at creating a more equitable cannabis industry. Kim Kardashian says she’s assembled a legal team to help work on clemency for other non-violent offenders. For the first time, Texas Republicans are allowing marijuana advocates to have booths at their convention. Also: Portugal legalized medical marijuana.

  • House committees block modest marijuana amendments

    Even medical marijuana research for veterans failed to advance, a look at the woman advocating for 'marijuana lifers,' and more in today's newsletter.

    June 14, 2018

    Two House committees blocked separate marijuana amendments. How one woman came to be known as the ‘Mother Teresa’ of pot prisoners. A CBD producer is struggling thanks to the DEA seizing its hemp plants. Also: PotCoin is great at marketing stunts, but does anyone actually use it? 🌳

    House committee blocks marijuana amendment for vets.

  • Epilepsy patient has his first seizure in 300 days thanks to prohibition

    The British government is preventing a 12-year-old from getting medical cannabis oil, hemp legalization advances in the U.S., and more in today's newsletter.

    June 13, 2018

    A 12-year-old epilepsy patient in the U.K. had his first seizure in 300 days thanks to the government’s efforts to prevent him from getting cannabis oil. Canada’s House of Commons will reject 13 cannabis legalization amendments from the Senate. The Cannabist’s hedge fund owners laid off its entire staff but won’t sell the publication.

  • How local police are profiting from seizing state-legal marijuana

    'Highway robbery' by cops in California, momentum for federal marijuana reform grows, and more in today's newsletter.

    June 12, 2018

    Police in California are profiting off of seizing marijuana from compliant businesses. Support for ending federal prohibition grows. Why John Boehner should advocate for releasing marijuana offenders from prison. Also: A U.S. law is preventing federally legal cannabis retailers from accessing banks in Uruguay. 🌳

    Police are robbing compliant marijuana businesses.

  • Jeff Sessions’ lonely fight against cannabis

    The attorney general finds himself increasingly isolated on matters of marijuana, a former drug prosecutor gets into legal weed, and more in today's newsletter.

    June 11, 2018

    Jeff Sessions is still waging his lonely war against weed. How a drug prosecutor became the CEO of a cannabis company that hires people out of prison. There’s nothing stopping California cannabis businesses from selling consumer information to data brokers. Also: A British mum tried to bring cannabis oil into the country for her epileptic son and customs agents confiscated it.

  • Canada Senate approves marijuana legalization bill

    Canada overcomes a huge hurdle to legalize marijuana, Trump says he'll "probably" support a new marijuana bill, and more in today's newsletter.

    June 8, 2018

    Canada’s Senate voted in favor of a bill to legalize marijuana across the country. President Trump said he will “probably end up supporting” a bill to end federal prohibition. Minneapolis police are ending marijuana stings after blatant racial disparities emerged. Also, a marijuana company in Oregon filed a $10 million lawsuit against anonymous (?) social media users for resurfacing rape allegations against its (former) CEO.

  • Bipartisan senators introduce marijuana reform bill

    Gardner and Warren introduce the STATES Act, Canada's legalization hypocrisy, and more in today's newsletter.

    June 7, 2018

    Bipartisan senators introduced a long-awaited marijuana bill. Trump’s decision to give clemency to a drug offender sparked a discussion about his use of clemency powers. A man who spent decades in prison for marijuana in Canada describes the country’s hypocritical approach to legalization. Also: Some religious leaders in Oklahoma argue that legalizing medical marijuana is the moral decision to make.