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  • Marijuana legalization in New Jersey suffers a setback

    No vote for legal weed before the end of the year, two men are fighting felony charges for hemp as Congress legalizes it, and more in today's newsletter.

    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,

  • The hemp industry should not get too excited about the Farm Bill just yet

    The case for tempering excitement, YMCA apologizes for threatening to narc on parents who smell like pot, and more in today's newsletter.

    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.

  • After facing eviction, an elderly MMJ patient loses access to doctors too

    The saga of a 78-year-old medical marijuana patient, Farm Bill advances, and more in today's newsletter.

    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.

  • New Zealand passes medical marijuana law

    The new law would establish a domestic medical marijuana market, Congress is poised to vote on the Farm Bill and criminal justice reform, and more in today's newsletter.

    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).

  • 78-year-old evicted for using medical marijuana

    Federal marijuana laws sends man to homeless shelter, WHO delays cannabis recommendations, and more in today's newsletter.

    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.

  • Trump picks William Barr to replace Sessions as AG

    The former AG is an 'original general' of the drug war, Marlboro maker puts $1.8 billion in weed, and more in today's newsletter.

    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.

  • Lawmakers compromise on felony ban in hemp industry

    How the compromise could spell trouble for some state hemp programs, PA rejects all marijuana research applicants, and more in today's newsletter.

    December 6, 2018

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  • Denver finally moves to clear past cannabis convictions

    Automatic expungement is heading to the Colorado capital, NYC pushes police on cannabis oil arrests, and more in today's newsletter.

    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.

  • Maker of Marlboro cigarettes looks to invest in cannabis

    Altria in talks to invest in Canadian cannabis producer, Utah replaces voter-passed medical marijuana law, and more in today's newsletter.

    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.

  • First medical cannabis dispensary opens in Iowa

    The restrictive program welcomes its first customer, US Tax Court rules against marijuana business, and more in today's newsletter.

    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.