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  • John Boehner could make $20 million from Canopy-Acreage deal

    Canopy finalized a $3.4 billion agreement to acquire Acreage, 4/20 is going mainstream, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 19, 2019

    John Boehner could make $20 million from the $3.4 billion Acreage-Canopy deal. Medical marijuana patients in Arizona are still getting arrested for extracts. A lumber company is suing a cannabis company over a tree logo. Also: Happy 4/20 from Word on the Tree! 🌳

    John Boehner could make $20 million from Canopy deal.

  • A federal agency gets sued for stifling legal hemp

    An official allegedly threatened legal hemp farmers with criminal charges, an MMJ advocate avoids death penalty in Malaysia, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 18, 2019

    A federal agency is getting sued over threatening prospective hemp farmers. Trump administration officials acknowledged that a tax incentive could benefit marijuana investors. Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth is reportedly nearing a deal to buy Acreage Holdings. Also: A Malaysian man who gave cannabis oil to sick patients got sentenced to 15 years in prison and 10 strokes of a cane,

  • Booker is working to get equity into the STATES Act

    Cory Booker won't support the bill unless it has equity provisions, a veteran is forced to choose between medical marijuana and his job, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 17, 2019

    Senator Cory Booker is trying to get equity provisions into the STATES Act. Colorado’s new federal prosecutor agrees with rescinding the Cole memo. A veteran is forced to choose between medical marijuana and his job. Also: The Vitamin Shoppe is stocking CBD supplements, flouting FDA guidance. 🌳

    Booker is working to make the STATES Act better.

  • Despite legalization gains, many are still arrested for pot possession

    Some counties are still focusing on cannabis enforcement, how three billionaires influenced marijuana legalization, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 16, 2019

    In some U.S. counties, the war on weed is alive and well. How three billionaires had an outsize influence on legalizing cannabis. Chicago’s prosecutor looks into expunging past pot offenses. Also: A deep dive into MedMen reveals the company’s rapid expansion amid scandals and lawsuits. 🌳

    Marijuana arrests in the age of legalization.

  • Marijuana legalization is a rare issue where women are more conservative than men

    While 68 percent of men now support marijuana legalization, only 56 percent of women do.

    Surveys show that on issue after issue, women are more liberal than men, save for one: Men are more likely than women to support the legalization of marijuana.

    Americans are becoming more supportive of marijuana legalization each year but the gender gap remains a constant: While 68 percent of men now support marijuana legalization,

  • A small town in Colorado reckons with marijuana money

    Dinosaur, Colo. is reckoning with an influx of cannabis tax revenue, a look at efforts in Massachusetts to create a more diverse industry, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 15, 2019

    The effort to create a more diverse cannabis industry is complicated by who’s willing to fund small businesses. The STATES Act raises questions about tribal sovereignty. A tiny town in Colorado is reckoning with an influx of marijuana money. Also: How lawmakers’ opposition to marijuana reform backfires in conservative states.

  • NYC reconsiders marijuana testing policies

    Employers barred from testing for THC, a look at Fresno's fight for social equity, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 12, 2019

    New York City reconsiders drug-testing policies. A look at the fight for equity in the cannabis industry. The FDA’s chief warns retailers against selling CBD products. Also: A farmer that hoped to cash in on hemp finds out that the crop is harder to grow than advocates make it seem.

  • AG Barr opposes legalization but would prefer to allow states to set their own cannabis laws

    The attorney general says the federal-state conflict is 'intolerable,' a man who gave marijuana to needy patients faces prison time, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 11, 2019

    The attorney general is against legalization, but thinks the current patchwork of marijuana laws is intolerable. Two new bills in Congress seek to tackle medical marijuana-related issues. An Ohio man faces prison time for growing cannabis and giving it away to needy patients. Also: Pennsylvania looks to crack down on Big Marijuana.

  • Why Cory Booker won’t support the STATES Act

    Equity increasingly a part of the Congressional cannabis debate, the feds are dragging their feet on hemp, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 10, 2019

    Why legalization proponents like senator Cory Booker won’t get behind legalization legislation that doesn’t include social equity. States want hemp regulations fast, but the feds want to take things slow. A new study finds promise in using cannabis together with opioids. Also: Why reefer madness is still alive and well in 2019.

  • Confusion surrounding hemp and CBD could require a fix from Congress

    Legalization created more confusion surrounding hemp and CBD, an Arizona prosecutor is going after state-registered MMJ patients, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 9, 2019

    Confusion over CBD could require a legislative fix from Congress. Arizona medical marijuana patients face prosecution for buying cannabis products from state-licensed dispensaries. The trouble with Massachusetts’ economic empowerment program. Also: CJ Wallace, the son of rapper The Notorious B.I.G., launched a cannabis brand in honor of his late father.