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  • White nationalist lawyer sues activists for former pot lab owner

    The lawsuit accuses activists of defamation, Colorado marijuana sales hit $1 billion, and more in today's newsletter.

    October 19, 2018

    A white nationalist lawyer is suing activists on behalf of a former cannabis lab owner. A coalition of advocacy groups is hosting the first National Expungement Week. Colorado’s marijuana sales reached the $1 billion mark. Also: One Canadian cannabis dispensary ran out of product on the first day of sales —

  • How legalization in Canada puts pressure on the U.S. (and other countries, too)

    Cannabis in Canada could have wide-ranging global implications, why the new law could hurt poor farmers around the world, and more in today's newsletter.

    October 18, 2018

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    How legal cannabis in Canada puts pressure on the U.S.

  • 🍁 Canada legalizes weed! 🍁

    Canada plans to pardon past pot convictions, a Newfoundland man makes the first legal purchase, and more in today's newsletter.

    October 17, 2018

    Canada plans to pardon past pot possession convictions. There are worries about a lack of weed on the newly legal marijuana market. A former Canadian Army captain who fought alongside U.S. troops in Afghanistan has been jailed for 75 days due to a decades-old Canadian cannabis conviction (that has already been pardoned).

  • US attorney says marijuana banking is not a problem

    Suggestions otherwise are 'completely false,' federal court says police can't kill dogs during drug raids, and more in today's newsletter.

    October 16, 2018

    A federal prosecutor suggests that there are plenty of banks willing to work with the cannabis industry. An appeals court ruled that police cannot shoot and kill dogs when conducting a drug raid. A musician was sentenced to eight years for marijuana trafficking, despite cops and prosecutors admitting that there is no evidence he was actually trafficking.

  • SWAT agents break down doors for a ‘leafy green substance’

    No-knock raids in Arkansas scare residents, the midterms could have a big impact on marijuana reform, and more in today's newsletter.

    October 15, 2018

    When police departments break down doors to find a small amount of “leafy green substance.” Why the midterms could have a major impact on marijuana reform. The story of an 81-year-old woman who was jailed for smoking a joint in her own home. Also: This Wednesday is weed day in Canada.

  • Medical cannabis case spurs Malaysia to repeal death penalty

    Man who sold cannabis oil to terminally ill patients inspires reform, congressman says marijuana reform is coming after the midterms, and more in today's newsletter.

    October 12, 2018

    A cannabis conviction leads Malaysia to repeal the death penalty. A congressman says the Trump administration made a “solid commitment” to tackle marijuana reform after the midterms. A Vietnam vet who spent 22 years in the Air Force got fired from his job at a military school for using CBD to treat his cancer.

  • Supreme Court considers case on immigration and marijuana

    Lower courts have ruled in favor of immigrants with marijuana convictions, feds say Canadians in cannabis can come to the US, and more

    October 11, 2018

    The Supreme Court considers whether immigrants should be deported for minor offenses like marijuana possession. Drug prosecutions at the border plummeted as the feds focused on detaining kids. The feds said those in the Canadian cannabis industry can come to the U.S. — but not for business. Also: Researchers in Canada found that THC and CBD levels don’t change much from strain to strain.

  • Marijuana legalization increasingly focused on criminal justice issues

    Expungement and social equity are becoming more of a thing, a Navy veteran keeps getting denied housing over medical marijuana, and more in today's newsletter.

    October 10, 2018

    Legalization efforts are increasingly focused on criminal justice reform. A Navy veteran was denied a Section 8 housing voucher three times due to medical marijuana. Missouri authorities charged a man with a felony for growing two pot plants — after he killed himself. Also: We sure hope Sophie Turner’s publicist isn’t mad at her for talking about how fun it is to smoke weed.

  • Cannabis reform is a rare issue with bipartisan support

    Marijuana reform is one of the few issues with widespread bipartisan support, a look at the 'cannabis deep state,' and more in today's newsletter.

    October 9, 2018

    In a politically divisive time, there’s no issue like marijuana reform for bridging the partisan divide. Trump says he favors states’ rights on marijuana, but why is his administration stonewalling reform efforts? This November could bring legal weed to the Midwest for the first time. Also: How LSD made its way from a weapon of war to the drug of choice for Silicon Valley.

  • Border agents are arresting US citizens for cannabis

    CPB is confiscating small amounts of cannabis from Americans, more prosecutors get behind expungement, and more in today's newsletter.

    October 8, 2018

    Border patrol agents sure are busting a lot of Americans for small amounts of cannabis. Prosecutors are getting behind expungement efforts. Utah could create a state-run cannabis program (and apparently the DEA is cool with it). Also: a former cannabis columnist writes about his struggles with the substance. 🌳

    US citizens busted for small cannabis possession at the border.