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  • Crapo expresses support for marijuana banking reform

    The Republican committee chair is key to advancing cannabis legislation, Dems press federal agencies on CBD regulations, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 2, 2019

    Senator Mike Crapo, a key committee chair, expressed support for marijuana banking reform. Democratic lawmakers urge HHS and FDA to hurry up with those CBD regulations. Tennessee government officials are surprised to learn that the state is invested in a marijuana REIT. Also: Canadian cannabis producer Aphria turns a profit.

  • Presidential candidates debated marijuana and criminal justice

    Marijuana policy showed up on the second debate night, the Coast Guard issued an order against cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    August 1, 2019

    Democratic presidential candidates debated marijuana and criminal justice on Wednesday. The U.S. Coast Guard ordered its servicemembers not to enter any sort of marijuana business. Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth is increasingly lobbying in the U.S. Also: New U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson hired a longtime cannabis legalization advocate as a top policy adviser.

  • A federal court orders the DEA to explain its cannabis license delay

    The agency must respond to a lawsuit within 30 days, families are being separated due to past cannabis offenses, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 31, 2019

    Parents are being separated from their children over past cannabis convictions. A federal court ordered the DEA to respond to a lawsuit over its marijuana licensing delay. A group of Oklahoma dispensary owners is suing Facebook for discriminating against their businesses. Also: The former FDA chief urges the agency to hurry up on regulating CBD in an op-ed.

  • Dreamer barred from returning to US for admitting that he smoked weed in the past

    The conflict in US marijuana laws creates problems for immigrants, big alcohol is betting that consumers will want to drink cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 30, 2019

    A DACA recipient was barred from US for admitting that he smoked marijuana in the past. Big alcohol is trying to turn weed into a drink, but do consumers even want that? Marijuana-related traffic fatalities have declined 30 percent in the past year in Las Vegas. Also, New Zealand gets a cannabis referendum bill for the 2020 election.

  • Three years later, still no additional research marijuana growers

    The DEA says the applications are under review, cannabis is causing problems for workers, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 29, 2019

    Three years after opening up applications, the government still hasn’t licensed addition research marijuana growers. A New York cabbie fights to get his license back after his cousin tricked him into eating a weed gummy. Idahoans are flocking to Oregon to buy cannabis. Also: U.K. border agents seized another epileptic child’s medical cannabis oil.

  • GW Pharma gets European panel approval for cannabis drug

    The company is on its way to marketing the CBD medicine in Europe, cannabis lobbying hits a new high in the US, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 26, 2019

    GW Pharma got approval from a European panel for a cannabis-derived drug. Cannabis lobbying is set to hit a new high in the US this year. Automatic expungements for cannabis convictions are proving difficult to implement in California. Also: The CEO and chairman of CannTrust are out amid an illegal grow room scandal.

  • Crapo says he doesn’t necessarily support marijuana banking reform

    The committee chairman reiterates his non-support, a Senate committee addressed federal hemp regulations, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 25, 2019

    Senator Crapo says just because he held a hearing on marijuana banking reform doesn’t mean he supports it. The DOJ is trying to put people back in prison after they were released as part of the First Step Act. Researchers in Canada discovered how cannabis makes two potent anti-inflammatory compounds.

  • Tensions between cannabis growers and Big Ag highlighted in Phylos controversy

    Cannabis cultivators are distrustful of corporate interests, a look inside the historic Senate cannabis hearing, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 24, 2019

    A look inside the first Senate committee hearing on marijuana reform. What presidential candidates are saying about cannabis legalization. How the story of Phylos Bioscience highlights the tensions between small cannabis growers and Big Ag. Also: Why Israel’s largest medical cannabis grower is operating without a license. 🌳

    A look inside the cannabis banking hearing.

  • Senate committee holds historic marijuana hearing

    Banking reform still faces an uphill challenge, a look at new cannabis bills in Congress, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 23, 2019

    A Senate committee held an historic hearing on marijuana banking reform. A look at new cannabis bills in Congress. Joe Biden wants to reschedule marijuana (but thinks recreational legalization should be left up to the states). Also: The FDA sent a warning letter to a multi-state cannabis company, sending the sector’s stocks down.

  • Federal judge tosses lawsuit over eviction for medical marijuana

    The plaintiff plans to appeal, the struggle for social justice, and more in today's newsletter.

    July 22, 2019

    A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit from a woman who was evicted for medical marijuana. How marijuana reform measures now struggle to get support from liberals in Congress. Why the illicit market is flourishing in states with legal weed. Also: Beyoncé’s father is getting into the cannabiz. 🌳

    Cannabis in federal court.