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  • California senator pulled out of supporting a marijuana bill

    Cannabis advocates aren't happy with Dianne Feinstein, Massachusetts studies racial disparities in marijuana offenses, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 8, 2019

    A California senator pulled out of a marijuana bill with no explanation. Massachusetts studies racial disparities in marijuana arrests. Despite medical marijuana reform in the U.K., another pediatric epilepsy patient had her cannabis oil seized by customs. Also: A look at investment activity in the cannabis industry found that 2018 was the year for Big Marijuana.

  • Federal lawsuit seeks to stop marijuana legalization in Guam

    The island's new marijuana law is already being challenged in court, a marijuana bill gets reintroduced in Congress, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 5, 2019

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers re-introduced a marijuana bill to Congress. A businessman is challenging Guam’s new marijuana law in federal court. Two dozen California cities are suing the state to stop cannabis deliveries. Also, the first publicly traded cannabis company’s stock is up 2,139 percent since its debut.

  • Legal immigrants denied citizenship for working in cannabis industry

    Working in marijuana is causing problems for non-citizens, Guam legalizes cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 4, 2019

    Legal permanent residents of the U.S. are being denied citizenship under the Trump administration for working in the cannabis industry. Guam legalizes adult-use marijuana. How an Alabama couple lost everything over $50 worth of weed and a misplaced sleeping pill. Also: MDMA made older mice more social in a new study.

  • When marijuana possession is classified as a ‘violent’ crime

    Some crimes classified as 'violent' are anything but, High Times hires a new CEO, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 3, 2019

    Sometimes, even marijuana possession can be classified as a “violent” crime. Cannabis policy positions could be crucial to Democrats seeking to stand out amid a crowded presidential race. Georgia is set to become the 31st state to regulate cannabis cultivation. Also: High Times hires a new CEO. 🌳

    When marijuana possession is classified as a “violent”

  • California counties to expunge 54,000 cannabis convictions

    Local authorities turn to Code for America's software, how the industry lacks racial diversity despite regulators' efforts, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 2, 2019

    Los Angeles will expunge tens of thousands of past cannabis convictions. How cannabis companies skirt state rules on ownership. Pro-marijuana lawmakers in Illinois hope to avoid the recent missteps of New York and New Jersey. Also: A Chicago-based cannabis company acquired a California distributor for $850 million. 🌳

    California counties to expunge cannabis convictions.

  • Marijuana legalization stalls in New York

    Lawmakers will still try to pass marijuana reform this session, Colorado considers big changes to legal cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    April 1, 2019

    Marijuana legalization stalls in New York. How marijuana regulations are evolving in legal states. A Maryland medical marijuana firm withdrew a lawsuit amid fierce backlash. Also: Toronto gets its first licensed dispensary. 🌳

    Marijuana legalization didn’t make it into NY’s budget. The effort to legalize marijuana in New York has stalled after the governor and legislative leaders couldn’t agree on legalization language for the budget.

  • CBD hits a snag among federal and state regulators

    More states are legalizing hemp amid CBD enforcement actions, activists call for social equity in cannabis industry, and more in today's newsletter.

    March 29, 2019

    Why CBD presents unique challenges for federal regulators. Activists are pushing for social equity in LA and NYC. A New Jersey appeals court reopens a medical marijuana discrimination case. Also: MedMen’s financial woes signal trouble for the cannabis industry. 🌳

    CBD hits a snag.

  • Marijuana banking bill advances to the House, where it’s expected to pass

    A committee advanced the bill with bipartisan support, MA is investigating large cannabis companies, and more in today's newsletter.

    March 28, 2019

    A committee advanced a marijuana banking bill to the House, where it’s expected to pass. Massachusetts is investigating whether cannabis companies are skirting a state cap on licenses. The CEO of a cannabis company shelled out $25,000 for a secretive fundraiser for the New York governor. Also: Tech investors raise $40 million for a psychedelic medicine company.

  • The White House is pushing myths about marijuana

    Fentanyl-laced weed is not a thing, New Jersey pulls a medical marijuana expansion plan, and more in today's newsletter.

    March 27, 2019

    Experts call out the White House for spreading misinformation about marijuana. New Jersey’s governor pulls medical marijuana expansion plan over fears it could hurt efforts to legalize adult-use cannabis. A Maryland medical marijuana grower sues to stop industry expansion aimed at improving diversity in the industry. Also: Seth Rogen is getting into the Canadian cannabis business.

  • The FDA is struggling with hemp regulations amid CBD boom

    Advocates aren't optimistic about the agency, the DOJ is still hampering marijuana research efforts, and more in today's newsletter.

    March 26, 2019

    The FDA is struggling with hemp regulations as the CBD industry grows. Even without Sessions, the DOJ is hampering marijuana research efforts. New Jersey shows that pot politics transcends parties. Also: A Colorado study found that people are more likely to head to the ER after eating marijuana vs.