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  • Jury finds cannabis church founder guilty of public consumption

    Steve Berke is weighing an appeal, authorities are having trouble telling the difference between marijuana and hemp, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 4, 2019

    Co-founder of cannabis church in Denver found guilty of public pot consumption. Authorities struggle to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana. A mother who was featured in the rejected Super Bowl ad speaks out about the CBS rejection. Also: Psilocybin decriminalization is going to be on the Denver ballot.

  • WHO recommends removing CBD from international drug schedules

    Marijuana and THC products would still be scheduled, MedMen gets sued again, and more in today's newsletter.

    February 1, 2019

    WHO recommends removing CBD from international drug schedules. Since 1980, drug arrests have increased 170 percent, and racial disparities have worsened. A drug raid that resulted in two dead suspects and five injured cops yielded a “small amount” of marijuana and cocaine. Also: MedMen gets sued by its former CFO.

  • Oregon audit criticizes marijuana regulators for failing to keep up with inspections

    The audit also found problems with cannabis lab testing regulations, the largest pot lounge in S.F. opens its doors, and more in today's newsletter.

    January 31, 2019

    A state audit found numerous problems with Oregon’s marijuana program. Feds and local police team up to crack down on unlicensed Colorado marijuana grows. South Carolina cops seized $1,800 in cash from an assault victim’s home because he had an ounce of weed. Also: The largest pot lounge in San Francisco opens its doors.

  • Maine court uphold’s medical marijuana patient’s eviction

    Maine's highest court said a man's eviction was justified, Baltimore police will continue to arrest people for pot possession, and more in today's newsletter.

    January 30, 2019

    Maine’s highest court upholds a medical marijuana patient’s eviction. After Baltimore’s prosecutor announced she would stop prosecuting pot possession, cops said they would still arrest people anyways. Idaho police say a hemp shipment was actually marijuana. Also: A former Trump campaign advisor who pleaded guilty in the Mueller probe is joining the board of a cannabis company.

  • Trump’s AG pick offers reassurance to cannabis operators

    Barr pledges not to crack down on cannabis businesses, Baltimore to stop prosecuting marijuana offenses, and more in today's newsletter.

    January 29, 2019

    Prospective attorney general Bill Barr offers some reassurance to the cannabis industry. Disagreement is brewing in Congress over medical marijuana for veterans. Baltimore will stop prosecuting marijuana possession offenses. Also: How New York governor Cuomo’s legalization plan favors existing medical cannabis producers in the state. 🌳

    Bill Barr confirms that he won’t crack down on cannabis.

  • Cannabis business owners plead guilty to drug charges

    Denver prosecutes a licensed marijuana business, vape cartridges are testing positive for lead, and more in today's newsletter.

    January 28, 2019

    The owners of a licensed cannabis company pleaded guilty to drug charges. California cannabis labs are finding toxic heavy metals in vape cartridges. The global elite talk cannabis and psychedelics at Davos. Also: Thailand revoked cannabis patent requests from foreign firms. 🌳

    Licensed pot business prosecuted for the first time.

  • Drug war reparations in the age of luxury cannabis

    When profits outpace expungement and equity efforts, a federal judge seems fed up with marijuana prohibition, and more in today's newsletter.

    January 25, 2019

    In the age of luxury cannabis, what about those who got busted for pot? A U.S. Circuit Court judge is fed up with federal prohibition when it comes to cannabis companies filing their taxes. How the government shutdown could help commercial cannabis efforts in D.C. Also: Joe Montana makes another investment in the cannabis industry.

  • Californians spent $2.5 billion on cannabis last year

    Cannabis spending in the Golden State actually dropped, a federal judge thinks medical marijuana is great, and more in today's newsletter.

    January 24, 2019

    California consumers spent $2.5 billion on legal marijuana last year, half a billion less than the previous year. A federal judge wanted to allow medical marijuana for a person on probation, but couldn’t due to prohibition. Somehow, marijuana is still a controlled substance in Michigan, and advocates are suing to change that.

  • The cannabis industry is donating to politicians, but not as much as anti-marijuana advocates claim

    A look behind SAM's data reveals inaccuracies, WHO may delay CBD descheduling until 2020, and more in today's newsletter.

    January 23, 2019

    A look at cannabis industry donations to U.S. lawmakers reveals inaccuracies. The U.N. may not take action on CBD this year, after all. A Nevada county will dedicate $12 million in marijuana revenue a year to fight homelessness. Also: A U.S. cannabis company is trying to takeover a Canadian cannabis producer.

  • CBS rejects ad featuring medical marijuana patients

    A cannabis company's bid to raise awareness during the Super Bowl, a federal judge rules in favor of a cannabis grower, and more in today's newsletter.

    January 22, 2019

    CBS rejected a Super Bowl ad from a cannabis company. A federal judge sided with a New Mexico medical marijuana grower in a free-speech case. Body camera footage shows a former Florida cop blatantly lying about the results of a roadside drug test. Also: Portland, Ore. awarded $60,000 to two cannabis entrepreneurs in a bid to boost equity in the industry.