May 24, 2019
A cannabis trade group pushes for social equity at the Capitol. How a marijuana conviction could be classified as “violent.” Maine finally has a plan for commercial cannabis sales. Also: A wheelchair-bound medical marijuana patient in Canada was forced into homelessness when his apartment evicted him over cannabis. 🌳
Industry pushes for social equity at the Capitol.
May 23, 2019
Funding falls short for social equity in both Massachusetts and L.A. New Jersey’s Senate president rejects a decriminalization proposal. A look behind the controversy that led the Open Cannabis Project to shut down. Also: Idaho lawmakers team up to advocate for hemp transporters being charged with drug trafficking. 🌳
Social equity funding takes a hit.
May 22, 2019
Cannabis policy reform gains legitimacy at the Capitol. Racial disparities in marijuana arrests got worse in Washington after legalization. Massachusetts considers a fund to help equity applicants start their businesses. Also: After three months of deliberations, Facebook decides against changing its policy for marijuana companies. 🌳
Cannabis at the Capitol.
May 21, 2019
The former FDA chief talks about how the agency can get around CBD regulatory issues. Colorado’s highest court rules that marijuana-sniffing police dogs can’t be used to justify a search. The NFL and the players’ union agreed to look into medical cannabis. Also: A new study found that CBD could help those struggling with heroin use disorder.
May 20, 2019
Criminal justice and social equity are complicating legalization efforts among Democrats. Washington wrestles with CBD regulations as the industry struggles amid regulatory confusion. After legalization efforts stalled, New Jersey considers decriminalization and record expungement. Also: Two more former U.S. lawmakers get into the business of cannabis. 🌳
How Democrats are failing at marijuana reform.
May 17, 2019
Biden says he supports marijuana decriminalization. Regulators in Massachusetts approved cannabis cafes. Lawmakers in Delaware introduced a recreational marijuana legalization bill. Also: New research sheds light on the origins of the cannabis plant. 🌳
Biden signals support for marijuana decriminalization.
Former vice president Joe Biden said he supports decriminalizing marijuana,
May 16, 2019
How federal prohibition leads to “gross misinformation” about cannabis and pesticides. New legislation in Congress would help foreigners who use cannabis or work in the industry. How the war on drugs kept black men out of college. Also: Veterinarians are lobbying the Canadian government to allow medical cannabis for animals.
May 15, 2019
The effort to legalize marijuana through the New Jersey legislature has failed and the issue will likely go to voters, said the Senate president. Lawmakers in New York introduced a new legalization bill. A look at the science behind questionable claims about CBD. Also: Should psychedelic researchers consume the same drugs they study?
May 14, 2019
Congressmen hope to increase medical marijuana access for veterans (and other drug policy reforms). Mitch McConnell is pushing for crop insurance for hemp farmers. Colorado cannabis sales hit a new high. Also: A research review found how dispensaries can benefit local communities. 🌳
U.S. reps. reintroduce medical marijuana bill.
May 13, 2019
Undocumented immigrants with marijuana convictions aren’t protected from deportation if their charges are expunged, ruled a federal court. Detroit will pay $60,000 to settle a lawsuit over police who killed three dogs during a marijuana raid. Institutional investors are increasingly warming up to the cannabis industry. Also: Big box retailers are considering CBD.