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  • Social equity programs are failing in California

    Other jurisdictions are looking into such programs, banks are increasingly getting into the cannabis industry, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 30, 2018

    Why well-intentioned equity programs are failing. More banks, including an Alaska credit union, are serving cannabis businesses. A study found potential in cannabis for treating heart failure. Also: Michigan voters may have voted to legalize weed, but lawmakers are already trying to roll back the ballot initiative. 🌳

    Why equity programs are failing.

  • Lawmakers reach tentative deal on Farm Bill

    Hemp legalization could come before the end of the year, criminal justice reform bill faces Republican opposition, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 29, 2018

    Lawmakers have reached a tentative deal on the Farm Bill that would legalize hemp. A bipartisan criminal justice reform bill faces pushback from some Republicans. The USPTO is issuing more cannabis-related patents than ever. Also: Medical marijuana companies sue Pennsylvania regulators, alleging pay-to-play in the state’s research program. 🌳

    Lawmakers reach tentative deal on Farm Bill.

  • Congress looks likely to tackle marijuana banking reform

    Legalization is still a long shot though, New Jersey marijuana debate focuses on criminal justice, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 28, 2018

    The chances of marijuana banking reform look good in the next Congress. For New Jersey, the legalization debate is tied to criminal justice reform. A viral video shows a black man getting arrested after helping a drunk neighbor walk home. (Police claimed to smell weed and alleged that he was intoxicated.) Also: Residents near a Massachusetts dispensary are very upset about all the traffic caused by avid pot consumers.

  • South Korea legalizes medical marijuana

    It's the first East Asian country to allow medical cannabis, New Jersey's legalization bill takes a step forward, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 27, 2018

    South Korea becomes the first country in East Asia to legalize medical cannabis. A legislative committee in New Jersey advanced marijuana legalization, but it’s unclear if it has the votes to pass. Medical marijuana patients in Louisiana have no way of accessing the drug. Also: More than a dozen marijuana bills have been pre-filed in Texas,

  • More than $440,000 spent on legal weed on the first day of sales in MA

    A look at the first cannabis sales in Massachusetts, the CEOs of cannabis companies who don't even partake, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 26, 2018

    Cannabis consumers spent more than $440,000 on the first day of legal weed sales in Massachusetts. A dozen CEOs of major cannabis companies either don’t consume marijuana or refused to talk about their own use. In New Jersey, legislative committees are scheduled to vote on marijuana legalization. Also: an unlicensed cannabis business in Canada collected more than six tons of food and 300 coats for local charities in exchange for free weed.

  • Canadian banned from US on his way to a cannabis conference

    At least a dozen Canadians were detained en route to a conference in Las Vegas, Nevada lawmakers tour marijuana lounges in San Francisco, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 21, 2018

    Canadians in the cannabis industry had some trouble trying to go to a marijuana business conference in Las Vegas. New leadership in the U.S. House bodes well for federal marijuana reform. Nevada lawmakers toured cannabis consumption lounges in San Francisco. Also: We’ll be off for the rest of the week.

  • First legal weed sold in Massachusetts

    The first state-legal cannabis sales started in the Bay State, prominent prohibitionist changes his mind on marijuana, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 20, 2018

    Legal weed makes its official debut in Massachusetts. A prominent Democratic lawmaker changes his mind on marijuana legalization. A judge says the Florida House should sue the feds if it has an issue with federal prohibition. Also: a former sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to prison for drug trafficking. 🌳

    Massachusetts sells its first legal cannabis.

  • Hemp legalization under fire for banning those with drug felony convictions

    Congress wrestling with Farm Bill provision, body cam footage raises questions about marijuana arrests, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 19, 2018

    Congress is wrestling with a provision that would ban those with drug felonies from the legal hemp industry. Body cam footage raises questions about New York marijuana arrests. A Los Angeles woman was briefly detained in Canada for bringing her medical marijuana into the country. Also: Greece issued its first medical cannabis licenses today.

  • Feds to study medical marijuana’s potential to combat opioid crisis

    NIDA to look into the benefits of marijuana, a look at the loopholes under New York's 'decriminalization' policy, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 16, 2018

    The federal government is studying whether medical marijuana can combat opioid crisis. How people continued to get charged for cannabis offenses, despite decriminalization in New York. A medical marijuana patient is suing the federal government for the right to own a gun. Also: Patients are struggling to get their medicine after recreational legalization in Canada.

  • How the cannabis industry cares more about profits than patients and prisoners

    Marijuana companies form alliances with GOP, the IRS struggles to handle all-cash tax payments from cannabis companies, and more in today's newsletter.

    November 15, 2018

    The cannabis industry is prioritizing profits over patients and criminal justice reforms. A look at the past and future of marijuana advocacy. The IRS is paying a company $1.7 million to hand the problem of cash tax payments from pot companies. Also: Canadian police say they have not seen an increase in impaired driving after legalization.