• January 19, 2018

    83% of US voters don’t support pot prohibition

    Liberalizing cannabis laws is one thing Americans can agree on, a look at how Sessions could crack down on cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    A prohibitionist group shows that 83 percent of Americans actually oppose prohibition. Members of Congress push their colleagues to support protections for state-legal cannabis. A new bill in Congress would restrict funds for the DEA’s marijuana eradication program. Also: A Florida lawyer gets disbarred for telling his clients it was OK to grow weed.

  • Symbolic Use of Light: Tune in and zone out to lysergic techno and house

    Tracks that are typically suited for the dance floor are repurposed for a stoney session

    Techno is, generally speaking, a genre not always so accommodating to stoned listening — but divorce these tracks from a club environment and their unceasing drum patterns and prolonged lengths become hypnagogic. Small flickers of sound and gently shifting instrumentation are ideal for soundtracking deeply wiggy moments. Richard D James,

  • January 18, 2018

    House Democrats introduce a new marijuana legalization bill

    A new bill before Congress would deschedule cannabis, an amendment to protect state-legal weed suffers a setback, and more in today's newsletter.

    House Dems introduced a marijuana legalization bill that includes strong social justice measures. House rep. Jared Polis didn’t have enough votes for his amendment to protect state marijuana programs from the feds. The Treasury Department is reviewing its previous FinCEN guidance on marijuana and banking. Also: A Northern California county is backtracking on cannabis,

  • The devastating costs of criminalizing cannabis

    How Harry Anslinger's Reefer Madness continues to influence our harmful drug policies.

    In the 1930s, parents across the U.S. were panicked. A new documentary, Reefer Madness, suggested that evil marijuana dealers lurked in public schools, waiting to entice their children into a life of crime and degeneracy.

    The documentary captured the essence of the anti-marijuana campaign started by Harry Anslinger,

  • January 17, 2018

    The VA says no to studying marijuana for vets

    VA secretary Shulkin doesn't seem to understand federal law, Trump once insisted that he supports states' rights to legalize cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    A new video shows Trump talking about his commitment to states’ rights when it comes to cannabis. The VA says it won’t research medical marijuana for veterans. State attorneys general push for a marijuana banking fix. Also: Maine delays cannabis clubs until 2023. 🌳

    VA says no to studying medical marijuana.

  • January 16, 2018

    Sorry Sessions, legalization actually reduces crime

    Legalizing MMJ resulted in fewer violent crimes, the struggles of a black cannabis entrepreneur in California, and more in today's newsletter

    Contrary to Jeff Sessions’ assertions, legal weed actually *reduces* violent crime. Congress is pushing back against the attorney general, with 69 of its members advocating for a marijuana-protecting amendment. A look at the stark contrast between a black cannabis entrepreneur and a (mostly white) cannabis startup that has raised more than $50 million.

  • January 12, 2018

    What actual racial justice in cannabis legalization would look like

    Daring to imagine a socially just legalization bill, legal cannabis could create 1 million jobs, and more in today's newsletter.

    What social equity in marijuana legalization really looks like. Why local law enforcement agencies are incentivized to help the feds crack down on cannabis. The U.S. could create 1 million jobs by legalizing weed. Also: Vermont’s governor confirms that he’s going to sign the legalization bill. 🌳

    What does marijuana justice actually look like?

  • Jack, I’m Mellow: Songs from some of TV’s best stoner shows

    This week's playlist features the theme songs of TV's best weed-related shows, from Broad City to Weeds.

    In recent years, there’s been an uptick in the number of TV shows that feature cannabis use. No longer used just as a cheap punchline or for a moralizing scare story, there’s a considerable overlap between the dawn of “peak TV” and the realization that audiences might just be able to relate to characters smoking up as an everyday pastime.

  • January 11, 2018

    Trump loses supporters over Sessions’ anti-weed move

    Pro-cannabis Trump voters aren't so supportive right now, DOJ blindsided banking officials will Cole memo rescission, and more in today's newsletter.

    Trump loses supporters thanks to Sessions’ anti-weed stance. Banking officials were blindsided by Sessions’ new marijuana memo. Senator Kamala Harris talks about cannabis and criminal justice reform, but her actions on those issues are questionable. Also: Sister Mary Joseph, believed to be the first cannabis cultivator in New Zealand,

  • January 10, 2018

    Vermont Senate passes marijuana legalization bill

    First state in the nation to legalize marijuana through the legislature, Sessions anti-weed move is backfiring, and more in today's newsletter.

    Vermont makes history as the Senate passes a recreational legalization bill. “No breakthrough” on pot policy after Colorado Republican meets with Sessions. Cannabis dispensaries in California are struggling to keep up with adult-use demand. Also: How a TV host pushed Nixon to ramp up his War on Drugs by arguing that people smoke marijuana “to get high”