• July 20, 2018

    Inmates hopeful that Trump will grant clemency for cannabis crimes

    Prisoners look to Trump for hope, kids in Colorado aren't consuming more cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    An inmate serving time for operating state-legal medical marijuana businesses is hopeful about receiving clemency from Trump. Massachusetts cities are undermining the state’s attempt to make the cannabis industry more equitable, say critics. Kids in Colorado aren’t smoking more weed. Also: The business prospects of marijuana in California aren’t what they seem.

  • July 19, 2018

    Marijuana legalization efforts are increasingly focused on social justice

    Righting the wrongs of the drug war, cannabis business interests donate to Cuomo, and more in today's newsletter.

    Marijuana legalization efforts are increasingly focused on social justice. Cannabis business interests in New York are donating to governor Cuomo’s campaign. Nasdaq welcomes its first marijuana IPO. Also: Lebanon is preparing to “study and adopt” medical cannabis legalization. 🌳

    Marijuana bills are increasingly focused on social justice.

  • Disgrace: Appreciating inscrutable sounds with the help of cannabis

    'Noise music is listening music. It requires some certain kind of strength,' said noise artist Pan Daijing.

    Power electronics and noise music can often seem like an impenetrable art form, but reveal themselves to be accessible and, often times, beautiful. This is most true of the fringes of the genre, reflected in the works of musicians like Pharmakon and AJA.

    Appreciating the human side of noise is the first step in enjoying it as a musical style,

  • July 18, 2018

    Georgia jury refuses to convict man for growing marijuana

    Jurors decide it's not right to put a man in prison simply for cultivating cannabis, lots of drama in Oklahoma over cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    A jury in Georgia stands up to marijuana prohibition. Drama plagues Oklahoma’s medical cannabis rollout. The Canadian embassy was caught off guard when conservative senators met with Jeff Sessions to talk cannabis. Also: Psychedelic researchers say that stigma surrounding their studies is changing. 🌳

    Jury refuses to convict Georgia man for growing marijuana.

  • July 17, 2018

    How Oakland’s equity program is hurting those it’s supposed to help

    The problems with a pioneering program, bad actors in the cannabis industry, and more in today's newsletter.

    Oakland’s equity program is hurting those it is designed to help. A man facing SEC charges for fraud is now trying to raise millions for a dubious cannabis business. Even when cannabis is legal in a state, consumers face consequences like getting fired or being denied workers’ comp. Also: A study suggested that police clear more crimes thanks to marijuana legalization.

  • July 16, 2018

    As cannabis arrests plummet, racial disparities remain

    Chicago police defend racial disparities in marijuana arrests, the cannabis industry sure is donating a lot to Republicans, and more in today's newsletter.

    Cannabis arrests are falling in Chicago but large racial disparities remain. New York’s health department recommends legalization and adopting an equity program like Massachusetts. MedMen is allegedly deducting tips from employee paychecks. Also: Regulators in California released new draft marijuana rules. 🌳

    Cannabis arrests plummet in Chicago,

  • July 13, 2018

    Senator says marijuana has no medical value for vets

    Medical marijuana is a tough sell for the head of the Senate Veterans' Affairs committee, states consider cannabis in place of opioids, and more in today's newsletter.

    The head of the Senate Veteran’s Affairs Committee said that marijuana has no medical value. A Florida police chief allegedly pressured officers to target random black people in order to clear cases. More states turn to medical marijuana to help remedy the opioid crisis. Also: Adult-use marijuana sales probably won’t start until August in Massachusetts.

  • Hip Priest: Post-punk sounds that baffle and delight

    This week's playlist is dedicated to the influential and bizarre sounds of punk's aftermath.

    While I was never a fan of punk, I found the musical reaction to the genre both strange and delightful. Post-punk was one of the most exciting times for guitar music — both in the mainstream and underground. A lot of it was pretty fucking weird.

    Unfortunately my favorite post-punk band This Heat isn’t on Spotify.

  • July 12, 2018

    Hoping for clemency from Trump? Seek support from celebrities

    A new strategy for drug offenders seeking relief, another study finds promise in medical marijuana for the opioid crisis, and more in today's newsletter.

    Drug offenders hoping to get clemency have a new strategy in the era of Trump: seeking support from celebrities. Another study found an association between medical marijuana laws and reduced opioid use. A man who was run over by a bulldozer was being chased by police as a suspect in a 10-plant marijuana grow.

  • July 11, 2018

    How marijuana legalization could help tip Congress in November

    The changing politics of cannabis policy, the story of one man's absurd sentence for 1.5 grams of weed, and more in today's newsletter.

    How marijuana legalization could help tip some key Congressional races in November. After media inquiries, a county judge in Georgia walked back a 12-month sentence for a man who possessed 1.5 grams of cannabis. Sri Lanka is bringing back the death penalty to “replicate the success” of Duterte’s war on drugs.