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  • November 22, 2017

    Canada’s cannabis regulations allow drug offenders to enter the industry

    Proposed regulations released by Health Canada, synthetic THC gets Schedule II status, and more in today's newsletter.

    Canada releases its proposed marijuana regulations, a look at the pitfalls of developing an equity program, and the DEA gives a synthetic THC product Schedule II status. Sexual harassment allegations against MPP’s executive director have resurfaced in the wake of a leadership shuffle. 🌳

    Canada proposes cannabis regulations.

  • Trance Abstractions: A new wave of artists haunt the rave

    New artists that break apart the sonic architecture of trance make up this week's playlist, from the deconstructed sounds of Lorenzo Senni to the saccharine tunes of Toxe

    Trance is often misunderstood. Thought of as a goofy genre, its proto-EDM is seen as overblown festival fodder, which has done a lot to sully its reputation. But Teki Latex’s 2014 mix Deconstructed Trance signaled a reappraisal of the genre, opening the door for a wave of new artists to break its sonic architecture apart and assemble something new out of its skeleton.

  • November 21, 2017

    Most legal-weed states continue to punish people for cannabis crimes

    Expunging marijuana crimes after legalization, women in weed face a 'grass ceiling' and more in today's newsletter.

    Expunging marijuana-related convictions seems like a no-brainer after legalization, but most states don’t offer any sort of recourse. Contrary to numerous “women in weed” headlines, the industry is not proving friendly to them. MassRoots is suing its former CEO, who initiated a proxy battle to overthrow the company’s leadership.

  • Lawmakers, lobbyists are not hopeful about marijuana reform

    Defending the gains of the marijuana movement, the truth behind those 'marijuana overdose' headlines, and more in today's newsletter.

    Pro-marijuana interests are just trying to defend their gains in Congress under the Trump administration. The authors of a report that spawned a bunch of “marijuana overdose” headlines are pushing back. New California cannabis regulations favor large growers with lots of money. Also: How marijuana became the Congo’s new cash crop.

  • November 15, 2017

    Former anti-weed cops launching marijuana company in Canada

    Two former cops are starting a medical marijuana business together, Sessions' cannabis comments 'better than expected,' and more in today's newsletter.

    Sessions defends past marijuana comments. Attorney general Jeff Sessions defended his past comments on cannabis at a House committee hearing. “Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” he once said. House rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) listed a whole bunch of prominent Republicans who had admitted to consuming cannabis, asking “which of those are not good people?”

  • November 14, 2017

    Sessions admits that weed isn’t as dangerous as heroin

    The AG talked cannabis at a Congressional hearing, scientists call out Christie's misguided marijuana claims, and more in today's newsletter.

    Sessions talked cannabis at a House committee hearing, experts say Christie’s marijuana claims are not accurate, and states are struggling to develop standards for the cannabis industry. Also: A long-time gardener heads to a marijuana-growing class to find out it’s much more difficult that growing tomatoes. 🌳

    Jeff Sessions says cannabis isn’t as dangerous as heroin.

  • November 13, 2017

    Canada proposes $1 per gram tax on marijuana

    Provinces and patients are too happy with the tax plan, Marino blames 'bad cop' for losing out to drug czar job, and more in today's newsletter.

    The Canadian government announced its marijuana tax plan, and provinces and patients aren’t happy about it. Marino blames a former DEA official for not getting the drug czar job. States wrestle with allowing former convicts to use medical marijuana. Also: New York’s governor signed a bill to add PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis.

  • November 10, 2017

    Bipartisan group of senators push back against Sessions

    Against asset forfeiture, veterans for medical marijuana, and more in today's newsletter.

    Senators are pushing back on Jeff Sessions’ asset forfeiture revival. A look at veterans advocating for medical marijuana. California’s legal marijuana program is a “shitshow.” Also: medical marijuana businesses in Massachusetts are opposing proposals to increase diversity in the industry. 🌳

    Senators push back on Sessions.

  • Sinista Funk: The narcotic darkness of Memphis rap

    The heavy sounds of Three 6 Mafia make up the core of this week's playlist, alongside tunes from the likes of Indo G and Gangsta Pat

    Memphis rap is essentially the product of Three 6 Mafia. DJ Paul, Juicy J, and Lord Infamous found the perfect formula: molasses-slow beats, muttered and threatening lyrics, horror-movie samples and a laissez-faire approach to audio quality. All they had to do to change the game again was turn down the distortion.

  • Maine governor vetoes marijuana regulations

    'I feel like we legalized gasoline, but not gas stations'

    On Nov. 3, Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would’ve set up regulations for legal sales and cultivation of marijuana under the Marijuana Legalization Act, the ballot initiative state voters approved in 2016. The state House sustained the veto three days later when it voted 74-62 to override LePage’s veto,