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  • March 22, 2019

    Large cannabis companies skirt state rules to amass more licenses

    The Globe investigates the complex corporate structures used to get around state laws, experts weigh in on marijuana-psychosis study, and more in today's newsletter.

    The Boston Globe investigates how large cannabis companies are skirting state rules to become ‘quiet titans’ of the industry. Experts weigh in on study linking cannabis use with psychosis. More than half of all Illinois House reps. have co-sponsored a marijuana legalization bill. Also: a 145-year-old tobacco company is getting into the CBD space.

  • March 21, 2019

    Federal CBD regulations could take years

    The outgoing FDA chief says rule-making will take a while, Clark County puts marijuana revenues towards homelessness programs, and more in today's newsletter.

    The FDA’s outgoing chief says CBD regulations could take years. Clark County is directing marijuana revenue to address homelessness. Los Angeles explores using technology for automatic expungements. Also: CVS is the latest major retailer to start stocking CBD products. 🌳

    CBD regulations could take several years.

  • March 20, 2019

    UN postpones vote on cannabis scheduling

    The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs has indefinitely postponed the vote, support for marijuana legalization in the US keeps climbing, and more in today's newsletter.

    The UN postponed a vote on cannabis rescheduling. Support for marijuana legalization in the US keeps climbing. Law enforcement groups in Nevada support a bill to seal cannabis convictions. Also: Researchers found that DMT could hold promise for treating depression and anxiety. 🌳

    UN postpones vote on cannabis rescheduling.

  • Marijuana is a lot more than just THC

    A pharmacologist looks at the untapped healing compounds

    Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states as of November 2018. Yet the federal government still insists marijuana has no legal use and is easy to abuse. In the meantime, medical marijuana dispensaries have an increasing array of products available for pain, anxiety, sex and more.

    The glass counters and their jars of products in the dispensary resemble an 18th century pharmacy.

  • March 19, 2019

    SCOTUS rules against immigrants convicted of minor crimes like marijuana possession

    The Supreme Court voted along idealogical lines, Pennsylvania lawmakers unveil marijuana legalization bill, and more in today's newsletter.

    Supreme Court justices ruled against immigrants convicted of minor crimes like pot possession. Minorities are left out of medical marijuana reform efforts in the South. Pennsylvania senators unveiled their marijuana legalization bill. Also: Residents of Woodenbong, Australia aren’t so excited about an artist’s proposal to build a giant wooden bong.

  • March 18, 2019

    Boehner has no regrets about opposing legalization while serving in the House

    The former House speaker said criminal justice never crossed his mind, family sues police over pot suspect's death, and more in today's newsletter.

    Former House Speaker John Boehner says he as “no regrets” about opposing marijuana legalization during his 24 years in office. The family of a man who was killed during a police chase filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over his death. The White House refuses to release marijuana memos,

  • March 15, 2019

    Federal marijuana RICO case settled out of court

    Similar legal challenges are advancing in other states, Connecticut introduces marijuana legalization bills, and more in today's newsletter.

    A racketeering case against a medical marijuana dispensary was settled out of court. A new bill in Congress would shield federal workers from getting fired for using marijuana in states where it’s legal. Connecticut lawmakers introduced a trio of marijuana legalization bills. Also: The North American cannabis industry has raised $3.3 billion so far this year.

  • March 14, 2019

    How legalization proposals side with the cannabis industry

    Federal legalization bills don't consider other models of legalization, the USDA hears testimony on hemp regulations, and more in today's newsletter.

    The USDA listened to suggestions about how to regulate the hemp industry. How proposals to legalize cannabis by Democratic candidates benefit the industry. Florida repeals its ban on smokable medical marijuana. Also: Food, beverage, and Wall Street execs get in on the marijuana business. 🌳

    The USDA considers hemp regulations.

  • March 13, 2019

    Alaska becomes first state to allow on-site marijuana consumption

    Consumers will be able to partake at dispensaries, a UN board calls for decriminalization drugs, and more in today's newsletter.

    Alaska will start allowing people to consume cannabis in dispensaries. A high-level UN board calls for drug decriminalization. A look at the rise of cannabis churches. Also: One writer tries out a service that recommends cannabis strains based on DNA testing. 🌳

    Alaska will allow on-site marijuana consumption.

  • March 12, 2019

    NY lawmakers seek to block legalization without equity

    Some lawmakers demand equity in marijuana legalization legislation, Georgia city sued over mass arrest for marijuana, and more in today's newsletter.

    New York lawmakers demand equity in marijuana legalization legislation. Party guests are suing a Georgia city and police over a mass arrest for less than one ounce of pot. Harvest acquires Verano in an $850 million deal — the largest ever for the U.S. cannabis industry. Also: The governor of South Dakota vetoed a hemp legalization bill.