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  • January 17, 2019

    Efforts to legalize marijuana have stalled in New Jersey

    N.J. governor and legislative leaders can't agree on marijuana tax rates, how Congress is lagging on legalization, and more in today's newsletter.

    Efforts to legalize marijuana in New Jersey have stalled. When will Congress catch up on cannabis? California will allow marijuana deliveries, even in communities that banned commercial sales. Also: How a guy who doesn’t even like consuming cannabis became a billionaire off of… cannabis. 🌳

    No progress on marijuana legalization in New Jersey.

  • January 16, 2019

    Trump’s AG pick offers mixed messages on marijuana

    Barr says he won't go after state-legal cannabis companies, senators ask the FDA to update its CBD rules, and more in today's newsletter.

    Trump’s AG pick said he won’t go after state-legal weed but he thinks it’s a mistake to back off of marijuana. Oregon senators ask the FDA to update its regulations that bar interstate commerce of CBD food products. Cuomo indicates that marijuana legalization in New York will be more restrictive than other states.

  • January 15, 2019

    Marijuana reform actually has a chance in Congress for the first time

    No longer are legalization bills symbolic, a look at Trump's AG pick as he faces the Senate, and more in today's newsletter.

    Marijuana bills in Congress finally have a chance of actually advancing. Trump’s AG pick could be just as bad (or even worse!) than Jeff Sessions. A bill to criminalize CBD oil faced pushback at a committee hearing. Also: There’s still a lot uncertainty in the hemp industry despite federal legalization.

  • January 14, 2019

    S.D. Senate committee considers criminalizing hemp oil

    The state seems to be moving backwards, a new bill in Congress would revive the Cole memo, and more in today's newsletter.

    More arguments against marijuana fear mongering. After federal hemp legalization, South Dakota is considering criminalizing CBD oil. An Oregon cannabis company is suing a competitor, alleging defamation over social media accounts that highlighted sexual assault allegations. Also: 25 aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs in Ontario won the application lottery out of 17,000.

  • January 11, 2019

    Marijuana industry boosts lobbying efforts in D.C.

    A trade association hires 15 cannabis lobbyists, a Canadian cancer center rejected a donation from a cannabis club, and more in today's newsletter.

    The marijuana industry is boosting its lobbying efforts. A Canadian cancer center rejected a donation from a cannabis club, despite legalization. After an executive made $35,000 in political donations, a cannabis company snagged a coveted New Jersey license. Chefs say that CBD-infused drinks are going to be the biggest dining trend in 2019.

  • Slur: ’80s Britain blurs the lines of reality

    This week's playlist features a selection of subtly psychedelic, hypnagogic sounds.

    It would be easy to view ’80s Britain as a land of drab, conservative realism. Margaret Thatcher’s economic vision posited that there was no alternative to capitalism and that the nation as a whole had to come to terms with this grim but simple fact.

    Though much of the music here is not overtly political,

  • January 10, 2019

    Pot arrests increase in Miami despite measure to give tickets for possession

    What happens when officers have discretion, new legalization bill in Congress, and more in today's newsletter.

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  • January 9, 2019

    Denver unveils new system to clear cannabis convictions

    The city finally addresses the problem of past cannabis crimes, the Arizona Supreme Court will hear a marijuana case, and more in today's newsletter.

    Denver unveiled a system to help clear cannabis convictions. The Arizona Supreme Court will decide whether medical cannabis extracts are legal. MedMen gets sued by one of its largest shareholders. Also: Tumblr is down so there will be no trippy gif today. Instead, we are showing off some new kicks by the creator of our logo,

  • January 8, 2019

    Why the new anti-marijuana book is ‘misleading scaremongering’

    Digging into the data reveals pitfalls of author's argument, a showdown in federal court over marijuana users' gun rights, and more in today's newsletter.

    A new book makes some dubious claims about marijuana legalization. A showdown over cannabis use and the Second Amendment is brewing in federal court. Despite decriminalization, black people in Philly are still disproportionately arrested for pot. Also: A campaign to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms in Denver submits signatures for its ballot petition.

  • January 7, 2019

    FDA confiscates hemp-derived CBD products

    The FDA seems to be cracking down on CBD, Vermont says weed smells can't justify a police search, and more

    The FDA seems to be cracking down on hemp-derived CBD products. Vermont’s highest court says police searches can’t be justified by the smell of marijuana. Business is booming for Canada’s black-market cannabis sellers. Also: A new book in the era of legal weed warns of marijuana’s link to schizophrenia and violence.