• March 16, 2018

    Sessions calls for increasing the prison population

    Sessions bemoaned a decline in federal prisoners, an advocacy group calls on DAs to expunge pot convictions, and more in today's newsletter.

    States that have legalized marijuana should “make amends” by expunging past pot convictions. Sessions lamented the decline in the federal prison population. How legalizing marijuana is straining Humboldt’s economy. Also: a bipartisan group of lawmakers in California want to temporarily cut cannabis taxes. 🌳

    Sessions says he wants to grow the prison population.

  • I’m a Smoker: A deep dive into Chief Keef’s archives

    A journey through Chief Keef's wide-ranging discography reveals how he pushed his sound from muscular rap to more adventurous experiments.

    There are two things you can say for certain about Chief Keef: He likes smoking weed and he releases a staggering amount of music. ‘I Don’t Like,’ which blew up in 2012, not only codified the nascent Chicago drill scene, but also allowed Keef to plough his own path onwards.

  • March 15, 2018

    How cannabis could’ve helped a Democrat win in Trump country

    Conor Lamb supported medical marijuana, police continue to send innocent people to jail thanks to inaccurate drug testing kits, and more in today's newsletter.

    Supporting medical marijuana may have helped Democrat Conor Lamb’s narrow win in Pennsylvania. A patchwork of medical marijuana programs is leaving patients behind. Police keep using inaccurate drug field-testing kits, sending innocent people to jail. Also: California cities, led by San Francisco, are moving to allow marijuana lounges. 🌳

    How cannabis could’ve helped a Democrat win in Trump country.

  • March 14, 2018

    Lawmakers concerned about drug trafficking at Trump hotel

    Seeking info on the Trump International Hotel and Tower, Rick Perry could replace David Shulkin at the VA, and more in today's newsletter.

    Rick Perry, who has expressed support for decriminalizing cannabis, might replace VA secretary David Shulkin. Members of Congress asked the DEA about drug trafficking and money laundering at a former Trump hotel in Panama. Snoop Dogg’s cannabis VC firm raised $45 million for its debut fund. Also: A New Jersey lawmaker introduced another marijuana legalization bill.

  • March 13, 2018

    Judge finds ATF drug raids are ‘tinged with racial overtones’

    A federal judge on the history of racist drug enforcement, the head of the UN touts decriminalization, and more in today's newsletter.

    A federal judge said ATF drug raids are “tinged with racial overtones.” The head of the UN touted drug decriminalization in a recorded speech before the UN’s drug policy-making commission. Researchers found that legalizing the marijuana industry has a net positive benefit for the economy. Also: How a plan to boost minority ownership in Maryland’s medical marijuana industry could end up benefiting white business owners.

  • March 12, 2018

    Trump wants the death penalty for drug dealers

    The president praised China's criminal justice system, how social justice is driving the fight for and against cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    Trump praised China’s criminal justice system and advocated for the death penalty for drug dealers. Sessions said that the Justice Department won’t take on small marijuana cases. How social justice is driving the fight for and against legalization. Also: The SEC is charging a cannabis investor with fraud for a pump-and-dump scheme.

  • March 9, 2018

    A look at Jeff Sessions grand plan for the DOJ

    The AG is moving away from civil rights and criminal justice reform, the war on drugs' disproportionate impact on women, and more in today's newsletter.

    How Jeff Sessions is changing the Department of Justice. Women are convicted of non-violent drug offenses more than anything else. Veterans groups join the fight for weed. Marijuana regulators in California threaten criminal action against Weedmaps for listing unlicensed cannabis retailers. Also: Denver’s 4/20 celebrations get a new organizer.

  • A Place I’d Like to Be: The hypnotic, heartbreaking sound of slowcore

    The sedated sounds of slowcore, from Duster to Jessica Bailiff, make up this week's emotional playlist

    Like post-rock without the theatrics, like emo without the energy, slowcore is a genre built perfectly for lighting up and going out to. Sure, the music has a tendency towards melancholy. But if you’re going to smoke up and space out, you might as well feel something, too.

    We start our journey with Galaxie 500,

  • March 8, 2018

    The ‘Cannabis Candidate’ allegedly abused his girlfriend and misrepresented his resume

    Details emerge about Illinois' pot-smoking congressional candidate, Sessions cracks down on sanctuary policies, and more in today's newsletter.

    Illinois’ joint-smoking congressional candidate was violent and volatile (according to former girlfriends) and misrepresented his resume. Jeff Sessions is cracking down on sanctuary immigration policies as states consider similar laws to protect marijuana. Restaurant workers are decamping for the cannabis industry, frustrating restaurant owners. Also: A New Jersey lawmaker introduces a marijuana expungement bill.

  • March 7, 2018

    The NYPD explains away racial disparities in marijuana arrests. The data show a different story

    Law enforcement officials' excuses don't add up, a judge ruled in favor of a father who treats his daughter with cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    The NYPD’s excuse for racial disparities in weed arrests does not hold up when you look at the data. A Texas judge ruled in favor of a father being investigated for treating his severely autistic daughter with cannabis. As America continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule I substance,