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  • April 9, 2019

    Confusion surrounding hemp and CBD could require a fix from Congress

    Legalization created more confusion surrounding hemp and CBD, an Arizona prosecutor is going after state-registered MMJ patients, and more in today's newsletter.

    Confusion over CBD could require a legislative fix from Congress. Arizona medical marijuana patients face prosecution for buying cannabis products from state-licensed dispensaries. The trouble with Massachusetts’ economic empowerment program. Also: CJ Wallace, the son of rapper The Notorious B.I.G., launched a cannabis brand in honor of his late father.

  • April 8, 2019

    California senator pulled out of supporting a marijuana bill

    Cannabis advocates aren't happy with Dianne Feinstein, Massachusetts studies racial disparities in marijuana offenses, and more in today's newsletter.

    A California senator pulled out of a marijuana bill with no explanation. Massachusetts studies racial disparities in marijuana arrests. Despite medical marijuana reform in the U.K., another pediatric epilepsy patient had her cannabis oil seized by customs. Also: A look at investment activity in the cannabis industry found that 2018 was the year for Big Marijuana.

  • Does legalizing marijuana help or harm Americans?

    A statistics professor weighs the numbers behind marijuana policy reform.

    The legalization of marijuana has been a topic of contention and confusion for both sides of the debate.

    The federal government still deems it illegal. But marijuana has been legalized for recreational use in 10 states and the District of Columbia, and a further 21 broadly legalize medical marijuana.

  • April 5, 2019

    Federal lawsuit seeks to stop marijuana legalization in Guam

    The island's new marijuana law is already being challenged in court, a marijuana bill gets reintroduced in Congress, and more in today's newsletter.

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers re-introduced a marijuana bill to Congress. A businessman is challenging Guam’s new marijuana law in federal court. Two dozen California cities are suing the state to stop cannabis deliveries. Also, the first publicly traded cannabis company’s stock is up 2,139 percent since its debut.

  • April 4, 2019

    Legal immigrants denied citizenship for working in cannabis industry

    Working in marijuana is causing problems for non-citizens, Guam legalizes cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    Legal permanent residents of the U.S. are being denied citizenship under the Trump administration for working in the cannabis industry. Guam legalizes adult-use marijuana. How an Alabama couple lost everything over $50 worth of weed and a misplaced sleeping pill. Also: MDMA made older mice more social in a new study.

  • April 3, 2019

    When marijuana possession is classified as a ‘violent’ crime

    Some crimes classified as 'violent' are anything but, High Times hires a new CEO, and more in today's newsletter.

    Sometimes, even marijuana possession can be classified as a “violent” crime. Cannabis policy positions could be crucial to Democrats seeking to stand out amid a crowded presidential race. Georgia is set to become the 31st state to regulate cannabis cultivation. Also: High Times hires a new CEO. 🌳

    When marijuana possession is classified as a “violent”

  • April 2, 2019

    California counties to expunge 54,000 cannabis convictions

    Local authorities turn to Code for America's software, how the industry lacks racial diversity despite regulators' efforts, and more in today's newsletter.

    Los Angeles will expunge tens of thousands of past cannabis convictions. How cannabis companies skirt state rules on ownership. Pro-marijuana lawmakers in Illinois hope to avoid the recent missteps of New York and New Jersey. Also: A Chicago-based cannabis company acquired a California distributor for $850 million. 🌳

    California counties to expunge cannabis convictions.

  • April 1, 2019

    Marijuana legalization stalls in New York

    Lawmakers will still try to pass marijuana reform this session, Colorado considers big changes to legal cannabis, and more in today's newsletter.

    Marijuana legalization stalls in New York. How marijuana regulations are evolving in legal states. A Maryland medical marijuana firm withdrew a lawsuit amid fierce backlash. Also: Toronto gets its first licensed dispensary. 🌳

    Marijuana legalization didn’t make it into NY’s budget. The effort to legalize marijuana in New York has stalled after the governor and legislative leaders couldn’t agree on legalization language for the budget.

  • March 29, 2019

    CBD hits a snag among federal and state regulators

    More states are legalizing hemp amid CBD enforcement actions, activists call for social equity in cannabis industry, and more in today's newsletter.

    Why CBD presents unique challenges for federal regulators. Activists are pushing for social equity in LA and NYC. A New Jersey appeals court reopens a medical marijuana discrimination case. Also: MedMen’s financial woes signal trouble for the cannabis industry. 🌳

    CBD hits a snag.

  • March 28, 2019

    Marijuana banking bill advances to the House, where it’s expected to pass

    A committee advanced the bill with bipartisan support, MA is investigating large cannabis companies, and more in today's newsletter.

    A committee advanced a marijuana banking bill to the House, where it’s expected to pass. Massachusetts is investigating whether cannabis companies are skirting a state cap on licenses. The CEO of a cannabis company shelled out $25,000 for a secretive fundraiser for the New York governor. Also: Tech investors raise $40 million for a psychedelic medicine company.