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  • December 4, 2018

    Maker of Marlboro cigarettes looks to invest in cannabis

    Altria in talks to invest in Canadian cannabis producer, Utah replaces voter-passed medical marijuana law, and more in today's newsletter.

    The maker of Marlboro cigarettes is considering getting into the cannabis industry. Utah passed a medical marijuana compromise bill that replaces the voter-passed legalization initiative. How legalization in California unwittingly strengthened the black market. Also: Minnesota will add Alzheimer’s to the medical marijuana program. 🌳

    Marlboro maker looks to cannabis.

  • December 3, 2018

    First medical cannabis dispensary opens in Iowa

    The restrictive program welcomes its first customer, US Tax Court rules against marijuana business, and more in today's newsletter.

    The first medical cannabis dispensary opened its doors in Iowa. A U.S. Tax Court ruled against a cannabis business for taking normal business deductions. Boulder, Colo. moves to vacate and seal past cannabis convictions. Also: The president of the Philippines made a joke about using marijuana and people are not amused.

  • November 30, 2018

    Social equity programs are failing in California

    Other jurisdictions are looking into such programs, banks are increasingly getting into the cannabis industry, and more in today's newsletter.

    Why well-intentioned equity programs are failing. More banks, including an Alaska credit union, are serving cannabis businesses. A study found potential in cannabis for treating heart failure. Also: Michigan voters may have voted to legalize weed, but lawmakers are already trying to roll back the ballot initiative. 🌳

    Why equity programs are failing.

  • Be Yourself: Frank Ocean crafts songs that are familiar and ambivalent

    This week's playlist ventures to capture feelings of emotional dissonance towards drug use

    This is the final installment of artist-themed playlists for Toking Tunes. We’re rounding it off with ten tracks from Frank Ocean.

    Frank Ocean has a conflicted relationship with drugs — particularly on his record Blonde. On the interlude ‘Be Yourself,’ the voice acting as his mother says: “Do not smoke marijuana,

  • November 29, 2018

    Lawmakers reach tentative deal on Farm Bill

    Hemp legalization could come before the end of the year, criminal justice reform bill faces Republican opposition, and more in today's newsletter.

    Lawmakers have reached a tentative deal on the Farm Bill that would legalize hemp. A bipartisan criminal justice reform bill faces pushback from some Republicans. The USPTO is issuing more cannabis-related patents than ever. Also: Medical marijuana companies sue Pennsylvania regulators, alleging pay-to-play in the state’s research program. 🌳

    Lawmakers reach tentative deal on Farm Bill.

  • November 28, 2018

    Congress looks likely to tackle marijuana banking reform

    Legalization is still a long shot though, New Jersey marijuana debate focuses on criminal justice, and more in today's newsletter.

    The chances of marijuana banking reform look good in the next Congress. For New Jersey, the legalization debate is tied to criminal justice reform. A viral video shows a black man getting arrested after helping a drunk neighbor walk home. (Police claimed to smell weed and alleged that he was intoxicated.) Also: Residents near a Massachusetts dispensary are very upset about all the traffic caused by avid pot consumers.

  • November 27, 2018

    South Korea legalizes medical marijuana

    It's the first East Asian country to allow medical cannabis, New Jersey's legalization bill takes a step forward, and more in today's newsletter.

    South Korea becomes the first country in East Asia to legalize medical cannabis. A legislative committee in New Jersey advanced marijuana legalization, but it’s unclear if it has the votes to pass. Medical marijuana patients in Louisiana have no way of accessing the drug. Also: More than a dozen marijuana bills have been pre-filed in Texas,

  • November 26, 2018

    More than $440,000 spent on legal weed on the first day of sales in MA

    A look at the first cannabis sales in Massachusetts, the CEOs of cannabis companies who don't even partake, and more in today's newsletter.

    Cannabis consumers spent more than $440,000 on the first day of legal weed sales in Massachusetts. A dozen CEOs of major cannabis companies either don’t consume marijuana or refused to talk about their own use. In New Jersey, legislative committees are scheduled to vote on marijuana legalization. Also: an unlicensed cannabis business in Canada collected more than six tons of food and 300 coats for local charities in exchange for free weed.

  • November 21, 2018

    Canadian banned from US on his way to a cannabis conference

    At least a dozen Canadians were detained en route to a conference in Las Vegas, Nevada lawmakers tour marijuana lounges in San Francisco, and more in today's newsletter.

    Canadians in the cannabis industry had some trouble trying to go to a marijuana business conference in Las Vegas. New leadership in the U.S. House bodes well for federal marijuana reform. Nevada lawmakers toured cannabis consumption lounges in San Francisco. Also: We’ll be off for the rest of the week.

  • November 20, 2018

    First legal weed sold in Massachusetts

    The first state-legal cannabis sales started in the Bay State, prominent prohibitionist changes his mind on marijuana, and more in today's newsletter.

    Legal weed makes its official debut in Massachusetts. A prominent Democratic lawmaker changes his mind on marijuana legalization. A judge says the Florida House should sue the feds if it has an issue with federal prohibition. Also: a former sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to prison for drug trafficking. 🌳

    Massachusetts sells its first legal cannabis.