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  • November 30, 2017

    GOP tax plan could give a break to the cannabis industry

    A Colorado Republican advocates for his state's marijuana businesses, 66 members of Congress push for MMJ protections, and more in today's newsletter.

    One Colorado Republican hopes to give cannabis businesses a tax break through the GOP tax plan. More than 60 members of Congress are urging leadership to preserve medical marijuana protections. Kellyanne Conway, the new White House ‘opioid czar,’ thinks drug policy is a matter of abstinence and will. And in some breaking news: Massachusetts will dismiss more than 6,000 drug cases tied to a drug lab scandal.

  • November 29, 2017

    Sessions hints at potential crackdown on legal cannabis

    AG says federal law 'subject to being enforced,' inside the struggle for accurate marijuana labeling, and more in today's newsletter.

    Jeff Sessions is considering cracking down on cannabis. It’s really difficult to know where your weed comes from (even in legal markets). Some Democrats are standing in the way of other party members’ efforts to pass marijuana reform. Also: The governor of Indiana gave retailers 60 days to pull CBD products off the shelves.

  • November 28, 2017

    The U.S. almost legalized weed in the ’70s. What happened?

    Pushback against the marijuana movement, how cannabis could help the opioid crisis, and more in today's newsletter.

    America was close to legalizing weed in the ’70s, but it wasn’t just conservatives who derailed those efforts. A study found that medical marijuana access was associated with reduced opioid use in chronic pain patients. The Canadian House of Commons passed a marijuana legalization bill. Also: a look at the links between sex,

  • November 27, 2017

    How to clear a pot conviction in the era of legal weed

    A look at California's expungement process, veterans are key to MMJ for PTSD, and more in today's newsletter.

    Expunging pot convictions after legalizing cannabis, veterans are key to the push for MMJ for PTSD, and an anti-cannabis California man is suing after his medical marijuana patient status was revealed. Pro tip: If you’re lucky enough to receive one of the few marijuana cultivation licenses in a state,

  • November 22, 2017

    Canada’s cannabis regulations allow drug offenders to enter the industry

    Proposed regulations released by Health Canada, synthetic THC gets Schedule II status, and more in today's newsletter.

    Canada releases its proposed marijuana regulations, a look at the pitfalls of developing an equity program, and the DEA gives a synthetic THC product Schedule II status. Sexual harassment allegations against MPP’s executive director have resurfaced in the wake of a leadership shuffle. 🌳

    Canada proposes cannabis regulations.

  • Trance Abstractions: A new wave of artists haunt the rave

    New artists that break apart the sonic architecture of trance make up this week's playlist, from the deconstructed sounds of Lorenzo Senni to the saccharine tunes of Toxe

    Trance is often misunderstood. Thought of as a goofy genre, its proto-EDM is seen as overblown festival fodder, which has done a lot to sully its reputation. But Teki Latex’s 2014 mix Deconstructed Trance signaled a reappraisal of the genre, opening the door for a wave of new artists to break its sonic architecture apart and assemble something new out of its skeleton.

  • November 21, 2017

    Most legal-weed states continue to punish people for cannabis crimes

    Expunging marijuana crimes after legalization, women in weed face a 'grass ceiling' and more in today's newsletter.

    Expunging marijuana-related convictions seems like a no-brainer after legalization, but most states don’t offer any sort of recourse. Contrary to numerous “women in weed” headlines, the industry is not proving friendly to them. MassRoots is suing its former CEO, who initiated a proxy battle to overthrow the company’s leadership.

  • Lawmakers, lobbyists are not hopeful about marijuana reform

    Defending the gains of the marijuana movement, the truth behind those 'marijuana overdose' headlines, and more in today's newsletter.

    Pro-marijuana interests are just trying to defend their gains in Congress under the Trump administration. The authors of a report that spawned a bunch of “marijuana overdose” headlines are pushing back. New California cannabis regulations favor large growers with lots of money. Also: How marijuana became the Congo’s new cash crop.

  • November 15, 2017

    Former anti-weed cops launching marijuana company in Canada

    Two former cops are starting a medical marijuana business together, Sessions' cannabis comments 'better than expected,' and more in today's newsletter.

    Sessions defends past marijuana comments. Attorney general Jeff Sessions defended his past comments on cannabis at a House committee hearing. “Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” he once said. House rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) listed a whole bunch of prominent Republicans who had admitted to consuming cannabis, asking “which of those are not good people?”

  • November 14, 2017

    Sessions admits that weed isn’t as dangerous as heroin

    The AG talked cannabis at a Congressional hearing, scientists call out Christie's misguided marijuana claims, and more in today's newsletter.

    Sessions talked cannabis at a House committee hearing, experts say Christie’s marijuana claims are not accurate, and states are struggling to develop standards for the cannabis industry. Also: A long-time gardener heads to a marijuana-growing class to find out it’s much more difficult that growing tomatoes. 🌳

    Jeff Sessions says cannabis isn’t as dangerous as heroin.