• October 31, 2017

    Marijuana legalization 'will lead to more death' says Christie

    What Trump's opioid commission thinks about cannabis, how police use marijuana to smear victims of violence, and more in today's newsletter.

    Chair of White House opioid commission spouts reefer madness, how police use drug convictions to smear victims of violence, and a look at whether public banks could fix the industry's financial woes. Plus: A California cannabis company took out ads in TSA bins that read "CANNABIS IS LEGAL."

  • June 7, 2017

    First state to legalize weed has lowest unemployment rate in the country

    Three years after legalizing adult-use sales, Colorado's jobless rate is at 2.3 percent

    According to governor John Hickenlooper, multiple factors have contributed to Colorado’s job growth, including the state’s business-friendly policies. One of the main factors in Colorado’s successful economy is undeniably the cannabis industry.

  • May 26, 2017

    'There’s been too much legalization talk,' says Sessions

    The attorney general doubles down on drugs-violence link, the DEA chief says 'marijuana is not medicine,' and more in today's newsletter.

    In a speech he gave in Memphis, Tenn. he argued that a recent "surge" in violent crime was tied to a decrease in drug prosecutions by the Obama administration.

  • March 24, 2017

    The DEA awards Schedule II status to synthetic THC drug

    Pharma company gets approval for synthetic THC formulation, one man is fighting his life sentence for a marijuana offense, and more in today's newsletter.

    A pharmaceutical company's synthetic THC solution Syndros has gotten the go-ahead for Schedule II status. It is a liquid formulation of Marinol (synthetic THC in capsule form), which is currently a Schedule III substance.

  • February 27, 2017

    Sessions inadvertently makes an argument for cannabis legalization

    The attorney general said he is 'not a fan' of marijuana and is reviewing the Cole Memo.

    In his first briefing with reporters as attorney general, Jeff Sessions said he was looking into the Cole Memo. "I am definitely not a fan of expanded use of marijuana," he said.

  • March 1, 2017

    Republican congressman introduces bill to legalize marijuana

    Tom Garrett revives Bernie Sanders' legalization bill, Colorado's AG wants Sessions to visit the state, and more in today's newsletter.

    In president Donald Trump's joint address to Congress, he pledged to build a wall that will "slow down and ultimately stop" the "terrible drug epidemic." But evidence shows that a wall would do little to stop drug trafficking across the border.

  • February 6, 2018

    Congress will likely discuss marijuana legalization this year

    Members of Congress are calling for a debate on the issue of cannabis, the Fed gave the go-ahead to a marijuana-focused credit union, and more in today's newsletter.

    A marijuana debate is likely coming to Congress. The Federal Reserve backed a cannabis-focused credit union (but only for ancillary businesses). Another study has shown a link between medical marijuana access and a reduction in opioid overdoses. Also: A Girl Scout sold more than 300 boxes of cookies outside of a marijuana dispensary in San Diego.