Legal Updates & News 

The tableaux of cannabis laws form an ever-changing patchwork crazy quilt. It can be confusing, confounding, hard to keep track of and not always just. We're here to help you make sense of it all with comprehensive-yet-concise info that's practical and easy to understand.

Laws of the Land: A Legal History of Hemp in America

For centuries, mankind has been using hemp as a source of fiber, oil, food, building material, and medicinal purposes. Though it has been outlawed in the past, hemp has recently been gaining in popularity again. This is thanks to the many benefits that hemp has to offer — and the revival of cannabis legalization and […]

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Cannabis Criminal Justice Reform & the Last Prisoner Project

We have a big problem in the US. Our federal, state, and local corrections systems have record numbers of people filling their cells and holding rooms. Yet, despite the legalization and/or decriminalization of various forms of cannabis, there are legions of people still sitting in jail for cannabis-related drug offenses that are no longer crimes. […]

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Why Social Equity Is Needed for Those Harmed Most by the War on Drugs

Legalization in and of itself does not include diversity or access to the cannabis industry. Marijuana legalization and its ensuing commercialization require social equity programs to enable access and inclusion into the industry for marginalized populations and communities. Marijuana's bad rap is rooted in racism. Today, in the United States marijuana criminalization still disproportionately affects […]

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Never Forget! Weed for Warriors: Medical Marijuana Access for Veterans

Federal marijuana prohibition prevents the VA from offering medical cannabis to veterans & onerous state policies prohibit affordable medical marijuana access to veterans from legal dispensaries. 1 in 3 Americans now live in states where marijuana is legal yet for many of the nation's 18.2 million veterans, federal policy denies veterans access to cannabis from […]

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Biden’s Federal Marijuana Pardon (October 2022)

To say we were happy and our hopes for justice were raised to hear President Biden’s October 6 announcement that he's going to grant pardons to anyone convicted of a federal crime for simple marijuana possession would be an understatement. Three weeks after one of the most sweeping mass pardons in US history, second only […]

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What All of the Sweeping New Drug Legislation Really Means

2020 was a disaster in so many ways. But it was a surprisingly good year for political progress on cannabis, as well as drug reform in general. In the midst of the pandemic, the fires, and divisive presidential election, we also saw big wins for cannabis advocacy, and signs that both public and governmental support […]

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We Can End Police Violence in America

Change happens when actions—big and small—are maintained over time. Where you put your attention matters. How you spend your money matters. Staying informed and voting matters. When we are intentional and thoughtful about where our time, attention, and resources are going, we can be agents of change every day. The cannabis community, in particular, can […]

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2020 CBD & Cannabis Trends: A ‘State of the Industry’ from MJBizDaily CEO Chris Walsh

While growth of the cannabis industry continues to be delayed by business and regulatory setbacks, the legal cannabidiol (CBD) market is ready for takeoff. “The CBD gold rush has begun,” said Marijuana Business Daily president and incoming CEO Chris Walsh, in his annual “state of the cannabis industry” address. “Retail sales could double in 2019,” he predicted […]

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