Dozens of celebrities have tested positive for the coronavirus, most recently tennis star Novak Djokovic and Brooklyn Net Spencer Dinwiddie. Many have passed away, including John Prine, Joe Diffie, Ellis Marsalis, Hal Willner and Manu Dibango.
TV newsman and anchor Hugh Downs passed away on July 1. He was 99. In 1990, Downs wrote an article about hemp that was published by ABC News. Read and listen to it here.
Julian Stobbs was murdered during an armed robbery at his farm in South Africa on July 3. He and his wife Myrtle Clarke were known as the Dagga Couple after they challenged the country's pot laws in 2010.
There are now 11 states that have legalized marijuana recreationally (Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington), 16 more with decriminalization laws and 47 with medical-marijuana laws.
SSDP's top two managers - executive director Betty Aldworth and deputy director Stacia Wallis - are leaving the drug-policy organization.
Controversial MassCann chair Samson Racioppi resigned from the board during an emergency meeting on July 1. He recently organized an anti-Black Lives Matter rally in Boston. NORML has suspended the chapter until it shows a "clear opposition to bigotry."
Blind Melon frontman Shannon Hoon is the subject of Danny Clinch's documentary "All I Can Say." It's based on Hoon's own footage.
Robert Rippberger retells the story of the War on Drugs in "Public Enemy Number One," a new documentary executive produced by Ice-T.