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."
One day after celebrating his 92nd birthday, marijuana legalization pioneer Dr. Lester Grinspoon passed away on June 25.