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President Grants Clemency to 46 Drug Offenders

President Grants Clemency to 46 Drug Offenders

On Monday, July 13, 2015, President Barack Obama announced that he would commute the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders held in federal prisons.


Washington One Year Later: A Report

Earlier this month, the Drug Policy Alliance released its report, “Marijuana Legalization in Washington After 1 Year of Retail Sales and 2.5 Years of Legal Possession.” It is essentially a story of what did not happen to crime rates and usage among youth. But industry watchers know a lot has happened in Washington State over the last year.

Patient Pool

Will Maryland MMJ Have a Sufficient Patient Pool?

Anirban Basu, chairman and chief executive officer of Sage Policy Group, a Baltimore economic and policy consulting firm, reportedly sees a bright future for medical marijuana in Maryland, describing it as a “new multimillion-dollar industry … that will create hundreds of jobs.”


Is Clemency on The Horizon For Drug Convictions?

The New York Times reported on Friday, July 3, that President Obama is expected to commute the sentences of dozens of nonviolent drug offenders during the next few weeks. But most drug convictions happen under state law. Is there any relief on the horizon for nonviolent drug offenders over-sentenced in state courts?


Oregon Recreational Licensing Opens New Vistas

Oregon’s Measure 91 permits four license types for the recreational cannabis industry: producer, processor, wholesaler and retailer. A company can apply for all four, thus setting itself up as a vertically integrated operation; it can apply for one only; or it can mix and match, to carve out its own niche.


Medical Marijuana Advocates Group Empowers DC Patients and Doctors

Negotiating the paperwork to get a medical marijuana card in Washington, D.C., may be difficult for someone who is struggling with illness or simply not adept at filling out forms. Finding a doctor who will recommend marijuana can be even harder.


Tradiv Eyes B2B Sector

Tradiv expects to roll out the commercial version of its software in Colorado this September and in Washington and Oregon in the months thereafter. The model calls for adapting an existing e-commerce engine to address the peculiar issues that cannabusinesses face in accessing the market.


MJ License Restrictions Thwart ‘Ban the Box’ Employment Laws

“Ban the Box” or Fair Chance to Work laws are state statutes that limit an employer’s ability to ask an interviewee about arrests and convictions. Most job seekers assume that checking the box banishes an application to oblivion.


CannaRegs Launching Regulatory Database in May

Amanda Ostrowitz, attorney, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of CannaRegs Ltd, winner of last fall’s Marijuana Tech Startup Competition, has announced that it will launch its web-accessible database of medical, retail and hemp regulations in late May 2015.

issues to watch

Legislative Issues to Watch

At the Marijuana Investor Summit on April 22, 2015, attorneys Marc Ross, partner at Sichensia Ross Friedman Ference LLP, and Michael McGrory, partner at SmithAmundsen LLC, explored the history of marijuana laws and the factors that will shape future marijuana legislation.


Tough Questions Marijuana Investors Should Ask

Ever since the SEC cracked down on marijuana-related investments in 2014, potential investors have been painfully aware of the need to conduct adequate due diligence on the early-stage companies that come courting.


Big Disappointment in Schweder

On April 15, 2015, U.S. District Judge Kimberley Mueller denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss the case against them on the basis that their equal protection rights under the 14th Amendment had been violated because there is no rational basis for treating marijuana as a Schedule I substance.

new york regulations

New York’s MMJ Regulations Severely Limited

When it was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July 2014, New York’s Compassionate Care Act became one of the most restrictive medical marijuana laws in the country. Regulations proposed in December and expected to be final by this spring appear to limit patient access even further.


MMJ Research Investment Opportunities in Israel

Medical marijuana is a legal industry in Israel, estimated to be worth $40 million. It has benefitted greatly from 50 years of research and development at academic institutions like the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

licensing issues

Caps, Lotteries and Scoring: Three Issues in Licensing

State licensing rules won’t determine who gets rich in the green rush, but they will determine who won’t. Making the rules is a process that involves balancing policy objectives and weighing the interests of consumers, investors, businesses and the state.


Drug Free America Funds Sheriffs’ Challenge to Colorado Law

Smith v. Hickenlooper, the latest lawsuit seeking to overturn Colorado’s marijuana laws, was filed on March 5, 2015, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado on behalf of a group of sheriffs and prosecutors in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas.

Loretta Lynch

What Did Loretta Lynch Just Tell Us?

Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s nominee to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general, began confirmation hearings on January 28, 2015. She made news immediately by saying that she does not support the legalization of marijuana.

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