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Jeff Sessions Wants Congress to Let Him Prosecute Medical Marijuana Cases

Jeff Sessions Wants Congress to Let Him Prosecute Medical Marijuana Cases

Jeff Sessions Wants Congress to Let Him Prosecute Medical Marijuana Cases

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions personally pleaded with Congress to oppose a provision in the federal spending bill that protects medical marijuana providers operating in accordance with state laws from federal enforcement actions so that the Department of Justice can prosecute medical marijuana cases.

Hemp History Week Raising Hemp Awareness Across America

Hemp History Week Raising Hemp Awareness Across America

With industrial hemp farming now legal in 33 states, the 8th annual Hemp History Week has events scheduled across the country from June 5-11, 2017, to raise awareness about hemp’s history as a means of enriching its future.

Veterans Affairs 'Interested in Looking at' Medical Marijuana for Veterans

Veterans Affairs ‘Interested in Looking at’ Medical Marijuana for Veterans

During a press briefing on May 31, 2017, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin fielded a reporter’s question regarding medical marijuana for veterans.

Federal Legislation: Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act Introduced

Federal Legislation: Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act Introduced

On May 25, 2017, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced that they had introduced the Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act, a bill that would ask the Attorney General to reconsider whether cannabidiol should be scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act and expand research opportunities as a means of determining the medical efficacy of cannabidiol and marijuana in the treatment of serious medical conditions.

Coloradan Members of Congress Intro Bill to Respect State Marijuana Laws

Coloradan Members of Congress Intro Bill to Respect State Marijuana Laws

On May 18, 2017, Colorado Reps. Diana DeGette and Mike Coffman introduced legislation to protect state marijuana laws from federal interference. If passed, the bill, “Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2017,” would amend the Controlled Substances Act so that the federal government could not use the CSA to preempt state marijuana laws.

Congressman to Hold Press Conference on Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017

Congressman to Talk Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act

On May 15, 2017, Congressman Tom Garrett, R-Va., announced that he is going to hold a press conference outside of the U.S. Capitol on May 17 to discuss H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.

Future of Medical Marijuana Clouded by Trump's Signing Statement

Future of Medical Marijuana Clouded by Trump’s Signing Statement

On May 5, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the 2017 omnibus funding bill, covering the federal government’s funding through Sept. 30. The bill contains a provision that bans the Department of Justice from using funds to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized medical marijuana; however, Trump issued a signing statement that has clouded the future of medical marijuana.

Congressman Bringing Marijuana Policy Event to Capitol Hill

Congressman Bringing Marijuana Policy Event to Capitol Hill

In an effort to educate lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., co-sponsor of a bill to end federal prohibition of marijuana, recently announced that he will be hosting The Marijuana Big Thinker Talks on May 3, 2017, at the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer in Washington, D.C.

Federal Funding Bill Extends Protection for State-Legal Medical Marijuana

Federal Funding Bill Extends Protection for State-Legal Medical Marijuana

With top members of Congress agreeing to a funding bill on April 30, 2017, the federal government should be able to avoid a shutdown and state-legal medical marijuana programs should have extended protection from federal enforcement actions.

Access to Banking Might Become Reality for Marijuana Businesses

Access to Banking Might Become Reality for Marijuana Businesses

On April 27, 2017, a bipartisan group of congressmen in the United States House of Representatives announced that they would be launching legislation to allow state-legal marijuana businesses access to banking services.

Report: Medical Cannabis Patients Outspending Recreational Consumers

Report: Medical Cannabis Patients Outspending Recreational Consumers

On April 26, 2017, New Frontier Data, an analytics firm, announced that it had released The Cannabis Industry Annual Report: 2017 Legal Marijuana Outlook, revealing some compelling data on the market habits of medical cannabis patients and recreational cannabis consumers across the country.

District Attorneys: Federal Enforcement Preempts State-Legal Marijuana

District Attorneys: Federal Enforcement Preempts State-Legal Marijuana

On April 20, 2017, the National District Attorneys Association announced that it had released “Marijuana Policy: The State and Local Prosecutors’ Perspective,” a white paper that argues federal drug policy should be enforced in state-legal marijuana markets in the United States.

Poll: US Voters Support Legalization and Oppose Federal Meddling

Poll: US Voters Support Legalization and Oppose Federal Meddling

On April 20, 2017, Quinnipiac University announced the results of its latest national poll and found that 60% of American voters believe marijuana use should be legalized in the United States, the greatest level of federal legalization support ever recorded by Quinnipiac.

44 Members of Congress Want DOJ to Respect State Medical Marijuana Laws

44 Members of Congress Want DOJ to Respect State Medical Marijuana Laws

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies is preparing its spending bill for fiscal year 2018 and 44 members of Congress want the subcommittee to craft its bill so that the Department of Justice has to respect state medical marijuana laws.

Gabbard Urges Congress to Pass Federal Decriminalization Bill

Tulsi Gabbard Urges Congress to Pass Federal Decriminalization Bill

When the House of Representatives convened for its Morning Hour on March 21, 2017, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, took to the floor to urge House members to support H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.

Jeff Sessions: Marijuana 'Only Slightly Less Awful' Than Heroin

Jeff Sessions: Marijuana ‘Only Slightly Less Awful’ Than Heroin

On March 15, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a speech to law enforcement officers in Richmond, Virginia, on his mission to fight violent crime and bolster public safety. It was during his discussion of drugs that Sessions brought marijuana into the conversation, reinforcing a stance that he has previously communicated.

Horwitz and a Hopeful View of the Trump Effect

Horwitz and a Hopeful View of the Trump Effect

The second day at the California Cannabis Business Expo, Monday, March 6, kicked off with a discussion of the “Trump effect,” by Lawrence W. Horwitz, of Horwitz + Armstrong, a law firm and professional corporation headquartered in Lake Forest, California.

Senators Ask Sessions to Uphold DOJ's Policy on State Marijuana Laws

Senators Ask Sessions to Uphold DOJ’s Policy on State Marijuana Laws

When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer commented on the potential of “greater enforcement” of federal marijuana law under the Trump Administration, the industry reacted immediately. Now, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has penned a letter in an effort to protect the recreational marijuana industry.

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Aims to Shape the Future of Cannabis Policy

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Aims to Shape Future of Cannabis Policy

On Feb. 16, 2017, the Congressional Cannabis Caucus held a press conference in Washington, D.C., to address the future of cannabis policy reform in the United States.

Advocates in Action: Livestream the Congressional Cannabis Caucus

Advocates in Action: Livestream the Congressional Cannabis Caucus

On Feb. 16, 2017, the Congressional Cannabis Caucus will be in Washington, D.C., to host a press conference at 2 p.m. on the future of states’ rights and federal cannabis reform, with a livestream of the event available for those who are unable to attend.

North Americans Spent $53.3 Billion on Marijuana in 2016

North Americans Spent $53.3 Billion on Marijuana in 2016

North Americans spent $53.3 billion on legal, illegal, and medical marijuana in 2016, according to a Jan. 17, 2017, release from Arcview Research Group. That’s more than people in the United States spent on McDonald’s and Starbucks combined.

Despite Legalization in Some States, Fewer U.S. Teens Can Easily Find Pot

Despite Legalization in Some States, Fewer U.S. Teens Can Easily Find Pot

Despite marijuana legalization in some states, new data from an ongoing survey reveals fewer 8th graders know how to find pot easily. In 2016, the Monitoring the Future survey revealed, 34.6 percent of 8th graders self-reported they could easily access weed, down 2.4 percent from the previous year.

Study: Influx of Baby Boomers Using Marijuana

Study: Influx of Baby Boomers Using Marijuana

As legalization continues to sweep through the United States, researchers are beginning to see a spike in marijuana use among older Americans. Most recently, a study published in the medical journal Addiction found that the baby-boomer generation is reporting higher rates of marijuana use than any other preceding generation.

Study: Marijuana Use Increases in U.S., Especially Among Men

Study: Marijuana Use Increases in US, Especially Among Men

A new study shows increased marijuana use among U.S. adults, especially among men, according to a Nov. 29, 2016, press release from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Researchers compared 2002 data with 2014 data and found 4 million more women and 6 million more men had used marijuana within the past year.

Gallup Poll: 60 Percent of Americans Support Legalization

Gallup Poll: 60 Percent of Americans Support Legalization

On Oct. 19, 2016, Gallup released its latest poll on marijuana legalization support in the United States, finding that public support is at 60%, a record-breaking percentage for legalization in Gallup’s 47-year polling history.

Fed's Williams Sees 'Unsustainable Tension' on Pot-related Banking

Fed’s Williams Sees ‘Unsustainable Tension’ on Pot-related Banking

As more and more states legalize the use of marijuana, which is banned under U.S. federal laws, banks are facing “unsustainable tension” that needs to be resolved by Congress, San Francisco Fed President John Williams said on Tuesday.

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New Survey Reveals Increase in Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults

A new study reveals an increase in the number of U.S. adults using marijuana, according to an Aug. 31, 2016, report at CBSNews.com. The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, was led by Dr. Wilson M. Comptom of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health.

Allen St. Pierre Submits Letter of Resignation to NORML

Allen St. Pierre Submits Letter of Resignation to NORML

On July 10, 2016, NORML announced that Allen F. St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, a consumer advocacy organization focused on reforming state and federal cannabis laws, had submitted his resignation to the NORML board of directors.

Democratic Senators Push DEA to Downgrade Marijuana Classification

Democratic Senators Push DEA to Downgrade Marijuana Classification

A group of Democratic lawmakers is renewing pressure on the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove marijuana from its current position on a list of the most dangerous drugs, a category that includes heroin and ecstasy.

House Republicans Block Marijuana Banking Amendment

House Republicans Block Marijuana Banking Amendment

On June 21, 2016, the House Committee on Rules blocked an amendment to H.R. 5485, the Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, that would have prohibited regulators from penalizing financial institutions that provide services to state-legal marijuana businesses.

Progressive Edibles Executives: Keep Up with the Feds

Progressive Edibles Executives: Keep Up with the Feds

While the demand for edibles continues to rise, so too do the expectations for producers to follow good manufacturing practices and food safety plans consistent with federal requirements.

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New Poll Shows Majority of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization

A majority of Americans support legalization of marijuana, according to a new poll released by Quinnipiac University on June 6, 2016. The poll showed 54 percent of surveyed registered voters agreed with the unqualified statement, “marijuana should be made legal in the United States,” while 41 percent opposed it.


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