National

Gallup Poll: 60 Percent of Americans Support Legalization

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.

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.

NORML

Pass or Fail: NORML Grades Members of Congress

On April 20, 2016, NORML, the oldest non-profit public-interest legalization organization, released its 2016 Congressional Scorecard, assigning members of Congress letter grades ‘A’ through ‘F’ based upon their marijuana-related voting records and comments in 2015.

Doctors

More and More Doctors Want to Make Marijuana Legal

A group of more than 50 physicians, including a former surgeon general and faculty members at some of the nation’s leading medical schools, has formed the first national organization of doctors to call on states and the federal government to legalize and regulate the use of marijuana in the interest of public health.

Oldest Senators

Oldest U.S. Senators Accused of Holding Biased Marijuana Hearing

The two oldest members of the U.S. Senate convened a four-witness hearing Tuesday to discuss concerns about marijuana legalization, but chose not to invite anyone supportive of the policy or with direct experience administering recreational pot laws in Western states.

CannaBit Projections and Female Decline

Weekly CannaBit: Top 5 Medical Marijuana Market Growth Projections

Weekly CannaBit for the week of March 28, 2016: According to the 4th Edition State of Legal Marijuana Markets report, published by ArcView Market Research and produced by New Frontier, California is the largest medical marijuana program in the country.

CannaBit Projections and Female Decline

Weekly CannaBit: Explosive Growth of Adult Use and Medical Marijuana Markets

Weekly CannaBit for the week of March 21, 2016: With all of the 2015 year-end data, and a strong opening to 2016, New Frontier has revised the medical and adult use market projections to reflect the market’s continued explosive growth.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court Rejects Marijuana Lawsuit Against Colorado

On Monday, March 21, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado that asked the Supreme Court to enforce the supremacy of federal law as a means of halting the legal marijuana market in Colorado.

Banking

Federal Banking Agencies Discussing Marijuana Banking With FinCEN

On March 15, 2016, an official from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency indicated at the ABA Government Relations Summit that federal banking agencies are in discussions with FinCEN regarding banking for marijuana-related businesses.

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NFL Player Calls for Change in NFL Marijuana Ban

Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe is calling on the NFL to change its stance on barring players from using marijuana. Speaking with CNN, Monroe said that professional football is a sport where “your job automatically gives you the symptom of chronic pain,” and expressed concern over the prevalence of using addictive opioids to get players back

Goldner

Life After Legalization: Stephen Goldner Leads the Way to FDA

When FDA barriers change, regulations deal fortune to some and hardship to others. On March 4, 2016, at the California Cannabis Business Expo in San Francisco, Stephen Goldner, Senior Forensic Toxicologist at Quantum 9, a cannabis consulting and technology firm, addressed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s role in regulating the cannabis industry in life after legalization.

Schedule

What’s the Reality of Removing Cannabis from Schedule I?

Now that 23 states have legalized cannabis for medical use and more appear likely to do so in 2016, the conflict between federal and state laws has become especially glaring. Would it not make sense, as advocates have been arguing for years, to either re-schedule or de-schedule cannabis?

Weekly CannaBit Electricity Offenders FY15, Political Party, Patient Gender Energy Growth Trends, Americans Marijuana Use, Washington Yield Sales Sources, DEA Eradication, Pounds and Global and Monthly DC, Nevada and Heroin and Total Arrests Potent and Overdoses, Young Support, Pre-Election

Weekly CannaBit: The Variable Commercial Electricity Rates Facing Marijuana Growers in Legal States

Weekly CannaBit for the week of Feb. 22, 2016: Alaska has the highest electricity rates among the markets where adult use of marijuana is currently legal and the seven states most likely to legalize in 2016.

Supreme Court

Legal Analysis: Marijuana at the Supreme Court

In what has been seen, depending on one’s perspective, as an obvious legal stance or an administration taking an overdue stand on federal intent, the Obama administration has again spoken publicly about its stance on marijuana reform.

Weekly CannaBit Electricity Offenders FY15, Political Party, Patient Gender Energy Growth Trends, Americans Marijuana Use, Washington Yield Sales Sources, DEA Eradication, Pounds and Global and Monthly DC, Nevada and Heroin and Total Arrests Potent and Overdoses, Young Support, Pre-Election

Weekly CannaBit: Gender Gap in Medical Marijuana Program Participation

Weekly CannaBit for the week of Dec. 7, 2015: Women are significantly less likely to participate in medical marijuana programs than men. Women account for half of the U.S. population but only represent one-quarter of the patients in Arizona.

Postal Service

US Postal Service to Newspapers: Marijuana Ads Violate Federal Law

In what is likely to be a recurring theme for the next few years as federal law catches up with state reality, the United States Postal Service has become the next federal agency to enter the legalization fray with a misstep likely to help clarify rules for the new industry.

Clinton

Political Analysis: Clinton’s Switch on Marijuana Classification

Three days after presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act” of 2015,” the grand dame of Democratic presidential politics finally changed her position on one of the most pressing political issues in America.

Judge Breyer

Judge Charles Breyer Gives Teeth to Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment

On Oct. 19, 2015, Charles R. Breyer, a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, narrowed the scope of an injunction against the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, effectively allowing the MAMM to get back into the business of dispensing pot.


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