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U.S. Judge Weighs Challenge to Federal Marijuana Prohibition

U.S. Judge Weighs Challenge to Federal Marijuana Prohibition

U.S. Judge Weighs Challenge to Federal Marijuana Prohibition

The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday urged a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn the United States’ longstanding prohibition of marijuana, the latest court battle over federal policy under President Donald Trump’s administration.

Wyden Urges Appropriators to Respect State Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, along with a bipartisan group of 17 senators, this week sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MI) and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), urging them to respect states’ laws regarding the regulation of marijuana when finalizing fiscal year 2018 appropriations.

Senators Murray, Cantwell, Bipartisan Colleagues Urge President Trump to Keep Campaign Promise on State Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 25, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and 52 of their House and Senate colleagues criticized the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind Department of Justice (DOJ) guidance on state marijuana laws, and urged President Trump to adhere to his campaign promise to respect the will of millions of Americans, including over 1.7 million Washingtonians, who have voted to legalize and regulate marijuana.

AG Ferguson Wants to Know Sessions’ Effects on Washington Cannabis Industry

AG Ferguson Wants to Know Sessions’ Effects on Washington Cannabis Industry

Since United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions first criticized the Washington cannabis industry in July 2017, Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson have defended the industry; however, Sessions’ memo on Jan. 4, 2018, announcing a reversal of federal cannabis enforcement policy, may have prompted the state to bolster its position.

Members of Congress urge the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network at Treasury to Preserve Banking Guidance for Marijuana Industry

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Following the January 4 announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice to withdraw the Cole guidance, today Representatives Denny Heck (WA-10) and Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) sent a letter to U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) requesting they preserve the 2014 guidance for marijuana-related businesses to operate under the Bank Secrecy Act.

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Attorney General Becerra Urges Congress to Incorporate $6.7 Billion Cannabis Industry into Banking System

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 16, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined a bipartisan group of 18 state attorneys general in urging Congress to advance legislation that will enable the cannabis industry to participate in the banking system in states that have legalized medicinal or adult use of cannabis. The recent decision by the Trump Department of Justice to rescind prior federal guidance rolled back critical protections for the legal cannabis industry.

Mayors to DOJ: Rollback of Federal Marijuana Policy is a Misguided Legal Overreach

SEATTLE, Jan. 11, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Seattle Mayor and former U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock led a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticizing the Department of Justice’s misguided rollback of the “Cole Memo,” which provided guidance on federal marijuana enforcement policy. The letter signed by ten Mayors from the across the country asks the Department of Justice to prioritize their efforts to combat the opioid epidemic instead of wasting law enforcement resources on legal marijuana.

Pelican State Asks Trump to Protect Louisiana Medical Marijuana

Pelican State Asks Trump to Protect Louisiana Medical Marijuana

When United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo on Jan. 4, 2018, announcing the reversal of federal marijuana enforcement policy, politicians across the country were outraged, and now the Pelican State has joined in and asked President Donald Trump to protect Louisiana medical marijuana.

Latino Legislators Reject DOJ Cannabis Directive

Latino Legislators Reject DOJ Cannabis Directive

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ —The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) firmly rejected a recent memorandum by Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoking Obama Administration policy that directed US Attorneys not to focus scarce law enforcement resources in prosecuting low-level cannabis offenders in states where it has become legal for either medical or recreational use.

Cantwell Statement on Department of Justice Rollback of Cole Memorandum

SEATTLE, Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his decision to rescind the Cole Memorandum, which changes federal enforcement policies regarding marijuana laws.

ACLU Statement on DOJ Decision to Shift Federal Government's Role in State Marijuana Laws

ACLU Statement on DOJ Decision to Shift Federal Government’s Role in State Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — The Department of Justice is expected to reverse an Obama-era policy today that discouraged federal prosecutors from bringing charges against marijuana users in states where marijuana is legal.

National Cannabis Industry Association Responds to Department of Justice’s Move to Rescind Marijuana Enforcement Guidelines

National Cannabis Industry Association Responds to Department of Justice’s Move to Rescind Marijuana Enforcement Guidelines

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Today, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice has rescinded the “Cole Memo” and two additional memos related to marijuana enforcement policy. These memos, issued in 2013 and 2014, have helped to clarify the Department’s response to state-legal cannabis activity.

Attorney General Rescinds Department of Justice Policy Regarding Federal Marijuana Enforcement

Attorney General Rescinds Department of Justice Policy Regarding Federal Marijuana Enforcement

WASHINGTON, Jan. 04, 2018 /Weed Wire/ —Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded the Department of Justice policy that directed federal law enforcement not to target individuals or businesses that are in compliance with state law.

Jeff Sessions Expected to Rescind Obama-Era “Cole Memo” That Allowed States to Implement Marijuana Laws Without Federal Interference

Jeff Sessions Expected to Rescind Obama-Era “Cole Memo” That Allowed States to Implement Marijuana Laws Without Federal Interference

WASHINGTON, JAN. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ —The AP reported this morning that US Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans today to rescind Obama-era guidance by the Department of Justice allowing states to implement their own marijuana laws with limited federal interference.

Politicians Outraged by Reversal of Federal Marijuana Enforcement Policy

Politicians Outraged by Reversal of Federal Marijuana Enforcement Policy

On Jan. 4, 2018, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to announce a reversal of federal marijuana enforcement policy, rescinding five Obama-era memos that guided U.S attorneys to take a hands-off approach in regards to investigating and prosecuting state-legal marijuana businesses complying with state law.

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Sessions’ Actions Against Cole Memo Triggers Call to Action from Medical Cannabis Advocates

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — As first reported by the Associated Press, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is planning on rescinding the 2013 memo created by then Deputy Attorney General James Cole.

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Statement from Inslee regarding reports that USDOJ will rescind Cole Memo

OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Gov. Jay Inslee issued the following statement today upon news that the U.S. Department of Justice would announce its decision to rescind the Cole Memorandum that has allowed Washington and other states to implement common-sense marijuana laws.

Statement from Governor Sandoval on Department Of Justice Announcement

CARSON CITY, Nev., Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Statement from Governor Brian Sandoval on the announcement from the Department of Justice that United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions will rescind the previous administration’s directives that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the substance.

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National Cannabis Industry Association Responds to Department of Justice’s Move to Rescind Marijuana Enforcement Guidelines

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Today, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice has rescinded the “Cole Memo” and two additional memos related to marijuana enforcement policy.

Justice Department Issues Memo on Marijuana Enforcement

Justice Department Issues Memo on Marijuana Enforcement

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — The Department of Justice today issued a memo on federal marijuana enforcement policy announcing a return to the rule of law and the rescission of previous guidance documents. Since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in 1970, Congress has generally prohibited the cultivation, distribution, and possession of marijuana.

US to End Policy That Let Legal Pot Flourish

US to End Policy That Let Legal Pot Flourish

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

Department of Justice Intern Questions US Attorney General's Stance on Marijuana

Department of Justice Intern Questions US Attorney General’s Stance on Marijuana

According to an internal video obtained by ABC News, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions took part in a heated exchange with Department of Justice interns this summer over policing, gun control and marijuana policy.

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2 Million Patients Impacted by Failure to Renew Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment?

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – New Frontier Data, the leading provider of data, analytics and business intelligence for the cannabis industry, has been tracking the key indicators and disruptors to the cannabis market and monitoring how the market will be affected if Congress fails to re-up Rohrabacher-Blumenauer.

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Government Shutdown Could Allow Marijuana Crackdown

Funding for the federal government is set to run out on Friday, unless Congress enacts a bill extending current spending levels. Also set to expire is a current rider that prevents the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical cannabis laws.

Sessions 'Can't Comment' On Rumors Of Marijuana Crackdown Plans

Jeff Sessions ‘Can’t Comment’ on Rumors of Marijuana Crackdown Plans

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a longtime opponent of marijuana legalization. But in a radio interview on Thursday he was guarded about the Trump administration’s plans to push back against the growing number of states that are ending cannabis prohibition.

Survey: 11% of Government Employees in D.C. Area Have Bought Legal Pot

Survey: 11% of Government Employees in D.C. Area Have Bought Legal Pot

Washington, D.C., isn’t a large market for the cannabis industry, but it could be very influential with regards to legalization. It turns out that quite a few cannabis buyers are government employees, according to new research.

Washington State Officials Met With Feds to Talk Cannabis Policy

Washington State Officials Met With Feds to Talk Cannabis Policy

Officials with the offices of Inslee, Ferguson, the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board and the Department of Financial Institutions went to Washington, D.C., to meet with Department of Justice officials on Sept. 29, 2017, to discuss state and federal cannabis policy.

Blumenauer and Rohrabacher Statement on Extension of Critical Medical Marijuana Protections Through December 8

Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, welcomed passage of legislation to extend protections for state medical marijuana programs through December 8.

Reps. Blumenauer and Rohrabacher Statement on House Rules Committee Leadership Decision to Block Vote on Medical Marijuana Protections

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, today condemned the decision by House Rules Committee leadership to block their amendment that prevents the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana laws.

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Governor Wolf Urges Congress to Prohibit Department of Justice from Disrupting Medical Marijuana Programs

HARRISBURG, Penn., Sept. 6, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — In a letter to Congress, Governor Tom Wolf today again expressed his concern over any interference by the federal government in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program implementation.

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House Rules Committee Denies Vote on Popular Medical Marijuana Budget Amendment

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – An amendment that would keep the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana programs was voted “out of order” by the House Rules Committee on Wednesday, preventing the House from including it in its version of the FY 2018 federal budget.

Huff, Puff, Pass? AG’s Pot Fury Not Echoed by Task Force

Huff, Puff, Pass? AG’s Pot Fury Not Echoed by Task Force

The betting was that law-and-order Attorney General Jeff Sessions would come out against the legalized marijuana industry with guns blazing. But the task force Sessions assembled to find the best legal strategy is giving him no ammunition.

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Department of Justice Task Force Recommends Against Targeting State-Legal Marijuana Providers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — A Dept. of Justice task force subcommittee on marijuana policy is not recommending any policy changes that would target state-legal marijuana programs or businesses operating in compliance with state laws, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Wyden to AG Sessions: Release Task Force Recommendations on Marijuana, Violent Crime, Immigration Policies

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today called on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to release recommendations on marijuana, violent crime and immigration policies from the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety.

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Powerful Senate Committee Ties Jeff Sessions’s Hands on Medical Marijuana

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted by voice vote to approve an amendment that would block the Department of Justice from spending any funds to undermine state medical marijuana laws.

Reps. Blumenauer and Rohrabacher Rebuke False Claims Regarding Critical Medical Marijuana Protections

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48) rebuked false claims made by Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) that critical medical marijuana protections were stripped from Fiscal Year 2018 funding legislation.

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.

DOJ Reminder: No Bankruptcy Protection for Marijuana Businesses

DOJ Reminder: No Bankruptcy Protection for Marijuana Businesses

Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., co-sponsor of a bill to end federal prohibition of marijuana, is preparing to educate lawmakers on Capitol Hill about marijuana policy, on May 3, 2017, and it seems the event may have another major talking point to address: bankruptcy protection for marijuana businesses.

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.

Blumenauer Statement on Critical Marijuana Policy Provisions Extended in FY17 Omnibus Bill

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, welcomed the extension of critical marijuana policy provisions through September 30 in the fiscal year 2017 omnibus funding legislation. The legislation is expected to be passed by Congress later this week.

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.

Attorney General's Task Force to Review Marijuana Enforcement Policies

Attorney General’s Task Force to Review Marijuana Enforcement Policies

On April 5, 2017, the Department of Justice announced that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had issued a memo with an update on the DOJ’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, including the move to review marijuana enforcement policies.


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