Berkeley has declared itself a sanctuary city for marijuana users, a largely symbolic move that cements a policy prohibiting city employees from assisting federal officials in the enforcement of federal marijuana laws.
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BERKELEY, Calif., Feb. 14, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – The City of Berkeley has become the first city in the country to grant sanctuary to adult users of cannabis, businesses selling the product, and property owners where dispensaries and other cannabis-related business are located, Mayor Jesse Arreguin announced Wednesday. The decision means that no city department, agency, officer or employee can use city funds to assist in the enforcement of federal laws surrounding cannabis.
Colorado U.S. Senator Cory Gardner will meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to discuss marijuana enforcement policy.
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.
WOODLAND, Calif., Jan. 8, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that on January 4, 2018, Yolo County Superior Court Judge Sonia Cortés issued a preliminary injunction against multiple defendants, including the landlord of a warehouse in West Sacramento.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the reported action being taken by the Justice Department on marijuana legalization enforcement.
DENVER, Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer of the District of Colorado has issued the following statement regarding marijuana prosecutions.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement regarding news reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will rescind current policy and allow federal prosecutors to decide how aggressively to enforce marijuana laws.
SALEM, Ore., Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Governor Kate Brown today released the following statement regarding reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will rescind current federal marijuana policy.
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Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Today, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice has rescinded the “Cole Memo” and two additional memos related to marijuana enforcement policy.
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.
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.
On Dec. 28, 2017, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann announced that charges have been filed against 10 Sweet Leaf dispensary employees arrested on Dec. 14 for selling unlawful amounts of cannabis to customers.
DENVER, Dec. 28, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Denver District Attorney Beth McCann has formally charged 10 individuals arrested December 14 for illegal distribution of marijuana in various quantities in connection with a multi-agency marijuana enforcement operation.
DENVER, Dec. 14, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Denver Police Department and several partnering agencies today conducted an enforcement operation at eight Denver-area Sweet Leaf Marijuana Center locations. The operation is the result of an extensive, year-long criminal investigation into illegal distribution of marijuana at those locations.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday gave his strongest signal yet that the Justice Department’s more hands-off approach to marijuana enforcement may soon be changing.
A Colorado police department is going to stop teaching old dogs new tricks and focus on training new dogs with fewer tricks, especially when it comes to marijuana sniffing dogs.
On Sept 12, 2017, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced that existing medical cannabis dispensaries have until Dec. 15 to shut down or they risk losing the opportunity to become licensed under the state’s new medical cannabis laws.
On Aug. 24, 2017, San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force announced that a series of San Mateo County cannabis raids eradicated 11,400 cannabis plants with a value of approximately $22.8 million.
With approximately 1,000 homes having been converted for illegal residential cultivation, illegal Sacramento marijuana grows have become a public safety concern for California’s capital city.
California moved a step closer Thursday to becoming a “sanctuary state” where local and state police would not assist federal enforcement of marijuana laws.
When it comes to marijuana enforcement, it’s no secret that racial disparities persist even though black and white communities use marijuana at similar rates. The most recent reminder of this comes from the Old Dominion State, where Virginia marijuana arrests continue to disproportionately affect black communities.
On April 27, 2017, in an interview with Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper recounted a recent talk he had with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and indicated that he doesn’t foresee Sessions cracking down on state-legal marijuana.
Calling upon the federal government to reschedule marijuana, activists with the group DC Marijuana Justice staged a smoke-in on United States Capitol grounds on April 24, 2017, and some were subsequently arrested by United States Capitol Police for possession.
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.
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — At approximately 1:30 p.m. today, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) arrested four individuals on the East Front Plaza of the U.S. Capitol for smoking marijuana on Capitol Grounds.
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — At approximately 12:18 p.m. today, United States Capitol Police (USCP) officers began arresting several individuals after witnessing them distributing marijuana in public view to passersby at First and Constitution Avenue, NE.
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.
On April 20, 2017, advocates for the legal marijuana industry plan on staging a mass smoke-in on the steps of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Set to coincide with the 4/20 holiday, the smoke-in is a response to the Trump Administration’s pledges of greater federal marijuana enforcement.
On April 17, 2017, “Weed & the American Family,” a poll conducted by The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion and Yahoo News, revealed data points on Americans’ perspectives regarding legalization, the evolution of social norms and how marijuana affects relationships.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo on April 5, 2017, outlining the mission of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, including the creation of a subcommittee to review marijuana enforcement policies, and it did not go unnoticed by public market participants.
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.
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.
National Cannabis Industry Association deputy director Taylor West appears on MSNBC to discuss comments made by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, regarding the Justice Department’s approach to state-legal marijuana programs.
TRENTON, N.J., Feb. 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ —Yesterday White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the Trump administration would not use federal laws against medical marijuana users, but does see a potential crack down on adult-use of cannabis.
DENVER, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The following statement by Kristi Kelly, Executive Director, Marijuana Industry Group, is being released in response to a Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, announcement by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer that the Department of Justice was going to target recreational marijuana businesses.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Marijuana Policy Project has issued the statement below regarding White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s comments about federal marijuana enforcement. A clip of the comments is available at http://bit.ly/2leuCx9.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith issued the following statement in response to Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s comments regarding the Trump Administration’s marijuana policy in the press briefing today:
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested that the Trump administration will step up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Greenspoon Marder recognizes that there are a number of possible interpretations of this messaging; however, we are hopeful that this does not mean a reassessment of the recreational market.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — In a press conference today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer strongly indicated that Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice (DOJ) will crack down on recreational marijuana programs. In response, Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance, released this statement:
During the morning hours of Thursday, January 26, 2017, Police Detectives assigned to the Santa Ana Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Unit served search warrants at Sky High dispensary located at 419 W. Seventeenth Street and the Elevated Dreams dispensary located at 413 W. Seventeenth Street in the City of Santa Ana.
Only 18 of Michigan’s 83 counties applied for money to enforce the medical marijuana law and educate the public about how it works.
A group of professionals from Maine’s business community have come together to call for better regulation of the state’s marijuana industry.
On Aug. 18, 2016, the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy announced that it had released a report that examines how marijuana legalization could affect the state’s budget, prison system and chronically ill.
A legal marijuana industry could contribute billions of dollars in annual tax revenues to state and federal governments, according to the Tax Foundation. “If all states legalized and taxed marijuana, states could collectively expect to raise between $5 billion and $18 billion per year,” the report said.
In Washington State, illegal cultivation of marijuana has taken a sharp decline. According to the Yakima Herald, the number of marijuana plants confiscated by the Drug Enforcement Agency has fallen from 321,583 in 2010 to approximately 57,000 in 2014, an 80 percent decrease over four years.
Cannabis business owners must quickly become accustomed to living in a world where nearly every aspect of their operation is meticulously regulated.
In an effort to combat the proliferation of illegal marijuana cultivation, one Alaskan state lawmaker has a proposed a bill that would impose financial penalties on illegal grow operations.
PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 17, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The OLCC is sponsoring a Public Safety, Education & Enforcement Committee, to gather law enforcement professionals from around the state to discuss public safety-related issues and coordination needs in implementing OLCC’s recreational marijuana program.