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Canadian Regulators Repeat Call for Weed Firms to Disclose U.S. Risks

Canadian Regulators Repeat Call for Weed Firms to Disclose U.S. Risks

Canadian Regulators Repeat Call for Weed Firms to Disclose U.S. Risks

Canadian regulators on Thursday reiterated their call for listed cannabis producers with U.S. businesses to clearly disclose risks of operating there, and warned of potential punishment if U.S. federal anti-marijuana laws are more strictly enforced.

Massachusetts Federal Prosecutor: Opioids, Not Pot, Are Priority

Massachusetts Federal Prosecutor: Opioids, Not Pot, Are Priority

Massachusetts’ new federal prosecutor said on Wednesday he will not rule out prosecuting marijuana businesses in a state that has legalized the drug, but stressed that his focus is on the opioid epidemic.

U.S. Justice Department Blindsided Banking Agency on Pot Policy Flip

U.S. Justice Department Blindsided Banking Agency on Pot Policy Flip

When the U.S. Justice Department said last week it was reversing policy on the $7 billion marijuana business, it failed to first notify federal officials who advise banks in states where the drug is legal, sources in Congress said.

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Cannabis Business Alliance Statement: Department of Justice Rescinds All Marijuana Policies, Jeopardizing a Legal Cannabis Industry That Removes Power from Drug Cartels While Creating Safety Measures and Supporting Economic Growth

DENVER, Jan 4., 2018 /Weed Wire/ — The Cannabis Business Alliance (CBA) has released a statement on the United States Department of Justice’s decision to rescind all previously issued Department guidance concerning marijuana policy, including the Cole Memo, which has significantly limited which charges prosecutors can pursue in states where marijuana is legal.

Congressman Steve Cohen Grills Jeff Sessions Over Federal Marijuana Laws

Congressman Steve Cohen Grills Jeff Sessions Over Federal Marijuana Laws

Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN 9th District) questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions on America’s marijuana laws and Session’s infamous quote “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

GOP Congressman Wants Trump to Help Legalize Medical Marijuana

GOP Congressman Wants Trump to Help Legalize Medical Marijuana

Rep. Matt Gaetz has been in Congress for less than a year, but the Florida Congressman has already become one of the House’s foremost leaders working to reform federal marijuana policies. Just one problem: GOP leadership doesn’t seem especially interested in giving the issue a fair shake.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Says Marijuana Still Illegal

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Says Marijuana Still Illegal

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday criticized the legalization of marijuana in multiple states and warned that the federal law banning use and sale of the drug “remains in effect,” remarks that could stoke fears of a federal crackdown.

Marijuana Sales Can Make U.S. Tribes Richer and Poorer

Marijuana Sales Can Make U.S. Tribes Richer and Poorer

“This is going to be bigger than bingo,” James Billie told CNN over the summer. A former chief of the Seminole, whose company MCW gives financing and legal counsel to American Indian tribes to help them grow and sell marijuana on their land, Billie could barely contain his excitement.

Wyden : Sessions’ Attacks on Medical Marijuana Again Show He only Values States’ Rights When He Thinks States Are Right

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after news reports that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions requested that Congressional leaders reverse protections provided to legal marijuana states.

Officials In Obama’s Drug Czar Office Wanted To Decriminalize Marijuana

Officials in Obama’s Drug Czar Office Wanted to Decriminalize Marijuana

Officials at the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Barack Obama wanted to take a more lenient stance on marijuana, but they never made their case public.

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Justice Department Will Continue to Be Prohibited From Interfering in State Medical Marijuana Laws Under New Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Justice Department will continue to be prohibited from interfering in state medical marijuana laws under the federal spending bill passed Thursday in the Senate.

Sessions Articulates His Stance on Marijuana And Federal Law

Sessions Articulates His Stance on Marijuana And Federal Law

During a Feb. 27, 2017, meeting with reporters at the U.S. Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a new explanation of his views on marijuana and federal law. “Most of you probably know I don’t think America is going to be a better place when more people of all ages and particularly young people start smoking pot,” Sessions said.

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MPP Issues Statement Regarding White House Press Secretary’s Comments About Federal Marijuana Enforcement

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.

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National Cannabis Industry Association Statement on Press Secretary’s Comments Regarding Trump Administration Marijuana Policy

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:

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NORML Responds: White House Threatens To Crack Down On Legal Marijuana

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.

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White House Indicates Potential Crackdown on Recreational Marijuana

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:

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NCIA Statement on Confirmation of Sen. Sessions for Attorney General

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9. 2017 /Weed Wire/ — National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith issued the following statement in response to Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as new U.S. Attorney General.

Boulder District Attorney Named One of Trump’s Marijuana Advisors

Boulder District Attorney Named One of Trump’s Marijuana Advisors

Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett said he is the only active prosecutor from Colorado in the group of prosecutors from across the country who will help advise the Donald Trump administration on marijuana policies.

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NCIA Statement on Sen. Sessions’ Comments Today Regarding Marijuana Policy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith issued the following statement in response to Sen. Jeff Sessions’ comments about the federal approach to marijuana policy in today’s Attorney General confirmation hearing.

Obama: Marijuana Should Be Treated Like ‘Cigarettes or Alcohol’

Obama: Marijuana Should Be Treated Like ‘Cigarettes or Alcohol’

“Look, I’ve been very clear about my belief that we should try to discourage substance abuse,” Obama said. “And I am not somebody who believes that legalization is a panacea. But I do believe that treating this as a public-health issue, the same way we do with cigarettes or alcohol, is the much smarter way to deal with it.”

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Cannabis Economy Interview With Former US Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole of the Cole Memos Couples With Instant Feedback From Leaders In Canadian Cannabis on Dispensary Raids

NEW YORK, June 3, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Cannabis Economy has released an in-depth interview with Former US Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole whose three memos reset Justice Department guidance regarding federal oversight of legal cannabis.

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Eric Holder Questions Marijuana’s Legal Status as He Prepares to Leave Justice Department

On the eve of his reported resignation, US Attorney General Eric Holder said in an interview with Yahoo News that it’s time to reconsider marijuana’s legal classification in the federal government’s scheduling system.

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Anti-Pot Republicans Forsake Federalism In Medical Marijuana Vote

Early this morning, by a vote of 219 to 189, the House of Representatives approved an amendment aimed at stopping federal interference with state laws that “authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

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FBI May Go Softer on Pot

Current FBI Policy holds that the Bureau stands for a drug free society and workplace. This means that anybody who has smoked pot in the past three years (or used any other illegal drug including anabolic steroids in the past ten) does not even make it to an interview. Self-acknowledged pot smokers like Steve Jobs, Carl Sagan or Francis Crick may not have been interested in working for the FBI; however, the FBI may well have wanted such employees had they realized the benefits.

Holder Not Quite High on Hope

Attorney General Eric Holder’s Hopes High?

While Eric Holder may have told the Huffington Post of his “youthful experimentation” when in college, he is not holding out for a marijuana victory on Capitol Hill anytime soon. Nonetheless, the Attorney General is “cautiously optimistic” about what is happening in Colorado and Washington. MMJ Investor News treats this as progress, considering it comes straight from the horse’s mouth.


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