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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.

Paul, Wyden, Polis, and Massie Defend Hemp

Paul, Wyden, Polis, and Massie Defend Hemp

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.; and Rep. Tom Massie, R-Ky.; defended hemp farmers and businesses, authoring an amicus brief to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the Hemp Industries Assn, et. al. v. D.E.A. case.

Senator Ron Wyden Becomes First Co-Sponsor for the Marijuana Justice Act

Senator Ron Wyden Becomes First Co-Sponsor of Marijuana Justice Act

On Dec. 18, 2017, United States Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced that he would be the first co-sponsor of S.1689, better known as the Marijuana Justice Act, a bill that would take marijuana off of the federal list of controlled substances.

Wyden Becomes First Senate Cosponsor of Landmark Bill to End Federal Prohibition of Marijuana

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) today became the first U.S senator to cosponsor Senator Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) landmark bill to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. He announced his support in a Facebook live tonight with Booker.

Senator Demands Release of Federal Marijuana Policy Recommendations

Senator Demands Release of Federal Marijuana Policy Recommendations

On Aug. 1, 2017, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, demanding the Department of Justice’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety release the recommendations Sessions had assigned it to develop, including its federal marijuana policy recommendations.

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.

US Senators Urge Jeff Sessions to Reassure Industrial Hemp Industry

US Senators Pen Open Letter to Urge Jeff Sessions to Reassure Industrial Hemp Industry

With members of the industrial hemp industry facing unnecessary banking hurdles, several United States Senators have joined forces to urge the Department of Justice not to use funds to punish banks that do business with them.

US Senators to Attorney General Sessions: Reassure Hemp Industry You Will Uphold the Law

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Recently, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Al Franken (D-MN), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to address their constituents’ concerns regarding the hemp industry’s access to financial services by confirming the Department of Justice will respect Congress’ recent actions on industrial hemp pilot programs.

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.

Oregon and Colorado Democrats Call For Federal Regulation of Pot

Oregon and Colorado Democrats Call For Federal Regulation of Pot

Democrats from Oregon and Colorado–along with a Republican from Kentucky–are proposing bills in the U.S. Congress that would establish federal regulations for marijuana businesses, according to The Hill. Legislation from Oregon’s Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer would get rid of the federal ban on marijuana.

Consumption Ban

Legislation Introduced in Congress to Regulate and Tax Marijuana Like Alcohol at the Federal Level

WASHINGTON D.C., March 30, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Legislation was introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday that would end marijuana prohibition at the federal level and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.

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Congressmen Curbelo, Blumenauer and Senators Wyden, Paul Release 280E Tax Reform Bills

DENVER, March 30, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The New Federalism Fund applauds Reps. Carlos Curbleo (R-FL 26), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR 3) and Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY) for introducing the Small Business Tax Equity Act of 2017 in the U.S. House and Senate on Thursday, March 30.

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.

Murray, Cantwell Ask DOJ to Uphold Existing Policy on State Marijuana Laws Letter Expresses Concern Regarding Recent Remarks by Sean Spicer on Federal Enforcement

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Today, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, including Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressing concern that the Trump administration may begin enforcing federal law in states that have legalized marijuana.

Cortez Masto Co-Signs Letter Calling on DOJ to Uphold Existing Policy on State Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senate colleagues Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today in sending a letter that calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request the Department of Justice (DOJ) uphold its existing enforcement policy regarding states that have voter-approved marijuana laws.

Senators Ask DOJ to Uphold Existing Policy on State Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2017 / – A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, including Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today sent a letter that calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request the Department of Justice (DOJ) uphold its existing enforcement policy regarding states that have voter-approved marijuana laws.

Wyden Statement on White House Comments Against Legal Marijuana

MEDFORD, Ore., Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer today made comments disparaging the decisions American voters have made to legalize recreational marijuana in eight states and Washington, D.C.

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.

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.


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