When the House of Representatives convened for its Morning Hour on March 21, 2017, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, took to the floor to urge House members to support H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.
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.
The second day at the California Cannabis Business Expo, Monday, March 6, kicked off with a discussion of the “Trump effect,” by Lawrence W. Horwitz, of Horwitz + Armstrong, a law firm and professional corporation headquartered in Lake Forest, California.
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.
On Feb. 16, 2017, the Congressional Cannabis Caucus held a press conference in Washington, D.C., to address the future of cannabis policy reform in the United States.
On Feb. 16, 2017, the Congressional Cannabis Caucus will be in Washington, D.C., to host a press conference at 2 p.m. on the future of states’ rights and federal cannabis reform, with a livestream of the event available for those who are unable to attend.
North Americans spent $53.3 billion on legal, illegal, and medical marijuana in 2016, according to a Jan. 17, 2017, release from Arcview Research Group. That’s more than people in the United States spent on McDonald’s and Starbucks combined.
On Jan. 10, 2017, the United States Air Force announced that it would relax its policy on barring recruits who have previously used marijuana from entering the service.
On Jan. 11, 2017, the Pew Research Center released the results of a national survey of law enforcement officers, finding that 68% of police officers think America’s marijuana laws need to be relaxed.
Despite marijuana legalization in some states, new data from an ongoing survey reveals fewer 8th graders know how to find pot easily. In 2016, the Monitoring the Future survey revealed, 34.6 percent of 8th graders self-reported they could easily access weed, down 2.4 percent from the previous year.
As legalization continues to sweep through the United States, researchers are beginning to see a spike in marijuana use among older Americans. Most recently, a study published in the medical journal Addiction found that the baby-boomer generation is reporting higher rates of marijuana use than any other preceding generation.
A new study shows increased marijuana use among U.S. adults, especially among men, according to a Nov. 29, 2016, press release from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Researchers compared 2002 data with 2014 data and found 4 million more women and 6 million more men had used marijuana within the past year.
Support for legal marijuana is at an all-time high, according to two new polls. That’s a good sign in and of itself, but especially so with weed on the ballot in multiple states on Nov. 8.
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.
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.
A new study reveals an increase in the number of U.S. adults using marijuana, according to an Aug. 31, 2016, report at CBSNews.com. The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, was led by Dr. Wilson M. Comptom of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health.
This November’s election could be a decisive turning point in the struggle to end U.S. marijuana prohibition. It’s been a long time coming.
A new report on the cannabis industry details its explosive growth and may be pointing to a different kind of job market.
On Aug. 16, 2016, a federal appeals court banned the Department of Justice from prosecuting medical cannabis cases as long as defendants hadn’t broken state laws.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to reschedule marijuana if she is elected in November, according to a statement issued by the campaign.
On Aug. 11, 2016, the Drug Enforcement Agency announced that it would not reschedule marijuana. This announcement comes after months of rumors and speculation that the federal agency was preparing to change marijuana’s classification.
On July 29, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill removing the threat of arrest for small amounts of marijuana, capping a record year of legislative and administrative marijuana policy reforms throughout the country.
Declining tobacco use could soon intersect with a steady uptick in the smoking and consumption of another leafy drug – marijuana.
On Aug. 8, 2016, Gallup released the results for its latest poll on marijuana use in America, finding that one in eight American adults currently smoke marijuana, which is almost double the percentage calculated in 2013.
Marijuana supporters are crossing their fingers that the Obama administration will act soon to reschedule cannabis because neither candidates for president or vice president are giving them any positive feelings.
On July 13, 2016, the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism will hold a hearing at 2:30 p.m. ET to review the benefits and risks of medical marijuana.
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.
The Internet is buzzing with claims that the DEA is planning to reschedule marijuana on August 1. But, unfortunately for the cannabis community, those claims are most likely not true.
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.
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.
Despite strong bipartisan votes in both the House and Senate to allow military veterans to receive medical marijuana recommendations through the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.), Congressional leadership is blocking the change from becoming law.
On June 20, 2016, survey results from Prevention magazine revealed that 75 percent of Americans support medical marijuana legalization.
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.
A majority of Americans support legalization of marijuana, according to a new poll released by Quinnipiac University on June 6, 2016. The poll showed 54 percent of surveyed registered voters agreed with the unqualified statement, “marijuana should be made legal in the United States,” while 41 percent opposed it.
A wave of recent polls shows that majorities of voters in six states, and a majority nationwide, support legalizing medical marijuana. Many voters also support legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
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.
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.
According to a letter dated April 4, 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration is currently assessing the Food and Drug Administration’s recommendation to reschedule marijuana.
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.
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.
On March 25, 2016, the Associated Press and University of Chicago released a survey showing support for marijuana legalization is at an all-time high.
A collection of state lawmakers from three different states are pressing financial regulators to issue clear banking guidance to financial institutions regarding legal marijuana businesses.
In 1994, John Ehrlichman, the Watergate co-conspirator, unlocked for me one of the great mysteries of modern American history: How did the United States entangle itself in a policy of drug prohibition that has yielded so much misery and so few good results?
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.
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.
On March 14, 2016, the real estate blog Estately released a report ranking states based upon “enthusiasm” for marijuana.
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.
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…
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.
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?