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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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NCIA Statement on House Rules Committee Decision to Block House Vote on Marijuana-related Appropriations Amendments, Including Medical Cannabis Protections

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) executive director Aaron Smith issued the statement below in response to a late-night vote by the House Rules Committee to block the full House from voting on medical marijuana protections and several other cannabis-related amendments during its upcoming consideration of the omnibus Appropriations bill.

Congressional Leadership Blocks Medical Marijuana Vote

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The U.S. House Rules Committee moved on Wednesday evening to block floor consideration of an amendment to continue an existing rider preventing the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana laws.

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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.

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National Cannabis Industry Association Statement on Senate Appropriations Approval of Medical Marijuana Protections

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith issued the below statement in response to the Senate Appropriations Committee’s approval by voice vote today for the renewal of medical marijuana protections in the Department of Justice budget.

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Senate Committee Stands Up for Medical Cannabis Patients

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — This morning, the Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to include an amendment introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (R-VT) in the FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

GOP Leadership Blocks Amendment Allowing Veterans Medical Marijuana Access

GOP Leadership Blocks Amendment Allowing Veterans Medical Marijuana Access

On July 25, 2017, the House Rules Committee blocked the Veterans Equal Access amendment, an amendment allowing veterans medical marijuana access in legal states, from proceeding to the House floor for consideration.

GOP Leadership Blocks Blumenauer Amendment to Allow VA Doctors to Recommend Medical Marijuana

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, condemned the House Rules Committee decision to block his amendment to make it easier for qualified veterans to access state-legal medical marijuana.

Florida Legislature Fails to Regulate Medical Marijuana Before Session Ends

Florida Legislature Fails to Regulate Medical Marijuana Before Session Ends

If Florida lawmakers are to have any say in how the state regulates its medical marijuana program, it will have to wait until next year. On May 5, 2017, the Florida state legislature failed to pass HB 1397, a bill that would regulate the state’s medical marijuana program, before the end of the legislative session.

NYSDOH regulations Announces Chronic Pain to Be Added As Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana Enhancements, New Registered Organizations

New York State Department of Health Announces Latest Enhancements to Improve Patient Access to Medical Marijuana Program

ALBANY, N.Y., March 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The New York State Department of Health today announced several enhancements to the state’s Medical Marijuana Program that will improve patient access. These measures include authorizing physician assistants to certify patients and adding chronic pain as a qualifying condition.

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MassRoots Comments on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s Cannabis Policy Remarks

DENVER, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — MassRoots, Inc. (OTCQB:MSRT), one of the leading technology platforms for the cannabis industry, is pleased to report its monthly page views have increased 68% month over month.

NYSDOH regulations Announces Chronic Pain to Be Added As Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana Enhancements, New Registered Organizations

NYSDOH Announces Ability for Wholesaling of Medical Marijuana Products and Removes Cap On Number of Products Available to Patients

ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The New York State Department of Health today announced several enhancements to the state’s Medical Marijuana Program that will improve access for patients, streamline production, increase choice and help lead to reduced costs.

Jimmy Buffet Supports Florida's Medical Marijuana Amendment

Jimmy Buffet Supports Florida’s Medical Marijuana Amendment

On Oct. 23, 2016, Jimmy Buffet announced his support for Amendment 2, an amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida, as well as his opposition to Amendment 1, an amendment that would give Florida additional oversight of customer-owned solar energy.

Congress Kills Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Congress Kills Veterans Equal Access Amendment

On Sept. 28, 2016, the United States Congress passed a stop-gap funding bill to keep the federal government operating through December; however, conspicuously absent from the bill was the Veterans Equal Access Amendment, a measure that would allow doctors with Veterans Affairs to recommend medical marijuana to veterans.

Democratic Party Calls for Marijuana Legalization in Platform Draft

Democratic Party Calls for Marijuana Legalization in Platform Draft

On July 9, 2016, the Democratic Party endorsed an amendment in its party platform for the removal of marijuana from the list of Schedule I narcotics in the Controlled Substances Act, as well as providing a path for the federal legalization of marijuana.

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NCIA Calls on Congress to Restore Commonsense, Majority-Favored Marijuana Proposals to Appropriations Bills

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Recent actions by congressional leadership have derailed two commonsense, majority-favored marijuana policy reform proposals that had been expected to pass through the appropriations process. Today, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) called on members of Congress to work to restore those provisions as the budget negotiation process continues.

House Republicans Block Marijuana Banking Amendment

House Republicans Block Marijuana Banking Amendment

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.

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Golden State Justice: Feds End Persecution of Marijuana Trailblazer

On April 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted the Department of Justice’s motion to dismiss the agency’s own appeal of the Shaw decision, a decision made by U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer on Oct. 19, 2015, that narrowed the scope of an injunction against Lynnette Shaw.

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Congress Adopts Significant Drug Policy Reforms in New Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2015 /Weed Wire/ — Congress passed a must-pass spending bill this morning that contained various drug policy reforms; including language that stops the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice from spending money to block the implementation of state medical marijuana laws.

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DEA Still Using Federal Funds to Prosecute State-Legal Users and Businesses?

On July 30, 2015, Reps. Sam Farr, D-Calif., and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., sent a letter to the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Justice, the agency’s internal oversight office.

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Senate Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Amendment

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment with a vote of 16-14 aimed at protecting marijuana businesses and allowing access to banking services. Federal agencies would not be able to use federal funds to punish financial institutions for doing business with the marijuana industry.

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Ohio Assembly Wants to Thwart ResponsibleOhio Monopoly

In Ohio, a handful of marijuana legalization groups are scrambling to get their competing voter initiatives on the ballot for 2016. ResponsibleOhio is the most notable of these groups and has drawn heavy criticism from both sides of the debate.

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Oregon Legislature Considers Retail Marijuana Tax

As Oregon prepares for the legalization of recreational marijuana on July 1, 2015, state legislators are considering making changes to how recreational marijuana is taxed. Those in support of the changes see it as a more workable solution than a harvest tax, but those in opposition see it as just another cash grab by politicians.

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US House Votes to Protect Medical Marijuana

On June 3, 2015, The United States House of Representatives voted to reauthorize an amendment that would prevent federal authorities from interfering with medical marijuana businesses in states where the substance is legal.


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