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AG Curtis Hill: Cannabidiol (CBD) Products are Illegal in Indiana

AG Curtis Hill: Cannabidiol (CBD) Products are Illegal in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Nov. 21, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Attorney General Curtis Hill today released the following statement in conjunction with the issuance of an advisory opinion from his office regarding the legality of cannabidiol products.

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.”

Indiana Marijuana Decriminalization Opposed by Drug Commission

Indiana Marijuana Decriminalization Opposed by Drug Commission

Indiana marijuana decriminalization may have just become a little less likely in the Hoosier State. On Nov. 09, 2017, the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse voted to oppose efforts to decriminalize marijuana use.

Sessions 'Can't Comment' On Rumors Of Marijuana Crackdown Plans

Jeff Sessions ‘Can’t Comment’ on Rumors of Marijuana Crackdown Plans

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a longtime opponent of marijuana legalization. But in a radio interview on Thursday he was guarded about the Trump administration’s plans to push back against the growing number of states that are ending cannabis prohibition.

Washington State Officials Met With Feds to Talk Cannabis Policy

Washington State Officials Met With Feds to Talk Cannabis Policy

Officials with the offices of Inslee, Ferguson, the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board and the Department of Financial Institutions went to Washington, D.C., to meet with Department of Justice officials on Sept. 29, 2017, to discuss state and federal cannabis policy.

Washington State Officials Meet With USDOJ to Discuss Marijuana Policy

OLYMPIA, Wash., Sept. 29, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Officials from the offices of Gov. Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board and Department of Financial Institutions met today with federal officials at the U.S Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. regarding state and federal marijuana policy.

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.

Oregon Governor's Open Letter Explains Cannabis Policies to Jeff Sessions

Oregon Governor’s Open Letter Explains Cannabis Policies to Jeff Sessions

On Aug. 22, 2017, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued a response to a letter sent by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that criticized that state’s cannabis policies aimed at regulating recreational marijuana.

Michigan Medical Cannabis Program Needs Participants for Workgroups

Michigan Medical Cannabis Program Needs Participants for Workgroups

On Aug. 22, 2017, the Michigan Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation announced that it has created five workgroups for the Michigan medical cannabis program and is in need of stakeholders to participate in them to provide input on the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act.

Inslee and Ferguson Defend Washington Marijuana Regulations in Reply to Sessions

Inslee and Ferguson Defend Washington Marijuana Regulations in Reply to Sessions

On Aug. 4, 2017, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson responded to a letter sent by United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions that criticized the efficacy of Washington marijuana regulations designed to prevent illegal diversion and public health issues.

Huff, Puff, Pass? AG’s Pot Fury Not Echoed by Task Force

Huff, Puff, Pass? AG’s Pot Fury Not Echoed by Task Force

The betting was that law-and-order Attorney General Jeff Sessions would come out against the legalized marijuana industry with guns blazing. But the task force Sessions assembled to find the best legal strategy is giving him no ammunition.

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 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.

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Senate and House Reintroduce Groundbreaking Medical Marijuana Bill

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, a bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives introduced the CARERS Act. The Senate bill was introduced by Senators Booker (D-NJ), Paul (R-KY), Gillibrand (D-NY), Lee (R-UT), Franken (D-MN), and Murkowski (R-AK). The House companion was reintroduced by Rep Young (R-AK) and Rep Cohen (D-TN).

Governor Wolf Promises to Protect Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Patients from Jeff Sessions

Governor Wolf Promises to Protect Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Patients from Jeff Sessions

In an effort to protect Pennsylvania medical marijuana patients from federal enforcement actions, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf sent a letter to United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions on June 15, 2017, saying that the federal government should not interfere with the state’s medical marijuana program.

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Governor Wolf Vows to Protect PA Medical Marijuana Patients from Federal Government

HARRISBURG, Penn., June 15, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Governor Tom Wolf today said the federal government should not get in the way of Pennsylvania delivering relief via medical marijuana to suffering children, families and veterans. The letter comes after reports that Attorney General Sessions had personally asked Congress to repeal an amendment that protected state-approved medical marijuana programs from disruption by the federal government.

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.

South Dakota Marijuana Legalization Petition Approved by State Attorney General

South Dakota Marijuana Legalization Petition Approved by State Attorney General

A South Dakota marijuana legalization petition has been approved by Attorney General Marty Jackley. On May 17, 2017, Jackley issued an Attorney General Explanation for the legalization initiative that aims to legalize all quantities of marijuana and have the South Dakota Department of Agriculture establish a regulatory system for recreational marijuana.

Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Measure to Legalize All Quantities of Marijuana

PIERRE, S.D., May 17, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State.

Congressman Bringing Marijuana Policy Event to Capitol Hill

Congressman Bringing Marijuana Policy Event to Capitol Hill

In an effort to educate lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., co-sponsor of a bill to end federal prohibition of marijuana, recently announced that he will be hosting The Marijuana Big Thinker Talks on May 3, 2017, at the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer in Washington, D.C.

Hickenlooper Doesn't Foresee Sessions Cracking Down on State-Legal Marijuana

Hickenlooper Doesn’t Foresee Sessions Cracking Down on Legal Marijuana

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.

Maryland Governor Orders Disparity Study on State's MMJ Program

Maryland Governor Orders Disparity Study on State’s MMJ Program

On April 27, 2017, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced that he had ordered the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs to launch a disparity study on the state’s medical marijuana program.

Homeland Security Secretary Changes Tune on Marijuana

Homeland Security Secretary Changes Tune on Marijuana

It only took Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly two days to change his tune on marijuana. On April 16, 2017, in an interview with Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, Kelly said, “Marijuana is not a factor in the drug war.” Fast forward to two days later and Kelly is singing a different song.

Poll: Majority of Americans Support Medical Marijuana Legalization

Poll: Majority of Americans Support Medical Marijuana Legalization

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.

On Weed, DHS Chief and Attorney General Could Hardly be Further Apart

On Weed, DHS Chief and Attorney General Could Hardly be Further Apart

On weed, DHS Chief John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions could hardly be further apart in their views on the drug. Sessions wants to revive the war on drugs– a far cry from what Kelly said about the drug Sunday.

Attorney General's Task Force to Review Marijuana Enforcement Policies

Attorney General’s Task Force to Review Marijuana Enforcement Policies

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.

Jeff Sessions: Marijuana 'Only Slightly Less Awful' Than Heroin

Jeff Sessions: Marijuana ‘Only Slightly Less Awful’ Than Heroin

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.

Treasurer Goldberg Asks Attorney General Sessions to Clarify Justice Department’s Position on Marijuana Enforcement

BOSTON, March 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, who is charged with implementing a new state law legalizing recreational marijuana, wrote a letter today to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking the Department of Justice to clarify its position and future plans regarding enforcement of federal marijuana law.

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.

Legislation Introduced to Federally Decriminalize Marijuana

Legislation Introduced to Decriminalize Marijuana Federally

On Feb. 27, 2017, Congressman Tom Garrett, R-Va., introduced the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017,” to the House of Representatives. If passed, the bill, H.R. 1227, would decriminalize marijuana federally by removing it from the federal controlled substances list.

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.

Colorado Governor Raises States' Rights in Interview on Federal Anti-Pot Laws

Colorado Governor Raises States’ Rights in Interview on Federal Anti-Pot Laws

In a nationally broadcast interview on Feb. 26, 2017, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said his state has sovereignty on matters of marijuana, despite the federal government’s anti-pot laws and the new attorney general’s stance as a weed opponent. Hickenlooper was a guest on NBC’s Meet the Press.

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Parliamentary Secretary Bill Blair Launches Tour to Meet with Canadians to Discuss Cannabis Legalization and Regulation

TORONTO, Ontario, Feb. 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould, has started a cross-country tour to discuss the legalization and regulation of cannabis.


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