Since United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions first criticized the Washington cannabis industry in July 2017, Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson have defended the industry; however, Sessions’ memo on Jan. 4, 2018, announcing a reversal of federal cannabis enforcement policy, may have prompted the state to bolster its position.
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SEATTLE, Jan. 11, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Seattle Mayor and former U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock led a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticizing the Department of Justice’s misguided rollback of the “Cole Memo,” which provided guidance on federal marijuana enforcement policy. The letter signed by ten Mayors from the across the country asks the Department of Justice to prioritize their efforts to combat the opioid epidemic instead of wasting law enforcement resources on legal marijuana.
When United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo on Jan. 4, 2018, announcing the reversal of federal marijuana enforcement policy, politicians across the country were outraged, and now the Pelican State has joined in and asked President Donald Trump to protect Louisiana medical marijuana.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following his meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.
On Nov. 28, 2017, a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers sent a letter to congressional leaders, urging them to extend protection of state medical cannabis laws in the 2018 appropriations bill.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Representatives Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA, and Earl Blumenauer, D-OR, led a bipartisan group of lawmakers urging House and Senate leadership to continue state medical marijuana protections in any legislation to fund the government beyond Dec. 8, 2017.
After years of court battles, the charges against the Kettle Falls Five may soon be dropped. On Oct. 16, 2017, the United States Department of Justice filed a motion to stay the case against the Kettle Falls Five, admitting that federal prosecutors did not have the authority to try the group.
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.
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.
On July 19, 2017, representatives from multiple federal agencies joined local officials in Colorado Springs to have a closed-door meeting on the effects of Colorado’s legal marijuana industry.
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions personally pleaded with Congress to oppose a provision in the federal spending bill that protects medical marijuana providers operating in accordance with state laws from federal enforcement actions so that the Department of Justice can prosecute medical marijuana cases.
On May 25, 2017, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced that they had introduced the Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act, a bill that would ask the Attorney General to reconsider whether cannabidiol should be scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act and expand research opportunities as a means of determining the medical efficacy of cannabidiol and marijuana in the treatment of serious medical conditions.
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.
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., co-sponsor of a bill to end federal prohibition of marijuana, is preparing to educate lawmakers on Capitol Hill about marijuana policy, on May 3, 2017, and it seems the event may have another major talking point to address: bankruptcy protection for marijuana businesses.
With top members of Congress agreeing to a funding bill on April 30, 2017, the federal government should be able to avoid a shutdown and state-legal medical marijuana programs should have extended protection from federal enforcement actions.
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, welcomed the extension of critical marijuana policy provisions through September 30 in the fiscal year 2017 omnibus funding legislation. The legislation is expected to be passed by Congress later this week.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies is preparing its spending bill for fiscal year 2018 and 44 members of Congress want the subcommittee to craft its bill so that the Department of Justice has to respect state medical marijuana laws.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo on April 5, 2017, outlining the mission of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, including the creation of a subcommittee to review marijuana enforcement policies, and it did not go unnoticed by public market participants.
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.
On March 27, 2017, California’s Cannabis Banking Working Group held a meeting at Oakland City Hall in Oakland, Calif., to address possible solutions to resolve the state-federal banking issue for California’s legal marijuana businesses. California State Treasurer John Chiang announced the Cannabis Banking Working Group back on Dec. 2, 2016, and today’s event marked the…
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Cannabis Industry Association deputy director Taylor West appears on MSNBC to discuss comments made by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, regarding the Justice Department’s approach to state-legal marijuana programs.
ANCHORAGE, Feb. 9, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, enforcement officers of the Alcohol and Marijuana Enforcement Office seized items from several retail stores across the state containing CBD (cannabidiol) oil that appear to be offered for sale in violation of several provisions of AS 17.38, including requirements for testing, packaging, and labeling.
On Dec. 14, 2016, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration announced a new rule that makes hemp-based cannabidiol a federally illegal substance. Under the new rules, liquid extracts derived from plants of the cannabis genus that contain one or more cannabinoids are now considered a schedule I substance.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) released a briefing book —“Medical Cannabis in America”— calling on Congress and the Obama Administration to end the conflict between federal and state governments on medical cannabis programs.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Americans for Safe Access, a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research, filed a petition with the Department of Justice (DOJ) today demanding that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) immediately update misinformation about cannabis.
Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco issued an opinion in United States v. McIntosh that essentially eviscerates the power of the federal government to prosecute cannabis businesses that strictly comply with state medical marijuana laws.
United States Secretary of Defense Ash Carter thinks that the Pentagon should ease its stance on hiring marijuana users.
On May 3, 2016, the United States dropped its case against Harborside Health Center, a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, California, as reported by KGO-TV.
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.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2015 /Weed Wire/ — The Department of Justice released a memorandum addressed to local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies Monday to announce that the equitable sharing program for asset forfeiture funds has been temporarily suspended due to financial considerations.
OLYMPIA, Wash., Sept. 14, 2015 /Weed Wire/ — The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (Board) and the Suquamish Tribe today signed the nation’s first state-tribal marijuana compact. The compact governs the production, processing, purchase and sale of marijuana on the Tribe’s land.
Larry Harvey, the Washington state medical patient who helped advocacy groups personify the draconian and misplaced impact of federal drug policy, died on Aug. 20, 2015. Harvey suffered from pancreatic cancer. He was 71.
While the marijuana legalization front may seem dull only during a media circus now dubbed the “Summer of Trump,” there is a lot afoot in the unsexy part of the revolution.
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.
Tribal leaders from all over the United States attended the first ever Tribal Marijuana Conference in Seattle on February 27, 2015, to discuss the possibilities of commercial marijuana.
Electrum Partners’ Leslie Bocskor along with his partner Gordon Katz have filed paperwork with the SEC to launch a cannabis-related hedge fund. Placement agents are aiming to raise $25 million.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill made headlines this week as a bi-partisan collection of senators introduced legislation to radically reform our country’s federal marijuana laws.
Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s nominee to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general, began confirmation hearings on January 28, 2015. She made news immediately by saying that she does not support the legalization of marijuana.
Despite substantial scientific evidence that marijuana is not as harmful as alcohol, many law enforcement officials continue to pretend otherwise. Add to that list Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for attorney general.
On Friday, January 16, the Department of Justice announced that it would limit the practice of federal adoption of assets seized by state and local law enforcement agencies, or “adoption” for short.
Today, Friday, January 16, 2015, the Department of Justice issued a press release announcing that Attorney General Eric Holder has signed an order prohibiting the DOJ from adopting civil assets seized by local and state enforcement agencies.
While medical marijuana as a concept is very popular in the state of New York, how to go about implementing such a program is another question entirely.
Nebrahoma is suing Colorado, or for those who see the middle of the U.S. as more than a grasshopper-laden wasteland, that is Nebraska and Oklahoma.
In December 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice released a legal memorandum which announced the adoption of a new policy that affects Native American tribes, considered sovereign nations by the government.
ALBANY – U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand on Monday joined New York State’s effort to obtain a waiver from the U.S. Department of Justice allowing the state to import medicinal marijuana.