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Curbelo: Attorney General’s Marijuana Witch Hunt Favors Those Operating Illegally, Hurts Legal Businesses’ Ability to Compete

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Last night, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), the sponsor of legislation to provide tax parity to legally operating marijuana businesses, joined a bipartisan group of House colleagues on the House Floor to discuss Attorney General Jeff Session’s recent decision to crack down on legally operating marijuana businesses.

Congressman Blumenauer Statement on Reports that AG Sessions to End Policy on State Marijuana Laws

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, today released the following statement on reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will rescind the “Cole Memo”—guidance established by the Obama Administration in 2013 to allow states to implement responsible marijuana laws without federal interference.

Congress Extends Critical Medical Marijuana Protections Through January 19

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Congress voted to extend protections for state medical marijuana programs through January 19. The provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, was continued in legislation to fund the government for a month.

Members of Congress Urge Extended Protection of State Medical Cannabis Laws

Members of Congress Urge Extended Protection of State Medical Cannabis Laws

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.

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Rohrabacher, Blumenauer Urge Lawmakers to Keep Medical Marijuana Protections

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.

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NORML Founder Keith Stroup to Speak at First Annual Cannabis Fund Gala & Awards

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 4, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Cannabis Fund, a PAC created by Representative Earl Blumenauer to support cannabis-friendly candidates, will be hosting its first annual gala & awards on October 6th at the Marriott Waterfront in Portland, OR with NORML founder Keith Stroup as a featured speaker.

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.

House Rules Committee Opts Not to Protect Medical Marijuana

House Rules Committee Opts Not to Protect Medical Marijuana

On Sept. 6, 2017, the House Rules Committee decided to block the House of Representatives from voting on an amendment to protect medical marijuana in states that have legalized it.

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House Committee Blocks Vote to Protect Medical Cannabis Patients

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Last night, the House Committee on Rules voted to not allow a floor vote on an amendment which would continue to prevent the Department of Justice from using funds to interfere with state medical marijuana programs. The amendment, introduced by Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has been part of the appropriations package since 2015.

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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House Rules Committee Denies Vote on Popular Medical Marijuana Budget Amendment

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – An amendment that would keep the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana programs was voted “out of order” by the House Rules Committee on Wednesday, preventing the House from including it in its version of the FY 2018 federal budget.

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.

Harris Introduces Bipartisan Bill Facilitating Medical Marijuana Research

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — On July 25, Representatives Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD-01), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03), H. Morgan Griffith (R-VA-09), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) introduced the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017.

Reps. Blumenauer and Rohrabacher Rebuke False Claims Regarding Critical Medical Marijuana Protections

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48) rebuked false claims made by Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) that critical medical marijuana protections were stripped from Fiscal Year 2018 funding legislation.

Federal Funding Bill Extends Protection for State-Legal Medical Marijuana

Federal Funding Bill Extends Protection for State-Legal Medical Marijuana

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.

Blumenauer Statement on Critical Marijuana Policy Provisions Extended in FY17 Omnibus Bill

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.

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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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Sweeping Bipartisan Marijuana Bills Introduced in Congress

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives introduced seven measures to advance more sensible cannabis policy at the federal level. The bills covered a broad range of issues related to resolving the tension between state and federal cannabis laws.

Wyden, Blumenauer Announce Bipartisan Path to Marijuana Reform

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., along with senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee Representative Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., today introduced three pieces of legislation to preserve the integrity of state marijuana laws and provide a path for responsible federal legalization and regulation of the marijuana industry.

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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.

Cannabis Caucus Weighs in on Potential Threat to Legal Pot

Cannabis Caucus Weighs in on Potential Threat to Legal Cannabis

The newly formed House Cannabis Caucus, co-launched by Alaska Republican Congressman Don Young, responded Thursday to a statement from a White House spokesman about potentially increasing federal prosecution of recreational smokers.

Congressman Earl Blumenauer Statement on White House Press Sec. Sean Spicer’s Statement on Marijuana

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today Congressman Earl Blumenauer released the following statement in response to White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer’s statement that the Trump Administration may start “greater enforcement” of adult use of marijuana.

Cannabis Caucus Responds to WH Statement on Marijuana Policy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The bipartisan Congressional Cannabis Caucus – co-chaired by Reps. Don Young (AK-At Large), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Jared Polis (CO-02) – today released the following statement in response to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s suggestion that the Trump administration will step up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana.

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Aims to Shape the Future of Cannabis Policy

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Aims to Shape Future of Cannabis Policy

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.

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Nation’s Leading Cannabis and Drug Policy Reform Advocates Commend Congressional Members on Formation of Congressional Cannabis Caucus

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The nation’s leading cannabis and drug policy reform organizations commended Congressional members Thursday on the formation of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

Advocates in Action: Livestream the Congressional Cannabis Caucus

Advocates in Action: Livestream the Congressional Cannabis Caucus

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.

Rohrabacher, Blumenauer, Young, Polis to Hold Press Conference to Launch New Cannabis Caucus, Discuss the Future of Cannabis Policy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Don Young (AK-At Large), and Jared Polis (CO-02) on Thursday, February 16, will hold a press conference to discuss the role of the newly formed Cannabis Caucus and the future of cannabis policy.

U.S. Congressmen Establish Bipartisan Cannabis Caucus

U.S. Congressmen Establish Bipartisan Cannabis Caucus

Two U.S. congressmen have established a bipartisan Cannabis Caucus, set to meet next year, according to KIVI-TV’s website. U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., founded the caucus in hopes of reforming federal marijuana laws. Rohrabacher said he wants to make states’ rights central to his efforts.

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Voters in Nine States Will Decide Whether to Roll Back Marijuana Prohibition on Tuesday

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Voters in nine states will decide whether to roll back marijuana prohibition on Tuesday, marking the biggest Election Day in history for marijuana policy reform.

Election Could Create Flood of Marijuana Cash With No Place to Go

Election Could Create Flood of Marijuana Cash With No Place to Go

The prospect for a market of such scale is adding urgency to calls for a national approach to marijuana that expands banking options. Law enforcement and Federal Reserve officials have expressed concern about the fraud and crime associated with un-bankable cash.

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.

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Marijuana Entrepreneurs Pitch Hundreds of Private Investors In NYC Sep 12-13

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Aug. 30, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — More than 200 high net worth investors from around the world eager to invest in the fastest growing industry in America will gather at the New York Marriott Brooklyn Bridge Hotel for a two day Shark Tank-like pitch forum on Monday, September 12th and Tuesday, September 13th, hosted exclusively for members of The Arcview Investor Network.

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House Votes to Allow V.A. Doctors to Recommend Medical Marijuana for Veteran Patients

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The U.S. House voted this morning in favor of a measure that would allow Veterans Administration doctors to recommend medical marijuana for their patients in states where medical marijuana is legal.

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US House of Representatives Approves Amendment to Create Access for Veterans to Medical-Cannabis

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Veterans Equal Access Amendment (VEAA) to the FY2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilConVA) Appropriations bill, which sets the budget for the Veterans Administration (VA).

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National Cannabis Festival on #420three — the Magic Number

On April 23, 2016, National Cannabis Festival will celebrate legalization progress in Washington, D.C., at RFK Stadium from 12-8 p.m, with a day full of music, policy, advocacy, education and entrepreneurship.

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Oregon Cannabis Jobs Report: Retail Sector Boosting State Economy

On April 12, 2016, Economist Beau Whitney and cannabis industry consultant Sam Chapman announced the release of their new cannabis industry report, “Oregon Cannabis Jobs Report: Retail Sales and Job Creation in Oregon’s Burgeoning Cannabis Sector.”

New Report Indicates Significant Economic Impact on State from Cannabis Retail Sales

PORTLAND, Ore., April 12, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Economist Beau Whitney and cannabis industry consultant Sam Chapman today released “Oregon Cannabis Jobs Report: Retail Sales and Job Creation in Oregon’s Burgeoning Cannabis Sector,” a white paper that details the economic impact on Oregon from the retail side of the state’s newly legal recreational cannabis industry.

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ArcView Group: Marijuana Entrepreneurs Pitch Hundreds of Private Investors In Portland May 2-3

PORTLAND, Oreg., April 7, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — More than 200 high net worth investors from around the world eager to invest in the fastest growing industry in America will gather in Portland, OR at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront for a two day Shark Tank-like pitch forum on Monday, May 2nd and Tuesday, May 3rd, hosted exclusively for members of The ArcView Investor Network.


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