Tag Archives: Enforcement

California could be a 'sanctuary state' from federal marijuana laws

California Could Be a ‘Sanctuary State’ From Federal Marijuana Laws

California Could Be a ‘Sanctuary State’ From Federal Marijuana Laws

California moved a step closer Thursday to becoming a “sanctuary state” where local and state police would not assist federal enforcement of marijuana laws.

Virginia Marijuana Arrests Continue to Hit Black Communities

Virginia Marijuana Arrests Continue to Hit Black Communities

When it comes to marijuana enforcement, it’s no secret that racial disparities persist even though black and white communities use marijuana at similar rates. The most recent reminder of this comes from the Old Dominion State, where Virginia marijuana arrests continue to disproportionately affect black communities.

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.

Activists Arrested at Smoke-In on United States Capitol Grounds

Activists Arrested at Smoke-In on United States Capitol Grounds

Calling upon the federal government to reschedule marijuana, activists with the group DC Marijuana Justice staged a smoke-in on United States Capitol grounds on April 24, 2017, and some were subsequently arrested by United States Capitol Police for possession.

District Attorneys: Federal Enforcement Preempts State-Legal Marijuana

District Attorneys: Federal Enforcement Preempts State-Legal Marijuana

On April 20, 2017, the National District Attorneys Association announced that it had released “Marijuana Policy: The State and Local Prosecutors’ Perspective,” a white paper that argues federal drug policy should be enforced in state-legal marijuana markets in the United States.

US Capitol Police Arrest Eight for Possession of Marijuana

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — At approximately 12:18 p.m. today, United States Capitol Police (USCP) officers began arresting several individuals after witnessing them distributing marijuana in public view to passersby at First and Constitution Avenue, NE.

Poll: US Voters Support Legalization and Oppose Federal Meddling

Poll: US Voters Support Legalization and Oppose Federal Meddling

On April 20, 2017, Quinnipiac University announced the results of its latest national poll and found that 60% of American voters believe marijuana use should be legalized in the United States, the greatest level of federal legalization support ever recorded by Quinnipiac.

Advocates Organize Smoke-In for April 20 on Steps of US Capitol

Advocates Organize Smoke-In for April 20 on Steps of US Capitol

On April 20, 2017, advocates for the legal marijuana industry plan on staging a mass smoke-in on the steps of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Set to coincide with the 4/20 holiday, the smoke-in is a response to the Trump Administration’s pledges of greater federal marijuana enforcement.

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.

U.S. Marijuana Index Trends Down After Attorney General's Memo

US Marijuana Index Trends Down After Attorney General’s Memo

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.

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.

New Jersey Cannabusiness Association NJCBA

Statement Regarding White House Comments Suggesting Crackdown on Cannabis

TRENTON, N.J., Feb. 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ —Yesterday White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the Trump administration would not use federal laws against medical marijuana users, but does see a potential crack down on adult-use of cannabis.

marijuanaIndustryGroup_feature

Marijuana Industry Group Responds to White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer’s Comments on Recreational Marijuana

DENVER, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The following statement by Kristi Kelly, Executive Director, Marijuana Industry Group, is being released in response to a Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, announcement by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer that the Department of Justice was going to target recreational marijuana businesses.

Consumption Ban

MPP Issues Statement Regarding White House Press Secretary’s Comments About Federal Marijuana Enforcement

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Marijuana Policy Project has issued the statement below regarding White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s comments about federal marijuana enforcement. A clip of the comments is available at http://bit.ly/2leuCx9.

National Cannabis Industry Association NCIA and Gillibrand

National Cannabis Industry Association Statement on Press Secretary’s Comments Regarding Trump Administration Marijuana Policy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith issued the following statement in response to Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s comments regarding the Trump Administration’s marijuana policy in the press briefing today:

NORML

NORML Responds: White House Threatens To Crack Down On Legal Marijuana

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested that the Trump administration will step up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana.

OCA

Greenspoon Marder Cannabis Law Practice Monitoring Department of Justice Potential Regarding Recreation Cannabis

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Greenspoon Marder recognizes that there are a number of possible interpretations of this messaging; however, we are hopeful that this does not mean a reassessment of the recreational market.

justice hearing carers act

White House Indicates Potential Crackdown on Recreational Marijuana

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — In a press conference today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer strongly indicated that Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice (DOJ) will crack down on recreational marijuana programs. In response, Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance, released this statement:

Santa Ana Police Department Serves Search Warrants on Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries

During the morning hours of Thursday, January 26, 2017, Police Detectives assigned to the Santa Ana Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Unit served search warrants at Sky High dispensary located at 419 W. Seventeenth Street and the Elevated Dreams dispensary located at 413 W. Seventeenth Street in the City of Santa Ana.

Report: West Virginia Could Generate Millions With Marijuana Legalization

Report: West Virginia Could Generate Millions With Legal Marijuana

On Aug. 18, 2016, the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy announced that it had released a report that examines how marijuana legalization could affect the state’s budget, prison system and chronically ill.

taxes

Legal Pot Industry Could Bring Billions in Annual State and Federal Taxes

A legal marijuana industry could contribute billions of dollars in annual tax revenues to state and federal governments, according to the Tax Foundation. “If all states legalized and taxed marijuana, states could collectively expect to raise between $5 billion and $18 billion per year,” the report said.

Illegal Grow Ops

Illegal Marijuana Cultivation Declines in Washington State

In Washington State, illegal cultivation of marijuana has taken a sharp decline. According to the Yakima Herald, the number of marijuana plants confiscated by the Drug Enforcement Agency has fallen from 321,583 in 2010 to approximately 57,000 in 2014, an 80 percent decrease over four years.

OLCC - higlin

OLCC Announces Public Safety, Education & Enforcement Committee

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 17, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The OLCC is sponsoring a Public Safety, Education & Enforcement Committee, to gather law enforcement professionals from around the state to discuss public safety-related issues and coordination needs in implementing OLCC’s recreational marijuana program.

Forfeiture and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

DOJ Suspends Asset Forfeiture Equitable Sharing

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.

Squaxin

Squaxin Island Tribe Opens First Tribal Marijuana Store in Washington

At 4:20 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2015, the Squaxin Island Tribe opened its retail marijuana store, “Elevation.” The shop is reportedly the first tribal recreational marijuana store to operate under a compact with Washington state.

university

University of Colorado to Remain Open on 4/20

The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder), once known for its communal 4/20 celebration, has since adopted a strict no-smoking policy on campus. For the past three years, CU-Boulder was completely shut down to outside visitors on 4/20 in an attempt to terminate its once-renowned event.

Lender

Growing Marijuana Industry Ripe with Opportunity and Risk for Lenders

A client recently came to Sacramento, California-area lender Tod Chadwick seeking a loan for a three-unit commercial property. A standard request — except the client wanted to use one of the units for a medical marijuana dispensary.

Senate

Will Senate Defund DEA Raids?

In the wee hours of Friday, May 30, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to an appropriations bill that medical marijuana proponents hope will stop the Drug Enforcement Administration raids of businesses operating legally under state medical marijuana laws.


Top