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Finance Ministers Revise Canadian Cannabis Tax Plan

Finance Ministers Revise Canadian Cannabis Tax Plan

Finance Ministers Revise Canadian Cannabis Tax Plan

While the initial Canadian cannabis tax framework was revealed on Nov. 10, 2017, provincial leaders and industry stakeholders renounced the proposed 50-50 split of cannabis taxes and so federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers went back to the drawing board, announcing the revised Canadian cannabis tax plan on Dec. 11.

Department of Justice Intern Questions US Attorney General's Stance on Marijuana

Department of Justice Intern Questions US Attorney General’s Stance on Marijuana

According to an internal video obtained by ABC News, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions took part in a heated exchange with Department of Justice interns this summer over policing, gun control and marijuana policy.

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.

Northwest Territories

The Government of the Northwest Territories Proposes a Way Forward for the Legalisation of Cannabis in the NWT

YELLOWKNIFE, NWT, Nov. 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Minister of Justice Louis Sebert released the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) proposed plan for legalizing cannabis in the NWT today. This is an important step in designing a system that will provide controlled access to a safe supply of recreational cannabis for NWT residents in order to maintain the health and safety of residents and communities across the North.

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Health Canada Launches Public Consultation on Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis

OTTAWA, Ont., Nov. 21, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The current approach to cannabis does not work. Earlier this year, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-45, the proposed Cannabis Act, to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis. Bill C-45 aims to keep cannabis out of the hands of Canadian youth and the profits away from criminals and organized crime.

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Government of Canada Announces Consultation on Proposed Excise Duty Framework for Cannabis Products

OTTAWA, Ont., Nov. 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The current approach to cannabis is not working, and the Government of Canada is committed to legalizing, regulating and restricting access to cannabis to keep it out of the hands of kids, and profits out of the hands of criminals.

Maine Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Recreational Marijuana

Maine Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Recreational Marijuana

On Nov. 3, 2017, Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed LD 1650, a bill that would regulate recreational marijuana in the state. In his veto letter, LePage outlined three key concerns and urged legislators to come together and rework the bill.

Organization in Ohio Is the New Holder of a DEA Marijuana Research License

Organization in Ohio Is the New Holder of a DEA Marijuana Research License

While the United States Drug Enforcement Agency’s marijuana research license isn’t awarded lightly, an Ohio-based organization was recently awarded a Schedule I Researcher license by the DEA to study the effects of marijuana.

Charges Against the Kettle Falls Five May Soon Be Dropped

Charges Against the Kettle Falls Five May Soon Be Dropped

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.

Canadian Securities Administrators

Canadian Securities Regulators Outline Disclosure Expectations and Certain Risks for Issuers with US Marijuana-Related Activities

TORONTO, Ontario, Oct. 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published CSA Staff Notice 51-352 Issuers with U.S. Marijuana-Related Activities, which among other things, outlines CSA staff’s specific disclosure expectations for issuers that have, or are in the process of developing, marijuana-related activities in the U.S.

DEA Report: 71% of Cannabis Plants Seized in 2016 Came from California

DEA Report: 71% of Cannabis Plants Seized in 2016 Came from California

While California may grow eight times the amount of cannabis state residents can consume, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration is dimming the brilliance of the Golden State’s illegal cannabis plants.

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.

Fearful of Losing Grant Money, Albuquerque Denies Medical Marijuana Bus Ads

Fearful of Losing Funding, Albuquerque Denies Medical Marijuana Bus Ads

The city of Albuquerque has denied a New Mexico medical marijuana provider the chance to advertise their business on city buses. Citing federal funding concerns, Ultra Health, the state’s top medical marijuana company, will have to forego plans to promote its business via the ABQ Ride Buses.

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American Pain Society Supports Passage of Marijuana Effective Studies Act

CHICAGO, Sept.18, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – A bipartisan group of senators led by Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) has reintroduced the Marijuana Effective Studies Act of 2016 (MEDS Act), which will remove excessive regulatory barriers inhibiting researchers from obtaining marijuana plants to conduct studies assessing the drug’s medical effectiveness and safety.

Gardner Backs Effort to Advance Medical Marijuana Research

Gardner Backs Effort to Advance Medical Marijuana Research

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Marijuana Effective Drug Study (MEDS) Act of 2017 to improve the process for conducting scientific research on marijuana as a safe and effective medical treatment. The legislation’s lead sponsor was Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

This Is What Orrin Hatch Told the Senate About Medical Cannabis Research

This Is What Orrin Hatch Told the Senate About Medical Cannabis Research

On Sept. 13, 2017, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced legislation to cut the bureaucratic red tape thwarting medical cannabis research so health care professionals can harness the medicinal properties of the plant to reduce the suffering of patients in need.

Ontario Releases Safe and Sensible Framework To Manage Federal Legalization of Cannabis

Ontario Releases Safe and Sensible Framework To Manage Federal Legalization of Cannabis

TORONTO, Ont., Sept. 8, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — In response to the federal government’s plan to legalize cannabis by July 2018, Ontario is committing to a safe and sensible framework to govern the lawful use and retail of recreational cannabis as a carefully controlled substance within the province.

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.

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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Governor Wolf Urges Congress to Prohibit Department of Justice from Disrupting Medical Marijuana Programs

HARRISBURG, Penn., Sept. 6, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — In a letter to Congress, Governor Tom Wolf today again expressed his concern over any interference by the federal government in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program implementation.

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Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association Brings IRS Revenue Agent with Specialty in Cannabis Taxation to Little Rock Today

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Sept. 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association is pleased to announce their Tuesday, September 5th Medical Cannabis Federal Taxation Seminar at the Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential from 6-7pm.

This Is Why PTSD Cannabis Research Needs the VA Secretary's Help Right Now

This Is Why PTSD Cannabis Research Needs the VA Secretary’s Help Right Now

On Aug. 6, 2017, Sue Sisley, M.D., sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin to request that he stop a Phoenix hospital’s obstruction of the first clinical trial to study the effects of medical cannabis in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans.

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.

Federal Marijuana Impairment Report Finds DUI Tests Ineffective for THC

Federal Marijuana Impairment Report Finds DUI Tests Ineffective for THC

A federal marijuana impairment report has cast a shadow of doubt over the THC testing methods and regulations used by law enforcement officers in America, citing the inability to detect THC impairment from biological test samples and the worthlessness of establishing a “per se” limit to designate THC impairment.

Hispanic Legislators Want the Trump Administration to Federally Decriminalize Cannabis

Hispanic Legislators Want Trump Administration to Federally Decriminalize Cannabis

On Aug. 9, 2017, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators announced that it had adopted a resolution that advises the Trump Administration to federally decriminalize cannabis.

Latino Legislators Call for Decriminalizing Cannabis

Latino Legislators Call for Decriminalizing Cannabis, LGBTQ Rights in Historic Resolutions

BOSTON, Aug. 9, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – For the first time in its history, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) has taken a bold stance on two issues directly related to correcting chronic injustices committed against Latinos and many other Americans.

This Is Why State Legislators Are Urging the Feds to Deschedule Cannabis

This Is Why State Legislators Are Urging the Feds to Deschedule Cannabis

On the heels of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, introducing legislation to Congress to deschedule cannabis, the National Conference of State Legislatures adopted a resolution at its summit in Boston on Aug. 7, 2017, urging the federal government to deschedule cannabis by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act.

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.

CSE Cannabis Listings

CSE Confirms Position on US Cannabis Listings

TORONTO, Aug. 4, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — CNSX Markets Inc. (“Canadian Securities Exchange”, “CSE” or the “Exchange”) has today released guidance pertaining to listings of cannabis companies with assets or operations in the United States. There is significant uncertainty in Canada surrounding these listings, and the CSE wishes to confirm its position.

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.

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Senator Cory Booker Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill, Focused on Racial Justice

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced legislation that ends federal marijuana prohibition and centers communities most devastated by the war on drugs.

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.

Gallup Poll: 45 Percent of Americans Have Tried Marijuana

Gallup Poll: 45 Percent of Americans Have Tried Marijuana

The number of Americans that have tried marijuana has hit an all time high. According to a recent Gallup poll, approximately 45% of Americans have tried marijuana, marking a record high since the polling organization began asking the question in 1969.

The Truth About the Federal Marijuana Meeting With Officials in Colorado

The Truth About the Federal Marijuana Meeting With Officials in Colorado

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.

This Is Why a Court Ruled in Favor of a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Patient

This Is Why a Court Ruled in Favor of a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Patient

On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a Massachusetts medical marijuana patient could sue her employer for handicap discrimination after she was fired for being a registered medical marijuana patient.

Lawmakers Reintroduce Bipartisan Medical Cannabis Bill

Federal Lawmakers Reintroduce Bipartisan Medical Cannabis Bill

A group of lawmakers reintroduced a bipartisan medical cannabis bill just days after a letter surfaced from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that asked Congress to let him prosecute medical cannabis users.


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