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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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.
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.
It seems the advent of the Trump Administration has yet to dissuade banks from serving state-legal marijuana businesses. According to a marijuana banking update issued by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a growing number of financial institutions are banking marijuana money in the United States.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 2, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Last night, the California State Assembly passed legislation that would prohibit state and local agencies from using resources to assist federal law enforcement authorities with marijuana enforcement against people in compliance with California state law.
On May 31, 2017, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced that it had chosen Franwell as the Apparent Successful Vendor to replace BiotrackTHC, the state’s current marijuana traceability contractor. With Franwell scoring the highest out of the seven bids submitted, the state will now proceed by negotiating the contract with the company.
During a press briefing on May 31, 2017, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin fielded a reporter’s question regarding medical marijuana for veterans.
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.
IRVINE, California, May 26, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Cannabis Science, Inc. (OTC PINK: CBIS), a U.S. company specializing in the development of cannabinoid-based medicines, has received U.S. Federal Government clearance to receive U.S. Federal Government contracts.
On May 18, 2017, the Alaska Police Standards Council announced that state and local law enforcement officers are not allowed to participate in the Alaskan marijuana industry, stating that it is “incompatible with the law enforcement profession.”
On May 18, 2017, Colorado Reps. Diana DeGette and Mike Coffman introduced legislation to protect state marijuana laws from federal interference. If passed, the bill, “Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2017,” would amend the Controlled Substances Act so that the federal government could not use the CSA to preempt state marijuana laws.
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Representatives Diana DeGette (CO-01) and Mike Coffman (CO-06) today introduced a bill to ensure that the federal government does not pre-empt state laws on marijuana.
On May 15, 2017, Congressman Tom Garrett, R-Va., announced that he is going to hold a press conference outside of the U.S. Capitol on May 17 to discuss H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today 5th District Congressman Tom Garrett shared a reminder with details for a press conference highlighting H.R. 1227 – the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., will host a series of conversations focused on the need to pass legislation that legalizes marijuana at the federal level. The Marijuana Big Thinker Talks will bring medical experts, analysts, business leaders, professional athletes, and federal, state, and local officials together to highlight the robust cannabis industry.
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.
Rep. Allen Peake, a state congressman in Georgia, has begun distributing medical marijuana oil to qualifying patients within the state. Although Georgia legalized low-THC medical marijuana in 2015, there is no legal method for patients to obtain it, which prompted Peake to take action.
On April 27, 2017, a bipartisan group of congressmen in the United States House of Representatives announced that they would be launching legislation to allow state-legal marijuana businesses access to banking services.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — At approximately 1:30 p.m. today, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) arrested four individuals on the East Front Plaza of the U.S. Capitol for smoking marijuana on Capitol Grounds.
On April 19, 2017, the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions advised judges in California that holding a financial interest in any marijuana-related venture, whether medical or recreational, would violate the California Code of Judicial Ethics.
On April 20, 2017, supporters of legalization took to the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., to advocate for marijuana reform by hosting a congressional joint giveaway, but the demonstration didn’t last long.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OTTAWA, Canada, April 13, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The focus of government legislation and regulation in the area of cannabis must be to protect and enhance safety. While the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is pleased that today’s federal legislation maintains a separate stream for medical cannabis, we are concerned and disappointed that the legislation fails to enhance patient safety by providing appropriate clinical oversight in the management and dispensing of medical cannabis in Canada.
While the Canadian Marijuana Index dipped slightly in March due to federal uncertainties, the Canadian public markets have bounced back today on the news of recreational marijuana legislation being introduced in Canada’s House of Commons this Thursday, April 13, 2017.
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 6, 2017, United States Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., announced the introduction of a bill to reschedule cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III, shifting it from a class of drugs categorized as having no medical benefit to a class of drugs categorized as having known medical benefits paired with low rates of abuse and dependence.
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.
All across the state of California, some cities and municipalities have chosen to ignore federal immigration policy, each declaring themselves a “sanctuary city” of immigrants. Now one state lawmaker wants to make California a sanctuary state for legal marijuana.
OAKLAND, Calif., March 27, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — State Treasurer John Chiang and the Cannabis Banking Working Group will meet Monday in Oakland to discuss solutions that provide greater access to banking to California’s future $7 billion legal cannabis industry.
When the House of Representatives convened for its Morning Hour on March 21, 2017, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, took to the floor to urge House members to support H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.
WASHINGTON, March 21, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Continuing her commitment to common sense criminal justice reform, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) spoke on the House floor today urging Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to federally decriminalize marijuana.
Reason Magazine editor-in-chief Katherine Mangu-Ward talks to Fox News’ Kennedy, on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ stance on marijuana.
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.
The second day at the California Cannabis Business Expo, Monday, March 6, kicked off with a discussion of the “Trump effect,” by Lawrence W. Horwitz, of Horwitz + Armstrong, a law firm and professional corporation headquartered in Lake Forest, California.
In response to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s recent comments on federal marijuana policy, Oregon lawmakers are making moves to protect the the private information of recreational marijuana consumers.
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.
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.
On Feb. 27, 2017, the Utah Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to approve SB211, a bill that would establish regulations for a state-run medical marijuana program.
On Feb. 28, 2017, during the National Association of Attorneys General Winter Meeting, Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed marijuana legalization.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today 5th District Congressman Tom Garrett introduced legislation aimed at federally decriminalizing marijuana.
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.