Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN 9th District) questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions on America’s marijuana laws and Session’s infamous quote “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
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Congresswoman Dina Titus voted for the marijuana legalization measure on Nevada’s ballot a year ago. Since then, she has been fighting on Capitol Hill to get the federal government to respect the decision she and a majority of her constituents made to end prohibition.
For decades, the federal government has imposed strict regulations and sanctions on the use of marijuana. It is curious that a plurality of state governments and voters have created policies with disregard for federal policy.
Enforcing Canada’s new legal weed comes with a high price tag. The federal government will spend C$546 million ($426 million) over the next five years to implement its new cannabis laws, according to the latest budget forecast.
Even though the federal government banned cannabis later, individual states began restricting the sale, consumption, and cultivation of cannabis as early as 1911 by introducing some of the first marijuana laws on the books.
Arkansas has certainly been focusing on victimless marijuana offenses since it first banned the drug in 1923, though the state has allowed medical marijuana since 2016. Voters approved the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, which allows ill patients to use and safely obtain medical marijuana in Arkansas with a doctor’s approval. Now, the state legislature is implementing changes to the medical marijuana laws to improve the program.
Medical marijuana legalization has a huge effect on the pharmaceutical industry, “Big Pharma”, because marijuana can and has replaced a number of pharmaceutical drugs.
Legal pot sales rose a stunning 34% in 2016 to $6.7 billion across North America, according to Arcview Market Research. But with growth this rapid, there’s bound to be more than a few marijuana stock investments that will be left behind.
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.
Minnesota is the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, so it isn’t particularly known for its marijuana, but the plant has a history with the state dating back when hemp production was common. Hemp became a cash crop in the state but by 1957, the federal government banned hemp production completely. Many marijuana supporters are fighting to make the law more inclusive and hopefully, to legalize recreational marijuana in Minnesota.
Marijuana has thousands of years of history all across the world and in the United States. In the United States, marijuana has a history of prohibition and legalization both at the state and federal levels. Many southern states are actually taking action to join the fight for legalization. North Carolina is among one of these southern states that is moving forward with marijuana legalization.
A number of Philadelphia-area law firms are setting up practices to serve the cannabis industry despite concerns of an uncertain future.
The legal sale of marijuana in Uruguayan pharmacies is facing challenges as banks refuse to deal with companies linked to the drug in order to follow international financial laws.
New Nevada marijuana laws will likely turn the state known for the partying in Las Vegas, into a cannabis destination, as well.
Israel’s cannabis decriminalization policy, approved by the government in March, officially came into effect Sunday, commencing a new legal approach towards the recreational use of marijuana in the country.
The questions surrounding marijuana legalization have pushed many to wonder about the possibility of a marijuana stock bubble. And for good reason.
With multiple companies showing returns of more than 100%, you have what has turned into one of the more attractive sectors for investors in 2017. But is this the right move? Are marijuana stocks worth it? Most importantly, is now the time to invest in marijuana stocks?
The first U.S. drive-through marijuana dispensary, The Tumbleweed Express Drive-Thru, is set to open on Thursday in a small town in Colorado.
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.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Earlier today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters that “I think medical marijuana has been hyped, maybe too much.”
Peru is a conservative nation with strict drug laws and a politically right-leaning Congress, but when police raided a lab in which mothers made medical marijuana for their sick children, attitudes began to change, according to a March 2, 2017, article by Reuters.
An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana’s potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9. 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) has issued the statement below regarding the Senate’s confirmation of Jeff Sessions as attorney general on Wednesday evening.
A legislative committee on Tuesday voted to make changes to Wyoming’s marijuana laws, but didn’t go so far as to decriminalize possession of small amounts of the drug.
Florida is undeniably behind the curve when it comes to passing pro-pot legislation, but the Sunshine State did make up some ground in November, when voters legalized medical marijuana in the state. How big could the medical marijuana market be in Florida for marijuana stocks?
A new study from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health found that states that pass medical marijuana laws see an average 11 percent decrease in traffic fatalities.
MP Bill Blair says until legalization legislation is in place marijuana requires strict regulation and that current laws should be obeyed.
Law enforcement officers in New Hampshire are worried about the impact of legalized marijuana in neighboring Massachusetts and Maine. “Regardless of what the existing laws are in the state of Maine or the state of Massachusetts, marijuana possession is illegal in New Hampshire,” State Police Lt. Chris Vetter said.
Phil Jackson, president of the New York Knicks, talked about marijuana use and the NBA during a visit to the CBS Sports Network program “We Need to Talk.” Jackson started by talking about his own marijuana use following the back surgery that kept him out of the 1969-1970 season when he was on the New York Knicks team.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Marijuana Policy Project released the following statement Friday in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement that he plans to nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as attorney general.
Researchers at John Hopkins University and Temple University have discovered a correlation between older Americans’ workforce participation and states that have passed medical marijuana laws. Older Americans also show better overall health in those states, according to an Oct. 4, 2016, post on The Washington Post’s Wonkblog.
A new study from GreenWave Advisors reveals a drop in medical-marijuana applications in states where marijuana has been legalized or soon could be, according to Forbes.com. In three states where recreational marijuana has been legalized—Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, D.C.—the number of patients seeking official medical marijuana certification has dropped.
Marijuana confiscations by Idaho State Police have increased 1,000 percent during the past four years, thanks in part to legalization in neighboring Washington State, according to a report by KTVB.com. “We see it all the time and there’s no question that we are having to change the way that we train, the way that we do our job,” Capt. Bill Gardiner said.
WASHINGTON, July 28, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, the Drug Policy Alliance released Marijuana Facts, intended for non-expert audiences seeking answers to some of the most common questions asked about marijuana use, its effects, and the rapidly-shifting legal landscape.
AAA’s safety foundation released a study that revealed the THC level in a driver’s blood is not an adequate measure of driving while impaired, the Associated Press reported on May 10, 2016. The study showed a driver’s impairment cannot be judged by a standardized level of THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana.
Cannabis business owners must quickly become accustomed to living in a world where nearly every aspect of their operation is meticulously regulated.
TALENT, Ore. — Starting March 1st, several new laws will begin to be implimented that affect medical marijuana patients, growers, and dispensaries.
In Oregon, a Court of Appeals recently ruled that marijuana smoke is not physically offensive. The case stemmed from a 2012 incident where a Philomath man, Jared William Lang, was visited by local police. One of Lang’s neighbors had called the police because he could smell marijuana coming from Lang’s apartment.
Depending upon where one lives in the state of Michigan, access to medicinal marijuana is either as easy as walking down the street and having your pick of the litter, or as difficult as having to drive either into the next township or even two counties away.
“Ban the Box” or Fair Chance to Work laws are state statutes that limit an employer’s ability to ask an interviewee about arrests and convictions. Most job seekers assume that checking the box banishes an application to oblivion.
For the residents of Alaska, marijuana prohibition has finally ended. On Tuesday, February 25, 2015, the state’s new laws regarding recreational marijuana officially went into effect.
Still only a few days into the new legislative session, a staggering 13 marijuana regulation bills have been introduced to the Oregon state legislature.
On Monday, December 15, 2014, Rep. Joe Moody introduced a bill in the Texas State legislature that would decriminalize personal possession of small amounts marijuana.
Cannabis and alcohol are often compared to one another. Why is that? Well, from a political and cultural lens, it seems fairly obvious. Both are mind-altering substances which have gained acceptance by the majority of Americans.
On September 16, 2014, the Colorado Board of Health heard arguments and subsequently voted 6-1 against a proposal to change Colorado’s medical marijuana caregiver laws. For those of you that don’t know what a caregiver is, in Colorado, medical marijuana patients can designate an individual to grow and provide medical marijuana for them; those people are known are caregivers.