In his temporary budget-dealing with Democrats, President Trump has agreed to continue a ban on using federal funds to interfere in states’ legal cannabis practices, but as 2018 nears, a government stance is largely still up in the air.
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On Jan. 20, 2017, attendees of Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., may get free joints, or at least a contact high, at the presidential ceremony.
“Look, I’ve been very clear about my belief that we should try to discourage substance abuse,” Obama said. “And I am not somebody who believes that legalization is a panacea. But I do believe that treating this as a public-health issue, the same way we do with cigarettes or alcohol, is the much smarter way to deal with it.”
Trump has said marijuana policy should be up to the states, but that was on the campaign trail. Will he stay true to his word?
Jubilation over marijuana’s ballot wins was quickly tempered by the uncertain future marijuana faces under a Trump Justice Department.
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, created a stir after making controversial comments about marijuana use at a town hall in Youngstown, Ohio, on Sept. 24, 2016.
On Sept. 15, 2016, a legislator from California revealed that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto brought up California’s recreational legalization measure with a delegation of California Democratic lawmakers who were visiting Mexico to discuss trade and border issues.
Marijuana supporters are crossing their fingers that the Obama administration will act soon to reschedule cannabis because neither candidates for president or vice president are giving them any positive feelings.
The Marijuana Policy Project has endorsed Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson for president. “We don’t take a position—and we therefore don’t take into account a candidate’s position—on other issues, such as abortion, guns, gay rights, Iraq, taxes, or Social Security,” Rob Kampia, Executive Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said.
On May 19, 2016, the United States House of Representatives voted 233-189 to approve the Veterans Equal Access Amendment, which would allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients in states where it is legal.
An unnamed member of the Obama administration is set to meet with members of the marijuana advocacy group DCMJ to discuss marijuana reform.
In 1994, John Ehrlichman, the Watergate co-conspirator, unlocked for me one of the great mysteries of modern American history: How did the United States entangle itself in a policy of drug prohibition that has yielded so much misery and so few good results?
According to Reuters, Sen. Cristina Diaz Salazar believes Mexico’s Congress should approve a medical marijuana bill by May.
In a surprise move, the Colombian government announced on Nov. 12, 2015, that it will legalize marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes.
The first candidate to address the question of legalization was Sen. Rand Paul, who has made a name for himself by championing hands-off governance.
Mainstream media coverage of marijuana continues to enhance the dialogue on marijuana’s legitimacy as medicine. With Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent being one of the most respected celebrity doctors on television, he is well positioned to share serious discussion on medical marijuana with a larger audience.
We have become more sophisticated in the ways that we discuss marijuana legalization since former Texas Rep. Ron Paul last ran for President in 2012.
The recent proposal of the CARERS Act and statements from President Barack Obama have spawned a lot of interest and momentum in cannabis stocks, and it is especially noticeable after such a languid period last year.
The press machine is back in full force today in the cannabis sector. It appears that many companies in the space were preparing their press releases over the long weekend.
The biggest boost to cannabis investor confidence would come in the form of governmental assurance that their investments will not be undone.
On May 6, 2014, President Jose Mujica led Uruguay to become the first country to declare cannabis legal within a framework of regulations that makes policies in Washington and Colorado seem like something dreamed up at pot parties. Every Uruguayan consumer must register to remain within the system, and choose one of three ways to access their cannabis.