National Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

New cannabis advocacy group aims to sway federal government

John Schroyer  | March 21, 2017

A group of cannabis companies has banded together to form a nonprofit political advocacy group designed to protect the legal marijuana trade – and it includes the unit of a major mainstream company that is a relative newcomer to the MJ industry.

The organization, called the New Federalism Fund (NFF), is made up …

Marijuana’s taxing situation: Q&A with political activist Grover Norquist

John Schroyer  | March 14, 2017

By John Schroyer

Grover Norquist, the clean-cut, conservative keeper of the anti-tax pledge signed by nearly half the sitting members of Congress, defies pretty much every stereotype of marijuana supporter there is.

But he has been a vocal ally of the cannabis industry for more than a decade.

State treasurers ask Trump for legal clarification on cannabis

John Schroyer  | March 8, 2017

The state treasurers of both Illinois and Massachusetts this week asked the Trump administration for legal clarity on where the new president stands on marijuana.

On Tuesday, Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking for specifics on how the Department of Justice plans on enforcing federal cannabis …

Week in Review: Canada’s tainted MMJ, tribal grow operation & DOJ policies

Bart Schaneman  | March 3, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

The fallout continues over pesticide-contaminated medical marijuana in Canada, a giant MJ greenhouse is planned for tribal land, and Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department will enact “reasonable policies” on cannabis.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Medical marijuana businesses see silver lining in White House comments on cannabis

Omar Sacirbey  | February 28, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Medical marijuana companies are finding solace in comments from the White House last week indicating the federal government might crack down on recreational cannabis but leave the $2 billion MMJ industry alone.

“It is good news for medical marijuana,” said Alex Ford of the Grassroots Vermont dispensary.

Sessions: DOJ will adopt ‘responsible policies’ on marijuana

John Schroyer  | February 27, 2017

In his first public remarks about marijuana since being confirmed as U.S. attorney general, Jeff Sessions told reporters on Monday that his Department of Justice will strive to find “responsible policies” regarding the enforcement of federal cannabis laws.

According to the Associated Press, Sessions – who was a vocal marijuana critic as a …

White House press secretary’s full comments on cannabis

John Schroyer  | February 23, 2017

Asked twice by reporters on Thursday about the Trump administration’s approach to the legal marijuana industry, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had the following response.

When initially asked about the disconnect between federal law and state medical marijuana laws, Spicer replied:

“There’s two distinct issues here: medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. I …

White House press secretary predicts ‘greater enforcement’ on recreational marijuana

John Schroyer  | February 23, 2017

By John Schroyer

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday said there will likely be increased federal enforcement on recreational marijuana businesses.

“I do believe you will see greater enforcement of it,” Spicer said in response to a question about whether the Department of Justice will enforce federal marijuana laws.

Congressional Cannabis Caucus touches on agenda

John Schroyer  | February 16, 2017

The first Congressional Cannabis Caucus officially launched Thursday in Washington DC, with four bipartisan lawmakers asserting that their agenda includes protecting state cannabis laws from federal interference as well as reforming 280E of the tax code and cannabis banking laws.

They even hope to remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances.

The caucus, …

MJ advocacy group celebrates win over DEA ‘misinformation’

John Schroyer  | February 15, 2017

Americans for Safe Access claimed partial victory over the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration when it announced the federal agency had removed “factually inaccurate information” and “damaging misinformation” regarding cannabis from its website.

The DEA removed information from its site that included “claims that cannabis was a gateway drug, caused irreversible cognitive decline in adults, …