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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 …

Breaking: 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, …

Cannabis reform’s future + a farewell: Q&A with outgoing DPA chief Ethan Nadelmann

John Schroyer  | February 14, 2017

By John Schroyer

Drug Policy Alliance czar Ethan Nadelmann shocked the cannabis community after announcing in late January that he's stepping down as head of the influential organization.

Many wondered how the longtime drug policy reform advocate could leave during such a tumultuous period for the industry, but he believes the timing is right for all parties.

Future of MJ + cannabis investing under Trump: Q&A with former DEA official Jodi Avergun

John Schroyer  | February 7, 2017

By John Schroyer

If anyone has a good handle on how federal narcotics prosecutions work, it's Jodi Avergun.

She once served as chief of staff for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. And now, among her duties as a partner in a Washington DC law firm, she advises clients on whether to invest in cannabis.

Drug Policy Alliance executive director Nadelmann stepping down

John Schroyer  | January 27, 2017

Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of Drug Policy Alliance, said Friday he is vacating his post, though he’ll remain on the job until “late April,” he wrote in a letter posted online.

“I’ve decided that the time has come for me to step aside as head of DPA. My extraordinary colleagues are ready to …

Week in Review: Marijuana industry trademarks, cannabis banking & Oregon rec sales

John Schroyer  | January 27, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman 

A prominent marijuana pipe maker sues to defend its trademark, another state seeks Trump’s guidance on MJ banking, and adult-use cannabis sales continue to drop in Oregon.

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

Trump, Sessions + the future of the cannabis industry: Q&A with Steph Sherer

John Schroyer  | January 19, 2017

By John Schroyer

Steph Sherer has a good read on the pulse of cannabis politics, having spent years in Washington DC lobbying on behalf of medical marijuana patients and fighting for national MJ reform as executive director of Americans for Safe Access.

With Donald Trump's presidential inauguration imminent, she's not optimistic about the cannabis industry's near-term future.

Week in Review: Sessions’ sleight of hand, scofflaws in CA & risky business in NY

John Schroyer  | January 13, 2017

By John Schroyer, Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey

Attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions plays his cannabis-enforcement views close to the vest, dispensaries sidestep California’s adult-use law, and an L.A. marijuana company attempts a risky rescue in New York.

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