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Pressure builds for Trump to maintain marijuana status quo

John Schroyer  | April 4, 2017

President Donald Trump is getting increasing pressure – from his circle of advisers and beyond – to maintain the current status quo when it comes to the cannabis industry.

The governors of the first four states to legalize recreational cannabis on Monday sent Trump a letter urging him to confer with them before announcing any …

Marijuana on the Hill: Bills introduced in Congress in 2017

John Schroyer  | April 4, 2017

By John Schroyer

Less than three months into the new Congressional session, 13 bills have been introduced - including eight last Thursday - that would change the federal government's approach to cannabis.

Here is a look at the various proposals and their potential impact.

Chart: More medical cannabis patients and fewer caregivers in Hawaii

Eli McVey  | April 3, 2017

By Eli McVey

Hawaii’s medical marijuana businesses have good reason to be bullish with the approaching launch of the state’s MMJ industry: Patient counts are rising, while the number of registered caregivers growing medical cannabis for people is dwindling.

Report: DOJ gathering intel on state marijuana cases

John Schroyer  | March 31, 2017

The Department of Justice is apparently gathering information from at least the Colorado attorney general's office regarding criminal marijuana investigations.

A records request filed with the DOJ by the International Business Times yielded an email from a Drug Enforcement Administration official to Michael Melito, a lawyer with the Colorado attorney general's office, in which the DEA …

Week in Review: Pro-cannabis bills in Congress, Canada rec legalization & Ohio’s testing plans

Bart Schaneman  | March 31, 2017

By John Schroyer, Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Federal lawmakers introduce a slew of pro-marijuana bills, Canada eyes legalizing adult-use cannabis by July 2018, and concerns crop up over a little-known provision in Ohio’s MMJ law.

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

Seven pro-marijuana bills introduced Thursday in Congress

John Schroyer  | March 30, 2017

Seven pro-marijuana industry bills were announced Thursday morning by a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers in the House and Senate, suggesting that 2017 may be the year real reform gets through the Capitol.

The sponsors range from longtime marijuana industry allies such as Oregon Democrat U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer to newcomers to the cause such …

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.