National Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Poll: Majority of Americans still favor legalizing marijuana nationally

A solid majority of American adults want cannabis legalized at the federal level, according to a national poll. The CBS News study, conducted April 11-15 with roughly 1,000 people, found that 59% of Americans across the country believe marijuana should be legal. Only 36% said it should remain banned. In addition, 61% of poll respondents […]

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Colorado senator: Trump pledges no DOJ interference in marijuana industry

President Trump has pledged to at least one U.S. senator that the Department of Justice won’t interfere with Colorado’s marijuana laws or businesses, a sign that the administration will take a hands-off approach toward legal MJ companies. According to The Denver Post, Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said Friday that he had received a commitment […]

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US senators urge Justice Department to quit blocking marijuana research

One of the ways U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is standing in the way of cannabis industry progress is by stalling marijuana-related research permits through the Drug Enforcement Administration, and two U.S. senators are tired of it. Republican Orrin Hatch, of Utah, and Democrat Kamala Harris, of California, sent Sessions a letter this week imploring […]

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Marijuana Policy Project launches national search for executive director

A prominent national cannabis reform organization, the Marijuana Policy Project, has begun a search for a new executive director. MPP’s current interim director, Matthew Schweich, will remain on the job “until his successor has been named,” according to a news release. At that point, Schweich will focus all his time on a medical marijuana legalization […]

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Trump signs spending bill that includes medical marijuana protections

It’s official: Medical marijuana companies won’t have to worry about being prosecuted by the federal government for at least another six months. President Donald Trump on Friday signed into law a $1.3 trillion federal spending bill that includes an extension of a statute prohibiting the Department of Justice from interfering in state MMJ programs. However, the […]

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New federal budget bill includes medical marijuana protections

A key federal law that prohibits the Department of Justice from using federal funds to prosecute medical marijuana companies looks likely to remain in place under a new federal budget deal reportedly reached Wednesday among Congressional leaders. Language from the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment is included on page 240 of the 2,243-page budget bill, which was posted […]

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Week in Review: CBD in gas stations, AG Sessions hints status quo for cannabis & Arkansas hits MMJ snag

A cannabis company plans to offer low-dose CBD products at convenience stores, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says federal attorneys have bigger concerns than “routine” marijuana cases, and an Arkansas judge blocks regulators from issuing MMJ business licenses. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Fill […]

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US senator gives ground in fight over Sessions Memo, marijuana policy

Colorado’s junior senator, Republican Cory Gardner, blinked first in a standoff with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

According to the Denver Post, Gardner said he will stop blocking appointees from the Department of Justice in retaliation for Sessions’ revocation last month of several nonbinding cannabis-related policy memos.

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Cannabis legalization plaintiffs make case, await judge’s ruling

After a roughly three-hour-long hearing in New York on Valentine’s Day, the plaintiffs in a lawsuit attempting to legalize marijuana on a national scale in the United States will have to be patient as they wait to hear if their case will move forward. U.S. District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein is expected to decide in […]

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Bipartisan coalition of US senators back medical marijuana protections

A group of 18 U.S. senators – including 15 Democrats and three Republicans – have sent a formal request to the heads of the Senate Appropriations Committee to reiterate their support for states’ rights when it comes to regulating marijuana. The letter, which was announced by Colorado Democrat Michael Bennet’s office, comes in advance of […]

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US attorney general reiterates commitment to federal marijuana ban

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn’t wavering in his opposition to marijuana, even if it’s not a top priority for President Trump and the rest of his administration. Sessions told a meeting of the National Sheriffs’ Association on Monday that it’s “frustrating” that he’s at loggerheads with others in Congress over marijuana policy, Forbes reported. […]

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