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AG Sessions confirms status quo on cannabis policy

Despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decidedly anti-marijuana statements since he took over the U.S. Department of Justice, it appears cannabis businesses are safe from his agency for the time being. According to The Cannabist, when asked Tuesday during a congressional committee hearing regarding the DOJ’s policy on the marijuana industry, Sessions replied: “Our policy is […]

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White House rejects medical marijuana as opioid alternative

In a move that brought scathing condemnation from a Florida Republican congressman, the White House’s commission on the opioid epidemic has rejected calls to support medical marijuana as an alternative for pain patients. The commission “specifically declined to endorse the use of marijuana for pain,” The Washington Post reported. In addition, the commission’s chair, New […]

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Public banks offer hope for marijuana businesses, but will they arrive in time?

By Omar Sacirbey With most private institutions and credit unions still avoiding the legal cannabis industry, many marijuana businesses remain without bank accounts. But one idea is gaining acceptance among MJ entrepreneurs and a growing number of cities and states: the formation of public banks to serve the cannabis industry.

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AG Jeff Sessions demurs on federal marijuana crackdown

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday declined to say whether the Department of Justice is planning any sort of cannabis crackdown or prosecution of state-licensed marijuana businesses and instead left open the door for future federal law enforcement actions against the MJ industry. “I can’t comment on the existence of an investigation at this […]

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Sessions backs marijuana research, but balks at expanding it

During testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he supports “more competition” in cannabis research but that he isn’t inclined to grant permits to everyone who applied for permission to study the plant. According to The Cannabist, Sessions said in a response to Sen. Orrin Hatch – a Utah […]

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Obama-era attorney general blasts Jeff Sessions over cannabis views

A U.S. attorney general under President Barack Obama laid into the nation’s current top law enforcement official and said that current AG Jeff Sessions has an “almost obsession with marijuana.” Eric Holder – who served as U.S. attorney general from 2009 to 2015 – said during a speech at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice […]

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Possible repeal of 280E for marijuana businesses: Q&A with Rep. Carlos Curbelo

By John Schroyer

The 280E section of the federal tax code has been the bane of law-abiding cannabis businesses for years because it typically results in plant-touching companies paying enormous tax bills to the IRS.

But that could change, perhaps even this year, if Congress were to pass the Small Business Tax Equity Act.

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New acting Drug Enforcement Administration chief appointed

The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced that the new acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration will be Robert W. Patterson, a career DEA official who started with the agency in 1988. Patterson – the principal deputy administrator of the DEA since November 2016 – replaces outgoing DEA head Chuck Rosenberg, who tendered […]

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Week in Review: CBD trademark suit, Vermont’s fifth MMJ licensee & DEA chief quitting

By Kristen Nichols, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer  Actress Jessica Alba files a trademark infringement lawsuit against a CBD supplements company, Vermont awards its fifth medical marijuana business license, and DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg is leaving his post. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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Acting DEA chief Rosenberg is stepping down

Chuck Rosenberg, who has been the acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration since 2015, said Tuesday he’ll be leaving the job. That means President Donald Trump will get to appoint a successor. It also means the DEA could reverse course on a cannabis-related policy announced in August 2016 to grant more research permits to […]

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California congressman calls for action from cannabis industry

Freshman Congressman Lou Correa, a Democrat from Southern California, had a simple message for those in the marijuana industry Friday. “Right now is the time to get involved … Don’t let this golden opportunity pass,” Correa told hundreds of marijuana entrepreneurs at the California Cannabis Business Conference in Anaheim. “This is when all of you have to […]

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Study: Doctors-in-training not prepared to recommend MMJ

The vast majority of medical students aren’t learning about the medicinal applications of marijuana, according to a new study. Without doctors who are properly educated on how to recommend medical cannabis, business owners in states with MMJ programs could face bottlenecks in getting product to customers. Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis surveyed […]

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