National Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

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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Federal medical cannabis protection extended again

The only federal law formally preventing the U.S. Department of Justice from prosecuting medical marijuana businesses has once more been given a new lease on life. This time, the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment – formerly known as Rohrabacher-Farr – has been extended until March 23 under the budget deal passed by Congress and signed Friday morning by […]

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Medical marijuana protections extended again as part of budget deal

Yet again, those in the medical cannabis industry can heave a sigh of relief. For now. Under the terms of a new federal budget deal approved Monday by Congress, the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment will be extended at least once more, until Feb. 8, when the agreement expires. The extension was confirmed by Michael Correia, director of […]

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Fate of marijuana business protection uncertain as government shutdown looms

The only current federal law protecting medical marijuana businesses from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions could expire Friday might if Congress doesn’t reach an agreement on the national budget, which is set to expire at midnight ET. The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, which prohibits the Department of Justice from using federal funds to interfere with state MMJ […]

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Shake-up at National Cannabis Industry Association

A longtime board member has resigned and a newly hired chief of staff has been let go. That’s all happened in the past week at the Denver-based National Cannabis Industry Association. Kayvan Khalatbari, a co-founder of Denver Relief Consulting, told Marijuana Business Daily that he submitted his resignation as an NCIA board member Monday. Genifer […]

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