National Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

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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Tax court ruling on 280E case could come this month

A ruling from the U.S. Tax Court on whether the 280E provision should not apply to state-licensed marijuana businesses could come before the end of the year. The case – which was tried in mid-2016 by San Francisco attorney Henry Wykowski – has the potential to reshape the U.S. cannabis industry by making law-abiding MJ companies […]

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Key federal medical cannabis protection gets stay of execution – again

The only current federal statute protecting medical marijuana businesses from U.S. law enforcement agencies has been extended again, this time until Dec. 22. The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment – previously known as Rohrabacher-Farr – will remain in federal law for at least another two weeks under a budget deal passed by Congress Thursday afternoon. The budget bill, […]

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280E fix in Congress still possible with tax bill, senator says

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner tried but ultimately failed a week ago in his bid to include an exemption from 280E for state-compliant marijuana businesses in the landmark tax reform package passed by the Senate. But the Republican from Colorado told Marijuana Business Daily on Thursday he’s still hopeful his amendment can make it into the final […]

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Will federal marijuana safeguard be extended again?

With the current federal budget set to expire Friday, speculation has swirled in Washington DC over whether Congress will once again reach a deal to keep the old budget in place temporarily and prevent the U.S. government from shutting down. Medical marijuana businesses have good reason to pay attention: If the previous budget is not extended – […]

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Surgeon general: Cannabis deserves further medical research

The marijuana industry – at least the medical sector – apparently has another ally within the Trump administration: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams. During a speech to the National Black Caucus of State Legislators’ annual conference in Indianapolis, Adams voiced clear support for further research into the medical benefits of cannabis, according to the CHNI […]

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Cannabis industry tax fix not included in final Senate reform bill

A repeal of the 280E section of the federal tax code for law-abiding marijuana companies was not included in the final version of the landmark tax bill that the U.S. Senate passed early Saturday, despite a last-minute amendment attempt by Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner. An amendment that would have exempted state-compliant marijuana companies from 280E […]

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