National Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Conservative US senator introduces pro-medical marijuana research bill

Medical cannabis just found an unlikely ally in Utah Republican Orrin Hatch. Hatch, who has served in the U.S. Senate since 1977, has introduced the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017 (MEDS Act), according to Fortune. If approved by Congress, the bipartisan measure would ease barriers to research into the potential medical benefits of cannabis. […]

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Adult marijuana use increasing in US, two studies show

Some fundamentally good news for the American cannabis industry: Adult marijuana use is steadily increasing. That’s according to findings from two different studies – the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and a report from the Public Health Institute. The National Survey found that, in 2016: Nearly 21% of U.S. residents between the ages […]

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US Senate committee calls for national marijuana testing program

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee wants to establish national marijuana testing protocols, according to a new report. However, it’s not exactly a pro-cannabis industry move. The committee members are interested in data on cannabis to help inform “substance abuse prevention efforts, public health policy and law enforcement tactics across the federal government,” according to the […]

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House committee blocks votes on medical marijuana protections

The House of Representatives’ Rules Committee has blocked floor votes on several key amendments that protect medical marijuana from federal interference. The late Wednesday night maneuver doesn’t kill the protections, but it does show that marijuana opponents have not given up efforts to reverse legalization and kill the industry, The Cannabist reported. The amendments – […]

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Oregon governor latest to push back against AG Sessions

Oregon’s governor and the head of the state police defended the state’s legal marijuana industry in letters to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been hinting at a crackdown on states such as Oregon that have legalized cannabis. Gov. Kate Brown noted in her letter that Sessions’ earlier communication to her referenced a draft report from Oregon State Police that […]

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What happened to Women Grow? Rapid growth, strategic changes contributed to contraction

By John Schroyer

In February 2016, Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge delivered a keynote to 1,200 attendees of a leadership summit hosted by Women Grow. The buzz and excitement underscored the organization’s speedy rise to prominence in the marijuana industry, and the future seemed bright.

But less than a year after the summit, Women Grow started to stumble.

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Task force tells AG Sessions to keep status quo for legal cannabis

A task force assembled by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is giving him no ammunition to go after the legal marijuana industry, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety has offered no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general’s aggressively anti-marijuana views. The group’s report largely […]

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DOJ mum on status of marijuana-protecting Cole Memo

Sometimes no news can be good news. And so far, there’s no news from the U.S. Department of Justice on potential policy changes with regard to state marijuana programs, even though July 27 was the deadline for a DOJ task force to submit recommendations on marijuana. National cannabis advocates have been worried that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions […]

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Marijuana companies could soon face major upheaval at federal level

By John Schroyer Life could get a lot harder for the marijuana industry in the next two months, with advocates warning that a pair of cannabis business-protecting federal policies could be in serious jeopardy. At issue is what action the federal government may take involving the precarious 2013 Cole Memo and expiring Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment.

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Coalition sues US government with aim of legalizing cannabis

A group of five diverse plaintiffs have filed suit against the federal government and two Trump administration officials, claiming that marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 narcotic is unconstitutional and should be changed. The 89-page lawsuit, filed in New York District Court, asks that the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 be declared unconstitutional and that the […]

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DEA slow to move on marijuana research applications

Almost a year after the Drug Enforcement Administration pledged to grant more licenses to grow marijuana for research purposes, the agency has yet to authorize any such applications. The DEA has received at least 25 applications from those interested in growing cannabis for medical research, but none have been approved or rejected, leading some to question […]

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