National Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: Vermont’s MMJ expansion, cannabis standards & Sessions’ warning

By John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman Vermont adds dispensaries and qualifying conditions to its medical marijuana program, two standards organizations begin work on the cannabis sector, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions tries to strip MMJ protections. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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Cannabis attorney expects court decision on 280E by ‘end of year’

A potentially game-changing decision by the U.S. Tax Court on the applicability of 280E to the cannabis industry has been delayed, but the attorney who tried the case expects a decision before 2018. Attorney Henry Wykowski argued roughly a year ago before the court that section 280E of the tax code wasn’t intended to apply to […]

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Ex-Mexico president calls for NAFTA-like international MJ trade

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox called for cannabis to be included in international deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Speaking to reporters Tuesday before delivering a keynote address at the National Cannabis Industry Association conference in Oakland, California, Fox predicted the rise of a legal Mexican marijuana market that will lead […]

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AG Sessions to Congress: Kill medical marijuana protections

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked four congressional leaders at the beginning of May to omit key medical marijuana industry protections from a new federal spending bill. Although the attempt was unsuccessful, the letter – first reported by cannabis-focused social media platform MassRoots – underscores that marijuana businesses are not yet totally safe from possible federal […]

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Federal medical cannabis protections extended another week

Congress approved a short-term spending bill Friday that will also extend the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment through at least May 5 – meaning state medical marijuana laws and businesses will remain protected from any crackdown by the Department of Justice for at least another week. The bill, HJ Res. 99, essentially keeps the previous year’s U.S. budget in place […]

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AG Sessions indicates to Colorado gov no rec marijuana crackdown

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper emerged from a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions confident the recreational marijuana industry won’t face a widespread crackdown in the near future. “He certainly was very direct and clearly said they’ve got a lot of priorities. And, at one point, he said, ‘Well you haven’t seen us cracking down, […]

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Polls: Americans back federal cannabis legalization, states’ rights

Two polls released on – of all dates – “4/20” show that the American public solidly supports national legalization of marijuana as well as states’ rights to legalize and regulate cannabis as they see fit. A CBS News poll and a study by Quinnipiac University both found that over 60% of U.S. voters support federal […]

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US Rep Polis predicts medical cannabis safeguard will get OK

Colorado Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, one of the four founding members of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, said during a panel discussion Tuesday in Denver he believes the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment – which protects medical marijuana businesses from the Department of Justice – will be renewed and remain in federal law. Polis was one of 44 representatives […]

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Sessions: DOJ task force will analyze marijuana enforcement

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the formation of a new task force subcommittee that will focus, at least in part, on marijuana enforcement policies. The subcommittee – part of the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety – will tackle “a review of existing policies in the areas of charging, sentencing, and marijuana […]

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