Colorado’s top law enforcement official extended an invitation to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take a tour of the state’s recreational marijuana industry. Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman made the invitation Wednesday morning during a meeting with top Justice Department staff, the Denver Post reported. She told them “it was important to come to […]Read More
By Omar Sacirbey
Medical marijuana companies are finding solace in comments from the White House last week indicating the federal government might crack down on recreational cannabis but leave the $2 billion MMJ industry alone.
“It is good news for medical marijuana,” said Alex Ford of the Grassroots Vermont dispensary.Read More
In his first public remarks about marijuana since being confirmed as U.S. attorney general, Jeff Sessions told reporters on Monday that his Department of Justice will strive to find “responsible policies” regarding the enforcement of federal cannabis laws. According to the Associated Press, Sessions – who was a vocal marijuana critic as a U.S. senator […]Read More
Asked twice by reporters on Thursday about the Trump administration’s approach to the legal marijuana industry, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had the following response. When initially asked about the disconnect between federal law and state medical marijuana laws, Spicer replied: “There’s two distinct issues here: medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. I think, medical […]Read More
By John Schroyer White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday said there will likely be increased federal enforcement on recreational marijuana businesses. “I do believe you will see greater enforcement of it,” Spicer said in response to a question about whether the Department of Justice will enforce federal marijuana laws.Read More
The Congressional Cannabis Caucus officially launched Thursday in Washington DC, with four bipartisan lawmakers asserting that their agenda includes protecting state cannabis laws from federal interference as well as reforming 280E of the tax code and cannabis banking laws. They even hope to remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances. The caucus, announced […]Read More
Americans for Safe Access claimed partial victory over the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration when it announced the federal agency had removed “factually inaccurate information” and “damaging misinformation” regarding cannabis from its website. The DEA removed information from its site that included “claims that cannabis was a gateway drug, caused irreversible cognitive decline in adults, and contributed […]Read More
By John Schroyer
Drug Policy Alliance czar Ethan Nadelmann shocked the cannabis community after announcing in late January that he’s stepping down as head of the influential organization.
Many wondered how the longtime drug policy reform advocate could leave during such a tumultuous period for the industry, but he believes the timing is right for all parties.Read More
The Senate on Wednesday night confirmed President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, outspoken marijuana opponent Jeff Sessions, formerly a U.S. senator from Alabama. Sessions was confirmed in a 52-47 vote, with only one Democrat in the chamber backing the Republican. When Trump named Sessions as his pick for attorney general last November, plenty of cannabis industry […]Read More
By John Schroyer
If anyone has a good handle on how federal narcotics prosecutions work, it’s Jodi Avergun.
She once served as chief of staff for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. And now, among her duties as a partner in a Washington DC law firm, she advises clients on whether to invest in cannabis.Read More
Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of Drug Policy Alliance, said Friday he is vacating his post, though he’ll remain on the job until “late April,” he wrote in a letter posted online. “I’ve decided that the time has come for me to step aside as head of DPA. My extraordinary colleagues are ready to take us […]Read More
By Omar Sacirbey, John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman A prominent marijuana pipe maker sues to defend its trademark, another state seeks Trump’s guidance on MJ banking, and adult-use cannabis sales continue to drop in Oregon. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.Read More
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