National Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Pressure builds for feds to maintain marijuana status quo

President Donald Trump’s administration is getting increasing pressure – from his circle of advisers and beyond – to maintain the current status quo when it comes to the cannabis industry. The governors of the first four states to legalize recreational cannabis on Monday sent Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin a letter urging the […]

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Marijuana on the Hill: Bills introduced in Congress in 2017

By John Schroyer

Less than three months into the new Congressional session, 13 bills have been introduced – including eight last Thursday – that would change the federal government’s approach to cannabis.

Here is a look at the various proposals and their potential impact.

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Report: DOJ gathering intel on state marijuana cases

The Department of Justice is apparently gathering information from at least the Colorado attorney general’s office regarding criminal marijuana investigations.

A records request filed with the DOJ by the International Business Times yielded an email from a Drug Enforcement Administration official to Michael Melito, a lawyer with the Colorado attorney general’s office, in which the DEA agent requested information about specific Colorado cannabis cases.

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Seven pro-marijuana bills introduced Thursday in Congress

Seven pro-marijuana industry bills were announced Thursday morning by a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers in the House and Senate, suggesting that 2017 may be the year real reform gets through the Capitol. The sponsors range from longtime marijuana industry allies such as Oregon Democrat U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer to newcomers to the cause such […]

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New cannabis advocacy group aims to sway federal government

A group of cannabis companies has banded together to form a nonprofit political advocacy group designed to protect the legal marijuana trade – and it includes the unit of a major mainstream company that is a relative newcomer to the MJ industry. The organization, called the New Federalism Fund (NFF), is made up of industry […]

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AG Sessions signals no major federal marijuana crackdown

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday again criticized marijuana while also signaling that the Department of Justice under his leadership won’t launch a wide-ranging crackdown on cannabis businesses. Speaking with reporters after a speech in Virginia, Sessions said “much of” the 2013 Cole Memo – which laid the groundwork for the adult-use marijuana industry as it […]

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State treasurers ask Trump for legal clarification on cannabis

The state treasurers of both Illinois and Massachusetts this week asked the Trump administration for legal clarity on where the new president stands on marijuana. On Tuesday, Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking for specifics on how the Department of Justice plans on enforcing federal cannabis laws, the […]

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Week in Review: Canada’s tainted MMJ, tribal grow operation & DOJ policies

By Omar Sacirbey, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer The fallout continues over pesticide-contaminated medical marijuana in Canada, a giant MJ greenhouse is planned for tribal land, and Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department will enact “reasonable policies” on cannabis. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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Colorado AG invites Sessions to check out rec MJ industry

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 […]

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