National Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Trump, Sessions + the future of the cannabis industry: Q&A with Steph Sherer

By John Schroyer

Steph Sherer has a good read on the pulse of cannabis politics, having spent years in Washington DC lobbying on behalf of medical marijuana patients and fighting for national MJ reform as executive director of Americans for Safe Access.

With Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration imminent, she’s not optimistic about the cannabis industry’s near-term future.

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Week in Review: Sessions’ sleight of hand, scofflaws in CA & risky business in NY

By John Schroyer, Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey Attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions plays his cannabis-enforcement views close to the vest, dispensaries sidestep California’s adult-use law, and an L.A. marijuana company attempts a risky rescue in New York. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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AG pick Sessions ‘won’t commit to never enforcing’ US law on MMJ

The murky legal situation between the federal government and states that have approved cannabis in some form was not made any clearer Tuesday when U.S. attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions dodged questions about his planned approach to the issue. During Day One of his confirmation hearing, Sessions – the Alabama senator who has been picked […]

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The marijuana industry under Trump: Q&A with Congressman Ed Perlmutter

By John Schroyer

Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat, has been a strong proponent of the cannabis industry during a Congressional stint that started in 2006.

While witnessing firsthand the growth of Colorado’s marijuana industry, Perlmutter has sponsored several pro-cannabis measures in the House, including legislation to increase banking access for MJ-related companies.

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Key federal marijuana protection extended through April

It looks as though the medical cannabis industry is safe. For now. Over the weekend, the U.S. Senate approved a stopgap federal spending measure to fund the government through April 28, Reuters reported. Included in the bill – a continuing resolution that essentially reapproves last year’s federal spending bill – is an important piece of […]

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Rep. Rohrabacher optimistic on future of cannabis under Trump

California Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is one of the marijuana industry’s staunchest allies in the U.S. House of Representatives, and while many in the cannabis trade may be fretting about the future, Rohrabacher predicted that the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump will leave industry oversight to the states. That extends to Trump’s pick of […]

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Marijuana Business Conference & Expo convenes with election top of mind

By Bart Schaneman November’s landmark election will no doubt be a hot topic on the convention hall floor at this week’s Marijuana Business Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, with recreational and medical markets newly approved in eight states amid huge questions over what a Donald Trump administration will mean for the industry.

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Election Updates: Live coverage of marijuana measures across the country

Marijuana Business Daily provided live updates on cannabis ballot measures and related news on Election Day (all updates in Eastern time). 3:45 a.m. Wednesday (Montana): Montana’s measure to legalize medical marijuana businesses is poised to win comfortably, as the initiative has garnered 56% of the vote with more than 80% of precincts reporting.

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Polls: Marijuana legalization gaining steam nationally and in MA

Two new polls show cannabis gaining major ground with U.S. voters, with one finding that 60% of Americans want marijuana legalized and another discovering 55% support in Massachusetts for a ballot measure that would legalize recreational cannabis. The national poll, by Gallup, represents the broadest support for cannabis legalization in the United States since Gallup began […]

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