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 […]Read More
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.Read More
By Eli McVey Hawaii’s medical marijuana businesses have good reason to be bullish with the approaching launch of the state’s MMJ industry: Patient counts are rising, while the number of registered caregivers growing medical cannabis for people is dwindling.Read More
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.Read More
By John Schroyer, Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman Federal lawmakers introduce a slew of pro-marijuana bills, Canada eyes legalizing adult-use cannabis by July 2018, and concerns crop up over a little-known provision in Ohio’s MMJ law. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
By John Schroyer
Grover Norquist, the clean-cut, conservative keeper of the anti-tax pledge signed by nearly half the sitting members of Congress, defies pretty much every stereotype of marijuana supporter there is.
But he has been a vocal ally of the cannabis industry for more than a decade.Read More
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 […]Read More
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.Read More
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
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