National Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

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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Sessions: DOJ will adopt ‘responsible policies’ on marijuana

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 […]

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White House press secretary’s full comments on cannabis

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 […]

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Congressional Cannabis Caucus touches on agenda

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 […]

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MJ advocacy group celebrates win over DEA ‘misinformation’

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 […]

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