Medical Marijuana Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Medical marijuana supporters flocked to Capitol Hill on Monday to push for legislation that would prohibit the federal government from restricting state medical-marijuana laws. “We’re doing this work,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access, a pro-medical-pot group that brought 152 people to Washington to lobby 300 members of Congress. “It’s Read the full article…

DEA Chief: Marijuana Legalization Just ‘Makes Us Fight Harder’

Leonhart, who reportedly criticized President Barack Obama for comparing marijuana to alcohol during a closed-door meeting with a law enforcement organization, suggested during testimony Wednesday before a House Appropriations subcommittee that voters in Washington state and Colorado were duped into legalizing marijuana.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Far from being discouraged by the shifts in public opinion, state laws and even within the Obama administration on the legalization of marijuana, federal drug agents are now driven to “fight harder,” Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart said Wednesday. Leonhart, who reportedly criticized President Barack Obama for comparing marijuana to alcohol during a Read the full article…

Eric Holder Would Be ‘Glad To Work With Congress’ To Reschedule Marijuana

"It is something that ultimately Congress would have to change, and I think that our administration would be glad to work with Congress if such a proposal were made."

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Obama administration would be willing to work with Congress if lawmakers want to take marijuana off the list of what the federal government considers the most dangerous drugs, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday. “We’d be more than glad to work with Congress if there is a desire to look at Read the full article…

SCOTUS Rules Police Have To Return Drugs Taken From Medicinal Marijuana Patients

Without comment the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to disturb state court rulings that said medical marijuana patients whose drugs are taken by police are entitled to get them back.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Cops take your pot? They’ve got to give it back if you’ve got a medical marijuana card – even one from another state. Without comment the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to disturb state court rulings that said medical marijuana patients whose drugs are taken by police are entitled to get them Read the full article…

D.C. Mayor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Some Marijuana Use

The move amounted to a setback for advocates of full marijuana legalization and underscored the halting way the District may be forced to implement Initiative 71, the ballot measure approved overwhelmingly in November by District voters.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Mayor Vince Gray signed a bill, today, that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana. As we reported, the D.C. city council voted to join 16 other states in decriminalizing some use last month. What makes D.C. interesting is that any laws passed by the local government must be reviewed by Congress and Read the full article…

Big Pot Rising: The Marijuana Industry’s First Full-Time Lobbyist Makes Rounds on Capitol Hill

“I just got a job lobbying for a small-business trade association that focuses on taxes and banking issues,”

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: It took Michael Correia more than a week after getting his new job to tell his parents he was a marijuana lobbyist. “I just got a job lobbying for a small-business trade association that focuses on taxes and banking issues,” he told them four months ago after being hired by the National Cannabis Industry Read the full article…

Make GOP End The Drug War

If Republicans want to pretend they're for less government, let's force them to get serious about it

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Let’s assume that the New York Times was right this week when it asserted that in 2013, “the only issue that truly unites Republicans is a commitment to shrinking the federal government.” Even though there’s ample evidence that the GOP doesn’t actually want to shrink the government, let’s nonetheless assume that Republicans are trying to rhetorically brand Read the full article…

Congress Yawns At Colorado Delegation’s Marijuana Banking Bill

Most Colorado members are in favor of the bill, but the delegation is mixed.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: As cannabis workers carry cash by the briefcase throughout Colorado, the lack of interest in Washington suggests that a bill to green-light banking practices for the marijuana industry is headed nowhere fast. Federal legislation that could end cash-only practices in the marijuana industry will likely remain stuck in committee this year, with near Read the full article…

Marijuana Industry Delegation’s Pitch On Legalized Pot: It’s Just Good Business

They met with staff members to ask for changes to the tax code, which prohibits the businesses from taking standard deductions for expenses. And they huddled in congressional offices to make the case for other changes that would encourage banks to work with legal cannabis businesses.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The delegation from the National Cannabis Industry Association made a point of dressing well for its day on Capitol Hill, sporting mostly dark suits, lots of ties and plenty of the group’s signature lapel pins, which feature a sun rising over vibrant fields of marijuana. Marijuana advocates have come to lobby Washington Read the full article…

The Last Drug Czar?

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  It might as well have been a lifetime ago when Gil Kerlikowske began his job as the nation’s top drug official back in 2009. When President Obama appointed him to be director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy—a position known as the “drug czar”—only a dozen-plus states had legalized medical Read the full article…