Advocates Press For Marijuana Legalization Measure On D.C. Ballot

Adam Eidinger, a leading activist for the marijuana legalization initiative, spoke before the D.C. Board of Elections, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The District should set aside the warnings of its attorney general and let voters decide whether they want to legalize marijuana possession in the nation’s capital, advocates for the measure argued Tuesday before the D.C. Board of Elections. The band of marijuana advocates is seeking to make the District one of the Read the full article…

Colorado’s Experience With Legal Pot Has Governors Curious

John Hickenlooper answers questions about pot from the nation's leading governors.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper has a firm answer to other U.S. governors asking him about marijuana as source of revenue: Just say no. Hickenlooper said this weekend that about a half-dozen called or asked him at this weekend’s National Governors Association meeting in Washington about his state’s experience legalizing recreational pot. They Read the full article…

Banks Balk On Marijuana Money Despite U.S. Guidelines

The biggest obstacle to bringing marijuana out of the shadows is the industry’s inability to obtain basic banking services.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The Obama administration has sent a message to the nation’s bankers: Even though the sale of marijuana is a federal crime, they can provide service to this new industry without fear of prosecution, but only if the bankers follow a detailed list of guidelines. Many praised the move as giving financial institutions Read the full article…

D.C. Attorney General Says Marijuana Legalization Referendum Would Violate Federal Law

The bill now goes to Mayor Vincent Gray, a Democrat, who supports eliminating criminal penalties and has said he will sign it, and the U.S. Congress, which can reject it.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  A proposed initiative to legalize possession of marijuana in the District should not be allowed on the November ballot because it violates federal law, the city’s attorney general wrote in an opinion issued to the Board of Elections. The opinion comes ahead of a scheduled Tuesday hearing during which the elections board will decide whether Read the full article…

The Feds’ Scary Reassurances To Banks That Deal With State-Licensed Marijuana Businesses

This Las Vegas bank is eager to do business with MMJ dispensary

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  On Friday the Treasury Department and the Justice Department issued guidelines for banks that do business with state-licensed marijuana suppliers. According to Attorney General Eric Holder, the aim of the memos is to reassure financial institutions that are leery of accepting cannabusinesses as customers because they worry it will attract unwanted attention from federal regulators and prosecutors. Read the full article…