The Last Drug Czar?

after a tenure that proved to be relatively conventional, Kerlikowske has been tapped to head Customs and Border Protection, and is expected to be replaced by someone who could represent a sea change in federal drug policy.

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…

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…

D.C. Elections Board Allows Marijuana Legalization Effort To Move Forward

f the signatures are collected and the ballot measure passed, it could allow people 21 or older to have as much as two ounces of marijuana for personal use and to grow up to three marijuana plants at home. The vote could also thrust the issue onto Congress, which has veto power over all new city laws, but only organized to stop three in 35 years.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Voters in the nation’s capital could decide if they want to follow Colorado and Washington state in legalizing marijuana under a measure cleared by the D.C. Board of Elections on Tuesday. The decision sets aside warnings by the city’s attorney general, who said that if the proposal passed, it would put D.C. law at Read the full article…

D.C. Council Votes To Decriminalize Some Marijuana Use

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:  The Washington, D.C., city council voted to decriminalize marijuana consumption in private homes, adding the nation’s capital to a growing list of states that have loosened sanctions for using the drug. The council approved lowering the punishment for possession of as much as an ounce of marijuana to a fine, instead of Read the full article…

D.C. Council Member Wants Marijuana Testing Banned From The Hiring Process

Mayoral candidate and Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large).

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Mayoral candidate and Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large) wants to amend a measure currently under consideration by the D.C. Council to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana to prohibit testing for marijuana by potential employers. Orange has proposed an amendment to the “Simple Possession of Small Quantities Of Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment Read the full article…

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…