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…

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…

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…