Lawmakers Demand The VA Study Medical Marijuana

Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz, along with nine other Democrat members of the Committee, authored an October 26, 2017 letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Members of the US House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs are demanding that the Department of Veterans Affairs facilitate protocols to assess the efficacy of medical cannabis in veterans suffering from chronic pain conditions and post-traumatic stress. Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz, along with nine other Democrat members of the Committee, authored an October 26, 2017 letter to VA Secretary Read the full article…

Will DC Be Next with Recreational Dispensaries?

When our nation’s capital legalizes recreational marijuana dispensaries, it will inevitably help shape the debate in Congress over marijuana policy.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Our nation’s capital may well be the next jurisdiction to legalize recreational marijuana dispensaries. And if that occurs, it will inevitably help shape the debate in Congress over marijuana policy. That is, of course, important for the 658,893 people who live in the District, and the 6,033,737 people who live in the Read the full article…

Senate Bill Would Give Military Vets Access To Medical Marijuana

Military veterans would no longer be denied access to medical marijuana under sweeping new legislation before the Senate.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Military veterans would no longer be denied access to medical marijuana under sweeping new legislation before the Senate. The medical marijuana legislation introduced Tuesday would lift the threat of federal prosecution from people who use it in states where it has been legalized. The bipartisan Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act is Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Bill In Congress: How Senate Legislation Would Change US Pot Laws

A bill will be introduced into Congress Tuesday that would legalize medical marijuana nationwide.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Three U.S. senators are expected to introduce a bill into Congress Tuesday that would legalize medical marijuana nationwide, a move advocates of marijuana legalization are applauding as an historic step toward ending the federal prohibition on a product whose medicinal applications are many. Experts described it as the most far-reaching medical marijuana bill ever Read the full article…

Marijuana News: Pot Law About To Take Effect In Washington, D.C.

Residents and visitors to Washington, D.C., will soon be able to possess, share and grow marijuana under a new law.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Residents and visitors to Washington, D.C., will soon be able to possess, share and grow marijuana under a new law. But that law doesn’t allow for the creation of a regulated marijuana industry, raising a key question: How will people obtain the drug? In December, after voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to legalize Read the full article…

Fight Over Marijuana More Risky In States Than DC

Congress has less leverage with the states, and thwarting efforts supported by a plurality of voters back home could prove politically risky at election time.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  It’s easy for Congress to meddle with the District of Columbia’s decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on the states is a different matter. A massive, catch-all spending bill Congress passed last week contains a provision preventing the District from using federal money to implement any law or regulation Read the full article…

Congressional CBD-Only Bill Raises Both Hope And Significant Concerns

he greatest potential that HR 5226 holds is the prospect of getting a hearing in a US House Committee.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Yesterday, Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) introduced a bill in Congress that would create an exemption to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for cannabis plants and derivatives with an extremely low THC content. Representative Perry has a checkered record on medical cannabis in his first term as a member of Congress, having voted for Read the full article…

Marijuana’s Latest Battleground Is Between District Of Columbia And Congress

PA releases medical marijuana regulations

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  In the on-going battle between Congress and the District of Columbia over who runs the federal district, two fights over marijuana use have opened up some old constitutional wounds. The District of Columbia was created by the Founding Fathers from land owned by the states of Maryland and Virginia, with the intention Read the full article…

Senate Takes Bipartisan Shot At Drug Enforcement Administration

Fort Lupton's PureVision Technology wants to process hemp stalks for consumer-product manufacturing and plans large-scale biorefinery in Oregon.

WASHINGTON – The Senate Appropriations Committee voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to block efforts by the Drug Enforcement Administration to crack down on hemp, following the DEA’s recent action against the state of Kentucky. An amendment co-sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who both represent states with farmers interested Read the full article…

Obama Says Easing Marijuana Restrictions A Job For Congress

“I stand by my belief, based, I think, on the scientific evidence, that marijuana, for casual users, individual users, is subject to abuse, just like alcohol is and should be treated as a public health problem and challenge,” Obama added. “But as I said in the interview, my concern is when you end up having very heavy criminal penalties for individual users that have been applied unevenly, and in some cases, with a racial disparity.”

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  President Barack Obama says in a new interview that that it’s up to Congress to remove marijuana from the federal government’s list of the most serious narcotics, implying but not explicitly saying that he might support such a move. In an interview with CNN that aired Friday, Obama was pressed on recent remarks he made Read the full article…