Former Deputy Attorney General James Cole Reflects Back On The Cole Memos

James Cole looks back on the "Cole Memo"

NEW YORK: Pot podcaster Cannabis Economy has released an in-depth interview with Former US Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole whose three memos reset Justice Department guidance regarding federal oversight of legal cannabis.  The conversation is Episode 140 on the Cannabis Economy podcast app on iTunes, Google Play or found through the iTunes Podcast App. “You can’t prosecute every case involving Read the full article…

Feds Seek To Corral Medical Marijuana 'Wild West'

Starting Thursday possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in D.C. will only get a $25 ticket, not jail time.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: When the Obama administration recently announced it wouldn’t challenge the decision by Colorado and Washington voters to fully legalize marijuana, criticism rained down.

Feds Have No Viable Legal Challenge To Marijuana Legalization, Deputy A.G. Concedes

“As long as they are not violating any of the eight federal priorities,” Cole replied, “the federal government is not going to prosecute them.”

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Testifying today at the first congressional hearing on marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington, Deputy Attorney General James Cole conceded that the Justice Department does not have a solid legal basis on which to challenge those states’ new laws.

Senators Examine Federal Marijuana Laws As States' Rules Evolve

John Urquhart, sheriff of King County, Wash., testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on federal marijuana policy.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: In the first congressional hearing on marijuana laws since voters in Colorado and Washington state legalized pot for recreational use in November, Sen.Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) called for a “smarter approach” to marijuana policy and addressed federal laws that he said impeded effective regulation of the drug in states where it was legal.

Fans Of Legal Marijuana Cheer But Opponents Speak Out Before Historic Senate Hearing On Pot

In the dash to acquire licenses and keep them in what will surely be a heavily guarded and regulated market, several pot stock companies stand to benefit.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The pros and cons of marijuna will take center stage Tuesday in Washington, D.C., when the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a landmark hearing on legalization.

Medical Marijuana Patients Need Protection NOT Policy Rhetoric. Will Congress Step Up?

If the second Cole Memo is truly aimed at helping patients, Congress must step in and grant states time to bring themselves into compliance without threats and intimidation by rogue U.S. Attorneys.

CALIFORNIA: Last Thursday, Deputy Attorney General James Cole issued a long-awaited memo laying out the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) policy on state marijuana laws. At my office at Americans for Safe Access, we were all experiencing a kind of déjà-vu as the emails started flooding in. However, our excitement began to diminish as we read through the details.

Eric Holder Says DOJ Will Let Washington, Colorado Marijuana Laws Go Into Effect

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will not block Washington and Colorado Marijuana legalization.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The United States government took an historic step back from its long-running drug war on Thursday, when Attorney General Eric Holder informed the governors of Washington and Colorado that the Department of Justice would allow the states to create a regime that would regulate and implement the ballot initiatives that legalized the use Read the full article…