What Would “Greater Enforcement” Mean for Washington’s Cannabis Businesses?

Justice Department has options to crack down, but may galvanize the push for even wider legalization

Justice Department has options to crack down, but may galvanize the push for even wider legalization By Andy Aley WASHINGTON: In statements that were perhaps inevitable but nonetheless surprising to the cannabis industry, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on February 23, 2017, provided the first official comments on how the Trump administration may address Read the full article…

Federal Marijuana Protections Extended Through April

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Members of Congress have re-authorized a federal provision prohibiting the Justice Department from interfering in state-authorized medical cannabis programs. The provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, was included in short-term spending legislation, House Resolution 2028, and will expire on April 28, 2017. Initially enacted by Congress in 2014, the amendment maintains that federal funds Read the full article…

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…

How the Justice Department Seems To Have Misled Congress On Medical Marijuana

In the memo, written by the chief of the Department's appellate section and dated Feb. 27 of this year, the Justice Department says the provision does not place "any limitations on our ability to investigate and prosecute crimes involving recreational marijuana."

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Last year, the Justice Department warned Congress that a medical marijuana provision in an appropriations bill could  “limit or possibly eliminate the Department’s ability to enforce federal law in recreational marijuana cases as well.” The “informal talking points,” according to a Justice Department memoobtained by Tom Angell, a legalization advocate and writer for marijuana.com, were “intended to discourage passage” of Read the full article…

State Department Official Calls For ‘Flexibility’ On Drug Control Treaties

"To now have the United States government emerging as a defender and even champion of flexibility in interpreting the conventions, that represents a major step forward," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  A high-ranking State Department official called for “flexible” interpretations of international drug control treaties at the United Nations in New York City last week, citing marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington. Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield’s Oct. 9 remarks were the third time this year he has made such a call. And the Read the full article…

Eric Holder Would Be ‘Glad To Work With Congress’ To Reschedule Marijuana

Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, the attorney general has the authority to "remove any drug or other substance from the schedules if he finds that the drug or other substance does not meet the requirements for inclusion in any schedule." Holder didn't indicate Friday that he would be willing to do that unilaterally.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The Obama administration would be willing to work with Congress if lawmakers want to take marijuana off the list of what the federal government considers the most dangerous drugs, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday. “We’d be more than glad to work with Congress if there is a desire to look at Read the full article…

Eric Holder ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Marijuana Legalization In Washington And Colorado

"I think there might have been a burst of feeling that what happened in Washington and Colorado was going to be soon replicated across the country. I'm not sure that is necessarily the case. I think a lot of states are going to be looking to see what happens in Washington, what happens in Colorado before those decisions are made in substantial parts of the country."

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Attorney General Eric Holder is “cautiously optimistic” about how things are going in Washington state and Colorado following the legalization and state regulation of marijuana. But the nation’s top law enforcement official, who spoke to The Huffington Post in an interview on Friday, also said it was tough to predict where marijuana Read the full article…

Justice Department Giving Washington State Access To FBI Database

While cannabis smoke has been implicated in respiratory dysfunction, including the conversion of respiratory cells to what appears to be a pre-cancerous state [5], it has not been causally linked with tobacco related cancers [6] such as lung, colon or rectal cancers.

WASHINGTON: After a year of requests, the U.S. Justice Department says it is giving Washington state access to an FBI database so it can conduct nationwide background checks on people who apply to run legal marijuana businesses. In a statement provided to The Associated Press, the department said Thursday that allowing the checks is consistent Read the full article…

Banking Marijuana Requires “Act Of Congress”

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Despite bankers’ varied attitudes about legalizing marijuana, now that it is legal in Colorado, banks are supportive of government efforts to permit financial services for marijuana businesses. However, numerous obstacles prevent banks from serving marijuana businesses and their customers as they conduct legal activities. Colorado can’t regulate or tax an industry for Read the full article…

Banking Marijuana Requires “Act Of Congress”

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Despite bankers’ varied attitudes about legalizing marijuana, now that it is legal in Colorado, banks are supportive of government efforts to permit financial services for marijuana businesses. However, numerous obstacles prevent banks from serving marijuana businesses and their customers as they conduct legal activities. Colorado can’t regulate or tax an industry for Read the full article…