How New Blood In Washington, DC Could Impact The Marijuana Industry

Comings and goings by two top federal officials this week could have big repercussions for the burgeoning marijuana industry.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Comings and goings by two top federal officials this week could have big repercussions for the burgeoning marijuana industry. On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General, five months after her nomination by President Barack Obama. Meanwhile, the Justice Department said Tuesday that Michele Leonhart will step down from her role as head 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…

Holder’s Spokane Visit Doesn’t Dim Prosecutors’ Zeal In Pot Case

Judge denies dismissal of marijuana case against ‘Kettle Falls Five’

WASHINGTON:  Attorney General Eric Holder swooped into Spokane, Washington, without public notice Friday to visit with federal prosecutors, but his trip didn’t immediately benefit a group of indicted medical marijuana patients nicknamed the Kettle Falls Five. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington, based in Spokane, is not backing down in its Read the full article…

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

"It is something that ultimately Congress would have to change, and I think that our administration would be glad to work with Congress if such a proposal were made."

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…

Debate: Is The Legalization Of Marijuana Inevitable?

As states loosen marijuana laws, the consequences for noncitizens remain as strict as ever.

First, 20 states and the District of Columbia passed laws legalizing marijuana for medical use. Then in 2012, voters in Washington state and Colorado approved measures legalizing the sale and possession of marijuana for non-medical use, with state oversight. Now at least a half-dozen states from Alaska to Maine are considering following suit. Marijuana still Read the full article…

New Pot Banking Guidelines Moot In California?

“The MMRSA (Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act) makes clear that local public entities retain their current right to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation sites, and related medical marijuana activities within their respective jurisdictions,”

CALIFORNIA: Thanks to some recent direction from the Obama administration, banks are now allowed to do business with folks who make their living in the legal marijuana trade. But, maybe not in California. In response to a growing uneasiness with the cannabis cash conundrum, spurred at least in part by the introduction of legal recreational marijuana Read the full article…

Don't Blame Eric Holder For Confusing Pot Policies

Colorado backs away from pot clubs

By Mark Kleiman WASHINGTON:  Federal law makes it a crime to grow, sell or possess cannabis. New state laws in Colorado and Washington state permit those activities, and officials there are issuing licenses to local companies to commit what remain federal felonies. The U.S. Department of Justice announced in August that it would give a Read the full article…

Don't Blame Eric Holder For Confusing Pot Policies

aine became the eighth state to eliminate criminal penalties specific to the adult possession and personal use of cannabis.

Language in Question 1: The Marijuana Legalization Act, specific to the private possession and cultivation of marijuana by adults, took effect on Monday. Maine voters narrowly passed Question 1 on Election Day.

The new law permits adults who are not participating in the state's existing medical cannabis program to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and/or the harvest from up to six mature plants.

Public use of marijuana is a civil infraction punishable by a $100 fine.

By Mark Kleiman WASHINGTON:  Federal law makes it a crime to grow, sell or possess cannabis. New state laws in Colorado and Washington state permit those activities, and officials there are issuing licenses to local companies to commit what remain federal felonies. The U.S. Department of Justice announced in August that it would give a Read the full article…

Legal Marijuana Businesses Should Have Access to Banks, Holder Says

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., in Charlottesville, Va., pledged new banking guidelines for marijuana businesses.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Thursday that lawful marijuana businesses should have access to the American banking system and that the government would soon offer rules to help them gain it. The rules are not expected to give banks a green light to accept deposits and provide other services, but would tell Read the full article…

Legal Marijuana Businesses Should Have Access to Banks, Holder Says

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:  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Thursday that lawful marijuana businesses should have access to the American banking system and that the government would soon offer rules to help them gain it. The rules are not expected to give banks a green light to accept deposits and provide other services, but would tell Read the full article…