On Marijuana Policy, Congress Needs to Pick Up Where It Left Off

the bulk of the action with marijuana legalization has been at the state level, with most members of Congress hesitant to express support

By Rob Kampia  DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Now that Congress has returned from its August recess, it’s time for members to debate and vote on the annual budget that will fund the federal government from October of this year through September of next year. And various marijuana amendments will be a part of these discussions. Much has Read the full article…

DEA Chief Dials Back Drug War Bluster After Talk With Holder

Advocates hope that outgoing chief Michele Leonhart will be replaced by someone who is more open to legalizing marijuana.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart and her boss, Attorney General Eric Holder, appear locked in a bureaucratic staring match over the Obama administration’s attempt to reform the way the federal government approaches criminal justice and punishment. For Holder and for President Barack Obama, sentencing reform has become a critical, second-term legacy item, as they aim Read the full article…

Advocates On Each Side Of Pot Debate Pressure Obama To Take Stand

California lawmakers have reached a historic compromise on regulating the world’s largest medical pot economy.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: With more than half of all federal prisoners serving time on drug charges, the Obama administration says it’s time to free more low-level drug offenders. “This is where you can help,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the New York State Bar Association last week, urging lawyers to assist prisoners in creating “well-prepared Read the full article…

Advocates On Each Side Of Pot Debate Pressure Obama To Take Stand

Pima County Superior Court judge has ruled that Arizona medical marijuana law is so vague, patients can sell to other patients.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: With more than half of all federal prisoners serving time on drug charges, the Obama administration says it’s time to free more low-level drug offenders. “This is where you can help,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the New York State Bar Association last week, urging lawyers to assist prisoners in creating “well-prepared Read the full article…

Nullification Everywhere

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco reported Sunday that exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke produced similar to results found with secondhand tobacco smoke.

WASHINGTON: Washington and Colorado are getting lots of love on the left for legalizing recreational marijuana use. The states are especially looking like winners now that the Obama administration has announced that as long as they set up a “tightly regulated market” for pot sales, it won’t send DEA agents and prosecutors after the newly emboldened Read the full article…

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.

Marijuana Ruling Could Signal End of Prohibition on Pot

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson discusses Thursdays announcement.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: It’s legal to light up in Colorado and Washington, and soon smoking pot could be legalized across the country following a decision Thursday by the federal government.

Marijuana Advocates Cheer Obama Administration Stand

State officials plan to hold three town hall meetings across the state providing answers for potential medical marijuana patients, growers and retailers about the application process, which starts next month.

CALIFORNIA: Marijuana advocates in California and elsewhere cheered the Obama administration’s announcement Thursday that it would not interfere with new laws in Colorado and Washington state permitting recreational use of cannabis.

Marijuana Advocates Cheer Obama Administration Stand

Saying the will turn their focus on trafficking instead, the Department of Justice says they won't seek to change state marijuana laws, like the one on the books in Colorado.

CALIFORNIA: Marijuana advocates in California and elsewhere cheered the Obama administration’s announcement Thursday that it would not interfere with new laws in Colorado and Washington state permitting recreational use of cannabis.

Coloradans React to Justice Dept. OK'ing State-Legalized Marijuana

The U.S. Attorney General’s Office announced in a memo Thursday it would allow states to legalize medical and recreational marijuana without interference.

COLORADO: With the Justice Department announcing it will step aside, the future of retail marijuana in Colorado rests on how well it’s regulated.