NORML Responds: White House Threatens To Crack Down On Legal Marijuana

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested that the Trump administration will step up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana. “I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement,” Spicer said, and added that the exact policy is “a question for the Department of Justice.” The Department of Justice is lead by Jeff Sessions, a renowned ardent Read the full article…

Bridging The Gap Between Dispensaries And Banks

Because marijuana is illegal federally, most banks won't take the money.

OREGON: In the first week of recreational pot sales, Oregon dispensaries raked in $11 million. But the multi-million dollar question remains: Where should people in the industry be putting their money? Because marijuana is illegal federally, most banks won’t take the money. “We’ve been repeatedly turned down because our company is cannabis based,” said Dan of. Last year the Read the full article…

DelBene Introduces Bill to Protect State Enforcement of Marijuana Laws

“My bill will fix the conflict between state and federal law by giving the U.S. Attorney General authority to waive the Controlled Substances Act for states that are effectively regulating marijuana themselves, such as Washington,” DelBene said

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) this week introduced the State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act to protect medical patients, recreational users and businesses in states that have legalized marijuana from being prosecuted now or retroactively in the future. “My bill will fix the conflict between state and federal law by giving the Read the full article…

Raid On Tribal Marijuana Farms Underscores Uncertainty Over Pot Laws

Mendocino County sheriff's deputies raid the Pinoleville tribe's marijuana-growing operation near Ukiah on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.

CALIFORNIA: Native American tribes’ efforts to cash in on California’s “green rush” by launching large-scale marijuana growing operations appear to have been premature and ill-advised if recent law enforcement raids on tribal lands are any indication. Pot raids conducted on the Pinoleville Pomo Nation’s Rancheria north of Ukiah this week and on the Pit River and Read the full article…

Ohio Says Not So Fast On Marijuana Reform Vote

OHIO: Parts of the so-called “Sensible Marihuana Ordinance” conflict with state law and may not be enforceable.

OHIO: Local advocates for marijuana liberalization were celebrating Wednesday, the day after their campaign to pass a local ordinance received the endorsement of the Toledo voting public. But their euphoria is tempered by realization that parts of the so-called “Sensible Marihuana Ordinance” conflict with state law and may not be enforceable. “I’m on cloud nine,” said Read the full article…

Did This Federal Study Just Imply That Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol?

These modifications will streamline the research process regarding CBD’s possible medicinal value and help foster ongoing scientific studies.

Not many issues can fully harness the attention of the American public at the moment, but marijuana might just be one of them. In just two decades the United States has gone from having zero states in which marijuana was legal for medical purposes and recreational use, to 23 states (as well as Washington, D.C.) passing Read the full article…

The New Clash Over Cannabis

“It’s gone from a slow burn to a hot, cauldron bubble,” Douglas Berman, a law professor at Ohio State University, said of tensions over cannabis policy.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Obama administration and many congressional Republicans have been loath to go anywhere near the experiment with marijuana legalization in Colorado and other states. But pressure is mounting on Washington to take a stand on pot, and perhaps soon. In a lawsuit filed last month with the U.S. Supreme Court, attorneys general of Read the full article…

Bid To Expand Medical Marijuana Business Faces Federal Hurdles

If the Stanleys ship their oil, industry watchers say, it will be the first time in decades anyone has tried to sell domestic hemp nationwide.

COLORADO:  Behind a tall curtain of corn that hides their real cash crop from prying eyes, the Stanley family is undertaking an audacious effort to expand their medical marijuana business to a national market. For years, the five Stanley brothers, who sell a nonintoxicating strain of cannabis that has gained national attention as a treatment Read the full article…

Rand Paul Proposes Measure To Shield State Medical Marijuana Laws From Feds

A- Pot Politician

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday filed an amendment in the Senate that would protect states that implement medical marijuana laws, as well as patients and physicians in those states, from federal prosecution. Paul’s Amendment 3630, filed Thursday morning to Sen. John Walsh’s (D-Mont.) jobs bill being heard on the Senate floor, allows states to 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…