PA Auditor General Recommends Regulating, Taxing Marijuana

Result would bring in revenue, create jobs, reduce corrections costs

PENNSYLVANIA: Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today Pennsylvania should strongly consider regulating and taxing marijuana to benefit from a booming industry expected to be worth $20 billion and employ more than 280,000 in the next decade. “The regulation and taxation of the marijuana train has rumbled out of the station, and it is time to Read the full article…

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…

Statement On The Formation Of The Cannabis Caucus

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The nation’s leading cannabis and drug policy reform organizations commended Congressional members Thursday on the formation of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Don Young (R-AK) formed the Congressional Cannabis Caucus to develop and promote sensible cannabis policy reform and work to ease the Read the full article…

NORML Responds To Jeff Sessions Being Confirmed As Attorney General

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Despite historic opposition to a nominee for Attorney General, today Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (R-AL) has been confirmed to assume the role of our nation’s top law enforcement official. “Jeff Sessions’ views are out of step with mainstream America and they are in conflict with the laws regarding marijuana in over half of Read the full article…

WA NORML Pac Lobbyist: Growing Opportunities For Cannabis Consumers

Bailey Hirschburg Lobbyist

By M. Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: It’s difficult asking people to get excited about lobbyists. Who can blame them? There are enough examples of lobbyists putting personal gain and access to power ahead of public good, or striking deals on issues they barely care about just to cash a paycheck. Still, I’m excited to be a Read the full article…

MPP Issues Statement Regarding Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions

Sen. Jeff Sessions testifies

Sessions did NOT commit to vigorously enforcing federal prohibition laws in states that have adopted conflicting laws Earlier in the day, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer signaled that Sessions would follow Trump’s lead on marijuana policy; Trump has said states should be able to establish their own marijuana laws DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — The Marijuana Policy 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…

MPP Statement Regarding the Nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General

MPP statement on Sen. Jeff Sessions nomination as AG

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Marijuana Policy Project released the following statement Friday in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement that he plans to nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as attorney general. Statement from MPP Director of Communications Mason Tvert: “President-elect Trump has said on multiple occasions that he respects states’ right to establish their own marijuana policies. We would expect Read the full article…

Taking The High Road: Roger Tilton’s Notes On Democracy

Mr. Tilton, a longtime, strong and loud cannabis legalization activist, lost his bid for a New Hampshire State Senate seat by 12 points, 56-44, a 7-point improvement over his first bid two years ago.

by Roger Tilton In “Notes on Democracy,” H. L. Mencken wrote:  “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” You’d think our 240-year-old experiment with democracy hit a rough patch this past Tuesday, or as we learned after “establishing ‘democracy’ in Iraq,” that you don’t always get the democracy you want.  Read the full article…

All Eyes On The Legalization of Cannabis

Cannabis Legalization has its biggest day

Today is not only a politically important day for the United States, but also a very crucial day for marijuana industries, as many states will hold referendums on the decision to legalize recreational and medical marijuana or not. It is estimated that roughly 30 percent of the US population in nine of the states will partake Read the full article…