The STATES Act and What it Could Mean for Cannabis Businesses

Court Rejects Challenge To DEA's Classification Of Marijuana Extracts

By Tucker Arensberg, P.C. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Gardner introduced the “Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act” (“STATES”) Act – on June 7, 2018.  A companion bill was introduced by Representatives Earl Blumenauer and David Joyce in the House of Representatives. The STATES Act seeks to amend the Controlled Substances Read the full article…

House Passes Budget With Medical Cannabis Protection Amendment

Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment will Protect Patients from AG Sessions until September

Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment will Protect Patients from AG Sessions until September  DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: After months of debate and continuing resolutions, the House of Representatives has passed its Appropriations package for the fiscal year of 2018. Unlike previous short term measures, this bill will fully fund the government through September 30, 2018. At over 2,200 pages the bill Read the full article…

Oregon Set To Shield Marijuana User Data From US Officials

protecting customer identity at pot retail

By Kristena Hansen, Associated Press OREGON: Oregon state lawmakers who fear heightened marijuana enforcement by federal agents overwhelmingly approved Monday a proposal to protect pot users from having their identities or cannabis-buying habits from being divulged by the shops that make buying pre-rolled joints and “magic” brownies as easy as grabbing a bottle of whiskey from Read the full article…

Got Bank? Election Could Ereate Flood Of Marijuana Cash With No Place To Go

MARIJUANA AND MONEY

By Lisa Lambert Although the sale of marijuana is a federal crime, the number of U.S. banks working with pot businesses, now sanctioned in many states, is growing, up 45 percent in the last year alone. Still, marijuana merchants say there are not nearly enough banks willing to take their cash. So many dispensaries resort to Read the full article…

Marijuana Foes Agree: Pot Research Is Needed

“Our amendment shows members of Congress with widely varying views on marijuana policy are united in support of building a robust body of scientific information on medical marijuana," said Blumenauer, whose state recently legalized recreational use of the drug.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: An unlikely pair of lawmakers is seeking to promote government research of marijuana. Reps. Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) — who stand on opposite sides of the legalization debate — are co-sponsoring an amendment that would help scientists study medical marijuana. “Our amendment shows members of Congress with widely varying views Read the full article…

Dem Predicts Pot Will Be Legal In Five Years

"I fully expect within the next five years that it will be rescheduled, or delisted and I think we will have a system where states around the country will be able to do what they want with marijuana and I think this is going to be all over within five years," Blumenauer said in an on-camera interview.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A Democratic lawmaker is predicting that the federal government will decriminalize marijuana within the next five years. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) tells The Hill that “the decriminalization train has left the station,” and marijuana will be removed as a Schedule I controlled substance — where it is currently listed alongside substances like heroin. Read the full article…

Oregon Rep. Blumenauer Campaign Ad Highlights Marijuana Reform

“They are controversial for some, but these are things that are going to happen and it’s going to be because Earl has worked to educate people and bring them together.”

OREGON:  U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Portland, is talking about reforming federal marijuana laws in a series of campaign ads released Friday. “Earl is passionate about these issues,” Blumenauer campaign manager Willie Smith said in a statement. “They are controversial for some, but these are things that are going to happen and it’s going to be because Earl Read the full article…

In Oregon Pot Bill Under Discussion For 2014

Prozanski hopes his bill will help Oregon avoid the pitfalls of voter-written initiatives.

OREGON: State lawmakers are going to debate whether they should pass a bill asking voters if Oregon should legalize recreational marijuana. That’s because Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, announced plans Friday to introduce a referral bill on marijuana during the 2014 session. “We should not at this point ask the voters to pass a detailed bill without Read the full article…

In Oregon Pot Bill Under Discussion For 2014

Prozanski hopes his bill will help Oregon avoid the pitfalls of voter-written initiatives.

OREGON: State lawmakers are going to debate whether they should pass a bill asking voters if Oregon should legalize recreational marijuana. That’s because Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, announced plans Friday to introduce a referral bill on marijuana during the 2014 session. “We should not at this point ask the voters to pass a detailed bill without Read the full article…

Industrial Hemp In Oregon: State Officials Drafting Rules For Hemp Production

Dr. Ken and Elaine Hildebrandt are the first husband and wife on the ballots for Congress and the main plank in their platform is industrial hemp.

OREGON: Oregon agriculture officials on Tuesday said they hope to have rules in place for the possibility of producing industrial hemp by the spring planting season.  The Oregon Department of Agriculture has assembled a committee of policy officials and agriculture experts, including Russ Karow, head of the Oregon State University crop and soil science program, to draft rules Read the full article…