Bernie Sanders Files Marijuana Bill In Senate

"It's a state and a federal issue. The federal issue is that we should remove marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act. That's a federal decision,"

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders filed a Senate bill Wednesday that would allow states to decide whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana and decriminalize the drug at the federal level. It’s a sign the Democratic presidential candidate is willing to stake out a clear contrast on the issue with front-runner Hillary Clinton. While some states have Read the full article…

The Feds, The States And The Controlled Substances Act

RMr. Rivkin and Ms. Foley cite Colorado’s attorney general as saying that “his state is ‘becoming a major exporter of marijuana.’”

COLORADO:   David B. Rivkin and Elizabeth Price Foley have risen to the defense of the attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma, who complain about spillover enforcement costs from Colorado’s law legalizing marijuana and hence are asking the Supreme Court to declare that law unconstitutional. Along the way they respond to conservative charges of “fair-weather Read the full article…

The Federal Government Is Taxing Marijuana Businesses To Death

Marijuana is big business

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Voters in four states and Washington, DC, have approved marijuana legalization. But the drug remains illegal under federal law, creating all sorts of legal hurdles that state-legal marijuana businesses have to overcome. One of those hurdles is federal taxes. Due to a section of the tax code known as 280E, many state-legal marijuana Read the full article…

Legislators To Revisit Proposals To Change Texas Marijuana Laws

“I would say within the next decade. Certainly within the next decade,” said Nathan Jones, Ph.D. with Rice University’s Baker Institute. “If you’re looking at the polling data it looks pretty electable. Or it looks almost inevitable.”

TEXAS:  Two Texas lawmakers vow to re-introduce marijuana legislation as many times as it takes to move the Lone Star state closer to Colorado and Washington state-style pot regulations. But experts in drug policy predict anywhere from five to 10 years before lawmakers in Austin might consider being swayed to change Texas marijuana laws. “I Read the full article…