Obama Frees Dozens Of Nonviolent Federal Inmates

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: President Barack Obama announced Monday that he has granted dozens of federal inmates their freedom, as part of an effort to counteract draconian penalties handed out to nonviolent drug offenders in the past. The 46 inmates who had their sentences reduced represent a small fraction of the tens of thousands of inmates who Read the full article…

Marijuana Foes Agree: Pot Research Is Needed

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…

Congress Passes Pro-Marijuana Amendments; End of War On Weed “Within Five Years” Predicted

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: It was cannabis Wednesday in Congress, where lawmakers gave the strongest support yet for ending the country’s laws prohibiting marijuana use. In the strongest sign yet that deciders in Washington may soon be ready to undo federal marijuana prohibition, both Democrats and Republicans voted to approve three pro-cannabis budget amendments — and came very close Read the full article…

House Floor Vote To Protect States’ Marijuana Laws Pending In Congress

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Members of the United States House of Representatives are anticipated to vote this week (perhaps as earl as Wednesday) on a series of amendments to a Justice Department spending bill. These amendments seek to limit the federal government’s intrusion in states that have regulated various aspects of marijuana production and access. Specifically, Representatives Tom McClintock Read the full article…

Dem Predicts Pot Will Be Legal In Five Years

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…

Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana Introduced In The House

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A bipartisan effort to legalize medical marijuana at the federal level is now underway in both Houses of Congress, and its sponsors acknowledge they face an uphill climb to passage – but they believe the public is on their side. “Polls show that at least 86 percent of Americans say medical marijuana should Read the full article…

Barbara Boxer and Dean Heller Back Federal Legalization Of Medical Marijuana In States That Allow It

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The CARERS Act, which would make the federal ban on marijuana inapplicable to people who comply with state laws allowing medical use of the plant, has attracted a couple of interesting cosponsors since it was introduced last week. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) signed on last Wednesday, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) joined him yesterday. Both represent states with Read the full article…

Senators Push Bill To End Federal Ban In States With Approved Medical Marijuana

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Two local U.S. senators introduced a bill on Sunday that would end a federal ban in states where medical marijuana has been made legal. Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) were joined by five New York and New Jersey families who would benefit from the legislation; families who they say should be Read the full article…

US Congressman Steve Cohen Sponsors Medical Marijuana Bill

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: US Representative for Tennessee’s 9th congressional district Steve Cohen discusses his push for a bipartisan bill that would legalize a compound in marijuana used for treating severe epilepsy.

The New Clash Over Cannabis

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…