House And Senate Ag Leaders: We’ve Reached Agreement In Principle On 2018 Farm Bill

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Pat Roberts (R- Kan.) and Ranking Members Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) made the following announcement today on the state of 2018 Farm Bill negotiations:“We’re pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement in principle on the 2018 Farm Bill. We Read the full article…

Congressional Committee Approves Legislation To Expand Pool Of Federally Licensed Marijuana Growers

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Members of the US House Judiciary Committee last week voted in favor of legislation, HR 5634: The Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018, to facilitate FDA-approved clinical trials involving whole-plant cannabis. The Act mandates the federal government to license multiple providers of research-grade marijuana, among other changes. The vote marks the first time that Read the full article…

First Ever Veterans-Focused Medical Bill Introduced In Senate

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) on Wednesday introduced legislation, The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, to expand and facilitate medical cannabis access to military veterans suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, and other serious medical conditions. Under existing regulations, VA doctors are not permitted to fill out the mandatory paperwork necessary Read the full article…

Lawmakers Demand The VA Study Medical Marijuana

Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz, along with nine other Democrat members of the Committee, authored an October 26, 2017 letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Members of the US House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs are demanding that the Department of Veterans Affairs facilitate protocols to assess the efficacy of medical cannabis in veterans suffering from chronic pain conditions and post-traumatic stress. Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz, along with nine other Democrat members of the Committee, authored an October 26, 2017 letter to VA Secretary Read the full article…

Will DC Be Next with Recreational Dispensaries?

When our nation’s capital legalizes recreational marijuana dispensaries, it will inevitably help shape the debate in Congress over marijuana policy.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Our nation’s capital may well be the next jurisdiction to legalize recreational marijuana dispensaries. And if that occurs, it will inevitably help shape the debate in Congress over marijuana policy. That is, of course, important for the 658,893 people who live in the District, and the 6,033,737 people who live in the Read the full article…

Senate Bill Would Give Military Vets Access To Medical Marijuana

Military veterans would no longer be denied access to medical marijuana under sweeping new legislation before the Senate.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Military veterans would no longer be denied access to medical marijuana under sweeping new legislation before the Senate. The medical marijuana legislation introduced Tuesday would lift the threat of federal prosecution from people who use it in states where it has been legalized. The bipartisan Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act is Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Bill In Congress: How Senate Legislation Would Change US Pot Laws

A bill will be introduced into Congress Tuesday that would legalize medical marijuana nationwide.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Three U.S. senators are expected to introduce a bill into Congress Tuesday that would legalize medical marijuana nationwide, a move advocates of marijuana legalization are applauding as an historic step toward ending the federal prohibition on a product whose medicinal applications are many. Experts described it as the most far-reaching medical marijuana bill ever Read the full article…

Marijuana News: Pot Law About To Take Effect In Washington, D.C.

Residents and visitors to Washington, D.C., will soon be able to possess, share and grow marijuana under a new law.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Residents and visitors to Washington, D.C., will soon be able to possess, share and grow marijuana under a new law. But that law doesn’t allow for the creation of a regulated marijuana industry, raising a key question: How will people obtain the drug? In December, after voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to legalize Read the full article…

Fight Over Marijuana More Risky In States Than DC

Congress has less leverage with the states, and thwarting efforts supported by a plurality of voters back home could prove politically risky at election time.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  It’s easy for Congress to meddle with the District of Columbia’s decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on the states is a different matter. A massive, catch-all spending bill Congress passed last week contains a provision preventing the District from using federal money to implement any law or regulation Read the full article…

Congressional CBD-Only Bill Raises Both Hope And Significant Concerns

he greatest potential that HR 5226 holds is the prospect of getting a hearing in a US House Committee.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Yesterday, Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) introduced a bill in Congress that would create an exemption to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for cannabis plants and derivatives with an extremely low THC content. Representative Perry has a checkered record on medical cannabis in his first term as a member of Congress, having voted for Read the full article…