DelBene Introduces Bill to Protect State Enforcement of Marijuana Laws

“My bill will fix the conflict between state and federal law by giving the U.S. Attorney General authority to waive the Controlled Substances Act for states that are effectively regulating marijuana themselves, such as Washington,” DelBene said

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) this week introduced the State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act to protect medical patients, recreational users and businesses in states that have legalized marijuana from being prosecuted now or retroactively in the future. “My bill will fix the conflict between state and federal law by giving the Read the full article…

City Attorney Holmes To Seek Dismissal Of All Pot-Use Tickets

Holmes, who is set to discuss the decision at a briefing of the City Council on Monday morning, will go beyond Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole’s request to dismiss tickets written by bicycle Officer Randy Jokela.

WASHINGTON: Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, reacting to one police officer’s personal campaign to write citations for public marijuana use, will announce Monday that he will seek dismissal of more than 85 tickets issued during the first seven months of the year, according to two City Hall sources. Holmes, who is set to discuss the decision Read the full article…

Report: Madison WI Pot Arrests Higher For Blacks

“The crusade on marijuana has been a palpable failure; an abject failure,” he said. “So let’s acknowledge the failure for what it is, and rededicate ourselves to … a better way to deal with people who have addictions.”

WISCONSIN:  Police in Madison arrest or cite blacks for marijuana offenses at about 12 times the rate they punish whites, according to data analyzed by the Wisconsin State Journal. The State Journal examined 18 months of police drug arrests for its report Sunday. The newspaper said the disparity comes despite national surveys that show blacks Read the full article…

House Votes To Allow Marijuana-Related Banking

House votes to allow banks to do business with marijuana related businesses.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The House voted Wednesday in support of making it easier for banks to do business with legal pot shops and providers of medical marijuana. The 236-186 vote rejected a move by Rep. John Fleming, R-La., to block the Treasury Department from implementing guidance it issued in February telling banks how to report Read the full article…

Odds are increasing that D.C. Will Vote On Legalizing Marijuana — Despite Congress

Adam Eidinger, center foreground in plaid shirt, chairman of the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, and staffers show off stacks of collected signatures to get marijuana legalization on the November ballot.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Sixteen years ago, D.C. activists gathered signatures to let voters decide if the District should be among the first in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. Then Congress stepped in, and city officials were not even allowed to count the ballots that voters had cast. Inside a rented house in Northwest Washington, behind Read the full article…

House Committee Passes ‘Rider’ To Halt Marijuana Decriminalization In D.C.

The White House threatened to veto the 2015 House appropriations bill,  which would effectively quash D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization bill.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  A Republican-led congressional committee voted Wednesday to block implementation of legislation that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in the nation’s capital. The move came in the form of an amendment to a major spending bill and was sponsored by Rep. Andy Harris, Maryland Republican, who argued that marijuana use can Read the full article…

Marijuana Industry Delegation’s Pitch On Legalized Pot: It’s Just Good Business

They met with staff members to ask for changes to the tax code, which prohibits the businesses from taking standard deductions for expenses. And they huddled in congressional offices to make the case for other changes that would encourage banks to work with legal cannabis businesses.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The delegation from the National Cannabis Industry Association made a point of dressing well for its day on Capitol Hill, sporting mostly dark suits, lots of ties and plenty of the group’s signature lapel pins, which feature a sun rising over vibrant fields of marijuana. Marijuana advocates have come to lobby Washington Read the full article…

Washington Post’s View: Marijuana Likely To Be Decriminalized In D.C.

Welcome to the first crop of legal pot in the nation’s capital — where residents may grow and possess marijuana but are still forbidden to sell it.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Before long, smoking a joint in the nation’s capital might get you in even less trouble than parking on the wrong side of the street on street-cleaning day. Ten of 13 members of the D.C. Council and Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) have endorsed a plan to make small-time marijuana possession a civil rather than a criminal offense.