Former Deputy Attorney General James Cole Reflects Back On The Cole Memos

NEW YORK: Pot podcaster Cannabis Economy has released an in-depth interview with Former US Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole whose three memos reset Justice Department guidance regarding federal oversight of legal cannabis.  The conversation is Episode 140 on the Cannabis Economy podcast app on iTunes, Google Play or found through the iTunes Podcast App. “You can’t prosecute every case involving Read the full article…

How the Justice Department Seems To Have Misled Congress On Medical Marijuana

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Last year, the Justice Department warned Congress that a medical marijuana provision in an appropriations bill could  “limit or possibly eliminate the Department’s ability to enforce federal law in recreational marijuana cases as well.” The “informal talking points,” according to a Justice Department memoobtained by Tom Angell, a legalization advocate and writer for marijuana.com, were “intended to discourage passage” of Read the full article…

Breaking: Obama States Full Support Of Medical Marijuana, Alternative Drug Treatment Models

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  In a CNN special to be aired on Sunday, not only will President Barack Obama state his full support of medical marijuana, he’ll also advocate for alternative models of drug abuse treatment which don’t involve incarceration. The television special, called “Weed 3,” features CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon who came Read the full article…

Updated: War on California Medical Marijuana Will Continue, Justice Department Says

CALIFORNIA:  California’s multi-billion medical cannabis industry will remain in the crosshairs of federal prosecutors, despite direction from Congress to cease interfering with state medical pot systems.In December, the US Congress passed and the president signed a historic amendment that de-funded the Department of Justice’s war on medical pot. Medical marijuana is legal in 23 states, yet the Read the full article…

Members Of Congress Stand Up For California Medical Marijuana Dispensary

CALIFORNIA:  Three congressional lawmakers from California are accusing the U.S. Department of Justice of overreach in an ongoing crackdown against Harborside Health Center, widely considered to be the largest and one of the most well-respected medical marijuana dispensaries in the nation. “We believe DOJ has overstepped its bounds in the Harborside case,” Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R), Sam Read the full article…

Marijuana Backers Cool With AG Nominee

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Marijuana advocates say they aren’t nervous about Loretta Lynch‘s personal pot politics, even after President Obama’s choice to serve as the nation’s top cop voiced strong opposition to the drug’s legalization this week. “I not only do not support legalization, it’s not the position of the Department of Justice to support the Read the full article…

Obama Predicts Bright Future For Legal Weed

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  President Barack Obama said during a YouTube interview Thursday that he believes more states will consider legalizing recreational marijuana, citing his administration’s hands-off approach to prohibition-ending cannabis laws in Colorado and Washington state. “What you’re seeing now is Colorado, Washington, through state referenda, they’re experimenting with legal marijuana,” Obama said in response Read the full article…

Pomos Seeking To Establish State’s First Tribal Pot Operation

CALIFORNIA:  A Ukiah Indian rancheria is in the running to possibly become the site of California’s first tribe-sanctioned marijuana cultivation and distribution operation. The Pinoleville Pomo Nation is among several tribes engaged in negotiations over a future marijuana-growing operation with Colorado-based United Cannabis Corporation and Kansas-based FoxBarry Farms, LLC, according to the corporations and federal Read the full article…

Congress Passes Historic Medical Marijuana Protections In Spending Bill

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Congress dealt a historic blow to the United States’ decades-long war on drugs Saturday with the passage of the federal spending bill, which contains protections for medical marijuana and industrial hemp operations in states where they are legal. The spending bill includes an amendment that prohibits the Department of Justice from using funds Read the full article…

How Legalizing Marijuana On Indian Reservations Could End The Prohibition On Pot

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: This week, the Department of Justice announced that it would let Native American tribes grow or sell marijuana on their reservations, even in states where the drug is still illegal. The decision opens the door to pockets of legal marijuana throughout the country, in addition to the growing number of states that have legalized pot Read the full article…