Hoban Law Group Files Ninth Circuit Petition To Challenge Recent DEA Classification of “Marihuana Extracts”

COLORADO: In an overreach of authority and without consulting Congress, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued its Final Rule, the “Establishment of New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract,” on Dec 14, 2016. In response to the change, which serves to potentially devastate developing businesses and consumer, textile and manufacturing industries related to industrial hemp and other Read the full article…

New Bill Would Cut Off Federal Forfeiture Funds For DEA Marijuana Seizures

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A new bipartisan bill would eliminate a controversial source of funding for one federal marijuana seizure program. Last week, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) introduced the “Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act.” The bill is quite simple: It would prevent the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from using federal Read the full article…

New DEA Chief: ‘Heroin Is Clearly More Dangerous Than Marijuana’

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The new Drug Enforcement Administration chief has finally made it clear: Marijuana is safer than heroin. DEA head Chuck Rosenberg told reporters Wednesday morning at the administration’s headquarters that “heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana,” clarifying a less definitive statement he made last week, when he said marijuana is “probably not” as dangerous as Read the full article…

Rare Hearing For Marijuana Growers In Federal Court

CALIFORNIA:  Usually federal courts strictly enforce the nationwide laws against the Marijuana, and have rebuffed challenges to the government’s classification of the drug as one of the most dangerous narcotics. But that could change this week when a federal judge in Sacramento, in a criminal case against 7 men charged with growing Marijuana on national forest land in Read the full article…

DEA Raids 2 Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

CALIFORNIA:  Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration raided two legal medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles on Thursday that, according to multiple staff members, were fully compliant with state laws. The Department of Justice confirmed to The Huffington Post after the raid that it was executing a search warrant on The Farmacy dispensary in Los Read the full article…

The Government Wants To Buy 12 Acres Of Marijuana — For Research

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Calling all pot farmers: Uncle Sam is looking to buy. An arm of the National Institutes of Health dedicated to researching drug abuse and addiction “intends” to solicit proposals from those who can “harvest, process, analyze, store and distribute” cannabis, according to a listing posted Tuesday night on a federal government website. A Read the full article…