Attorney General Holder: Feds To Let Banks Handle Pot Money

Holder said the new regulations were likely to emerge "very soon" and were not intended to amount to a blessing of marijuana by the federal government.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The Obama administration will soon announce regulations that allow banks to do business with legal marijuana sellers, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday. “You don’t want just huge amounts of cash in these places. They want to be able to use the banking system,” Holder said during an appearance at the University Read the full article…

Attorney General Holder: Feds To Let Banks Handle Pot Money

Holder said the new regulations were likely to emerge "very soon" and were not intended to amount to a blessing of marijuana by the federal government.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The Obama administration will soon announce regulations that allow banks to do business with legal marijuana sellers, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday. “You don’t want just huge amounts of cash in these places. They want to be able to use the banking system,” Holder said during an appearance at the University Read the full article…

U.S. Orders More Steps To Curb Stiff Drug Sentences

The policy applies to defendants who meet four criteria: their offense did not involve violence, the use of a weapon, or selling drugs to minors; they are not leaders of a criminal organization; they have no significant ties to large-scale gangs or drug trafficking organizations; and they have no significant criminal histories.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Obama administration on Thursday expanded its effort to curtail severe penalties for low-level federal drug offenses, ordering prosecutors to refile charges against defendants in pending cases and strip out any references to specific quantities of illicit substances that would trigger mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

Exit This Way From America's War On Marijuana

One can now imagine how nearly eight decades of marijuana prohibition will end -- not with the sudden crash of congressional action, but hollowed out from within as states one by one take matters in their own hands.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: In a largely unexpected development late last week, the Department of Justice announced new guidelines addressing the federal government’s contentious relationship with states over marijuana policy, a conflict that dates back to the Clinton administration. 

DOJ’s James Cole to Testify About Marijuana Enforcement

Deputy Attorney General James Cole will testify at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. won’t be the one answering senators’ questions about how the U.S. Department of Justice will respond to state-based marijuana legalization efforts, the Senate Judiciary Committee has announced.

DOJ’s James Cole to Testify About Marijuana Enforcement

Deputy Attorney General James Cole will testify at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. won’t be the one answering senators’ questions about how the U.S. Department of Justice will respond to state-based marijuana legalization efforts, the Senate Judiciary Committee has announced.

Nullification Everywhere

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco reported Sunday that exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke produced similar to results found with secondhand tobacco smoke.

WASHINGTON: Washington and Colorado are getting lots of love on the left for legalizing recreational marijuana use. The states are especially looking like winners now that the Obama administration has announced that as long as they set up a “tightly regulated market” for pot sales, it won’t send DEA agents and prosecutors after the newly emboldened Read the full article…

Melinda Haag: New marijuana guidelines won’t affect local cases

A Haag spokeswoman said that “for the most part it appears that the cases that have been brought in this district are already in compliance with the guidelines.”

CALIFORNIA: The “new” guidelines from the U.S. Attorney General’s office on how to enforce the federal ban on marijuana won’t change the local federal prosecutor’s approach to the drug, according to reports.

The News Tribune Opinion: From Justice, a serious approach to legal pot

U.S. Attorneys Jenny Durkan of Seattle and Mike Ormsby of Spokane are traveling to Olympia to speak with Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

WASHINGTON: After taking its own sweet time — almost 10 months — to respond to initiatives that legalized marijuana in Washington and Colorado, the Obama administration finally got it right.