Holder’s Spokane Visit Doesn’t Dim Prosecutors’ Zeal In Pot Case

Judge denies dismissal of marijuana case against ‘Kettle Falls Five’

WASHINGTON:  Attorney General Eric Holder swooped into Spokane, Washington, without public notice Friday to visit with federal prosecutors, but his trip didn’t immediately benefit a group of indicted medical marijuana patients nicknamed the Kettle Falls Five. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington, based in Spokane, is not backing down in its Read the full article…

Lawmakers To Feds: Stop Arresting Medical Marijuana Patients

"Let's not bust these people who are using medical marijuana for medical purposes in their state," Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) told reporters on Wednesday at a press conference.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Republican and Democratic lawmakers are calling on the federal government to stop arresting medical marijuana patients in states that have legalized pot for therapeutic purposes. “Let’s not bust these people who are using medical marijuana for medical purposes in their state,” Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) told reporters on Wednesday at a press Read the full article…

Mica Says D.C. Marijuana Decriminalization Creates Potential Conflict

“It’s against federal law to do certain things on federal property, versus now the District is looking at a minimal penalty,” Mica told CQ Roll Call on Wednesday.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: House Republicans will single out the District’s marijuana decriminalization bill during a May 8 hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations . Witnesses from the D.C. Council, the National Park Service and the various law enforcement agencies with a footprint in the District will be invited to testify, according Read the full article…

Feds: Denver Attorney Arrested In Connection With Medical Marijuana Investigation

The U.S. District Attorney’s office says those arrested and the charges they face are the subject of a sealed indictment, which won’t be made public until Monday.

COLORADO: Questions surround the arrest Friday of a Denver attorney. Federal authorities arrested 48-year-old David Furtado. They say he was among several arrested in connection with an investigation into the medical marijuana industry and alleged ties to a Colombian drug cartel. There were no details available Friday about the charges he faces. The Drug Enforcement Read the full article…

Colorado Lawmakers Plan To Boost Marijuana Profits

The plan calls for transferring $3.5 million from the state's marijuana cash fund to its general fund and then sending the same amount to a state department that would apply for a federal match.

COLORADO: The federal government has reluctantly agreed to let Colorado be the first state to collect taxes from the legal sale of recreational marijuana, but it also has made clear it doesn’t agree with the move and may try to stop it, if isn’t tightly controlled. Instead of keeping a low profile with the money, Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Medical marijuana supporters flocked to Capitol Hill on Monday to push for legislation that would prohibit the federal government from restricting state medical-marijuana laws. “We’re doing this work,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access, a pro-medical-pot group that brought 152 people to Washington to lobby 300 members of Congress. “It’s Read the full article…

FBI Balks At Background Checks For Washington State Retail Marijuana

WASHINGTON:  The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado — a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that’s long been Read the full article…

Advocates On Each Side Of Pot Debate Pressure Obama To Take Stand

California lawmakers have reached a historic compromise on regulating the world’s largest medical pot economy.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: With more than half of all federal prisoners serving time on drug charges, the Obama administration says it’s time to free more low-level drug offenders. “This is where you can help,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the New York State Bar Association last week, urging lawyers to assist prisoners in creating “well-prepared Read the full article…

Advocates On Each Side Of Pot Debate Pressure Obama To Take Stand

Pima County Superior Court judge has ruled that Arizona medical marijuana law is so vague, patients can sell to other patients.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: With more than half of all federal prisoners serving time on drug charges, the Obama administration says it’s time to free more low-level drug offenders. “This is where you can help,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the New York State Bar Association last week, urging lawyers to assist prisoners in creating “well-prepared Read the full article…

Obama: Feds Can't 'Police Whether Somebody Is Smoking A Joint On A Corner'

"And we are trying to provide them structures to make sure that, you know, big time drug traffickers, the spillover effect of the violence, potentially, of a drug trade [are not] creeping out of this experiment."

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  President Barack Obama said Thursday that the federal government did not have resources to prosecute casual users of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, two states where it has been legalized for sale, in an interview with CNN. “The Department of Justice, you know, under Eric Holder, has said that we are going Read the full article…