What Trump said about marijuana enforcement while campaigning in Colorado

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent decision to clear the way for possible enforcement of federal laws that outlaw marijuana contradicts what Donald Trump told The Colorado Springs Gazette during his presidential campaign.

During a conversation with The Gazette’s editorial board in July 2016, Trump, then the GOP nominee, repeatedly pledged that he would respect states’ legalization laws and take a wait-and-see approach to enforcing federal law. Continue reading “What Trump said about marijuana enforcement while campaigning in Colorado”

The Marijuana Justice Act: What It Is And Why It’s Critical

Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he would get rid of a longstanding “hands-off” policy that for years restricted federal agents and funds from going after states with legal weed. Now, pro-legalization lawmakers are responding to his attempts to start a federal crackdown on state-legal weed. On Wednesday, a group of House Democrats introduced The Marijuana Justice Act. Continue reading “The Marijuana Justice Act: What It Is And Why It’s Critical”

Federal marijuana bills boosted by new supporters as Congress gets back to work

Lawmakers lined up behind several cannabis-related House bills in the wake of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ policy shift last week rescinding the Obama-era Cole Memo that had protected states with marijuana laws.

The U.S. House of Representatives officially returned from recess Tuesday morning, but a slew of Democrats got to work Monday by adding their names as co-sponsors on four marijuana-related bills: The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017 (House Bill 975), The Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 (House Bill 1227), Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act (House Bill 1823), and Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act (House Bill 1841). Continue reading “Federal marijuana bills boosted by new supporters as Congress gets back to work”

Hickenlooper says he doesn’t see the benefit of rescinding marijuana policy for Trump Administration

After news broke earlier this week that Attorney General Jeff Session has rescinded the Cole Memo, changing how the government enforces federal marijuana laws, Gov. John Hickenlooper told CNN Saturday that he didn’t see how the move would help the Trump administration. Continue reading “Hickenlooper says he doesn’t see the benefit of rescinding marijuana policy for Trump Administration”

Las Vegas may have marijuana lounges by spring 2018

Officials want to make Las Vegas the country’s first city to allow marijuana smoking lounges, and hope to do so by March or April of 2018.

“We’re still trying to work out the little details,” said Bryan Scott, the city’s deputy city attorney. “But we’re trying to get it right without the feds coming down on us.”

Under the drafted regulation, the lounges would be allowed to obtain separate licenses to sell marijuana paraphernalia, like pipes, t-shirts and bongs. Scott also discussed the possibility of allowing food service, as long as the food sold at the consumption lounges did not contain pot. Continue reading “Las Vegas may have marijuana lounges by spring 2018”

Why Ohio growers may have to break the law to start medical marijuana crops

When Ohio officials award licenses next month allowing two dozen companies to cultivate medical marijuana, the growers will have almost a year to build facilities and produce their first crop.

But where will they get the seeds? It will still be illegal to purchase marijuana plants from anyone but themselves.

Many of the applicants have cannabis-growing operations in other states, but it’s still illegal under federal law to bring marijuana across state lines. Continue reading “Why Ohio growers may have to break the law to start medical marijuana crops”

Sessions Is All Talk: Drug Prosecutions Are Lower and Marijuana Industry Remains Intact

Although the Trump administration emerged with a raging hard-on earlier this year in the name of a renewed discipline to combat the War on Drugs, a recent analysis by CBS News indicates that all of the tough talk pertaining to the ramping up of drug prosecutions in the United States has, so far, resulted in nothing more than empty threats. Continue reading “Sessions Is All Talk: Drug Prosecutions Are Lower and Marijuana Industry Remains Intact”

Colorado to Sessions: Pot Industry Working and Can Be Better

Colorado’s legal marijuana industry is working — and can work better with federal collaboration, the state’s governor and Republican attorney general told U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a letter Thursday. Continue reading “Colorado to Sessions: Pot Industry Working and Can Be Better”

The Haymaker: Why Is Jeff Sessions Hiding His Task Force?

What’s in the report, Jeff? Does it not say what you thought it would say?

Sessions may have assumed the task force would give him cover to come after legal cannabis. But what if it didn’t?

For nearly a week, cannabis and judicial reform advocates have been awaiting a report from the Justice Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. Continue reading “The Haymaker: Why Is Jeff Sessions Hiding His Task Force?”