Iowa bill reducing marijuana penalties faces obstacles

A proposal in the Iowa Legislature to lessen penalties for people who possess small amounts of marijuana for the first time would save the state money and reduce the disproportionate number of African-Americans in its criminal justice system. Continue reading “Iowa bill reducing marijuana penalties faces obstacles”

Oregon Steps Up Penalties for Cannabis Sales to Minors

Oregon cannabis retailers caught selling to minors will face harsher penalties under a temporary rule approved by state regulators on Friday. That means heavier fines, longer license suspensions, and even the revocation of individual worker permits.

 

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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”

Washington DC’s Cannabis Market Is Still Untested, Untaxed, and Underground

On a Saturday night in November, a casually dressed crowd mingled outside a chic nightclub in the southern end of Washington D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood. Inside, some two dozen vendors have set up on both floors of the bar for the Capital Cup, vending small amounts of flower, edibles, tinctures and the like from fold-up tables.

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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”

California Legalization Brings Host of Environmental Rules

At a state briefing on environmental rules that await growers entering California’s soon-to-be-legal marijuana trade, organic farmers Ulysses Anthony, Tracy Sullivan and Adam Mernit listened intently, eager to make their humble cannabis plot a model of sustainable agriculture in a notoriously destructive industry dominated by the black market.

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This Sheriff Candidate Is Running On A Pot-Friendly Platform

The regulatory environment for cannabis in San Diego County could see dramatic change if candidate Dave Myers is elected sheriff in 2018. Myers, who is currently a commander in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, will be running against incumbent Bill Gore, a staunch opponent of legalized cannabis. Continue reading “This Sheriff Candidate Is Running On A Pot-Friendly Platform”