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In 2013, former deputy attorney general James Cole sent marijuana enforcement guidance to U.S. attorneys. Known as the Cole Memo, the guidance instructed federal prosecutors not to go after state-legal cannabis activities. This Justice Department policy has allowed state-legal marijuana markets to flourish.
On Aug. 30, the nation’s most prominent anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) sent a report to attorney general Jeff Sessions,
In a joint statement on June 30, the United Nations and the World Health Organization called for “ending discrimination in health-care settings.” Among their suggestions was “reviewing and repealing punitive laws that have been proven to have negative health outcomes and that counter established public health evidence.”
Sessions to meet with Oregon law enforcement. Attorney general Jeff Sessions is scheduled to meet with federal and local law enforcement officials to discuss drug enforcement and the opioid crisis, among other issues. Sessions previously expressed his concerns about the state’s legal cannabis market, which the governor pushed back against.
For the second time, U.S. Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) is being considered to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The news that Marino, 65, was President Trump’s choice for the drug czar post came four months after he withdrew his name due to a “critical illness” in his family.
‘Ominous comments’ on marijuana from the DOJ. Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein said that while the Justice Department hasn’t made any changes to its marijuana enforcement policy, “we are reviewing it” and studying states that have legalized or decriminalized the drug. “I think there is some pretty significant evidence that marijuana turns out to be more harmful than a lot of people anticipated,
While people profit off pot, others languish behind bars. Well-heeled Wall Street types have been getting into the marijuana business, but there are still people serving life sentences for cannabis offenses. “It’s not an easy contradiction to justify.” Here’s a look at some of the individuals serving absurd sentences on pot charges.
GOP senator from Utah to introduce marijuana research bill. Senator Orrin Hatch, a conservative Republican from Utah, is introducing legislation this afternoon that would ease research barriers to marijuana. The Marijuana Effective Drug Study (MEDS) Act is co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of senators that represent states with some form of legal medical marijuana (including limited CBD-only laws).
Judge drops case against cannabis activist. Adam Eidinger, the co-founder of DCMJ who led the campaign to legalize marijuana in Washington D.C., planned a smoke-in as an act of civil disobedience in April. Eidinger was one of four people arrested, but the three others took a plea deal.
Medical marijuana protections extended. Existing protections for state-legal medical marijuana were extended to Dec. 8. A government spending package including the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment was approved by Congress on Friday and sent to president Trump’s desk. The news comes after Republican leadership in the House said it would not allow a vote on the amendment for the 2018 appropriations bill.
Cannabis activist detained, denied entry to Canada. Usually, it’s the other way around — Canadians entering the U.S. get denied entry to the country for admitting to past marijuana use. This time, Maine-based cannabis activist Paul McCarrier was denied entry into Canada. Border agents say it’s because he was arrested during a 2008 protest in Minnesota,
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