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  • June 13, 2017

    Sessions asks Congress to let him crack down on medical marijuana

    The attorney general does not like the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, the deputy AG says marijuana belongs in Schedule I, and more in today's newsletter.

    Sessions asked Congress to undo MMJ protections. “It is not the attorney general’s job to decide what laws to enforce,” said Sessions at his confirmation hearing. But there’s one he really doesn’t want to enforce: The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment. The appropriations rider restricts the Justice Department from spending money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws.

  • June 12, 2017

    Medical marijuana patients are losing their jobs (and suing)

    A firefighter with sterling performance reviews filed suit to get his job back. This and more in today's newsletter.

    Live with pain or lose your job. A medical marijuana patient in New Jersey suffering from dystonia sued Ocean City after he was suspended from his job as a firefighter. He only used cannabis during his off hours. “In his 20 years on the job, which included taking part in recovery efforts after 9/11,

  • June 9, 2017

    Federal judges rule in favor of pro-pot group

    An Indiana county violated the group's First-Amendment rights, the country's first cannabis clinical trial struggles to recruit subjects, and more in today's newsletter.

    Federal judges rule in favor of pro-marijuana group. Judges at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Tippecanoe county, Indiana violated Higher Fellowship’s First-Amendment rights when it denied the group permission to hold a rally with its “closed forum” policy. An attorney for the ACLU argued on behalf of the group that the county could not pick and choose which political messages it deems appropriate.

  • Take A Hit: Herb-inspired, hip-hop tunes from the ’90s and on

    Rap music and reefer have been rolled into one fat blunt for decades.

    Rap music and reefer, hip-hop and the holy herb; these two things have been virtually rolled into one fat blunt since the ’90s. When Cypress Hill released their eponymous debut in 1991, they sparked a fire that continues to burn strong.

    This week’s playlist decidedly avoids ‘I Got 5 On It’ and ‘Gin and Juice’ (great but overplayed weed songs) or anything by Wiz Khalifa.

  • June 8, 2017

    Horse farm can sue pot farm over smell with RICO laws, judges rule

    'My clients did not complain when odors of manure wafted onto their delicious marijuana crop.' This and more in today's newsletter.

    Horse vs. pot. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Colorado horse farm can sue a neighboring cannabis grow over “noxious odors” under federal racketeering laws. While the law was crafted in the ’70s to fight organized crime, the three-judge panel wrote that the horse farm owners have at least one racketeering claim.

  • June 7, 2017

    First state to legalize weed has lowest unemployment rate in the country

    Three years after legalizing adult-use sales, Colorado's jobless rate is at 2.3 percent

    Three years after legalizing cannabis, Colorado has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. “While the national unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in May, the lowest since 2001, Colorado’s jobless rate is the nation’s lowest at 2.3 percent,” CNBC reported Monday.

    According to governor John Hickenlooper,

  • A look at the DOJ’s mysterious marijuana subcommittee

    The Justice Department is reviewing marijuana enforcement, Jeff Sessions offered to resign, and more in today's newsletter.

    The DOJ’s mysterious marijuana subcommittee. A review of the Justice Department’s marijuana enforcement policy is ongoing, with new recommendations expected July 27. The marijuana subcommittee is led by Michael Murray, counsel to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein. But the DOJ is keeping mum about the details, declining to identify other members of the subcommittee or talk about the process of its review.

  • June 6, 2017

    SCOTUS rules to limit asset forfeiture in drug cases

    A 'growing hostility' to asset forfeiture, why hemp-derived CBD isn't really legal, and more in today's newsletter.

    SCOTUS limits asset forfeiture. The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled to limit the government’s ability seize assets involved with drug crimes. The case involved a man who sold iodine water purification filters — something used to manufacture methamphetamine. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that forfeiture is “limited to property the defendant himself actually acquired as the result of the crime.”

  • June 5, 2017

    Man gets 24 years for selling weed in case that highlights new DOJ policy

    Meanwhile, the deputy attorney general defended harsh sentences for drug offenses. This and more in today's newsletter.

    Deputy AG defends harsh sentencing policy. “We’re not about filling prisons,” said deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein. In his first interview on the job, the Justice Department official defended the agency’s new sentencing policies. “The mission is to reduce violent crime and drug abuse, and this helps us do that.”

  • June 2, 2017

    Police chief sued for directing officers to target black people with marijuana

    The suit says he instructed officers to investigate "if there is more than one black person in a car there is marijuana present." This and more in today's newsletter.

    Racist drug enforcement. A Maryland police chief is the target of several lawsuits filed by former police officers. The lawsuits allege racism, sexual harassment, and other instances of misconduct by Harry “Buddy” Robshaw. According to one suit, he directed officers to racially profile black people, saying “if there is more than one black person in a car there is marijuana present and they should investigate.”