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  • Sessions to meet with Oregon law enforcement

    Anti-pot AG will talk enforcement with Oregon officials, community mourns slain dispensary employee, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 18, 2017

    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.

  • ‘Ominous comments’ on marijuana from the DOJ

    Deputy AG says marijuana is harmful, cannabis delivery service raises $27 million, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 15, 2017

    ‘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,

  • Life sentence without parole for selling $20 worth of weed

    The absurdity of marijuana laws, cannabis shops coming to Uruguay due to banking woes, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 14, 2017

    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 introduces marijuana research bill

    Senator's office issues a pot pun-filled statement, the feds are asking for MMJ patient data from 29 states, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 13, 2017

    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).

  • Case against cannabis activist dropped, marijuana lounges could be coming to Las Vegas

    Prosecutors weren't prepared to try the case against D.C. activist, a legal opinion favors social use in Nevada, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 12, 2017

    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.

  • Congress extends MMJ protections, senators want feds to test marijuana

    Rohrabacher-Blumenauer gets another few months, a Senate committee calls for testing dispensary weed, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 11, 2017

    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.

  • U.S. cannabis activist detained and denied entry into Canada

    Advocate suspects his work in cannabis played a role, pot pesticides are seeping in California's water, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 8, 2017

    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,

  • House GOP leaders block medical marijuana protections

    No vote on medical marijuana amendment, teen cannabis use at a 20-year low, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 7, 2017

    Republican leaders block vote on medical marijuana amendment. The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which offers protection to state medical marijuana programs from federal enforcement, has been passed in some form since 2014. Now, GOP leaders in the House are blocking a vote on it because “it splits the conference too much.”

  • CWCB reportedly drops Roger Stone from conference lineup

    Rev. Al Sharpton pressures the conference, California marijuana growers struggle to go legit, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 6, 2017

    Report: Roger Stone dropped thanks to Al Sharpton. Cannabis conference CWCB Expo recently came under fire for having Roger Stone as a keynote speaker at its upcoming conference in Los Angeles. While the conference seemed to stand by its decision despite a boycott petition, anonymous sources say the conference is dropping him from the lineup.

  • DOJ secretly using IRS to investigate pot shops, says lawsuit

    The IRS said the allegations are 'baseless,' Trump picks anti-pot Congressman as drug czar, and more in today's newsletter.

    September 5, 2017

    DOJ secretly using IRS to investigate pot shops, says lawsuit. Several marijuana businesses in Colorado are challenging subpoenas from the IRS. One federal case alleges that the DOJ, DEA, and IRS are collaborating on investigating state-legal marijuana businesses. “The depths of the IRS and DOJ joint effort is shrouded in secrecy,”