August 15, 2017
DOJ at odds with DEA on marijuana research. Last year, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it would begin accepting applications for growing research marijuana. The agency has received 25 proposals, but hasn’t been able to act on any — thanks to attorney general Jeff Sessions. The Department of Justice has effectively blocked the DEA from moving forward on any of the proposals.
August 14, 2017
The importance of Rohrabacher-Farr. A federal judge in San Francisco halted the prosecution of two cannabis growers thanks to the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment (which prohibits the Justice Department from going after state-legal medical marijuana businesses). Two growers pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess and grow marijuana in Humboldt county,
August 11, 2017
Trump declares national emergency over opioids. Two days after Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price said an emergency declaration wasn’t necessary, president Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. Stat The declaration could speed up access to resources that could help fight the crisis,
August 10, 2017
The worrying case of a cannabis lawyer. A San Diego cannabis lawyer is facing multiple felony charges for her work representing medical marijuana business Med-West. Jessica McElfresh has counseled hundreds of people about medical cannabis law, but email conversations with her clients have been seized in the case.
August 9, 2017
Public support for legalization at an all-time high. A recent Quinnipiac poll found that a whopping 94 percent of Americans support legalizing medical marijuana, and 61 percent support federal legalization for adult-use. These numbers have all increased over the past year. But a political-party and age divide both remain in terms of support for cannabis policy reform.
August 8, 2017
It doesn’t matter if you’re innocent. A deep dive into plea bargaining shows how the practice — which started out as a seemingly fair and reasonable one — has corrupted the criminal justice system. The story looks at how Shanta Sweatt ended up pleading guilty to a marijuana offense,
August 7, 2017
‘No ammunition’ for a crackdown on cannabis. A task force convened by Jeff Sessions “has come up with no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general’s aggressively anti-marijuana views.” The report “largely reiterates” the current hands-off policy of marijuana enforcement of the Justice Department. But it also suggested that officials “should evaluate whether to maintain,
August 4, 2017
States tell Sessions legal weed is working, but he might not listen. State officials from Colorado and Oregon are telling the Department of Justice that their legal marijuana programs are going well. But attorney general Jeff Sessions is considering a crackdown anyway. A report out of the Colorado governor’s office found that recreational cannabis legalization “didn’t significantly increase youth drug abuse,
August 3, 2017
Another poll finds most Americans support legalization. The results just keep coming. The latest Harvard-Harris poll found that 86 percent of Americans support some form of cannabis legalization. Only 14 percent of respondents said that cannabis should remain illegal. And 57 percent thought that legalizing weed would make society better.
August 2, 2017
Booker’s bill is a ‘conversation that Congress has to have.’ While senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) recognizes that his new cannabis descheduling bill has slim chances in Congress, the legislation is notable for targeting the racist and classist enforcement of drug laws in the U.S. Newsweek Some lawmakers representing states that have legalized recreational marijuana expressed reservations about the legislation,