Congress members, veterans join forces in call for medical marijuana reforms

Published: Nov 2, 2017, 5:06 pm • Updated: Nov 2, 2017, 5:56 pm By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff Veterans are adding their voices to the growing chorus calling for changes in marijuana research and legalization. A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives, along with several combat veterans and the mother…

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Congress demands answers from DEA on spread of opioids

Published: Oct 25, 2017, 12:00 pm • Updated: Oct 25, 2017, 12:00 pm By Lenny Bernstein and Scott Higham, The Washington Post WASHINGTON – Frustrated lawmakers threatened Wednesday to subpoena information from the Drug Enforcement Administration, accusing the agency of delaying responses to their questions about wholesale drug distributors that…

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Hemp power-players lobby Congress to shift mind-set, legalize crop

Published: Oct 17, 2017, 8:28 am • Updated: Oct 17, 2017, 8:45 am By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff American hemp is flush with grassroots organizations working to ensure the industry rises to prominence. Now it has a “grass-tops” organization working to ensure that hemp’s fledgling federal protections gain permanence.…

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California Urges The US Congress To Reschedule Cannabis Immediately

Watching the Infrastructure of Prohibition Crumble With California ready to unleash the recreational cannabis market within the State, lawmakers are now applying pressure on the Federal government to reclassify cannabis all together. “The Legislature urges the Congress of the United States to pass a law to reschedule marijuana or cannabis…

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Medical marijuana states cautiously optimistic Congress will resist Sessions

Published: Aug 23, 2017, 11:20 am • Updated: Aug 23, 2017, 12:40 pm By Paige Winfield Cunningham, The Washington Post Congress will likely renew protections next month for state medical marijuana laws — but pro-pot lawmakers and advocates are still watching nervously in case Attorney General Jeff Sessions launches a…

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The Industrial Hemp Farming Act is back — is this the year Congress legalizes the crop?

Published: Aug 15, 2017, 11:22 am • Updated: Aug 15, 2017, 11:54 am By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff These are times of cautious but rising optimism for supporters of industrial hemp. Since 1970, all forms of Cannabis sativa L., including hemp, have been classified as a Schedule I drug…

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Cannabis fight puts Congress on collision course with Sessions

Published: Aug 3, 2017, 12:02 pm • Updated: Aug 3, 2017, 12:02 pm By Nathan Howard, Bloomberg Congress is heading for a confrontation with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over pot. Sessions is seeking to crack down on marijuana use while lawmakers from both parties are pushing legislation that would do…

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Will this be the year Congress expands veterans’ access to medical marijuana?

Published: Jul 14, 2017, 3:21 pm • Updated: Jul 14, 2017, 5:30 pm By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday amended must-pass legislation to add language expanding access to medical marijuana for military veterans. Again. The Veterans Equal Access Amendment to the 2018 Military…

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How advocates are inspiring members of Congress to champion national CBD oil legalization

Published: Jun 26, 2017, 9:34 am • Updated: Jun 26, 2017, 11:01 am By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabis compound touted for its medicinal promise — but marijuana- and hemp-derived extracts rich in CBD and low in intoxicating THC are facing a future yet to…

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Jeff Sessions has asked Congress to allow him to prosecute medical marijuana providers

Published: Jun 13, 2017, 7:32 am • Updated: Jun 13, 2017, 12:25 pm By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post Attorney General Jeff Sessions is asking congressional leaders to undo federal medical marijuana protections that have been in place since 2014, according to a May letter that became public Monday. The…

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