Nearly 70 Congress members push spending bill amendment to protect state-legal marijuana

Published: Jan 12, 2018, 3:47 pm • Updated: Jan 12, 2018, 4:43 pm By Alicia Wallace and Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff Members of Congress have proposed a spending bill amendment that would ensure protections for states that have legalized marijuana. Nearly 70 U.S. representatives signed onto a letter sent…

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Colorado Congress members send letter to Sessions, urging reinstatement of Cole Memo

Published: Jan 9, 2018, 2:11 pm • Updated: Jan 9, 2018, 6:28 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Colorado congressional legislators fired off a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking that he reconsider last week’s rescission of the Cole Memo and related marijuana guidance. Democratic representatives…

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Federal marijuana bills boosted by new supporters as Congress gets back to work

Published: Jan 9, 2018, 9:49 am • Updated: Jan 9, 2018, 11:06 am By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Lawmakers lined up behind several cannabis-related House bills in the wake of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ policy shift last week rescinding the Obama-era Cole Memo that had protected states with…

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66 Congress members call for extending protection for medical marijuana states

Published: Nov 29, 2017, 6:25 pm • Updated: Nov 29, 2017, 6:52 pm By Aleta Labak, The Cannabist Staff With the current federal appropriations bill set to expire Dec. 8, there’s a new bipartisan call for continuing protection of medical marijuana states. Two congressmen behind a namesake provision for medical…

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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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