Colorado congressmen butt heads on spending bill amendment to protect state-legal marijuana

Published: Jan 18, 2018, 12:13 pm • Updated: Jan 18, 2018, 1:59 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff The recent “groundswell” of support for a spending bill amendment protecting state-legal marijuana proposed by Colorado Rep. Jared Polis wasn’t enough to move a powerful Congressional committee — or even a…

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Congressmen: Rescinding marijuana banking guidance would be ‘dangerous and imprudent’

Published: Jan 17, 2018, 12:32 pm • Updated: Jan 17, 2018, 1:03 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Longtime congressional proponents of marijuana banking provisions are urging the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to keep intact marijuana banking guidance. FinCEN guidelines established in 2014 — outlining how financial…

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Congressmen query Sessions over reported cannabis research obstruction

Published: Aug 23, 2017, 5:14 pm • Updated: Aug 23, 2017, 5:25 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff A bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter Wednesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressing concern about a reported move by the Justice Department to halt marijuana research. The letter from…

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Congressmen Join Clemency Recipients At International Drug Policy Reform Conference

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) will join clemency recipients, Kemba Smith and Jason Hernandez at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference on Thursday morning in Arlington. Rep. Jeffries, Rep. Blumenauer, Smith and Hernandez will join more than 1,500 conference attendees at the International Drug Policy Reform…

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Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Eliminate DEA Marijuana Eradication Program

Congressmen Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Justin Amash (R-MI) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday that would eliminate the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program. The DEA program distributes funds to state and local law enforcement agencies for the purpose of locating and destroying marijuana…

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