Senator calls on Trump to withdraw Marino as drug czar pick in wake of revelations

Published: Oct 16, 2017, 11:46 am • Updated: Oct 16, 2017, 11:58 am By Ed O’Keefe and Scott Higham and Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post WASHINGTON – Congressional Democrats on Monday reacted sharply to reports that President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as the nation’s drug czar helped steer legislation…

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Learn from Colorado’s mistakes, says former cannabis czar

Published: Aug 31, 2017, 8:22 am • Updated: Aug 31, 2017, 8:56 am By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff If he had to do it all over again, Colorado’s former marijuana czar would approach cannabis legalization by gathering loads more data, taking a calculated approach to edibles and including an…

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Los Angeles’ new cannabis czar for ‘new era’ is longtime legalization activist

Published: Aug 18, 2017, 8:20 am • Updated: Aug 18, 2017, 8:38 am By Elizabeth Chou, The Cannifornian An active and prominent supporter of the campaign to legalize recreational-use cannabis in California will head up the Los Angeles agency tasked with regulating the local marijuana industry. Cat Packer, a nominee…

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Trump’s apparent drug czar pick has strong “no” vote record on marijuana, including CBD oil

Published: Apr 12, 2017, 7:42 am • Updated: Apr 12, 2017, 8:02 am By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., will be President Trump’s drug czar, according to a report from CBS News. Marino’s congressional voting record is that of a hard-liner on marijuana issues, and he…

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Canada’s marijuana czar pours cold water on hype of imminent legalization

Published: Mar 9, 2017, 11:00 am • Updated: Mar 9, 2017, 11:00 am By Jen Skerritt and Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg As investors flock to Canada’s burgeoning marijuana sector, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is signaling recreational pot sales aren’t imminent. Lawmaker Bill Blair — the former Toronto police chief leading…

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Colorado’s marijuana czar and fellow top regulator make leap into consulting

Published: Jan 5, 2017, 3:44 pm • Updated: Jan 5, 2017, 4:09 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Colorado’s marijuana czar and one of its top enforcement chiefs are jumping to the private sector to advise local and state governments hashing out cannabis regulations. Andrew Freedman, the state’s director…

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U.S. drug czar: The feds have dragged their feet on pot research

Published: Oct 5, 2016, 6:19 am • Updated: Oct 5, 2016, 6:19 am By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff The U.S. government hasn’t really done what it could to further medical marijuana research, the nation’s drug czar says. Michael Botticelli, the director of national drug control policy for the Obama…

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