Federal lawsuit against Sessions and DEA says marijuana’s Schedule I status unconstitutional

Published: Jul 25, 2017, 7:10 am • Updated: Jul 25, 2017, 8:31 am By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff A diverse cadre of cannabis advocates filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging the constitutionality of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as it pertains to marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Drug…

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Federal ban on marijuana has created ‘regulatory vacuum’ says new study

Published: Jul 12, 2017, 7:50 am • Updated: Jul 12, 2017, 7:50 am By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff U.S. medical marijuana laws are like snowflakes — no two state regulatory regimes are exactly alike. The “regulatory vacuum” that has resulted from marijuana’s Schedule I status has caused varying state…

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The pot patent puzzle: Analyzing the ironies of federal marijuana prohibition

Published: Jul 7, 2017, 7:33 pm • Updated: Jul 7, 2017, 7:33 pm By Craig Nard, The Conversation It’s hard to make sense of cannabis regulation. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continues to categorize marijuana as a Schedule I drug. That means the government believes it has “no currently accepted…

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With DEA digging in its heels on “marijuana extracts,” legality of CBD oil on trial in federal courts

Published: Jul 5, 2017, 8:18 am • Updated: Jul 5, 2017, 8:43 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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Federal appeals court gives Colorado marijuana credit union another chance

Published: Jun 28, 2017, 7:37 pm • Updated: Jun 28, 2017, 7:51 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff A federal appeals court has breathed life into a plan hatched in Colorado to open a credit union for the marijuana industry. A three-judge panel for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court…

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Forbidden medicine: Caught between a doctor’s CBD advice and federal laws

Published: Jun 20, 2017, 2:33 pm • Updated: Jun 20, 2017, 4:26 pm 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 be determined.…

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Jeff Sessions could have power to unilaterally write federal drug policy say critics of new bill

Published: Jun 16, 2017, 12:00 pm • Updated: Jun 16, 2017, 12:06 pm By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post Congress is considering a bill that would expand the federal government’s ability to pursue the war on drugs, granting new power to the Attorney General to set federal drug policy. The…

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Federal bill would protect medical marijuana states, provide access to vets

Published: Jun 15, 2017, 4:59 pm • Updated: Jun 15, 2017, 6:07 pm By Polly Washburn, The Cannabist Staff A bipartisan group of senators and representatives has reintroduced legislation to protect patients in states where medical marijuana has been legalized. The bill introduced Thursday is known as the Compassionate Access,…

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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says MMJ “may be helpful” but hands tied by federal law

Published: May 31, 2017, 3:12 pm • Updated: May 31, 2017, 7:21 pm By Polly Washburn, The Cannabist Staff At a “State of the VA” address at the White House Wednesday, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said federal law prevents the department from implementing any potential benefits of medical marijuana…

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