California bill to protect recreational marijuana industry and users from federal crackdown moves ahead

Published: Apr 19, 2017, 4:50 pm • Updated: Apr 19, 2017, 4:54 pm By Katy Murphy, Bay Area News Group California is considering another step to protect its interests — specifically, its weed — from Washington meddling. The proposal — the first of its kind in the nation — would…

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Colorado cannabis sales top $126M in February 2017 amid federal uncertainty

Published: Apr 11, 2017, 5:52 pm • Updated: Apr 11, 2017, 5:54 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff In a month when the phrase “greater enforcement” was uttered by the Trump administration in relation to marijuana, Colorado’s cannabis sales continued their surge. In February, licensed shops brought in nearly…

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New federal bill would reschedule marijuana as Schedule III

Published: Apr 7, 2017, 5:42 pm • Updated: Apr 7, 2017, 6:02 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff The latest marijuana-centric bill before Congress would place cannabis as a Schedule III substance, a classification shared by Tylenol with codeine, ketamine and dronabinol. Two Florida congressmen, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz…

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Jeff Sessions has created a task force to review federal marijuana policies

Published: Apr 7, 2017, 10:00 am • Updated: Apr 7, 2017, 10:20 am By Polly Washburn, The Cannabist Staff In a memo sent this week to the U.S. attorneys, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said a task force within the Justice Department will evaluate marijuana policy as part of a larger review…

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Hemp lawsuit in federal court alleges DEA overstepped on “extracts” rule

Published: Apr 5, 2017, 12:49 pm • Updated: Apr 5, 2017, 1:18 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff A federal lawsuit involving hemp is heating up. Lawyers representing the Hemp Industries Association and hemp businesses have filed an opening brief in a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals case…

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Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke introduces federal bill to curb driver’s license suspensions for drug offenses

Published: Apr 5, 2017, 5:00 pm • Updated: Apr 5, 2017, 7:15 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Just five days after announcing his longshot bid to unseat Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke introduced a bill that seeks to repeal a federal law encouraging states…

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Johns Hopkins pulls out of marijuana PTSD study, apparently over partner questioning federal rules

Published: Mar 31, 2017, 4:06 pm • Updated: Mar 31, 2017, 4:18 pm By Aaron Gregg, The Washington Post Eighteen months after joining a study on using marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, Johns Hopkins University has pulled out without enrolling any veterans, the latest setback for the long-awaited research.…

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Federal marijuana playbook: Trump administration’s tough talk and what we know so far

Published: Mar 23, 2017, 6:12 pm • Updated: Mar 24, 2017, 1:20 am Cannabist Staff A timeline of federal marijuana talk It’s been one month since we heard the first public words from the Trump administration regarding marijuana. While we have yet to hear from President Donald Trump himself on…

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