Marijuana industry needs protection from federal enforcement policies

Last week, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock – a former opponent of legalizing marijuana in Colorado – rallied colleagues from other cities to form a coalition supporting a bill introduced by Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who also opposed marijuana legalization. The bill would ensure states like Colorado have the right…

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Denver, Thornton mayors join with other U.S. city leaders to call for federal marijuana policy reforms

The Denver and Thornton mayors have joined a new coalition of U.S. city leaders that will lobby Congress and the Trump administration to increase local control over marijuana policy. Announced during the weekend meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston, the group’s formation is the latest effort by…

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Colorado’s marijuana industry would get bank access, federal OK under bill from Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren. But what are its chances?

WASHINGTON — The federal government would be forced to respect state laws on marijuana under a bill introduced Thursday by U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren. The measure, which is welcomed by the cannabis industry but faces a tough path to becoming law, wouldn’t legalize the drug in states…

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Cannabis extracts remain classified as dangerous drugs after federal court ruling siding with DEA

A federal appeals court dealt a blow this week to makers of CBD-rich cannabis extracts who were trying to stop the DEA from classifying their products as dangerous drugs. A panel of judges for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shot down the hemp industry’s challenge of a U.S.…

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Americans support federal bill to shield legal cannabis states: new poll

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner has said he likes his odds of getting a bill through Congress to protect state-legal marijuana operations. And a new npoll released Thursday shows that it’s a popular bet with the American people. Nearly three-quarters of American voters surveyed by Qunnipiac University say they would support…

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Sen. Chuck Schumer backs decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level

WASHINGTON — The push to decriminalize marijuana has picked up another high-profile backer — Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer — just a week after President Donald Trump endorsed letting states decide how to regulate the drug. “I’ll be introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level from one end…

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Why Did Trump Extend The Federal Spending Bill That Protects Legal MMJ From The Feds?

Why Did Trump Extend the Federal Spending Bill That Protects MMJ Programs? Last Friday, POTUS Donald Trump just enacted a $ 1.3 trillion federal spending bill that would include the extension of protections for state-legal MMJ operations from the Department of Justice. Why? Trump is looking at a 2020 re-election…

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Here’s how much marijuana you’d need to be eligible for the death penalty under federal law

Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo encouraging federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for certain drug trafficking offenses. Federal law allows for capital punishment in drug trafficking cases involving murder or homicide. But the attorney general also specifically called out one provision that allows for capital…

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Medical marijuana protections land in must-pass federal spending bill

A bid to protect state recreational marijuana regimes was snuffed by Congress late Wednesday, but federal medical marijuana protections in place since 2014 remain attached to must-pass spending legislation. A $ 1.3 trillion spending bill that cleared the U.S. House today includes language that would continue shielding states’ medical marijuana programs…

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