Feds working on new marijuana banking guidance, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin tells Congress

Published: Feb 15, 2018, 11:29 am • Updated: Feb 15, 2018, 2:56 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff Issuing updated marijuana banking guidance is “at the top of the list” for the U.S. Treasury Department, according to Sec. Steve Mnuchin. “I can tell you we’re working on it as…

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Chair of Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board resigns, says Sessions’ move ends feds “looking the other way”

Published: Jan 5, 2018, 10:00 am • Updated: Jan 5, 2018, 10:00 am By Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska — Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young on Thursday ripped the U.S. Department of Justice over a shift toward tougher marijuana enforcement, calling the move a “direct violation of states’…

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Report: Sessions to rescind Cole Memo that kept feds out of legal marijuana states

Published: Jan 4, 2018, 6:48 am • Updated: Jan 4, 2018, 8:46 am By Sadie Gurman, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of…

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After local officials decline to investigate Oregon marijuana operation, feds step in

Published: Dec 5, 2017, 9:53 am • Updated: Dec 5, 2017, 10:51 am By Andrew Selsky, The Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — Federal officials are investigating a marijuana processing facility in Oregon after an explosion there injured a man who was previously convicted in a money laundering operation linked to…

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Feds now say they shouldn’t have spent tax dollars to prosecute Washington medical marijuana growers

Published: Oct 19, 2017, 4:09 pm • Updated: Oct 19, 2017, 4:09 pm By The Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. — The convictions of some Washington residents for growing marijuana near the town of Kettle Falls may soon be erased. That’s after federal prosecutors acknowledged that they shouldn’t have spent money…

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Rohrabacher calls on fellow Republicans to protect medical marijuana from the feds

Published: Sep 5, 2017, 9:31 am • Updated: Sep 5, 2017, 10:28 am By Dana Rohrabacher, Special To The Washington Post Not long ago, a supporter of mine, visiting from California, dropped by my Capitol office. A retired military officer and staunch conservative, he and I spent much of our…

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Anti-legalization group urges feds to “systematically shut down” cannabis industry

Published: Aug 30, 2017, 10:25 am • Updated: Aug 30, 2017, 12:04 pm By Polly Washburn, The Cannabist Staff Jeff Sessions has more reading about marijuana regs on his desk. Last week, governors from Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana, each sent letters…

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Op-ed: Colorado officials should speak out on fake marijuana data used by feds

Published: Aug 21, 2017, 7:37 am • Updated: Aug 21, 2017, 8:57 am By Ricardo Baca, Denver Post Guest Commentary Government-rooted misinformation has long been central to the very existence of War on Drugs. From government-sponsored anti-marijuana campaigns to the familiar talking points used by politicians over the decades, the…

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Feds visit Colorado to research marijuana regulation, black market, enforcement

Published: Jul 20, 2017, 12:58 pm • Updated: Jul 20, 2017, 1:07 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Colorado officials who oversee the state’s marijuana agencies are sharing details about a fact-finding visit earlier this week by federal law enforcement and drug policy administrators. Related: Feds hold closed-doors meetings…

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