Cannabis Industry Professionals Respond to Jeff Sessions Memo

Attorney General Jeff Sessions directs prosecutors to seek toughest drug charges, harshest practices of the drug war.  How will cannabis industry professionals respond to Jeff Sessions memo? In a two-page memo sent to more than 5,000 assistant U.S. attorneys across the country and all assistant AGs in Washington, the policy…

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Sessions’ war on drugs causing uncertainty in medical marijuana industry, concern in advocates

Published: May 15, 2017, 7:38 am • Updated: May 15, 2017, 8:34 am By John Wagner and Matt Zapotosky, The Washington Post WASHINGTON – A little-noticed document issued by President Donald Trump has put advocates of medical marijuana on edge, raising questions about the long-term security of programs now authorized…

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Is GMO weed inevitable, given Big Ag’s entry into the cannabis industry?

Published: May 15, 2017, 12:06 pm • Updated: May 15, 2017, 12:06 pm By Will Houston, Eureka Times-Standard Genetically modified marijuana is a term that may strike fear into the cannabis farms in the hills of Humboldt County, conjuring visions of large agricultural companies like Monsanto entering the commercial market…

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Colorado legislators adopt one strategy to protect cannabis industry, reject another

Published: May 3, 2017, 3:29 pm • Updated: May 3, 2017, 3:50 pm By The Associated Press DENVER — Colorado’s House has endorsed a bill to allow recreational pot growers and retailers to reclassify their product as medical marijuana if federal marijuana policy changes. The House voted 58-5 on Wednesday…

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Maryland governor orders disparity study of minority participation in medical marijuana industry

Published: Apr 28, 2017, 7:48 am • Updated: Apr 28, 2017, 8:10 am By Brian Witte, The Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday ordered a study of the state’s developing medical marijuana industry to ensure opportunities for minority participation. Hogan directed the Governor’s Office of…

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Creating standards for cannabis industry gets ASTM International board approval

Published: Apr 25, 2017, 4:33 pm • Updated: Apr 25, 2017, 6:09 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff ASTM International, a century-old standards organization, gave the official go-ahead to establish a standards-writing committee for the cannabis industry, officials announced Tuesday. ASTM’s board of directors approved the formation of Committee…

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Here’s how Jeff Sessions has disrupted marijuana industry with words alone

Published: Apr 21, 2017, 8:14 am • Updated: Apr 22, 2017, 1:22 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff As cannabis enthusiasts celebrate 4/20 across the country, the long shadow of the Trump Administration isn’t just a major buzz kill — it has also has sent chills across a blossoming…

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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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