Cory Gardner will try to pass marijuana banking, other reforms in the Senate next week

Marijuana businesses in Colorado and across the country are anxiously awaiting a move by Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, next week that could completely transform the way they do business. Gardner plans to introduce an amendment Monday that, if passed, would let cannabis businesses open bank accounts in states where they’re…

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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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Congress members, veterans join forces in call for medical marijuana reforms

Published: Nov 2, 2017, 5:06 pm • Updated: Nov 2, 2017, 5:56 pm By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff Veterans are adding their voices to the growing chorus calling for changes in marijuana research and legalization. A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives, along with several combat veterans and the mother…

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Congressional Leadership Resists Bipartisan-Backed Marijuana Reforms

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director Congressional leaders have moved in recent days to quash a number of proposed marijuana law reforms. Specifically, provisions previously voted on by Congress to expand medical cannabis access to eligible military veterans have been removed by leadership during the conference committee process. Members have yet to speak…

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Congress Adopts Significant Drug Policy Reforms In New Spending Bill

Congress passed a must-pass spending bill this morning that includes language that stops the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice from spending money to block the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. The amendment was passed last year on a temporary basis and must be renewed this year. “The renewal of…

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Ecuador Backtracks On Criminal Justice Reforms, Increases Penalties For Drug Selling

In a disappointing move, Ecuador increased penalties for small-scale drug sellers yesterday, reversing reforms approved last year that differentiated between possession of small amounts of drugs and larger quantities with intent to sell, where there had previously been no differentiation. However, yesterday the National Assembly voted to modify the criminal…

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President Obama Calls For Greater Criminal Justice Reforms

By Phillip Smith In a 45-minute speech at the NAACP convention in Philadelphia Tuesday, President Obama laid out a far-reaching roadmap for criminal justice reform, including calls for reducing or eliminating mandatory minimum sentences, reviewing the use of solitary confinement, and eliminating barriers to reentry for former prisoners. The president…

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