Rep. Barbara Lee introduces companion House bill to Marijuana Justice Act

Published: Jan 17, 2018, 4:31 pm • Updated: Jan 17, 2018, 6:03 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff California Congresswoman Barbara Lee is championing Sen. Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act in the House of Representatives. Lee on Wednesday introduced a companion House bill to Booker’s legislative effort to end…

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19 state attorneys general back Colo. Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s marijuana banking bill

Published: Jan 16, 2018, 12:57 pm • Updated: Jan 16, 2018, 5:19 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff A bill introduced by Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter that would allow banks to serve marijuana-related businesses without fear of penalties from the federal government got a boost Tuesday from a bipartisan…

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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz: Time to remove cannabis-industry-punishing 280E from tax code

Published: Nov 8, 2017, 11:11 am • Updated: Nov 8, 2017, 11:11 am By Matt Gaetz, Guest Commentary In 1981, a Tax Court judge ruled on tax deductions taken by Mr. Jeff Edmonson, a man with a unique business: the large-scale distribution of drugs. For the tax year in question,…

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Watch: Rep. Earl Blumenauer testifies that medical marijuana could solve opioid crisis

Published: Oct 11, 2017, 4:50 pm • Updated: Oct 11, 2017, 5:04 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff As it slowly acknowledges the depths of the opioid epidemic, Congress is failing to recognize that medical marijuana may be a simple and effective solution, Rep. Earl Blumenauer said Wednesday. The…

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Oregon Rep. Blumenauer disputes report that medical marijuana state protection amendment is dead

Published: Jun 29, 2017, 11:09 am • Updated: Jun 29, 2017, 11:40 am By The Cannabist Staff How does a bill become a law? The classic Schoolhouse Rock Question degenerated over the last 24 hours into the latest spat between opposing sides of the medical marijuana debate. Related: Medical marijuana,…

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U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, marijuana legalization supporter, to run for Colorado governor

Published: Jun 12, 2017, 11:52 am • Updated: Jun 12, 2017, 11:53 am By The Cannabist Staff U.S. Representative Jared Polis plans to join the crowded race for Colorado governor this week, The Denver Post reports. In April, The Cannabist’s Alicia Wallace sat down with Polis to talk with him…

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California Rep. Rohrabacher says he’ll take medical marijuana fight to Supreme Court if need be

Published: May 8, 2017, 12:51 pm • Updated: May 8, 2017, 12:55 pm By Brooke Edwards Staggs, The Cannifornian Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said he hopes to convince Attorney General Jeff Sessions that good people do indeed sometimes smoke pot. But if he can’t, the Republican congressman from Costa Mesa said…

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“The DEA has lost its moral authority”: Rep. Jared Polis pulls no punches in exclusive interview

Published: Apr 20, 2017, 7:20 am • Updated: Apr 20, 2017, 8:58 am By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff In his eight years on Capitol Hill, Congressman Jared Polis has doggedly championed cannabis legalization. For the Democrat from Colorado, it’s a matter of personal freedom, a means toward more a…

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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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Colorado Rep. Polis introduces bill to decriminalize marijuana and regulate like alcohol

Published: Mar 30, 2017, 8:15 am • Updated: Mar 30, 2017, 8:59 am By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Colorado Rep. Jared Polis’ has introduced a bill that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and regulate it like alcohol. U.S. Rep. Polis, D-Colorado, on Thursday reintroduced the Marijuana Revenue…

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