Federally legal hemp, a fruitful endeavor in Colorado, gets jolt from Republican Mitch McConnell

Colorado’s burgeoning hemp industry got a jolt Monday when Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s Majority Leader, gave his full-throated support of shoring up federal laws around hemp. McConnell announced plans to introduce The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would remove hemp from regulation as a controlled substance and treat it…

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Colorado Republican congressman wants to reschedule marijuana to allow medical research

Published: Mar 9, 2018, 3:09 pm • Updated: Mar 9, 2018, 6:46 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff After U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo in early January, 69 members of Congress, including six of Colorado’s seven members, signed a bipartisan letter sent to House leadership requesting protections…

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Marijuana legalization is around corner, says former Republican party chairman

Published: Oct 27, 2017, 3:03 pm • Updated: Oct 27, 2017, 3:03 pm By James McClure, Civilized There’s no better time than the present to discuss marijuana legalization according to Michael Steele, who helped shape national policy during his tenure as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Steele recently told…

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Confessions of a pro-cannabis Republican: Haunted by the ghost of Nancy Reagan

Published: Sep 26, 2017, 2:33 pm • Updated: Sep 26, 2017, 2:43 pm By Hunter J. White, Special To Civilized In my work trying to bring the issue of marijuana reform to the forefront of Republican policy-making, I have often heard “old guard” Republicans parrot Nancy Reagan’s infamous “Just Say…

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Wisconsin Republican joins Democratic bid to reduce weed penalties

Published: May 30, 2017, 2:28 pm • Updated: May 30, 2017, 2:28 pm By Cara Lombardo, The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — A Republican state lawmaker joined three Democrats in a longshot effort to loosen the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana in Wisconsin. Rep. Adam Jarchow, of Balsam…

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Utah Republican convention refuses to endorse medical marijuana

Published: May 22, 2017, 11:09 am • Updated: May 22, 2017, 11:13 am By Lindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Press SANDY, Utah — The Utah Republican Party will not endorse the use of medical marijuana following a lopsided convention vote. GOP delegates rejected the proposal with a vote of 70 percent…

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Virginia Republican rep introduces bill to end federal marijuana prohibition

Published: Mar 2, 2017, 10:37 am • Updated: Mar 2, 2017, 11:04 am By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post A freshman Republican representative from Virginia introduced legislation this week that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana use and allow states to fully set their own course on marijuana policy.…

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Respect States Marijuana Laws Act of 2017 Introduced by Republican Congressman

Cannabis advocate, Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), introduced the Respect States Marijuana Laws Act of 2017 this week. The bill is aimed at protecting individuals in the cannabis industry against threats of federal prosecution. The bill, HR975 was introduced by the longtime Congressional ally to the cannabis industry, and Trump…

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Donald Trump Breaks With Republican Platform On Medical Marijuana

Right after officially receiving the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump is already creating rifts between himself and the party platform. Trump has said that he supports medical cannabis “100 percent” and has signaled that, if elected, he would allow states to implement their own laws without federal interference. “The progress…

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The Republican Party Votes No On Medical Marijuana at RNC – Goes Full Reefer Madness

During the platform meetings of the Republican National Conference, delegates voted not to endorse medical marijuana in their party’s official platform. During the spirited debate, opposition managed to bring up some of the classic reefer madness talking points to justify their votes. Delegates in favor of the proposition spoke of…

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