Jeff Sessions approved by Senate Judiciary Committee to advance to full Senate confirmation vote

Published: Feb 1, 2017, 11:22 am • Updated: Feb 1, 2017, 11:58 am By Matt Zapotosky, The Washington Post WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 11-9 to advance the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as attorney general. He is expected to be confirmed by the full…

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Bill adding PTSD to Colorado medical marijuana list clears Senate committee

Published: Jan 30, 2017, 4:12 pm • Updated: Jan 30, 2017, 5:55 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff A state Senate committee voted 5-0 on Monday afternoon to advance a bill that seeks to include PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Colorado. “I probably wouldn’t be…

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Oregon’s Joint Committee On Marijuana Legalization May Be Dissolving

By Keith Mansur, Oregon Cannabis Connection Oregon’s Joint Committee on Marijuana Legalization may be dissolving before the next legislative session in 2017. The committee, which has been dealing with implementation of Measure 91 and the rewriting of Oregon’s medical marijuana program, was handed a complicated task to be sure. They have…

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U.S. House Committee Approves Legislation That Helps Fight Warrantless Asset Forfeiture Seizures

(image via floridapolitics.com) Yesterday, the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary unanimously approved asset forfeiture reform legislation. Known as the DUE PROCESS Act (H.R. 5283) and sponsored by Crime Subcommittee Chairman Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), Crime Subcommittee…

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Urge D.C. Judiciary Committee To Improve Medical Marijuana Program

I received the following alert out of DC: While D.C. has an effective medical marijuana program, there is still room for improvement. Two bills are pending to do just that, but they’re stalled in the Judiciary Committee. Click here to urge all the Judiciary Committee members to make sure these…

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New Hampshire: Senate Punts Marijuana Decriminalization Bill To Hostile Conference Committee

I received the following disappointing message out of New Hampshire late this week. No one should ever be arrested for cannabis: Today, the New Hampshire Senate had a golden opportunity to reduce marijuana possession penalties, but they failed to seize it. Rather than passing SB 498, which had been amended…

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Vermont House Committee Approves Marijuana Bill, Restores Legalization Provision

The House Ways and Means Committee approved S. 241 on Friday (6-3) after amending it to allow adults in Vermont to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana. The bill will now go to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration. S. 241 still does not create a regulated system of…

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Blumenauer Applauds Senate Appropriations Committee Passage Of VA Medical Marijuana Amendment

Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03) applauded the Senate Committee on Appropriations for passing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Marijuana Amendment for the second consecutive year. This amendment, offered by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT), would allow VA physicians to provide recommendations regarding the participation of…

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