Protections for employers and police missing from marijuana clean-up bill

Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger spoke against a last-minute clean-up measure (A5342) during an Assembly telephonic session Monday as a way to secure Gov. Phil Murphy’s signature on bills sent to him in December legalizing recreational marijuana. The Senate voted 22-12 and the Assembly 49-27, along party lines. Murphy signed it into…

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Trump says he’ll support protections for legal marijuana. Here’s what politicians and cannabis insiders are saying.

Politicians and cannabis industry insiders, alike, were surprised Friday morning by Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner’s announcement that he has struck a deal with President Donald J. Trump that would protect states’ marijuana laws from federal interference. In a statement that summarized much of the reaction, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the…

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Sen. Cory Gardner says Trump has agreed to support state-legal marijuana protections

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner says he struck a deal with President Donald J. Trump that would protect states’ marijuana laws from federal interference. As part of the deal, the Republican senator agreed to lift his blockade on U.S. Department of Justice nominees — a hold put in place following U.S.…

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Medical marijuana protections land in must-pass federal spending bill

A bid to protect state recreational marijuana regimes was snuffed by Congress late Wednesday, but federal medical marijuana protections in place since 2014 remain attached to must-pass spending legislation. A $ 1.3 trillion spending bill that cleared the U.S. House today includes language that would continue shielding states’ medical marijuana programs…

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Senators: Add protections for state marijuana laws to legislation funding federal government

Published: Feb 13, 2018, 4:06 pm • Updated: Feb 13, 2018, 5:09 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff A bipartisan group of 18 senators led by Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner want protections for state marijuana laws inserted into legislation funding the federal government. Precise language in…

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Colorado congressional members developing plan for federal marijuana protections

Published: Jan 5, 2018, 6:06 pm • Updated: Jan 5, 2018, 6:56 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Friday began to hatch a plan to counter Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to eliminate Obama-era guidance on marijuana enforcement. Legislative sources confirmed to The…

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Trump signs stopgap spending bill extending federal medical marijuana protections for a few more weeks

Published: Dec 22, 2017, 11:07 am • Updated: Dec 22, 2017, 11:07 am By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff President Donald Trump signed a temporary spending bill into law on Friday to avert a government shutdown after the Republican-led Congress did the bare minimum in a sprint toward the holidays…

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Federal marijuana protections safe for now with stopgap spending bill approval

Published: Dec 7, 2017, 3:31 pm • Updated: Dec 7, 2017, 4:56 pm By Alex Pasquariello and Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff The House on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished…

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Rohrabacher-Blumenauer medical marijuana protections extended by debt limit deal

Published: Sep 8, 2017, 3:34 pm • Updated: Sep 8, 2017, 4:13 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Existing federal protections for medical marijuana states are expected to continue through at least Dec. 8. The $ 15.3 billion disaster aid package, debt limit increase and government spending extension approved…

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Senators Renew Protections for Medical Marijuana

by TWB – The Weed Blog https://www.theweedblog.com Great news for marijuana patients and entrepreneurs came down from the nation’s capital this week as the Senate Appropriations Committee voted for language in the federal budget to prevent the Department of Justice from meddling in matters of medical marijuana users and providers.…

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