Amendment to Cut Funding of DEA’s Cannabis Eradication Program

September 3, 2017
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Amendment to Cut Funding of DEA’s Cannabis Eradication Program

Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) has reintroduced an amendment to cut funds from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) cannabis eradication program through their Salaries and Expenses Account.

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Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research

September 2, 2017
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Gaetz Introduces Amendment for Medical Marijuana Research

Representative Matt Gaetz (FL-01) has introduced an amendment to the appropriations bill that, if passed, would not allow the Department of Justice to use funds from the bill to prevent or delay the approval of an application to research medical marijuana. This past year, the DEA moved to create a new procedure to license...

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Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments

September 2, 2017
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Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments

Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) with Representatives Perlmutter (CO-07), Lee (CA-13), and Titus (NV-01) have submitted two amendments to the financial services division to be included in the House appropriations bill. Both of these amendments focus on banking services for legal marijuana-related businesses and would be a temporary fix until the current legislation, the SAFE...

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Norton Files Amendment To Strike Anti-Home-Rule Rider For DC

August 31, 2017
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Norton Files Amendment To Strike Anti-Home-Rule Rider For DC

In 2015, D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71, which legalized the cultivation and possession of limited amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and older. However, because D.C. cannot control its own budget, Congress was able to block the District from legalizing, taxing, and regulating the sale of marijuana.

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AAA Is Doubling Down On Their Marijuana Distortions

August 30, 2017
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AAA Is Doubling Down On Their Marijuana Distortions

At a recent AAA Texas-sponsored event, attendees were falsely told that drivers testing positive possess a 25-fold risk of accident compared to sober drivers. But the actual study cited by AAA concluded nothing of the sort. Rather, the study in question -- conducted by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- determined that...

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FDA Seeking Public Comments On CBD

FDA Seeking Public Comments On CBD

On Regulations.Gov, right now, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is soliciting public comments with regard to the therapeutic utility and abuse liability of various controlled substances, including cannabidiol (CBD).

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Congressman O’Rourke Introduces Amendment To End Arbitrary License Suspensions

August 28, 2017
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Congressman O’Rourke Introduces Amendment To End Arbitrary License Suspensions

This amendment is similar to the Better Drive Act, which Congressman O’Rourke introduced in April. The Better Drive Act removes the federal mandate that demands states to suspend the driver’s license of individuals with a marijuana possession conviction. Currently, any drug conviction, regardless of whether or not the motor vehicle was involved, results in...

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Bianca Jagger To Receive Second Annual Michael J. Kennedy Social Justice Award

Bianca Jagger To Receive Second Annual Michael J. Kennedy Social Justice Award

Ms. Jagger has committed her life to defending human rights, civil liberties, social justice and environmental protection throughout the world.

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Pardon

August 26, 2017
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Pardon

Remember how we gave President Obama such a hard time about delaying on giving pardons to so many people who had received such harsh sentences for non-violent drug crimes? And how it wasn’t until the end of his second term that he really stepped up the pardons?

Well, President Trump isn’t waiting. According to...

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American Legion Resolves In Support Of Expanding Veterans’ Access to Medicinal Cannabis

American Legion Resolves In Support Of Expanding Veterans’ Access to Medicinal Cannabis

The American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, has adopted a resolution calling on federal officials to expand veterans’ access to medical marijuana.

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Medical Marijuana Protections Offered Again, But Will They Receive A Vote?

Medical Marijuana Protections Offered Again, But Will They Receive A Vote?

This week, Representatives Dana Rohrabacher, Earl Blumenauer, and allies in the House of Representatives have again offered the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment to protect lawful state medical marijuana programs from the federal government. Now, Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions may deny the democratic process and not allow the amendment to be considered for a full vote...

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Oakland’s Marijuana Equity Permit Program

August 24, 2017
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Oakland’s Marijuana Equity Permit Program

In March of this year, Oakland City Council implemented the Equity Permit Program for marijuana businesses. This program is designed to address the past disparities in the cannabis industry by giving priority to the victims of the war on drugs and minimizing barriers of entry into the industry.

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