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Sessions mocks intern who questions his stance on cannabis

Sessions mocks intern who questions his stance on cannabis

Sara Tiradossi

December 12, 2017


Filed under News, Politics

Earlier this year, Attorney General Sessions said during a private event that the U.S. legal system must be "based on law and based on facts" and "can't be politicized." ABC News obtained video of the summer intern lecture series event featuring Sessions through a Freedom of Information Act request....

66 Congress members call for continued protection for medical cannabis states

66 Congress members call for continued protection for medical cannabis states

Sara Tiradossi

December 1, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Showcase

Two congressmen, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California, and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, sent a letter on Wednesday co-signed by 64 of their peers to House and Senate leadership and called for an extended protection of medical cannabis states. The letter, addressed to Senate majority leader Mitch...

Bush-era attorney said Sessions has other priorities than cracking down on cannabis

Bush-era attorney said Sessions has other priorities than cracking down on cannabis

Sara Tiradossi

November 24, 2017


Filed under News, Politics

In a recent interview, former US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Jeff Sessions has far more important things to do than crack down on state-legal cannabis. “With respect to everything else going on in the US, this is pretty low-priority,” Gonzales said. “To prosecute an act that is otherwise...

Trump declares opioid crisis a ‘health emergency,’ but requests no funds

Trump declares opioid crisis a ‘health emergency,’ but requests no funds

Sara Tiradossi

October 27, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Showcase

President Trump declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency on Thursday, a move intended to expand access to treatment and loosen current regulations. However, the declaration will not bring new dollars in the fight of the epidemic of drug overdose, that kills tens of thousands...

For the first time, a majority of Republicans support cannabis legalization

For the first time, a majority of Republicans support cannabis legalization

Sara Tiradossi

October 26, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Showcase

A majority of American Republicans say they support cannabis legalization, the highest level of public support Gallup has found in nearly 50 years. Out of the people surveyed, 51 percent of Republicans said they support legalization, up from 42 percent a year ago, and 72 percent of Democrats are in...

Top U.S. international drug official resigns, calls for cannabis rescheduling

Top U.S. international drug official resigns, calls for cannabis rescheduling

Sara Tiradossi

October 25, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Showcase

William Brownfield was the Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs until a few weeks ago, when he decided to resign from his position. As more countries are legalizing cannabis, Brownfield believes the federal government should reclassify the plant. “Let...

Law Enforcement Leaders urge Trump, Sessions not to lock up low-level drug offenders

Law Enforcement Leaders urge Trump, Sessions not to lock up low-level drug offenders

Sara Tiradossi

October 19, 2017


Filed under News, Politics

The Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration sent a letter to Sessions and Trump on Wednesday urging them not to return the “lock ‘em up” crime-fighting policies of the 1980s and 1990s and not to waste resources on low-level drug offenders. The law enforcement leaders stated...

Federal watchdog says IRS unfairly targeted nonprofits based on names involving “medical cannabis”

Federal watchdog says IRS unfairly targeted nonprofits based on names involving “medical cannabis”

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

October 6, 2017


Filed under Politics

A report from a federal watchdog group identified 146 cases in which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scrutinized liberal groups affiliated with terms like medical marijuana, green energy, progressive and occupy. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reviewed cases betwe...

FDA commissioner threatens legal action against medical cannabis companies’ medical claims

FDA commissioner threatens legal action against medical cannabis companies’ medical claims

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

October 4, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Showcase

On Tuesday, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency could begin prosecuting cannabis companies who claim unproven health benefits in their products.  The FDA commissioner said entities are developing products and making claims which tout the anti-tumor effec...

ACLU files lawsuit against Georgia PD for false cannabis arrests

ACLU files lawsuit against Georgia PD for false cannabis arrests

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 29, 2017


Filed under Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against a Georgia police department and a police officer who arrested drivers under the suspicion of cannabis intoxication when no evidence was found. The three plaintiffs were falsely arrested, forced to draw blood and sit in jail...

The gift of green is D.C.’s new cannabis loophole

The gift of green is D.C.’s new cannabis loophole

Sara Tiradossi

September 29, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Social cannabis

The District of Columbia has developed an unusual approach to the cannabis industry. Medical cannabis has been legal in Washington D.C. for almost 20 years, but a ballot initiative in 2014, also known as the Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Initiative, allowed...

Atlanta cannabis decriminalization bill awaits city council approval

Atlanta cannabis decriminalization bill awaits city council approval

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 28, 2017


Filed under Politics, Social cannabis

The Atlanta City Council’s public safety committee recently approved a bill which would decriminalize cannabis possession within city borders. The bill aims to reduce the possession to a $75 fine with no jail time. The existing penalty for possessing less than an ounce of cannabis can lead to six ...

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