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Cannabis legalization is a hot political topic in the U.S.

Cannabis legalization is a hot political topic in the U.S.

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

July 15, 2019

As the “Green Rush” continues to spread across the United States of America, it is clear that the political stance on cannabis legalization is metamorphosing. Globally, the market is estimated to be worth $55.8 billion by 2025 and the U.S. is forecasted to bulk-up its economy with $25 billion in cannabis revenue during the same time peri...

U.S. House of Representatives approves bipartisan amendment to protect state-legal cannabis programs

U.S. House of Representatives approves bipartisan amendment to protect state-legal cannabis programs

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

July 5, 2019

Just as last month was coming to an end, something profound happened in the pot industry.  A successful vote (267-165) by the U.S. House of Representatives saw the approval of a bipartisan amendment to safeguard state-legal cannabis programs. It was the first time that a congressional chamber victoriously voted in favor of pro...

How will Lindsey Graham handle legalization efforts?

How will Lindsey Graham handle legalization efforts?

November 26, 2018

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is leaving his position as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee for another position, which means he will be replaced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Grassley has been a difficult opponent of legalization who has refused to ev...

Jeff Sessions is OUT – How will Trump’s new AG affect the cannabis industry?

Jeff Sessions is OUT – How will Trump’s new AG affect the cannabis industry?

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

November 19, 2018

The results of the recent election will understandably have repercussions on the cannabis industry, some of which will last for a while and some that will have a temporary effect. Michigan experienced an instant shift in evolution, as it became the first state in the Midwest to legalize cannabis for a...

Cannabis reform in the U.S. one step closer after Democratic House flip

Cannabis reform in the U.S. one step closer after Democratic House flip

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

November 15, 2018

The ball is well and truly rolling for cannabis reform in the United States. Democrats have successfully regained authority over the U.S. House of Representatives. A momentous move like this could potentially act as a catalyst for federal cannabis legalization that would put Uncle Sam in the same...

U.S. senators file legislation to legalize medical cannabis for Military Veterans

U.S. senators file legislation to legalize medical cannabis for Military Veterans

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

October 2, 2018

A bill to legalize medical cannabis for veterans has been filed by two Democratic U.S. senators. The Senate bill, named the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, would entitle physicians who operate within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to issue medical cannabis recommendations in ...

The Marijuana Justice Act finally gets the support of Kamala Harris

The Marijuana Justice Act finally gets the support of Kamala Harris

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

May 27, 2018

On Thursday, May 10, US Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) declared her support for the Marijuana Justice Act, which could contribute to legalizing cannabis in the U.S. at the federal level. Harris signed on to congressional legislation that would eliminate cannabis from the US Controlled Substances Act - ...

Jeff Sessions might make cannabis stock investors wealthy

Jeff Sessions might make cannabis stock investors wealthy

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

May 21, 2018

If there is one thing that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is best known for, it’s probably his opposition to cannabis legalization. Despite this, Sessions could potentially aid cannabis investors in raking in the cash over the next few years, so it seems. There aren’t many industries that experien...

Lawmakers might give cannabis businesses crucial tax relief

Lawmakers might give cannabis businesses crucial tax relief

May 9, 2018

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor As the tax code stands, a section called 280E makes it impossible for cannabis businesses to write off necessary expenses, like rent and wages. This is a major problem for cannabis business owners and can result in them spending tens of thousands of dolla...

The Marijuana Justice Act is co-sponsored by Bernie Sanders

The Marijuana Justice Act is co-sponsored by Bernie Sanders

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

May 1, 2018

Bernie Sanders has announced that he will co-sponsor the Marijuana Justice Act. This is one of many pro-cannabis moves made by the Vermont senator, who went down in history when he supported legalization of the plant during his time running for president in 2016. A devoted supporter of cannabis...

Colorado Senator and US Attorney General Sessions protest, butt heads over Cole Memo

Colorado Senator and US Attorney General Sessions protest, butt heads over Cole Memo

Annureet Kaur

February 12, 2018

Political unrest reached an all time high after Colorado senator decided to protest against US Attorney General Jeff Sessions action to repeal the Cole Memo – a memo that prevented federal interference in states with legal cannabis laws. Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner threatened to hold up Department of Justice nominations until Sessions made changes. ...

Employers in Maine can no longer refuse hiring employees who consume cannabis

Employers in Maine can no longer refuse hiring employees who consume cannabis

Annureet Kaur

February 12, 2018

Maine now prohibits employers from refusing to hire anyone aged 21 or older for consumes cannabis during their off time. The state's Department of Labor has also removed cannabis from its list of substances employers can test their applicants for. On February 1, Maine became the first state to...

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