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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

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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...

Medical cannabis business owners breathe sigh of relief as Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment is extended

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Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

February 12, 2018

On February 9, 2018, Congress voted to safeguard medical cannabis states from federal persecution… again. This temporary resolution under the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment will last for six weeks (concluding on March 23, 2018,) following a short-lived government closure. It is not the first time congressi...

Cannabis research at risk as political climate adjusts

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Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

February 1, 2018

If there is one thing that gives the cannabis industry its consistent momentum, it has to be the groundbreaking research that is being carried out to develop medical-grade products, such as those used for the treatment of epilepsy, chemotherapy-induced pain and autism. Over the last few years, the world has been ...

Texas spurs hope for conservative states after opening its first medical cannabis dispensary

Texas spurs hope for conservative states after opening its first medical cannabis dispensary

Annureet Kaur

January 31, 2018

Medical cannabis is gaining bipartisan support after Texas is set to open its first dispensary for epilepsy patients, paving way for other conservative states like Kansas and Nebraska, especially, to maybe do the same. Compassionate Cultivation is the first medical cannabis dispensary to open in Texas...

Legal cannabis states ask Congress for legal banking

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Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

January 22, 2018

As of today, 29 states and a number of U.S. territories have legalized medical cannabis. Nine of those states have legalized it for social use and this year, social cannabis legalization will be considered by at least 12 states. However, cannapreneurs seem to be in a spot of bother when it comes to opening ...

These five states are the most likely to pass cannabis legislation in 2018

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Annureet Kaur

January 3, 2018

With the elections coming up, cannabis legalization has become a hot topic nationwide, once again. After California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts legalized social cannabis use in 2016, no other states took the opportunity to initiate a ballot to legalize cannabis socially in 2017. Florida, North...

Sessions mocks intern who questions his stance on cannabis

Sessions mocks intern who questions his stance on cannabis

Sara Tiradossi

December 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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...

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