Cannabis News Box

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

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

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

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

October 6, 2017

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

Pictured: Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

October 4, 2017

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

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

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

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 ...

Social cannabis regulations in Maine could allow drive-thru dispensary sales

Social cannabis regulations in Maine could allow drive-thru dispensary sales

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 25, 2017

If Maine’s proposed social cannabis regulations become law, it could allow consumers to purchase cannabis from dispensaries through a drive-thru window. The social cannabis committee’s bill would also allow consumers to purchase cannabis through the internet and set up a 20 percent sales tax rate f...

Court declares current sobriety tests not valid for cannabis

Court declares current sobriety tests not valid for cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 20, 2017

According to a ruling made on Tuesday by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, field sobriety tests used in drunk-driving cases cannot be used as evidence for drugged-driving cases involving cannabis. The court said officers are only allowed to testify as non-expert witnesses and make observations on...

Las Vegas officials to wait for Denver before opening cannabis clubs

Las Vegas officials to wait for Denver before opening cannabis clubs

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 20, 2017

Las Vegas officials decided on Tuesday to wait until Denver authorizes the nation’s first cannabis clubs before establishing their own lounges in Nevada. The discussion began among commissioners after Legislature attorneys concluded nothing in state law could prohibit local governments from all...

New Hampshire joins the rest of New England and decriminalizes cannabis

New Hampshire joins the rest of New England and decriminalizes cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 19, 2017

A New Hampshire law which would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis goes into effect on Saturday.   The law would reduce the possession penalty from a misdemeanor to a civil violation with fines up to $300 for amounts under 21 grams. Police officers cannot arrest someone for ...

Lawmakers in California call for the reclassification of cannabis

Lawmakers in California call for the reclassification of cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 19, 2017

California lawmakers are formally calling on the federal government to reclassify cannabis as a substance after voters approved a ballot measure to legalize cannabis. The resolution called for changes in federal law which would allow for cannabis to be classified under a lesser designation through the Contr...

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