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Congress most likely to maintain medical cannabis protections, contradicting AG Sessions

Congress most likely to maintain medical cannabis protections, contradicting AG Sessions

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 24, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, Politics, Showcase

While Congress expects to renew protections for medical cannabis laws next month, pro-cannabis advocates worry Attorney General Jeff Sessions will crackdown on the law last minute. For three years, Congress has been maintaining the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer policy, which prohibits the Justice Department...

Congressmen address alleged cannabis research obstruction by Justice Department

Congressmen address alleged cannabis research obstruction by Justice Department

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 24, 2017


Filed under News, Politics

On Wednesday, a group of lawmakers sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions which relayed concern about reported moves by the Justice Department to halt cannabis research. Representatives Matt Gaetz Dana Rohrabacher, R-California; Jared Polis, D-Colorado; and Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon; refere...

Proposal for on-site cannabis consumption allowed to move forward

Proposal for on-site cannabis consumption allowed to move forward

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 24, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Social cannabis

After month-long deliberations whether permitting on-site cannabis consumption at retail stores could be beneficial, the Alaska Cannabis Control Board officially proposed regulations to allow the measure to move forward. In February, after a push to permit on-site consumption, regulators voted 3-2 to...

11-year old girl joins former NFL player’s lawsuit to decriminalize cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 24, 2017


Filed under Culture, Medical cannabis, News, Politics

An 11-year old girl from Texas is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to decriminalize medical cannabis nationwide. Alexis Bortell suffered from crippling seizures before she found relief in CBD oil. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound of the cannabis plant which does not cause psychoactive effects and c...

Sessions further impedes cannabis research

Sessions further impedes cannabis research

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 21, 2017


Filed under Politics, Research

An anonymous senior Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) official claimed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had effectively blocked an Obama Administration initiative to expand the number of cannabis suppliers for scientific research. Sessions or the Department of Justice had not released an official statement, but did not respond or take action on two dozen requests to grow cannabis for research. The Controlled Substances Act lists cannabis as a Schedule I drug, classifying it as more dangerous than cocaine. The Schedule I status of cannabis means the government does not recognize any legitimate medical use for the plant, which makes attaining the plant for research more difficult. Cannabis researchers who wish to conduct federal studies need a license from the DEA, approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and access to the single authorized source of legal cannabis from the University of Mississippi. Researchers had often complained about the low quality of cannabis the university produced. Late in the Obama administration, the DEA relaxed the constraints on cannabis production for research purposes and allowed other groups to apply for authorization to grow. In early August, the DEA released productio...

Social cannabis sales in Nevada slow due to lack of distributors

Social cannabis sales in Nevada slow due to lack of distributors

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 21, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Showcase, Social cannabis

Sales from Nevada’s social cannabis program had dropped 20 to 30 percent since it launched in July, according to a report from the Nevada Department of Taxation. A shortage of cannabis distributors left retail operations with inventory of less than half of the product they originally purchased. ...

New bill would push cannabis to Schedule III

New bill would push cannabis to Schedule III

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 21, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, News, Politics

A new bill before Congress would move cannabis from its Schedule I designation to Schedule III, the same classification shared by tylenol codeine, ketamine and dronabinol. Congressmen Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) and Rep. Darren Soto (D) of Florida introduced legislation Thursday which would transfer cannabi...

Veteran takes police to court after illegal raid

Veteran takes police to court after illegal raid

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 21, 2017


Filed under News, Politics

A former special forces infantryman and Bronze Star awardee who used medical cannabis cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sued the Fountain police SWAT team after law enforcement raided his legal cannabis nursery. Eli Olivas sued the city of Fountain and Fountain police Sgt. Matt...

Two more governors respond to AG Sessions’ cannabis claims

Two more governors respond to AG Sessions’ cannabis claims

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 18, 2017


Filed under Politics, Social cannabis

The governors of Alaska and Washington responded to the letters sent by Attorney General Jeff Sessions which questioned the competence of their social cannabis programs. The governors of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington each received letters from Sessions which referred to state data depi...

Judge repairs cannabis distribution shortage in Nevada for the second time

Judge repairs cannabis distribution shortage in Nevada for the second time

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 18, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Social cannabis

A Nevada judge cleared the way for state cannabis regulators to start issuing distribution licenses to businesses other than existing alcohol wholesalers. Again. Carson City District Judge James Russell lifted a temporary restraining order Thursday which forced the state to follow a provision of the bal...

Judge: fired medical cannabis patient can sue employer

Judge: fired medical cannabis patient can sue employer

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 17, 2017


Filed under Medical cannabis, News, Politics, Showcase

Employers can be sued for refusing to hire applicants who tested positive for medical cannabis, a Connecticut federal judge ruled last week. In the case of Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Co., Katelin Noffsinger claimed the company reversed its decision to hire her for a position at Bridge Bro...

Social cannabis sales delayed in Maine

Social cannabis sales delayed in Maine

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 17, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Social cannabis

Maine will not make its February deadline for beginning the sales of social cannabis and will not be ready until next summer at the earliest, according to the committee tasked with implementing legalization. A special legislative commission finished preliminary work on how Maine residents can grow...

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