Cannabis News Box

State leaders rebuke AG Sessions’ criticism of legal cannabis

Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 8, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent letters with “serious questions” to the governors of Washington, Colorado, and Oregon on existing cannabis legislation last week, and now state officials have rebuked his claims. Sessions claims the laws have been inadequately enforced, enabling minors to ac...

Task force report does not make the case for AG Sessions’ cannabis crackdown

Task force report does not make the case for AG Sessions' cannabis crackdown

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 7, 2017

Attorney General Sessions’ Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety came up with no new conclusions or recommendations to forward the anti-cannabis policies, the Associated Press reported Friday. The group’s report reiterates the Obama administration's memo on a hands-off approach to cannabis enforcement, and encourages o...

Sessions questions Colorado’s cannabis regulation in letter to gov

Sessions questions Colorado's cannabis regulation in letter to gov

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 4, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions questioned the legitimacy of cannabis regulatory structures in a letter sent to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper two weeks ago. In the letter, Sessions cited data from a September 2016 report by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a federally funded agency operated from the White House’s Office of National Drug Control policy. The report claimed increases in hi...

77 percent of Utah voters support medical cannabis legalization

77 percent of Utah voters support medical cannabis legalization

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 3, 2017

A new Utah poll shows 77 percent of voters somewhat or strongly support the legalization of medical cannabis. A proposed medical cannabis legalization initiative was filed in June by the Utah Patients Coalition, and would allow the use of medical cannabis in the form of edibles, oils, and topicals. ...

Senator’s new bill aims to legalize cannabis nationwide

Senator's new bill aims to legalize cannabis nationwide

August 2, 2017

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced a bill on Tuesday which would end federal cannabis prohibition and reverse damage from the war on drugs. “Our country’s drug laws are badly broken and need to be fixed,” Booker said in a statement. “They don’t make our communities any safer." The leg...

Tribal members weigh economic and cultural implications of cannabis

Tribal members weigh economic and cultural implications of cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 1, 2017

As indigenous tribes in Washington legalize cannabis for both social and medicinal use, Native Americans praise the economic benefits but question the cultural impact. After state voters legalized social cannabis, some Native leaders said they were forced to do the same and avoid conflicting wit...

Medical cannabis patient requests rehearing in inequality battle of Nevada cannabis laws

Medical cannabis patient requests rehearing in inequality battle of Nevada cannabis laws

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 31, 2017

A medical cannabis patient in Nevada is asking the state supreme court to reconsider its refusal to end mandatory registration and fees for cardholders now that the plant is legal for social use. The anonymous Nevada resident accuses the state of discriminating against medical cannabis patients by regulating the program more strictly than their socia...

The Senate Appropriations Committee approves amendment, defying AG Sessions request

The Senate Appropriations Committee approves amendment, defying AG Sessions request

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 28, 2017

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved an amendment to protect medical cannabis programs from federal interference, despite a request from Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to do so. The amendment adds a clause that prevents the Department of Justice from using funds to stop a state from ...

House committee rejects vote on veteran’s medical cannabis amendment

House committee rejects vote on veteran's medical cannabis amendment

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 27, 2017

The House Rules Committee rejected an amendment on Tuesday that would have given veterans access to medical cannabis in place of opiates. The amendment would be a part of the 2018 Military Construction bill and would prohibit federal funds from interfering with a veteran’s ability to take part i...

Maine Dept. of Labor says employees can’t be fired for testing positive for cannabis

Maine Dept. of Labor says employees can't be fired for testing positive for cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 27, 2017

The Maine Department of Labor said the majority of businesses won’t be able to fire employees who test positive for cannabis unless employers can prove impairment on the job. Backers of the measure said the law that goes into effect in February would leave employer protections in place and maint...

Cyprus parliament gives green light for medical cannabis

Cyprus parliament gives green light for medical cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 26, 2017

Cyprus, an island nation near Greece, has legalized cannabis for medical use. The island nation’s cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill allowing the cultivation and sale of medical cannabis in the Republic. Health Minister Giorgos Pamborides said that the aim of the bill was to attract international investors to the two lise...

Retired Jets player sues AG Sessions to decriminalize cannabis

Retired Jets player sues AG Sessions to decriminalize cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 25, 2017

Former Jets player Marvin Washington is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to decriminalize cannabis. Washington is one of the five plaintiffs including one veteran with PTSD, two children with seizure and pain disorders, and the Cannabis Cultural Association. The suit challenges the constitutional...

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