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DOJ Memo says Trump Admin may permit research into cannabis products

DOJ Memo says Trump Admin may permit research into cannabis products

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

May 26, 2020

Congress is being prompted to take administrative action and broaden its research into cannabis' therapeutic effects. The case has emerged following a “secret” Justice Department document that was forcefully released by a scientist who goes by the name of Sue Sisley. Sisley – in addition to many other scienti...

Bipartisan lawmakers press DEA to let researchers study cannabis from dispensaries

Bipartisan lawmakers press DEA to let researchers study cannabis from dispensaries

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

December 19, 2019

If a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers get their way, researchers could soon get their hands on cannabis purchased from state-legal pot shops.  A letter was sent to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and United States Attorney General William Barr on December 6, prompting better access t...

Congress urges DEA to start processing applications for medical cannabis research

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Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

June 13, 2019

Almost 30 members of the House of Representatives have signed their name in ink at the closing of a bipartisan letter curated by Congress. The letter urges the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to review medical cannabis research applications, which seem to have been...

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...

Sessions says Obama-era policies are intact, but cannabis is still illegal

Sessions says Obama-era policies are intact, but cannabis is still illegal

Sara Tiradossi

November 16, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated the Obama-era guidelines on cannabis remain in effect, therefore the drug is illegal on the federal level, even though several states have legalized it for social use. He also said cannabis is not as dangerous as other drugs, and the Department of Justice cannot...

Feds threatening Nevada tribes looking to tap into legal cannabis

Pictured: A member of the Yerington Paiute Tribe performs a dance at a local dedication ceremony

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

October 6, 2017

According to tribal members residing Nevada, federal agencies are threatening cannabis businesses on tribal land even though state social cannabis sales began in July. Although Nevada’s tribal cannabis compact bill became law this summer and allowed tribes to grow and sell cannabis, there are curr...

Congressman proposes amendment to protect cannabis research

Pictured: Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 1, 2017

A Republican congressman proposed an amendment to protect the Department of Justice from impeding cannabis research. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, sponsored an amendment to the upcoming Consolidated Appropriations Act, which would provide researchers of Schedule I substances protection from Justice...

Congressmen address alleged cannabis research obstruction by Justice Department

Pictured: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 24, 2017

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...

Sessions further impedes cannabis research

Sessions further impedes cannabis research

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 21, 2017

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...

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...

Violent crime decreased after Washington legalized cannabis

Violent crime decreased after Washington legalized cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 30, 2017

An upcoming report from the Department of Justice is expected to link cannabis with violent crime, although statistics from Washington state claimed the opposite. Since voters approved Initiative 502, FBI crime statistics showed lower rates of violent crime in Washington than before legalization....

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