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DOJ employee alleges problematic DOJ scrutiny of cannabis suppliers

DOJ employee alleges problematic DOJ scrutiny of cannabis suppliers

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

June 29, 2020

On Wednesday, July 1, a Department of Justice whistleblower will testify to prove that Attorney General Bill Barr unfairly targeted cannabis suppliers simply because he was against the legal industry. John Elias is the man who intends on exposing Barr for ordering antitrust probes of 10 cannabis ...

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...

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

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

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...

Two more governors respond to AG Sessions’ cannabis claims

Pictured: Alaska Gov. Bill Walker

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

August 18, 2017

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...

States begin crackdown on black market cannabis

States begin crackdown on black market cannabis

August 14, 2017

Officials from states where cannabis is legal suspect unlawful trafficking places the industry at risk. Social cannabis states are trying to clamp down on those smuggling the plant across state borders, even as Attorney General Jeff Sessions pressed for enforcement of federal laws against cannabis. ...

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