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Congress urges DEA to start processing applications for medical cannabis research

Congress urges DEA to start processing applications for medical cannabis research

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

Medical cannabis business owners breathe sigh of relief as Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment is extended

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

Congressmen address alleged cannabis research obstruction by Justice Department

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

Two more governors respond to AG Sessions’ cannabis claims

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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