Cannabis News Box

Short-term deal extends state medical cannabis protections

Short-term deal extends state medical cannabis protections

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 11, 2017

Federal protections for medical cannabis states are to remain through December 8 after a short-term spending bill was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on Friday. The $15.3 billion disaster aid package, debt limit increase and government spending extension included existing ...

Update: House committee blocks vote on cannabis amendments

Update: House committee blocks vote on cannabis amendments

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 7, 2017

Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Rules blocked multiple cannabis-related amendments from a federal appropriations bill. The committee's move meant multiple amendments which protect state cannabis laws did not get a vote on the House floor. The measures proposed were t...

Cannabis amendments to be heard by house rules committee

Cannabis amendments to be heard by house rules committee

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 7, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules will be considering two cannabis amendments which will affect the 2018 spending bill set to go before Congress later this month. The committee will be reviewing legislation which would affect the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment and bar the Justi...

Rohrabacher calls on fellow Republicans to support protections for medical cannabis

Rohrabacher calls on fellow Republicans to support protections for medical cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 5, 2017

Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher called on his fellow Republicans to protect medical cannabis from federal government intervention and uphold the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment. Originally named the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, Democratic Rep. Sam Farr and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher passed a bill three...

Congressman proposes amendment to protect cannabis research

Congressman proposes amendment to protect cannabis research

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...

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...

Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Policy