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NORML | January 12, 2018
 Sixty-nine Members Of Congress Sign Letter ToJustin Strekal Congressional Leadership
Justin Strekal
Since 2014, members of Congress have passed annual spending bills that have included a provision protecting those who engage in the state-sanctioned use and dispensing of medical cannabis from undue prosecution by the Department of Justice. The amendment, known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana. In the wake of Attorney General Jeff Sessions recent actions, it is time to expand simila....
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Marijuana Business Daily | January 11, 2018
  Is this the year state legislatures lead the charge to pass recreational marijuana laws?

Omar Sacirbey
While not likely to be as historic as the legalization wave of 2016, this is expected to be a watershed year for the cannabis industry. For the first time, from all indications, state legislatures are poised to pass recreational marijuana legalization laws, with the East Coast being the most fertile ground for such efforts. Vermont appears to be leading the charge after state lawmakers Wednesday approved legislation permitting citizens to possess and home grow marijuana. Republican Gov. Phil Scott said he will sign the legislation. So far, the recreational cannabis laws ....
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The Joint Blog | January 12, 2018
 New Federal Bill Would Stop Jeff Sessions From Prosecuting State-Lawful Marijuana Entities

Anthony Martinelli

Representatives Barbara Lee D-CA and Don Young R-AK filed a resolution today HR 4779 that would prohibit the federal government from enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized the plant.
The federal government should respect the will of the voters in states that have voted to decriminalize cannabis, says Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Its time to stop wasting taxpayer money on the failed War on Drugs. Im proud to introduce the REFER Act, which would prevent the Attorney General and others in the Trump Administration from stifling the budding cannabis industry. Lee says that if the federal government chooses to interfere in these state matters, its up to Congress to prevent this harmful overreach. With the Justice Department having rescinded Obama-era directive....
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The Cannabist | Jan 11, 2018
 Study: Legalizing marijuana nationally could generate more than $132 billion in tax revenue and 1 million jobs
Katie Zezima
Legalizing marijuana nationwide would create at least $132 billion in tax revenue and more than a million new jobs across the United States in the next decade, according to a new study. New Frontier Data, a data analytics firm focused on the cannabis industry, forecasts that if legalized on the federal level, the marijuana industry could create an entirely new tax revenue stream for the government, generating millions of dollars in sales tax and payroll deductions. When there are budget deficits and the like, everybody wants to know where is there an additional revenue st....
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The Cannabist | Jan 9, 2018
 Federal marijuana bills boosted by new supporters as Congress gets back to work
Alicia Wallace
Lawmakers lined up behind several cannabis-related House bills in the wake of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions policy shift last week rescinding the Obama-era Cole Memo that had protected states with marijuana laws. The U.S. House of Representatives officially returned from recess Tuesday morning, but a slew of Democrats got to work Monday by adding their names as co-sponsors on four marijuana-related bills: The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017 House Bill 975, The Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 House Bill 1227, Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act Hous....
View more in new window | January 8th, 2018
 Vermont House Passes Marijuana Legislation

Monterey Bud

Vermonts elected officials have started off the 2018 legislative process on a progressively high note.
On Thursday, while Americas Attorney General AG was busy making new congressional enemies and rescinding the Cole Memorandum, Vermonts House of Representatives passed a bill that would legalize the recreational use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana for those adults over 21 years old. Rep. Brian Savage R-4th District had initially requested a delay in the vote, citing the nervous ignorance emanating from the Department of Justice and AG Jeff Sessions, but the bill passed with an 81 to 63 vote. The legislation, H. 511, if passed by the Senate and signed by Gov. Sco....
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The New York Times | JAN. 7, 2018
  Jeff Sessionss Endless War on Marijuana
Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the White House in December.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the White House in December.
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The Editorial Board
The key to understanding the Trump administrations approach to policy, it seems, is to look at what most Americans want and then imagine the opposite. Consider the new guidance on marijuana that Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued last week, which reverses Obama-era policy and gives prosecutors more leeway to enforce federal laws against the drug in states where it is legal. Mr. Sessions has been on a lifelong crusade against the plant, which he considers the root of many of societys ills. And yet more than six in 10 Americans, and seven in 10 of those under 30, believe....
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| Jan 7, 2018 | LOS ANGELES
 Californias legal marijuana sales could hit a distribution roadblock

There are concerns that not enough companies are licensed and ready to transport marijuana
Most Californians with an urge to smoke a joint will enter the states legal marijuana marketplace through a single doorway at a retail shop. But out of view of those day-to-day sales, the state is ushering in a sprawling, untested system to move pot from place to place that will also serve as a collection point for taxes, a gateway for testing and a packaging center for the plants fragrant buds. The so-called marijuana distributor is a kind of skeleton connecting the states emerging industry of growers, sellers and manufacturers. Its envisioned as a vast back office wher....
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The Washington Post | January 5
 A look at prosecutors who will decide on marijuana crackdown
Bryan Schroder
Bryan Schroder
(image:Mark Thiessen, File/Associated Press)
Mark Thiessen
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has put the top federal prosecutors in states with recreational marijuana back in charge of deciding whether to press pot cases there. Heres a look at those U.S. attorneys, how they came to their jobs and their background: ALASKA Name: Bryan Schroder Appointment: Nominated by President Donald Trump in July and confirmed by the Senate in November. Background: Schroder has worked for the U.S. attorneys office for more than 12 years, prosecuting cases involving violent crime, drugs, tax evasion, environmental crimes and other offenses. He s....
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NORML | January 5, 2018
 Democrats and Republicans Reject Recent Action by AG Sessions

Kevin Mahmalji
Following yesterdays announcement by the DOJ that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had rescinded the Cole Memo, an Obama-era memorandum issued by Attorney General James Cole in 2013, federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle quickly denounced the decision. Reject AG Sessions Efforts to Revert to the Failed Criminal Policies of the Just Say No Era In addition to taking to the floor of the Senate to express his frustrations, Senator Cory Gardner R-CO continued to vent on Twitter. He had this to say: This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions ....
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The Weed Blog | 1/4/2018 | MONTPELIER, Vt.
 Vermont House Passes Bill to Make Cannabis Legal for Adults

Vermont poised to become the first state to legalize adults possession and cultivation of marijuana legislatively
Only a few hours after Jeff Sessions announced that he was rescinding the federal governments policy on states with legal marijuana, Vermont legalized weed. The bill to legalize adult-use cannabis passed the House Thursday evening. After spending the entire day debating proposed legislation, lawmakers voted 81-63 in favor of legalizing marijuana. Adults 21 of age and older will be permitted to grow and possess marijuana once the Senate approves the measure and Republican Governor Phil Scott signs the bill. The new law will be implemented in July of this year. The governor ....
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The Weed Blog | 1/4/2018
 New Hampshire Legalization vote postponed until Tuesday

Yesterday, the New Hampshire House decided to postpone its vote on HB 656 until next Tuesday. After speaking with dozens of representatives outside the House chamber, I believe the bill has a good chance of passing in what appears likely to be a close vote. The delay until next week is actually a good thing because it gives us more time to generate calls and emails to representatives. If you havent already done so, please call or email your representatives today and urge them to support the bill and an amendment that would represent a reasonable compromise Then, please sh....
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The Washington Post | January 4
 Sessions is rescinding Obama-era directive for feds to back off marijuana enforcement in states with legal pot
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era directive that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the substance, according to people familiar with the decision.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era directive that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the substance, according to people familiar with the decision.
(image:Carolyn Kaster/AP)
Matt Zapotosky and Sari Horwitz
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era directive that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the substance, according to people familiar with the decision. The move potentially paves the way for the federal government to crack down on the burgeoning pot industry though the precise impact remains to be seen. Marijuana already was illegal under U.S. law, even as federal prosecutors had been advised against bringing cases involving it in states that approved its use and sale. The people who described Sessionss decis....
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Los Angeles Times | 1/4/18
 Trump administration to target legal pot
Cathedral City Collective Care in Riverside County is one of thousands of marijuana businesses that may be at risk of raids and seizures
Cathedral City Collective Care in Riverside County is one of thousands of marijuana businesses that may be at risk of raids and seizures
(image:Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times)
Evan Halper
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is rescinding the longstanding federal policy permitting states to legalize recreational pot, placing thousands of marijuana businesses in California and other states operating legally under state law at risk to federal raids and seizures. The Justice Department move plunges Californias fledgling recreational pot market into further uncertainty, and was met with a stinging bipartisan backlash from lawmakers in states where marijuana is sold to any adult who wants to buy it. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads Whether federal prosecutors have the ....
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