Berkeley Council Votes Unanimously to Become a Sanctuary City for Marijuana
The proposal, put forth by Mayor Jesse Arreguin along with two councilmembers, prohibits all local officials and city employees from assisting federal officials in the enforcement of federal marijuana laws.
I believe we can balance public safety and resisting the Trump administration, says Mayor Arreguin. In a tweet made after the councils vote, Arreguin said the move was in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions misguided crackdown on our democratic decision to legalize recreational cannabis.
According to Arreguin, the approved resolution doesnt prevent the city from....
New Federal Legislation To Protect Legal Marijuana States And Businesses
Representative Lou Correa D-CA has introduced the Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act which would essentially codify the protections that were outlined in the now-rescinded Cole Memo.
Upon the introduction, Rep. Correa said, To date, eight states have legalized recreational cannabis, and twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia, representing more than half of the American population, have enacted legislation to permit the use of cannabis. Attorney General Sessions decision to rescind the Cole Memo created great uncertainty for these states and legal cannabis busine....
Update: Federal Judge Reserves Decision After Hearing Arguments In Washington, et.al v. Sessions
Today, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York heard oral arguments on the motion to dismiss Washington, et.al v. Sessions, et.al, a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Schedule I classification of cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act. The federal government argued to have the case dismissed. Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York reserved the decision.
The lead attorney for the case, Michael Hiller released the following statement:
First, we w....
Trump Administration Names Jim Carroll as New Drug Czar
Drug czar is the unofficial but often used term for director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy ONDCP. According to CNN, Carroll was named deputy director of the ONDCP on Friday, a position he will retain until confirmed by the Senate as director.
We have full confidence in Jim to lead ONDCP to make significant strides in combating the opioids crisis, reducing drug use, and coordinating US drug policy, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a public statement. Fighting the opioid crisis and drug addiction is a priority for this administration. We grea....
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Announces Support To Legalize Marijuana
Support for Marijuana Legalization is at an All-Time High, With Nearly 60 Percent of Americans Supporting Legalization.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced she is cosponsoring the Marijuana Justice Act, landmark legislation that would legalize marijuana and help reverse decades of failed drug policy that has disproportionately hurt communities of color and low-income communities in New York and across the country. This legislation, introduced by Senator Cory Booker D-NJ, would remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances, making it legal at the federal level. It would also expunge the records of Americans who have prior marijuana possession convictions.
A record numbe....
Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended, Again
After a brief government shutdown, congressional leadership voted to enact a six-week continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through March 23, 2018. The resolution extends medical cannabis patient protections imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment until that date.
The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, 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.
Without these protect....
Fourth Corner Credit Union gets conditional approval from Federal Reserve for marijuana-related banking
fter a 40-month battle, a Colorado credit union thats determined to serve marijuana-related companies has finally won conditional approval from the Federal Reserve to launch its business.
But the Fourth Corner Credit Union will not be serving plant-touching businesses as it originally had planned to do but will instead cater to advocacy groups, charities and ancillary companies such as accountants.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City informed The Fourth Corner Credit Union in a Feb. 2 letter that it would conditionally grant the Denver financial institution a so-cal....
Over $1.5 Billion in Legal Marijuana Sold in Colorado in 2017
According to data released by Colorados Department of Revenue, there was $1.51 billion in legal marijuana and marijuana products sold in 2017.
The $1.51 billion sold is an increase over the $1.3 billion sold in 2016. In 2015 there was $995 million sold, and in 2014 the first year of legal sales $683 million in marijuana was sold.
According to the new data, which was released today, there was $1.09 billion in recreational marijuana sold in 2017. As for medical marijuana, licensed dispensaries sold $416 million worth. These sales resulted in roughly $250 million in new taxes for Colorado.
In Washington State which legalized marijuana in the same election as Colorado at least $1.2 billion in legal marijuana was....
The Joint Blog | February 7, 2018 by Anthony Martinelli
WA: Committee Approves Bill to Allow Marijuana Stores to Obtain and Sell CBD Products From Outside Sources
Washingtons House Appropriations Committee has approved a measure that would allow marijuana outlets to use cannabidiol products CBD products obtained from sources other than state licensed producer/processors.
Washington House Approves Measure to Establish New Residency Requirements for Marijuana Business Owners
Legislation that would establish new residency requirements on marijuana business owners has been given approval by Washingtons full House of Representatives.
House Bill 1151 passed the House today by a vote of 70 to 28. Filed by Representative Sharon Wylie D and cosponsored by Representatives Brandon Bick R and Brian Blake D, the measure must now be passed by the states Senate before it can be sent to Governor Jay Inslee for consideration.
The proposed law; Requires that at least 75 percent of the interest in a licensed marijuana business owned by a business or nonprofit entity be held by one or more interest holders who have resided in Washington state for at least six months, Requires that all applicants residing out of state....
New Jersey Assembly Committee Votes to Legalize Hemp
Assembly Bill 1330 was passed today by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. According to its official text; This bill establishes an industrial hemp license for planting, growing, harvesting, possessing, processing, distributing, buying, or selling industrial hemp in the State. The bill also establishes procedures and requirements for persons applying to the Secretary of Agriculture for a license, including procedures and requirements for fingerprinting and criminal background checks for license applicants.
The proposal defines industrial hemp as an ag....
A Senate committee in New Mexico has voted in favor of legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for those 21 and older.
Senate Joint Resolution 4, filed by Senator Ortiz Y Pino D, was passed by the Senate Rules Committee by a vote of 4 to 3. Senators Lopez, Ortiz y Pino, Ivey-Soto, and Steinborn voted in favor of the resolution, with Senators Papen, Moores, and Pirtle voting against. The resolution would allow for the possession and personal use of marijuana by persons 21 years of age and older and for the regulation of the production, sale and taxation of marijuana in New Mexico.
Todays vote sets in motion the process to put the issue on a 2018 statewide ballot for voters, said Emily Kalte....
Decimated by oversupply, Oregon wholesale prices for outdoor-grown trim, flower for oil drop to $50 a pound
Oregons marijuana cultivators are facing a challenging environment that favors vertically integrated companies and craft cannabis.
Wholesale prices for trim and outdoor-grown marijuana flower sold to processors have dropped to as low as $50 a pound. According to one industry insider, prices have undergone a 50 percent annualized drop over the past two years.
The situation isnt likely to improve any time soon.
With hundreds of producer and retail licenses pending approval from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which regulates the states cannabis industry, the supply g....
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill Supports Medical Marijuana
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill D-MO is now a supporter of medical marijuana. McCaskill told an audience at a town hall meeting at Harris-Stowe State University this week that she was supporting medical marijuana as well as racism and justice reform.
McCaskill said that she may even support recreational marijuana while citing her work as a Kansas City prosecutor using a program called drug courts. The senator had previously been an opponent of marijuana.
She told audience members that she faced resistance form law enforcement officials, saying By the way, I got a lot of pus....
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