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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 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....
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Marijuana Policy Project | January 9th, 2018
 New Hampshire House Approved Marijuana Legalization Bill
The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill to make marijuana legal for adults on Tuesday by a vote of 207-139. The bill will now move to the Senate, where it will be assigned to a committee and given a public hearing before being voted on by the full Senate. HB 656, which was introduced last session by Rep. Glen Aldrich R-Gilford, would make possession of three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana legal for adults aged 21 and older. Home cultivation of up to three mature and three immature plants would be legal for adults as well. Last year, the New Hampshire....
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.
(image:Brendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse Getty Images)
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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SF Evergreen | January 5, 2018
 The History of the First Dispensary in San Francisco and the U.S.

Joe Kukura

Americas first cannabis dispensary was founded right here in S.F. in 1994, when Brownie Mary and Dennis Peron fired up the marijuana movement.
Its the dawn of a new era for San Francisco dispensaries, as our pot shops become retail boutiques selling recreational cannabis to anyone age 21 and over. Venture-capital megabucks have been invested, high-rent storefronts have been transformed into trendy marijuana bazaars, and fortunes will be made overnight. These newly minted millionaires might not realize know the debt of gratitude they owe to the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club, founded in 1994. The first public marijuana dispensary in the U.S., the club was an outlaw collective whose activist founders lived unde....
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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 Joint Blog | January 5, 2018
 Oklahoma: Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis Placed on June 26 Ballot

An initiative that would legalize medical cannabis throughout Oklahoma has been officially placed on the June 26 primary election ballot.
I have set the date for voters to decide the medical marijuana issue to be the June 26 primary election, Governor Mary Fallin announced today. Governor Fallin had the option of putting the measure State Question 788 to a vote of the people in June, or in November during the general election. The governor was given this choice following a successful signature gathering campaign which forced the state to put the medical cannabis legalization measure to a vote of the people. The proposed law would allow patients to possess up to three ounces of cannabis eight in a private r....
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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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