Category: federally illegal

The Persecution of James Slatic and His Family Drags On

Image Credit: Med West Security Footage Readers of The Marijuana Times that were with us earlier this year likely saw one or more of the stories we did on James Slatic – the owner of Med-West, once a well-respected and state-legal cannabis extract manufacturer – and what he, his family and even his attorneys have been put through at the hands of the San Diego District Attorney’s office. The saga began when a combination of local and federal law enforcement officials raided Med-West in January of 2016. This began a process and fight that has yet to end almost...

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More Money Going to Federal Lobbying Efforts From the Marijuana Industry

Getty There is no doubt that federal law has a major impact on marijuana law reform efforts. In fact, not only does federal law affect what happens on a federal level, it also casts a dark shadow over efforts at the state level. Many state politicians balk at the very idea of marijuana law reform simply because it is illegal federally. This means that if cannabis law reform efforts are ultimately to succeed, then the industry is going to have to gain some influence in the halls of power in Washington D.C. And for better or worse, the way...

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Roger Stone and John Morgan Partner Up to Decriminalize Cannabis

Getty An unlikely pair have teamed up in hopes of swaying President Trump into decriminalizing cannabis across the nation. Roger Stone, a strategist, lobbyist, political consultant and friend of Trump has joined up with Florida attorney John Morgan – who helped to fund and push Amendment 2 to the polls until it passed – to create the U.S. Cannabis Coalition. By creating the organization, the two are able to officially lobby against the government on the issue. “Medical marijuana is now a consensus issue in the United States,” Stone said. “And recreational marijuana is headed that way.” John Morgan...

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Will the DOJ Task Force Report Blame Cannabis for Violent Crime?

Getty Back in April, the Department of Justice put together a task force that was charged with putting out a report on current policies and violent crime, and it specifically included potential changes to how marijuana cases are sentenced and charged. Then, just last month, Jeff Sessions personally sent a letter to Congress asking them to remove the only barrier that stands between him and medical marijuana patients, businesses and everyone else who uses or works with cannabis legally within their state. That report from the DOJ Task Force is expected to be complete and ready for review by...

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