Category: Politics

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California) this week introduced H.R. 4779: To protect States and individuals in states that have laws which permit the use of cannabis, and for other purposes

SHARE THIS POST January 12, 2018 – Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California) this week introduced H.R. 4779: To protect States and individuals in states that have laws which permit the use of cannabis, and for other purposes. The proposed legislation has 4 cosponsors: Rep. Ed. Blumenauer (D-Oregon), Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado), Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nevada) and Rep. Don Young (D-Alaska). It’s good to see legislative pressure keeping up, on the heels of AG Sessions’ announced intent to rescind the Cole Memo and safe harbor to Canna businesses, although H.R. 4779 is yet to pick up support across the aisle. We will keep this list and related actions updated on this blog. The List of Proposed Legislation Industrial Hemp Water Rights Act – H.R. 4164 (introduced October 27, 2017) would provide that the owner of a water right may use the water for the cultivation of industrial hemp, if otherwise authorized by State law. The proposed legislation’s primary sponsor is Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). Cosponsors (8): Rep. Don Young (R-Arkansas), Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon), Rep. Thomas A. Garrett (R-Virginia) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colorado). Latest Action – House – 11/17/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.  (All Actions) Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017 (MEDS Act) – S. 1803 (introduced...

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H.R. 975 – An Answer to AG Sessions’ Move on Legal Cannabis – Picks up 9 Cosponsors

SHARE THIS POST Federal Cannabis Legislation – Pipeline H.R. 975, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017, which would amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marijuana, and for other purposes, has added 9 new cosponsors this week (see below). The bill now has 35 cosponsors (23 Democrats and 12 Republicans). We will keep this list and related actions updated on this blog. The List of Proposed Legislation Industrial Hemp Water Rights Act – H.R. 4164 (introduced October 27, 2017) would provide that the owner of a water right may use the water for the cultivation of industrial hemp, if otherwise authorized by State law. The proposed legislation’s primary sponsor is Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). Cosponsors (8): Rep. Don Young (R-Arkansas), Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon), Rep. Thomas A. Garrett (R-Virginia) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colorado). Latest Action – House – 11/17/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.  (All Actions) Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017 (MEDS Act) – S. 1803 (introduced September 13, 2017) would improve medical research on cannabis. The proposed legislation’s primary sponsor is Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Cosponsors (6): Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), Senator Christopher Coons (D-Delaware), Senator Thom...

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Sessions Rescinds Cole Memo – Implications

SHARE THIS POST January 4, 2018 – AG Sessions has arguably moved in a direction many expected – escalating his campaign against legal cannabis by reversing the Cole Memo (see the entire memo here). Given the majority and ever-increasing number of Americans that believe, at the least, cannabis should be legal for medical purpose and increasing momentum support for recreational / adult-use cannabis is getting, the move doesn’t reconcile with the version of populism Trump espoused on the campaign trail (but then the Tax Bill didn’t either). But when it comes to the impulse to support public consensus or undo yet another Obama policy, there can’t be any surprise which wins out. Now, US attorneys will be freed up to prosecute cannabis business. Don’t count on Trump to be too concerned about the political consequences. No deliberative, forward-thinking or even practical political calculus can stand up to the emotional satisfaction of acting and reacting in real-time for this administration. While the move surely will not be the death knell to the cannabis industry, it will have chilling effect on mainstream investment into the market until the administration provides more clarity on just how it intends to allocate resources and support to AG Sessions efforts. It will also have a chilling effect on the banking system, which was starting to warm a bit to serving canna-businesses. In a recent report...

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AP NewsBreak: US to end policy that let legal pot flourish

SHARE THIS POST Source: Associated PressJanuary 4, 2018 WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Sessions will instead let federal prosecutors where pot is legal decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law, the people said. The people familiar with the plan spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it before an announcement expected Thursday. The move by President Donald Trump’s attorney general likely will add to confusion about whether it’s OK to grow, buy or use marijuana in states where pot is legal, since long-standing federal law prohibits it. It comes days after pot shops opened in California, launching what is expected to become the world’s largest market for legal recreational marijuana and as polls show a solid majority of Americans believe the drug should be legal. While Sessions has been carrying out a Justice Department agenda that follows Trump’s top priorities on such issues as immigration and opioids, the changes to pot policy reflect his own concerns. Trump’s personal views on marijuana remain largely unknown. Sessions, who has assailed marijuana as comparable to heroin and has blamed it for spikes in violence, had been expected to ramp up enforcement. Pot advocates...

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