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Colo. Sen. Gardner meets with Jeff Sessions on marijuana, neither giving ground

Cannabist - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:22
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said Wednesday that a morning meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions did little to settle their disagreement over marijuana policy.

California couple busted in Nebraska last month with weed "gifts" arrested again on way home

Cannabist - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:06
A California couple arrested in Nebraska last month for carrying 60 pounds of marijuana they described as family Christmas gifts have again been arrested in Nebraska.

Op-ed: Jeff Sessions is a hypocrite on states' rights. But so is everyone else

Cannabist - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 17:16
As a former senator from the South known for trumpeting the sovereignty of state power over federal overreach, Sessions' defense of overturning practices that had been initiated by state ballots seems contradictory, even hypocritical.

Alaska lawmakers seek to separate federal, state marijuana regs

Cannabist - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:59
Alaska lawmakers are rewriting a resolution pertaining to the separation of federal marijuana regulations and the state's legal cannabis industry.

Report: Cannabis Industry Could Generate $132 Billion In Taxes, Create 1.1 Million Jobs By 2025

Weed News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:20
New Frontier Data, the authority in data, analytics, and business intelligence for the cannabis industry, released a new study, Cannabis In the U.S. Economy: Jobs, Growth and Tax Revenue, examining...

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UPDATE: Vermont Senate passes recreational marijuana bill, gov has said he'll sign

Cannabist - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:10
The state may become the first in the county to authorize the recreational use of marijuana by an act of the Legislature rather than via a citizen referendum.

California Cannabis Advisory Committee To Hold First Meeting Of 2018

Weed News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 15:50
The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) today announced that the Cannabis Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on Thursday, January 18, in Sacramento. The Meeting Notice and...

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Free temporary licenses help California transition

The Leaf Online - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 15:22

California has a complex situation to navigate during 2018, and the agencies that are overseeing the rollout of legal commercial production and access to cannabis are trying to ease the culture shock of moving above ground. This includes a grace period to move cannabis supplies from the medical to the adult use markets. Chief cannabis […]

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Colorado Politicians Ask Sessions To Leave Legal Marijuana States Alone

Weed News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 15:20
Members of the Colorado Congressional Delegation; led by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.; sent a bipartisan letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to reverse his decision on the Cole...

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4Front Raises Six Million Dollars To Fuel Its Rapid Growth

Weed News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:49
4Front Holdings, LLC (“4Front”), a leading investment and management firm in the cannabis industry, today announced it has raised approximately $6 million to help it continue to...

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New Hampshire House approves legal cannabis (Newsletter: Jan. 10, 2018)

Marijuana Moment - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:53

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a marijuana legalization bill.

Norfolk, Virginia, the second-largest city in the commonwealth, is calling on state lawmakers to decriminalize marijuana and expand the limited medical cannabis program.


U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will meet to discuss marijuana policy on Wednesday, as Gardner has already placed holds on numerous Department of Justice nominations over the issue. On Tuesday, Gardner led a meeting of a bipartisan group of senators to plan a pushback. U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) attended the meeting, reportedly with about ten other senators.

President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner will host a listening session on prison reform at the White House on Thursday.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said she’s working on legislation to protect state marijuana laws from federal interference.

Marijuana reform champion U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has been appointed as a new member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who tweets a lot about cannabis lately but hasn’t yet cosponsored any legislation, was also named to the panel.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) is concerned that medical cannabis is at risk under the new federal marijuana enforcement policy.

The U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio said, “We’re going to still continue to be in a position to prosecute those cases, and marijuana’s still illegal under federal law just like it was last week, so that doesn’t change.”

Four members of Colorado’s congressional delegation sent a letter asking Sessions to rethink his marijuana policy decision. Members of Congress from the state also held a meeting to plot strategy on Tuesday.

Nevada’s congressional delegation pushed back against the federal cannabis change as well. Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) wrote a letter telling congressional leaders she will oppose a big spending bill unless it includes protections for state marijuana laws. In an interview, she suggested the Trump administration change could spur legislative action. Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (D-NV) sent a letter urging Sessions to reverse his marijuana directive. Congressman Mark Amodei (R-NV), who also opposes the federal shift, nevertheless  said, “I don’t think there’s a reason for panic.”

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) gave a House floor speech pushing back against the Trump administration’s marijuana move.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) tweeted about marijuana’s health benefits.

The U.S. House bill to deschedule marijuana got four new cosponsors, bringing the total to 19.

The U.S. House bill to exempt state-legal marijuana activity from the Controlled Substances Act got 11 new cosponsors, bringing the total to 35.

The U.S. House bill to regulate marijuana like alcohol got four new cosponsors, bringing the total to 21.

The U.S. House bill to create a federal tax structure for legal marijuana got one new cosponsor, bringing the total to nine.


Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) sent a letter to President Trump requesting he support extending state medical cannabis protections.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said that federal prosecutors should not focus on marijuana.

Vermont’s Senate is set to vote on sending a House-passed marijuana legalization bill to the governor on Wednesday. Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman (VPP) suggested lawmakers might pass full-scale legal marijuana sales legislation this year after the noncommercial bill is signed into law.

Maine marijuana legalization supporters and opponents reportedly reached a deal on an implementation plan.

Michigan’s House speaker and other candidates for state attorney general are criticizing the federal marijuana policy change.

A Kansas representative who made racist comments about marijuana has stepped down from committee leadership positions following criticism.

New Jersey’s Senate Republican whip has “major concerns” about marijuana-impaired driving under legalization.

The State of New York is providing funding to open a hemp processing facility.

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wakely supports legalizing marijuana.

A Florida judge ruled in favor of a black farmer in a medical cannabis licensing case.

A Mississippi representative introduced a marijuana legalization bill.

A California assemblyman is filing a bill to make it easier to expunge past marijuana convictions. Separately, regulators proposed a timeline and strategy for cannabis rulemaking.

A New Mexico representative filed a resolution calling on the state’s congressional delegation to “create new legislation protecting medicinal cannabis users in New Mexico from the threat of being sent to federal prison.”

A Nebraska senator introduced a bill to exempt substances containing ten percent or less CBD by weight and three-tenths of one percent or less THC by weight from the definition of marijuana.

The parents of a Vermont prosecutor who were arrested transporting 60 pounds of marijuana across the country last month were busted again, this time on suspicion of carrying drug money.

Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner approved more than 12,000 acres for industrial hemp research in 2018.


Paraguay President Horacio Cartes signed medical cannabis regulations.

Canadian Prime MInister Justin Trudeau answered questions about marijuana legalization at a town hall meeting.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox will host a marijuana conference at Centro Fox facilities in May.


Conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos says he’s conflicted about the federal anti-marijuana move.


A survey found that 60% of adults in the Birmingham, Alabama metro area support legalizing marijuana for medical and/or recreational use.

The Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board slammed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s anti-marijuana move.

The News & Observer editorial board isn’t happy with the change either.

The Toledo Blade editorial board wants Congress to amend federal marijuana laws.

The Washington Times editorial board wants Sessions to “take the lead” in resolving the federal-state marijuana conflict.


Medical cannabis dispensaries in Massachusetts and Rhode Island have been shut off from debit card processing in the wake of federal changes.

Iowa State University has agreed to pay more than $300,000 in damages and legal fees after a federal court found it improperly prevented a student group from making t-shirts that featured school mascot and a marijuana leaf.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live visited the MedMen marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles.

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Kentucky Approves Over 12,000 Acres of Hemp for 2018

The Joint Blog - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:43
Kentucky officials have approved the cultivation of over 12,000 acres of hemp for 2018.

In total the Kentucky Department of Agriculture approved 12,018 acres of industrial hemp for the year. The hemp will be used for research purposes.

The over 12,000 acres will be grown by 225 approved farmers. The number is up from the 209 farmers approved last year.

Of the 225 farmers, 185 stated that their focus will be research on floral material. 103 said their primary focus will be grain or seed research, and 66 said fiber research.

The 12,018 approved acres is far more than roughly 3,200 acres of hemp grown in 2017.

According to congressional research, the U.S. imports half a billion dollars in hemp each year from other countries despite the plant being illegal for farmers in the nation to grow themselves. The same research estimates the hemp market to consist of over 25,000 various products.

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Hemp Processing Plant Receives State Funding in New York, First in U.S. to Receive Government Assistance

The Joint Blog - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:29
New York is funding a $3.2 million hemp processing plant, starting with a $650,000 initial investment.

The facility is the first such venue in the U.S. to receive government assistance. According to WIVT, a local TV station in Binghamton where the plant will be located, the state is giving an initial investment of $650,000. The funding is coming as part of an initiative by Governor Andrew Cuomo to start a hemp processing plant in the Southern Tier.

“The emerging industrial hemp industry has the power to transform the agricultural economy,” Governor Cuomo said following the announcement of the investment.

“[I]t’s a very important development that we are promoting”, says,Assemblymember Donna Lupardo.

The $650,000 is the first of New York’s $5 million fund designated to boost the industrial hemp industry.

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Colorado Rep. DeGette convenes delegation to respond to Sessions, discuss federal marijuana protections

Cannabist - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:27
Attorney General Jeff Sessions' rescission of the Cole Memo has brought together Colorado delegates with otherwise "widely divergent philosophies" to take action and plan future moves on marijuana, Rep. Dianna DeGette told The Cannabist.

Major Virginia City Calls For Marijuana Decriminalization

Marijuana Moment - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:12

Virginia’s second-largest city is officially calling on state lawmakers to decriminalize marijuana. It also wants an expansion of the commonwealth’s existing limited medical cannabis program.

At a meeting on Tuesday evening, the Norfolk City Council approved its 2018 state legislative agenda. Item number four reads:

“Support the decriminalization of simple possession of marijuana as well as the expansion of conditions that physicians licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine can treat with cannabidiol or THC-A oil.”

The call by Norfolk officials comes as the state is better positioned than ever before to remove cannabis’s criminal penalties.

Incoming Gov.-elect Ralph Northam (D) made decriminalization a centerpiece of his campaign, often describing the issue in stark racial justice terms.

“We need to change sentencing laws that disproportionately hurt people of color. One of the best ways to do this is to decriminalize marijuana,” he wrote in a blog post early last year. “African Americans are 2.8 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession in Virginia. The Commonwealth spends more than $67 million on marijuana enforcement — money that could be better spent on rehabilitation.”

New Virginia Governor Pledges Marijuana Decriminalization

And, the issue has bipartisan traction. Republican Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment has announced he will file a decriminalization bill when the new legislative session convenes. Earlier this week, he revealed some details of his modest proposal, which would only apply to first-time offenders.

Democratic Sen. Adam Ebbin has also filed a separate, more far-reaching decriminalization bill.

The cannabis effort could get an additional boost by Democrats’ surprising number of wins in House of Delegates elections in November. Depending on the results of two still-pending races that may be settled by litigation, the party could either have a narrow majority in the chamber, be tied with Republicans or be just a couple of seats in the minority. The GOP has a two-seat majority in the Senate, and tie votes there would be broken by the Democratic lieutenant governor.

Over the past week, legislative chambers in New Hampshire and Vermont have voted to pass marijuana legalization bills.

New Hampshire Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization

Vermont Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill

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Dispensaries reduce crime, safe for teens

The Leaf Online - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 00:20

New data show that neighborhoods with cannabis shops tend to be as safe as any other and that young people who consume marijuana are just as motivated in life as their abstinent peers. To put it another way, two more myths used to stigmatize cannabis users should fall by the wayside. Marijuana retail businesses are […]

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Taxpayers will pick up huge tab for Iowa State's attempt to ban marijuana shirt

Cannabist - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 23:43
Iowa State University’s unconstitutional crackdown on a pro-marijuana student group’s T-shirts is expected to cost state taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs.

Colo. Sen. Gardner to meet with Jeff Sessions on marijuana after doubling down on threats to block DOJ nominees

Cannabist - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:58
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said he plans to press Attorney General Jeff Sessions on federal marijuana policy Wednesday. He is prepared to block all nominees related to the Department of Justice.

Maine lawmakers consider pushing marijuana sales back another 3 months

Cannabist - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:03
Maine lawmakers on Tuesday considered a proposal to extend a ban on retail sales of marijuana until May 1 to give the state more time to craft rules.

Colorado Congress members send letter to Sessions, urging reinstatement of Cole Memo

Cannabist - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 21:11
Colorado congressional legislators fired off a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking that he reconsider last week's rescission of the Cole Memo and related marijuana guidance.
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