Jeff Sessions Rescinds Cole Memo

According to The Associated Press, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo today, an Obama-era policy barring Department of Justice officials from going after state-legal cannabis businesses. This move comes just after California, the nation’s most populous state, legalized adult use sales of cannabis. Previously, the Cole Memo […]

Protecting Your Cannabis Plant IP

You’ve bred a new strain of cannabis, or perhaps discovered an excellent new hybrid outgrowing the other plants in your cannabis plot. Can you claim the new plant as yours and legally protect it? The short answer is potentially yes. The long answer follows below: Plant Patents
 Since a 1930s’ […]

What’s Happening on Capitol Hill? Part 4: Banking & Tax Reform

To round out our federal reform review, we look at the bills introduced into the 115th Congress that attempt to resolve the banking and taxation problems faced by state-legal cannabis businesses. As this is perhaps the biggest thorn in the side of the cannabis industry, any movement by the feds […]

Congress Members With Alzheimer’s Could Prevent Pot Legalization

The post Congress Members With Alzheimer’s Could Prevent Pot Legalization appeared first on High Times. There’s a possibility that some Congress members with Alzheimer’s could prevent pot legalization. Lately, it seems that one of the reasons nationwide marijuana legalization is not making any progress in Congress is, you guessed it, […]

What’s Happening on Capitol Hill? Part 3: The Medical Bills

This article continues the bill-by-bill review begun in the August 1st article of cannabis reform legislation proposed in the 115th Congress. In the next article and final piece in this series, we will examine the banking and tax reform bills related to cannabis. Medical Cannabis Reform Bills  1008 – Therapeutic […]

D.C.’s Cannabis Industry Continues to Operate in Grey Zone

While public support for marijuana grows across the country, ambiguity surrounding marijuana laws in Washington, D.C., has provided an opportunity for online distributors. But it has also put consumers in a tricky spot. The District’s recreational marijuana law, a voter-approved ballot initiative passed in 2014, legalized the possession, cultivation and gifting of […]

What’s Happening on Capitol Hill? Part 2: A Bill-By-Bill Review

Since the first session of the 115th Congress convened on January 3, 2017, twenty-four cannabis reform bills have been introduced, fifteen in the House and nine in the Senate. All of them address in varying ways the puzzles that have emerged as more and more states legalize cannabis in the […]

Senate Committee Votes to Keep Medical Cannabis Protections

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the amendment to continue protecting state-legal medical cannabis markets from the Department of Justice. The amendment, previously known as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, prevents the DOJ from using funds to target medical cannabis operations, patients and businesses in states where it is legal. Every time Congress reviews […]

What’s Happening on Capitol Hill? Cannabis Reform Proposals and the 115th Congress

As CIJ readers are probably aware, last month Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017—the annual budget, in other words. Lying within this 1,665-page document is Section 537, which for one year restricts the Department of Justice from using any funds to prevent states from implementing their medical cannabis […]

NCIA: 280E, Federal Reform & Cannabis Lobbying Efforts

With the 2017 Cannabis Business Summit just around the corner, we sat down with Taylor West, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), to hear about their lobbying efforts and what they’ll discuss in the keynote panel discussion on Taxes, 280E and the Path to Federal Reform. Henry […]