American mayors call on federal government to ease marijuana penalties

Donald Trump has said he would likely support a measure returning authority over marijuana to states Mayors representing cities across the United States have called on the federal government to ease its prohibition on marijuana usage. Tens of millions of Americans now live in states that allow adults to purchase […]

New Federalism Fund and American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp Join Forces to Form New Industry Effort

CBE is excited to announce the partnership of the New Federalism Fund and The American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH). The below press release lays out the mission of the newly formed group and is intended to push the ball over the line to provide the Cannabis Industry […]

Schumer to introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Thursday that he would introduce legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, marking a significant shift in policy for the Democratic leader and lending the movement to lower government barriers to the drug a powerful ally. The top congressional Democrat told […]

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 […]

National Hemp Association Board Chairman Meets With USDA Senior Officials

According to a press release yesterday sent out by the National Hemp Association (NHA), on Wednesday, June 28th, Board Chairman Geoff Whaling met with senior U.S. Department of Agriculture staff, along with Erica McBride from the Pennsylvania Industrial Hemp Council. The press release says this is the first time that […]

What Does The Constitution Have To Say About Cannabis Legalization?

With the Trump Administration sending mixed signals on legal cannabis, and with Congress beginning to ramp up efforts for reform, in order for industry stakeholders to best understand where we are headed, it will be helpful to remember how we got here. As readers may be aware, the current status […]

American Legion Wants Trump to Remove Marijuana as a Schedule I Substance – Cannabis Business Executive

America’s largest veterans service organization has a message for President Donald Trump: Reschedule marijuana to permit research into its medical efficacy for treating vets suffering from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. The appeal by the American Legion was included in a letter sent to the White House last […]

DoJ Task Force Moves to Review Federal Cannabis Policy

In a memo sent throughout the Department of Justice on April 5th, attorney general Jeff Sessions outlines the establishment of the Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. That task force, largely focused on violent crime, is supposed to find ways that federal prosecutors can more effectively reduce […]