A History Of America’s Marijuana Decriminalization Movement In The 70’s

In the past five years, eight states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana for adults. Today, 68 million people live in areas where marijuana is treated like alcohol or tobacco. The drug is sold in stores, millions of tax dollars are being raised from its sale, and an increasing […]

DOJ Reminds Marijuana Businesses – You Don’t Have Access To Bankruptcy Aid

The U.S. Department of Justice is issuing another reminder that marijuana businesses don’t have a right to bankruptcy proceedings. “Marijuana continues to be regulated by Congress as a dangerous drug, and as the Supreme Court has recognized, the federal prohibition of marijuana takes precedence over state laws to the contrary,” Clifford […]

GOP Senator Pushes For Tax Cuts For Marijuana Businesses

A Republican senator from a state where marijuana is legal is pushing this week to give cannabis businesses a measure of tax fairness. Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado wants to attach an amendment to a wide-ranging Republican-led tax reform bill that would allow state-legal marijuana growers, processors and sellers to deduct normal businesses […]

Sessions Got Hit With The Marijuana Questions During Yesterday’s Hearing – Here’s What He Had To Say

As U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, he fielded pressing question on the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russians – and his past remarks on marijuana. Steve Chabot, a Republican from Ohio, which is in the process of implementing its medical marijuana program, noted that while […]

Bhang and Mentor Dispute Takes a New Turn

Since Bhang Chocolate Company, Inc. (Bhang) and Mentor Capital, Inc. (Mentor) originally agreed to Mentor’s purchase of 60 percent of Bhang for $39 million back in 2014, and after Mentor only paid $1.5 million of that amount, the two had an acrimonious split. The ongoing legal claims against each other […]

Despite Pushback from DOJ, GOP Wants More Medical Marijuana Research

Some Utah residents are working overtime to get medical marijuana on the state’s ballot next year. They seem to have just gotten a surprising new Republican ally in their effort – Senator Orrin Hatch. The state’s senior senator – an octogenarian who is third in line for the presidency – […]

House GOP Blocks Vote for State Medical Marijuana Protections

The U.S. House Committee on Rules has blocked a number of marijuana-related amendments from a federal appropriations bill, including the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment. The GOP-led committee’s moves late Wednesday mean multiple amendments protecting existing and future state marijuana laws won’t be getting a vote on the House floor. The most notable measure cast […]

Congress Looks Ready to Take on Sessions If Necessary on Medical Marijuana

Congress will likely renew protections next month for state medical marijuana laws — but pro-pot lawmakers and advocates are still watching nervously in case Attorney General Jeff Sessions launches a last-minute sabotage campaign. For nearly three years now, Congress has maintained a policy prohibiting the Justice Department from using federal funds to prevent states […]

These States Are Most Likely to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Next

Every week’s there’s a new story about how well recreational marijuana legalization has helped states such as Colorado, Washington and Oregon. And now several other states, such as California, Nevada and Massachusetts, have jumped on the train to reap the benefits of legalization. As the trend continues of states generating success from […]

Cannabis Emerges as Highlight in 2020 Presidential Campaign

SAN FRANCISCO — Marijuana legalization just moved from the fringes of the last presidential campaign to center stage in 2020. Between a sweeping new package of legislation introduced last week by one of the top Democratic presidential prospects and, on the other end of the spectrum, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ […]