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 […]

Trump, Gardner strike deal on legalized marijuana, ending standoff over Justice nominees

President Trump has promised a top Senate Republican that he will support congressional efforts to protect states that have legalized marijuana — defusing a months-long standoff between Sen. Cory Gardner and the administration over Justice Department nominees. In January, the Colorado Republican said he would block all DOJ nominations after […]

Feds Look For Input On Marijuana Reclassification

The Trump administration is asking Americans for input on whether marijuana should be reclassified under international drug control treaties to which the U.S. is a party. Currently, under both U.S. law and global agreements, marijuana sits in the most restrictive category of Schedule I. Domestically, that means it is not available for […]

The Nuts and Bolts of Leasing Cannabis Manufacturing Equipment

By Nicole Howell Neubert & Jay Purcell Since January 2018, when it finally became legal in California for businesses to sell cannabis to anyone over 21 years old, the imagination of our state’s entrepreneurs has focused on creating exciting new cannabis products and technologies. Vape pens, edibles, concentrated oils, tinctures, […]

No Congressional Couch Lock: State Medical Marijuana Laws Protected Through September 30th

By HILARY BRICKEN The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment can still be used as a shield for medical marijuana providers…for now. State implementation of medical marijuana laws are safe from interference from the Department of Justice until September 30th of this year. In a highly anticipated move, Congress extended the protections of the […]

In a Post Prohibition World Does the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act Preclude “Medical Marijuana” Dispensaries?

Marketing Marijuana as Medicine Under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act Last week, me and an attorney from our  law firm’s Philadelphia office gave a presentation on marijuana marketing for this month’s Women Grow Philly Chapter meeting. In preparation for the presentation, I reviewed Pennsylvania’s regulations for the marketing and […]

Democratic Senator Calls Out Big Pharma For Marijuana Opposition

A prominent Democratic U.S. senator is slamming pharmaceutical companies for opposing marijuana legalization. “To them it’s competition for chronic pain, and that’s outrageous because we don’t have the crisis in people who take marijuana for chronic pain having overdose issues,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said. “It’s not the […]

Fifty Years: How Marijuana Became Re-Legalized In America (Part Two, 1972-1976)

Part of a year-long series, longtime cannabis law reform advocate and historian Allen St. Pierre examines monthly for Cannabis Business Executive (CBE) the last fifty years of cannabis prohibition and the public advocacy efforts in America to bring about the ongoing and inescapable socio-political changes underway first at the state, and […]

Democrats Call For Committee Hearing On Sessions’ Anti-Marijuana Policy

The letter, signed by 11 Democrats, calls for Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia, to hold a hearing of the full House Judiciary Committee to discuss the recent move by Sessions, which gives federal prosecutors more leeway to launch marijuana cases in states that have legalized the drug […]

California could see a $643-million marijuana tax haul in first full year of legalization, Gov. Jerry Brown says

Gov. Jerry Brown estimated Wednesday that the state will receive $643 million from excise taxes on marijuana during the first full year of legalization in California, much more than the cost to the state of issuing licenses and enforcing new rules. Brown’s estimates are contained in the budget he proposed for […]