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 […]

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Urge Trump To Overrule Sessions On Cannabis

A bipartisan group of 54 members of Congress led by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Colorado Representative Jared Polis is demanding that President Trump restore the federal government’s previous hands-off approach to marijuana. Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, shook the foundation of the blossoming cannabis industry earlier this month when […]

Marijuana-Based Epilepsy Drug Could Hit The U.S. Market By Mid-2018

A new class of epilepsy medications based on an ingredient derived from marijuana could be available as soon as the second half of 2018 in the United States, pending Food and Drug Administration approval. Officials from GW Pharmaceuticals, the company that developed the drug, on Wednesday announced promising results from a study on 171 patients randomized […]

GOP Fears 2018 Backlash After Sessions Cannabis Crackdown

The Justice Department’s decision to free federal prosecutors to enforce marijuana laws in states that have legalized the drug adds to the political burdens of congressional Republicans trying to hold their House and Senate majorities in an already challenging election year. An early indication of the issue’s potency was the […]

Jeff Sessions Waives Sword of Damocles

By Steve Schain With Jeff Sessions threatening to singlehandedly crush $7.2 billion legalized marijuana industry spanning 30 states, generating millions in taxes and providing 10 of thousands of jobs, much confusion abounds. While unclear if merely a “knee jerk reaction” to California program’s launch breadth of coverage, unless and until […]

Cole Memo No More? Some Initial Thoughts

By Patrick Vo Earlier today, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially rescinded the federal cannabis guidance outlined in the Cole Memo.  For those who don’t know, the Cole Memo basically states that as long as states employ effective tracking and regulatory frameworks to limit diversion and promote public safety within […]

Cannabis Industry Group Partners with Latino Community Advocates to Educate About Cannabis Laws and Non-Citizens

PRESS RELEASE Denver, CO – A recent increase in marijuana-related deportations for legal permanent residents and other immigrants, including people married to U.S. residents for less than two years, has prompted community-based Servicios de la Raza and Marijuana Industry Group to partner on an education video targeting non-citizens. The purpose […]

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 […]