Sunday, January 7th, 2018

 

Justice Department’s policy shift may slow booming pot industry

Justice Department’s policy shift may slow booming pot industry Jon Schuppe | Jan 6 2018 America’s marijuana industry, already threading a thicket of conflicting state and federal laws, entered a new era of uncertainty this week when the Justice Department scrapped a policy that allowed pot to flourish in states that legalized it. In his memo Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t directly order a federal crackdown on pot enterprises. But it was vague enough to leave that possibility open. So while growers, sellers and their financial backers aren’t panicking,Read More


For legal marijuana to thrive in the Trump era, Congress must legalize it

For legal marijuana to thrive in the Trump era, Congress must legalize it Dale Sky Jones | Jan.05.2018 In a not-at-all shocking move, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rescinded the Cole Memo, a list of Department of Justice enforcement priorities that has been the tenuous legal foundation for the burgeoning cannabis industry since August of 2013. News outlets, nonprofits, and blogs went crazy, cannabis stocks plunged and investors ran for the hills. What happened was simply a restoration of prosecutorial discretion to individual U.S. Attorneys to make enforcement decisionsRead More


RACIAL EQUITY IN WA MARIJUANA INDUSTRY COMES TO FOREFRONT AFTER SESSIONS PUSH

RACIAL EQUITY IN WA MARIJUANA INDUSTRY COMES TO FOREFRONT AFTER SESSIONS PUSH Jenna Hanchard | January 5, 2018 This week’s decision by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make it easier for prosecutors to use federal laws to crack down on states that have legalized pot is opening up a conversation about racial equity in the marijuana industry. “The Jeff Sessions decision only goes after the rich and privileged it has no effect on the already affected communities because we’re not involved,” said Aaron Bossett, a consultant in the cannabisRead More


What happens to legal pot in Washington now?

What happens to legal pot in Washington now? KEITH ELDRIDGE | January 4th 2018 The marijuana industry is facing an unknown future. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an order that had the federal government looking the other way when it comes to marijuana. Voters in Washington legalized marijuana five years ago. California just began this week. But Sessions has rescinded what’s known as the Cole memo. “Rescinding that memo just sends the industry into chaos,” said Tedd Wetherbee, owner of The Gallery marijuana stores. “As far as we’reRead More


Politicians Outraged: Sessions Move ‘Trampled the Will of the Voters’

Politicians Outraged: Sessions Move ‘Trampled the Will of the Voters’ Dave Schmader | January 4, 2018 This morning brought news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Cole memo, the Obama-era policy that protected US states with legal cannabis from federal prosecution. In the wake of the news, numerous politicians, activists, and industry insiders weighed in via Twitter, interviews, and public statements. Here’s a collection of what’s been said. Cory Gardner, US Senator from Colorado: “This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation.Read More


Connelly: Gov. Inslee pledges to fight ‘federal infringement’ on marijuana

Connelly: Gov. Inslee pledges to fight ‘federal infringement’ on marijuana Joel Connelly | January 4, 2018 Washington state and local officials pushed back immediately and hard against a Trump administration decision to free up U.S. attorneys to enforce federal marijuana laws in states which have legalized recreational pot. An Obama-era policy, giving states leeway, undermined “the rule of law,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.  Henceforth, U.S. Attorneys are directed to “use previously established prosecutorial principles.” Gov. Jay Inslee was quick with the message:  The Trump administrationRead More


Sessions nixes Obama-era rules leaving states alone that legalize pot

Sessions nixes Obama-era rules leaving states alone that legalize pot Laura Jarrett | January 4, 2018 Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rescinded a trio of memos from the Obama administration that had adopted a policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws. The move essentially shifts federal policy from the hands-off approach adopted under the previous administration to unleashing federal prosecutors across the country to decide individually how to prioritize resources to crack down on pot possession, distribution and cultivation of the drug in states where it is legal. WhileRead More


Understanding Medicinal Cannabis in Cancer Care

Understanding Medicinal Cannabis in Cancer Care January 01, 2018 | Chris Pirschel Medicinal cannabis, a topic that remains largely unstudied in human trials in the United States, is slowly becoming introduced in areas of health care and oncology in states that have legalized it for medical and adult recreational use. However, without a breadth of knowledge or research behind cannabis, healthcare professionals may be at a loss when patients ask about its medicinal use as part of their treatment protocols. Without the answers to rudimentary cannabis questions, many patients areRead More


The Future of Weed Science Is a Van in Colorado

The Future of Weed Science Is a Van in Colorado Robbie Gonzalez | 12.31.17 You enter the University of Colorado Boulder’s newest research laboratory through the side entrance. The door—which is heavy and white, with a black, jug-style handle—slides open from right to left. Crammed inside are a plain wooden dresser, two chairs, and a small desk, above which someone has taped a mediocre landscape-print (mountains, trees, clouds, etc.). A kaleidoscopic purple tapestry hangs from the far wall. The ceiling slings so low that it forces some visitors to duck,Read More


The Best Offense: Preventive Medicine Gains an Ally in Cannabis

The Best Offense: Preventive Medicine Gains an Ally in Cannabis Bonni Goldstein, M.D. | Dec. 29, 2017 Preventive medicine is a hot topic these days – everyone is looking for ways to stay healthy and avoid illness. Until recently, the mainstream medical community would hardly even consider the idea that cannabis could have a role to play in preventing serious diseases. That is slowly changing, as researchers are uncovering some of the plant’s lesser known, but potentially quite powerful, preventive medical applications. One of the most crucial roles of preventiveRead More