Tag Archives: federal legislation

Colorado senators throw their support behind Majority Leader McConnell’s hemp bill

The U.S. senators from cannabis-friendly Colorado are formally supporting a federal push to legalize hemp. Sens. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Cory Gardner, a Republican, signed on as co-sponsors of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, Senate Majority Leader Mitch

Sen. Chuck Schumer backs decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level

WASHINGTON — The push to decriminalize marijuana has picked up another high-profile backer — Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer — just a week after President Donald Trump endorsed letting states decide how to regulate the drug. “I’ll be introducing legislation

Rep. Earl Blumenauer delivers the Cannabis State of the Union 2018

Editor’s Note: In advance of 4/20, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. and co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, released the following statement, published here in full, addressing his views on the state of marijuana in America. For the two decades after

Trump is backing off the marijuana fight. Jeff Sessions has not.

WASHINGTON — Marijuana has enjoyed some head winds lately, even as regulating it faces an uncertain future in the Trump administration. Over the past week, Trump promised not to go after marijuana suppliers and users who are obeying their state

John Boehner was a longtime opponent of marijuana reform. Here’s what changed his mind.

Former GOP House speaker John Boehner, a longtime opponent of marijuana legalization, is joining a company that grows and sells cannabis, he announced Wednesday. He has been appointed to the board of advisers of Acreage Holdings, which operates in 11

Ex-Speaker Boehner, who opposed legalization, joins marijuana firm’s board

The U.S. marijuana industry has a new spokesman: John Boehner, R-Ohio. The former House speaker has joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a company that cultivates, processes and dispenses cannabis in 11 U.S. states. Boehner’s endorsement, after saying nine

Medical marijuana protections land in must-pass federal spending bill

A bid to protect state recreational marijuana regimes was snuffed by Congress late Wednesday, but federal medical marijuana protections in place since 2014 remain attached to must-pass spending legislation. A $1.3 trillion spending bill that cleared the U.S. House today includes

Senators: Add protections for state marijuana laws to legislation funding federal government

Published: Feb 13, 2018, 4:06 pm • Updated: Feb 13, 2018, 5:09 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff A bipartisan group of 18 senators led by Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner want protections for state marijuana laws

Colorado congressmen butt heads on spending bill amendment to protect state-legal marijuana

Published: Jan 18, 2018, 12:13 pm • Updated: Jan 18, 2018, 2:11 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff The recent “groundswell” of support for a spending bill amendment protecting state-legal marijuana proposed by Colorado Rep. Jared Polis wasn’t enough

Rep. Barbara Lee introduces companion House bill to Marijuana Justice Act

Published: Jan 17, 2018, 4:31 pm • Updated: Jan 17, 2018, 8:59 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff California Congresswoman Barbara Lee is championing Sen. Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act in the House of Representatives. Lee on Wednesday introduced

Nearly 70 Congress members push spending bill amendment to protect state-legal marijuana

Published: Jan 12, 2018, 3:47 pm • Updated: Jan 12, 2018, 4:43 pm By Alicia Wallace and Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff Members of Congress have proposed a spending bill amendment that would ensure protections for states that have legalized

Colorado Rep. DeGette convenes delegation to respond to Sessions, discuss federal marijuana protections

Published: Jan 9, 2018, 6:27 pm • Updated: Jan 9, 2018, 6:32 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Colorado’s congressional delegation convened an emergency meeting Tuesday in Washington, D.C., to shore up protections for state-legal marijuana operations and, in

Federal marijuana bills boosted by new supporters as Congress gets back to work

Published: Jan 9, 2018, 9:49 am • Updated: Jan 9, 2018, 12:28 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Lawmakers lined up behind several cannabis-related House bills in the wake of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ policy shift last week

Colorado congressional members developing plan for federal marijuana protections

Published: Jan 5, 2018, 6:06 pm • Updated: Jan 5, 2018, 6:56 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Friday began to hatch a plan to counter Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to eliminate

Trump signs stopgap spending bill extending federal medical marijuana protections a few more weeks

Published: Dec 22, 2017, 11:07 am • Updated: Dec 22, 2017, 12:11 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff President Donald Trump signed a temporary spending bill into law on Friday to avert a government shutdown after the Republican-led Congress

Federal marijuana protections safe for now with stopgap spending bill approval

Published: Dec 7, 2017, 3:31 pm • Updated: Dec 7, 2017, 4:56 pm By Alex Pasquariello and Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff The House on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy

66 Congress members call for extending protection for medical marijuana states

Published: Nov 29, 2017, 6:25 pm • Updated: Nov 29, 2017, 7:13 pm By Aleta Labak, The Cannabist Staff With the current federal appropriations bill set to expire Dec. 8, there’s a new bipartisan call for continuing protection of medical

Sen. Cory Gardner to co-sponsor federal bill to let canna-businesses take tax deductions

Published: Nov 15, 2017, 10:54 am • Updated: Nov 15, 2017, 11:08 am By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, is backing federal legislation that would allow state-legal marijuana businesses to claim tax deductions