Tag Archives: Politics

Denver marijuana regulators’ oversight improved, but still lacking tax transparency, auditor says

Published: Dec 7, 2017, 4:49 pm • Updated: Dec 7, 2017, 5:04 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Denver’s Office of Marijuana Policy has successfully implemented some suggestions made last year by the city’s auditor; however, the regulatory office

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

Sessions, in unearthed video, mocks intern who questions his stance on marijuana

Published: Dec 7, 2017, 12:32 pm • Updated: Dec 7, 2017, 3:52 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions calls a Department of Justice intern who questions his judgment that marijuana was not a healthy

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

Sessions says DOJ talked “at some length” about marijuana enforcement

Published: Nov 29, 2017, 6:09 pm • Updated: Nov 29, 2017, 6:38 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff Even as the U.S. Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration make major moves to stem the opioid crisis, Attorney General Jeff

Pro-legalization group Marijuana Policy Project overhauls leadership

Published: Nov 21, 2017, 1:06 pm • Updated: Nov 21, 2017, 4:05 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff The man behind more than half of the successful state-level medical and recreational marijuana legalization efforts is stepping down as leader

DEA finalizing Schedule II status for synthetic THC drug Syndros

Published: Nov 21, 2017, 8:50 am • Updated: Nov 21, 2017, 9:36 am By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration this week will grant Schedule II status to a synthetic THC drug developed by a pharmaceutical

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

In the midst of Congressional grilling, Sessions takes heat on marijuana attitude

Published: Nov 14, 2017, 11:02 am • Updated: Nov 14, 2017, 12:03 pm By Polly Washburn, The Cannabist Staff As U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, he fielded pressing question on the Trump

Complete Colorado election results for 2017 cannabis issues

Published: Nov 8, 2017, 5:11 pm • Updated: Nov 8, 2017, 7:11 pm By Aleta Labak, The Cannabist Staff A Colorado city known for its cantaloupes will soon be known for its recreational cannabis. Three cities in southern Colorado —

GOP backer of 2012 Colorado marijuana legalization vote: “Experiment in liberty is working”

Published: Nov 7, 2017, 3:16 pm • Updated: Nov 7, 2017, 4:33 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff If Tom Tancredo had it to do over again, he’d still support Colorado’s marijuana-legalizing Amendment 64 – even though he thinks

Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoes marijuana bill, saying federal future of legalization “uncertain”

Published: Nov 3, 2017, 10:09 am • Updated: Nov 3, 2017, 12:09 pm By Polly Washburn, The Cannabist Staff Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill passed by the Maine legislature 11 days ago to regulate the retail sale

Congress members, veterans join forces in call for medical marijuana reforms

Published: Nov 2, 2017, 5:06 pm • Updated: Nov 2, 2017, 5:56 pm By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff Veterans are adding their voices to the growing chorus calling for changes in marijuana research and legalization. A bipartisan group of

Florida congressman slams Gov. Chris Christie for “outrageous” medical marijuana position

Published: Nov 2, 2017, 2:59 pm • Updated: Nov 2, 2017, 4:10 pm By Alex Pasquariello, The Cannabist Staff A freshman Republican congressman on Thursday condemned New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for “outrageous” statements he made comparing medical cannabis legalization

American Legion: Veterans overwhelmingly support medical cannabis research, legalization

Published: Nov 2, 2017, 11:57 am • Updated: Nov 2, 2017, 1:04 pm By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff With polling showing Americans’ support for marijuana legalization has hit new highs, a new survey  by the American Legion shows strong

Colorado budget proposal calls for new task force to target illegal marijuana ops

Published: Nov 1, 2017, 6:35 pm • Updated: Nov 1, 2017, 6:35 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Colorado aims to establish a state law enforcement unit dedicated to investigating and, ideally, eradicating illegal marijuana grow operations that have

Fears mount for California MMJ patients over “cannabis deserts”

Published: Oct 31, 2017, 7:25 am • Updated: Oct 31, 2017, 7:25 am By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff With California on the verge of creating a cannabis market worth an estimated $7 billion by 2025, medical marijuana advocates are

Congressional members to VA chief: Allow veteran-focused marijuana research

Published: Oct 26, 2017, 4:03 pm • Updated: Oct 26, 2017, 4:03 pm By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff Members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs are urging Veterans Administration Secretary David Shulkin to ensure the VA’s research and