During Senate Appearance, Sessions Admits MMJ Could Be Helpful and Ducks Cannabis Questions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee this week to answer budgetary questions regarding the Department of Justice. During his appearance, however, Sessions was also asked about cannabis enforcement, state-legal cannabis markets, and the now-defunct Cole Memo — and, to the surprise of many, Sessions appeared to admit that cannabis could have […]

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Sen. Corey Gardner Believes Trump ‘Will Be True to his Word’ on Cannabis Policy

In an interview with Yahoo News, Colorado Sen. Corey Gardner said he believes President Donald Trump “will be true to his word” that the Department of Justice’s rescission of the Cole Memo would not impact state-approved cannabis programs. Gardner, a Republican, had been preventing Justice Department nominees from being confirmed due to the threats to […]

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Colorado Gov. Dishes to Rolling Stone about Cannabis Legalization, Federal Policy

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dispelled prohibitionist myths about cannabis legalization in the state: children are not getting high and there hasn’t been a spike in cannabis-related driving incidents. “We were very worried that by legalizing, we were making this more somehow more psychologically available to kids. We haven’t seen […]

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Sessions: Feds Focusing on High-Level Cannabis Dealers, Not ‘Routine’ Cases

During remarks to the Federalist Society in Washington D.C., Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted that the federal government does not have the resources to investigate and prosecute “routine” cannabis cases and would instead focus on gangs and other high-level illicit dealers, according to a CBS News report. Sessions added that the federal prosecutors “haven’t been […]

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Sessions Calls Out Senator for Blocking DoJ Nominee Votes During Meeting with Sheriffs’ Association

During remarks at the National Sheriffs’ Association meeting in Washington, D.C. yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the department was “trying to confirm a number of important component heads” but was being blocked by “one senator’s concerns over unrelated issues by reversing federal law on marijuana.” That “one Senator” is Republican Colorado Sen. Corey Gardner, […]

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Federal Case Challenging Constitutionality of Cannabis Prohibition Heads Back to Court on Valentine’s Day

In case you missed it, there is a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions – the text of which reveals the history of the 12,000-year relationship between humans and cannabis and how prohibition not only negatively affects the plaintiffs but potentially all humankind. The suit is […]

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House Democrats Seek Review of Cole Memo Repeal in Letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman

In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, 11 Democrats are calling for a hearing by the body to review Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind the cannabis protections of the Cole Memo, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Vice. The Democrats say they are “deeply concerned” by […]

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Congressmembers Send Letter to Trump Asking for Cole Memo Reinstatement

Fifty-two members of Congress have sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reinstate the Cole Memo. “As a candidate, you stated: ‘I really believe we should leave [marijuana] up to the states’ and that ‘it’s got to be a state decision.’ We trust that you still […]

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Report: FinCEN Not Consulted on Sessions’ Cannabis Policy Change

According to a report from Reuters, regulators at the federal Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) were not informed about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ cannabis policy change but FinCEN spokesperson Stephen Hudack said the agency’s 2014 guidance “remains in place.” According to September 2017 data from FinCEN more than 300 banks and nearly 100 credit unions […]

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Lawmakers and Cannabis Industry Stakeholders React to Federal Policy Change

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has officially released the memo rescinding the Obama-era protections of the Cole Memo, which barred federal prosecutors from taking legal action against state-legal cannabis companies. And, while the memo does not outline new enforcement directives, it includes language allowing federal prosecutors to bring cases against cannabis businesses. “In deciding which marijuana […]

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Cannabis Stocks in US & Canada Rocked by Sessions Policy Change

Cannabis stocks in both the U.S. and Canada took at hit following the announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he was rescinding the Obama-era Cole Memo, which had allowed state-approved cannabis programs to proceed without federal interference. In the U.S, Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., which has recently expanded into plant nutrients and hydroponic growing systems, […]

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Sessions to Rescind Obama-Era Cannabis Protections

The Associated Press is reporting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans on rescinding the Cole Memo, which has served as protection for state-legal cannabis programs for over four years. The report cites two people with knowledge of the decision. The memo was written by former Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole in 2013 during his […]

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AG Sessions Cites Drugged Driving as Reason Cannabis is Dangerous in Leaked Video

In a leaked video obtained by ABC News of a question-and-answer session between Department of Justice interns and Attorney General Jeff Sessions from an event last summer, the former Alabama senator claimed that drugged-driving was responsible for more vehicular deaths than alcohol last year and did not directly answer a policy question about why his […]

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AG Jeff Sessions Confirms Obama-Era Cannabis Policies Still in Effect

Attorney General Jeff Sessions — a notorious prohibitionist and medical cannabis skeptic — confirmed today that the Department of Justice is continuing to honor federal cannabis policies that were put into effect under the Obama Administration. According to a Forbes report by cannabis journalist Tom Angell, Sessions told members of Congress during a House Judiciary Committee […]

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12-Year-Old MMJ Patient Sues Jeff Sessions to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Alexis Bortell, a 12-year-old medical cannabis patient living in Colorado after she and her family were displaced from their home state of Texas three years ago, is suing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the prohibition of cannabis, according to an NBC News report. Alexis has suffered from intractable epilepsy since she was 7 years old. […]

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Sessions: ‘Healthy’ for Feds to Approve More Cannabis Research Applications

During a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted that it would “be healthy to have some more competition” in the federal government’s cannabis research program, noting that there are currently 26 supplier applications before the Drug Enforcement Agency from entities interested in growing cannabis for federal medicinal research. “Each one of […]

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Former AG Holder: Sessions’ ‘Obsession’ with Cannabis Puts DoJ in ‘Strange Place’

During remarks at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former Attorney General Eric Holder called the 2013 Cole Memo, which directed the Department of Justice to take a hands-off approach on legal cannabis programs, “a really good policy” but seemed to not understand Congressional action on the issues, the Washington Examiner reports. Holder, who served […]

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Justice Department Allegedly Blocking DEA-Backed Cannabis Research Applications

The Justice Department, at the behest of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has actively blocked the Drug Enforcement Agency from moving forward on 25 applications to grow cannabis for research purposes, the Washington Post reports. The DEA began accepting the applications more than a year ago but their consideration requires Justice Department approval and the agency […]

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DOJ Task Force Recommends No Changes to Federal Cannabis Policy

In its report to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety offered no new policy recommendations related to state-approved cannabis programs, according to an Associated Press report. The task force, comprised of federal law enforcement officials and prosecutors, largely backed the current Justice Department policies outlined by the Obama-era […]

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Oregon Sen. Asks AG Sessions to Release DOJ Crime and Public Safety Task Force Report

Last week, advocates and cannabis industry operators were expecting an explosive report from the Department of Justice Task Force on Crime and Public Safety – but the report was never made public. Instead, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a statement outlining the work of the task force explaining that he had been given a report, […]

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Cannabis Legalization Has Not Led to Violent Crime Increase in Washington State

Legalization in Washington has not led to an increase in violent crime, no matter what Attorney General Jeff Sessions would like the public to believe. As a matter of fact, FBI crime statistics show a decrease in violent crime in the state after legalization, the News Tribune reports, from 295.6 reported violent offenses per 100,000 […]

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Federal Lawsuit Filed Challenging Constitutionality of Cannabis Prohibition

Former New York Jets defensive end Marvin Washington is one of five plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions which challenges the constitutionality of cannabis’ Schedule I designation under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, the New York Post reports. Other plaintiffs listed in the suit alongside Washington […]

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Trump Allies Diverging from Administration’s Anti-Cannabis Stance

Powerful allies of President Donald Trump and conservative Republicans are speaking out and organizing against the plans by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to crackdown on the legal cannabis industry. Roger Stone, a longtime Trump ally, has launched the United States Cannabis Coalition; while Mark Holden, a top leader of the powerful Koch Network said that […]

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Why Are the Feds Trying to Recreate the Black Market?

It’s either pure stubbornness, ignorance, corruption or officials in Washington D.C. really want to recreate the black market. Our politicians can’t have it both ways. It’s 2017 and not just 75+% of America but the world recognizes the health, psychological, medicinal and recreational benefits of cannabis. World governments and law enforcement recognize that legalizing cannabis not […]

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