Washington, DC MMJ Company Inks Deal with Tikun Olam

Washington, DC  cultivator Alternative Solutions is partnering with Israel-based Tikun Olam to grow, manufacture, and distribute Tikun-branded products at its five DC dispensaries. Upcoming products include flower, vape, topicals, and tinctures. Tikun strains won first place in three categories at the 2017 Canadian Cannabis Awards, including Eran Almog for best high-THC flower and Avidekel, which won best […]

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House Committee Blocks All Cannabis-Related Budget Amendment Votes

The Republican-controlled House Rules Committee has blocked multiple cannabis-related amendments from receiving consideration by the full chamber, effectively preventing the House from offering the industry protection from the Justice Department. The quashed amendments include: protections for state-approved hemp programs and banks choosing to do business with the cannabis industry; the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which prevents the feds […]

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High-Powered Lobbying Firms Hired for Cannabis Policy Advocacy in D.C.

The New Federalism Fund, a Denver-based nonprofit dedicated to state’s rights issues, has hired consulting firm Trimpa Group to lobby Congress on issues related to the legal cannabis industry, including banking, taxes, appropriations, and law enforcement issues, according to a report from O’Dwyer’s. Members of the NFF include Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Arizona-based medical cannabis provider […]

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D.C.-Based Group Planning to Smoke Out Trump’s Inauguration

Cannabis advocacy group DCMJ is planning to light 4,200 joints during the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump at the National Mall, the Associated Press reports. According to DCMJ Founder Adam Eidinger, distribution of the joints is perfectly legal as long as it’s done in the District, however smoking them on federal land could […]

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D.C. Health Department Backs Retail Cannabis System

Washington D.C.’s Department of Health is recommending taxing marijuana in the District, similar to regulatory models for alcohol and tobacco, according to a report issued by the department. Initiative 71, D.C.’s legalization legislation, passed in February 2015 but so far no infrastructure has been set up for sales. District residents can possess, grow and give […]

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U.S. House Seeks Tightening of Washington D.C. Cannabis Restrictions

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives is seeking stronger restraints on Washington D.C.’s ability to reform marijuana laws, Tom Angell reports for Marijuana.com. Current law says the District is not allowed to spend annual appropriations funding on “any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution of any […]

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D.C. Marijuana Activists to Meet With White House Officials on Monday

Adam Eidinger, the activist behind the Washington D.C smoke-in, will meet with White House officials for a “Bud Summit” on Monday, where they will likely discuss changing marijuana’s Schedule 1 status. The White House confirmed the meeting after Eidinger’s group, DCMJ, announced it via press release, The Washington Post reports. It appears the smoke-in — during […]

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Juice Delivery Service in D.C. Offering Cannabis Gifts with Purchase

Washington D.C.’s Initiative 71 allows individuals to use, buy and grow marijuana – but does not allow cannabis sales in the District. However, a juice delivery service is offering a “gift of cannabis” in order to meet consumer demand. Under the initiative passed last February, the free exchange of one ounce of marijuana or less […]

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D.C. Council Votes to Permanently Ban Cannabis Clubs

In a 7-6 vote, the Washington D.C. Council moved Tuesday to ban cannabis clubs, despite fervent opposition to the move from some members of the council, as well as cannabis activists. Tuesday’s vote represents the council’s second reversal regarding pot clubs in the past four months amid the vicissitudes of public opinion on the issue. […]

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Lighting Up at the White House: A Firsthand Report

“C’mon guys. We know our rights. We want to exercise those rights. That’s why we are here.” That was Adam Eidinger, law enforcement’s thorn-in-the-side activist who has worked to legalize marijuana for 15 years in D.C., pleading with the D.C. metro cops and U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Park police to bring a 50 foot […]

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Obama 2017 Budget Would Lift Restrictions on D.C. Cannabis; Give DOJ More Power

President Obama has released a $4 trillion budget for 2017 that proposes Washington, D.C. be allowed to spend its tax money to implement retail cannabis regulations. The budget would lift current restrictions on the use of local funds by D.C. lawmakers to create a recreational cannabis regulatory system. The Republican-led Congress passed a spending bill at […]

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Washington D.C. City Council Reconsiders Ban on Cannabis Clubs

The Washington D.C. City Council has put a bill on hold that would have banned the creation of private cannabis clubs where cannabis could be consumed publicly. Marijuana advocates have been pressuring the city to provide a legal space for cannabis users to consume publicly, and it appears that the council is listening. On Tuesday, […]

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D.C. Committee Approves Permanent Ban on Private Cannabis Clubs

In 2014, Washington D.C. voters passed an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis with a higher rate of approval than any of the four U.S. states that have also opted out of prohibition — yet the District’s recreational law remains the most intangible and restrictive in the country. Buying into over-blown fears rooted in prohibitionist ideals, a D.C. City Council Committee approved a law this […]

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Donations-Based Edibles Enterprise in Washington D.C. Butts Heads with Local Police

A man arrested for running the Washington D.C. infused edibles company Kush Gods was recently set free — though he is reportedly determined to continue operating within the District, despite the court case and legal purgatory that is the city’s local cannabis laws. It’s currently legal in Washington D.C. to grow, consume and possess cannabis — and […]

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Bill Approved to Allow Washington D.C. Marijuana Sales

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a Financial Services bill last week that would lift a ban on pot shops in Washington, D.C. and allow the capital to begin establishing a commercial marijuana market there. The move would make the District the first eastern region in the United States to regulate marijuana like alcohol. Although marijuana […]

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Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. Vote to Legalize Marijuana

Two more states, accompanied by our nation’s capitol, have legalized marijuana for recreational use. While Florida’s bid for medical marijuana didn’t get enough votes to pass, the passage of recreational laws in Oregon and Alaska has doubled the number of states that have decided to rethink federal cannabis prohibition. It is clear that the growing majority […]

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Washington D.C. Decriminalizes Pot, Congress Might Have Something to Say About It

The U.S. capital joined the popular movement to end marijuana prohibition last week. In a groundbreaking effort, the D.C. Council passed a bill last Tuesday that decriminalizes marijuana, replacing current criminal penalties for the possession of one ounce or less with a $25 civil fine.  Smoking marijuana in public will still be a misdemeanor crime, […]

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