Simple Cannabis Possession Reform Bill Gains Traction in Iowa

A measure introduced in Iowa’s Senate would reduce the penalties for possession of fewer than 5 grams of cannabis from six months in jail and a $1,000 fine to a maximum of 30 days in jail and a fine between $65 and $625. According to Democratic Rep. Mary Wolfe, in 2016 there were 3,400 cannabis […]

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Last Washington MMJ Exchange Raided by Law Enforcement & Cannabis Regulators

Washington’s last remaining medical cannabis exchange, the Patient Cannabis Exchange in Parkland, was raided by law enforcement on Sunday, KOMO News reports. Officers arrested individuals with outstanding warrants and seized plants and cash. Medical cannabis exchanges allow patients to designate a cultivator to grow their cannabis for them. Patients and cultivators at the exchange indicated […]

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Philadelphia DA Will Not Prosecute Simple Cannabis Possession Cases

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s District Attorney Larry Krasner dropped 51 cases for simple cannabis possession last week, part of his new policy to not prosecute such crimes, NBC Philadelphia reports. The prosecution reforms will not apply to possession charges with intent to deliver or sell cannabis. “We are going to tell them, yes, drop any cases that […]

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California Compliance: Reducing the Risk of Federal Cannabis Enforcement

Kern County, California — somewhere along Highway 5 The driver belonged to a collective and was transporting about $2 million of unprocessed product, from Northern California to Los Angeles. He had with him various documents, including a bill of lading and authorization from the collective to transport. The collective had corporate counsel and had established […]

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Study: Rhode Island Police Issuing Thousands of Cannabis Citations Despite Decriminalization

Despite cannabis decriminalization throughout the state in 2013, Rhode Island police issued about 5,000 citations for cannabis possession through 2017, according to a University of Rhode Island study. The study, conducted by journalism Professor Peter Phipps and students in his Media and Law course, analyzed police department data representing about 85 percent of the state’s […]

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Report: Cannabis Industry Stakeholders Not Fearing Crackdown Following Law Enforcement and Cannabis Industry Summit

According to a National Law Review report on the Feb. 2 summit held in Oregon for law enforcement officials and cannabis industry representatives to discuss federal cannabis policy following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent policy changes, “none of the U.S. Attorneys in attendance expressed an interest in cracking down on the industry as a whole.” However, […]

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Kansas Attorney General: CBD Illegal in the State

In a Jan. 24 opinion, the Kansas Attorney General’s office said it is unlawful to sell CBD products in the state due to cannabis’ status as a Schedule I drug under both the federal and state Controlled Substances Acts. “Our review of literature on the subject leads us to conclude that cannabidiol is derived from […]

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Drug Policy Alliance Report Espouses Social Benefits of Legalization

According to a Drug Policy Alliance report, “From Prohibition to Progress: A Status Report on Marijuana Legalization,” arrests have plummeted in states that have legalized cannabis for adults, youth use has remained stable, rates of opioid-related harm have been reduced, highway safety has not decreased, the industry is creating jobs, and tax revenues derived from […]

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Marijuana Policy Project Drafting Massachusetts Cannabis ‘Sanctuary State’ Legislation

The Marijuana Policy Project in Massachusetts is drafting legislation which would prohibit state and municipal employees from cooperating with federal authorities in any crackdown on the legal cannabis industry, according to Boston University’s Daily Free Press. According to Jim Borghesani, the Massachusetts spokesman for the MPP, “The Refusal of Complicity Act” would ensure the state […]

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Erie, Pennsylvania City Council Moves to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

The Erie, Pennsylvania City Council has voted to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis, according to a YourErie report. The measure would reduce the charges for possession of fewer than 30 grams from a misdemeanor to a summary offense, carrying a penalty of $25. Under current law, cannabis possession of 30 grams or […]

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U.S. Attorney in Oregon Shares Cannabis Industry Concerns in Op-Ed

In an op-ed in the Oregonian, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon Billy J. Williams said that while “national policy has changed” – referring to the rescinding of the Cole Memo protections by Attorney General Jeff Sessions – federal attorneys’ “commitment to exercising good judgment in charging decisions has not.” “We will continue to […]

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Pennsylvania Removes MMJ Patient Data from Law Enforcement Computers

Pennsylvania medical cannabis regulators will cease making patient information available on the state’s law enforcement computer systems in an effort to reduce the chances that a registered medical cannabis patient will be flagged during a federal background check when purchasing a firearm, the Associated Press reports. “Medical marijuana is an important medication for Pennsylvanians suffering […]

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California Bill Would Force Courts to Expunge Low-Level Cannabis Crimes

A bill introduced in California would make it easier for individuals with low-level cannabis convictions to expunge the charge from their records. The measure, introduced by Democratic Rep. Rob Bonta, would require courts to automatically expunge eligible records under provisions of the voter-approved Prop 64. The legalization measure, which took effect on Jan. 1, also […]

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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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Federal MMJ Protection Amendment Reverses Convictions of Washington’s ‘Kettle Falls Five’

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice has vacated the convictions and dismissed the charges of the so-called Kettle Falls Five – a family of cannabis growers in eastern Washington state who were charged under federal law in 2013 for cultivating and distributing cannabis, according to a Stranger report. Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, her husband Larry Harvey, Rhonda’s son […]

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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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Prosecutor: Vermont State Attorney Had No Knowledge of Parents’ Cannabis Gifting Scheme

The York County, Nebraska prosecutor handling the case of the elderly couple from California stopped with more than 25 bags of cannabis in the state said he has no reason to suspect their son – Chittenden County, Vermont Chief Deputy State Attorney Justin Jiron – had any knowledge or involvement in the bust, the Burlington […]

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California County-Licensed Cannabis Distribution Company Employees Arrested During Traffic Stop

California Highway Patrol officers arrested two employees of a Mendocino County-licensed cannabis delivery company on Friday claiming their operation is unlawful under state law until Jan. 1, according to an Associated Press report. The employees of Old Kai Distribution were stopped in the unmarked company van for a traffic violation and arrested even after showing […]

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Utah Regulators Cracking Down on CBD Sales

Utah’s Bureau of Investigation and Department of Health is probing retail CBD sales in the state and has seized products from businesses throughout the state, according to a Salt Lake Tribune report. Department of Public Safety Spokesman Lt. Todd Royce indicated retailers are required to have Health Department permission to sell CBD products. “It’s not […]

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Illinois Municipality to Roll Out Oral Swab Roadside Test Pilot Program

Carol Stream, Illinois’ police department is moving forward with plans to use the controversial mouth swab roadside test to determine whether a driver is under the influence of drugs, Illinois Radio Network reports. The tests are part of a pilot program and cannot be used as evidence in court. The P.I.A.2 kits test for cannabis, […]

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Marc and Jodie Emery Get Fines & Probation for Illegal Dispensaries

Marc and Jodie Emery – Canada’s “Prince and Princess of Pot” – have each pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime more than $5,000, according to a CTV News report. The Emerys must each pay a $150,000 fine plus a $45,000 victim surcharge and spend […]

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Colorado Regulators Suspend Denver, Colorado Cannabis Licensee; Police Arrest 12 Over Alleged Illegal Sales

Eight Sweet Leaf stores in Colorado have had their licenses suspended and 12 people have been arrested as part of a yearlong investigation by local law enforcement – not federal – into illegal cannabis sales, according to a Cannabist report. All 10 Sweet Leaf shops in Denver and one in Aurora were closed on Thursday; however, the […]

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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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DOJ Reminds Cannabis Companies They Cannot Make Bankruptcy Claims

In an article in the American Bankruptcy Institute print journal, the Justice Department has clarified their position on cannabis businesses declaring bankruptcy. Written by Clifford J. White III, director of the Justice Department’s Executive Office for U.S. Trustees, and John Sheahan, an attorney for the DOJ, the article is in addition to an April 2017 […]

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