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Posted Date: 09/06/2017

WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has introduced an amendment to the appropriations bill that, if passed, would not allow the Department of Justice to use funds from the bill to prevent or delay the approval of an application to research medical marijuana. This past year, the DEA moved to create a new procedure […]


Posted Date: 09/06/2017

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA) with Representatives Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Dina Titus (D-NV) have submitted two amendments to the financial services division to be included in the House appropriations bill. Both of these amendments focus on banking services for legal marijuana-related businesses and would be a temporary fix until […]


Posted Date: 09/01/2017

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Neither current nor the long-term cumulative use of cannabis is associated with negative effects on the kidneys, according to longitudinal data published online ahead of print in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Investigators at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco assessed the […]


Posted Date: 09/01/2017

SOUTH BEND, IN — Marijuana use is associated with reduced rates of obesity, diabetes, opioid abuse, and other conditions that may lead to premature mortality, according to a scholarly review paper published by the biology department chair at the University of Indiana, South Bend. According to the review, an estimated 23,500 to 47,500 premature deaths could be prevented annually if marijuana […]


Posted Date: 09/01/2017

WASHINGTON, DC — The District of Columbia’s lone congressional voice, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), has introduced an amendment to strike all four anti-home-rule riders from the House fiscal year 2018 District of Columbia Appropriations bill. This amendment would strike the riders that prohibit DC from spending its local funds on marijuana commercialization and on […]


Posted Date: 09/01/2017

WASHINGTON, DC — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is soliciting public comments with regard to the therapeutic utility and abuse liability of various substances, including cannabidiol (CBD). The agency will consider these comments prior to preparing a formal response to the World Health Organization, which is considering placing the substances within their international drug scheduling code. Cannabidiol is defined by […]


Posted Date: 08/29/2017

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) with Representatives Amash (R-MI), Jeffries (D-NY), Nadler (D-NY) have introduced an amendment to the appropriations bill that the House is expected to take up next month. The amendment would eliminate the funding for enforcement of Section 159 of title 23, which reduces highway funding for states if they […]


Posted Date: 08/29/2017

Vermont will not become the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislative process—at least for now. House Republicans on Wednesday evening killed a last chance effort to get it done this year by refusing to take up a compromise legalization bill that had been passed by the Senate earlier in the day. A marijuana […]


Posted Date: 08/29/2017

In a prime illustration of the perversities of the war on drugs, US Customs has seized a shipment of a thousand lock boxes aimed at allowing marijuana, tobacco, and pharmaceutical users to keep their stashes safe from kids. Customs has officially designated the boxes as drug paraphernalia, even though everyone involved concedes the boxes are […]


Posted Date: 08/28/2017

The American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, has adopted a resolution calling on federal officials to expand veterans’ access to medical marijuana. The resolution, passed Thursday at the Legion’s annual convention, urges the “United States government to permit VA medical providers to be able to discuss with veterans the use of marijuana […]