House Rules Committee Blocks Marijuana Amendments

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Late Wednesday night, the House Rules Committee led by prohibitionist Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX) blocked multiple amendments related to marijuana from receiving consideration by the full House, thus ending their consideration and silencing the ability for the lower chamber to offer protections from Attorney General Jeff Sessions when it comes to cannabis.
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Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments

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Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) with Representatives Perlmutter (CO-07), Lee (CA-13), and Titus (NV-01) 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 the current legislation, the SAFE Banking Act, is passed into law.
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AAA Is Doubling Down On Their Marijuana Distortions

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At a recent AAA Texas-sponsored event, attendees were falsely told that drivers testing positive possess a 25-fold risk of accident compared to sober drivers. But the actual study cited by AAA concluded nothing of the sort. Rather, the study in question — conducted by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — determined that THC-positive drivers possessed virtually no statistically significant risk of motor vehicle accident compared to sober drivers.
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The Sessions Letters: Read the U.S. attorney general’s missives to the first four states to legalize marijuana

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In April, the governors of the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “engage with us before embarking on any changes to regulatory and enforcement systems.” Sessions responded at the end of July with four letters addressed to the governors of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and…
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Register for the 2017 NORML Conference

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NORML’s 2017 Conference at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, DC and Congressional Lobby Day at the United States Capitol is scheduled for September 10th-12th. Hundreds of marijuana consumers, activists, patients and business owners are expected to attend a day-long training and informational conference on Monday and re-convene on The Hill Tuesday to personally lobby their elected members of the House of Representatives and Senate.
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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Amendment Preventing MMJ Crackdown

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The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Rohrbacher-Blumenauer amendment, which protects state-approved medical cannabis programs from federal interference, as part of the 2018 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill, according to a report from the Hill. Specifically, the amendment prevents the Department of Justice from using federal funds to crack down on state-legal medical cannabis […]
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Manitoba Finance Officials Ask MMJ Producers for Cannabis Legalization Input

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Red River from Toronto-Dominion Centre, 201 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaFinance officials in Manitoba, Canada are calling on cannabis industry operators to help develop regulations for the provincial market including “competitive pricing” and who should sell and distribute cannabis products, the CBC reports. The request comes as the nation plans to federally legalize adult cannabis sales on July 1, 2018. “Manitoba intends to develop a […]
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