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  1. Ron Strider

    Indiana AG Says High Hopes Of First Church Of Cannabis Are Unsupported By State Law

    Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill filed a legal document Friday asking the Marion Superior Court to grant a final judgment in the state's favor in regards to a lawsuit filed by a pot-smoking church. The First Church of Cannabis filed the lawsuit against the City of Indianapolis and the...
  2. Ron Strider

    Sessions Hints At Shift In Federal Marijuana Enforcement

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday gave his strongest signal yet that the Justice Department's more hands-off approach to marijuana enforcement may soon be changing. Sessions said that the department is looking "very hard right now" at a directive carried over from the Obama...
  3. Ron Strider

    Former Attorney General Says Jeff Sessions' War on Marijuana Is A Waste Of Time

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions' apparent plans to prosecute medical marijuana distributors in states that have legalized it are a waste of time, according to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who said the U.S. had bigger priorities to focus on. "With respect to everything else going...
  4. Ron Strider

    Brookings Institute Calls Out Jeff Sessions For Blocking MMJ Research

    One of the country's most well-known think tanks is calling out United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his repressive attitude toward cannabis, particularly medical marijuana. On October 25, the Brookings Institution published an essay criticizing Sessions for his "biases on the issue...
  5. Ron Strider

    Justice Department Says Obama-Era Medical Marijuana Prosecution Wasn't Allowed

    Federal prosecutors said this week that a high-profile Obama-era prosecution of medical marijuana growers wasn't allowed because Congress voted to protect medical pot programs from federal interference. It's a dramatic development in a case that pitted four family members and a friend –...
  6. Ron Strider

    Eric Holder: Jeff Sessions Has An 'Almost Obsession' With Marijuana

    Former Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that current Attorney General Jeff Sessions has an "almost obsession with marijuana," and said the Justice Department was right to allow states to regulate recreational marijuana sales. As attorney general from 2009-2015, Holder presided over a...
  7. Ron Strider

    Attorney General Sessions Says Marijuana Still Illegal

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday criticized the legalization of marijuana in multiple states and warned that the federal law banning use and sale of the drug "remains in effect," remarks that could stoke fears of a federal crackdown. "I've never felt that we should legalize...
  8. Ron Strider

    Jeff Sessions Slams Marijuana Legalization (Again)

    The nation's top law enforcer is continuing to speak out against marijuana legalization. "I've never felt that we should legalize marijuana," U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Wednesday. "It doesn't strike me that the country would be better if it's being sold on every street...
  9. Ron Strider

    "Incomplete And Unreliable" - Jeff Sessions Is Using Bogus Weed Stats

    Washington state wants Jeff Sessions to do his homework about weed. Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson both released statements last week criticizing the U.S. attorney general for a July letter he sent them which they say used faulty information to judge the impact of...
  10. Ron Strider

    Black Market Marijuana Bust Leaves Bruises On Colorado's Marijuana Industry

    Owners of a marijuana head shop in Colorado Springs were allegedly running a criminal enterprise that illegally distributed about 200 pounds of marijuana. Thirteen people have been indicted in connection to the case, including Hoppz' Cropz owners Joseph Hopper, Dara Wheatley, Joseph Sergio...
  11. Ron Strider

    NY: Brooklyn's Decriminalization Success Proves Jeff Sessions Wrong

    Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a return to federal drug policies that, beginning in the 1980's, led to mass incarceration and the dubious distinction of making the United States the world's biggest jailer. The policies that comprised the "War on Drugs" incurred enormous...
  12. Ron Strider

    Willie Nelson Wants Jeff Sessions To Smoke Some Pot And Leave Stoners Alone

    Everybody must get stoned, the famous Bob Dylan lyric goes. And as far as country singer Willie Nelson is concerned, that goes for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a hardline anti-marijuana crusader. Nelson is a crusader, too, though he is thoroughly in the pro-marijuana camp. Snoop Dogg...
  13. Ron Strider

    South Dakota: Argus Leader Reporter Subpoenaed In Tribal Marijuana Case

    Prosecutors plan to call a Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter as a witness in a trial related to a marijuana operation that the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe attempted to start, and the newspaper has objected. The attorney general's office has subpoenaed Dana Ferguson to testify in the upcoming...
  14. Ron Strider

    What Does Trump's Crackdown On Small-Time Illegal Drug Use Mean To NYC

    Under New York City law, possession or use of small amounts of marijuana results in a ticket from police. However, on Friday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that enforcement of drug laws at the federal level will now be as harsh as possible. It's a reversal of Obama Administration...
  15. Ron Strider

    Marijuana News Roundup: US Attorney General To Give Pot A Pass?

    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper met with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week and left the meeting with the distinct understanding that the recreational marijuana industry will not face the federal crackdown that it had feared. According to an editorial in the Denver Post, the big...
  16. K

    AZ: Bill To Allow Hemp Farming Moves Forward

    Phoenix - State senators took the first steps Monday evening to allowing Arizona farmers to grow industrial hemp. Existing law makes it a felony to grow or possess all forms of marijuana. SB 1337 creates an exception for plants where the concentration of tetrahydrocannibinol, the psychoactive...
  17. K

    Cannabis Caucus Ready To Face New Attorney General

    Washington – Congress is forming a cannabis caucus with high hopes of protecting a pot industry besieged by fears of a potential federal crackdown. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican who is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, is helping to lead the creation of the...
  18. K

    What Attorney General Sessions Will Do About Cannabis Is Still Unclear

    On the campaign trail, Donald Trump said his administration would "do" medical marijuana and let the states decide about legalization for themselves. Then, on the heels of passing eight state marijuana reform initiatives in 2016, his choice for Attorney General rattled reformers. Every...
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    Jeff Sessions Signals Marijuana Enforcement Will Remain The Same

    Marijuana advocates have been worried for months about the recently confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He once said "good people don't smoke marijuana," and he has joked that he thought the Ku Klux Klan "were OK until I found out they smoked pot." But last week, Sessions spoke with...
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    Editorial - Legal Marijuana May Be Doomed Next Year

    Big Marijuana might have a big problem. It's called Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Justice as the next attorney general. It is probably unwise to invest in marijuana production and trade before the Washington transition concludes. Consider...