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  1. Ron Strider

    Canada: Senators Want To Grill Trudeau About Cannabis Bill

    Senators are pressing to include Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a group of ministers who would appear in the Senate chamber to face questions about government legislation that would legalize cannabis in Canada. At least one of the senators, a Liberal, argued in the Senate Wednesday the...
  2. Ron Strider

    Canada: Legal Marijuana Deadline May Be Up In Smoke As Tory Senators Stall Bills

    You may think that you will be able to buy marijuana legally as of July 1. You should think again. Conservative senators are threatening to hold up passage of the two bills that would legalize cannabis consumption and toughen rules against abuse. Unless these senators yield, the bills are...
  3. Ron Strider

    U.S. Senators To AG Sessions: Reassure Hemp Industry You Will Uphold The Law

    Recently, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Al Franken (D-MN), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to address their constituents’ concerns regarding the hemp industry’s access to financial services by confirming the Department of...
  4. Ron Strider

    Senators Introduce Bill To Make Banking Easier For Marijuana Businesses

    Marijuana is now legal to at least some extent in 44 states but that's not much consolation to the farmers and merchants who grow and sell the stuff. They're hamstrung by federal regulations that block banks from serving businesses that are engaged in illegal activity -- and since the feds still...
  5. Ron Strider

    Bipartisan Senators Look To Address Banking Risk For Marijuana Industry

    Republican and Democratic senators on Wednesday renewed their drive to make banking easier for marijuana-based businesses in those U.S. states where the drug is legal, undeterred by signals from the Trump administration about maintaining tough marijuana restrictions nationally. The eight...
  6. K

    Senators Ask Feds Not To Clamp Down On State Marijuana Laws

    Senators from eight states that have legalized the recreational or medicinal use of marijuana are asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to uphold the Department of Justice's existing enforcement policy toward states with voter-approved marijuana laws. Massachusetts Democratic Sens. Elizabeth...
  7. K

    GA: Senators Work To Slash THC Potency In Medical Cannabis

    Atlanta – Georgia Senators are working to slash the potency of medical cannabis oil while slightly expanding access. The bill passed the full Senate Thursday with a vote of 41-12 after lengthy debate and the rejection of three amendments proposed during discussion. The proposal will reduce...
  8. K

    WA: Senators Say All-Cash Marijuana Shops Pose A Danger For Vendors

    Washington - There's a whole lot of cash sitting in marijuana shops in Washington state, Colorado and elsewhere, with less than 3 percent of the nation's banks and credit unions willing to do business with them. And with another eight states voting last month to expand access to legal...
  9. K

    NE: Medical Marijuana Could Be In Play Next Session

    Bellevue, Neb. - Tuesday's election changed marijuana laws in many parts of the country. A ballot count on Thursday resulted in Maine becoming the fourth state to approve recreational pot this year Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota voters approved medicinal marijuana. Montanans voted to ease...
  10. K

    NE: Medical Marijuana Could Be In Play Next Session

    Bellevue, Neb. - Tuesday's election changed marijuana laws in many parts of the country. A ballot count on Thursday resulted in Maine becoming the fourth state to approve recreational pot this year Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota voters approved medicinal marijuana. Montanans voted to ease...
  11. K

    Warren Joins Fellow Senators In Asking Feds For Update On Marijuana Classification

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren has signed on to a letter asking the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration for an update on the agencies' decision about whether they plan to change marijuana's classification at the federal level. Marijuana is currently classified as a...
  12. K

    One Out Of Four US Senators Is A Pot Prohibitionist - Is Yours One Of Them?

    Marijuana legalization now consistently scores majorities in national public opinion polls, marijuana is already legal in four states and the District of Columbia and likely to be legal in a handful more, including California, before year's end, and the Obama administration has effectively...
  13. R

    OR: Senators Announce Key Appropriations Win For Industrial Hemp

    Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that included in the Senate Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations committee bill is an amendment offered by Senator Merkley that would prevent the federal government from interfering with the implementation of state laws on the...
  14. R

    SC: Senators Reject Medical Marijuana Bill

    State senators recently voted against a bill that would have allowed medical marijuana in South Carolina. The bill, sponsored by Tom Davis (R- Beaufort,would have legalized the medical use of cannabis for patients suffering from conditions such as cancer, HIV, AIDS, PTSD, and chronic pain...
  15. R

    S.C. Senators To Consider Medical Marijuana

    A state Senate panel will take up a bill Thursday to legalize medical marijuana. The legislation, which senators have been working on since last year, has gained some bipartisan support despite the vehement objections of law enforcement; SLED Chief Mark Keel said in September it was the most...
  16. R

    Senators Visit Cincinnati To Hear Medical Marijuana Opinions

    Two state senators are stopping in Cincinnati as part of an effort to gather public opinions about medical marijuana. Republican Sen. Dave Burke, of Marysville, and Democratic Sen. Kenny Yuko (YOO'-koh), of Richmond Heights, are holding a forum Thursday at the University of Cincinnati. The...
  17. R

    Mass. Senators Learn The Ins And Outs Of Colorado's Marijuana Businesses

    It's still early, but Fall River state Sen. Mike Rodrigues is eager. He's grilling an Uber driver who was taking him to a high-tech Denver laboratory that extracts potent compounds from marijuana leaves. "You're out and about driving, picking people up. Do you see more people under the...