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  1. Ron Strider

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivered Mixed Messages About Marijuana In 2017

    United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been squatting over state-legalized cannabis industries across the country, pinching out a grumpy loaf of reefer madness every so often. Reported to have said that he thought members of the Ku Klux Klan "were okay until I found out they smoked...
  2. Ron Strider

    2018's Three Biggest Catalysts For Marijuana Stocks

    Forget seeing marijuana stocks go up in smoke in 2017. They've been smoking hot. According to cannabis research firm ArcView, the North American legal weed industry is expected to grow by 26% a year through 2021. If this proves the case, we could be talking about nearly $22 billion in sales...
  3. Ron Strider

    Trump Must School Sessions On Medical Marijuana

    Candidates tend to make bold promises to get into office, then they break those promises. Duh. Whether you agree with him or not, President Donald J. Trump has kept an awful lot of his promises so far. He's working to complete his promises on immigration, Obamacare repeal and tax reform while...
  4. Ron Strider

    Even Without The Rider That Protects Medical Marijuana, A Pot Crackdown Is Unlikely

    As we approach the end of 2017, it's not clear whether Congress will renew the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which prohibits the Justice Department from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. James Higdon, writing in Politico Magazine, argues that the demise of the spending rider...
  5. Ron Strider

    Jeff Sessions Isn't Giving Up On Weed - He's Doubling Down

    A year ago, when president-elect Donald Trump announced Senator Jeff Sessions would be his attorney general, advocates for marijuana law reform were suddenly seized with panic. The longtime Alabama senator, they knew, had once joked that he considered the Klan to be OK guys until he found out...
  6. Ron Strider

    Legal Marijuana Just Can't Catch A Break From Washington

    The marijuana industry has taken a couple of hits in Washington this month. First, an amendment that would have stripped a part of the tax code that places extra financial burden on cannabis businesses was pulled at the last minute from the GOP tax plan approved by the U.S. Senate. Also...
  7. Ron Strider

    Back Off, Jeff Sessions! States Should Be Able To Legalize & Regulate Their Own Pot

    California voters decided last year that the sale of recreational marijuana should be made legal, beginning on Jan. 1, 2018. But Proposition 64 left many of the details to local governments and state regulators. So the last several months have been a race against the calendar, as officials have...
  8. Ron Strider

    Sessions Suggests DOJ Preparing For Federal Crackdown On Recreational Marijuana

    Jeff Sessions is suggesting that federal authorities will crack down on marijuana even in states where it has been legalized for recreational use. The attorney general hinted of a coming Department of Justice crackdown on the drug on Wednesday, suggesting there were likely to be changes to...
  9. Ron Strider

    Sessions Hints At Crackdown On Recreational Pot, Affecting California, Other States

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions hinted Wednesday that the Justice Department may take a tougher stance on recreational marijuana in the near future, a change in policy that would have a significant impact on the five states plus the District of Columbia that already allow the drug to be used for...
  10. Ron Strider

    DOJ Looking At 'Rational' Marijuana Policy

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that the Justice Department is examining ways to work toward a "rational" marijuana policy, though he did not provide details, including whether the DOJ will crack down on states where the drug has been legalized. "We're looking very hard on that...
  11. 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...
  12. Ron Strider

    How Jeff Sessions Plans To End Medical Marijuana Before The Year Is Over

    Tears streamed down Claudia Jendron's face this year as her doctor patted her hand and told her, after eight years of failed pain treatments for her spinal fusion-gone-wrong, "This is going to work, Claudia." She was talking about medical marijuana. For "eight years of hell," Jendron tried...
  13. 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...
  14. Ron Strider

    Sessions: Obama Marijuana Policy Remains In Effect

    Obama-era guidance that allows states to legalize marijuana without federal interference remains in effect, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday during a congressional hearing. He also conceded that cannabis is not as dangerous as heroin and that a current budget rider prevents...
  15. Ron Strider

    OR: Rep. Blumenauer Launches Committee To Target Anti-Pot Lawmakers

    Oregon's leading marijuana advocate in Congress, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, has formed a political action committee aimed at unseating anti-marijuana lawmakers. The Portland Democrat's Cannabis Fund is one in a growing suite of similar committees paying to promote weed-friendly candidates and...
  16. Ron Strider

    Jeff Sessions Once Again Hints That A Marijuana Crackdown May Be Imminent

    A decade ago, marijuana would have been considered something of a taboo topic. Today, it's perhaps the fastest-growing industry in the country. According to Marijuana Business Daily's newest report, "Marijuana Business Factbook 2017," legal U.S. weed sales are expected to jump 30% in 2017...
  17. Ron Strider

    U.S. Beer Giant's Investment In Canadian Cannabis May Kill Jeff Sessions' Buzz

    Constellation Brands is buying 10 percent of a Canadian weed firm, as capitalism's embrace of the green boom tightens. Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to hint that his team is working up reasons to crack down on states that have legalized cannabis, despite a surprising quiescence on...
  18. 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...
  19. Ron Strider

    Jeff Sessions' Stubborn Crusade Against Marijuana

    A record 64 percent of Americans believe that marijuana should be legal for recreational consumption, according to a recent Gallup national poll. That figure marks the highest point since the group started polling on the topic back in 1969. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise: With the...
  20. Ron Strider

    Jeff Sessions: Federal Laws Still Exist In States That Legalized Marijuana

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned Thursday that federal laws against marijuana still exist and could be used to crack down on state efforts to legalize the narcotic. In a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt on Thursday, Sessions was hesitant to say what he and the Trump administration plan...