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Department of Justice Hinders Medical Marijuana Research laws Politics 

Department of Justice Hinders Medical Marijuana Research

Slow walked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice (DOJ), more than 25 federal applications to cultivate cannabis for research purposes have effectively been halted. After first asking Congress to undo federal medical marijuana protections in May, Sessions is now tackling the root of the problem – scientific research. Historically, Sessions has been no fan of medical marijuana. When Sessions was questioned by the Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing, Sessions noted: Read the full article

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The Sessions Letters: Read the U.S. attorney general’s missives to the first four states to legalize marijuana laws News Politics resources 

The Sessions Letters: Read the U.S. attorney general’s missives to the first four states to legalize marijuana

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 Washington. Read the full article

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The Trial of the Plant: South Africa’s Attempt to Legalize Cannabis laws Politics 

The Trial of the Plant: South Africa’s Attempt to Legalize Cannabis

While much of the marijuana world looks toward societies already in the process of cannabis reform, a major battle for the legalization of pot is happening in South Africa’s justice system. Lanseria residents Jules Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke, also known as “the Dagga (marijuana) Couple,” have brought a constitutional challenge to the Pretoria High Court stating that jailing people for marijuana use is against South Africans’ right to dignity. The trial that began on July 31st is expected to take 19 days. No less than seven government ministers are being…

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MAN LIGHTS UP A JOINT IN PORTLAND COURTROOM, DISRUPTS MURDER TRIAL laws News 

MAN LIGHTS UP A JOINT IN PORTLAND COURTROOM, DISRUPTS MURDER TRIAL

Thomas Paine, one of the Founding Fathers, said: “Common sense is a flower that doesn’t grow in everyone’s garden.” It became apparent that one young man’s garden lacked that flower when he lit up a joint in a courtroom in Portland, Oregon during the hearing of a tragic shooting death of a 17-year-old boy. The 30-something smoker apparently thought it was cool because, after all, weed is legal in Oregon, right? Read the full article

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MASSIVE DRUG BUST: AGENTS FIND ENOUGH FENTANYL TO KILL HALF THE POPULATION OF NYC laws News 

MASSIVE DRUG BUST: AGENTS FIND ENOUGH FENTANYL TO KILL HALF THE POPULATION OF NYC

“Call an Uber” took on a new meaning recently when the feds busted a drug mill in a Manhattan neighborhood near Central Park and seized enough fentanyl “to kill half of the population of New York City.” According to New York’s Gothamist, the agents found three kilos of a deadly fentanyl and heroin combination, as well as over a thousand individual doses in envelopes stamped “UBER.” “Fentanyl is the deadliest street drug to ever hit this country. This seizure alone contains enough potency to kill half of the population of…

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Cannabis Social Clubs in the Canary Islands Want Real Regulation laws Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Politics 

Cannabis Social Clubs in the Canary Islands Want Real Regulation

Cannabis Social Clubs are tolerated in most regions of Spain. In Catalonia and in the Basque Country, the clubs work hand-in-hand with local politicians and governments that have established a set of rules for such establishments. The federal courts, on the other hand, have not yet made a clear statement, and therefore, the local authorities determine how openly a cannabis social club can operate. The clubs that have been active in some areas for more than a decade adhere to self-imposed regulation. Read the full article

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AG Letter to WA State Officials: Cole Memorandum Allows DOJ Enforcement laws Politics 

AG Letter to WA State Officials: Cole Memorandum Allows DOJ Enforcement

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has some rather sobering concerns with the implementation of recreational marijuana in Washington State. Washington State legalized adult-use marijuana by passing Initiative 502 during the 2012 general election. Now, almost five years after the fact, the country’s attorney general has officially put the state’s policymakers on notice. Sessions, in a letter addressed to Washington State Attorney General Robert Ferguson and Gov. Jay Inslee, started off with a congenial tone that quickly devolved into a not-so-veiled threat. Read the full article

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FELONY CHARGES FOLLOW RAID ON LEGAL CANNABIS COMPANY MED-WEST laws News 

FELONY CHARGES FOLLOW RAID ON LEGAL CANNABIS COMPANY MED-WEST

In an egregious and unnecessary use of force, the doors to the warehouse of cannabis company Med-West in Kearney Mesa, an industrial neighborhood in San Diego, were busted apart by heavily armed police officers in tactical gear—a raid more appropriate for a SWAT team attempting a hostage rescue from weapon-wielding criminals. It was not the entrance required to serve a warrant to a businessman like James Slatic, who was operating his company within California cannabis law. Read the full article

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