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Can Article V federally legalize cannabis?

8/12/18--Article V, a legal precedent set by America’s founding fathers, permits two-thirds of the states to call for a Convention of States to put forth proposed amendments to the Constitution.  If the proposed amendment is passed by three-fourths of the states as they are comprised in Congress, then the Constitution will be amended. Article V has been considered to be the latest legal avenue to pursue to potentially challenge the current, federal administration’s predilection for prohibition. However, according to cannabis law expert, Bob Carp, pursuing an Article V legal strategy would be an exercise in futility. Apparently, Article V is not the best precedent for challenging federal prohibition. Read

US prosecutor: Oregon has big pot overproduction problem

2/2/18--U.S. Attorney Billy Williams convened an unprecedented summit of influential federal law enforcement representatives, state officials, and marijuana industry scions after Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew an Obama administration memo that had guided states with legalized weed on how to avoid federal scrutiny. Read

Jeff Sessions struggles to get planned marijuana crackdown going

6/10/18--Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to use federal law to get tough on marijuana, announcing in January he was ending Obama-era protections for the nascent pot industry in states where it is legal. Six months into his mission, he is largely going it alone. In fact, Mr. Sessions’ own prosecutors have yet to bring federal charges against pot businesses that are abiding by state law. Read

Portland leaders denounce federal stance on marijuana in letter to Oregon’s top prosecutor

1/11/18--All five Portland city commissioners sent a letter Monday to U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams, opposing the U.S. Department of Justice's reversal of the Obama administration's hands-off approach to the legal marijuana market in Oregon and other states. Read

Open letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions

1/22/18--Paula Gordon Ph.D. submitted an open letter to Stop Pot, a non-partisan grassroots campaign started by citizens concerned about the damaging health effects, both physical and mental, of marijuana. Gordon thanked readers for rescinding the Cole Memorandum in addition to holding the marijuana industry accountable for the harms they have caused and that they are causing to public health and safety. Read

Jeff Sessions’s endless war on marijuana

1/7/18--Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a new guidance last week, which reverses Obama-era policy and gives prosecutors more leeway to enforce federal laws against the drug in states where it is legal. Sessions has been on a lifelong crusade against the plant, which he considers the root of many of society’s ills. The new policy is deeply unpopular, and many of its harshest critics are members of the president’s own party, who expressed outrage at the reversal of Mr. Trump’s campaign promise to leave the matter to the states. Read

Scott Adams warns Donald Trump on marijuana: ‘I’m gonna turn on this president’

1/5/18-- Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams warned President Donald Trump not to stop states from legalizing marijuana, warning: "I'm going turn on this president faster than anyone has ever turned on him." Adams cast the issue as one relating to the welfare of veterans– many of whom, he said, relied on marijuana to relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He also recounted how using marijuana had helped him overcome suicidal thoughts in college, and had relieved him of stomach pain he had suffered with since childhood. Read

Jeff Sessions’s war on drugs has medical marijuana advocates worried

5/15/17--Advocates of medical marijuana are on edge about the long-term security of programs authorized in 29 states and the District that have broad public backing. In a “signing statement” that accompanied Trump’s signature on the bill passed this month to keep the government open, the president noted a handful of objections on legal grounds. One was to a provision that prohibits his administration from interfering with state-run medical marijuana programs. Read

5 reasons why Jeff Sessions’ drug war reboot will fail

5/12/17--In US Attorney General Jeff Sessions' sentencing memo for cannabis enforcement, he orders US attorneys and their subordinates to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense” in nearly all cases, “including mandatory minimum sentences.” Sessions sees a nation keening with 52,000 overdose deaths every year, and he believes there is too much complacency about drugs. His answer? Bring back the days of D.A.R.E., “Just Say No,” and hard prison time for two joints. Sessions firmly believes a franchise reboot will fail, and outlines 5 reasons why. Read

Vireo Health’s marijuana smuggling scandal

4/26/17--Minnesota prosecutors accused two former officers of Vireo Health of using the company’s armored SUV to drive $500,000 of cannabis-based oils to New York, because of difficulties meeting a January 2016 New York state deadline for launching its medical marijuana program. The high-profile case has already prompted a legislative push to overhaul Minnesota's marijuana program and revoke Vireo's license in that state. Read

US attorneys slam marijuana legalization in new report

4/25/17--A federal group of prosecutors in the United States has criticized efforts at the US state level to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, saying that legalization has led to greater access by children to pot and created further challenges for impaired driving enforcement. Read

Recreational cannabis states prepping for possible federal crackdown

4/25/17--California, Colorado, and Oregon have begun taking steps to protect recreational marijuana businesses and consumers against a possible federal crackdown under the new Trump administration. Many have urged the president and his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to lay off marijuana businesses. Trump, however, has not articulated a policy stance on cannabis, so lawmakers in California, Colorado and Oregon – all three recreational cannabis states – have begun taking matters into their own hands. Read

Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against marijuana crackdown

3/25/17--Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot if a change in federal law or enforcement occurs. Read

Prosecutor’s threat takes the cannabis out of Nevada Cannabis Cup

3/3/17--Daniel Bogden, U.S. attorney for the District of Nevada, has snuffed out plans to celebrate the High Times Cannabis Cup festival by lighting up on an Indian reservation. Festival spokesman Joe Brezny said it will essentially be just a concert. They have removed the marijuana, and there will be no smoking area, no edibles competition, no cannabis topicals or lotions. Read

Marijuana stocks are doomed if Trump reneges on his pot pledge

3/4/17-- The possibility of more stringent federal enforcement on recreational pot could be irreparably damaging to most marijuana stocks, especially those involved in the retail side of the equation. A potential crackdown on recreational pot by the federal government could take away the fastest growth channel for marijuana and investors. Without this growth, marijuana stocks would almost certainly be worth avoiding. Read

Could Jeff Sessions hurt medical marijuana in Pennsylvania?

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-7-15-27-am11/21/16--President-elect Donald Trump's announcement that he plans to nominate Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions — a vocal opponent of marijuana legalization — to be the country's next attorney general has many in the legalized marijuana industry deeply concerned. "Jeff Sessions, if confirmed, has a significant capacity to do damage to the existing industry," said John Hudak, an expert on marijuana policy. Read