LAW & POLITICS

  • DEA Scolded For Lax Marijuana Eradication Program Monitoring
    by Marijuana Moment on November 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) got a slap on the wrist from a federal watchdog agency over its management of a multi-million-dollar marijuana eradication program. In a report released on Nov. 14, 2018, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) said the DEA had failed to adequately collect documentation from state and local law enforcement partners [... […]

  • Here’s Where Next House Speaker Stands On Marijuana Policy
    by Marijuana Moment on November 16, 2018 at 9:00 PM

    The Nov. 6, 2018, elections are over, but Democrats in the House have already found themselves locked in another contentious race that could ultimately have big implications for marijuana legislation in the 116th Congress. Will Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California reclaim her seat as speaker of the House? Or will a coalition of frustrated lawmakers [... […]

  • Once a Skeptic, Colorado Governor is Fine with Legalization
    by Marijuana Moment on November 16, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    After the 2012 election, which saw Colorado become the first state to legalize marijuana, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper said he probably would have reversed the vote if he had a magic wand. But with the perspective of a few years post-legalization, today he says he’d put that wand “back in the drawer.” “I’m not quite [... […]

  • New Jersey Statehouse Leaders: We Have the Votes to Legalize
    by Associated Press on November 15, 2018 at 10:19 PM

    By Mike Catalina ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A vote on legalizing recreational cannabis in New Jersey’s Democratic-led Legislature is coming later in November 2018, the Assembly Speaker and Senate President said. The committee votes would inch forward the marijuana legislation that Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy promised during his campaign. But Senate President Steve Sweeney [... […]

  • Illinois House Speaker Backs Governor-Elect on Legalization
    by Associated Press on November 14, 2018 at 11:00 PM

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives said he supports Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s plans to legalize recreational cannabis and create a graduated income tax. Democratic Rep. Michael Madigan of Chicago said Nov. 13, 2018, that he’s had several “very friendly and very productive” conversations with Pritzker since the Democrat beat [... […]

  • House Bills Would Protect Veterans’ Marijuana Use, VA Access
    by Marijuana Moment on November 14, 2018 at 8:57 PM

    A bipartisan team of lawmakers planned to introduce a package of bills Nov. 14, 2018, aimed at reforming marijuana policies at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Just days after Veterans Day, Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida are filing three pieces of legislation that seek to [... […]

  • Texas Lawmaker Files Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana
    by Marijuana Moment on November 13, 2018 at 11:00 PM

    Possessing small amounts marijuana would no longer come with the threat of jail time if a Texas Democratic representative — and the state’s Republican Party — have their way. The pre-filing period for the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January 2019, kicked off Nov. 12, 2018, and one of the first bills put forward [... […]

  • With Pete Sessions Out, Veterans May Get Marijuana They Need
    by Monterey Bud on November 13, 2018 at 1:20 AM

    It’s one of the most pressing questions coming out of the Nov. 6, 2018, election: Now that Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions has been defeated by Democrat Colin Allred in North Texas, will the House Rules Committee finally get back to passing meaningful cannabis legislation? Before Sessions lost in the 2018 midterm election, he was [... […]

  • Texas Medical Marijuana Advocates Send Pete Sessions Packing
    by Maureen Meehan on November 13, 2018 at 12:50 AM

    Something remarkable for the future of cannabis is happening in the Lone Star state. Texas Republicans and Democrats moved together in unusual harmony to put cannabis reform in a place it’s never been before: on the table. The Nov. 6, 2018, election put the change in real terms: 19 female African-American judges were elected in [... […]

  • Study: Marijuana Would Provide 24,000 Jobs, $1B to Illinois
    by Marijuana Moment on November 12, 2018 at 10:18 PM

    Illinois voters just elected a new governor who supports legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana — and a new study indicates that the state would reap significant economic benefits if lawmakers follow through in 2019. According to an analysis from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the Project for Middle Class Renewal at the University of [... […]