In the draft cannabis rules before the Los Angeles City Council, almost every cannabis business will be required to shutter their operation until they receive an official city license.
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A growing number of people in Northern California are failing drug tests required by their employers, prompting some local companies to rethink their drug-free workplace policies in an age of legal marijuana.
The president of the Massachusetts Grower Advocacy Council told state regulators he fears local residents could be shut out of the nascent industry.
Op-ed: A bipartisan groups of lawmakers at the federal and state level want rational crime policies that don’t waste money or discard redeemable lives.
For civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton, cannabis legalization lands squarely under his purview.
The Atlanta City Council on Monday unanimously passed legislation eliminating jail time and reducing penalties on possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Surterra Wellness, a licensed medical marijuana company in Florida, has filed a petition in an effort to force the Florida Department of Health to set the rules for edible marijuana products in the state.
Most cities around the Bay Area will not be ready to permit recreational cannabis sales early next year when a proposition legalizing pot use goes live.
The Drug Enforcement Agency has its eyes on California, which produced five times more cannabis than it consumes last year, much of it ending up in other states.
Even though the sale of marijuana for medical purposes has been legal under state law for a decade, the city of Albuquerque rejected medical marijuana ads.
Los Angeles has so far held back on allowing cafes or lounges where customers could smoke or consume cannabis, which could cause problems for tourists.
Georgia Tech’s Athletic director Todd Stansbury believes it’s time to take a look at the substance-abuse policy for athletes, including marijuana.
When investigating complaints about cannabis grows, Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement has to determine whether they are for medical, retail, hemp or personal consumption.
A second New York medical marijuana company said Thursday it plans to expand home delivery to Long Island patients in Nassau and Suffolk.
Cities and towns in Massachusetts that didn’t ban recreational marijuana shops are now looking at ways to extract revenue from the burgeoning industry.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions took the opportunity Wednesday to once again express his opinion that legal sales of marijuana are not a positive development for the country.
Following the passage of a landmark medical cannabis bill last session, West Virginia’s Bureau for Public Health has been working to roll out the program.
Sarasota, Florida city leaders are planning to work around a state law to try to more closely regulate where medical marijuana dispensaries can operate.
Siskiyou County, California is the site of a battle between a sheriff and more than 1,500 Hmong cannabis farmers who have arrived in the past two years.
In exactly one year, Ohioans with qualifying health conditions are, by law, supposed to be able to buy medical marijuana.
After years of firm opposition from the Indiana Statehouse, the tides may be turning on the issue of legalizing medical marijuana use.
Cannabis consumers in Henderson will soon be able to legally purchase the plant after the Henderson City Council voted to end a moratorium on sales.
On the fourth anniversary of the Cole Memo, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) announced it had sent a report to Attorney General Jeff Sessions detailing how states that have legalized cannabis have failed to live up to that Obama-era guidance on enforcement priorities.
Oregon’s governor and head of the state police have responded to a letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, critiquing cannabis legalization in the state.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ letter to Alaska’s governor took a similar tone to his letters to other legal recreational marijuana states.
The governors of Alaska and Washington are questioning the data cited by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in recent letters he sent to their states regarding the efficacy of their respective marijuana regulatory regimes
An independent national organization that supports state legislatures has again voiced its support for federal descheduling of cannabis.
Latest numbers from Quinnipiac University Poll also show little support for a federal crackdown in states that have legalized cannabis.
At the political panel marathon Politicon this weekend, columnist Ann Coulter made some remarkable claims about marijuana during a debate with Ana Kasparian.
The cannabis industry is rewarding Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s advocacy by pouring money into his campaign to replace Gov. Jerry Brown.
A Senate appropriations committee approved an amendment to protect state medical marijuana programs from interference from the Department of Justice.
Florida physicians who specialize in concussions are expanding their programs with advancements like cannabis treatment and concussion-detecting goggles.
The House Rules Committee decided not to allow a medical marijuana amendment to the Veterans Affairs appropriations bill to proceed to a full vote.
For reasons that defy understanding, science, public opinion and most state governments, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has decided that cracking down on the use of medical marijuana is a priority.
About a dozen residents assembled at the Main Street park Tuesday, holding signs and smoking marijuana to garner support ahead of the Sept. 19 referendum, which will ask the town whether it should ban the sale of marijuana.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear want a judge to dismiss a lawsuit calling for the legalization of medical marijuana in Kentucky.
The Anchorage Assembly urged state marijuana regulators to pass laws allowing tourists and locals to smoke or consume marijuana in retail shops, saying it’s a problem that people can buy commercial pot products but can’t legally smoke it outside of private homes.
Maine lawmakers are debating how much they can tax recreational marijuana without driving consumers back to the black market.
Cannabis and banking industry trade groups, attorneys, and regulators are working to bring the marijuana industry into the financial mainstream.
Basic economics suggest dispensaries will now need to focus on gaining market share with early adopters in this growing market of consumable product.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 2017 World Drug Report finds cannabis is the most consumed and widely cultivated drug but found zero deaths.
A transcript released Tuesday revealed police officer Jeronimo Yanez told investigators the smell of marijuana from Philando Castile’s car was a major reason he considered the man a threat.
The CARERS Act would not legalize medical marijuana federally; it would officially allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies. Additionally, Veterans Affairs physicians would be able to recommend medical marijuana to their veteran patients, which they are currently banned from doing.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stated before the Senate Appropriations committee that marijuana is properly scheduled as a Schedule I drug.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said federal law prevents the department from implementing any potential benefits of medical marijuana for veterans.
A week ago, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed an omnibus marijuana bill, containing many changes to the regulations put in place in 2013, after Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana sales.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who has built his career on talking tough on crime, drugs, and illegal immigration, says he’s accepted a job as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), The Associated Press has reported. Clarke said in an interview with WISN-AM on Wednesday that…
People in cities around the world will take to the streets on Saturday for the 2017 Global Marijuana March as a protest to end cannabis prohibition.
In a speech Tuesday, John Kelly promised that DHS, TSA, ICE and CBP would all take a hard-line stance on what he called a “potentially dangerous gateway drug.”
In a memo sent to the U.S. attorneys, Jeff Sessions indicated he created a task force to evaluate marijuana policy as part of a larger review of crime reduction and public safety.