Ending Marijuana Prohibition Would Save Lives and Taxpayer Money

A father-daughter duo of public policy researchers have published a follow-up to their 2016 research that found prescriptions for medications like painkillers, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications dropped sharply in states with medical marijuana…

Trump White House Indicates Possible Federal Crackdown on Marijuana

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, told reporters that the Trump administration won’t be taking the same lax attitude towards marijuana as the Obama administration. At the press conference, Spicer said, “I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement.”…

Illinois State Treasurer Urges Trump to Let Banks Work with the Cannabis Industry

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs issued a press release Monday, urging the Trump administration to give clear guidance to financial institutions regarding medical marijuana. In his letter, he urged President Trump to reassure banks that they will not face penalties or prosecution for doing business with state-licensed marijuana growers and dispensaries…

Cannabis Legalization Backers Give Free Marijuana on Inauguration Day

In response to Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination for attorney general by President-elect Trump, a group of marijuana advocates are lighting up in protest at the upcoming inauguration. The protest isn’t anti-Trump or looking to disrupt the inauguration. “The main message is it’s time to legalize cannabis at the federal level.”…

The State of Marijuana: 2016

We made it! The election is finally over–and the big winner is definitely cannabis. Recreational marijuana initiatives were on the ballot in five states, with Arizona as the only holdout. As of Tuesday’s election, medical cannabis is legal in more than half of U.S. states (28 states and Washington D.C.)…

Supreme Court Denies Suit Against Colorado Marijuana Laws

By a 6-2 majority, the Supreme Court has declined to hear a suit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado. Two conservative justices, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, said they would have heard the case…

Presidential Candidates Weigh in on Marijuana

Both marijuana and the political race have dominated the news in recent months, and the outcome of the presidential election could have a huge impact on marijuana policy nationwide. Democrats and Republicans have widely different positions on medical and recreational cannabis…

Insurance Policy Refuses to Pay Damages to Marijuana Dispensary

A suit filed by Green Earth Wellness Center against insurance company Atain was granted in part and denied in part. The Colorado Springs based medical marijuana dispensary made a claim after a 2012 wildfire damaged the grow operation’s ventilation system, resulting in damage to growing plants and harvested buds…

US House Continues to Push Cannabis Forward

Earlier this week, the U.S. House passed several amendments aimed at scaling back federal war on cannabis and to reduce the budget of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The House considered 9 key measures enforcing responsible behavior by the DEA and reducing penalties for hemp and cannabis grow operations…