Which Direction for the Business of Cannabis?
Feb08

Which Direction for the Business of Cannabis?

Until our potential opponents make their move the emerging cannabis industry keeps puffing along.  Let’s take a look at the shape of our battlefield.   But it’s hard to see much anxiety watching the comings and goings inside DeAngelo’s dispensary, which these days looks more like a Whole Foods than the shady corner bodegas such operations long resembled. Well-mannered hipsters with encyclopedic knowledge of bud...

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What Will Trump Do About Cannabis ?
Jan24

What Will Trump Do About Cannabis ?

What will the Trump administration do when it comes to cannabis policy?  Here’s an excerpt from a post on “The Hill.”   Thought you would enjoy this.   The new administration will have at least six options [for cannabis policy]. Shut it down. The administration could crack down on marijuana businesses in states that have legalized for nonmedical purposes . . . Shape the markets. The DOJ could use its discretion...

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Donald Trump Is a Win-Win for Cannabis Re-Legalization
Jan04

Donald Trump Is a Win-Win for Cannabis Re-Legalization

President-elect Donald Trump will prove to be a win-win for the re-legalization of cannabis.  Regardless of what he does he will provide a faster path to full re-legalization than Hillary Clinton.  Ms. Clinton would have permitted medical cannabis and lots of research, all of which would be good.  But she was not in favor of rec legalization and might have put up some roadblocks barring that end.  Because some good was happening the...

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NORML’s Open Letter to the Next Vice-President
Dec31

NORML’s Open Letter to the Next Vice-President

President-elect Trump has made no secret that his pick for V.P., Mike Pence, will be carrying a large part of the load of leading the country.  Realizing that, NORML has written an open letter to the next V.P.  Here’s a sample: American drug policy is at an important crossroads and the incoming Trump/Pence Administration will inherit an unprecedented schism between state and federal law in regards to the regulation and...

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Looking for a Silver Lining in the Trump Administration
Dec27

Looking for a Silver Lining in the Trump Administration

In the written Chinese language the character for “crisis” and “opportunity” are the same.  If we take that lesson to heart, is there opportunity in the just-around-the-corner Trump administration? Even if the federal outlook is relatively grim, reform advocates could continue to see progress at the state level, especially in Democratic enclaves like New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, Colorado, California and...

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NORML Ready To Face A/G Nominee Sessions
Dec22

NORML Ready To Face A/G Nominee Sessions

Time to get some skin in the game, friends.  President-elect Trump’s nominee of Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is no friend of the cannabis community.  Here’s what you can do:   Worst case scenario: AG Sessions cites the supremacy of federal law and initiates a crackdown on all state-legal marijuana operations. He unleashes his U.S. Attorneys to go after marijuana-related businesses in states like Colorado...

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