Banking Update
May28

Banking Update

HMJ has been following cannabis' banking problem for a long time.  Here's an update:   . . . few banks have opened their doors, prompting some 100 business people from the cannabis industry to descend on Washington last month to lobby Congress for greater access to banking. The pressure couldn’t come soon enough. With billions in cash from lawful sales of weed and marijuana cookies and sweets stranded outside the banking system,...

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Will a New DEA Chief Mean New Policies?
May26

Will a New DEA Chief Mean New Policies?

No one is waving banners, yet, but there is hope a new DEA Chief may mean a new day for cannabis policy.   Earlier last week, the Justice Department announced that Chuck Rosenberg, who served as chief of staff to the director of the FBI, would be stepping in to replace Leonhart as the administrator of the DEA. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called Rosenberg an “exceptional leader” with “unshakable integrity” in a statement...

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MMJ for Vets v. Congress
May14

MMJ for Vets v. Congress

For the moment we still lose, but the scales are tipping in our favor.   Members of the US House of Representatives narrowly defeated a proposed amendment that sought to allow veterans greater access to cannabis therapy. House members rejected the amendment by a vote of 210 to 213. One hundred and seventy-five Democrats voted for the measure, while eight voted against it. Thirty-five Republicans voted for the amendment, while 205...

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Congress v. Cannabis Prohibition
May12

Congress v. Cannabis Prohibition

For a very long time Congress marched lock-step in support of cannabis prohibition.  That is no longer true, here in the early days of re-legalization.  Two stories for your consideration:   California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, along with five other Republicans and six Democrats, has reintroduced legislation to prevent the federal government from criminally prosecuting individuals and/or businesses who engage in...

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DEA Head Michele Leonhart Resigns Amid Scandal
May04

DEA Head Michele Leonhart Resigns Amid Scandal

No friend to the cannabis culture, let's all wave bye-bye to Michele Leonhart, head of the DEA, as she resigns amid scandal.    Obama administration officials confirmed last week that Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele Leonhart is stepping aside. Members of the US House Oversight Committee recently gave Leonhart a vote of "no confidence" after an Office of the Inspector General report revealed that DEA officials had...

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Sen. Booker:  “Stop the Pot Hypocrisy”
Apr29

Sen. Booker: “Stop the Pot Hypocrisy”

U.S. Senator Cory Booker is one of those calling for change in cannabis policy.   “Let's stop the pot hypocrisy. We now have had three presidents that have admitted to smoking marijuana. People that are in public office all throughout the Senate have said, hey, I've smoked marijuana recreationally. How -- how much of a hypocrite do you have to be to say that I broke American laws using pot as a recreational thing and that I'm not...

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