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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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, Read more…

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 Read more…

Feds “Hands Off” MMJ — For Now

There will be changes in the new Trump administration.  Whether for good or ill remains to be seen.  But there’s one front where the fighting won’t break out — at least for a while.  Here’s more:   Members of Congress have re-authorized a federal provision prohibiting the Justice Department from interfering in state-authorized medical cannabis Read more…

Re-Legalization Bringing Decreased Drug Use

Now here’s an interesting twist no one saw coming.  As cannabis re-legalization rolls on (no pun intended) fewer young people are attracted to any type of drug use.  Here’s some detail:   The University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research is out with its latest national survey of teenage drug use, including marijuana use, and Read more…

A Glimmer of Hope in the New Cabinet?

Here’s the first bit if good news about the new cabinet.  A possible nominee for the Food and Drug Administration, Jim O’Neill, is a “legalization proponent.”  Any port in a storm I guess.  Here’s more:   Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday that Jim O’Neill, a marijuana legalization proponent, is being considered to lead the U.S. Read more…

American Legion Calls for Rescheduling Cannabis

The traditionally conservative “American Legion,”  a veterans organization, is asking the Trump administration to reschedule cannabis.   The [American Legion] “initiated a call-to-action on fairly new Legion priorities – support of research related to the impacts of medical marijuana and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s reclassification of cannabis from a Schedule I drug to Schedule III,” Read more…

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