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Feds Reviewing Marijuana Banking Protections

By Tom Angell A top official with the U.S. Treasury Department says the Trump administration is currently reviewing whether to keep or rescind Obama-era guidance that provides a process for banks to serve the marijuana industry without running afoul of federal regulators. “We are reviewing the guidance in light of …

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Rep. Bishop introduces medical marijuana research bill

By David Wells WASHINGTON — Congressman Rob Bishop has introduced the bipartisan Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act in the House of Representatives. The MEDS Act (H.R. 4825) “is aimed at creating a reasoned and responsible environment where the best minds may be able to analyze and examine something about which …

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IRS collects billions in pot taxes, much of it in cash

By Aaron Smith The way Zach Lazarus pays his taxes is different than most people. The COO of A Green Alternative dispensary in San Diego pays city, state and federal taxes in bags of cash that smell like marijuana. And he arrives flanked by armed guards. “We have a security …

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What’s in Your Weed? Touring Florida’s Marijuana Testing Lab

By Travis Cohen Medical marijuana is not at all like other prescribed drugs. It’s a living, cultivated product. Whereas most pharmaceuticals are mass-produced according to recipes that result from chemical testing and engineering, cannabis is a crop. And just like tomatoes or soybeans, there’s no real guarantee that one harvest …

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Congress Misses Opportunity To Vote On Marijuana Amendment

By Tom Angell A powerful congressional committee debated, but did not vote on, a far-reaching amendment to protect state marijuana laws from federal interference on Wednesday night. The measure, sponsored by Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), would have prevented the Department of Justice from spending money to prosecute people who are in …

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The public really, really, really opposes current federal marijuana law

By German Lopez The overwhelming majority of Americans are opposed to current federal marijuana law. That’s the big takeaway from a new poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy and released by Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the country’s most prominent anti-legalization group. The poll took a unique approach to …

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House Democrats introduce a bill to legalize marijuana and provide ‘restorative justice’ to communities impacted by the war on drugs

By Jeremy Berke A group of House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level and expunge the federal arrest records of those incarcerated for marijuana use and possession. The bill, introduced by California Reps. Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna and co-sponsored by twelve House …

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What the Marijuana Genome Map Means for the Future of Pot

By Jennifer Kaplan The fledgling cannabis industry is full of wide-eyed claims about what pot can do. Outperform your favorite energy drink? Maybe. Cure cancer? Worth a try. The biggest believers and entrepreneurs make the plant sound almost magical. Now one startup has the key to keep the science from the hype: the …

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