A new California proposal to create a state-run bank to serve the state’s marijuana industry is raising red flags for some consumer advocates, including those who support legal cannabis sales.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R.) on Monday signed into law a measure allowing the possession of marijuana for recreational use.
Protecting the state’s burgeoning cannabis industry is the latest front in California’s war with the Trump administration, as state officials work to make California a so-called “sanctuary state” for the marijuana industry.
Southwestern border states that legalize medical marijuana see a notable decline in violent crime rates, especially in border counties and as compared against states that do not, a recently released study concluded.
Law enforcement and prosecutor organizations gave their support to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s Thursday decision to rescind Obama-era guidance which discouraged prosecutors from enforcing the federal laws against marijuana in states which had legalized the drug.
The Department of Justice announced Thursday the revocation of a 2013 Obama administration order that instructed U.S. Attorneys not to enforce the federal ban on marijuana in states that had legalized and regulated cannabis sales.
The state of California became the sixth, and largest, state to license businesses to sell marijuana for recreational use on January 1, with some stores opening their doors on New Years Day.
A new Gallup poll shows 64 percent of Americans now think marijuana should be legal, the highest level since tracking began in 1969.
Democratic Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) introduced legislation Tuesday to end the federal ban on marijuana and encourage states to begin legalizing it.
A Senate committee passed an amendment on Thursday to protect legal medical marijuana, contravening a request in May from Attorney General Jeff Sessions.