Posts Categorized: Legalizing Marijuana

On June 8, 2018, President Trump indicated support for a bipartisan bill that would end the federal ban on pot. The legislation, co-authored by Senator Cory Gardner, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, would lift the federal prohibition, defer to states’ laws on marijuana legalization, and permit marijuana businesses to use the federal banking system.    …

As of this blog, nine states and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana—Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. Medicinal marijuana is legal in another 29 states. While weed is gaining momentum, there’s a lack of financial institutions to support the blossoming industry. Unfortunately, cannabis businesses are forced to operate under the…

I’ve received many emails asking about the status of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment–the legislation that prevents the U.S. Justice Department from interfering with state medicinal marijuana programs. (BTW, thanks for contacting me.) Attached to previous budget bills, the amendment has been carried forward with the last four budget debates. The most recent was February 8th, which…

After I’d written my last blog, (about the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment Update and Marijuana as a Gateway Drug), I read about other countries’ approach to the war on drugs. Norway Norway’s parliament has voted to decriminalize marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. Norwegians found with small quantities of drugs will be diverted into treatment programs rather than criminally…