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The 10 Most Popular Marijuana Strains to Start 2018

The Joint Blog - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 03:51
As we march into 2018, here’s a look at the most popular marijuana strains on the  market.

In the U.S. marijuana is now legal in eight states for recreational use, and dozens for medical purposes. Using data collected by Leafly, below is a list of the top 10 most popular marijuana strains for the start of 2018.

Anyone who has consumed cannabis for any amount of time will likely find Blue Dream’s placement on this list unsurprising (especially those in states with legal marijuana stores). This sativa-dominant strain has remained one of the most popular for years, and is a mainstay in almost all marijuana stores and dispensaries. The popularity of this strain – a cross between the indica-dominant Blueberry strain and the sativa-dominant Haze strain – is well earned, with it’s smooth, uplifting high, and it’s delicious blueberry-tinged taste and smell.

Sour Diesel is another long-term mainstay of the cannabis world. With Super Skunk and Chemdawg lineage, this strain is best known for its strong diesel-like smell, and potent, energetic high.

This hybrid – a cross between OG Kush and Durban Poison – has bursted onto the scene in recent years. With it’s excellent taste and smell, and its powerful high, this relative newcomer has quickly become more popular than legendary strains like OG Kush and White Widow.

Despite an unfortunate name Green Crack is a growingly popular and respected strain. It has an extremely energetic high and powerful body buzz, and its sweet, ofttimes citrusy flavor and smell make it stand out from the crowd.

OG Kush is known the world around. The classic combo of Hindu Kush and Chemdawg has an earthy and piney flavor, and has one of the most sought after marijuana strains for years.

As far as indica-dominant strains go, Granddaddy Purple is one of the most vaunted. An excellent mix of Big Bud and Purple Urkle, this strain has a sweet, often berry-like flavor. Most people know this strain for its dense, kiefy nuggets.

Jack Herer – named after the legendary activist and author – is a sativa-dominant cross between Northern Lights and Shiva Skunk. It has a piney smell and flavor with a backdrop of citrus, and a smooth, even high.

White Widow’s popularity is due to its energetic, uplifting and powerful high; its uniquely earthy flavor and smell also help it stand out. This strain is a mix between South American Sativa and South Indian Indica.

Gorilla Glue #4 has shot into prominence over the past few years. It won the 2014 Los Angeles and Michigan Cannabis Cups, as well as the High Times Jamaican Cannabis World Cup. Given its status as a balanced and tasty hybrid, it’s likely to remain popular for years to come.

Bubba Kush is a powerful indica-dominant strain that has remained popular for years, and doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

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Vermont Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill

The Joint Blog - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 00:07
Legislation to legalize marijuana in Vermont has been approved by the state’s House of Representatives.

A bill already approved by the Vermont Senate that would make marijuana legal for adults was passed today by the Vermont House of Representatives with some minor amendments. It will now go to the Senate for a final concurrence vote before being transmitted to Governor Phil Scott. In December, Governor Scott indicated that he intends to sign H. 511 into law.

If H. 511 is signed into law, it would eliminate Vermont’s civil penalty for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana and remove penalties for possession of up to two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants, beginning in July. Meanwhile, a governor-appointed task force will issue a final report on how the state should tax and regulate marijuana sales and commercial cultivation by December 15, 2018.

“Vermont is poised to make history by becoming the first state to legalize marijuana cultivation and possession legislatively, rather than by ballot initiative. We applaud lawmakers for heeding the calls of their constituents and taking this important step toward treating marijuana more like alcohol,” said Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project.

Fifty-seven percent of Vermont voters support allowing adults 21 and older to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana, according to a statewide survey of 755 registered voters conducted in March by Public Policy Polling. Only 39% are opposed. Nationwide support is similarly strong. An October 2017 Gallup poll found 64% of Americans support making marijuana legal.

When the bill is signed, Vermont will become the ninth state to make marijuana legal for adults, and the first to do so through its legislature (all others were passed through a citizen’s initiative.

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Vermont Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill

Marijuana Moment - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 23:23

The Vermont House of Representatives voted on Thursday to legalize possession and home cultivation of marijuana.

The move comes on the same day that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved to rescind Obama-era guidance that has generally allowed states to implement their own marijuana laws without federal interference.

Under the Vermont legislation, an earlier version of which passed the Senate last summer, commercial sales of cannabis would not be allowed. But if the proposal is enacted, as is expected, the state would become the first to legalize marijuana by an act of lawmakers. To date, all eight states that have ended cannabis prohibition have done so via voter initiatives.

Gov. Phil Scott (R) has promised to sign the bill into law after the Senate votes to approve the new language, expected next week.

Vermont fell just short of ending marijuana prohibition in 2017. Both legislative chambers approved a legalization proposal, but Scott vetoed it. However, the governor then laid out a few small revisions he wanted legislators to make in order to garner his signature. The Senate quickly acted to make the requested changes, but the House wasn’t able to overcome procedural hurdles to pass the revised bill in time during a short special session over the summer.

That left the House poised to approve the bill under regular order after reconvening for the year this week. The vote on Thursday was 81 to 63.

Representatives voted down several floor amendments, including proposals to delay consideration of the bill in light of news about the federal enforcement policy change. They also rejected an attempt by GOP House leader Don Turner to add legal cannabis sales to the bill. The move by Turner, a legalization opponent, was seen by advocates as an attempt to attach a poison pill to the legislation, because Scott would have been less likely to sign it into law as amended.

In his State of the State speech on Thursday, Scott seemed to express disappointment about a recent news report suggesting that Vermont’s consideration of cannabis legalization was the biggest story in the state last year.

“Imagine how it must seem to a family who’s struggling to get by, who can’t afford to pay their property tax bill, to turn on the news and hear that the marijuana debate was ranked Vermont’s number one news story of 2017,” he said.

If the proposal is enacted, possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and home cultivation of two mature plants by adults over 21 years of age would be legal.

While the legislation initially included language creating a study commission to examine the possible future legalization of commercial marijuana sales, Scott created such a panel on his own by executive order during the interim. On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee amended the bill to remove the commission provisions, which is why it now requires one more vote in the Senate, where it is widely expected to pass.

Advocates believe that New Jersey is poised to end marijuana prohibition via the legislature this year as well. Phil Murphy (D), who will be sworn in as governor later this month, campaigned on legalization, and the Senate president says he is ready to pass a bill.

A number of other states are expected to vote on ballot initiatives to legalize recreational or medical cannabis.

This story was first published by Forbes.

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Sessions Rescinds Obama Protections For Marijuana States, Unleashing Crackdown

Toke Signals - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 20:17

Attorney General Jeff “Good People Don’t Smoke Pot” Sessions on Thursday rescinded the Cole Memorandum, Obama-era guidance by the federal Department of Justice which allowed states to implement their own marijuana laws while limiting federal interference. In a memo to federal prosecutors dated January 4, Sessions said, “In deciding which marijuana activities to prosecute under […]

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Rescinds Memo Protecting State Marijuana Laws

The Joint Blog - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 19:40
Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to rescind an Obama-era memo (the Cole Memo) which directed federal law enforcement to respect states’ marijuana legalization laws.

“This is going to create chaos in the dozens of states whose voters have chosen to regulate medical and adult use marijuana rather than leaving it in the hands of criminals,” said Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership. “The administration’s decision to override voter will and the rights of states protected under the Tenth Amendment is going to throw the criminal justice system off balance, affecting not only those working tirelessly to bring the marijuana trade into the sunlight, but also thousands of state officials just trying to do their jobs.”

Major Franklin continues; “If enforcement of laws are subject to the whims of individual prosecutors, no one will have any idea what is legal or what isn’t – because it could change from day to day. There’s no greater headache for an officer of the law than not to know where those lines stand, which is exactly why the Cole Memo was put into place.”

Brian Vicente, co-author of the Colorado legalization initiative, Amendment 64, states that’ “Since August 2013, the ‘Cole Memo’ has served as guidance to prosecutors regarding prioritization and prosecutorial discretion with respect to federal marijuana law enforcement. It was not a law or binding policy and, as it explicitly stated, it never altered the Justice Department’s authority to enforce federal marijuana laws. The rescinding of the Cole Memo does not indicate any specific changes in enforcement policy, and it remains to be seen whether it will have any significant impact on the Department’s actions. U.S. attorneys had vast prosecutorial discretion before and they will continue to have the same level of discretion.”

Vincente says that; “We hope federal prosecutors will share the position that President Trump expressed during his campaign, when he stated that marijuana policy should ‘absolutely’ be left to the states. We also strongly encourage them to take into account the strong public support for letting states develop their own marijuana laws. Polls show nearly two-thirds of American voters — including a majority of Republicans — think marijuana should be legal for adult use. Even more have expressed opposition to the federal government interfering in state’s marijuana policy decisions.

“The regulated marijuana market is steadily replacing the criminal market while also creating tens of thousands of jobs and pumping hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenue into state economies. It would be incredibly counterproductive for the federal government to roll back this progress and hand the marijuana industry back over to cartels and criminals. States like Colorado and Washington have demonstrated that regulating marijuana works. Officials in these states are doing more than ever before to control marijuana, and it would behoove federal authorities to work with them and not against them.”

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Lawmakers React To Sessions Anti-Marijuana Move

Marijuana Moment - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 16:14

A bipartisan collection of members of Congress and state officials are pushing back on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s move to rescind Obama-era guidance that has generally allowed states to implement their own marijuana laws without federal interference.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO):

.@SenCoryGardner on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' #marijuana policy change: "I will be holding all nominations for the Department of Justice. The people of Colorado deserve answers." pic.twitter.com/BnVEkA54ag

— CSPAN (@cspan) January 4, 2018

This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation. With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states.

— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) January 4, 2018

I am prepared to take all steps necessary, including holding DOJ nominees, until the Attorney General lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation.

— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) January 4, 2018

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY):

Attorney General Sessions' decision to restrict states’ ability to legalize and decriminalize marijuana is either willfully ignorant of the medical science or an act of greed on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry. In either case, it's an attack on patients, and it's wrong. pic.twitter.com/Kiw8nOmPb7

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) January 4, 2018

This is about public health. You can join me in fighting back by calling for support for my bill, the CARERS Act, which keeps the federal government out of the way when doctors and patients decide that medical marijuana is the best treatment for them.

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) January 4, 2018

DOJ should investigate how pharma helped create the opioid crisis, not institute policies that take marijuana based medicines from patients and needlessly target non-violent minority youths.

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) January 4, 2018

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK):

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— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) January 4, 2018

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D):

Make no mistake: As we have told the Department of Justice ever since I-502 was passed in 2012, we will vigorously defend our state’s laws against undue federal infringement. https://t.co/R3jJrncN9X pic.twitter.com/uM48hVH26q

— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) January 4, 2018

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D):

INBOX: @GovofCO releases a tame statement by comparison to @SenCoryGardner, but expresses support for the Cole memo. #marijuana #COpolitics pic.twitter.com/lQvYfIUzxM

— Brandon Rittiman (@BrandonRittiman) January 4, 2018

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission:

.@MA_Cannabis statement regarding anticipated repeal of @TheJusticeDept Cole memo which has allowed cannabis industry to go forward despite federal laws against it. #mapoli pic.twitter.com/LQnQP2UeCM

— Steve Brown (@WBURSteve) January 4, 2018

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA):

Attorney General Sessions, your unjust war against Americans who legally use #marijuana is shameful & insults the democratic processes that played out in states across the country.

— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) January 4, 2018

Nancy Pelosi says the Justice Dept’s new marijuana policy "bulldozes over the will of the American people." pic.twitter.com/PIuRQPCFiA

— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) January 4, 2018

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY):

I believe that the States should continue to be the labs of democracy when it comes to recreational & medical marijuana. Jeff, this is one place where states’ rights works. Let each state decide.

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 6, 2018

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D):

Reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will roll back federal marijuana policy are deeply concerning & disruptive to Oregon's economy. Oregon voters were clear when they chose to legalize the sale of marijuana & the fed govt shouldn't stand in the way https://t.co/3ax9EvdGGE

— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) January 4, 2018

Reports that AG Jeff Sessions will roll back federal marijuana policy are deeply concerning & disruptive to Oregon's economy. Oregon voters were clear when they chose to legalize the sale of marijuana & the fed govt shouldn't stand in the way. #orpol https://t.co/BKy4hSCXas

— Kate Brown (@KateBrownForOR) January 4, 2018

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R):

.@AsaHutchinson said there needs to be a difference of views between medical and recreational marijuana when it comes to today's decision by DOJ on legalized marijuana.https://t.co/avmZkAiZWc pic.twitter.com/CZZR51P51k

— THV11 (@THV11) January 4, 2018

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I):

“I remain committed to upholding the will of Alaskans on this issue, and maintaining our State’s sovereign rights to manage our own affairs while protecting federal interests.”

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman (R):

My statement on today's DOJ announcement regarding potential changes to federal marijuana policies: https://t.co/fJkOjlG8k5 pic.twitter.com/ZBIN6wfZgv

— Cynthia Coffman (@CynthiaHCoffman) January 4, 2018

Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA):

Perhaps b/c the Trump Admin. was unsuccessful in repealing the ACA, they’ve thought up another way to harm cancer patients, chronic pain sufferers, & other law-abiding citizens by taking away guidance for DOJ to work w/ local communities who voted to legalize marijuana. 1/4

— Denny Heck (@RepDennyHeck) January 4, 2018

Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO):

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— Rep. Mike Coffman (@RepMikeCoffman) January 4, 2018

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK):

Today’s action by the Department of Justice — which contradicts previous statements by the President that this is an issue best left to the states, and adds new confusion and uncertainty for numerous states and communities — could be the impetus necessary for Congress to find a permanent legislative solution for states that have chosen to regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana. As we move forward, I will be examining new and existing legislative proposals and working to ensure the rights of Alaskans and the State of Alaska are protected.”

Congressman Don Young (R-AK):

“Today’s decision announced by the Department of Justice (DOJ) is a direct violation of states’ rights. Rolling back the Cole Memo without a responsible replacement to protect individuals and the states they live in is unacceptable.”

Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL):

.@jeffsessions confirms that he has no respect for the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution and no respect for over 70 percent of Floridians who voted to legalize #MedicalMarijuana. It's time for Congress to pass meaningful legislation on this issue that honors states' rights. https://t.co/jUaUxEPF2u

— Carlos Curbelo (@carloslcurbelo) January 4, 2018

Businesses operating in compliance with their state's laws deserve a federal government that respects the 10th Amendment. Very disappointing to see an Attorney General who supposedly respects the federalist model of our government take such a drastic step ignoring states’ rights https://t.co/n8a5EVz1Jl

— Rep. Carlos Curbelo (@RepCurbelo) January 4, 2018

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT):

No, Attorney General Sessions. Marijuana is not the same as heroin. No one who has seriously studied the issue believes that. Quite the contrary. We should allow states the right to move toward the decriminalization of marijuana, not reverse the progress that has been made.

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 4, 2018

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA):

Congress needs to take immediate action to protect state marijuana laws, and the patients that rely on them.

— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) January 4, 2018

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI):

There is a growing bipartisan group of Senators that is not going to stand by while Jeff Sessions takes us back several generations on marijuana policy. More later.

— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 5, 2018

We have an opioids epidemic. But there is no such thing as a marijuana epidemic.

— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 4, 2018

Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA):

Dear Attorney General Jeff Sessions and @TheJusticeDept: Let me give you a list of things more important for federal prosecutors and federal law enforcement to pursue other than marijuana:

1. Basically anything. https://t.co/ctyJui7g4c

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 4, 2018

AG Jeff Sessions apparently wants to take America back to the 1920s. Prohibition didn't work then and it will not work now. Congress needs to pass sensible laws to prevent a monumental waste of precious federal resources chasing Americans who use #cannabis. #thursdaythoughts https://t.co/GP3qPyKIve

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 4, 2018

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT):

In 2013, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I held a hearing on the conflict betw. federal laws and evolving state laws on marijuana. That hg. prompted DOJ to release the Cole memo. Rescinding that memo is a terrible, facts-backwards decision by Atty Gen Sessions.

— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) January 4, 2018

(2/4) Make no mistake, the Cole memo NEVER PREVENTED the gov from going after bad actors, like those who traffic marijuana to minors or across state lines. ONLY reason to rescind the memo is because the AG wants to target patients & businesses that are COMPLIANT with state laws.

— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) January 4, 2018

(3/4) We need to protect the patients and dispensaries in the 46 states with medical marijuana and CBD laws. As Vice Chair of Appropriations, I offered an amdt in Committee to do just that – and it was approved with a bipartisan voice vote.

— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) January 4, 2018

(4/4) I'm now fighting to include my amdt in the final omnibus Approps bill so we can protect patients and law-abiding businesses. With an AG determined to waste finite DOJ resources to prosecute even those who are compliant with state law, this amdt is more important than ever

— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) January 4, 2018

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH):

As lead Democrat on DOJ funding subcommittee, I’ll work to ensure that resources are devoted to opioid response NOT foolish policy of interfering with legal marijuana production. My statement: pic.twitter.com/0w9x22ByQg

— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@SenatorShaheen) January 4, 2018

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT):

Hatch office on DOJ’s marijuana announcement: “Senator Hatch encourages the Department of Justice to remove bureaucratic red tape – not put up roadblocks – to allow our nation’s top medical researchers to study the potential medicinal benefits of marijuana.” #utpol pic.twitter.com/nmTXOkcZ6K

— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) January 4, 2018

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN):

“This change takes us in the wrong direction and is another step by the Trump Justice Department toward rolling back the sensible and more effective prosecution policies established by the Justice Department under President Obama. The Judiciary Committee should conduct hearings on these issues so that we may develop better strategies for preventing drug abuse and focusing the Justice Department’s efforts on those who pose the most serious threats to public safety.”

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA):

Rohrabacher Blasts Attorney General’s Marijuana Policy Decision https://t.co/TeV9wmuWyj

— Dana Rohrabacher (@RepRohrabacher) January 4, 2018

I believe states, not the federal government, should determine the extent to which the use of #cannabis should be regulated, so I introduced H.R. 975, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017. To read the bill, visit this link: https://t.co/kALjeM8aLS #marijuana

— Dana Rohrabacher (@RepRohrabacher) January 5, 2018

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR):

There's nothing to be gained from going back to an era when fed resources were wasted prosecuting nonviolent cannabis crimes. This will create massive uncertainty, hurt local biz & tax revenue, & harm public safety by driving cannabis activity back into the dangerous black market

— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) January 4, 2018

Jeff Sessions is turning back the clock to the failed “war on drugs.” Instead of punishing local businesses, how about focus those resources on actual problems, like the opioid epidemic that is killing tens of millions? https://t.co/agG1X1HqS2

— Jeff Merkley (@JeffMerkley) January 5, 2018

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R):

Statement from Gov. Baker's office on the DOJ memo on marijuana: "The administration believes this is the wrong decision and will review any potential impacts from any policy changes by the local U.S. Attorney’s Office.” pic.twitter.com/Ewk9FNr1on

— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) January 4, 2018

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R):

We support states’ rights when deciding whether medical marijuana should be legalized, and North Dakota voters have spoken.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ):

Senator @CoryBooker on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' #marijuana policy change: "This is an attack on our most sacred ideals." pic.twitter.com/ehkAS2f65Y

— CSPAN (@cspan) January 4, 2018

Sessions' determination to revive the failed War on Drugs is fiscally wasteful, morally bankrupt, unjust—and won't make us safer. This backwards policy is wrong for America, and on the wrong side of history. https://t.co/KgoEtz3MrK

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 4, 2018

We must stop Jeff Sessions' backwards actions. There is now great urgency to pass the Marijuana Justice Act to legalize marijuana on the federal level.

Now is the time. Call your Senator. https://t.co/Cr8FZjITWI pic.twitter.com/9OMTz3VMjN

— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) January 4, 2018

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL):

Dear @jeffsessions – Prosecute Hillary Clinton, not medical marijuana businesses and patients! https://t.co/GwMP3NETjY

— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) January 4, 2018

I am extremely disappointed that AG Sessions is rescinding medical cannabis protections; it is a step backward for the American people. When Congress passes new spending bills, I will fight this misguided plan. Prosecute criminals, not patients!https://t.co/eklRBR5SXL

— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 4, 2018

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D):

Despite backwards moves by the Trump administration, I will continue to protect cancer patients, kids with epilepsy, veterans with PTSD and all Pennsylvanians seeking relief from legal medical marijuana.

— Tom Wolf (@WolfForPA) January 4, 2018

Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA):

Because of @jeffsessions actions, I’m joining the “Respect State Marijuana Laws” bill. I believe in States' Rights & I’ve seen how cannabis derived medicines can stop seizures in a child, help a veteran cope with pain, or provide relief to a senior with glaucoma. #IA01

— Congressman Rod Blum (@RepRodBlum) January 5, 2018

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D):

In California, we decided it was best to regulate, not criminalize, cannabis. Unlike others, we embrace, not fear, change. After all, this is 2018 not the 20th century. 1/ https://t.co/71auR83R4V

— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) January 4, 2018

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello (NPP):

Breaking with the Trump administration, Puerto Rico's Gov. cites "lack of awareness of the scientific evidence" as reason for the Attorney Generals decision to crackdown on states where marijuana is legal. @ricardorossello will "join any legal actions that arise to defeat it." pic.twitter.com/giW5A7Gi7D

— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 4, 2018

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD):

We should not be using federal law enforcement resources to lock people up for the use of marijuana. In fact, no one should be jailed for marijuana use. I strongly oppose AG Session’s decision yesterday. https://t.co/TO1aDg2utd

— Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) January 5, 2018

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV):

Nevada voters made it clear that the state should be able to enforce its marijuana laws without federal interference. We must respect the will of states while ensuring prosecutorial resources are used effectively.

— Senator Cortez Masto (@SenCortezMasto) January 4, 2018

Nevada’s marijuana industry is a boon to our economy: it supports nearly 300 small businesses and currently employs more than 6,700 Nevadans. AG Sessions’ decision to ignore states’ rights will create uncertainty and could cost Nevada millions in economic revenue.

— Senator Cortez Masto (@SenCortezMasto) January 4, 2018

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA):

Instead of going after drug cartels, and violent crime, and major traffickers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after recreational marijuana users. That’s not being smart on crime.https://t.co/BNlcxbTT4v

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 4, 2018

Instead of wasting money on failed policies like the “War on Drugs,” the Department of Justice should be directing federal resources toward working with local law enforcement to clamp down on transnational criminal organizations and the trafficking of guns and human beings.

— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) January 4, 2018

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA):

.@SenBobCasey says he's concerned about how Sessions' pot action could impact PA medical marijuana and says states should determine own policies, per statement. "Bureaucrats in Washington should not interfere with the medical care these patients are receiving."

— Justine McDaniel (@McDanielJustine) January 4, 2018

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR):

My full statement on AG Sessions' announcement today: pic.twitter.com/6YaHskHxIF

— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) January 4, 2018

Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND):

States are really determining how this issue will be handled now and going forward, and I don’t think this policy decision will change that.”

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA):

“It seems to be the absolute opposite direction from where our country’s headed.”

Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN):

The war on drugs didn’t stop drug usage; it just ruined a lot of lives. Jeff Sessions is reviving it because he believes in using the criminal justice system as an instrument of racial and economic control of poor people and brown people. https://t.co/XRd8OldE2N

— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) January 4, 2018

Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND):

Congress should act on this and make it clear that … this a states’ rights issue, that it should be up to states to determine whether they want to allow marijuana.”

Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV):

I will fight for businesses that are legally operating in states, contributing to tax bases, & creating jobs. We don't need a crackdown. We need to protect states' rights, respect the voice of voters, and pass laws to prevent this from happening again. https://t.co/0XBLrgf0iM

— Dina Titus (@repdinatitus) January 4, 2018

Congressman Jason Lewis (R-MN):

My statement on marijuana policy #MN02 pic.twitter.com/Q3OsYqZwky

— Jason Lewis (@RepJasonLewis) January 5, 2018

Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO):

“The announcement by the Department of Justice is a drastic departure from the Attorney General’s previous commitment to Senator Cory Gardner during the confirmation process that he would uphold the Obama Administration’s treatment of marijuana enforcement and President Trump’s comments that he would leave it to the states. Furthermore it creates even greater confusion and uncertainty by leaving enforcement decisions up to federal prosecutors. The Department of Justice should provide guidance on enforcement of marijuana for states that have voted to legalize it. The people of Colorado voted to legalize marijuana in the state, and I am committed to defending the will of Coloradans.”

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D):

Jeff Sessions has destructively doubled down on the failed, costly, and racially discriminatory war on drugs, ignoring facts and logic, and trampling on the will of CA voters.

Have no doubt — CA will pursue all options to protect our reforms and rights. https://t.co/0EuSp5GJ2z

— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) January 4, 2018

My full statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' harmful and destructive attempt to revive the failed war on drugs.

Calling on our federal leaders to move quickly to protect states’ rights from the harmful effects of this ideological temper tantrum by Sessions. pic.twitter.com/96xtRx6OYE

— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) January 4, 2018

"States rights" is nothing more than a catch phrase to Jeff Sessions. CA overwhelmingly voted to legalize marijuana. Sick and tired of elected officials who lack the courage to stand up for those that are unjustly targeted by the failed war on drugs. The time to speak out is now. pic.twitter.com/Pnj4rsKYF9

— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) January 7, 2018

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R):

Statement from @GovSandoval on the Sessions removing the Cole Memo pic.twitter.com/DMOPdn99XO

— Colton Lochhead (@ColtonLochhead) January 4, 2018

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR):

This is outrageous. Going against the majority of Americans—including a majority of Republican voters—who want the federal government to stay out of the way is perhaps one of the stupidest decisions the Attorney General has made. https://t.co/favJUDVBiA

— Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) January 4, 2018

One wonders if Trump was consulted—it is Jeff Sessions after all—because this would violate his campaign promise not to interfere with state marijuana laws. It’s time for ANYONE who cares about this issue to mobilize and push back strongly against this decision. https://t.co/S0neITlP5q

— Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) January 4, 2018

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC):

Sessions has it exactly backwards. Americans are ending the war on marijuana, not escalating it. Republicans, get on board and remove the DC marijuana rider to let DC commercialize recreational marijuana as 7 states have done. #HandsOffDC https://t.co/oXMgu2rrMF

— Eleanor H. Norton (@EleanorNorton) January 4, 2018

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA):

Jeff Sessions’ War On Drugs is a direct attack on communities of color, who bear the burden of overzealous policing & mass incarceration. This Attorney General makes a mockery of the so-called “Justice Department.”https://t.co/phJaVRD3Mr

— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 4, 2018

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI):

Veterans suffering from invisible wounds like Post-Traumatic Stress and chronic pain, or with addiction to opioids, deserve our commitment to researching every possible treatment to help them, and Sessions is failing them.

— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 4, 2018

Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY):

Thank you @RepRodBlum for cosponsoring this bill with us! Marijuana laws should be set by the states, not the feds. https://t.co/S9iz0iy0FG

— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) January 5, 2018

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY):

Statement from @RandPaul on Sessions rescinding Obama-era marijuana guidance to U.S. Attorneys: "I continue to believe that this is a states’ rights issue, and the federal government has better things to focus on."

— CJ Ciaramella (@cjciaramella) January 4, 2018

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV):

.@SenDeanHeller statement on Sessions move to rescind Cole Memo: "Knowing Attorney General Sessions’ deference to states’ rights….." #Marijuana pic.twitter.com/zas7dft3GM

— Colton Lochhead (@ColtonLochhead) January 4, 2018

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND):

“I’m going to continue to follow this situation to see how it will impact our state, especially after North Dakotans made their voices heard and voted to legalize medical marijuana.”

Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN):

Sessions will end policy that allowed legalized marijuana to prosper https://t.co/Jrx50hRwme Sessions & Trump for states rights to secede and discriminate but not to innovate and be as Justice Brandeis said,”the laboratories of democracy.”
Opioid crisis and no action.Pot?Get real

— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) January 4, 2018

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D):

AG Ferguson response on reported action by US AG Jeff Sessions on federal marijuana policy. Read AG Ferguson and @GovInslee's letter to Sessions correcting Sessions' bad information on WA marijuana law here: https://t.co/z1DY0fbnsE pic.twitter.com/i68zhtHc9A

— WA Attorney General (@AGOWA) January 4, 2018

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA):

When it comes to the legal, adult use of marijuana, the voters in my home state of Washington, and in many other states, have spoken clearly and I intend to keep fighting to make sure Washington state is able to continue carrying out the will of its voters.

— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) January 4, 2018

Washington state has created a well-regulated system for the legal, adult use of marijuana that works for families and communities. I intend to keep fighting to make sure Washington state is able to continue carrying out the will of its voters.https://t.co/db84cwCmbP

— Senator Patty Murray (@MurrayCampaign) January 6, 2018

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA):

Let’s be clear: Trump’s decision to prosecute marijuana use will hurt Black and Latino youth the most. Privileged kids who use these drugs in private schools rarely get prosecuted. This is a civil rights issue. It’s not only bad policy. It’s morally wrong. https://t.co/REIekeWCeY

— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) January 4, 2018

We must allow states the right to move towards the decriminalization of marijuana, not turn back the clock as more states – like CA – legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use. I will do all I can to stop Sessions’ backwards decision to reverse the Cole Memo. https://t.co/i9a6njpG0M

— Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna) January 4, 2018

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO):

.@realDonaldTrump pls stop your loser Attorney General from making you look weak and undermining you by putting big swamp government in the way of our state marijuana laws

— Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) January 4, 2018

It is absurd that @USAGSessions has broken @POTUS’s campaign promise & is now waging war on legal #marijuana & states’ rights. I am calling on the President to overrule & protect consumers, our economy, the will of voters, & states’ rights. #ColeMemo pic.twitter.com/sQCL0yFkzv

— Rep. Jared Polis (@RepJaredPolis) January 4, 2018

Colorado has proven that a thoughtful approach to cannabis works much better than the failed federal prohibition. And as #COgov, I will fight back against attacks by Jeff Sessions & the Trump administration that undermine the work we have done here in CO. https://t.co/EWWV4Po9Oq pic.twitter.com/bjrFZ7DmQ4

— Polis for Colorado (@PolisForCO) January 4, 2018

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE):

Devoting our limited resources to prosecuting medical marijuana use that is permitted under Delaware state law is a poor allocation of federal time, money, and manpower that should be focused on more important things, such combating violent crime on our streets.”

Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI):

Under our Constitution, marijuana shouldn’t be federally criminalized. @RepTomGarrett has a bill that will stop AG Sessions in his tracks: the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 (#HR1227), which I’ve cosponsored.

Here’s a list of cosponsors: https://t.co/buRPtGh9Bm

— Justin Amash (@justinamash) January 5, 2018

Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX):

We're not going to let Jeff Sessions drag us backwards. His decision on marijuana is terrible policy. pic.twitter.com/LxwWwBkid4

— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) January 5, 2018

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA):

As more states, including California, legalize and regulate marijuana, both for medicinal and recreational use, turning back the clock on federal enforcement is a waste of limited resources. I believe the hands-off policy should be reinstated, by Congressional action if necessary https://t.co/N2cA83k94g

— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 4, 2018

With a nationwide opioid epidemic and innumerable other priorities, busting legal marijuana sellers and medicinal dispensaries is wasteful and destructive. Whatever happened to their states’ rights creed? https://t.co/gDi8RTUylZ

— Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiffCA) January 4, 2018

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME):

As a member of Congress, I’ve cosponsored legislation to uphold state laws regarding marijuana legalization. I hope @TheJusticeDept will reconsider its one-size-fits-all approach so that congressional action is not needed. #mepolitics https://t.co/nFCV0ih6FS

— Chellie Pingree (@chelliepingree) January 4, 2018

Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA):

“This action by Attorney General Sessions would silence the voices of the majority of Washington state’s voters. No matter how you feel about the legalization of marijuana, this decision by the federal government to meddle in a state issue settled by public referendum is particularly troubling and would create tremendous uncertainty. It’s the wrong decision and is in direct conflict with the Attorney General’s long career of advocating for more autonomy for state and local governments.”

Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA):

This is the opposite of what we should be doing. Let’s not kid ourselves – people will be using marijuana regardless of what Attorney General Sessions says. We have an obligation to regulate it and make it as safe as possible.
https://t.co/5JSGMLMnU4

— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) January 4, 2018

Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL):

AG Jeff Sessions leads fed crackdown on legalized marijuana. What century does he think we’re in? #Sayfie @JohnMorganESQ https://t.co/wnAsmvGZHY

— US Rep. Darren Soto (@RepDarrenSoto) January 5, 2018

Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA):

More bad policies & politics from this chaotic, incompetent administration #marijuana policy. https://t.co/vS4F2tCcwh

— Rep. Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) January 4, 2018

Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN):

While the VA moves (slowly) in the right direction, AG Jeff Sessions is dead set on overruling states that have legalized recreational or medical cannabis, including MN. I'll keep fighting alongside the 83% of vets & caregivers who support legalizing medical cannabis nationally. https://t.co/b6LkoPvxYP

— Rep. Tim Walz (@RepTimWalz) January 4, 2018

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY):

It makes no sense to dedicate additional fed resources toward marijuana enforcement when our nation faces an opioid epidemic & many states are taking steps toward marijuana decriminalization. Height of hypocrisy coming from party that makes ‘states rights’ a litmus test.

— Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) January 5, 2018

Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (D):

DC residents voted overwhelmingly to legalize small amounts of marijuana, in part because of racial disparities in drug arrests and convictions. This is a step backwards for local autonomy and smart criminal justice policy. DOJ should focus on larger public safety priorities. https://t.co/AdCX8k3nDd

— AG Karl A. Racine (@AGKarlRacine) January 4, 2018

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R):

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt on rescinding of Cole Memo that created “hands off” approach by the Feds when it comes to state sponsored marijuana programs @News3LV pic.twitter.com/LNQyLnaTCR

— Nathan O'Neal (@NateNews3LV) January 4, 2018

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh (D):

This puts the health and safety of patients at risk. It’s inhumane and short-sighted to take this away from people who are suffering.
Trump policy change on marijuana raises questions in Maryland https://t.co/XwX1LqX6vP

— Brian Frosh (@BrianFrosh) January 4, 2018

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO):

In rescinding the Cole memo, the Attorney General failed to listen to Colorado, and will create unnecessary chaos and confusion. https://t.co/vSQuhlkv4D

— Michael F. Bennet (@SenBennetCO) January 4, 2018

Attorney General Sessions’ decision to rescind the Cole Memorandum completely disregards the steps Colorado has taken to regulate legal #marijuana dispensaries and retail stores.

Read my letter to the Attorney General: https://t.co/qx0DvobMUi

— Michael F. Bennet (@SenBennetCO) January 5, 2018

Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA):

More than 90% of veterans support research into medical cannabis as an alternative to addictive opioids. The DOJ's announcement will discourage progress on a potentially safer way to manage veterans’ post-traumatic stress and chronic pain. https://t.co/uW5AqTdrWb

— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) January 5, 2018

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA):

I'm extremely disappointed in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ attempt to disregard the will of the people and return us to the days of prohibition and the war on drugs.

— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 4, 2018

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D):

“Especially during the midst of a national opioid crisis, medical marijuana provides an important alternative to opioids and is counted on for relief by 22,000 Connecticut residents. Rather than diverting critical federal resources and infringing on the will of the American people, Attorney General Sessions would do well to take a leaf out of Connecticut’s book, where our marijuana policies have allowed law enforcement professionals to focus on reducing violent crime, with demonstrated success. We will continue to follow Connecticut law regarding marijuana policy despite this short-sighted decision.”

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA):

Attorney General Sessions’ decision to rescind the @TheJusticeDept’s Cole Memo is a slap in the face of the voters in every state that has chosen to legalize #marijuana. https://t.co/wEZFOe2UGu

— Rep. Suzan DelBene (@RepDelBene) January 4, 2018

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR):

The Department of Justice has much more important things to focus on than prosecuting licensed, legitimate businesses. Oregon voters have spoken and the federal government must respect the will of the states that have legalized the use of marijuana.https://t.co/xqptVqvTyc

— Suzanne Bonamici (@RepBonamici) January 4, 2018

Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA):

The state of California has the right to enact its own policies on marijuana, and the voters have spoken. Rather than wasting taxpayer money going after medical and recreational marijuana users, Attorney General Sessions should concentrate on protecting Americans from criminals. https://t.co/pbdTw6ANYS

— Julia Brownley (@JuliaBrownley26) January 5, 2018

Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA):

The Trump Admin is rescinding a policy that has allowed states to freely operate legal marijuana markets. The people of CA have made their will clear and the Admin should help implement the policy responsibly, not subvert our democratic process. https://t.co/68haHERjI9

— Mike Thompson (@RepThompson) January 4, 2018

Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO):

#JeffSessions' decision creates even greater uncertainty in the industry and shows a lack of respect for states’ rights. https://t.co/huaDOgsUvx

— Rep. Ed Perlmutter (@RepPerlmutter) January 4, 2018

Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY):

The war on drugs was a costly failure that targeted communities of color and worsened mass incarceration. Attorney General Sessions has no business resurrecting the discriminatory policies of yesteryear.https://t.co/2v4l7sfdLq

— Rep. Joe Crowley (@repjoecrowley) January 4, 2018

Congressman Ryan Cosetllo (R-PA):

In 2016, PA passed a law to allow patients facing certain illnesses to legally use medical marijuana, and I believe it is critically important the Commonwealth’s law and patients who benefit from it are protected. https://t.co/y5xYFUebii

— Rep. Ryan Costello (@RepRyanCostello) January 7, 2018

Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ):

Jeff Sessions' decision to ramp up DOJ #marijuana enforcement isn't just an infringement on states' rights – it's bad policy. Read my statement: pic.twitter.com/bhesdnifAj

— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) January 4, 2018

We need to stop AG Sessions attempt to roll back the progress we have made to decriminalize marijuana. Time to legalize not criminalize.

— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) January 4, 2018

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D):

Mass. Attorney General @maura_healey weighs in on Jeff Sessions' move against legal marijuana in states, says it takes away from fight against opioid epidemic#mapoli pic.twitter.com/yGNXo0M5Kd

— Gintautas Dumcius (@gintautasd) January 4, 2018

Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (D-NV):

This is an insult to Nevada voters, an affront to states’ rights, and a threat to our local economy. Nevadans made it clear at the ballot box in 2016 that they support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes, and their decision should stand. https://t.co/lC6fsCOFWn

— Rep. Jacky Rosen (@RepJackyRosen) January 4, 2018

Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT):

Peter’s statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to reverse an Obama administration policy on the legalization of marijuana #vtpoli pic.twitter.com/rXthCg7EzS

— Rep. Peter Welch (@PeterWelch) January 4, 2018

Congressman Tom Garrett (R-VA):

Attention @DanaPerino @guypbenson @lesliemarshall2 My bill, HR 1227 would deregulate marijuana policy by removing federal oversight and empowering the 50 States… It has been around for a year now. Congress is TRYING to "do something."

— Tom Garrett (@GarrettforVA) January 4, 2018

H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal #Marijuana Prohibition Act, is a #bipartisan bill that gives states the ability to formulate their own marijuana policy free from federal interference. Read more HERE → https://t.co/TUF0Q5uaCW pic.twitter.com/rO0ti8ozXy

— Tom Garrett (@RepTomGarrett) January 5, 2018

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI):

.@TheJusticeDept is signaling to prosecutors that it is open season on marijuana dispensaries and businesses operating legally in states with established policies and procedures. What a complete waste of time. @jeffsessions https://t.co/RQMhHsJYz5

— Colleen Hanabusa (@RepHanabusa) January 5, 2018

Congressman Adam Lowenthal (D-CA):

AG Sessions’ move to attack state marijuana laws is nothing short of hypocritical. @GOP supports states’ rights when it suits them, and thwarts the will of voters when it doesn’t. https://t.co/J9VFpH665G

— Rep. Alan Lowenthal (@RepLowenthal) January 5, 2018

Congressman John Delaney (D-MD):

“The Cole Memo provided clear guidance to an otherwise conflicting situation. Revoking the Cole Memo will restore that confusion and undermines the will of the voters in several states.”

Congressman Ruben Kihuen (D-NV):

.@TheJusticeDept marijuana decision clashes with the will of hundreds of thousands of Nevadans and will put at risk a stable source of vital tax revenue for our state. pic.twitter.com/AGmHVdbbrX

— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) January 4, 2018

Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA):

The actions taken by AG Sessions to rescind existing protections for citizens complying w/lawfully enacted state laws regarding marijuana use across the country represents a flagrant disregard for the will of the majority of Americans. My full statementhttps://t.co/18k0NsLB3u

— Rep. Adam Smith (@RepAdamSmith) January 4, 2018

Colorado Senate Democrats:

The marijuana industry supports hundreds of small businesses across our state.

Since legalization, marijuana has generated $617,767,334 in tax revenue. Instead of going to drug cartels, that money helps fund our schools and addiction treatment programs for more dangerous drugs.

— Colorado Senate Dems (@COSenDem) January 4, 2018

This post will be updated as more reactions come in.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions To Crackdown On State-Legal Marijuana

NORML Blog - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 15:20

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded the Department of Justice’s hands-off policy towards state-legal marijuana.

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND URGE THEM TO STAND UP TO JEFF SESSIONS AND FOR THE RIGHTS OF PATIENTS AND RESPONSIBLE CANNABIS CONSUMERS.

“By rescinding the Cole Memo, Jeff Sessions is acting on his warped desire to return America to the failed beliefs of the ‘Just Say No’ and Reefer Madness eras. This action flies in the face of sensible public policy and broad public opinion. The American people overwhelmingly support the legalization of marijuana and oppose federal intervention in state marijuana laws by an even wider margin. This move by the Attorney General will prove not just to be a disaster from a policy perspective, but from a political one. The American people will not just sit idly by while he upends all the progress that has been made in dialing back the mass incarceration fueled by marijuana arrests and destabilizes an industry that is now responsible for over 150,000 jobs. Ending our disgraceful war on marijuana is the will of the people and the Trump Administration can expect severe backlash for opposing it,” said Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director.

The Cole Memo, a Justice Department memorandum, authored by former US Deputy Attorney General James Cole in 2013 to US attorneys in all 50 states, directs prosecutors not to interfere with state legalization efforts and those licensed to engage in the plant’s production and sale, provided that such persons do not engage in marijuana sales to minors or divert the product to states that have not legalized its use, among other guidelines.

During a Q and A with reporters in Richmond, VA in March of 2017, Jeff Sessions said, “The Cole Memorandum set up some policies under President Obama’s Department of Justice about how cases should be selected in those states and what would be appropriate for federal prosecution, much of which I think is valid,”

Additionally in 2017, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) issued a letter to the new U.S. Attorney General and to Secretary of Treasury Mnuchin calling on them to uphold the largely ‘hands off’ policies toward marijuana legalization, as outlined in the Cole Memo. “Overhauling the Cole Memo is sure to produce unintended and harmful consequences,” the governors wrote. “Changes that hurt the regulated market would divert existing marijuana product into the black market and increase dangerous activity in both our states and our neighboring states.”

Currently, medical marijuana protections are still in effect, known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment. Since 2014, members of Congress have passed annual spending bills that have included a provision protecting those who engage in the state-sanctioned use and dispensing of medical cannabis from undue prosecution by the Department of Justice. The amendment, known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

“At a time when the majority of states now are regulating marijuana use in some form, and when nearly two-thirds of voters endorse legalizing the plant’s use by adults, it makes no sense from a political, fiscal, or moral perspective for Attorney General Sessions to take this step” said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. “It is time that members of Congress take action to comport federal law with majority public opinion and to end the needless criminalization of marijuana — a policy failure that encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, and disproportionately impacts communities of color.”

“If the Trump administration goes through with a crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana, they will be taking billions of dollars away from regulated, state-sanctioned businesses and putting that money back into the hands of drug cartels,” Strekal concluded.

Canada Marijuana Stock Index Rises 126% in One Month, Over 1,100% in Less than Two Years

The Joint Blog - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:25
As Canada inches closer to legalization, the nation’s Marijuana Index continues to rise at a rapid pace.

The Canadian Marijuana Stock Index has risen drastically over the past 30 days, going from 419.11 on December 4th, to 950.26 at the close of today’s market (January 3rd). This represents an 126% increase in just one month, one of the largest single-month increases ever seen for the Canadian marijuana stock market. A stat that’s equally impressive, however, is that the market has jumped roughly 365% in less than six months, going from 204.40 on July 10th, 2017, to 950.26 today. A little over a year prior, on March 28, 2016, the Canadian Marijuana Stock Index was at just 74.85; today’s index represents an over 1,100% increase.

The Canadian Marijuana Index “tracks the leading cannabis stocks operating in Canada”. Constituents must “have a business strategy focused on the marijuana or hemp industry”, and are also “required to meet our minimum trading criteria. The Index is “equal-weighted and rebalanced quarterly”.

The U.S. Marijuana Index has also seen a steady uptick in recent days, rising from 61.57 on December 6th, to 105.69 at the close of  today’s market; a 71.6% increase.

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The Top 5 Best Smelling Marijuana Strains in Washington

The Joint Blog - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 09:55

By Will Hyde, Leafly.com

Here’s a list of the top 5 best smelling marijuana strains in Washington State: #1 | Lemonder by Seattle’s Private Reserve

Lemonder from Seattle’s Private Reserve is a 91-point strain that was awarded the Best Aroma in Washington State using Leafly’s Cannabis Rating System. While somewhat wispy in appearance, it was the only qualifying strain that scored perfectly for its aroma. The strain is a hybrid of Super Lemon HazeOG Kush, and Lavender, and it produces a sweet citrus aroma with the added pungent zest of fruit when ground up. Its flavor is a fruity, floral experience that reminds me of candied orange.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

 “Lemon, cream, spice, and some middle savory note that is mellowing the lemon in an unexpected way.” –Jeremiah Wilhelm, Strain Researcher

#2 | White Tahoe Cookies by Royal Tree Gardens

Royal Tree Gardens has a diverse mix of aromas and flavors coming from their flowering rooms. Their White Tahoe Cookies is a prime example of the quality and consistency their garden produces. A 94-point strain overall, White Tahoe Cookies’ aroma is a compelling mix of its parent genetics, The WhiteTahoe OG, and an unspecified GSC cut. This flower has a grape and berry sweetness that blends with notes of musky mint, pine, and skunky earth to complete its enchanting bouquet.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“Robust grape and berry notes charged with a hint of dank, musky Kush and a sweet finish. Aromas of mint, eucalyptus, and pine forest erupt when this bud is broken down into shake.” –Will Hyde, Cannabis Expert

#3 | Gummo by Gabriel Cannabis

Gummo from Gabriel Cannabis is an irresistible 92-point strain that crosses the sweetness of Bubble Gum with the intricate citrus aroma of Orange Bud. The tight buds covered in fiery orange hairs emit an intense citrus sour with soft floral sweetness. The flavor follows suit with a sharper, spiced finish reminiscent of cinnamon and sandalwood. The resulting effects are immediate, heady, and introspective.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“Loud, ripe berry aroma that expands into a sweet citrus medley of mandarin and tangerine.” –Bailey Rahn, Strains & Products Editor

 

Gummo grown by Gabriel Cannabis. #4 | Blueberry Pancakes by Nebula Gardens

A truly amazing flower with a captivating, nuanced, and unique terpene profile, Blueberry Pancakes from Nebula Gardens really does emulate its namesake: a mix of berry notes that finish with a creamy touch of citrus, evoking memories of fresh baked muffins. Scoring 89 points overall and near perfect for its aroma, Blueberry Pancakes provides soothing effects that pair nicely with its pungent essence.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“Bright strawberry, wildflower, and sweet pine with doughy vanilla. Its aroma feels clarifying with diverse nuance.”–Bailey Rahn, Strains & Products Editor

#5 | Golden Ticket by Khush Kush

An 87-point strain overall, Golden Ticket from Khush Kush is a flower with fragrant fruity notes of citrus and subtle undertones of tropical flowers. The nuanced smells of Golden Ticket were just a couple points shy of a perfect aroma score. Its complex smell gives way to fresh pine and spearmint flavors with just a touch of sharp lime upon exhale.

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From the Tasting Notebook:

“Sweet, floral, and sort of tropical like a papaya
. Reminds me of a Trainwreck
 cross. When I grind it up, the aroma is even sweeter like a sour green apple or an overripe pineapple
.” –Will Hyde, Cannabis Expert

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Study: Cannabis Use Does Not Reduce Motivation in Adolescents

The Joint Blog - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 09:37
Cannabis use, even on a regular basis, does not reduce motivation in adolescents, according to a new study published by the journal Substance Use & Misuse and published online by the National Institute of Health.

For the study, researchers examined 79 adolescents ages 14 to 18, who were “classified as recent regular cannabis users (36) or light users (43).” Frequency and amount of substance use “were assessed across participants’ lifetime and during the past 30 days”, and motivation was measured “through the Apathy Evaluation Scale and Motivation and Engagement Scale.” To examine associations between cannabis use (CU) and motivation indices, researchers conducted a series of two-step hierarchical multiple regressions.

After controlling for confounds, “no significant differences were observed between regular and light users on any motivation index”, states the study. Similarly, “no associations between motivation and lifetime or past 30-day CU amount were observed”.

The study concludes by stating; “Our findings do not support a link between reduced motivation and CU among adolescents after controlling for relevant confounds.”

The full study, conducted by researchers at Florida International University, can be found by clicking here.

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Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in New Mexico Legislature

The Joint Blog - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 09:10
A constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana has been pre-filed in the New Mexico Senate.

The legislation, filed by Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, would amend the New Mexico constitution by adding a new section that reads: “Possession and personal use of marijuana shall be lawful by persons twenty-one years of age or older only if the legislature provides by law for:

A. the production, processing, transportation, sale, taxation and acceptable quantities and places of use of marijuana to protect public health and safety; and

B. any state revenue generated from the taxation of marijuana to be distributed to the general fund.”

Section 2 of Senate Joint Resolution 4 reads: “The amendment proposed by this resolution shall be submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at the next general election or at any special election prior to that date that may be called for that purpose.”

In February, New Mexico’s House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted 3 to 1 to advance a measure to legalize recreational cannabis. Unfortunately the bill failed to advance further in the legislative process.

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US PA: Interested In Growing Industrial Hemp? Here's What You Need To

MAP - Hemp - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:00
Morning Call, 03 Jan 2018 - The second coming of industrial hemp in Pennsylvania is entering its second year, with greater opportunities available to interested farmers, researchers and entrepreneurs thanks to the expanded scope of the Department of Agriculture's pilot program. But you still need approval from the state to grow hemp, and the Jan. 19 application deadline is fast approaching. Here's what prospective applicants need to know:

Study: Marijuana Use Not Linked With Reduced Motivation

NORML Blog - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 19:32

Neither the occasional nor the heavy use of marijuana by adolescents is associated with decreased motivation, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the journal Substance Use & Misuse.

A team of Florida International University researchers assessed the relationship between cannabis use and motivation in 79 adolescent subjects. Participants consisted of both long-term regular consumers and occasional users. Investigators assessed subjects’ motivational tendencies through the use of two validated tools, the Apathy Evaluation Scale and the Motivation and Engagement Scale.

Authors reported: “After controlling for confounds, no significant differences were observed between regular and light users on any motivation index. Similarly, no associations between motivation and lifetime or past 30-day cannabis use amount were observed.”

They concluded, “Our findings do not support a link between reduced motivation and CU among adolescents after controlling for relevant confounds.”

An abstract of the study, “Is cannabis use associated with various indices of motivation among adolescents?”, appears here.

Happy 2018! Adult cannabis on sale in California

The Leaf Online - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 08:44

To the amazement of the skeptics, California will begin to tax and regulate legal sales of non-medical, adult use marijuana on January 1 at 6 AM. It is fitting that the event will debut in Berkeley, a city which has led the way in support of cannabis since the 1960s. The Bureau of Cannabis Control […]

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New ‘Bhang aphids’ found in Oregon cannabis gardens

The Leaf Online - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 15:45

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has published an alert, warning of a newly identified aphid species that is attacking cannabis crops, the Phorodon cannabis, also called the bhang aphid. “Phorodon cannabis, known as the cannabis aphid, bhang aphid, or hemp aphid, feeds on cannabis,” said the ODA’s warning. “It is only known from two locations in Oregon […]

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NORML lists Top 10 events of 2017

The Leaf Online - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 15:36

Well, it’s that time of year again when we look back at 2017 as it winds to a close. It was a bad year for immigrants, civil rights, gay rights, the environment and social justice, but we saw some big advances in the world of cannabis. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, […]

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The Top 10 Cannabis Studies of 2017

The Joint Blog - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 08:54
Continuing the trend of the past few years, 2017 produced a plethora of important cannabis-related studies, showing the plant to be beneficial in a wide, diverse range of medical ailments. 

The massive amount of peer-reviewed research on cannabis released in 2017 makes it quite a challenge to narrow the studies into a “top 10” list. However, that’s exactly what we’ve done.

Below is our list (the fifth annual) of the 10 most important cannabis studies of the year (in no particular order):

 

A study published by Indiana University South Bend found that cannabis use is associated with decreased rates of mortality from obesity, diabetes mellitus, taumatic brain injury, use of alcohol and prescription drugs, driving fatalities, and opioid overdose deaths.

According to the study, there would be “an estimated 23,500 to 47,500 deaths prevented annually if medical marijuana were legal nationwide”, and cannabis prohibition “is revealed as a major cause of premature death in the U.S.”

 

The statewide legalization of medical marijuana is associated with a reduction in hospitalization from opioids, according to a study conducted at the University of California, and published by both the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependency and the National Institute of Health.

 

According to a study by BDS Analytics; “Cannabis consumers, it turns out, are among the most well-adjusted and successful of American adults, based on results from BDS Analytics’ landmark cannabis consumer research study, the first of its kind in history. The ongoing study is the most comprehensive and detailed look at cannabis consumers ever conducted.”

 

Although memory performance decreases with age, marijuana can reverse these aging processes in the brain, according to a study published in the journal Nature Medicine.

“[THC] treatment completely reversed the loss of performance in the old animals,” reported Professor Andreas Zimmer from the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn and member of the Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation.

 

Cannabidiol (CBD) has beneficial effects in patients with schizophrenia, according to an exploratory double-blind parallel-group trial study published by the American Journal of Psychiatry.

“These findings suggest that CBD has beneficial effects in patients with schizophrenia”, states the study. “As CBD’s effects do not appear to depend on dopamine receptor antagonism, this agent may represent a new class of treatment for the disorder.”

 

Just a single dose of cannabidiol (CBD) reduces blood pressure, indicating it may play a role in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders, according to a study published by the journal JCI Insight.

“This data shows that acute administration of CBD reduces resting BP and the BP increase to stress in humans, associated with increased HR [heart rate]”, states researchers. “These hemodynamic changes should be considered for people taking CBD. Further research is required to establish whether CBD has a role in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders.”

 

Activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors through spinal infusion is effective at blocking pain, according to a study published by the journal Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

 

Laws legalizing marijuana on the state level aren’t associated with increased traffic fatalities, according to astudy published in the American Journal of Public Health. For the study, researchers at the University of Texas-Austin evaluated crash fatality rates in Colorado and Washington before and after the states legalized cannabis for adult use, and they compared these rates to those of eight control states that had not enacted any significant changes in their marijuana laws.

“We found no significant association between recreational marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado and subsequent changes in motor vehicle fatality rates in the first three years after recreational marijuana legalization,” the study concludes. Authors also reported no association between adult use marijuana legalization and the total number of non-fatal crashes.

 

Cannabinoids provide a potential treatment option for disorders associated with traumatic memories, according to a study published in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology, and e-published ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

 

According to a  study being published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS), and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may help prevent the progression from HIV infection to the development of AIDS.

 

Honorable mentions:

 

A study published by the journal Addiction Biology “strongly suggest” that cannabidiol (CBD) may be useful in the treatment of alcohol use disorders. For the study, researchers “evaluated the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on ethanol reinforcement, motivation and relapse” in mice.” The effects of “CBD (60 mg/kg, i.p.) on blood ethanol concentration, hypothermia and handling-induced convulsions associated to acute ethanol administration were evaluated.”

 

According to a study published in the Journal of Urban Economics, the forced closure of marijuana dispensaries leads to an increase in crime. For the study, researchers at the University of Southern California examined the impact of dispensary closures on crime rates in Los Angeles. Crime data was analyzed in the days before and after the city ordered hundreds of dispensaries to be closed.

 

Regular administration of cannabis-based medicines is directly associated with improved speech in patients with Tourette Syndrome, according to a study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

 

Topical marijuana has the potential to improve pain management associated with wounds, according to a study published in the Journal of Pain Management and e-published ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

“Clinically significant analgesia that was associated with reduced opioid utilization was noted in all 3 cases”, claims researchers. “TMC [topical medical cannabis] has the potential to improve pain management in patients suffering from wounds of all classes.”

 

You can find our list of the top 10 cannabis studies of 2016 by clicking here. You can find our list of the top 10 studies of 2015 by clicking here. For 2014’s list click here, and for 2013’s list click here.

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California: Legal Marijuana Sales Begin in Four Days

The Joint Blog - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 00:34
In just four days the legal distribution of recreational marijuana will begin in California.

During the November, 2016 election California voters chose to legalize marijuana, including establishing a system of licenses cannabis retail outlets, through the passage of Proposition 64. In just four days, the initiative goes into full effect, with licensed distribution becoming legal on January 1st.

The new law allows outlets with a state-issued license to distribute up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. Although most marijuana stores won’t be open on January 1st, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (CBCC) has been issuing temporary licenses to certain businesses, including currently operating dispensaries, allowing  them to begin sales at 6am on Monday.

“I know this sounds crazy, but we’re looking forward to Jan. 1,” says Lori Ajax, head of the CCBC. “This is what we’ve been waiting for, what we’ve been training for… It’s time.”

California is one of eight states across the U.S. that has legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, and on Monday they will become the fifth where legal sales are currently taking place, following Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Nevada.

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Study: Cannabis May Help Treat Pulmonary Fibrosis

The Joint Blog - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:27
Cannabis may provide a treatment option for pulmonary fibrosis, according to a new study published by the journal Oncotarget and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

According to Mayo Clinic, pulmonary fibrosis is “a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff tissue makes it more difficult for your lungs to work properly.” As pulmonary fibrosis worsens, “you become progressively more short of breath.”

The study’s abstract begins by stating that; “Activation of cannabinoid receptor type 2 [something done naturally through cannabis consumption] has been shown to have anti-fibrosis function in skin and heart. However, whether activating cannabinoid receptor type 2 inhibits pulmonary fibrosis remains elusive.” In this study, researchers “aimed to investigate the role of cannabinoid receptor type 2 in pulmonary fibrosis in vitro and in vivo.”

After conducting their investigation, researchers found the data to indicate that “activating cannabinoid receptor type 2 by a pharmacological method might be a potential strategy for pulmonary fibrosis”.

The full study, conducted by researchers at the Capital Medical University is Bejing, China, can be found by clicking here.

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Mexico to Legalize Marijuana-Based Products in Early 2018

The Joint Blog - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:11
According to health regulators in Mexico, the nation will legalize the sale of marijuana-based medicines, foods, drinks, cosmetics and other products early next year.

Arturo Tornel, spokesman for health regulator Cofepris, said that the agency plans to formally publish the regulation for pot-based goods within days, allowing those items to enter the Mexico market as soon as a month later, reports Reuters. Tornel notes that Cofepris expects distributors and retailers to import the items, with some companies eventually producing items in Mexico using marijuana grown abroad. The regulation does not apply to sales of pure marijuana.

Supporters of the move expect that it will help to reduce the wealth of drug cartels, which use marijuana as a major source of income.

Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Puerto Rico have also legalized medical marijuana, and in 2013 Uruguay become the first country to allow the commercial cultivation and distribution of cannabis. Canada will be legalizing the plant next year, and in the U.S. eight states have as well.

In 2015 Mexico’s Supreme Court granted four people the right to grow their own marijuana for personal consumption, opening the door to legalization.

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