Now the news:
The Senate Judiciary Committee
on whether to send U.S. attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions to the entire Senate for a vote. Sessions, a Republican from Alabama, opposes legalization.
The Hill discusses
the new administration’s options
After the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case, the lawsuit Nebraska and Oklahoma brought to undermine Colorado’s legal industry is
back in court
Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt, who brought the initial case is Trump’s nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt's career has been defined by repeated lawsuits arguing that federal environmental regulations shouldn’t apply to Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry. He’s less of a states’ rights advocate on cannabis.
gave out thousands of joints
during the inauguration.
Lawmakers in more than a dozen states have
proposed loosening cannabis restrictions
voted to legalize MED
California “pot czar” Lori Ajax, said the state licensing system
will be in place
as scheduled on January 1, 2018. Meanwhile,
may delay implementation of cannabis laws.
Massachusetts, which has already postponed REC dispensaries,
may make the law more restrictive
, including possibly raising the legal age over 21.
Anyone applying for a Pennsylvania growers license will
need to demonstrate holdings
of $2M. Dispensary applicants need to have $150,000.
released proposed MED rules
that would maintain a limit of seven “dispensing organizations” in the state. Cannabis activists were not happy.
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R),
has no interest
in legalizing. While neighboring states have passed MED laws, South Dakota is probably the least cannabis friendly state.
In very sad news,
, a rising star in Oakland's cannabis community died suddenly. Only 25, Zavell was a researcher at the Robert Raich law firm, and a ubiquitous presence in the Bay Area. I met him in June and we spoke several times since then. In addition to being a really nice guy, he was always well-informed and a sharp analyst of the landscape. The cannabis world needs more people like him.