December 17, 2017


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Los Angeles (Finally) Passes Cannabis Business Regulations -

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Coffee Shop Wants to Be Denver’s First Legal Cannabis Club -

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Study: Alcohol Sales Fall Following Cannabis Legalization -

Friday, December 1, 2017

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Monday, November 27, 2017

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Friday, August 28, 2015

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Oregon Court of Appeals Doesn’t Find the Smell of Cannabis Smoke to Be “Unpleasant” -

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Government-Run Cancer Institute Quietly Acknowledges That Cannabis Kills Cancer Cells -

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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Monday, August 24, 2015

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

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Friday, August 21, 2015

8 Ways to Counteract a Too-Intense Cannabis High -

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Florida Keeps Fighting for Medical Marijuana: The Leafly Cannabis Legalization Roundup -

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Weekend Weirdness: Pigeon Caught Trying to Smuggle Cannabis into a Costa Rican Prison -

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The U.S. is Getting a New Attorney General and Head of the DEA: What Does This Mean for the Cannabis Movement?

The United States is experiencing quite a shakeup in both DEA and Attorney General leadership, and the moves could mean big things for the cannabis movement. The first notable change is happening at the Drug Enforcement Agency, where tough-on-cannabis Michele Leonhart, who built her career on becoming the first female DEA agent to head up a field office and currently serves as the chairwoman, administrator, and head of the administration, will be retiring in May amid scandals over sex parties in Colombia featuring DEA agents, cartel-funded prostitutes, and some very poor judgment.

In 2012, during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) pressed Leonhart about whether drugs like methamphetamine and crack caused greater harm to public health when compared to marijuana, but she repeatedly dodged the question, refusing to make any concessions about cannabis and whether it is less harmful than heroin. Cannabis advocates across the United States are cheering Leonhart’s departure, recognizing that her adamant anti-cannabis stance was only hindering progress for legalization.

However, Leonhart’s departure comes with a swinging door as another anti-cannabis figure, Loretta Lynch, enters the ring. Lynch has officially been sworn in as the replacement for Attorney General Eric Holder. Leonhart’s departure from the DEA has the potential to influence upward mobility for the cannabis movement, but only so far as Lynch will allow it.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder’s stance on cannabis was mostly laissez-faire, leaving the states to do as they please without interference. If Lynch wanted to shake things up and crack down on medically and recreationally legalized states, she would be well within her rights as Attorney General to do so. However, while Loretta Lynch may not approve of cannabis, she is far more likely to take the backseat regarding state cannabis laws, à la the laissez-faire position of Eric Holder.

What do these personnel changes mean for the cannabis movement? It’s too early to tell, but from the DEA’s standpoint, the organization appears to have considerably softened its stance on cannabis, so this could be a great opportunity to bring in new leadership that has a progressive view paralleling that of the rapidly-growing cannabis movement. As for the new Attorney General, we’ll have to see whether Ms. Lynch’s personal opinion of cannabis clouds her duties or if she’ll respect the legal framework that’s being built across the country.


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