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Is Cannabis Banking on the Horizon in California?

Last week I wrote about how the United States is close to approaching the tipping point when it comes to ending the federal government’s prohibition on cannabis. Legalization is long overdue. And just this week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, while testifying before the U.S. Senate, surprisingly said that cannabis should be researched and that

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Breaking News: Sonoma Cannabis in Legislative Peril!

In 1996 Californians voted for the Compassionate Use Act (aka Prop 215), but more than twenty years later Californians are still fighting for their cannabis rights. One of the biggest misconceptions out there is that the entire state of California is open to cannabis businesses. Our San Francisco and Los Angeles offices field calls from

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State Legal Cannabis in 2018: Who’s Next?

Last week, we were pleased to cover Vermont’s big move to legalize cannabis state-wide, effective July 1. The Vermont effort was impressive for a couple of reasons: 1) it became the first state to legalize adult-use (recreational) cannabis through the legislature; 2) its cannabis bill passed just days after Jeff Sessions announced Department of Justice

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Cannabis Equity Programs: Updates from Oakland and San Francisco

As most everyone now knows California’s statewide licensing and regulatory regime for medical and adult-use cannabis businesses took effect on January 1st of this year. However what readers of our Canna Law Blog know is that every jurisdiction is free to decide whether to regulate or prohibit cannabis businesses within their border. It’s the state’s

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MLK Day: Cannabis and Civil Rights

Happy MLK Day! For our international readers, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of its eponymous civil rights hero. Dr. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. Dr. King was assassinated in

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Public Officials and Cannabis: The Talkers and the Do-ers

When it comes to ending federal prohibition, some public officials are do-ers, and other are talkers. Here in Oregon, we are lucky enough to have Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who is a relentless advocate for ending prohibition. Blumenauer helped found the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, and appended his name to the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment (RBA), which prohibits the

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CLXXXV

Representative Cohen raises a good point about the value of state-level cannabis. Justice Brandeis is right about the benefit of using states as laboratories for trying out new ideas. These state experiments allow us to test what works and what doesn’t before pushing things out nationwide. They also allow each state to tailor its programs to what

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CLXXXIII

Senator Booker nails it again. Though the Trump Administration acts like cannabis is a big, scary drug, the majority of Americans view cannabis as completely normal. Cannabis isn’t simply consumed by “stoners” or “criminals,” but by the girl next door, your grandma, veterans who risked their lives for your country, your congressional leaders even. Yet

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CLXXXI

Representative Blumenauer provides a great overview here on the current political climate regarding opioids and cannabis. The Trump Administration claims to be working on solutions for the opioid crisis but seems too blinded by the stigma of cannabis to consider it as a viable solution. Research increasingly shows cannabis is at least a partial solution

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CLXXX

Things were not perfect for the cannabis industry under the Obama Administration and Eric Holder and the Cole Memo (to which Holder is referring above), but they certainly were better than Jeff Sessions’ odd and obsessive loathing of cannabis. But instead of our getting all nostalgic, we just need to keep fighting. The populace and the numbers are on