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U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (R) said the Justice Department can still crack down
on state-legal cannabis. “I think there is some pretty significant evidence that marijuana turns out to be more harmful than a lot of people anticipated, and it’s more difficult to regulate than I think was contemplated ideally by some of those states.”
The Obama era Cole Memo that allows the industry to exist, doesn’t protect from prosecution, he added. “That’s been perceived in some places almost as if it creates a safe harbor, but it doesn’t. And it’s clear that it doesn’t,…That is, even if, under the terms of the memo you’re not likely to be prosecuted, it doesn’t mean that what you’re doing is legal or that it’s approved by the federal government or that you protected from prosecution in the future.” See his complete remarks here
(a 42-minute video on a variety of topics.)
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) introduced a bill to enable MED research
. His speech included lots of puns
, like, “It’s high time to address research” into MED. (High-larious!)
After a cannabis conference withdrew his speaking invitation, Trump ally and political gadfly Roger Stone came to L.A. anyway
A poll found Massachusetts voters are skeptical
about the state’s ability to regulate REC. Maine lawmakers will consider doubling REC taxes
In Pennsylvania, the Health Department will have to justify any information
in MED business applications that they withhold from the public.
An unsuccessful license applicant is suing Pennsylvania,
to the consternation of some lawmakers.
Another Pennsylvania MED business is seeking an injunction
against a subsidiary of Vireo Health. Vireo received a license despite criminal charges pending against two former employees for allegedly driving $500,000 in oil across state lines.