Today, the Senate named their representatives to the House/Senate conference committee for the 2018 Farm Bill

Today, the Senate named their representatives to the House/Senate conference committee for the 2018 Farm Bill.  Here’s the full list of House and Senate conferees.In a rare move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell named himself to the conference committee – meaning he will be in the room when the permanent fate of hemp is decided.As …

Congress saves medical marijuana patients from pot crackdown — for now

Jonathan Bach, Statesman Journal Published 11:59 a.m. PT Dec. 22, 2017Federal protections for medical marijuana patients are safe for now thanks to an emergency resolution passed by Congress Thursday.Protections offered under the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment will need to make it into a final congressional spending package to extend past Jan. 19.That's the expiration date of Thursday's …

Department of Defense Sidestepping FDA on MMJ for Soldiers on the Ground

Congress has presented President Donald Trump with a bill that could provide an avenue for DoD to give active service members access to medical cannabisA new defense bill could open the door for active duty soldiers to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. The National Defense Authorization Act (HR-2810) gives the Department of Defense, rather than …

Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments

by NORML September 2, 2017Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) with Representatives Perlmutter (CO-07), Lee (CA-13), and Titus (NV-01) have submitted two amendments to the financial services division to be included in the House appropriations bill. Both of these amendments focus on banking services for legal marijuana-related businesses and would be a temporary fix until the current …

Presidential Executive Orders and the Constitution: What Can Trump Really Do?

David Schultz What is an executive order and what can presidents such as Trump do with them?Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution describes the process for how a bill becomes a law. The process requires both houses of Congress to pass legislation with identical language and for it to be signed by the president. …

Presidential Executive Orders and the Constitution: What Can Trump Really Do?

David Schultz What is an executive order and what can presidents such as Trump do with them?Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution describes the process for how a bill becomes a law. The process requires both houses of Congress to pass legislation with identical language and for it to be signed by the president. …

Presidential Executive Orders and the Constitution: What Can Trump Really Do?

David Schultz What is an executive order and what can presidents such as Trump do with them?Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution describes the process for how a bill becomes a law. The process requires both houses of Congress to pass legislation with identical language and for it to be signed by the president. …

There are three ways to revoke a US president’s executive orders, and they rarely succeed

On Monday (Jan. 30), Sally Yates was fired from her position as acting US attorney general almost immediately after instructing the justice department not to defend president Donald Trump’s new immigration policies in court. Yates said she was not convinced that defending the executive order that establishes those policies was consistent with her responsibility to …

Congressional Republicans Vow To Block Marijuana Amendments

  By Tom Angell on December 5th, 2016 at 10:33 am Don’t count on there being any marijuana votes in the U.S. House next year. That’s the message that Republican leadership in Congress is sending after blocking a number of cannabis amendments from reaching the House floor earlier this year. “The chairman has taken a …

Lawmakers want to defund the DEA’s marijuana eradication program

Is the DEA’s marijuana eradication program worth the $14 million to fund annually? Here’s a look at some numbers Published: Oct 10, 2016, 6:33 am • Updated: about 5 hours ago Comments (1) By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post In 2015, the Drug Enforcement Administration gave $20,000 to the state of New Hampshire to eradicate …

2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

    Secretary Kerry, German Foreign Minister Steinmeier, 'Diplomutt' Ben Exit State Department Following News Conference Preceding Working Dinner in Washington by U.S. Department of State   Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 2, 2016   The U.S. Department of State submitted the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) to Congress today. …

A KENTUCKY RESOLUTION to encourage the United States Food and Drug Administration to study the use of medical marijuana

On Thursday, February 25, 2016,  HR 173(BR-1583)  was  introduced in House.  This is a Kentucky RESOLUTION to encourage the United States Food and Drug Administration to study the use of medical marijuana. The Sponsors are David Osborne, Lynn Bechler, and Brad Montell. This is to encourage the United States Congress to authorize and direct the …

WWII Veteran: 90% of Congress are Traitors to Our Country

World War II Veteran Warren Bodeker from Plains, Montana is no stranger to controversy. He was a war hero who was involved in the saving of 2,000 American prisoners from execution by the Japanese, only to return home to have the federal government intimidate him and threaten to take his home and land, which were …

2015: The Year In Review – NORML’s Top 10 Events That Shaped Marijuana Policy

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 #1 Congress Reauthorizes Medical Marijuana Protections Members of Congress approved language in the fiscal year 2016 omnibus spending bill that continues to limit the federal government from taking punitive action against state-licensed individuals or operations that are acting are in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws of their states. The …