Pot Was Flying Off the Shelves in Uruguay. Then U.S. Banks Weighed In.

Pot Was Flying Off the Shelves in Uruguay. Then U.S. Banks Weighed In.By ERNESTO LONDOÑOAUG. 25, 2017A line outside a pharmacy selling legal marijuana last month in Montevideo, Uruguay. Credit Matilde Campodonico/Associated Press The pharmacies selling pot were doing a brisk business.After Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize marijuana sales …

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Charges dropped against marijuana activist who gave out joints in front of Capitol

By Perry SteinOn April 20, an unofficial holiday for marijuana users, Capitol Police arrested eight protesters for handing out marijuana joints on land near the U.S. Capitol under local jurisdiction.Only two of those arrested were charged with a crime, and on Monday, the U.S. attorney’s office said it would drop charges against one of those …

SITSA creates a new “Schedule A” that gives the Attorney General of the United States the power to ban any “analogue” of an opioid that controls pain or provides an increase of energy.

Kratom Advocates:If you’ve had one of those days that starts with friends calling you with bad news, and the news just gets worse and worse as the day goes on - then that describes my day perfectly.On Friday of last week, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, dropped a bill …

A look at Kentucky Cannabis Activists circa 2009

There are a lot of Cannabis Activists fighting the good fight here in the State of Kentucky.  They have been fighting for years - to no avail.  But we never give up!  We will keep fighting until we win! It started with Gatewood Galbraith, Craig Lee   and many more, some of whom are in …

Cannabis and the Constitution: A Brief History of Cannabis in the U.S.

Lisa RoughThe Constitution of the United States is arguably the most important document in the history of this country, aside from possibly the Declaration of Independence. It forms the backbone of America’s most basic rights, liberties, and laws upon which democracy is founded.In its original form, the Constitution contained no mention of drugs or alcohol. …

AKA Responds to Kratom Businesses Being Targeted

May 27, 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAKA Responds to Kratom Businesses Being TargetedThe American Kratom Association (AKA) strongly condemns the recent actions taken by LegitScript and hosting providers to shut down the Internet domains of legitimate businesses who are selling safe kratom products to consumers in the United States.We have received reports that a trusted Internet vendor …

Abolish the Drug Czar’s Office!

04/14/2017   The Trump Administration is widely expected to pick Representative Tom Marino for Drug Czar. Representative Marino is a longtime, rabid drug warrior who has a consistent record of voting against marijuana law reform legislation -- a position that runs counter to that of the majority of voters and his own constituents. His appointment …

DoJ Task Force Moves to Review Federal Cannabis Policy

In a DoJ memo, AG Jeff Sessions called for a subcommittee on marijuana and an email shows the DEA inquiring about Colorado cases. By Aaron G. Biros In a memo sent throughout the Department of Justice on April 5th, attorney general Jeff Sessions outlines the establishment of the Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and …

H.R.2020 – To provide for the rescheduling of marijuana into schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act

115th Congress (2017-2018) | Get alerts Bill Sponsor:Rep. Gaetz, Matt [R-FL-1] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Committees:House - Energy and Commerce; Judiciary Latest Action:04/06/2017 Referred to House Judiciary  (All Actions) ext: H.R.2020 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Bill Information (Except Text) As of 04/08/2017 text has not been received for H.R.2020 - To provide for the rescheduling of marijuana …

DEA Approves Synthetic Marijuana for Company That Spent $500K to Keep Weed Illegal

March 24, 2017 at 5:27 pm Written by Alex Thomas (ANTIMEDIA) Lobbying in the nation’s capitol is a billion dollar industry, but sometimes, companies dip their toes into state and local politics, as well. When giant corporations want to influence bills and national elections, they generally spread their money around, cozying up to a number …

Clarification of the New Drug Code (7350) for Marijuana Extract

Note regarding this rule – In light of questions that the Drug Enforcement Administration has received from members of the public following the publication of the Final Rule establishing a new Controlled Substance Code Number (drug code) for marijuana extract, DEA makes the following clarification: The new drug code (7350) established in the Final Rule …

"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." Genesis 1:29

Here is an essay that I've written to the News Enterprise, the Courier Journal, the Lexington Herald, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Brett Guthrie, Matt Bevin, Rick Sanders, and the Kentucky Medical Association. I'm still looking for more people to write to, but I thought you might appreciate it. Love what you guys are doing, and …

“You can’t put the genie back into the bottle”

    (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)Patrick McGreevyPatrick McGreevyContact Reporter Warned of a possible federal crackdown on marijuana, California elected officials and cannabis industry leaders said Friday they were preparing for a potential showdown in the courts and Congress to protect the legalization measure approved by state voters in November. The flashpoint that …

The DEA doesn’t see it as legal’ and that’s where he gets his medical license.”

FOX Files: Some doctors fear following Missouri’s medical marijuana law Posted 11:15 pm, February 21, 2017, by Chris Hayes ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- A form of medical marijuana may be legal in Missouri, but patients are finding doctors afraid to even discuss it. It’s called CBD hemp oil, extracted from a type of marijuana that …

Here’s how Attorney General Sessions could shut down the legal marijuana industry overnight

Emma Fierberg and Josh Barro Mark Kleiman, professor of Public Policy at NYU/ Marron explains how the Trump administration could have a negative impact on the growing industry of legal marijuana.  Follow BI Video: On Twitter FULL TRANSCRIPT: Josh Barro: With the new administration coming in, there’s some question over what the justice department will …

Burgeoning Marijuana Market Prompts Concerns about Crop’s Environmental Impact

By Melati Kaye on February 2, 2017 A visit to a marijuana farm in Willow Creek, the heart of northern California’s so-called Emerald Triangle feels like strolling through an orchard. At 16 feet high and eight feet around, its 99 plants are too overloaded with cannabis buds to stand on their own. Instead each plant …

Don’t expect nationwide marijuana legalization under the Trump administration

Ben Gilbert With the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, the United States got a new president. And with that new president comes a long list of new appointees across various federal agencies and departments. While President Trump's cabinet selection process has played out publicly, a variety of folks from former president Barack Obama's …

Hemp Industries Association Files Petition Against DEA

Hemp Industries Association Files Petition Against DEA to Defend Lawful Hemp-Derived Products from Agency Overreach 19 Jan 2017 5:41 PM Suit Seeks to Defend Hemp Farmers, U.S. Businesses and Consumers from Illegal Attempt to Schedule Non-Psychoactive Hemp Derivatives as ‘Marihuana Extract’WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the leading non-profit trade association consisting of …

Trump’s marijuana options

  By Beau Kilmer - 01/17/17 01:30 PM ES Finally, there appears to be a serious federal discussion about marijuana legalization. But it’s nowhere near the Beltway. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s marijuana task force recently released a landmark report about legalizing and regulating the drug in Canada. Advocates on all sides will find something to …

HELLO, I’m SUING YOU!

CBD Oil Lawsuit To Reverse DEA Ruling? By Jessica Leone - January 16, 2017   Last month, the DEA enacted a ruling that would establish a Controlled Substance Code Number for all marijuana based derivatives, including CBD oil. The final rule was called “Establishment of New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract” and included a clause …

Ananda Hemp Comments on Recent DEA Ruling

News provided by Ananda Hemp Dec 19, 2016, 11:26 ET   LEXINGTON, Ky., Dec. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Last Wednesday, December 14th, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a ruling on the coding of "marihuana extracts." Many questions have arisen in the marketplace from those concerned that the intention of the agency was to seemingly …

DEA Hurts Growing Industry and Exceeds its Authority Regarding Scheduling Controlled Substances; Enacts Final Rule Seeking to Make Any Extract of the Cannabis Plant a Schedule 1 Drug

December 14, 2016 19:29 ET DEA Hurts Growing Industry and Exceeds its Authority Regarding Scheduling Controlled Substances; Enacts Final Rule Seeking to Make Any Extract of the Cannabis Plant a Schedule 1 Drug DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - December 14, 2016) - On December 13, 2016, the DEA issued its Final Rule, "Establishment of New Drug Code …

What is the DEA up to now? What are they doing to our CBD?

When the news hit the fans today concerning the DEA's "new rule" on the sale of CBD remedies and other products everybody jumped up and said "WHAT?", or at least I did! I had been so wrapped up in the Kratom issue lately I hadn't even been thinking about CBD's.  Low and behold, I thought, …

New DEA Rule Says CBD Oil is Really, Truly, No-Joke Illegal

Bruce Barcott December 14, 2016 The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) this morning made CBD oil a little more federally illegal in a little-noticed bureaucratic maneuver this morning. Today’s Federal Register (Dec. 14, 2016) contains an item (21 CFR Part 1308) that establishes a new drug code for “marihuana extract.” “This code,” wrote DEA Acting …

The Stakes Are High As DEA Reconsiders Waging War On The Herb Kratom

11/30/2016 04:03 am ET Those who use and study the plant say an outright ban could do serious harm. Seven weeks after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officially withdrew its plan to ban kratom, the federal government is once again set to decide the fate of the herb and the people who rely on it …

Petitioning to keep Kratom OUT of the Controlled Substance Act and Schedule I – We only have until December 1st!

Recently I published an article with information pertaining to the rescheduling of Kratom by the U.S. Government via the DEA into Schedule I Status. Fortunately the change was at least held off long enough for people to be able to make their comments on the subject. The link to REGULATIONS.GOV where the DEA/Federal Government is …

The DEA is accepting comments on the rescheduling of Kratom into Schedule I until December 1st…The time to comment is NOW!

Due to be published in the “Federal Register” on August 31st, 2016 is the DEA’s “Intent to reschedule” the opioids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine  These are the “ingredients” of the plant Kratom and they are placing it into schedule I using the “temporary scheduling provisions” of the Controlled Substances Act.  LINK     Speak now or …

The DEA is withdrawing a proposal to ban another plant after the Internet got really mad

By Christopher Ingraham October 12 at 10:42 AM The Drug Enforcement Administration is reversing a widely criticized decision that would have banned the use of kratom, a plant that researchers say could help mitigate the effects of the opioid epidemic. Citing the public outcry and a need to obtain more research, the DEA is withdrawing …

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 …