Politics March 24, 2015
CARERS Introduced in US House

  The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act made history with its introduction in the US Senate earlier this month, and now a bipartisan pair of representatives in the US House have introduced a companion bill in their chamber. Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Don Young (R-AK) introduced today’s companion bill, which would Read More »

Politics, Science March 23, 2015
Schedule I Ruling Delayed Again – What Does It Mean?

Judge Kimberly Mueller, the federal magistrate who made history by granting defense requests for a five-day hearing on the constitutionality of the continued inclusion of cannabis in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, was originally scheduled to meet with the parties of US v Schweder et al for a status hearing this week — but Read More »

Business, Politics March 18, 2015
Corruption Alleged in Drafting of Charlotte’s Web Rules

The low-THC cannabis strain Charlotte’s Web attained national prominence as the seizure-quelling star of CNN’s Sanjay Gupta documentary “Weed” — but an administrative petition filed by parents of a stricken Florida child allege that the strain’s breeders, the Stanley brothers of Colorado’s Realm of Caring, have exerted improper influence in shaping state rules implementing the low-THC medical Read More »

Activism, Politics March 13, 2015
MMJ Patients Form International Coalition at UN

  By Michael Krawitz, Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access Patients in need of cannabis treatment from 13 different countries, including those represented by KOPAC from the Czech Republic, met at the “Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Policy, Research and Medical Practice” conference in Prague March 4-7, 2015 and established the International Medical Cannabis Patient Coalition (IMCPC). The first action of Read More »

Politics March 11, 2015

The redoubtable John Balazs, who edits the Eastern District of California Blog, informs us that Judge Kimberly Mueller has delayed a status hearing originally scheduled for today for the case of US v. Schweder et al until March 25th. Schweder is the federal marijuana trafficking case in which Judge Mueller agreed to hold five days of hearings Read More »

CARERS Bill – Moderate But Welcome Federal Reform

A bipartisan Senate bill, introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) and co-sponsored by Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), would reschedule cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), as well as legalizing the recommendation of medical marijuana by Veterans Affairs doctors... Read More »

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is fired up and traveling the country this year, spreading the gospel of medical marijuana, full legalization, and his new company Cannabis Sativa, Inc. The CEO of... Read More »

In a dramatic and unexpected conclusion to a widely criticized federal prosecution, the jury for the criminal trial of the so-called Kettle Falls Five has voted to acquit the three remaining defendants on all charges except one for manufacturing fewer than 100 marijuana plants. Significantly, that charge does not... Read More »

EDTA: Good for Bud Growth, Bad for the Earth

Hydroponic cannabis cultivation has become quite popular among growers who have found that the technique can allow them to pull even more pounds of big buds from each plant or light. But unbeknownst to many cannabis consumers, these big buds often come with a hefty environmental price tag. While at... Read More »

Whose Interests Are Served By Legalization?

A diverse and invigorated group in Oakland focused its attention on the much-anticipated cannabis legalization initiative effort for the California 2016 ballot at an all-day symposium, “Marijuana and Social Justice: Implications for Regulation in California”. The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), a leading, national organization that promotes drug policies based... Read More »

Utah MMJ (Almost) Open For Business

[UPDATE (2/26/15): According to sources present at the hearing, the bill passed the Judiciary committee by a vote of 3-2. Observers speculate that the vote might have been 5-2, except that two senators who expressed sympathy for the bill had to leave to attend other hearing before the vote... Read More »

Nip it in the Bud: How Skunk DOES NOT Cause Psychosis.

“nip in the bud“: to break a bad habit before it forms. There’s nothing new about bad cannabis science, but now in the days of rapid cannabis policy reform it often seems that new examples of the popular genre are cropping up every day. Time to nip them in... Read More »

Judge Kimberly Mueller subjected both prosecution and defense attorneys to pointed questioning in the final hour of a federal hearing to determine the constitutionality of the continued classification of cannabis under Schedule I. Judge Mueller, who declined to announce any ruling from the bench, indicated that she intends to... Read More »

Oral Arguments in Schedule I Hearing Today

  After multiple scheduling delays, Judge Kimberly Mueller of the federal Eastern District of California will finally hear the last round of arguments in US v Schweder, the first federal criminal case to lead to extensive hearings on the constitutionality of cannabis’ Schedule I status. The hearing is scheduled... Read More »