Federal Government

House Votes to Ease Restrictions on Marijuana Banking

House Votes to Ease Restrictions on Marijuana Banking

On Wednesday, the House voted in support of making it easier for banks to do business with legal marijuana shops and medical marijuana careviers. The 236-186 vote rejected a...
White House Calls Marijuana a States’ Rights Issue

White House Calls Marijuana a States’ Rights Issue

On Monday, the Obama Administration openly opposed Republican-led legislation that would prevent Washington DC from using federal funds to decriminalize low level marijuana possession, calling marijuana a states’ rights...
Bill Clinton Encourages States to Experiment with Marijuana Legalization

Bill Clinton Encourages States to Experiment with Marijuana Legalization

Former President Bill Clinton, who is famously known to have tried marijuana but “didn’t inhale,” says he thinks that the states should be able to decide about marijuana legalization,...
House Committee Tries to Stop Marijuana Decriminalization in DC

House Committee Tries to Stop Marijuana Decriminalization in DC

As a district and not a state, Washington DC’s lawmakers have the unique displeasure of the federal government having the final say on all laws passed. Typically, the federal...
FBI Director Clarifies Stance on Marijuana Use by Employees After Joke Gone Bad

FBI Director Clarifies Stance on Marijuana Use by Employees After Joke Gone Bad

During a conference on Monday, FBI Director James Comey said, “I have to hire a great workforce to compete with those cybercriminals and some of those kids want to...
Washington DC House Panel Debates Decriminalization

Washington DC House Panel Debates Decriminalization

Washington DC lawmakers voted to decriminalize low level marijuana possession earlier this year.  DC has the unique situation of federal lawmakers being able to overturn council votes.  A debate...
Former Supreme Court Justice Speaks Out In Favor of Marijuana Legalization

Former Supreme Court Justice Speaks Out In Favor of Marijuana Legalization

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens told NPR on Thursday that he believes marijuana should be legalized by the federal government. “I really think that that’s another instance...
DOJ Gives Washington State Access to Database for Background Checks

DOJ Gives Washington State Access to Database for Background Checks

After almost a year of requests, the Department of Justice has granted Washington state access to an FBI database so state officials can do nationwide background checks on individuals...
Federal Government Approves Study on Marijuana and PTSD

Federal Government Approves Study on Marijuana and PTSD

The federal government has approved a University of Arizona study that hopes to determine whether or not cannabis can help patients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Approval of...
Obama Administration Gives Banks Approval to Work with Marijuana Businesses

Obama Administration Gives Banks Approval to Work with Marijuana Businesses

On Friday, the Obama Administration gave the banking industry approval to work with marijuana businesses, accepting their money in accounts and providing them with financing without risk of facing...