Category Archives: laws

In Congress, a Changed House Finally Looks at Cannabis Banking

Six years after introducing the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, a cannabis banking reform measure, co-author Denny Heck finally saw it enjoy its first committee hearing in Congress on Wednesday. The number of banks and credit unions willing to handle cannabis money is growing, but they still represent only a tiny fraction of […]

Bill Introduced to Allow Colorado Cops to Use Own Judgement in Cannabis DUI Arrests

In Colorado, legislators are considering a bill that would leave the criteria of cannabis DUI arrests entirely up to police officers, getting rid of the current legal bloodstream limit of five nanograms entirely. Proponents of the plan rightfully say that the amount of cannabis in the bloodstream needed to inhibit a driver varies from person […]

Weed in Your Suitcase? Canada Considering a Fine, Not Felony

OTTAWA — Travellers caught sneaking small amounts of cannabis into Canada could soon be forced to pay fines. Although stiff criminal penalties will remain options on the books, the federal border agency is developing administrative sanctions to give it more flexibility to deal with people who arrive at the border with cannabis in the era […]

Inmate Suing for Right to Smoke Cannabis as Part of His Religious Practice

Rastafarian inmate James Rose has sued the South Carolina Department of Corrections for violation of his religious freedoms while imprisoned. Primary among his demands are that his jailers allow him to grow out his dreadlocks and smoke marijuana, a cornerstone practice of the faith that originated in Jamaica. In his lawsuit, Rose reports that his […]

US Farm Bill, Which Would Legalize Hemp, Heads to Trump’s Desk

This story has been updated. The US House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid. The legislation has already passed the Senate and is now headed to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it. While the federal government aims to pass a new […]

What Trump’s New AG Pick Could Mean for Cannabis

President Donald Trump confirmed on Friday that he plans to nominate William Barr, a Republican lawyer and former Justice Department official, to replace ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions. What would that mean for cannabis? Barr has already served once as US attorney general, from 1991 to 1993, during which he earned a reputation as a […]

Marijuana Laws in Canada: Province by Province

By the end of the summer, recreational marijuana will be legal across Canada’s provinces and territories. National legislation legalizes the sale, cultivation and use of marijuana. It also sets the limit for marijuana possession at 30 grams and 4 marijuana plants. Everything else—age restrictions, who can sell weed, where you can sell or smoke, police […]

When State and Federal Laws Conflict, Who Wins?

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed a blockbuster lawsuit against California this week, arguing that so-called sanctuary laws passed by the state Legislature conflict with federal immigration laws. Federal law is “the supreme law of the land,” Sessions told a crowd of about 250 law enforcement officials in Sacramento on Wednesday, lashing out at state […]