House Rules Committee blocks vote on marijuana amendment
The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment prohibits the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency from using federal funds to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. First enacted in 2014, the bipartisan amendment has been renewed twice. This is why it came as a surprise when the House Committee on Rules blocked a floor vote on this amendment. There’s a chance it could be included in the final spending bill, but marijuana supporters are understandably nervous. If the amendment is not renewed, Attorney General Jeff Sessions might get the cannabis industry crackdown he’s been craving.
PTSD study faces early shutdown
Researchers have been exploring the therapeutic effects of cannabis on veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The study needs additional participants to move on to the next level, but the Department of Veterans Affairs has refused to help recruit. By the way, this research is federally funded and 100 percent legal. If more participants are not enrolled within the next month, the study will be forced to conclude early. Learn more here.
California bill takes on marijuana branding
Cannabis companies are not thrilled with California Senate Bill 162. If passed, this bill would impose restrictions on branded merchandise from marijuana businesses. Supporters of the bill insist that children shouldn’t be exposed to cannabis advertisements. Opponents of the bill point out that clothes with pot leaves are sold at many stores not related to the marijuana industry. Maybe someone should let the bill’s author know.
Roger Stone suing cannabis conference
Roger Stone, for the uninitiated, is a Trump supporter with a history of making extremely offensive statements. He’s also an advocate for legal marijuana. He was scheduled to speak at upcoming cannabis events, but public outcry influenced the organizers to drop him. Now, he says he’s suing them for $1 million. Check out the details here.
Washington marijuana prices continue to drop
Recreational cannabis became legal to sell in 2014 in Washington state. Since then, prices have fallen every single quarter. The change is significant: in just three years, there has been a 67 percent decrease in the price of marijuana. Maybe it’s time to take a trip to Seattle.