DEA and Justice Department at Odds on Medical Pot Research

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A year ago, the DEA began accepting applications to grow more marijuana for research. They now have 25 proposals to consider, but they need the Department of Justice (DOJ) to sign-off in order to move forward.

So, of course, Jeff Sessions is ignoring them. Actually, he’s blocking them.

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How Marijuana Could End Federalism (and Why That Could Be Good)

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Over the two centuries and change that the experiment we know as the American republican has been conducted, the center of power has not been static.

At first, the most powerful governments in the country were located in the states. This changed after sitting presidents found themselves reduced to begging for the men and materiel needed to wage wars.

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Whoever Replaces Trump Will Probably Like Marijuana

The never-ending campaign mode that long ago swallowed American politics and turned elected officials into full-time development directors (their foundation’s goal this season: themselves) in search of the best billionaire to serve as their ATM has at least one benefit in the age of Trump: It’s campaign season!

People are planning for life after Trump, and so should you (provided there is life on earth, at all, after 2020. No promises!). And with a solid majority of Americans signaling time and again their preference for an America with legal weed, as POLITICO’s Carla Marinucci predicts, whomever succeeds Donald Trump and takes over the renovated White House will almost certainly be sympathetic to legalization.

Barring indictment by grand jury, a change in temperament and a preference for playing golf in Russia, or the end of civilization as we know it, Donald Trump will face some currently well-known Democrat in just slightly more than three years time in the 2020 election.

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Feds to Study Curbing Opioid Epidemic with Medical Pot

The underbelly of the capitalist beast that is the United States government is working to get to the bottom of the claims that have surfaced over the past couple of years, suggesting that medical marijuana is effective at reducing opioid consumption in adults suffering from chronic pain.

It was revealed last week that the National Institutes of Health recently awarded a $3.8 million grant to the scientific minds at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System to conduct a five-year investigation to determine whether cannabis medicine could be used as an alternative to prescription painkillers.

This is the first time Uncle Sam has ever coughed up a single cent to delve deeper into an increasing body of evidence pointing to cannabis as the trapdoor out of the opioid epidemic.

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Trump to Declare Opioid Crisis a ‘National Emergency’

BY JILL COVIN AND JONATHAN LEMIRE

ASSOCIATED PRESS

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a “national emergency” and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic.

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Jeff Sessions’ Letters to Legal Weed States Were Full of Mistaken Facts

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is on a letter-writing spree to legal marijuana state governors, accusing them of things that, well, never happened and are simply not true.

In a missive obtained by the Cannabist, Sessions scolds Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for not keeping a promise to prevent marijuana from spilling out of the state’s borders and for not keeping it out of the hands of children.

Neither accusation is based in fact, but then the White House apparently thinks nothing of spewing lies and disseminating its very own alternative facts.

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State Lawmakers’ Group Demands Feds Remove Cannabis from Controlled Substances Act

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An influential organization representing lawmakers all over the United States is calling for the federal government to eliminate the cannabis plant from the confines of the Controlled Substances Act.

In a resolution published on Monday, a group known as the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) went to the mat for cannabis reform, pushing for marijuana to be removed from its Schedule I classification. The goal is to give the cannabis industry easier access to banking solutions, while improving public safety by making it more difficult for criminal organizations to target dispensaries and other all-cash businesses.

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Booker’s Big Fight: Federal Pot Legalization & Social Justice Reform on Horizon

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It was bright and hot in Linden, when Senator Cory Booker returned to New Jersey on Friday. Earlier last week in the nation’s capital, the senator proposed an ambitious plan to legalize marijuana nationally that was a direct challenge to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has confirmed his intention to crack down on weed.

Booker interrupted his annual “Jersey Summer Road Trip” for a kick-ass, kick-off press conference on the steps of Linden City Hall.

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Task Force on Marijuana Law Offers Little on New Policies

BY SADIE GURMAN

ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The betting was that law-and-order Attorney General Jeff Sessions would come out against the legalized marijuana industry with guns blazing. But the task force Sessions assembled to find the best legal strategy is giving him no ammunition, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

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