FEDERAL

Colorado Rep. Polis introduces bill to decriminalize marijuana and regulate like alcohol

The bill would allow for the federally legal existence of state-based marijuana programs without opening the door for interstate commerce

http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/03/30/regulate-marijuana-like-alcohol-federal-legislation-polis/76324/

(4) Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act Summary

Bipartisan “Path to Marijuana Reform” bills introduced to decriminalize, protect, regulate cannabis industry

Three marijuana-related bills address issues such as taxation, banking, civil forfeiture, de-scheduling, decriminalization, research, individual protections and regulation

http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/03/30/marijuana-federal-decriminalization-legislation-cannabis-industry/76346/

BREAKING: Sweeping Bipartisan Marijuana Legislation Introduced in U.S. House & Senate

Seven pro-marijuana bills introduced Thursday in Congress

 

Patent No. 6,630,507: Why the U.S. government holds a patent on cannabis plant compounds

http://www.thecannabist.co/2016/08/22/marijuana-patents-6630507-research-dea-nih-fda-kannalife/61255/

Marijuana’s Biggest Enemy Is Not Jeff Sessions–It’s Big Pharma

http://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/health/a54160/big-pharma-against-legal-weed/

Activists’ worst fears about this David-versus-Goliath scenario have come true over the last six months. Recent news could very well represent a tipping point in Big Pharma’s quest to squash voter-approved pot-legalizing initiatives while preserving the medical marijuana market for its own products: pills and sprays made of synthetic cannabis components such as THC and CBD.

KANSAS

Kansas City, Missouri Voting Tuesday on Cannabis Decriminalization

MASSACHUSETTS

Financial snafu could slow Massachusetts’ rec cannabis rollout

TENNESSEE

Tennessee blocking cities’ push to ease marijuana punishment

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/29/tennessee-bill-would-kill-laxer-marijuana-laws-in-/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – As some states and cities around the nation look to ease criminal punishment for marijuana possession, Tennessee’s conservative Republican legislature is blocking that trend in Nashville and Memphis.

As a result, police in those cities could soon lose their option of giving minor citations for carrying small amounts of marijuana.

Tennessee lawmakers have agreed to bar cities from issuing civil citations for marijuana possession, and GOP Gov. Bill Haslam is deferring to the legislature, said spokeswoman Jennifer Donnals.