The DOJ Recommends No Changes to Marijuana Policy

However, this week the DOJ Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety “has come up with no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general’s aggressively anti-marijuana views.”

The Associated Press managed to get their hands on a copy of the unpublished report from the Task Force, which specifically says that the Department of Justice “should evaluate whether to maintain, revise or rescind” the Cole Memo – otherwise known as the small document protecting thousands of cannabis businesses from federal interference.

This has to be a somewhat disappointing blow to Sessions, who had recently written a letter to Congress with the hope of convincing them to drop the Cole Memo entirely, allowing him to use Department of Justice funding to go after state-legal cannabis businesses, even if they are in full compliance with their state’s marijuana laws.

NEVADA

Marijuana stores want an always-open option in Clark County

 

Advisory panel asks county to look at legality of pot consumption lounges

https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/aug/11/marijuana-advisory-panel-asks-county-to-look-at-le/

Las Vegas marijuana businesses are calling on the county to take on the big green elephant of its burgeoning industry — public consumption.

The Green Ribbon Panel — an advisory board to the county consisting of representatives from the gaming, resort, marijuana and retail industries — recommended at a meeting this afternoon that county staff ask its attorneys to interpret existing federal guidelines to see whether they allow for the introduction of marijuana consumption lounges. Existing state laws are ambiguous and open to interpretation regarding private businesses.

Such lounges would give visitors a place to legally smoke or consume marijuana, which is something industry officials say is badly needed.

 

TENNESSEE

Harwell ‘open’ to medical marijuana law in Tennessee

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Harwell-open-to-medical-marijuana-law-in-11777848.php

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The treatment of her sister’s back injury has caused Republican gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell to reevaluate Tennessee’s ban on medical marijuana.

Harwell, who is speaker of the state House of Representatives, told a Republican gathering earlier this month that allowing medical marijuana has come up as part of a discussion about how to tackle the state’s opioid crisis.