SESSIONS

Title: The Jeff Sessions Cannabis Crackdown Has Arrived—And It’s Awesome

Author: Leafly

Date: 30 May 2018

URL: https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/the-jeff-sessions-cannabis-crackdown-has-arrived-and-its-awesome?mc_cid=0eb2e645f9&mc_eid=178dec0b63

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This isn’t the cannabis crackdown Jeff Sessions envisioned.

With a series of crackdowns on illegal marijuana grows, the feds are shoring up the state-legal cannabis system.

Back in the early days of 2017, when the newly ensconced attorney general had the cannabis industry popping Xanax and praying twice on Sunday, Sessions loved to talk smack about legal marijuana. “Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” he once declared. “We have too much of a tolerance for drug use,” he told an audience of cops last year. “We need to say, as Nancy Reagan said, ‘Just say no.’ There’s no excuse for this, it’s not recreational. Lives are at stake, and we’re not going to worry about being fashionable.”

MASSACHUSETTS

Possible Massachusetts recreational marijuana license delay shouldn’t slow sales launch

 

MICHIGAN

Michigan extends medical marijuana license deadline by three months

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire Dems Reject Adding Cannabis Legalization to 2018 Platform

WEST VIRGINIA

Title: Banking Problems Could Delay West Virginia’s Medical Marijuana Program

Author: Herb

Date: 29 May 2018

URL: https://herb.co/marijuana/news/banking-west-virginia-medical-marijuana

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West Virginia signed its medical marijuana program into law in April of last year. If it all goes according to plan, come July 1st, 2019, patients suffering from a list of 16 conditions will be able to legally access medical cannabis. Those conditions include cancer, Parkinson’s and HIV. Unfortunately, the state’s lawmakers are feeling held up by banking problems faced by marijuana programs across the country.

“This US attorney doesn’t pick the law,” said US attorney Mike Stuart, “This is not just a West Virginia issue.”

Because cannabis remains a Schedule 1 drug on a federal level, American banks have been reluctant to accept accounts for cannabis-related businesses. Even if there’s a lot of money cycling through legalized states, the federal banks are afraid of getting slapped with money laundering charges. Instead, many weed businesses have turned to state banks, or just sticking to a cash economy out of necessity. Having a lot of cash and drugs in one store can be a liability for robberies, unfortunately.

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