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Rohrabacher–Blumenauer Amendment included in omnibus FY 2018 spending bill

Michael Rosenblum March 28, 2018
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On March 23, 2018, the federal omnibus spending bill was signed into law, which included an updated version of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment prohibiting the use of DOJ funds for Controlled Substances Act enforcement in states with a medical cannabis program. READ MORE

Fate of legalized cannabis hinges on key vote

March 22, 2018
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On Thursday, March 22, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the most recent omnibus spending bill, allocating the funds approved by President Trump when he signed a budget deal on February 8, 2018. READ MORE

Despite political uncertainty, Illinois judge orders expansion of medical cannabis

January 19, 2018
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Despite a recent setback for the cannabis industry at the federal level, an Illinois judge has ordered that intractable pain be added to the state's list of conditions approved for medical cannabis treatment, potentially widening the patient pool for cannabis. READ MORE

Recreational marijuana shake-up: Sessions revokes Cole Memorandum

January 4, 2018
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Today, just four days after recreational cannabis became legal in California – Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the long-standing “Cole Memorandum” issued in 2013 by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole. READ MORE

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