A bipartisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would, if passed, prevent the federal government from terminating employees who use cannabis within the laws of the state in which they reside. The bill would protect all civilian federal employees in all federal departments and agencies using cannabis legally within the laws of their state, […]

Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014, a bill  just introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, would amend the Controlled Substances Act, the federal law that criminalizes marijuana, to exempt plants with an extremely low percentage of THC, the chemical that makes users high. If passed, it would be the first time that federal […]

In a historic vote, the U.S. House passed a bipartisan amendment  preventing the Treasury Department from spending any funding to penalize financial institutions that provide services to marijuana businesses that are legal under state law. The amendment passed 231 to 192. In May, the House passed an amendment prohibiting the DEA from undermining state medical […]

U.S. regulators are studying whether restrictions on marijuana should be eased, a step toward decriminalizing the drug at the federal level. The Food and Drug Administration is conducting an analysis at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s request on whether the U.S. should downgrade the classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, said Douglas Throckmorton, Deputy […]

House Republicans on Wednesday blocked funding for a new D.C. law that would eliminate the threat of jail time for pot possession, leaving the fate of one of the country’s most liberal decriminalization efforts unclear. The D.C. law, which is to take effect next month, makes possession in the nation’s capital punishable by a fine […]

Colorado legislators have proposed the creation of local nonprofit financial-service cooperatives—the business equivalent of a credit union—for legal marijuana shops as a way to force federal authorities to finally decide whether the cannabis industry can access critical banking services. While the bill allows the creation of co-ops similar to a credit union, their access to the nation’s […]