Lawsuit Takes Aim at Trump Administration Marijuana Policy

" In its 98-page complaint, the suit presents its case for legalization not only through a host of constitutional arguments, but also by way of a world-historical tour of marijuana use — from its first purported role 10,000 years ago in the production of Taiwanese pottery to the smoking habits of President Barack Obama in his younger days. It points out that the ancient Egyptians used the drug to treat eye sores and hemorrhoids, and Thomas Jefferson puffed it for his migraines. James Madison credited “sweet hemp” for giving him “insight to create a new and democratic nation,” the suit notes."

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Report: Netanyahu nixes medical marijuana export because of Trump

" According to the report, Netanyahu announced putting the ambitious export project on hold in a meeting on Sunday with the ministers of agriculture, health and finance.

Before the ministry representatives could present their arguments, Netanyahu said Trump had called him and made clear his general attitude against marijuana exports, the report said.

Netanyahu told the ministers that it would not be wise to be the vanguard in this field, noting that Canada is the only country that has authorized the export of cannabis."

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Following VA Refusal To Study Medical Cannabis, Ranking Member Walz Asks VA To Specify Barriers To Research

“I have heard the stories of veterans who have used cannabis medicinally to help them cope with physical and psychological injuries of war,"  “I have heard the stories of veterans who have used cannabis medicinally to help them cope with physical and psychological injuries of war," said Rep. Walz, highest ranking listed servicemember ever to serve in Congress“Not only have I heard these stories, but I know Secretary Shulkin, who still practices medicine at VA, has heard them as well. That is why I found VA's response to my October 26 letter so disappointing and unacceptable.”

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When the VA lies to Congress about medical marijuana, it lies to our wounded warriors

" There are seven major problems with Shulkin’s response to the Democratic members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Those problems range from a mischaracterization of federal law to a faulty analysis of current medical research to a failure to put medical findings in context and more. The shortcomings in the secretary’s response should alarm Democrats and Republicans; House members and Senators; soldiers, veterans, and civilians alike."

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Research: About six-in-ten Americans support marijuana legalization

About six-in-ten Americans (61%) say the use of marijuana should be legalized, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The survey, conducted in October, finds that the share of U.S. adults who support marijuana legalization is little changed from about a year ago – when 57% favored it – but it is nearly double what it was in 2000 (31%).

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Justice Department Issues Memo on Marijuana Enforcement

Attorney General Jeff Sessions directs all U.S. Attorneys to enforce the laws enacted by Congress and to follow well-established principles when pursuing prosecutions related to marijuana activities. This return to the rule of law is also a return of trust and local control to federal prosecutors who know where and how to deploy Justice Department resources most effectively to reduce violent crime, stem the tide of the drug crisis, and dismantle criminal gangs.

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US to end policy that let legal pot flourish

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Sessions will instead let federal prosecutors where pot is legal decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law, the people said.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch slams 'regulatory acrobatics' needed for cannabis research

Sen. Orrin Hatch supports efforts in Utah and elsewhere to study the medicinal effects of marijuana, but condemns the federal "regulatory acrobatics" required of researchers studying the plant.

"Under current law, those who want to complete research on the benefits of medical marijuana must engage in a complex application process and interact with several federal agencies. … The longer researchers have to wait, the longer patients have to suffer."

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Veterans Groups Push for Medical Marijuana to Treat PTSD

"Mr. Plenzler said that veterans had turned to medical marijuana as an alternative to so-called “zombie drugs,” including opioids and antidepressants, that they said adversely affected their mood and personality, up to and including thoughts of suicide. In studies, cannabis has been shown to help alleviate chronic pain and reduce muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis patients."

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The M Word

"Why do I use cannabis? I switched to it because I needed a natural alternative to my previous addictions. There were days when I laid in bed, popping pills for pain, sleep, and anxiety. All of these medications were prescribed by a VA doctor. So it was okay, right? With these medications, there were days I don’t remember. DAYS. There were days where I was a zombie at work, and my short-term memory was gone. I don’t know how I got to work, let alone how I drove home. Toward the end of my last job, I was barely functioning."

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