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Justice Department: State employees can legally implement medical marijuana programs

The Department of Justice filed on legal brief on Monday that indicated the federal government would not prosecute state employees for implementing state medical marijuana programs, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. The brief asks for a lawsuit filed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) to be thrown out. The…

House Democrats introduce three medical marijuana reform bills

Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA), Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced legislation to the House on Wednesday aimed at ensuring the medical marijuana industry is treated like any other business. The legislation was supported by Republican Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (CA) and Ron Paul (TX). The Small Business…

Medical marijuana now a $1.7 billion market: report

The first ever investor-grade analysis report of the medical marijuana market in the United States found that it will soon rival the market for Viagra. The report, released Wednesday by the independent financial analysis firm See Change Strategy LLC, found that medical marijuana now has a $1.7 billion market and…

Pro-marijuana groups urge Senate to oppose new DEA head

Those fighting for drug policy reform are urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose President Barack Obama’s nominee for DEA administrator during her confirmation hearings on Wednesday. Michelle Leonhart has been the interim administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for three years and has attracted criticism from pro-marijuana groups…

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