President Obama Takes Huge Step in Clearing Way for More Cannabis Research

plantPresident Obama made a major change on Monday that will make it easier for those wanting to cultivate cannabis for research purposes.

Obama has eliminated the Public health Service review requirement for those attempting to grow cannabis for the purposes of researching the plant. Created in 1999, the Public Health Service review is a process established by the federal government for those wanting to research cannabis who aren’t directly funded by the government.

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Supreme Court Seeks Obama Administration Views on Challenge to Colorado’s Cannabis Law

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A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked President Barack Obama’s administration for its views on a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado over its voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana use by adults.

The Obama administration has allowed states to implement marijuana legalization laws, even though cannabis remains illegal under federal law.

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White House: Cannabis Policy a States’ Rights Issue

In a statement made yesterday the Obama Administration announced that it strongly opposes Republican efforts to block a cannabis decriminalizationwhitehouse1 law from taking effect in Washington D.C., claiming that cannabis policy is a “states’ rights issue”.

“The Administration strongly opposes the language in the bill preventing the District from using its own local funds to carry out locally- passed marijuana policies, which again undermines the principles of States’ rights and of District home rule”, said the White House in a prepared statement. “Furthermore, the language poses legal challenges to the Metropolitan Police Department’s enforcement of all marijuana laws currently in force in the District.”

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President Obama Plans to Release Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands of Inmates Jailed for Drug Offenses Early

The Obama administration has announced that it will be actively encouraging prisoners serving sentences for drug offenses to presidentobamaapply for clemency – with the goal of releasing hundreds, if not thousands, of inmates early.

White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler spoke about the presidential plans to grant wide-spread clemency at New York University’s law school last Tuesday, indicating that the Obama administration is officially recognizing the harms associated with the war on drugs, and more specifically, the war on low-level drug offenders.

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Obama Administration Willing to Work with Congress to Reschedule Cannabis, Says Attorney General

The Obama administration is willing to work with Congress on rescheduling cannabiscanobama, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday during a House Appropriations Committee hearing.

“We’d be more than glad to work with Congress if there is a desire to look at and reexamine how the drug is scheduled, as I said there is a great degree of expertise that exists in Congress,” said Holder. “It is something that ultimately Congress would have to change, and I think that our administration would be glad to work with Congress if such a proposal were made.”

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Obama Administration Gives Approval to Medical Cannabis Study

The Obama Administration gave approval today to a study which would examine the potential benefits of using cannabis in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). medicannabis

“This is a great day,” says Suzanne A. Sisley, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Arizona’s medical school. “The merits of a rigorous scientific trial have finally trumped politics.

“We never relented,” Sisley says. “But most other scientists have chosen not to even apply. The process is so onerous. With the implementation of this study and the data generated, this could lead to other crucial research projects.”

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Obama Administration Drops Charges on California Landlords Renting to Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Earlier this week, the  U.S. Attorney’s office made an uncharacteristically reasonable move, and dropped all charges against several California landlords renting to dispensaries. As property forfeiture has remained a major risk of renting calidispensaryto dispensaries (and other medical marijuana related establishments), landlords in medical cannabis-permitting states are no doubt breathing a collective sign of relief, hoping this will set precedent across the nation.

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