• January 19, 2017

    The Hill: States hope Trump era will reset federal relationship

    For states, legal marijuana has meant hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue and millions more in cost savings that come from keeping low-level nonviolent offenders out of jail. But Trump’s pick to take over the Justice Department, Sen. Jeff Sessions(R-Ala.), has taken a much harder line on marijuana, leading some to worry…

  • January 17, 2017

    Roll Call: Porn, Weed and Other Takeaways From Sessions Hearing

    When Leahy asked him about current DOJ guidelines on states with legalized marijuana and whether he would prosecute medical marijuana users, Sessions said that “absolutely, it’s a problem of resources for the federal government.” The National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith said those statements from Sessions, “along with support for state sovereignty on cannabis…

  • January 14, 2016

    ThinkProgress: Huge scientific study refutes the federal government’s stance on marijuana

    It is particularly significant, however, that the review states quite clearly that there is “conclusive or substantial evidence” that marijuana is effective for the treatment of chronic pain, as a tonic for nausea and vomiting in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, and in treating spasticity in multiple sclerosis patients. “Given that our federal government still considers…

  • January 13, 2017

    The Hill: Marijuana reforms flood state legislatures

    Marijuana industry advocates seized on those comments in hopes of locking Sessions into maintaining the status quo. “The current federal policy, as outlined by the Cole memo, has respected carefully designed state regulatory programs while maintaining the Justice Department’s commitment to pursuing criminals and prosecuting bad actors,” said Aaron Smith, executive director of the National…

  • January 12, 2017

    Bloomberg: Pot Industry Exhales (a Little) After Trump’s Attorney General Pick Testifies

    The National Cannabis Industry Association supported Sessions’ deferral to Congress. “It’s time for federal lawmakers to represent the clear choices of their constituents,” Executive Director Aaron Smith said in an emailed statement. “The responsible cannabis industry has helped countless critically ill patients, contributed billions of dollars to the economy and to tax coffers, taken marijuana…

  • January 11, 2017

    Reason: Sessions’ Wishy-Washy Marijuana Comments Reflect the Ambiguity of Current Policy

    Given Sessions’ ambiguous statements about an ambiguous policy, it is not surprising that reaction from supporters of legalization was mixed. “Senator Sessions indicated that the Justice Department’s current guidelines for marijuana policy enforcement are ‘truly valuable’ in setting departmental priorities,” noted Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. “That belief, along with…

  • January 10, 2017

    9News Denver: Colorado marijuana industry worried over attorney general pick

    Federal change is appealing to Taylor West, the Deputy Director for the National Cannabis Industry Association. West says the attorney general nominee hasn’t closed the doors on the pot industry yet. “Senator Sessions did not say that he anticipates rolling back the state legal cannabis programs that have been put in place,” West said. Read…

  • January 10, 2016

    USA Today: Marijuana advocates parsing Sessions’ testimony for signs of new federal approach

    Legalization advocates say they worry Sessions’ nomination was a signal that Trump had changed his mind. But the president-elect’s spokesman on Tuesday morning said nominees would be expected to carry out Trump’s agenda. Polls show a majority of Americans support marijuana legalization, and tens of thousands of people are working in the home-grown industry. “It’s time…

  • January 10, 2017

    Westword: Jeff Sessions “Skillfully Evasive” During Confirmation Hearing

    Since guidance documents are not law, for the attorney general’s office to be bound to support legal recreational marijuana, Congress would have to pass a law making it so. “The current federal policy, as outlined by the Cole memo, has respected carefully designed state regulatory programs while maintaining the Justice Department’s commitment to pursuing criminals…

  • January 10, 2017

    Washington Post: Who works in the cannabis industry? A new trade association ad campaign shows its employees.

    The cannabis industry is trying to show a different face — one that is far from a stoner stereotype. The National Cannabis Industry Association, a trade association, has launched a new website and series of digital ads showcasing the stories of people who work in the cannabis industry, including a former Marine and older woman…