Rescinding Cole Memo

Attorney General Targets Legal Cannabis, Rescinding Cole Memo

In a shocking, and possible disastrous move, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded several Obama-era directives that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the substance. This could spell doom for the progress made by states like Colorado, Oregon, and as of January 1, California. Cali is expected to become the largest marijuana industry in the US. Well, it was. With this move and the daily chaos of the inept Trump administration, who knows how this will shake out? But for now, it’s smart to take this seriously. In a memo sent to U.S. attorneys Thursday, Sessions […]

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Government Shutdown Could Pave Way for Sessions to Go After Legal Pot

Jeff Sessions may be getting his opportunity to prosecute legal cannabis production and sales. Funding for the federal government is set to run out on Friday, unless Congress enacts a bill extending current spending levels before the midnight deadline. Also set to expire is a current rider that prevents the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical cannabis laws. If lawmakers fail to enact an extension, the marijuana protections would disappear but, because drug enforcement agents are considered “excepted” from furloughs, the Justice Department would be newly empowered to enforce federal cannabis prohibition wherever it wants, regardless of state […]

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This is What Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Thinks About Marijuana

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made it very clear last Tuesday that he doesn’t like marijuana use, medical or otherwise. Speaking to the Senate and House Appropriations committees during a hearing regarding the Justice Department’s budgeting, marijuana was eventually going to surface in questioning. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R), of Alaska, a state that has legalized both recreational and medical marijuana, opened the subject. Inquiring about the tensions between a federal government that views the plant as illegal and the states that have legalized in some form, adding, “I’m concerned and speaking for a lot of people in my state who are […]

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The Weed In Review: Your Marijuana News

The end of every week is time for our marijuana news roundup. If you’ve got to know it, you’ll find it here. West Virginia About To Legalize Medical Marijuana Reuters reports that the West Virginia State Legislature has just sent legislation to the state’s Governor that would approve legal medical marijuana in the state. West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, a Democrat with a amazing name, is expected to sign the legislation, turning it into law. This will make West Virginia the 29th state to legalize medical marijuana. As we’ve noted in recent days, this move represents a shift in the […]

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The Daily Leaf Triumphs at Dope Magazine’s Oregon Industry Awards

Given the novelty of our legalized marijuana industry, there’s no shortage of awards events these days. But while most awards focus on the cannabis itself, we respect Dope Magazine for recognizing that beyond growers and processors, the cannabis industry relies on retailers, agricultural businesses, and – touching our personal corner of the weed world – technology products as well. We’re excited to announce that for the second year running, The Daily Leaf was recognized for providing Oregon’s best tech product at Dope Magazine’s Oregon Industry awards. The black tie event brought over 500 guests to Portland’s Leftbank Annex to celebrate […]

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Leafy’s 10 Most Beautiful Marijuana Dispensaries Include Portland Shops

When our phone pinged with a notification from Leafly yesterday, we sighed with mild annoyance. We keep well abreast of marijuana news and it would probably make sense to turn the notifications off; they rarely bring something new to our attention. This time, however, we came across something we might not have caught otherwise: Leafly released their list of the top ten most beautiful marijuana dispensaries in America and unsurprisingly, Portland found its way onto the list. As you might expect, the list is dominated by San Francisco, Portland, and Denver. But when we clicked the link, there was only […]

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Weed TV With Viceland

Going Deeper Into Weed TV with Viceland

A couple of months ago, we took a look at some of the marijuana-related television shows that have popped up on mainstream television. And although we were excited about seeing cannabis themes on HBO and MTV, we neglected to take a moment to explore some of the excellent weed programming that has existed for quite a while on Vice. Last night, your eager Daily Leaf correspondent received an email from the Daily Leaf Head Honcho wondering why we hadn’t taken a look at the fantastic marijuana shows that the network has on offer. He was right. So without further ado, […]

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What We Can Learn from the 2016 Crop of Cannabis Comedies

We’re not very far removed from the days when the only mention of fragrant greenery you’d be likely to catch on television would be through the judgey lens of an after school special or news report. As recently as the early 2000s, cannabis was still finding its way onto the small screen as anything other than a cautionary tale; while it was dealt with in a lighthearted manner in “the circle” of That 70s Show fame, shows like Freaks and Geeks treated cannabis use as a potentially life destroying mistake. But the realm of the socially acceptable has been expanding […]

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Marijuana: The Big Idea

Last night, hundreds of curious Oregonians came together at Revolution Hall for a forum on the future of cannabis and the cannabis industry. Part of the “Big Idea” series sponsored by The Oregonian, the panel comprised Congressman Earl Blumenauer; Dave Kopilak, an attorney with Emerge Law Group; Rob Patridge, chairman of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC); and Noah Stokes, CEO of CannaGuard Security. Though the diverse panel was able to address issues across the cannabis spectrum, Rob Patridge, OLCC Chairman, was the star of the show. A former drug prosecutor from Medford, Oregon, Chairman Patridge admitted that it’s not […]

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Outdoor Marijuana Stand set up in East Vancouver

An outdoor marijuana stand has been set up in East Vancouver, just down the street from the annual Fright Nights attraction that’s been known to be a popular attraction for high schoolers. “We’re here, we’re high and we aren’t going away.” In just those nine simple words, marijuana enthusiast Bruce Myers explains why he suddenly took to the streets and started operating a marijuana dispensary like a traditional fruit stand. The outdoor marijuana stand is currently operating on the southeast corner of Renfrew and Hastings streets in East Vancouver. Myers’ pop-up pot stop was put together on park board land and is open 24 hours a day, […]

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