Medical marijuana advocates react to ouster of VA chief David Shulkin, nomination of Dr. Ronny Jackson

Veterans organizations fighting for medical marijuana access reacted with both hope and skepticism to President Donald Trump’s latest shakeup at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump ousted VA Secretary David Shulkin via tweet late Wednesday and announced that he would nominate for the position Dr. Ronny Jackson, 50, an active-duty rear admiral in the Navy who…

Here’s how much marijuana you’d need to be eligible for the death penalty under federal law

Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo encouraging federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for certain drug trafficking offenses. Federal law allows for capital punishment in drug trafficking cases involving murder or homicide. But the attorney general also specifically called out one provision that allows for capital punishment in cases involving “extremely…

Should State-Legal Cannabis Growers Worry About Trump’s Death Penalty Threat?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Trump administration’s notorious anti-drug hard-liner at the top of the Justice Department, has issued a memorandum calling on federal attorneys to pursue capital punishment in “appropriate cases” of “drug-related prosecutions” — including for those “dealing in extremely large quantities of drugs.” The memo referenced the “opioid epidemic,” and made no mention…