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Democrat-Controlled Senate a Win for Cannabis in Congress

A Republican-controlled Senate has proven to be a hurdle for cannabis legislation in Congress. Now that the Georgia runoff elections handed control to Democrats, the path has been cleared.

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Senate Passes Cannabis Research Bill

This is not the same research bill passed in the House earlier this month. It is unclear whether the House will take up the Senate version in the days before Congress’ session ends.

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US House Passes Bill to Expand Medical Cannabis Research

The bill expands the federal cannabis research supply and allows researchers to use cannabis from state-legal entities. It is the second cannabis bill the House has passed this month.

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In Historic Vote, US House Passes MORE Act To End the Federal Criminalization of Cannabis

The bill would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and expunge some past convictions. Still, its path in the Republican-controlled Senate remains unclear.

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Final House Committee Advances MORE Act, Full Floor Vote Expected Friday

The bill would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, thus ending the federal criminalization of cannabis.

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Senate Spending Bills Include Cannabis and Hemp Language

The House passed its fiscal year 2021 budget bills this summer. The House included language about banking, while the Senate put an emphasis on hemp.

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A Political Mystery: The Cannabis Money Pushing to Keep the US Senate Red

The sudden push is puzzling, as cannabis legislation tends to move under House Democrats—and get stalled by Senate Republicans.

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House Funding Bill Includes Hemp Pilot Program Extension

Lawmakers, agriculture regulators, and hemp industry stakeholders have been calling for more time to get up to speed with the USDA’s new hemp regulations.

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Cannabis in Congress: The MORE Act Vote Will Be Delayed

Supporters of the bill to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act expressed frustration and disappointment.

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Key House Committee Advances Cannabis Research Bill

The next step for the bill, which would expand cannabis research in the US, is the full House.

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US House to Vote on Cannabis Legalization in September

"I’m pleased to bring the MORE Act to the House Floor next month to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told Cannabis Wire.

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House Majority Whip Announces House “Will Be Voting Soon” on Cannabis Legalization

While the MORE Act stands a solid chance of passage in the Democrat-controlled House, the Senate is another story.

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House Passes Spending Bill with Cannabis Protections

The protections range from expanding banking access to preventing federal interference in states with legal cannabis, but passage in the Senate is uncertain.

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Justice Department Whistleblower Testifies on Attorney General Barr’s Cannabis Bias

An official in the Department’s Antitrust Division said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing that cannabis is “unpopular” with Barr, and therefore he influenced investigations.

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DOJ Official: Attorney General Bill Barr Pushed Investigations of Cannabis Acquisitions

An official in the Department’s antitrust division will testify before Congress on Wednesday that Barr’s “personal dislike” of cannabis influenced investigations.

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House Coronavirus Bill Includes Cannabis Banking Reform

The SAFE Banking Act has been included in the HEROES Act. Whether the language will survive the Senate is another question.