Congress, Newsletter

In Congress, Republicans Swing Against Cannabis Rescheduling

An excerpt from the Cannabis Wire Daily newsletter.

Congress, Hemp

House Ag Committee Votes to “Close the Loophole” on Intoxicating Hemp During Farm Bill Markup 

Committee members who opposed the amendment argued that a ban on hemp-derived products would lead to job loss.


Schumer Reintroduces Comprehensive Cannabis Legalization Bill in Congress

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sens. Ron Wyden and Cory Booker are calling for “sensible regulation to take root.”


Cannabis Banking Bill Clears Key Senate Vote and Heads to Full Chamber

While Wednesday’s committee vote was a first in a years-long effort to fix cannabis banking, the SAFER Banking Act faces an uncertain future in Congress.


Cannabis Banking Reemerges with a New Name. Will the Outcome Be the Same?

The SAFER Banking Act will get a markup next week. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has committed to adding the HOPE and GRAM Acts.

CBD, Congress

Congress Picks Up the Baton from the FDA on CBD, Seeking Data

The unregulated hemp-derived cannabinoid marketplace has exploded since the 2018 Farm Bill descheduled hemp. The FDA has asked Congress to help with a “new regulatory pathway.”


First SAFE Banking Act Hearing in New Congress Sets Foundation for Cannabis Banking Debate

The cannabis banking bill has cleared the House seven times. Will 2023 be the year it clears the Senate, too?


With More Than a Dozen Bills in Play, Congressional Cannabis Priorities Take Shape

After a slow start, the new Congress has picked up the pace on the introduction – and reintroduction – of its cannabis proposals, including the highly-anticipated SAFE Banking Act.


SAFE Banking Act Negotiations Kick Off in the New Congress

A slightly revised SAFE Banking Act was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate and House on Wednesday, and, already, the feedback is rolling in.

Business, Congress

At National Banking Summit, Cannabis Banking Gets A Moment Back in the Spotlight

After a narrow miss at the end of 2022, lawmakers and advocates pushing for the SAFE Banking Act are piecing together their strategy for the new Congress.


Senate Veterans’ Committee Advances Cannabis Research Bill 

This is the first cannabis bill to advance in the new Congress, and the first ever cannabis bill to pass out of a Senate committee.


Third Congress in a Row Isn’t a Charm for SAFE Banking Act

The SAFE Banking Act was defined by compromise this year. Even with an unprecedented amount between members of Congress, it wasn’t enough.


Missed Moments: How Congress Almost Decriminalized Cannabis

President Biden’s reforms are significant, but they highlight other leaders’ fumbled opportunities to change course through the decades.


Historic: President Joe Biden Signs Cannabis Research Bill 

It’s the first standalone cannabis bill to be signed into law since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.


“The Dam is Starting to Break:” Cannabis Research Bill Headed to Biden’s Desk Is a First

The bipartisan bill, albeit incremental, would start to streamline cannabis research and is also symbolic of the momentum toward cannabis reform in Congress.