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US House Again Passes Cannabis Banking Bill

While the House vote was expected, it remains less clear whether the Senate will pass the SAFE Banking Act, which would provide safe harbor to banks wanting to work with the cannabis industry.

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Yet Another National Cannabis Group Has Formed

Just over three months into 2021, at least three powerful groups have formed to push Congress on cannabis legalization.

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Lawmakers Push Urgency of Cannabis Banking Bill as Broader Reform Legislation Looms

The SAFE Banking Act, reintroduced this week, would expand the cannabis industry and move it away from a cash-only business, which lawmakers describe as a “public safety crisis.”

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Cannabis Banking Bill Reintroduced in Congress

The bill offers a narrow fix for one of the cannabis industry’s biggest hurdles: access to banking. It does not address other areas of cannabis law reform, like expungement or equity.

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New Congressional Bill Aims to Insure the Cannabis Industry

The cannabis industry has fielded business disasters, from fires to COVID-19, mostly without the types of insurance other businesses are afforded. That could change.

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A New Cannabis Coalition Forms to Push Its Priorities in Congress

Today, there are more cannabis-focused groups than ever before. Now, coalitions are forming to unify those groups and to streamline cannabis conversations with Congress members.

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A Narrow Window Opens for National Cannabis Reform

Major legislation has a chance to get through Congress, but will advocates push in the same direction?

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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.