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Cannabis Research Bills Advance in Congress

The House and Senate have both passed proposals to expand cannabis research – with key differences – just as they did in late 2020. Will one land on President Joe Biden's desk?

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Federal Cannabis Legalization Bill Again Sails Through the House

The MORE Act, which would remove cannabis from the list of controlled substances, passed out of the House in 2020, and is expected to again stall in the Senate.

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Washington State Regulators and Lawmakers Push Cannabis Banking Amid Violent Dispensary Robberies

A roundtable that included the state treasurer and lawmakers highlighted the urgent need for solutions, from the SAFE Banking Act to workplace training and increased security.

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As SAFE Banking Again Awaits Fate in Senate, Schumer Pushes More Comprehensive Reform

In D.C. on Friday, the House passed cannabis banking legislation for the sixth time. Meanwhile, Sen. Maj. Leader Chuck Schumer held a press conference in New York City to tout more comprehensive federal reform.

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U.S. Rep. Perlmutter Resurrects SAFE Banking in America COMPETES Act

Perlmutter’s latest push on cannabis banking comes after SAFE Banking language was scrapped from the National Defense Authorization Act in December.

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In 2021, Congress Did Nothing–and Everything–About Cannabis Reform. Now What?

Nothing made it even close to the president’s desk, but the conversation changed, and forces are gathering for a complex debate about legalization’s priorities.

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SAFE Banking Scrapped from NDAA Despite Major Push

Banking groups and lawmakers rallied behind legislation to allow banks to more freely work with cannabis businesses. Ultimately, it was stripped.

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Big On Biz, Light On Equity: The Koch-Endorsed, GOP Cannabis Legalization Bill is Here

Rep. Nancy Mace has released the most comprehensive cannabis legalization plan to emerge from the Republican party, a counter to the Schumer, Booker, Wyden vision.

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Congress Steps Toward Defining Cannabis-Impaired Driving with Infrastructure Bill

The infrastructure bill on Biden’s desk contains language to require lawmakers to prepare a report on cannabis-impaired driving. Though, Congress has been called upon to act before.

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House Subcommittee Takes Up Cannabis Research Bill Aimed at Veterans

During Wednesday’s hearing, a Veterans Affairs official described the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act as “too prescriptive.”

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US House Judiciary Committee Advances Bill To End Cannabis Prohibition

The MORE Act has already passed out of the full House once, but the Senate remains a hurdle.

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As Comments Close on the Most Comprehensive Cannabis Reform Plan in Congress, Themes Emerge

From the need to respect existing state programs to a call for less “onerous” taxes and regulations, here’s what people had to say about the CAO Act from Senators Schumer, Booker, and Wyden.

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Sen. Schumer on Legal Cannabis Plan: “I Will Use My Clout as Majority Leader To Make This a Priority in the Senate”

Schumer said the votes aren’t yet there for the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, which he and Sens. Cory Booker and Ron Wyden formally announced on Wednesday.

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Sens. Schumer, Wyden, and Booker Release Most Comprehensive Cannabis Reform Proposal Yet. Here Are the Details.

The Senators are starting with a “discussion draft” ahead of a bill, which is an unprecedented approach for federal cannabis law reform. Public comment will be open until September.

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Sens. Schumer, Wyden, and Booker to Release Cannabis Reform Draft on Wednesday

The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act is expected to be the most comprehensive reform proposal ever introduced.

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Fifty Years Into the Drug War, a Bill to Decriminalize Possession Unveiled in Congress

The bill’s drafters are seeking to shift from a punitive approach to a public health-focused one, a move supported by a majority of Americans.