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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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Cannabis Returns to Congress with House Hearing on State, Federal Reforms

The hearing focused on the “many benefits” of cannabis decriminalization at the federal level, racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and banking access, among other issues.

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Unlikely Allies: Major Coalitions Unite to Brief Hill Staffers on Cannabis Policy Priorities

The Marijuana Justice Coalition and the Cannabis Freedom Alliance have come together to present a united front post-election.

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House Subcommittee Hearing on “Bipartisan Cannabis Reforms at the Federal Level” Scheduled for Next Week

The Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties hybrid hearing will focus on both state and federal cannabis reforms.

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Will the Next Farm Bill Boost the US Hemp Industry?

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp, catalyzing a nascent industry – and creating plenty of confusion. A hearing in Congress today highlighted priorities for the 2023 Farm Bill.

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Push for Cannabis Banking Pitched as Easier Step Amid Broader Reform Debate

Lawmakers and industry stakeholders held a briefing on Wednesday to make the case that banking reform is an urgent matter of public safety, not just an industry win.

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Cannabis Decrim Hearing in Congress Highlights CAOA Feedback, Divisions

Last week, Sen. Cory Booker, who led the hearing, introduced a comprehensive cannabis legalization bill in Congress with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Ron Wyden.

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It’s Here: the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act Will be Introduced in Congress

The Act, sponsored by Sens. Schumer, Booker, and Wyden, went through extensive revisions in response to 1,800 comments on the discussion draft released last July.

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Senators Push Biden Again on Cannabis Pardons and Decriminalization

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren spearheaded a letter from lawmakers calling out the Biden administration’s “failure” on cannabis policy reform.

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A Powerful “Third Voice” Cannonballs into the Cannabis Reform Debates

On both the state and federal levels, the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity is making its business-friendly case.

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Cannabis on Tribal Lands: Congress Hears Hopes and Concerns

A wide range of issues emerged during a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on Friday, including concerns about state or federal interference, and transportation over state lines.

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Cannabis MSOs’ Congressional Candidate of Choice? Rep. Nancy Mace.

Leaders of some of the highest-valued cannabis companies in the country are putting more money toward the South Carolina Republican than any other candidate.

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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?