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Congress

Business, Congress, Lobbying, Longread

PART I: Cannabis Courts the Grand Old Party

The cannabis debate in Congress is being reshaped along GOP-friendly lines.

Business, Congress, Lobbying, Longread

Cannabis Goes To Washington

A burgeoning industry is using its money to influence politics, and finding new GOP allies in the process. But there may be a price.

Congress, Texas

Effort to Oust Texas Rep. Pete Sessions Hampered by Fundraising Shortfall

A fundraising push promised by Rob Kampia, the former head of Marijuana Policy Project, one of the nation's largest and oldest pro-legalization groups, fell flat.

Congress

A ‘Historic Moment’ in House Judiciary Hearing on Cannabis, Veterans, and Research

Democrats want to work with Republicans on cannabis reform. But the hearing indicated that the minority party may be willing to walk away if criminal justice takes a back seat in those efforts.

Business, Congress, Lobbying

MedMen Requests Refund from Conservative Immigration PAC but Donation Still Draws Criticism

After Cannabis Wire revealed that MedMen and other leading cannabis businesses donated to a PAC called What A Country!, MedMen requested a refund, saying it had been unaware that the PAC supported anti-immigration candidates

Business, Congress, Lobbying

The Short Sweet Life of a Cannabis-Industry PAC

Before it was quickly terminated, a Republican PAC called the Federalist Freedom Fund took in $187,000—all from the cannabis industry

Business, Congress, Lobbying

Why Are Cannabis Industry Leaders Donating to Anti-Immigration Candidates?

Most of the money going to the conservative immigration PAC What A Country! comes from cannabis companies

Congress

STATES Act: The Limits of Congress’ Cannabis Compromise

Senators say that the bill’s passage would mean easier access to banking and allow businesses to operate without fear of the feds