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Schumer, Senate Democrats Unveil Long-Awaited Cannabis Legislation
Schumer, Senate Democrats Unveil Long-Awaited Cannabis Legislation

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) finally unveiled his much anticipated plan to legalize cannabis at the federal level. Called the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA), the proposal was co-authored by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Cory Booker (D-NJ). A 163-page draft of the bill was released on Wednesday.

Watch: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Ceremonially Signs Cannabis Legislation
Watch: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Ceremonially Signs Cannabis Legislation

On Wednesday, Democratic Governor Ralph Northam ceremonially signed legislation that legalizes adult-use cannabis in Virginia. The event came two weeks after the Virginia General Assembly passed a revised bill that included several amendments, including one making cannabis possession legal on July 1, 2021 instead of January 1, 2024.

US House Again Passes SAFE Banking Act
US House Again Passes SAFE Banking Act

On the eve of 420, the U.S. House of Representatives has once again approved the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act. The bipartisan legislation, reintroduced by Rep. Ed. Perlmutter (D-CO) earlier this year, overwhelmingly passed by a vote of 321-101 (including 106 Republicans) on Monday.

Cannabis Freedom Alliance Brings Koch Brothers, Social Justice Advocates Together to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition
Cannabis Freedom Alliance Brings Koch Brothers, Social Justice Advocates Together to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

A new advocacy group with ties to billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch has joined the fight to legalize cannabis. Announced Tuesday, the Cannabis Freedom Alliance (CFA) has a stated goal of ending the “prohibition and criminalization of cannabis in the United States.”

New Mexico Set to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
New Mexico Set to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

Hours after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an adult-use cannabis bill into law, lawmakers in New Mexico passed a bill that will legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for adults 21 and over. A separate bill which expunges arrest and conviction records for certain cannabis offenses also passed the New Mexico House and Senate on Wednesday. Both are headed to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Signs Adult-Use Cannabis Bill Into Law
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Signs Adult-Use Cannabis Bill Into Law

Start passing the joints. New York legalized cannabis today. Hours after the New York state legislature approved an amended version of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law, paving the way for adult-use sales to begin sometime in 2022.

New York Set to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
New York Set to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

New York is on the verge of joining 15 other U.S. states that have legalized the sale of recreational cannabis for adults 21 and older. After months of negotiation, legislation that would legalize, tax and regulate adult-use cannabis was finally introduced into the Senate on Saturday by lead sponsor Sen. Liz Krueger.

SAFE Banking Act Reintroduced in Senate
SAFE Banking Act Reintroduced in Senate

Less than a week after a bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act into the House, the Senate has followed suit with its version. Refiled by Sens. Jeff Merkely (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT) on Tuesday, the bill currently has 30 co-sponsors.

SAFE Banking Act Reintroduced in US House
SAFE Banking Act Reintroduced in US House

The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act was officially reintroduced into the US House of Representatives on Thursday, giving American cannabis firms renewed hope for federally protected access to major banks and credit unions. The bipartisan bill was authored by Rep. Ed. Perlmutter (D-CO) and sponsored by Reps. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Warren Davidson (R-OH).

New Lobbying Group Aims to Unite Cannabis Industry, End Federal Prohibition
New Lobbying Group Aims to Unite Cannabis Industry, End Federal Prohibition

A new nonprofit organization that “aims to advance social equity and racial justice and end federal cannabis prohibition" has been formed. Announced Monday, the U.S. Cannabis Council brings several North American cannabis industry stakeholders together in hopes of convincing policymakers in Washington D.C. to legalize marijuana.

Virginia Set to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis
Virginia Set to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

Adult-use cannabis will soon be legal in Virginia. Both chambers of Virginia’s legislature passed separate bills on Friday that would legalize, regulate and tax cannabis for adults over the age of 21.

Leading Senate Democrats Vow to Prioritize Federal Cannabis Legalization
Leading Senate Democrats Vow to Prioritize Federal Cannabis Legalization

Three top Senate Democrats plan to pursue “comprehensive cannabis reform legislation” during the 117th session of Congress. In a joint statement issued Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), said they would prioritize ending cannabis prohibition and work together to introduce new cannabis reform legislation in the coming weeks.

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