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Consumer Brands Association Forms Coalition Tasked With Informing Federal CBD Policies
Consumer Brands Association Forms Coalition Tasked With Informing Federal CBD Policies

The Consumer Brands Association (CBA) yesterday announced the formation of coalition dedicated to advocating for stronger enforcement of the CBD industry. In a press release, CBA said the group – which includes top law enforcement, retail and consumer watchdog organizations – would work to advocate for “uniform federal policies around cannabidiol.”

SAFE Banking Act Included in New Coronavirus Relief Package
SAFE Banking Act Included in New Coronavirus Relief Package

Language from the cannabis industry’s long-sought banking reform bill, the SAFE Banking Act, has been included in the House Democrats’ new $3 trillion coronavirus aid package. Unveiled Tuesday, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act includes protections for financial institutions working with state-approved marijuana businesses.

New House Bill Would Give Cannabis Companies Access to Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds
New House Bill Would Give Cannabis Companies Access to Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds

A House bill that would make financial aid available to legal cannabis businesses impacted by the coronavirus has been introduced by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO). The “Emergency Cannabis Small Business Health and Safety Act” would give plant-touching marijuana companies and industry “service providers” access to federal coronavirus relief programs.

Politicians Use 420 to Push Cannabis Legalization Agendas
Politicians Use 420 to Push Cannabis Legalization Agendas

While many marijuana enthusiasts may have spent yesterday toking up in celebration of the cannabis community’s official-unofficial holiday, several 420-friendly politicians used their platforms to call for legalization and other pro-pot policies.

Lawmakers, Lobbyists Urge Congress to Consider Coronavirus Relief For Cannabis Companies
Lawmakers, Lobbyists Urge Congress to Consider Coronavirus Relief For Cannabis Companies

Cannabis advocates are pushing for marijuana businesses to be included in the next round of federal coronavirus relief. Over the last week, several lawmakers and lobbyists have penned letters to state and federal officials urging them to extend aid to cannabis businesses as part of a phase four stimulus package.

Recreational Cannabis Shops Ordered to Close in Massachusetts
Recreational Cannabis Shops Ordered to Close in Massachusetts

Recreational cannabis dispensaries across Massachusetts have been forced to close their doors after Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all “non-essential” businesses to shutter until April 7, 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Congressional Committee Advances Cannabis Bills for Veterans
Congressional Committee Advances Cannabis Bills for Veterans

The House Veterans’ and Affairs Committee approved a pair of bills Thursday that would increase access to medical marijuana for military veterans and expand research of medical-grade cannabis.

Sen. Mike Crapo Again Asked to Advance SAFE Banking Act
Sen. Mike Crapo Again Asked to Advance SAFE Banking Act

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) is once again being urged to markup the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, this time by a coalition of banking associations from 49 states and Puerto Rico.

Vermont House Passes Bill to Legalize Commercial Cannabis Sales
Vermont House Passes Bill to Legalize Commercial Cannabis Sales

Vermont is poised to become the 11th U.S. state with a fully-legal commercial cannabis market. Earlier today, the Vermont House of Representatives gave its final approval to S. 54, a bill that would legalize, regulate, and tax adult-use cannabis sales for individuals 21 years and older. The final go-ahead comes one day after one day after the House voted 90-54 in favor of the bill.

Vermont House Committee Advances Bill to Regulate and Tax Cannabis Sales
Vermont House Committee Advances Bill to Regulate and Tax Cannabis Sales

On Monday, the Vermont House Appropriations Committee narrowly advanced a bill (S. 54) by a vote of 6-5 that would legalize, regulate and tax adult-use cannabis sales for individuals 21 years and older. A full House vote on S. 54 is expected later this week.

NCIA Public Policy Director Andrew Kline on Descheduling Cannabis, SAFE Banking and Interstate Commerce
NCIA Public Policy Director Andrew Kline on Descheduling Cannabis, SAFE Banking and Interstate Commerce

THCnet sat down with Andrew Kline, the National Cannabis Industry Association's director of public policy, during this week's Northeast Cannabis Business Conference to get his take on a myriad of issues -- including the chances of rescheduling cannabis, the timeline for legalization and how the NCIA approaches its lobbying efforts in Washington D.C.

The Cannabis Industry Wants SAFE Banking Act to Advance, But Concerns Remain
The Cannabis Industry Wants SAFE Banking Act to Advance, But Concerns Remain

Sen. Mike Crapo’s inbox is overflowing. Over the last month, the republican from Idaho -- who serves as the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee -- has received several letters concerning the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which would protect financial institutions working with state-approved cannabis companies.

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