Here's the latest batch of cannabis legislation news at the state level: Virginia is on the verge of eliminating the threat of jail time for possessing small amounts of marijuana, and the Kentucky House of Representatives appears poised to pass a bill legalizing medical marijuana. Meanwhile, a Senate Judiciary Committee in New Mexico has tabled a bill that would have legalized recreational sales.
A coalition of cannabis lobbyists has turned up the heat on Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID), calling on the Senator to advance a bill that would protect financial institutions working with state-approved marijuana operations. In a joint letter penned by 33 federal and state cannabis industry groups, Sen. Crapo was urged to pass the Senate version of the SAFE Banking Act.
U.S. lawmakers convened Wednesday to discuss the future of federal cannabis legalization and to question leaders from three government agencies tasked with researching and enforcing America’s drug policies. The session was hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, and billed as an chance to examine six pieces of federal marijuana legislation.
In this week’s edition of The Buzz: A congressional committee will meet next week to discuss “Cannabis Policies for the New Decade," the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act moved "one step closer to becoming the first bill to end cannabis prohibition to pass the House of Representatives," and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed to legalize adult-use marijuana in 2020.
Leaders from the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) took to Reddit on Wednesday to answer questions about the marijuana industry. Participating in an AMA (ask me anything) session with users on the popular news aggregator and discussion platform was NCIA director of government relations Michael Correia, as well as government relations managers Michelle Rutter and Maddy Grant.
Federal and state regulators this week clarified rules around banking for hemp-related businesses, paving the way for more financial institutions to back growers and cultivators without filing burdensome paperwork.
A recently formed Washington D.C. trade association founded by a pair of Beltway veterans is hoping to be the voice of hemp industry stakeholders across the U.S. Launched by Chris Thorne and Scott Graves on October 30, the Hemp Federation of America is the brainchild of a small group of hemp farmers, processors and other farm services providers.
In a historic display of bipartisanship, Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives came together on Wednesday to pass the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019 by a vote of 321-103.