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Federal Regulators Testify Before House Subcommittee, Answer Questions Surrounding Lack of Marijuana Research
Federal Regulators Testify Before House Subcommittee, Answer Questions Surrounding Lack of Marijuana Research

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.

California Governor Gavin Newsom Aims to Streamline Cannabis Licensing, Tax Collection
California Governor Gavin Newsom Aims to Streamline Cannabis Licensing, Tax Collection

California Governor Gavin Newsom has drawn up plans to significantly alter how the state regulates its cannabis industry. Unveiled Friday as part of Newsom’s proposed 2020-21 budget, the changes include consolidating California’s three licensing agencies and changing the state’s cultivation and excise tax collection methods.

Federal Regulators Ease Banking Restrictions on Hemp Industry
Federal Regulators Ease Banking Restrictions on Hemp Industry

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.

Newly Formed Hemp Trade Group Hopes to Shape Federal Policy
Newly Formed Hemp Trade Group Hopes to Shape Federal Policy

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.

FDA: ‘CBD Has the Potential to Harm You’
FDA: ‘CBD Has the Potential to Harm You’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants cannabidiol (CBD) users to know that the popular additive found in everything from bath salts to beverages could be harmful. On Monday, the agency sent warning letters to 15 companies that it said were illegally selling products containing CBD

Cannabis Decriminalization Bill Passes Historic House Judiciary Committee Vote
Cannabis Decriminalization Bill Passes Historic House Judiciary Committee Vote

In a historic moment, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill by a vote of 24-10 that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and create a 5% tax on all cannabis products.

House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Cannabis Decriminalization Bill
House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Cannabis Decriminalization Bill

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee will hold a markup of the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019 on Wednesday, the panel announced today.

The Buzz: CDC Links Vitamin E Acetate to Vaping Crisis; California Suspends Cannabis Licenses
The Buzz: CDC Links Vitamin E Acetate to Vaping Crisis; California Suspends Cannabis Licenses

In this week’s edition of The Buzz: Vitamin E acetate is identified as the likely culprit in the vaping crisis, California regulators suspend nearly 400 licenses, Canopy Growth Corporation teams up with Canadian rapper Drake, and Bruce Linton lands at Vireo Health International.

US House of Representatives Passes SAFE Banking Act
US House of Representatives Passes SAFE Banking Act

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.

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